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Creative Fuel#3: Jess’ Inspirations

“I’m sticking to what I know best…”

Jess Hibbert, our resident illustrator and senior graphic designer has a background in magazine work and that’s where her contribution to our blog is taking us today.

Francoise Mouly – art director at New Yorker magazine is amongst Jess’ greatest influences. Mouly is heralded in the publishing world for her daring and iconic magazine covers. Her response to the World Trade Centre attacks in 2001 was to produce an entirely black cover of New Yorker, with two different densities of black ink, with the silhouette of the towers in the darker ink. A simple, yet poignant response to a devastating event.

New Yorker Twin Towers

New Yorker – Twin Towers

 

Similarly, a recent tribute to the lives lost when Paris magazine Charlie Hebdo’s staff were murdered earlier this month displayed Mouly’s propensity for commissioning striking design to convey a strong message to the magazine’s readers (artwork by Ana Juan).

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New Yorker Solidarite

In her Blown Covers book, Mouly revealed a slew of covers that never quite made it to the streets: satirical depictions of current affairs events, deemed too risqué, even for a magazine that pride itself on challenging the political status quo.

Jess also brought the wonders of Ernest Journal to our attention.

Ernest Logo

Ernest Logo

In their own words:

“Ernest is a blog, iPad magazine and biannual printed journal
for curious and adventurous gentlefolk. It is a guide for those who appreciate true craftsmanship, who are fascinated by curious histories and eccentric traditions and who care more for timeless style than trends.”

In Jess’ words:

“It started off as a kick-starter initiative by some writers and designers who started out on their own. It’s an online and print magazine, it has a very particular style and feel which is maintained in every aspect, from photography, illustration and type.”

Topically, they cover a range of cultural curios, all beautifully presented. This article on vinyl record production in London, for instance, puts a name to the trend that many are aware of, but few have an insight into. And on a geographical tip, this article explores a lost village beyond Brighton.

Next week we’ll hear from our 3D & Animation expert, Nathan.

Creative Fuel #2: Tim’s Inspirations

“Great design and art direction is timeless.” So says Tim Dart, our new Art Director. And so say the world’s legions of Paul Rand’s fans. Tim’s an admirer of the American Modernists’s work, much of which has endured for decades.

Rand’s famous book Thoughts on Design (1947) is still in print today; a modernist tome that set Rand apart as a master of layout and design. Last year marked his centennial (Rand passed away in 1996) but his logo designs for the likes of IBM (in its various modified guises), Westinghouse and ABC Television are still considered classics.

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Paul Rand – Thoughts on Design

What has made Rand’s graphic design work so enduring is perhaps the fact that he ensured that his work served its purpose – he trod the fine line between the realist and the idealist. In his essay The Beautiful and the Useful, he wrote that design “is not good design if it is irrelevant.” Several decades on, this still rings true.

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Paul Rand – IBM logo variation

Another of Tim’s inspirations is Saul Bass. Another American designer, again passed away in 1996, Bass was responsible for some of the movie industry’s most recognisable posters of the 1950s and 60s (and beyond) – including Alfred Hitchock’s Vertigo and Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining.

An introduction to his comical, yet enlightening animated film Why Man Creates can be viewed here :

In light of the recent attacks on the Charlie Hebdo offices in Paris, however, it was this poster which struck the loudest chord whilst browsing his work.

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Saul Bass – Freedom of the Press

A reminder that the struggle for freedom of expression, freedom of creativity and freedom of the press is one that has been long-fought and yet to be resolved.

The final installation in Tim’s trinity of influence… Aaron Draplin. From the modernist to the modern, Draplin’s approach to design boils down to “making cool stuff” and helping people with problems. Draplin runs the Draplin Design Co, based out of Portland and takes ‘down to earth’ to a whole new level.

For some continuity in Tim’s tastes, spot the Saul Bass book on Draplin’s desk as he shows how to design a logo in this 16 minute video:

… and learn more about this understated icon of modern design (or should the be ‘icon of understated design’?) in his TEDx Talk:

Next week we’ll hear from Jess Hibbert.

Creative Fuel #1: Trevor’s Inspirations

If you poke around our website, you’ll get some idea of what we can create here at Gingermonkeys. We want you to be able to scratch below the surface, though and get an idea of what fuels our imagination.

This week sees the start of a series of blogs showcasing some of the designers and artists that have themselves been sparking ideas and creativity in our design team.

We’re starting with Trevor, our Creative Director. He’s been in the business ‘a while’ but still gets excited by quality design and his passion for typography is as strong now as it was when he had a Monotype typesetting machine tucked away in his garage at home.

Trevor’s first pick is “master of typography, layout and humour” Vic Lee. Vic self-identifies as “a wordsmith, a mapmaker, a typographer, ragamuffin and freestyler.” His pieces range from large-scale murals to framed prints; he’s created inspirational wall designs for company headquarters for the likes of Metro newspaper and Marks and Spencer, often comprised almost solely of intricate, freehand lettering. Steeped in vintage influence, Vic’s work is also concerned with documenting the modern day; his ‘Londonereas’ series provides a snapshot of some of London’s most iconic areas, a document of the capital’s ever-changing landscape.

We tried to contact Vic to see if he had any news that he’d like us to share, but his out of office was on. Like a true pro, even his auto-reply was worth a read.

On a very different note, Trevor also wanted to highlight the work of award-wining artist Jake Wood-Evans, whose haunting drawings and paintings provide a grotesque take on antique and modern portraiture. Having studied at the Prado museum in Madrid, Jake now resides in Hastings, on the south coast of England.

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Jake Wood Evans

With faces and detail often obscured, as though defaced, damaged, or simply degraded over time, Jake’s work gives a sense of hidden history, untold stories; a macabre twist on a classic genre.

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Jake Wood Evans

For an insight into Jake’s work, visit his website, or the London Art Fair later this month (21st – 25th January 2015), where he will be exhibiting alongside a wealth of contemporary modern British artists.

 

Next Week: Tim Dart, Art Director.

NB: The cover image of this post is also the work of Jake Wood Evans.

On The Hunt: Senior Graphic Designer Job Vacancy

Design & Marketing Agency in Tunbridge Wells seeks experienced Senior Graphic Designer with at least 5 years’ experience to join us. We’re looking for a team player, willing to develop the Art Director’s concepts as well as producing your own inspiring ideas. You will be confident in producing work across a variety of disciplines & platforms.

Responsibilities of the Role:

Reporting to our Art Director, you will be required to work on a wide variety of design projects, including

*website design
*packaging
*books and magazines
*developing brand and corporate identities
*print and online advertising
*exhibition and display stands

You will be expected to:

*ensure full understanding of clients’ briefs
*provide time estimates for each job
*log your daily activities on project management system
*present options for design treatments
*create final designs within budget and deadline restrictions
*make amends, according to client’s directions
*demonstrate attention to detail in design & copy
*collaborate with colleagues and contribute to team meetings and discussions

Salary range – £25,000 – £30,000 per annum, dependent on experience

To apply, please email your CV and portfolio to hayley@gingermonkeys.com

Salesperson Required … Enquire Within

Enjoy the thrill of the chase?

Gingermonkeys Creative UK Limited is an established design and marketing company based in Tunbridge Wells. We’re looking for a new salesperson to assist us in expanding our client portfolio.

    Responsibilities of the Role:

Based in our Tunbridge Wells office, you will be responsible for introducing new, major clients to the Gingermonkeys portfolio.

    You will be expected to:


• Make use of your existing business contacts as well as forging new links with potential clients.
• Ensure that thorough, professional introductions are made between new clients and our office manager.
• Maintain ongoing relations with new clients.
• Promote the full range of services provided by Gingermonkeys.
• Work independently and without supervision.
• Provide monthly reports to the Creative Director, detailing contacts made and subsequent outcomes.

    Skills & Experience: Required

• A proven track record in field sales
• Knowledge of the design and marketing industry, including digital marketing, SEO
• Experience of insurance marketing

    Necessary Personal Attributes:


• Excellent verbal and written communication skills
• Team player, willingness to adapt to changing work demands
• Strong work ethic
• Flexible attitude to working hours
• Full, clean UK driving licence and use of own car

To apply for the role, please send a CV to hayley@gingermonkeys.com

Freelancers… Enquire Within

When the going gets tough…

Gingermonkeys Creative UK Limited are always looking for talented, reliable freelance staff to help with overflow work. When the going gets tough… we pick up the phone and call in the troops.

We are currently welcoming CVs and portfolios from anyone working in
• Graphic Design (Print & Web expertise required)
• 3D design
• Animation
• Web development
• Photography / Videography

If you’re interested in joining the gang, please email hayley@gingermonkeys.com with links to your work and a CV and details of your daily rate.

Meet The Fresh Meat: New Designers @ Gingermonkeys

We have new staff on board here at Gingermonkeys. Matt C Stokes, a talented illustrator, has joined us in the role of Senior Designer.

As soon as we met Matt, we knew that he’d fit in at Gingermonkeys. He’s a talented illustrator, who cut his teeth in the creative hub of Brighton. So far, Matt’s design work has seen him travel to alluring destinations in Switzerland and the not so-alluring environs of Kings Cross, working with a variety of publishing houses and design companies. With clients such as Dazed & Confused, Boxfresh and the Sunday Express all nestling in his portfolio, we’re excited to see the work that he will create for our clients.

And now it seems that our Office Manager Georgie will have a training buddy for her athletic endeavours, as Matt is training this year for his second marathon.

Also joining us is Joanna Lane, another senior designer and another talented addition to our creative design team. Take a look at our website team page for a glimpse of the new blood.

Keep an eye on our Facebook, Google+ and Twitter pages for updates on Matt, Nathan and Joanna’s work.

Job Vacancies: Senior Graphic Designer & Junior Designer Required

We currently have two job vacancies at Gingermonkeys. Please read the basic role requirements below.

If you would like to apply for either role, please email hayley@gingermonkeys.com stating which position you are interested in applying for and a full job description and application instructions will be sent to you.

SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Responsibilities of the Role:

You will be required to work on a wide variety of design projects, as allocated by the Office Manager including
*website design
*packaging
*books and magazines
*developing brand and corporate identities
*print and online advertising
*exhibition and display stands

You will be expected to:
*ensure full understanding of clients’ briefs
*provide time estimates for each job
*log your daily activities on project management system
*present options for design treatments
*create final designs within budget and deadline restrictions
*make amends, according to client’s directions
*ensure accuracy in design & copy

Salary negotiable

JUNIOR DESIGNER

Responsibilities of the Role:

You will be required to work on a wide variety of design projects, as allocated by the Office Manager, including
*website design
*packaging
*books and magazines
*developing brand and corporate identities
*print and online advertising
*exhibition and display stands

You will be expected to:
*ensure full understanding of clients’ briefs
*provide time estimates for each job
*log your daily activities on project management system
*present options for design treatments
*create final designs within budget and deadline restrictions
*make amends, according to client’s directions
*ensure accuracy in design & copy

Salary negotiable

About LinkedIn: Social Network vs. Social Media

What is social networking, as opposed to social media? This blog, albeit a few years old, explains the difference between the two pretty succinctly. The lines between social media and social networking, though, have become increasingly blurred of late. Businesses have hopped on to the Facebook bandwagon with aplomb. Once the domain of kohl-eyed teenagers posting attention-seeking ‘selfies,’ both Facebook and Twitter straddle the social media / social networking divide with the confidence that you’d expect of two sites that have the whole web-world in the palm of their hands.

One site that has nailed its flag very firmly to the social networking mast, however, is LinkedIn. By focusing its aims in the business world and providing a professional platform for like-minded industry personnel to network, forge business-related connections, promote and recruit, LinkedIn remains the most powerful networking tool online. You’d be a fool to ignore it. That’s why we stopped ignoring it. And started using it.

Although the frequency of our posts on LinkedIn won’t be as frequent, or as playful as the ones we make on Twitter or Facebook, we’ve found that we are 21 times more likely (OK, that’s a fluffed statistic, let’s just say ‘much more likely…’) to find clients, business contacts (past, present… and future) on LinkedIn than on any other network. That’s because on LinkedIn, people are presenting themselves in their professional capacity – no need to have the security on their profiles locked down ‘in case the boss sees it’ because it’s all about business here.

So, our company’s LinkedIn page has become a great place to link people back to the Gingermonkeys website, let them know when our newsletter’s out, inform them when a new blog post goes up and use our individual profiles to nudge people towards the company site. It’s a useful medium for maintaining our brand awareness; new posts prompt messages from our contacts and seem to be doing the job of keeping us in people’s minds, in a wholly professional context.

If you’re looking for some interesting reading around the subject of LinkedIn or becoming a bit more active on the site, these are some useful resources:

ReadWrite.com

Mashable

And you can even map your connections, like we did here, using our Creative Director’s personal profile:

LinkedIn Map

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