The much less awkward second post

Morning!

At the moment, so much seems to happen in one week that it’s hard to differentiate, but luckily I’ve got my placement diary to remind me of what I’ve been working on!

Placement-wise, last week was pretty busy as I’ve been working on a big website design job (can’t tell you the company’s name- you wouldn’t have heard of them anyway!). I did some work on it during my first couple of weeks which got majorly shot down, so I didn’t think they’d give me another chance, but someone else did some different designs so I worked from them and adapted them in my own way, and now everyone seems pretty happy with them- we’ll wait and see what the client thinks!

Every Monday and Tuesday, we get a brief in from Cloud Nine Hair for their social media posts for the week. This week, I designed two celebrity-themed posts on Britney Spears and Taylor Swift. My colleague Craig in creative always does a few alternatives to mine, as he’s worked on their stuff for ages, but this time they actually picked my versions for both of them!

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Okay, they’re only basic, but its always a good feeling having someone choose your design over someone who has been in the industry a long time!

I’ve also produced an absolute ton of website banners- not just this week, but every week since I started! I’m the go-to girl for web banners as they’re relatively easy to produce and don’t take very long. Whilst this is a bit tedious at times, it’s taught me the basics of design for web and I have learnt from my mistakes. Most of these banners have been for the Sirius Buying Group, who own a load of independent appliances stores across the country, most of whom are having or have had their website redesigned. I’ve also produced some webpages for the ones we are redesigning, so it will be good to see those up and running soon hopefully! Here’s an idea of the thrilling banners I’ve been producing:

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While it was quiet in the creative department towards the end of the week, I got on with producing a logo for my friend Hayley who I met on my placement in the Summer at Jigsaw Visitors’ Centre in Leeds. Hayley has set up a social enterprise called Wild Goose, which uses nature and outdoor activities to help improve people’s health and wellbeing, and asked me to design their logo! It’s exciting designing a logo from scratch, with very little restriction, and I’ve come up with a few ideas so far. There was a lot more than this, but these are my two personal favourites- we’ll see what happens over the next few weeks!

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And now from the design world, into the world of waitressing! Last week was pretty tough, as I was working every evening apart from Monday and Thursday, and I really wanted to get my hours sorted so I could get back to having a relatively normal life! I managed to speak to a manager, who’s making sure that from now on I only work 3 shifts a week- problem solved. Friday was an unexpectedly lucrative evening, as I ended up serving a table of 7 American guys who tipped me £26- God bless America! Needless to say, the only way was down after that, and I had a terrible shift on Saturday where I proceeded to almost rip off an entire nail and drop a tub I had just filled with sauce sachets all over the floor immediately after. But anyway, the fact that I technically earned £16 an hour for my shift on Friday night made it totally worthwhile! And this week, I’m only in on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday- result! This means I actually get to cook on a few nights, rather than shoving something in the slow-cooker, so tonight I’m making Moroccan chicken with cous cous- one of mine and George’s favourites.

Did I mention I love cooking, and food in general? Well, now you know.

Me and George went to Crepes and Creams in Harrogate for lunch on Thursday, which is a really special little cafe that is definitely my new favourite spot! The ladies who work and own it are so lovely, and they made George a peanut butter and jam milkshake which was so delicious that they might make it a regular! They also gave us a free mini ice cream cone each, after our delicious savoury crepes, which was totally unexpected and a lovely little treat :)

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I also went to see comedian Dave Gorman on his ‘Straight to the Point* (*The Powerpoint)’ tour with my brother Neil on Thursday night at the Royal Hall, who was incredibly funny and even I have to admit his Powerpoint skills are insane! A night of laughs was just what I needed after a stressful week worrying about The Park and whether they would agree to reduce my hours. He gave us all a photo opportunity during the show, which I took full advantage of, and I even tweeted him the next day and got a cheeky reply!

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So, that’s my past week in a nutshell really- over £70 in tips for one week means it’s time to treat myself on my half-day off tomorrow to go to York with my mum (to see Peter Andre too, but we don’t talk about that- think of the shopping). Oh, and I also booked for me and George to go and see Matilda on Broadway on our trip to New York in December- but that’s a whole other exciting thing that I could talk for hours about!

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Also, I’ve decided that I’m going to end each post with an adorable animal, because it makes me happy and gives me an excuse to binge on cute animal photos. If this little guy worked in the local newsagents, I’d definitely be an alcoholic! Until next week!

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