I would like the Earth and the Moon… for £35

When low on projects, or when seeking that extra bit of money to buy something nice for someone’s birthday I check my e-mails for the latest from PeoplePerHour.com, a place where you place bids for work that others have posted. It can be a way of acquiring clients and projects normally beyond your location.

It seems like a really good idea. Until you take the fact that about 5% of all things posted have a realistic budget

People Per Hour Logo
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The Launch

If you look closely at my Twitter, Facebook or this blog even you may have noticed something new and different. For instance, the main point of call even, my logo has changed. That would be because Walker Studios is no longer a student portfolio of work, but is now fully operating as “Walker Studios – Multimedia Design & Social Media Solutions” (holds for applause).

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New Year, Not Good!

Well 2010 is here, another new year, another new decade! This is the third decade I’ve witnesses and as far as I can tell it’s not going to be a great year.

No sooner am I back from Northern Ireland after a working Christmas were I barely got to see my family than my dad is taken into hospital in severe pain, and I have to wait 400 odd miles away for results from his tests.

Not to be entirely pessimistic I will be getting on with graphics work for one or two clients that should keep my head down and deep in my studies as well.

Oh, and if you live in the Preston area and happen to be good at Rock Band then grab a mate or three and join in UCAN ROCK, first round heats taking place at Source Bar, Preston. Check out the facebook fan page as well http://tinyurl.com/UCANROCK

4am Workload

Deadline week is upon us at UCLAN, starting with Professional Practice handed in earlier this afternoon. A simple task really, pretend you are applying for a job, fill in a CV, covering letter, application form and write an analysis of the job you’re applying to. How hard can that be?

Apparently harder than I thought owing to the fact I went to bed at around five this morning, despite having started the work for this last week. I spent fruitless hours banging my head off a desk in the Media Factory trying to do as much as i could. Having left some of my work at home I finally gave up and went home to work. After a very early morning snack I sat down at the computer and pushed out what I hope to be a reasonably good analysis coupled with the rest of the required contents. What the heck is with the ability to problem solve at 4am? Really?

Tonight we may well see a repeat peformance with FYP work needing done, on top of the Interactive television assignment that will need reworded and packaged up to be sent to the BBC. I’ve been to the shop, got my energy drink and now I just have to wait to my wife finishes work before I sit down to another 4am workload.

Deadline Madness

Well it’s every students least favourite time of the semester, deadline time. With a solid amount of work due, or presentable tomorrow I must say the panic is starting to kick in. Tomorrow alone I have to present my Graphics progress to the entire class, and present my concept for an Interactive Television Application, which is partnered to what I’m presenting to the BBC on Tuesday.

On a happier couple of notes I’ve made some progress with my portfolio site, having realised I was overcomplicating my CSS, serves me write for getting a normal summer job eh? And my Logo for upcoming Text Based Game, Virtual Nations, is nearly ready after a few revisions. Just need to make a few changes and hopefully I’ll be able to avoid having to Vector another part of the Earth!

Cbeebies Ahoy!

I am currently working on a concept for the BBC’s children’s section for 2-6 year olds, Cbeebies.  This is through University as the BBC is running a competition to come up with a concept for their Web Site.  I’m getting excited about this as it also crosses over into my work for Interactive Television, which is useful as they want proof that the ideas are capable of migrating to other Media.

Hopefully this will help me get motivated for other work I have to do, such as my DVD Box cover for my Applied Graphics class.  Although I have discovered the difficulty of getting outside people involved in projects as my Models for the Photography have been completely unresponsive since our first meeting in October, and I’m due a progress report in the next week.

Lesson of the Week: Contingency Plans are a good thing