Patrick Burgoyne, Editor of Creative Review, has been a huge inspiration and help to the recent development of BH. For the last few mondays, along with tens of others, Patrick blesses BH with some worthy advice / experience and sometimes even a challenge.
Over the next few posts, we'll be throwing up some of his wise words.
This week, we especially enjoyed listening to a short rendition of Patrick's professional history. Probably the most important thing he shared was that in terms of how you go about your future - there is no right or wrong. There is every opportunity to do what you want. Hearing this was so important to us - three young designers challenging the conventional approach into the industry. He did mention that a year or two with an agency / existing business would most probably benefit the 'commercial' part of the brain. He also mentioned that it could even boost-start a client base. He also mentioned that working for / in ANY kind of existing trade would potentially benefit our understanding of a profitable work ethic.
For these reasons, while Benio finishes his Degree, James will be spending a year working in design or design-related internships. Hold tight for his long list of jobs he's secured, and his quick summary of what he's been doing! Having just finished working a placement at Audacity, Josh has tuned into the educational frequency - a very important area for BH to get involved in. Josh has just been offered a job working as a TA in a local school, where he hopes to not only become an inspiration to others, but also develop relationships in our new locality. Stay tuned for updates from him, too!
Patrick mentioned a few examples of how to go about promoting your own work ethic. Examples included:
Saul Bass - with a rich body of work, a varied career including sophistication in Posters, Animation, Film Sequences, Identity... etc.
We loved the inside info about him too - that his wife, Elaine is a huge help and the kerfufle over who storyboarded the Psycho shower scene and who shot it!
It was relieving to learn the succession of mediums in Bass' career. It seems as if he didn't know himself where to start. Maybe through trial and error, maybe through experience, or maybe just through sheer perseverance, Bass established his name over a nmber of fields.
A great first example.
Robert Brownjohn - Another great example of a varied career - succeeding in Advertising, Identity, Graphic Design, Branding... etc.
Brownjohn's courage was what struck us the most. Patrick revealed that apparently when Brownjohn was pitching the idea for projecting type onto the naked body, (for the James Bond titles), he hired a theatre, got up on stage, stripped naked and basked in the projection... asking the producers to imagine he was a beautiful woman! Classic. One thing Patrick mentioned was that he was a great example of someone who likes "bouncing around between Graphic Design and Advertising".
David James - We aren't even embarrassed to do this (I know it seems lazy but we ARE technically writing about Patrick Burgoyne)...
... Read this if you know what's good for you:
Right, it's 2:27 am, the rest will come tomorrow night.
For now, BH x