I love being somewhere I can get lost and explore with beautiful company.
For five amazing days we drove around Madeira, finding as many hidden places as possible.
Our Madeira adventure.
Taking a break from routine to go somewhere, beautiful, wild and away from everything.
We travelled around the Julian Alps finding hidden trails, waterfalls and mountains.
Our eight incredible days in Slovenia.
If this video does one thing for you, I hope it encourages your want to travel to places you may not of have thought of.
I didn't realise how mentally tired I was before arriving, until I came back from this trip; feeling now as if the light behind my eyes had been switched back on.
Sometimes I spend too long working staring at a screen; these trips are practically medicine.
We've been wanting to do a trip to Norway for years and now we've finally done it!
The scenery everywhere you look is mountains and fjords, it's almost too much for your eyes to take in.
"The Curvil Collection consists of three pieces to be used in a home study/small office environment, a desk, tamboured cabinet that is wall mounted and a chair. I wanted the collection to have a modern feel that was uncluttered. To give the desk an airy feel the cabinet is wall mounted. With a tamboured door the cabinet will not intrude into the consumers workspace. The chair is made from minimal components that echo this simplicity in design. There is a simple moulding that is applied through out the collection this moulding highlights the areas of function that the individual piece provides. Inevitable wear will happen in certain areas of each piece. To counteract this issue I have chosen to stain these areas black, this will disguise the inevitable damage that will occur, sustaining the crispness of each piece.
I chose to use ash for the legs and supports; ash has a coarse grain pattern which gives a textural contrast between the smooth density of beech. More over on the selection of beech it is a tough material that will not degrade after heavy use.
The products are simple in there construction, using strong joints and component shapes. The products have the potential to be produced in high volume, my aim was to marry mass production techniques with elements of fine craft. This is noticeable in the chair seat; aiming to create a scalloped seat using consecutive staves of timber, the moulding gives a aesthetically striking pattern. The back rest is machined from a solid piece of timber by cutting the timber this way the gain pattern in amplified a simple way to give the chair a subtle finesse."
Sam Bolt has just finished his second year studing BA Furniture Design at the Rycotewood Furniture Centre studying.
These are his pieces.
My role in this project was to:
Design the user journey.
Graphic design all elements.
Presentation design and present.
Communicate with the client throughout the process.
This project was one I really wanted to work on, as someone very close to me is currently waiting for a kidney transplant and until then I didn’t think I’d be able to make a real impact in helping them.
First family holiday all together in a long time.
We explored the Algarve (South Portugal), visiting small towns and secluded beaches.
Soaking up all the sun we could.
I've dreamt of going to the Isle of Skye to explore and live out in the middle of nowhere for six years now and I got to live that dream with my oldest friends.
I've designed logos, video promos and photographed the rise CrossFit Hereford from the beginning; it has been a privilege to see them grow after all their hard work.
They truly deserve every success and I recommend them to everyone.
My first time going to Portugal.
A friend and I hired a car and saw the entire country, starting and finishing in the South.
We saw the long beaches with high crashing waves, the architecture of Lisbon, the beautiful people in Lisbon, the view from the highest peak and the small towns nestled into the deep valleys hidden away.
To go along with the brochure that showcased the services that Nomensa offers, I designed a range of case studies based upon work done in a range of sector. This included photography and placement into various devices.
Each images show both sides of a single case study, as they were designed to be cards that cards be slotted into the brochure.
Nomensa needed a brochure designed that would showcase the five main services that they offer. This would be sent out to the CEO's of a select few companies.
After deciding upon the structure with Mathew French (fellow designer at Nomensa), I designed the brochure and supplied the photography. We used a freelance copywriter to help with the words.
"From a young age I have been interested in how things work and how they could be improved. There is something about timber that I just love. Taking a rough sawn board and revealing the magical natural grain, then you proceed to craft this into a useable object that can fit into anyones home.
When I make something it is me expressing myself, as I am not one to dance or draw amazingly so my outlet is furniture. Most of my furniture is simplistic, but has a qwerkyness to it that is more often than not in the form of curves as I am most attracted to their shape. I suppose really the heart and sole of it is that it is the one thing that I am half good at and I just am in love with the whole process (besides pulling my hair out in-between)." - Sam Bolt
When he's not at Rycotewood Furniture Centre studying BA Furniture Design, you can find him in his family workshop, hand crafting beautiful award winning bespoke pieces.
Alan Peters Award 2014
On of the best experiences of my life; heart pounding moments in-between having to constantly push yourself to get in the time limit.
Organised three days before we set-off, we climbed the highest peaks in Scotland, England and Wales in under 24hours.
Two of my closest friends and I bundled into a tiny car and took shifts driving between each peak so the others could sleep, recover and prep.
If you're thinking of doing this and want some advice, please feel free to email me.
Organised in a weeks time, two of my closest friends and I hired a car and drove across Slovakia over four days.
We stayed with an amazing family who completely looked after us and gave us somewhere to stay in the -20°C which would have frozen us to death. They taught us to ski and showed us their little town in the shadow of the mountains.
Infographic detailing travel website accessibility. Designed for Nomensa.
The key things to keep in mind when designing e-commerce sites for the general public and the potential drastic positive impact it could have on sales.
These are some my closest friends; the type of friends that are more like family as you've known them for far longer than you haven't.
Visiting Grandparents in Florida who haven't seen us in a decade.
They were kind enough to surprise us with a three day cruise to the Bahamas while we were out there too!
"It takes a long time for a man to look like his portrait."
- James McNeil Whistler
I can't remember how I came across this quote but it made me want to do a self-portrait, especially as I've never done one before.