Mini Brief Blog Post Welcome Blog Week on Class Mate Rob Olley

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Rob Olley

Introducing…Introducing an up and coming third year undergraduate at London metropolitan University. Rocking at 6ft 4 in skate shoes his subject of study is graphic design. He is easygoing and quietly competitive, he is no other than Rob Olley.

“Lets get to know you a bit then Rob. Have you got any specific interests?” Loads, I suppose “specifically” within or around extreme sports, I skateboarded for 11 years finally giving up after my 7th broken bone. I have skied since I was 6 managing to enjoy a ski season just before starting uni! Then I have more recently moved onto motocross enjoying a dozen track days each summer. I guess I just cant collect stamps or play football. Make me do anything fast paced, dangerous or adrenaline fueled and I’m sure I’ll love it!

What first sparked your interest in design and how did you get into it?” I blame my creative flare on skateboarding a lot of the time. I used to love collecting stickers for my board as a kid and always studied the logos, I always thought they were cool and constantly wondered how they were made as being eight out of ten times my drawing wasn’t the best. Deck graphics also played a big part as well, looking around skate shops was like an art gallery for me, still is! Also in school I always found it hard to be academically minded so throughout science or math’s I would be doodling all over my work or thinking about skateboarding. I guess I always wanted to become some sort of ‘designer’.

“So Rob What would you class yourself as and why?” “I’d like to say I’m a graphic designer/artist but someone would have to categorize that for me judging by my work. I’ve always loved intricate detailed design as well as cartoon ‘vector’ illustrations that I have picked up a lot on with adobe illustrator. I really like being able to create simple vector lines but mixed with realistic shading and small details. “


“How would you describe your style? Can you reflect on it for me?” To be honest, I still haven’t worked out a set style for myself. I really enjoy messing about and making cartoon characters on the computer from sketches. But then I also love editing photos, branding, packaging design and sign writing, it’s quite a mixed bunch! But If I had to narrow it down, I would say my style is more in the ‘less is more’ category of simple graphic design styles. It’s really hard to pull off, but when I manage to, I love the feeling when a piece of my work visually communicates through a simple and easy to understand graphic piece.

“What is your main aim for the final year of your undergraduate course?” I would love to get a first, that’s my main aim. But realistically I just want to enjoy the final year and keep my sponge hat on, absorbing all the useful information we can get to learn, because I have already gained useful insights and handy tricks that I have already put into practice when I’m designing signwriting, wrap designs or graphics for my customers.

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First Day In Inventivity Studion

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The first day back we arrived promptly in the inventivity studio and got to see who i was in a studio with and to here abit more about it. We started off by taking a trip down to hackney wick because there was an illustrator named “” He shared a studio space in a run down warehouse with 5 other people to a studio. The whole building at about 100 people sharing studio space. The studio itself they were in provided alot of room and a range of different people who worked there from a fashion designer, Fine art and two film editors. Even though there was six of them in this one area it didnt really matter as he found that they were never all in at the same time or sometimes they wernt in as some of the other designers work in other studios.

He introduced us to some of his work he has worked on as he started off seven years ago creating covers of albums and still does to this day but has taken on some other stuff. For example his most recent piece of work is a shop called the nightjar where he was designing the whole brand for them. He showed us from beginning to start and explained the process which was an insight into how you actually get from nothing to the final product.

I found the studio space was very cluttered but he said it was more homely but the areas they work in was only sectioned off say by a table or a small book shelf or a sheet. I think if they were sectioned off more it wouldnt look so messy. They had made there own kitchen area in which they could make a drink or use a microwave for food which is important if you dont want to be buying you food every day because thats a lot of money. Apart from this the space is cheap at 600 a month for the 6 of them so you cant complain. I think if it was my studio it would be alot different but i believe theres would as well as they could be kicked out at any time so i understand why they havent done much with the space. But overall really nice guy and really helped not just showing the space but really interesting work and to hear his journey.

Blog Day and First Brief

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The 4th of October brought us a session on out blog work and a small blogging brief with Ricardo. We were introduced back once again and learnt a range of styles we could look at layouts on at We looked at image size and layout and an overview of how I should be writing about my work and blogging. I learnt to keep it natural and not forced. I’ve found I’ve had a trouble with writing so what we come natural is good for me!

I enjoyed looking at the layout on and all the illustrators and designers on “” which I will be looking up soon.
We have been set also a mini brief to write a blog post on one of our piers. I was put in a three and got straight into it looking at examples and thinking of structure and questions. Tonight I will be writing up questions and ideas and getting it to my peers so I am able to start makeing the blog post and even learn abit about people in my class.
I have now wrote up a series of questions which I had sent to my subject which is Rob Olley.

Q/A with Answers for Rob Olley’s Interview

Olley answered the questions provided quickly and in detail and sent them back in the same word document for me to look through. I was easily then able to write up the interview and add the structure and layout. I wanted to get this done before I added any pictures as I wanted the pictures to fit in between paragraphs of text and so they have a reason for being there than just oddd photographs. The images are all I need to add to my Q/A post on Rob olley which he will happily send me as i have told him what i am looking for. He will send me them and I will choose a range of Three – Four images I think best fit the post.