Thomas Wightman

Thomas Wightman

Graphic Designer & Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
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Thomas Wightman

Thomas Wightman

Graphic Designer & Art DirectorLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I'm a graphic designer just recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University. With both international experience and industry recognition, I'm looking forward to starting the next stage of my career as a graphic designer and working in the industry. I'm very versatile in my design approach whether it be print design, typography, 3D artwork or motion graphics. I enjoy challenging myself when answering a brief and looking for the best solution whatever the media.
Projects
  • White Noise: Poster Series Part 2
    White Noise: Poster Series Part 2Following on from the theme of my major Project Poster series. The following poster communicates the message of intrusive thoughts when suffering from mental health disorders, specifically looking at OCD. The poster shows typography treatments to convey this disruption to daily life using bitmap and glitching to suggest interuption and interference.
  • Major Project: Out At Sea Diary
    Major Project: Out At Sea DiaryOut At Sea is a self-help diary that I produced along with my major project "Anchored" on obsessive-compulsive disorder. The function of the diary would be used in the treatment process of helping tackle the illness. "Out At Sea" therefore would be used to accompany CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) which is a psychotherapeutic approach which addresses dysfunctional emotions and irrational thoughts. It is common that the patient records these disruptive events to discuss with their psychiatrist. This diary would firstly allow the patient to keep a written record of their progress with their treatment on a day to day basis. The pages of the diary are to resemble the waves of the ocean which are cut where the (ship) bookmarks can be placed. Where the patient would place the ship towards the surface of the ocean (top of the page) on a good day and nearer the ocean floor (bottom of the page) on a bad day. The placement of the ships over the week would act a interactive infographic allowing the psychiatrist to quickly identify both how their patients are getting on and areas to address. The diary cover again uses the design of the tide and the ocean to relate to my sculptural metaphor used throughout my major project of drowning at sea. The design has extracts of the poem "not waving but drowning" by Stevie Smith, to convey the hidden and unnoticed nature of the illness. The diary comes also with the full poem on a small card. The diary is blind debossed to again portray the unnoticed nature of OCD.
  • White Noise: Poster Series
    White Noise: Poster SeriesMajor Project Poster series. The following posters are to communicate the message of intrusive thoughts when suffering from mental health disorders, specifically looking at OCD. The following posters use different typography treatments to convey this disruption to daily life using bitmap and glitching to suggest interuption and interference. This project was a part of my major project that won the Studio LR Graduate Prize. This project also allowed the opportunity to explore different print processes and finishing which I had not done previously. Allowing me to both experiment and give my posters an extra quality from the finishing applied. Forms of printing used in my poster series included screen printing, risograph and letterpress. Contamination Petri Dish images by Klari Reis
  • 4seven Ident: D&AD 2013
    4seven Ident: D&AD 2013This submission for the 2013 D&AD student awards answered the brief set by MPC & Channel 4. The brief was to create a 15-second ident for Channel 4's new sister channel, 4seven, which airs the most popular programmes from the past seven days that have caused the most discussion online through tweets and shares online. It is this nature of viral content we sought to represent using the metaphor of cell division, telling the story of a singular cell splitting into multiple cells acting as a chain reaction.
  • Book Sculpture: Derailing my train of thought
    Book Sculpture: Derailing my train of thoughtThe final book sculpture of my major project series. Like the previous two sculptures it uses a visual metaphor to convey the emotions of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and embodies my research by visualising an expression used by a sufferer of OCD. The expression was ‘derailing my train of thought’, because the person felt that the rituals they had to perform were disrupting their day. Where the compulsions and worry would side track them from doing everyday activities.
  • Hitting Rock Bottom: Paper Sculpture
    Hitting Rock Bottom: Paper SculptureHitting Rock Bottom is one of the main outcomes from my major project. The intention was to re-visualise Obsessive Compulsive Disorder in a different form. Using the metaphor of a sinking boat hitting the rocks below. The sculpture itself was made using white paper
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Work history
    Graphic Designer
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Skills
  • Packaging
  • Visual Arts
  • Branding
  • Corporate Identity
  • Print Design
  • Art Direction
  • Websites
  • Typography
  • Brand Design
  • Brand Identity
  • Design
  • Logo Design
  • Illustrator
  • Indesign
  • Photoshop
Education
    Graphic Design
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    1st Class BDES (HONS) Graphic Design