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    Umbro 1350 (In collaboration with Andy Shrubsole)

  • Umbro_4

    Umbro 1350 (In collaboration with Andy Shrubsole)

  • Umbro_5

    Umbro 1350 (In collaboration with Andy Shrubsole)

  • Umbro_3

    Umbro 1350 (In collaboration with Andy Shrubsole)

  • Umbro_2

    Umbro 1350 (In collaboration with Andy Shrubsole)

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    Fly on the wall

  • Flyonthewall_2

    Fly on the wall

  • Flyonthewall_3

    Fly on the wall

  • Legacy_4

    Legacy – The Arden Projects (in collaboration with Jack Llewellyn & Doug Stewart)

  • Legacy_3

    Legacy – The Arden Projects (in collaboration with Jack Llewellyn & Doug Stewart)

  • Legacy_2

    Legacy – The Arden Projects (in collaboration with Jack Llewellyn & Doug Stewart)

  • Legacy_5

    Legacy – The Arden Projects (in collaboration with Jack Llewellyn & Doug Stewart)

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    Lightworks (In collaboration with Doug Stewart)

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    Lightworks (In collaboration with Doug Stewart)

Graphic Design

The Graduates 2011: Scott Taylor

Posted by Bryony Quinn,

It’s easy to repeat good advice and fail to follow it, but “a simple idea executed well” suited Scott Taylor very nicely and he’s really followed it through. While at Kingston University studying Graphic Design, the “executed well” has, until now, translated roughly as breeding flies so that they can be fixed on to tiny shield mounts, or a joint advertising campaign with Andy Shrubsole that meticulously forges split screen action and wins yellow pencils…

We also learnt that “Noah” is not his real middle name, despite what the domain says. Unfortunately, every .net, .com, .whatever for “Scott Taylor” has been monopolised by the likes of a left-handed pitcher or Canadian journalist. So he made a project out of it, got democracy on his side and by popular vote, was web-christened Scott Noah Taylor.

If your portfolio was on fire, and you could only save one piece/project, which would you choose, and why?

I’d definitely save the Fly on the Wall project because after killing all those flies I can’t just let the project burn in a blaze of fire.

If you could collaborate with another artist/designer (or a number of artists/designers) to make a piece of work, who would you work with and what would you make?

Well there are alot of people who I was at Kingston with who I’d like to work with but never got the chance, not only graphic designers, but illustrators as well. But I’d love the chance to collaborate with any F1 team on the design of their cars. They all seem pretty tame at the moment.

What was your finest moment at art school?

Winning a D&AD student award.

We believe it was the Jonas brothers who once said “we’re the kids of the future.” How, if at all, do you relate to that?

I believe they have also said “the future is now.”

Can you give us ONE prediction about you and your work for the next year?

I’ve always wanted to sell ice cream from an ice cream van so maybe I’ll have to set up my own studio and be working from there.

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Posted by Bryony Quinn

Bryony was It’s Nice That’s first ever intern and worked her way up to assistant online editor before moving on to pursue other interests in the summer of 2012.

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