I don’t just design

I have started writing posts on Linked in for there Pulse section here is one I thought I would share on here:

I just recently watched a short video about the upcoming documentary Design Disrupters It was so interesting and made me really realise how my role as a designer has changed and is forever going to evolve but this current period in time right now is so important.

Agencies, Companies, Brands and anyone who employs digital designers to create banners, websites, online experiences, emails anything that a user interacts with is starting to notice. Designers can no longer create something visually pleasing, something that has the right colour scheme, adheres to brand guidelines, follows consistent rules set by another designer – no. There is now another more important factor to think about – How it makes the user feel.

As human beings we have had the pleasure of interacting with the digital landscape for some time now and we no longer stumble through it, we know exactly what we want and if we don’t see it, don’t feel it we move on, we’re becoming more demanding and more savvy. This is clear to see if you have children and when they pick up a device for the first time whether it be an iPhone, an Android phone a tablet, they know the gestures, the swiping techniques it’s quite scary to see but it is the way we have evolved and its not going to stop.

Because of this it has forced me and many other professionals like me to step up our design game! Agencies and clients need designers more than ever now to create these experiences and we need to be more in touch with how gestures and transitions need to work and make you feel – design is getting more and more interesting for us as a profession now for sure and I can’t wait to evolve with it and keep the user entertained!

Venice and inspiration

So it was my 30th Birthday this Monday just gone and Myself and Dave decided to celebrate it by going to Venice for the weekend. It was the best choice! I have always wanted to visit for as long as I remember, it always looked so beautiful and having visited a few places in Italy already I knew I would love it.

I don’t think I could have quite believed it until we arrived though, the whole place is magical. We stayed in a lovely little 3 star hotel near the train station which was perfect! Hotel Abbazia was off the main street and quite deceiving from the outside as it turned out to be quite big inside. A medium sized lobby opened up into a long hall with a bar and then there was a beautiful courtyard where you could sit under canopies or out on loungers in the sun.

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The best part about Venice is the little streets and just wondering around them, we never got lost as you just follow signs to either saint mark’s square or the train station or you could just follow the crowd of people in front of you as they will more than likely be going where you are or if not, you won’t be far from it.

Here are a few shots I took whilst wondering the streets:

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The other amazing thing I noticed about Venice is around every corner and wall you step into a painting! The views are literally out of a Canaletto painting, I remember from my art history classes back in 2002/2003 all of these masterpieces and now I can see them right in front of me – it was really inspiring and I will probably be getting out my water colours at some point now I am back and creating some of my own masterpieces.

Here are a few of those remarkable scenes for you to enjoy:

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Along with these incredible views I got the pleasure of seeing some impressive works of art in the numerous galleries that are scattered all over the city.

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I hope one day I will return to this awe-inspiring city and discover more things but for now Venice you have allowed me to enter my thirties feeling inspired by your views, artwork and history and grateful for just having the ability to discover a new place by getting lost in it.

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My space

So I have finally started to create my own small corner to work from in our flat. It’s not much right now but I have the desk I wanted and its next to the window so plenty of light. I have dreams of decorating the wall with my inspirations and hopefully one off creations (I sadly rarely get out my sketch pad but its something I aim to do now). Photo 16-03-2015 15 44 18

Here are a couple of spaces and creative places that inspired me so far:

You can see more on my Pinterest board here:

So I would love to spend weeks at this desk thinking and creating. but right now I am supposed to be packing as we are going to Dubai tomorrow to celebrate our first wedding anniversary 🙂 This year has flown past!

My road to fitness and back to football

I have recently joined a ladies football team. Well we don’t actually compete in a league we just get together on Saturdays mornings for training sessions. These training sessions involve fitness sections, football drills and end with an 11-a-side game against each other. It’s really good fun, everyone gets on and it’s not competitive just a good way to work out whilst having fun and get to know a few people. Most Saturdays we head to the local pub afterwards to have a drink and get to know each other a little more. I have only been to two sessions so far and I have really enjoyed it, more so the second time as I knew what to expect and got more involved I feel. I have still a long tway to go should I want to compete in a proper game (which they do occasionally) but for now I happy with just doing it for fun and to help my fitness.

Since returning from Dubai I have struggled to maintain a fitness routine apart from last year somewhat as I was part of a gym with my husband and we had the motivation of our upcoming wedding. This year or since March 2014 has been a little harder. We joined another gym which was great, so close to our home and cheap enough that it wasn’t such a drag every month on the bank account. But problem was as soon as the colder months hit and the dark nights it was a struggle to get to. You see it sits behind a dark road and lots of trees and when you don’t have access to a car the walk or run to get there can be a bit off-putting. So we decided to cancel our membership in January this year. I have always enjoyed long runs around our area of Wanstead and South Woodford (outskirts of London) but it can get a bit tedious and repetitive after a while not to mention if you work late its the last thing you want to be doing at 8-9 pm on a cold night!

My husband has always been into football ever since we met 13 years ago it has been the other part of our relationship and to be honest deep down I wouldn’t have it any other way. I see how much enjoyment he gets out of it, from playing every weekend, to watching it on TV, to talking with his friends/me/his family about it – It is and will always be a part of our lives and that’s okay because even before we met my Dad had cemented it into my life also. He used to coach our local boys team, Sprotbrough Crusaders. My brother also played for them and I met some of my close friends by being dragged down on a cold sunday morning to games whilst my mother had to work shifts at our local hospital. I used to hate having to stand there on the side lines next to the first aid box and that “magic” sponge and bucket! But yes there were other daughters like me who were in the same position and had to come down and watch their brother/cousin, and this softened the blow and I guess I can say this is where it started for me.

Soon I was getting involved in the newly established Richmond hill school girls team! It was quite a thing. There was about 8-10 of us in the beginning and we had caught on to a bit of a trend. We all followed football and tried to get involved in the boys games on the field at play time. I don’t know how it started maybe it was that era in the late 90’s of Manchester united, David Beckham and the other superstars coming into the lime light or just the fact we felt we could be as good as the boys, our brothers etc. I mean don’t get me wrong I was a very girly girl in the midst of all this I was still going to ballet and dance classes every Thursday and Saturday. It wasn’t about being “one of the boys” it was about getting involved in something and being part of a team and ultimately having fun with it. So our small girls team grew and other girls in our year started to hear about it and wanted to be involved and before you know it we were going over to another school in the area to play a friendly game, the team or school was ELLERS!  I remember showing up there, my Dad had driven me and a couple of my close friends to the school. He was so proud and I was so proud because he was a manager of the Crusaders! I mean people knew my Dad in our village because of this. He probably should have been our manager but we were lumped with our school teacher Mr Arthur for whatever reason. I can’t actually remember him talking to us as a team, giving us a team talk or any inspiring words to be honest but hey he was our manager figure and quite frankly we all knew what we had to do on that field. As soon as we got out of the car at the ground my Dad got straight to it and got us all in a circle to do a warm up game of head catch. This got us all going and ready to face our first proper game! We got battered by Ellers to be fair. I remember one opportunity for myself. I was clear, running towards the goal, shot in sight, a defender was on me but too far to bother me. I could hear their team cheering for their goalie as I set my sight on the net. I shot on target but she made the save. I was slightly disappointed but I had a taste and It was a thrill for a moment. We went away from that game tired but we all enjoyed it. We played a couple more games, tournaments and matches. Ellers were always our rivals and I can quite distinctly remember them being probably a foot taller than us at the time. (They probably weren’t but things seem so much more exaggerated as a kid)

Doncaster Football

I went to a few “football days” over the coming years cause my Dad knew people at our local club Doncaster Rovers and got involved in most things my brother did with football. This kept us occupied most summers and I was even in the local paper for it! But as high school years approached I and my friends lost interest in playing the game and other things took over appearance, fashion, boys. I got involved in Netball in my later years of school and really enjoyed the team element of this and thought about carrying it on for a while but my eventual career and social life took over again.

For the years through college sport and exercise were not a part of my life which is probably something I regret but if I went back now I probably wouldn’t be able to convince my 17-21 year old self this. I am now an established Digital Art Director working in London for the past 8 years as well as a break year in Dubai with my then boyfriend and now Husband, Dave. I began a heavy (for me) fitness regime whilst in Dubai as It seemed like the perfect time to transform myself. Lucky for me Dave was a qualified personal trainer! I think he was quite shocked but happy and excited when I turned to him in our first few weeks and said, “I want to change my body, please help me”. He loves a challenge and Is very passionate about fitness and wellbeing. He is so knowledgable and driven at his job (health club manager) and I know he is guiding me in the best way possible. In little over 4 weeks I could see the change in myself and body. I felt alive and healthy it was quite a feeling and something I hadn’t experienced for some time if ever. I mean I have never been a gym person in the past but the feeling it gives you is unreal – it’s totally worth it! The best thing about doing all of this is that I could do it with Dave. It became our weekly activity together, we really looked forward to those Friday morning gym sessions then going to a nice restaurant in a beach bar area after knowing we had really worked so we could treat ourselves once in a while. This continued whilst we were in Dubai for a year and I am so glad I woke up from being lazy and just thinking I could go through life and my body would take care of itself. All those times I used to think well I am a slim person surely that’s enough and I can eat whatever I want. Well it isn’t the truth. Listen early 20 year olds – It’s gonna get harder for you to stay in shape, do yourself a favor and start now 🙂 you will feel a whole load better for it, look after your body. In June 2013 we returned to the UK for a number of reasons but one of the main at the time was we were getting married and wanted to be closer to family so that they could enjoy the day with us. As I mentioned previous myself and Dave tried hard to maintain our fitness lifestyle and did as well as we could in the run up to the wedding.

It seemed that I had reached a point as I did when we moved to Dubai that I wanted to change things up a little. Yes I still loved going to the gym but it was often on my days off in the week I could only make it or on a saturday whilst Dave was playing football. I craved some sort of group activity and something more fun and energising than the same routine in the gym. I think Dave first suggested why don’t you look into ladies Football teams whilst we were in the local one Saturday evening. I googled a few times, “ladies football”, “ladies non competitive football” but often I was finding mixed teams and teams at the other side of London. After more searching we came across the Ladies East end academy. This is a group set up by a guy called Naz Ahmed he is joined by another also FA qualified coach Addison. It is the only ladies social football club in east London. It’s for all Ladies from age 16 up from various backgrounds and abilities. The aim for anyone joining is to socialise, learn and keep fit. There is no commitment required and they even try to get us involved in friendly games should we wish.

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This brief delve into my past and journey to now is not to say everybody needs to work out and exercise or me trying to push fitness or being healthy down your throat it is more for me to outline my full circle and to say, whatever you choose to do, to look after yourself and make your mind and soul happy make it something that’s fun and not a chore, after all you only live once and you only have one body to live it in, look after it! (quote stolen from my husband and motivator Dave Taylor).

Identity

So I have been thinking a lot about my online identity recently. After getting married and having my name change should I carry on using Tasker? At first i thought yes as it was hard to secure the web domain lisataylor.com for obvious reasons but now the more I think about it and the more I network I can see the issues. People wonder am I Lisa Tasker still or am I now Lisa Taylor? New connections I make know me as Lisa Taylor so it seems viable to change to that but how can I forget the past 7 years of connections made??

So I have decided to put together a new online identity. This is something that is going to be careful process as I don’t want to rush into it but I want to get it up and running soon.

This kind of sticks with me so I think I may go with it and see what branding and ideas around it I conjure up!

Lisa Tasker Taylor Designer Spy

I like it as it is funny but also directly relates to me and what I do. A couple of friends kindly thought it up minus the Designer but with Soldier (get it) well lets see where it takes me 🙂

I will post updates of thoughts and designs as soon as I have something.

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Tasker Taylor Designer Spy..

So in the past year things have been pretty hectic – Me and Dave got married! So I am now officially Lisa Taylor – no longer a Tasker…

The wedding was as they say the best day of our lives. We had some of our friends come over from the states to help celebrate! They came over a week before so we could hang out in London and show them some cool stuff seen as they made the long journey. The day itself was beautiful sunny/stormy Yorkshire day 🙂 all our family and friends there and a simple, yet personal ceremony and reception.

We have gone over over and back on forth about where we want to settle in the UK we even nearly made the move to back to Yorkshire but right at the last min it just didn’t feel right and so we have decided to remain here in London. We are lucky enough to have stumbled on a great area and found a wonderful apartment. Not many people have heard of it and those that have believe it is so far out of London but for us 40 mins on a tube to Oxford St really isn’t that bad! So hopefully this will be the start to our married life and for once and for all becoming southerners! haha

I have also decided to go it alone in the freelance world and set up my own company. So far so good I have been getting in steady work for some great clients and really enjoying the choices I can make in terms of who I work with and projects that I get involved in.

Here are a few visual memories from the last few months wedding, London, friends and all!

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Got to try some amazing food!

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This was the view from the apartment we stayed in.

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So March came and it was already time for my hen do! My girls put together a lovely weekend for us all in London!

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So March came and it was already time for my hen do! My girls put together a lovely weekend for us all in London!

Some of our friends came over from the States for our wedding. They stayed with us in London for a week, so we could hang out for a bit before the wedding.

Me and my dear friend Angela got to go to our first gig together CHVRCHES at the Forum in Kentish town!

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Here she is on the tube with her sweet Boyfriend Michael or Z as we call him who was also Dave’s best man.

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Some shots of the Boys!

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Many a tube journey was taken!

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A lot of Vintage shopping/browsing!

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In Doncaster we took them for a game of bowling before a night on the town! DTC!

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They got to meet my lovely maid of honour/sister before the wedding and some of our friends.

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The day finally came and these two were on hand to help me with my dress!

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We got some really odd weather of thunder storms hail and bright sunshine! But the sun was out for the pictures thank god!

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The boys trying to not look too nervous before their speeches 🙂

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Everyone enjoyed a dance! Including my normally shy little brother Jamie 🙂

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The photobooth went down a treat!

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My friend Claire actually moved to Leeds so we went to sample the cocktail bars of course!

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Me and the Husband finally got to see AWOLNATION!

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Got very cheap tickets to a festival which included Arcade fire in the lineup!

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Started a photography project on our local area – Wanstead

More to come soon!

Charlotte Tasker Final show

So I made it back home to see my sisters final year Fine Art Show. She is going on to study Fashion photography at Leeds Art College and I couldn’t be more proud of her.

Her project was based around creating material and promoting her fictional band “Love The Accent”. She has been inspired by vintage photography from the 1960’s and 70’s. She has manipulated her photography to give it a contemporary feel such as 3D.

Here are a couple of pictures from her stand.

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Dubai

So another chapter has ended for now I guess. Me and my now Fianceé have decided to leave Dubai and return to London. We have been there for over a year now and experienced some pretty amazing things! I will always appreciate what it did for us as individuals, professionals and of course a couple.

I am very excited to begin our life together (again) in London. I have worked with some pretty amazing people over in Middle East and met lots of different types of people, been introduced to different customs and ways of life also. I can’t explain in words how much it can fulfil you to experience something like this as a person I feel so much more mature and appreciative of things that never really mattered to me too much before. So okay without sounding all emotional and sentimental I shall share with you some visual memories that I have gathered over my time in Dubai. DSC_0404

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