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  • Hi everyone, it's Paola,

  • I am finally back, I feel like

  • I've been gone forever.

  • And technically I was...

  • I was in the U.K. for 2 weeks,

  • and now I've been back for a little while,

  • like, a week now? But then

  • I was trapped in this polar vortex thing.

  • It's like negative bajillion degrees outside right now,

  • and honestly I don't know how I'm surviving it,

  • but I'm trying, I'm not going outside.

  • It has been sunny luckily

  • so I haven't been feeling gloomy and sad,

  • but ya know, you don't care.

  • What you do care about is subscribing to my channel

  • and turning on the little bell

  • so you get a notification for when I upload,

  • because I've been getting a lot of new subscribers lately!

  • Well, a lot to me,

  • and I'm really excited about it!

  • So welcome to my channel, and if you haven't subscribed

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  • So this is a Graphic Designer's Guide to London

  • now it's not going to be a step-by-step kind of guide

  • but I thought I would share what I went to see

  • as a designer, as an artist

  • what I thought would be so cool to see while I was in London,

  • and I did it, and so I thought I would share it with you

  • and just share my little experiences that I had!

  • So let's talk about it.

  • Ok so let's start out by talking about why I was in the U.K. in the first place

  • I didn't just go to travel alone and do a big vacation by myself,

  • like a solo traveler thing,

  • I mean I guess I kind of did that,

  • but, I studied in the U.K. for a semester

  • and I loved it, I've always wanted to go back,

  • I would love to live there, I just love the U.K. so much,

  • I love London. And then

  • my best friend, who I met while I was studying abroad

  • is now studying again in the U.K. doing her master's,

  • and I was like, "yes, this is perfect, I'm coming to visit!"

  • And then another friend was studying abroad again so we were like,

  • "it's perfect, I'm just gonna come" so I booked it,

  • and we had it planned for a few months! So I was like, cool.

  • Then she was like, "oh I have classes still," so I had to work around that,

  • but I was still really excited to see her, it doesn't matter what we're doing we always have fun.

  • So I did a lot of like, solo day trips,

  • and then the end of my trip was by myself in London,

  • and then I also hung out with her and we went up to Manchester together

  • so we traveled around, and it was all together an amazing time.

  • So I went into London by myself a total of 3 days,

  • not in a row,

  • I did a day trip and then at the end I did a 2-day thing in London before leaving.

  • So that was by myself, and then I also did one day trip with my friend, Lina,

  • and we went into London and did some cool stuff.

  • So I'm going to be talking about that, all the cool things in London that I saw, and yeah.

  • Now I have to admit, I was a little nervous about going into London alone,

  • and traveling alone in general,

  • but it actually ended up being a very liberating experience.

  • And I really like being independent and seeing a city by myself,

  • navigating the public transportation,

  • and just seeing all the sights and taking it in at my own pace, on my own time.

  • And it was so so worth it.

  • If you are nervous about traveling alone, don't be,

  • because it was so fun and people are really nice if you give them the chance.

  • But don't be stupid about anything.

  • But it was very fun just to experience things alone, and see the sights of London,

  • even as an artist and designer it is very inspiring just to see everything in London

  • because it's exactly what you picture, it just so magical.

  • So the first thing, I guess this is going to be a lot of museums,

  • museum talk,

  • if you're not into museums, I'm sorry.

  • I love museums, and also so much good art is in the museums in London.

  • So I'm gonna talk about it.

  • That's just that on that, so guess you're gonna have to deal.

  • [laughs] But the first thing

  • I went to was the Victoria & Albert Museum.

  • And if you recently watched my artist series video on Alan Fletcher

  • he's the one who designed the logo, so I was so excited to be going there

  • and just seeing everything that was the branding of the museum.

  • But then of course, all the amazing works inside the Victoria & Albert museum.

  • It's a really cool museum,

  • and the best part about everything in London

  • all the museums and stuff, they're all free.

  • So you get to go for free! You can just walk in

  • and see amazing art, like, "no I didn't pay 25 pounds to see this"

  • which things in London can get expensive

  • so definitely take advantage of free museums because they are so worth it.

  • And the Victoria & Albert museum was great.

  • So I'm going to be talking about a lot of museums, but

  • the Design museum, obviously

  • if you are a designer you have to go see the Design museum.

  • It is a big architectural building

  • and they have all these different locations around London

  • so you can see different installations,

  • and there are just really cool, interesting facts, and history of design,

  • all different types of design, not just Graphic Design,

  • Graphic Design is incorporated in there,

  • but there's industrial design, architecture, automotive design,

  • things like that.

  • So it's very interesting, but I will say it was very small.

  • Like, the building seemed big but there wasn't much to see.

  • And they always different special exhibitions and

  • you have to pay for those, that part's not free,

  • but, the one when I was there was not that amazing so I didn't go see it,

  • it was something I wasn't that interested in, it was furniture design.

  • And I know they've had really cool ones in the past

  • and they're going to have cool ones in the future,

  • so just make sure that you keep an eye out

  • for whatever is going on at the museum because there can be really cool stuff,

  • but sometimes it's not exactly what you're expecting?

  • So it wasn't my favorite museum but it was very very interesting, informative,

  • and I just loved being there.

  • But I will give a lil shoutout to the gift shop there,

  • they had tons of different design books,

  • tons of different postcards, and little things that you can get that you can't really find anywhere else,

  • like really cool, designed little things.

  • Things from the exhibitions...

  • So it was really really cool, the gift shop, and it wasn't very overpriced,

  • and I bought some things because it was amazing.

  • So if you don't know I'm also really really into Art History,

  • and that's why I have the Artist series that I do,

  • I like to talk about contemporary artists,

  • I like to talk about, [pause]

  • even older than that, but

  • I'm really into contemporary and modern art.

  • And so I was really excited to go to the Tate Modern museum.

  • And let me tell you that place did not disappoint!

  • Everything was free, even the special exhibitions.

  • It was huge! I spent most of my day in there,

  • and it was just the coolest place ever.

  • I got to see so many works by such incredible artists

  • that I've studied, and also ones that

  • are just so prolific, and

  • ugh

  • it was just an amazing amazing place to go,

  • as a designer, but also as an artist,

  • and someone who is really into modern, contemporary art.

  • It was so so cool and so so worth it.

  • I would say that anyone who is into art in any capacity

  • should go to the Tate Modern.

  • AND, they also had a special exhibition,

  • (that was free)

  • and it was on Jenny Holzer's work.

  • Jenny Holzer is so. cool.

  • She has a bunch of things called, "Truisms,"

  • where she writes a lot of lines about the world,

  • and it's all Type based,

  • and it's not just Typography, it's about the words.

  • So it's very interesting,

  • and I think I'm going to talk about her

  • soon, in an Artist Series video.

  • So stay tuned for that.

  • But seeing Jenny Holzer's work was just so inspiring.

  • And I also want to give another shoutout to the Tate Modern gift shop,

  • these museum gift shops are incredible.

  • I was looking for cool artist bookshops, and galleries where you could buy stuff

  • around London, I tried to do my research before going

  • and I really couldn't find anything, at least on Google.

  • So I was so happy when I found

  • that the gift shops at the museums were next level,

  • and really not overpriced.

  • The Tate Modern had so many different artist prints

  • that were just a few pounds,

  • I mean you transfer it to dollars it's a little more.

  • But, really not that much, inexpensive,

  • and they had so many different postcards,

  • and they had things from different categories

  • of art that was on display in the museum.

  • So a lot of the stuff I was into, stuff I had studied,

  • they had like "merch" for it,

  • and that was really cool.

  • And then of course they had artist books and magazines.

  • It was just so worth it, and I went a little crazy

  • and bought a bunch of stuff for my friends. [laughs]

  • And it was worth it, it's amazing.

  • So

  • overall, that's my shout out for that.

  • And it was great.

  • AND the last place I want to talk about,

  • it's not a museum, thank god, am I right?

  • So it is actually a restaurant, it's a tea place,

  • and for me it was really expensive,

  • but overall the whole experience was so worth it.

  • And it's such a visually interesting, beautiful place.

  • I just felt so cool, sitting there having my tea.

  • I brought Lina on this [pause] event, outing.

  • We had such a good time because it's the most amazing place.

  • It's called Sketch, Sketch London.

  • It's a tea room and restaurant.

  • And basically the entire place is pink.

  • There's art everywhere.

  • And there's a dress code, you have to dress "art smart".

  • Which, [scoffs] I guess that's just how I dress all the time!

  • Who knows?

  • Yeah, it's just the coolest place.

  • And I have been dying to go there for 3 years,

  • so I said, "ok this is a once in a lifetime thing,"

  • "I know it's expensive but I'm gonna do it."

  • It was overall worth it, the whole experience was so worth it.

  • And it was just amazing,

  • and I feel like as a designer, an artist,

  • you want to find places that are [laughs]

  • aesthetically pleasing? Maybe that's just me,

  • but I love going places that have a cool environment,

  • and just make you feel so... alive!

  • I don't know! It's this weird thing for me.

  • As a designer I get so energized by being in places like this.

  • So it was such an amazing experience for me,

  • and obviously I needed my pictures in front of a whole pink restaurant.

  • And you know what? Overall worth it.

  • And I'm just telling you guys about it, and recommend it to you,

  • when you go to London, go have some cool afternoon tea, go to Sketch!

  • Now overall I thought I was going to have a ton of little places to suggest to you guys,

  • but I didn't see THAT much stuff,

  • and this was mostly from a design standpoint,

  • I obviously recommend going to see all the touristy things,

  • go for it! [laughs]

  • But I went at my own pace,

  • and did my own leisurely thing,

  • and walked everywhere. So definitely do your research,

  • see what is close to the things you want to go to,

  • what you want to see around that area...

  • But also take the tube!

  • It's so much fun. [laughs]

  • I love taking public transportation in a city, like, I felt so cool and independent.

  • But even from a desa - design standpoint? "dezan standpoint" DESIGN standpoint.

  • It's really cool because I was thinking about the maps,

  • where they telling you where you're going on what line,

  • and it's really interesting, these abstract mappings,

  • that we all seem to understand.

  • When I got thinking about that I was like,

  • that's really a strange concept.

  • Designers really did that.

  • Things they did: that.

  • And we all get it now. Designers are amazing.

  • So go around London, experience the design for yourself,

  • the art is amazing.

  • And... Yeah