March 18, 2009

I’ve also finished the product design for Rollerpalooza; after consulting with Sophie and twiddling the logos about the client and I finally came up with something everyone’s happy with. Hooray!



March 18, 2009

Great news – the florist work is almost done! I’m really proud of the illustrations I did for it and I’m sure Creative Spark are doing a great job making the website suitably fabulous. I’m just having to put together some greetings cards using elements from the illustrations now, which should be fun. My flatmate tumblr’d (is that a verb yet? I’m sure it will be soon) some lovely designs that gave me some inspiration:





I think they’re by Carrie Gifford, of Red Cap Cards.

It’s that time of year again, I think:

I think this would be a good thing to enter again because it might give a good headstart on what I want to enter for the Computer Arts Graduate Showcase, and also since my live briefs are in a slight lull at the moment it gives me something to be doing. The deadline’s on April 20th but as I shall be jetting off on my holidays on the 16th (!!!) I’ll have to have things done a few days earlier. Still, that’s not really a bad thing as long as I know what I want to do.

ETA: Bit confused as to which category I’d enter this year – my initial reaction would be to enter for Illustration, but then the Graphic Design category states “the judges are looking for outstanding single images, with high visual impact and accomplished detailing. Submissions can be artworks for any format, from postage stamp to poster, postcard to mural, and should be accompanied by a short explanation of the conceptual or strategic thinking behind the piece, together with the dimensions and intended use or location.” Hmmm….

do want.

March 9, 2009




I’ve just submitted my multitasking octopus as a critique submission for Threadless. I’m generally terrified at the prospect of submitting anything to that site, but I figure it might be helpful to get the feedback. I’ve had to tweak it a little to get it within the 8-colour limit, which is a shame, because I don’t think it’s quite as good now, but I’ll see what the Threadless people say.

The submission picture I uploaded:



March 6, 2009

After that the client wanted a few things tweaking, such as more bands mentioned and the logos tidying up and such. Although I liked the sunburst design I was a little worried that it was a bit too busy visually – I could kind of feel my eye skittering all over it rather than taking any of the information in. As a result, I provided two options; one with the original design, and one with the features slightly toned down a little (and a new font, ’cause I wasn’t sure I liked Telegraphem).

…I fail at typography. Graham would be ashamed.



The client was still keen on the first design, so I’m working with that one.

rollerpalooza continued

March 6, 2009

So I then started to come up with some poster concepts. This was harder than I anticipated just because there was a lot of information to fit in the the space and because I felt the logo itself should remain the most important illustrative feature. I was also conscious that I shouldn’t be going too cutesy or twee with it, because although I do naturally gravitate towards cutesy and twee it doesn’t really fit the spirit of the gig (in the organiser’s own words, “people will be skating around, drunk, while Black Lips are vomiting all over the place, essentially”). So this is what I came up with:





I liked the third one best (retro sunbursts ftw!) and so did the client, funnily enough.


March 6, 2009

Currently working on a logo and poster for a DrownedinSound and Death by Shoes gig in Sheffield – it’s a roller disco (!) featuring lots of bands and DJs, which sounds like some fun times. I was first asked to come up with a logo to feature on the poster and be used elsewhere (such as Facebook and DiS) so came up with a few quick ideas:


The one on the left was the first one that I came up with and although I kind of had a gut feeling that it was what I wanted from it I thought it best to provide a choice, so I came up with the other two… and the client liked the first one best anyway. He asked me to provide a few varieties of that one and the right-most one using the DiS black and pink, so I provided this:


And we settled on this:



March 6, 2009

Noshi & Meg, on Earth, year 2036 by Aya Takano

it’s not me

March 6, 2009

Miss Van –