Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Born Bitchin'

I've designed a few things for the new Born Bitchin' clothing range - starting with this patch and logo.

Carters Steam Fair

Every year, in addition to the usual posters and leafets, I make loads of other things for Carters Steam Fair... here is a selection of this season's extras! Above: Billboard poster for bus stops
 Information board about the Jungle Thriller Ark, for the Great Dorset Steam Fair
 Information board about the Royal Windsor living wagon
 Poster for Joby Carter's signwriting courses. Check out for more info
 Leaflet for the signwriting courses
 Check your height! Height stick for children on the fair
 Large board for token booth
 Price boards for token booth
 STOP! for token machines
 Large banner
 Special edition Wall of Death poster for Southend on Sea
Information about how to ride the Steam Yachts

Monday, 3 August 2015

Charivari Day

This is a poster that I designed for the annual Charivari Day carnival in Folkestone. I was taken by a font from the turn of the century that I drew from the source material specially for the poster, with a few small adaptions.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Abbey Road - right here, right now!

As all my clients will know, I've been a bit busy this last couple of months. It's mainly down to the Abbey Road Live Here Now team, who have been keeping me on my toes with Mission Impossible style last minute jobs. Abbey Road Live Here Now records shows live and makes the CDs at the venue, so you can buy them after the gig. They are a great bunch, and they go way above and beyond the call of duty to get their releases out.

Each one tends to be a double CD, with a high quality digipack which is designed and printed in advance of the gig so the CDs can be written at the venue. They are usually ready to be bought five minutes after the show is over.

Damon Albarn and the Heavy Seas live at the Royal Albert Hall
The drawing was done by Damon's partner specially for the cover.

The Really Big Chorus performs Handel's Messiah at the Royal Albert Hall
I had pretty much a free reign for this one, so I did an illustration for the cover. There are two versions: the adult and youth choruses.

Nina Nesbitt live at Union Chapel
The brief was to follow the style of her website and incorporate fairy lights with her name as the front cover.

The Specials 2014 Tour Edition
The Specials have such a strong visual style it was a pleasure to make this one.

Steve Rothery live at Bush Hall

Status Quo live at Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham
This was made to fit into their existing artwork style, so it was more a case of creative layout than outright creativity.

Peter Hook & The Light live at Hebden Bridge
This bundle is three double CDs (one for each performance) plus the bonus disc featuring Rowetta. I had more of a free reign with this one, so used Hooky's logo as a basis for a typographic design.

You can buy all of these limited edition releases here:

Monday, 10 November 2014

New signwriting course!

My mate Joby Carter from Carters Steam Fair has just announced a new signwriting course in February - if you'd like to learn the craft from a master, now's yer chance!

I just made this image for him to promote it online.

Born Bitchin'

I made this logo last week for Anna Porter and Estelle Bilson-Booker's new clothing line, Born Bitchin' - good, clean 1970s fun!

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Lucky Me!

I designed this poster reminiscent of a B movie poster for Strange Cargo for their "Lucky Me!" exhibition which went alongside their Triennial piece "The Luckiest Place on Earth" (see below)...

See a penny, pick it up...

Strange Cargo asked me to design a 'recycling device' for lucky pennies to be fixed under the bridge at Folkestone Central railway station as part of their "The Luckiest Place on Earth" art piece for Folkestone Triennial. Excitingly, it was to be 3d printed in titanium!

I had a choice of making it in plaster of Paris and then sending it to them to be scanned for printing, or getting it built up in CAD by a third party and doing it using the computer. Because of the repeating elements, I decided it would be better to do it using digital technology, and so I worked with another company to realise it in 3d.

It was a weird process. Apart from the 2d layout above, it was all in my head, and I was having to try and explain to someone else what shape it should be, and what measurements. So I decided the easiest thing to do would be to send them sketches of each component and we could discuss them as they were extruded on the computer...

It was a complicated process, but it worked! In the end, Renishaw printed the prototype and it looked not far off the original. Some things we'd changed because of tolerances of the material or the printing process.

 It's now installed at the Station and every time I pass it there are pennies in the holders, so people are clearly using it all the time! 

Birthday party

I did this silly invitation for me mate's 60th birthday, love a good doodle!