Monday, 3 August 2015
Tuesday, 16 December 2014
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.
The drawing was done by Damon's partner specially for the cover.
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.
The brief was to follow the style of her website and incorporate fairy lights with her name as the front cover.
The Specials have such a strong visual style it was a pleasure to make this one.
This was made to fit into their existing artwork style, so it was more a case of creative layout than outright creativity.
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: http://www.abbeyroad.com/live
Monday, 10 November 2014
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!
Tuesday, 14 October 2014
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!
The Jim Jones Revue asked me to design a T shirt for their last tour, The Last Hurrah. I have done a couple of others for them in the past, so it's nice to be involved in the last one... and it was great fun to do. Last minute, frantic, but a really good collaboration between me and the band while they were on the road resulted in this.
And then we used it as a basis to make the Live at The Forum double CD cover with Abbey Road: