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November 9th 2010
Wow it’s been a long time since I updated this but I’ve been so busy. So here’s a couple of images of some recent portfolio additions.
And I’ve just picked up the keys to my new office, photos to come later!
May 12th 2010
April 5th 2010
Posted on my portfolio some pics up of the work I’ve done for Wired and Wired Italy. Taken in RAW with a 500D, allows to play with the white balance and exposure post shooting. Also tweaked up the saturation a bit which you can get away with with infographics, although the Italian designs used lovely spot vibrant colours so little tweaking was needed.
February 8th 2010
Just a little look at what I’m currently up to and why I haven’t been updating much.
January 2nd 2010
October 21st 2009
This was done for a little zine project that Jack Richardson is working on. The rules were it had to be on the themes of British, 50+(age) and three. Other limits were black and white only and had to fit on A5.
As I had already done the Vulcan stuff I’ve posted earlier, I immediatly knew I wanted to do the V Bombers. I started work on a kind of mash-up infographics poster but I got bogged down with it and felt really limited by the lack of colour. So in the end I played to my strengths and did a layout composition. Once I got going it was a lot of fun to make, although I spent most of my weekend on it – it definately was a change from making websites for clients.
I tried to recreate the style of some of those military adverts from the 50s, and if there’s one part I particularly like, it’s the mix of spaced out caps, then tighter italics underneith under the weapons.
October 18th 2009
One page of a design I’m working on for a friend’s zine. The themes are Britain, Three and 50+ Years Old, so I’m going for all three. I’m working on a second page.
October 10th 2009
I thought I’d take the time to write up a journey one of my university final project posters went through. When working, I’ve got into the habit of saving as a new file after every major design addition or change. The mobile phone poster had over 25 iterations by the time it reached a finished piece and here are a few of them:
First after some experimentation I decided which typefaces I’d use. Knockout was my first choice as it was condensed enough to fit into tight spaces, and I really like the slight retro feel of using it all in caps for titles. I wanted a serif for large pieces of text for easier legibility and as a contrast to the rationality of Knockout. I went with Caslon mostly out of personal preference as it’s one of my favorite serifs, with a classical edge but still very readable. Lastly I decided to add some Bodoni Poster sparingly in places as a highlight, as I just love its eccentricity and classic look. Read the rest of this entry »
September 30th 2009
Knocked this up tonight, was originally just going to do the vector drawing but got carried away learning how to do distress effects in Illustrator. I suspect as with most things, the more subtle the better so I’ll tone them down a bit for future efforts. Also the drawing I traced off an RAF plan and it was wrong – one wing was shorter than the other, so either the RAF has wonky plans or the plane came out of the factory lop sided. Made in Britain indeed.
I angled it going top left to bottom right as it’s supposed to give it an unnerving, slightly depressing feel, as opposed to the other diagonal which is meant to be uplifting. I started originally with a crosshair, which turned to a roundel, but then it looked a bit moddish, so I went with the anti-flash faded roundel, on a white background too so it looks a bit like its on the side of a dirty scuffed up plane. Also makes me think of the nuclear payload it could be carrying.
September 28th 2009
Daytime TV is generally pretty awful so I find myself switching to this channel called Dave which broadcasts Top Gear and Fifth Gear episodes throughout the day. I didn’t really rate the latest season of Top Gear but I can still happily watch the old episodes but I just find myself switching over whenever Fifth Gear comes on. It just seems so repetitive – how many crash tests do we need to see repeatedly from several angles in slow motion until we learn that newer cars are safer than older cars? Plus the head to head where Tiff drives 2 cars round some racetrack. Today it was two vans – I mean come on, Top Gear did that fantastic piece about racing a Transit around the Nordschleife and this was the best they could come up with? I know the BBC has some amazing licensing system which allows them to play any music they want, but surely Fifth Gear can manage something better than the horrid stock music that’s played in every episode? So I put my frustrations into a couple of infographics:
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