I got the chance to work on an editorial piece for Genome Magazine. I really enjoy working on editorial illustrations, I find that tight deadlines and certain restrictions are a really good creative challenge, Here is the piece used on their site to accompany the article online.
I’ve found that a great source of inspiration comes from travel and adventure – when the warmer weather arrives here in the UK I start imagine what adventure the Summer ahead might hold. Getting a break from working on projects everyday seems to allow a bit of space in my mind for new ideas and a fresh perspective when returning home.
I was looking back at some old photos the other day and found this selection I took in Spain last year. I don’t always look at the photos I’ve taken straight away, but often months or even years after I like to look at them and be reminded of the experiences.
I recently collaborated with Keep Cards to create this rage of alphabet greetings cards. They have a nice personal touch if you want to buy a letter card that corresponds with a persons name, or even if you just think the message matches the person / occasion. I’ve made them available in my shop, if you don’t see the letters you’d like please get in touch. To buy the cards and other gifts visit my shop here
One of my favourite things to work on is icons, I hope I will always find opportunities to make them. Part of that reason is that I really enjoy the process of coming up with ideas, making small sketches and the process of refining ideas, that process of refinement I think is really crucial whilst making icons, in my opinion they need to instantly communicate a clear message in order to be effective and be useful to the user. Being a graphic designer to me has become more about what other people get from my work, I always like to ask does the work or project have a purpose? and is that purpose truly useful or helpful in some way, icons are an amazing tool that I believe are really helpful, they help us we communicate not just efficiently but often in a fun and playful way.
My final Chocolate Factory book cover design and illustration
Factory is a bittersweet assortment of short stories created by young
writers between the ages of 11 – 18. In response to a short story
competition delivered by the Centre for Applied Human Rights at the
University of York and Amnesty International UK, young authors wrote on
the theme of chocolate and human rights. Entries were received from
Ghana and the United Kingdom. Three winning stories and all the
shortlisted entries can be found in this delectable, thought-provoking
Juliana Mensah, Artist in Residence, Centre for Applied Human Rights
Rose Drew, Anthropologist and Publisher, Stairwell Books
I was kindly asked to contribute to Explore, a project from Anorak in collaboration with Airbnb and Natural History Museum. Here is my page.
When the Summer arrives here in the UK I start to crave the sea and adventure – I’ve put together a selection of videos which help inspire me and allow me to escape even if I’m still at the desk on hot days.
Please follow the links to these stunning videos
Really grateful to ohmarie.nl for another fantastic photo in which she has included one of my pieces of work
Definitely one of my inspirations in terms of graphics – love the older versions
I was really pleased to work on this book cover design for Graham Banks – here is the final result
I wanted to share a bit of my process when working on an assignment. I always start on paper with a pencil – as you can see in the photo I came up with 4 rough sketches, the theme was art meets science – The Spark of Life. Once a sketch / idea is approved I move onto the computer and draw up the shapes, first in monochrome then I’ll pick a colour palette and add that last.
Lovely photo of the Divers from Oh Marie Mag
I’ve made some more of my work available to buy. The prints are high quality reproductions printed using pigment inks—available here
The nights are drawing in so I thought it would be the perfect time to share my Four Favourite Films to Fall Asleep to.
It’s not that I don’t like these films but I find them all quite slow
but also soothing, I have fallen asleep to all of them at some point.
I hope you get the chance to watch them all the way through or even enjoy a snooze half way them.
My Four Favourite Films to Fall Asleep to
1. Lost in Translation
2. I Am Love
3. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia
4. My Winnipeg