Working with Primary Site I developed a website design for Colwall Church of England Primary School featuring the school logo, the uniform colours of bottle green and gold while incorporating some of the local scenery into the design.
The idea for the header of the website was to use images provides by the school to show the school surrounded by nature, using images of the local countryside and trees. This was tied into the main content area using leaf brushes in the school colours to create a cohesive link between the the header image and main content area.
The school required several editable areas such as a notice board, slideshow, house points counter and welcome text as well as button links to the school blogs and a scrolling banner feature.
I also worked with Primary Site to develop a design for a new website for Elston All Saints Anglican/Methodist Primary School. The school wanted the layout to be simple and the main focus to be on the school's colours of burgundy and pale blue.
I worked with the Unicorn Press and author William Packer to design a book on the artist Sarah Raphael that was being published to coincide with an exhibition at the Marlborough Fine Art Gallery in November 2013.
The book is 160 pages about the life of Sarah Raphael and her versatile body of work. The book is a hardback with a dust jacket and features a photo of Sarah on the front and one of her self portrait paintings on the back. The endpapers feature a drawing that Sarah made at school. Included in the book are 70 colour illustrations and 20 black and white drawings and photographs.
I designed the book covers for two very similar titles published by the Unicorn Press in October 2013. They are both watercolour sketchbooks, featuring watercolours documenting the funerals of both Sir Winston Churchill and Baroness Margaret Thatcher.
The sketchbook for Churchill is a reprint of the original sketchbook published shortly after his funeral, featuring an updated harback cover using an image from the book itself, painted by Charles Mozley.
The book for Thatcher similarly is published with a hardback cover, using an image from the new book as painted by Thomas J. Plunkett.
Having worked with the Unicorn Press on several different book designs I was asked to create new logos for two of their imprints: Uniform Press focusing on the publication of books about military history and Unity Press which will focus on the publication of books on cultural history, general history and reprints of classic texts.
The main usage of the logos was to be on the spine of books so it was imperative for the designs to be simple and work at a small size.
My design for the Uniform Press took inspiration from UK army insignia and used the three chevrons of a Sergeant reversed out. The top chevron was then manipulated into an angular 'U' for Uniform Press and the remaining chevrons can also be viewed as pages of an open book, reinforcing both the intended usage (for book publications) and the content (military history). The font used for the Uniform Press was the classic Gill Sans which was popularly used during WWII, further enhancing the military history aspect of the design.
The aim of the logo for the Unity Press was overall to be more simple and elegant as the word unity commonly invokes clichéd images of people holding hands. Again, there is an emphasis on the letter 'U' in the design and it is contained in a circle to epitomise the idea of unity.
Earlier this year in 2013, I was tasked with redesigning and revamping the design of a personal photo calendar for Globe IQ's 'Big Thought' stationery and greetings range.
The calendar is blank inside to allow you to add your own photographs to each month but the dates on the inside of each month required me to update them for 2014 and the interior needed a fresh colour scheme. I also had to redesign the front and back cover of the packaging, using a new colour scheme and striped pattern, as well as adding filtered effects to the provided imagery for the cover to make it new and interesting.
Images courtesy of Globe IQ.
Amero International Ltd is an accounting company that specialising in the shipping industry in South America. I began working with them to create a brand new logo for the company to be used on their website and business stationery.
The company wanted a logo design to reflect their accounting nature and their specialism in the shipping industry, as well as highlighting the close link with South America which is where they primarily do business. The logo I created combined symbols representing both investments (the % sign) and I designed the A to look like the sails of a boat, as well as being able to read it as a graph (linking in with the idea of accounting and numbers).
The bright colour scheme of the logo is in relation to the flag of Uruguary which is where Amero International Ltd primarily does its business.
For Globe IQ's 'Big Thought' stationery and greetings range, I was asked to develop a pattern and design packaging and cards for a 50 piece greeting card set.
From a dummy box that I was sent I had to draw up a template for the packaging and then design a pattern featuring owls and flowers in a pink and brown colour scheme which I then had to implement into the template I had drawn. After this I also had to design half of the 50 cards required for the box set, ranging from birthday cards, congratulations and thank you cards to wedding and baby cards.
Images courtesy of Globe IQ.
After many years of providing design consultancy to web design company Chicsystems, the company asked me to work on a rebrand of their logo and promotional materials.
The logo in all its previous incarnations has used a typeface with a technological, digital style and the colours have always been blue for 'chic' and yellow for 'systems. Chicsystems wanted to try and keep the colouring similar rather than develop a logo with new colouring as the colours had become recognisable as part of the brand. The original logo was also always used as a word on a single line but I have created two versions of the logo – one in a single line and a second logo in a block shape which can be used in different formats where the single line logo isn't as functional.
My approach to designing the new logo was to step away from the digital styled fonts and use a robust but contemporary sans-serif to give the brand a modern feel without the clichéd 'digital' aspect that many of its competitors use.
To further remove the design from the cold, digital feel of the previous logos, I decided to work with a font that used rounded corners rather than sharp angles to give the logo a more friendly, approachable feel. To enhance this I tweaked the colours to turn the bright yellow into a warmer orange-yellow and a complimentary warmer blue as the original colours had cool undertones.
The new logo steps away from the original blue for 'chic' and yellow for 'systems' and instead focusing on highlighting the 'hi', to accentuate the friendly, helpful energy from the logo and as promotional materials are developed, I plan to utilise the 'hi' to highlight this idea further.
On Art and Artists is a book I have designed for the Unicorn Press, written by T G Rosenthal and is a collection of his writings from various publications over the years. With few images, the book features 192 pages and a hardback cover with a dust jacket. The book is to be published on October 1st 2013.
The cover features a montage of images by the artists T G Rosenthal has written about or interviewed in the book and the interior of the cover has a black and white key of the cover images with their respective artists names. I designed both the cover (and corresponding key) alongside all the interior pages of the book.
Challenging myself to create a series of patterns using only two colours as part of my ongoing personal work has resulted in a collection of fruity designs that I intend to expand into other fruits in my own time.
The first three patterns I created featured three different berries; strawberries, blackberries and blueberries all of which are relatively small in size but have a variety of colours to keep my patterns interesting while still only using two colours.
To help buyers visualise my design in situ, I have created a series of mock ups of how I view my designs being used on a range of kitchen textiles such as tea towels, aprons and oven gloves as well as dinnerware. I believe these designed could be adapted for other products too such as other homeware and even giftware.
The Unicorn Press asked me to work on designing a dust jacket for the reprint of Winston Churchill's book Painting as a Pastime which was published by the Unicorn Press on 1st July 2013.
The cover was designed using an image painted by Churchill himself while I kept the rest of the design clean and simple to allow the beauty of the painting to be the main focus. The cover is a dust jacket with flaps as the book is a hardback of 96 pages. Underneath the dust jacket, the hard cover in red features Winston Churchill's signature in gold foil. His signature was scanned in and required me to clean up the image and prepare it as a vector file to be placed on the cover.
"A painting of the valley in which Chartwell sits forms the jacket of this attractive small hardback book. It exemplifies Churchill’s style."Peter Lewis, review of Painting as a Pastime for The Daily Mail
Working with the theme of Valentine's Day led me to create two heart patterns that combine hand drawn type with organic, swirling hearts for a unique design. The designs can work together, complimenting each other or can be used separately.
I created some visuals to illustrate both designs working on a range of products such as cushions, greeting cards and gift wrap and bags.
Finding Cyprus is a web directory in Cyprus that asked me to create an identity for their company. Using the slogan 'Finding Cyprus for you', I developed a concept for a logo that incorporated the simple iconography of a magnifying glass which is associated with the search button on the web.
As Finding Cyprus is primarily a web directory, I wanted to draw on the idea of the search glass to make it into an easily recognisable logo.
As well as developing an identity and style for the company, Finding Cyprus required a new full website design, web banner advertisements as well as print designs for business stationery such as business cards for employees, a sales presentation booklet and advertising flyers.
The original website for Finding Cyprus was cluttered and lacked consistency within its style and hierarchy. I redesigned their website to provide a clean and consistent look with the top priority being ease of use and ability to find important/useful information quickly. Due to the use of white space I have included in the new design, the layout still looks clear and easy to read despite having more information displayed on the homepage.
Cedric Morris & Christopher Wood: A Forgotten Friendship written by Nathaniel Hepburn is a catalogue I designed to accompany an exhibition of the same name which is touring Norwich, Kent and Falmouth during 2012 and 2013.
I designed the front cover with folded inner flaps and the entire layout for the book interior. The book was published on October 20th 2012 to coincide with the opening of the exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (20 Oct – 31 Dec 2012). The book has 120 pages in full colour with 70 colour illustrations and the cover features paintings by both Cedric Morris and Christopher Wood.
While studying MA Communication Design at NUA (Feb 2012), our course was asked to develop posters for internal and external marketing purposes, promoting the six MA courses that NUA offered at the time.
In my response, I decided to go for an illustrative, minimal style for the poster I designed, portraying a signpost with all the different courses shown as possible 'routes to an MA'.
In 2011 I entered the International Society of Typographic Designers (ISTD) Student Assessment. The Student Assessments focus on good typographic detailing every year and offer a range of briefs to complete.
I chose to respond to a brief entitled 'Not Just Fleurons' which explores the concept of the garden and the role it has in people's lives.
After investigating many different ideas I decided to concentrate on portraying the role the garden has in the lives of my own family and to try and demonstrate the joy that the garden brings to us. I began to write the colourful story of our own garden and noticing that some plants were crucial to the story, I decided to create typographic portraits of them as illustrations. The project was extremely personal to me, and I used my skills in bookbinding to bind the book in hardback myself to reflect that.
With this book entitled 'The Story of a Garden', I passed the assessment and have been granted membership into the International Society of Typographic Designers as of 2011. Being given memberships reflects my typographical ability, attention to detail and shows my commitment to maintaining high typographic standards in my design work.
The Lion and The Unicorn: Symbolic Architecture for the Festival of Britain, 1951 was a book design project I completed for the Unicorn Press. The book was published May 13th 2011 at 144 pages long and written by Henrietta Goodden.
The project had a very short deadline, with less than a month to design the entire book interior and cover and send it to the printers. I had to devise the entire layout of the book, bearing in mind the stylistic features of the Festival and The Lion and The Unicorn Pavilion itself.
The book was launched with an exhibition at The Royal College of Art on May 3rd 2011. For this I was asked to design exhibition panels of text and images from the book to be displayed in a similar style to that of the book, for the corresponding exhibition of The Lion and The Unicorn Pavilion and student work from The Royal College of Art.
This was a design and concept for a magazine I created called 20. Each edition of the quarterly magazine would focus on a particular 'celebrity'. The issue would focus on their biography and would feature 20 views about the current person from the perspective of other public figures.
At the end of the issue there would be a selection of viewpoints from readers who had written in, and a call for people to send in their comments on the figure in the upcoming issue.
The first issue is focused on Yoko Ono, telling the story of her life as the background colour changes for each decade, and includes choice comments from people who may or may not have been associated with her to create a holistic view of the person in question.
The magazine would be issued quarterly, with following issues being focused on Lady Gaga and Vivienne Westwood respectively. As 20 relies on different viewpoints, every image on the cover would have a focus on the eye of the celebrity such as the use of sunglasses, extreme eye make up and so on. To keep each issue current, only people currently in headlines or active at present would be in an issue with the final page dedicated to information on upcoming releases or exhibitions.