Restoring some brand history

What’s kept in is of more importance than what’s new – a design theory for restoration that crosses over to logos and brand identities. An example of this theory came in the form of a very enjoyable project to update an existing logo. Local history group, Twystory, had found themselves in the unfortunate position of … Continued

Faux book cover design

Until recently I’d not had the pleasure of entering the world of book cover design, and technically that is still true. At least, I’ve not yet designed a cover for a book that can be read. This project was, while usual for a designer, unusual in its execution. I was commissioned to design the covers … Continued

Pawsome Pets channel identity

Studio Denley worked with Caters Media Group to create identities for their Pawsome Pets social media channels. The project included the design of logos for use as avatars, video start cards and a range of social media assets. The original concept evolved around the ‘S’ of their StoryTrender brand, using the shape to form tails. … Continued

Broad Street Community Meeting Hall

Broad Street Community Meeting Hall has been supporting the local community for almost 20 years, bringing people together through events and providing a welcoming space in Coventry. In January 2019 work began on a new build hall that will further the work of the team and better serve the community’s needs for years to come. … Continued

Cooking up some creativity

When we talk of creative fields, cooking is rarely mentioned alongside other artistic pursuits. Rightly it’s carved out it’s own area despite sharing so much, and to me it is one of the most challenging of the arts. Chefs don’t only have aesthetics to consider, there’s flavour, smell and timings to think about when creating … Continued

Being a designer is like being in the SAS

Ok not really. But yeah, kind of. Most of us are not being flown off to work covert missions in far flung corners of the globe. And while paper cuts are nasty, they can’t compare. However, all of us could learn from the skills that being in an elite force requires. There are some shared qualities … Continued

The power of getting started

I’ve been thinking about the power of process a lot lately. More so because I’ve had a few identity projects and these are where I feel my process really pays off. I was talking with another designer and they mentioned that they always go to screen and begin design concepts. Each to their own but the thought … Continued

I know these people – I have no idea who they are

Like many people I commute by train to work. I’ve done it on and off for about six years now (I had two years off for good behaviour when I got a different job). It can at times be frustrating or tiring but I’m well aware it’s not the worst I could have by any … Continued

Get on with it

Get on with it I was complimented today on my writing and it gave me a renewed confidence. Enough so to come back here (probably briefly) and write. On the train home I was mulling over what my subject might be and it struck me that the spurring on of the compliment would be the … Continued

What science fiction has taught me as a graphic designer

Certain things I believe fit in nicely with the design world and have definitely helped to shape me. A healthy interest in modernism is first and a close second is science fiction. Specifically reading science fiction. Yes, science fiction films will often give you a spectacular vision of the world they are set in but they are someone … Continued

The original is the best. Right?

A couple of weeks ago I came across the Daybees online exhibition of movie posters that never were. It interested me greatly from a design point of view, and also because at the time I had the good fortune of designing two posters myself for a couple of excellent short films. With regards to the … Continued

Stop/Eject movie

This is one of my reasons behind the lack of posts in December. A pretty good one too – I hope you’ll agree. Following my work for the Worcestershire Film Festival I was recommended to Neil Oseman to design a 28 page script book for his short film Stop/Eject. The film is a fantasy drama … Continued