Some iOS7 wallpapers

wallpaper
wallpaper

I made myself a few calm, colourful and simple iPhone wallpapers to complement the new iOS7 (which I LOVE), so thought I’d share them here too. Just click the 4 or 5 link below each one to get the right size for your phone and save to your camera roll. Enjoy! Anyone else loving iOS7?

Brewbacca beer labels

Here’s a fun little project I did recently – my old employer Sidekick Studios brewed an in-house beer, and I designed the label for it.

Brewbacca beer label

We called it Brewbacca because he’s a famous sidekick, and kind of nerdy…. geddit? It’s a light, hoppy IPA, perfect for summer drinking.


Brewbacca beer label
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I hand sketched the design then finished it up in Illustrator, and had them printed by Diginate, like my Garden Party labels. This time I went for a vinyl sticker with spot varnish, and I think the end result is super nice. Plus the beer tastes good, which is a bonus!

Two new prints

Leaves print
Coffee print

Happy Monday! There are two new print designs up in my Etsy shop today.

Leaves print
Leaves print

I hate autumn for being the dreary gateway to the gloom of winter, but I can’t help but be cheered by the lovely leaf colours as they fall, so this print is a reminder that even dark times have their upsides.

Coffee print
Coffee print

I couldn’t carry on having a tea print in my shop without a coffee one too – both drinks have an equal place in my heart. I’m pleased with how the hand-drawn type and coffee-ink effect (made with real coffee) worked out on this one.

They’re both up for grabs in my Etsy shop right now. Hope you like!

Garden Party IPA

Beer label

Josh has been homebrewing beer for quite a while now – since I bought him this kit last Christmas. One early explosion disaster aside the brews have all been very tasty, and he’s quickly graduated from using a kit into buying individual malts and hops to make specific flavours and styles.

Beer labelBeer label
Beer label

For his latest one – a summery IPA – he let me design the label. I hand-drew the whole thing and just adjusted and coloured in Photoshop. I got them printed onto clear vinyl by the nice folks at Diginate.


Beer label

The brew was supposed to be a celebration of our new garden, but a lot of setbacks have meant that it’s still a work in progress… anyway, the labels came out nice and I’m looking forward to enjoying one in the garden when it’s finally finished. I just hope that summer isn’t quite over yet…

One year freelance…

It’s been almost exactly a year since I went freelance – I’m not quite sure if it’s gone surprisingly quickly or slowly. I’ve done a quite ridiculous amount of work, had some rough months and been nearly constantly stressed from being over- or under-worked… but it was still totally the right decision for me and I’m really proud of some of the work I’ve completed – you can see it all in my portfolio.

Actually, I will be changing the way I work a little bit from next month because I have just accepted a part-time permanent job at the brilliant Sidekick Studios, so will only have two free days a week to take on select client work and personal projects. I’ve been working a lot with Sidekick over the last three months and their ethos, working style and client list are exactly aligned to the kind of thing I want to be doing myself. I hope it will let me focus more on doing what I like (designing!) and less on client management and emails, which are one of the big drags of being a lone ranger.

To celebrate a year of working for me, I put together this little infographic using data from my accounting software Solo. I haven’t put actual earnings in because I’m British, but in general it’s good to see I worked less and earned more than my last full-time job.

Merchant & Mills

I just adore the authentically old-school branding of haberdasher Merchant & Mills. Classic useful products, well made in beautiful packaging at a reasonable price. Why can’t everything work like this?





You can see the range in person – and enjoy a great cup of coffee as you browse the fabrics and notions – at the charming Ray Stitch on Essex Road.