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?
…that time of year. Hat tip to my pal Tammy for giving me the idea for this doodle! Hope you’re mulling all the things in the lead-up to Xmas. I saw a pub offering mulled rum yesterday, now there’s one to try.
Despite being cynical and grumpy 90% of the time, I love Christmas time. Mostly because it’s full of aforementioned mulled things, food, family, kitschiness and sparkles..
A Sunday wander on Columbia Road
Sorry, been a bit slack on blogging lately. I’ve been having the traditional freelancer dilemma of going on holiday soon, eek, SO MUCH to get done before we go. The last few weeks have been ridiculous – not even in the showy-off get-me kind of way: in the 14-hour days, wrist aching, I need to learn to manage my time better, kind of way. Anyway, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – off to Copenhagen and Malmo next week and I am looking forward to five whole days work-free. Once I’ve finished everything off over this weekend, anyway.
It’s all worth it though really because I’ve been doing some great projects that I’m very proud of. Here’s a look at some of the stuff I’ve been up to in the last few months.
LLUSTRE.com continues to keep me busy and it’s fantastic to see the site I designed pick up so fast from its launch in April. It’s grown massively with a wonderfully curated selection of sales and I’m so proud of the team there. Oh, and next week I’ll be selling some of my prints and posters over there so go sign up if you haven’t already!
I redesigned the web home of awesome kitty film series Simon’s Cat, and I’m also blogging for them every Friday so pop over and read my posts! I even got my own avatar drawn by Simon, amazing. I also redesigned the site of production company Tandem who manage Simon’s Cat: proof that one good job always leads to another (two, or three).
I love the odd non-webby jobs that are thrown my way, especially when I get to turn to illustration. I did this suite of wedding stationery for a very cool couple who wanted mini portraits and a woodland theme. She was the dream client and loved the result, as do I.
A little WordPress-based site and identity for food stylist Kate Wesson, designed to show off the photography to the fullest.
At the moment I’m working for another startup which is launching soon, a social weather-reporting app, a project for Red Bull with the ace Sidekick Studios, the website for a Masterchef winner’s restaurant and a coffee company’s website… and there I was thinking things might wind down soon…
I’ve set myself a new little side-project: to practice my hand-lettering skillz by doing a drawing a day on the chalkboard in the kitchen.
I’m clearly no Dana Tanamatchi just yet, but it’s fun to practice. Follow the daily updates at A Chalkboard A Day.
Psst – if you’re reading in a reader, my blog has a new look – take a look!
Scottish beermeisters Brewdog put up a little Twitter competition recently, asking for label designs for a new beer – a totally open brief right down to the beer type. The first prize was for a beer to made with your label – pretty cool! So I knocked up this little entry – involving cats, of course.
I think it fits right into their range, no?
Sadly I just missed out on first place in a public vote, but managed to get second place, which meant a lovely crate of Brewdog beers landed on my doorstep today. Not bad for a couple of hours’ work drawing kitties!
By the way, if you haven’t been to Brewdog’s Camden bar yet you really should – it’s got a great vibe, awesome beers and really yummy pizzas (the menu’s curated by Masterchef’s Tim Anderson).
New in my Etsy shop today, this Emergency Tea print that I posted about a while ago. Hope you like it! Pick one up here.
P.S. Just two more days left to enter my Moo giveaway
I think it’s always fun to see people’s work in progress, so I took this screencast while I doodled an owl in Illustrator the other night. It’s speeded up 20x! Here’s the finished chappy:
A little doodle that came to me after yet another tea-related disaster:
And worked up..
There’s nothing like starting a new project with a pad and pen (yes, that might be a new print design in progress)!
Always trying to improve my hand-lettering…
Creating a pretty mood board…
.. and always keeping one toe in the crafty and handmade.
As I’m halfway through my last week at Poke, I thought I’d share this project that I’ve been designing and art directing for almost a year now, and I’m rather proud of. The Feed is a blog for Orange, in which we share a fun digital toy, game or idea each month. It’s great because it’s not salesy at all but just feeds into Orange’s brand concept of giving a little extra to their customers. At the beginning of this year we took on a new illustrator, the brilliant Owen Davey, and gave the site a facelift, and since then it’s become a quite delightful design-led project which is a lot of fun to work on.
Our current campaign is Keep Me Cool, where we’ve got an ice cream van travelling round the country to four cities giving out ice creams. People can tweet in their post codes to make the van visit their area. We even got to design the wrap for the ice cream van which was pretty fun!
Here are some more of the recent ideas we’ve made…
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