…of who’s the best, cats or dogs. I’ve wanted to design something based on old classic boxing posters for a long time, so I was rather relieved when I eventually thought of something that would fit the brief. This alternative boxing poster design will be part of a new range of illustrated and/or typographic prints that I’ll be displaying at this year’s Artist’s Open Houses festival in Brighton. More details on that to come. In the meantime, my money is on ‘The Claws.’
In January I set myself the task of illustrating 50 British Idioms. I do enjoy language so it also made it a great way of practising my hand lettering skills, there’s still rather a lot of room for improvement but it was a fun design challenge to do. I will most likely carry on doing more as there are still lot’s that I haven’t done. In my day job as a graphic designer I have to follow the client’s brief, it can be hard to break away from that when doing personal work so setting myself a brief and deciding that I would stick to a limited colour palette definitely helped. I hope they amuse you!
I’m delighted to be taking part in two excellent markets this year. Both are really well organised and will feature a mix of lots of different artists and makers. The details are:
Etsy Made Local – Saturday 3rd December, 11am–5pm at Brighton Dome
Fairy Tale Fair – Sunday 11th December, 11am – 4pm at Brighton Open Market
I’ll be selling my range of playful cards, prints and gifts… preview in my Etsy shop but it would be lovely to see you at one of the fairs.
Following on from my previous post, this is to show that although not ‘quite’ on the same scale as Las Vegas, you can see some funky sign designs in this country in good old Blackpool. I haven’t been there for years and years (childhood holidays) so it was nice to go back. There’s been lots of investment on the seafront and it was great to see lots of new public art (unfortunately other areas of town aren’t looking too great). The highlight was the comedy carpet, a huge typography based mosaic design celebrating British comedy… apparently it contains over 160,000 granite letters. I spent quite a bit of time reading and tittering at the quotes and jokes.
Last year I enjoyed an epic US road trip starting from Vancouver and ending in LA via Seattle, Olympic National Park, Portland, Las Vegas, Death Valley, Yosemite, San Francisco, and the Pacific Coast Highway. It was incredible to see such an amazing variety of places and landscapes. I can’t justify posting all my holiday photos on here but I can get away with these ones. I thought Vegas was, on most levels, awful but I did love all the neon signage. I also got to fulfil a long held dream of visiting the Neon Boneyard there which has a huge collection of fabulous old casino signs. A graphic designer’s dream outing! I just totally love the old style typography on them, the colours and styling, and how evocative they are. Why can’t there be lots of old signs like that in Brighton? We also drove though Lone Pine and Bishop on the High Sierras (location of lots of old Westerns) and got equally excited by all the motel signs. There were many squeaks of glee when we spotted another one. Loved them all.