Friday, 30 October 2009

Deerhunter Salon Grrrnd Gerland 02.06.08

Fantastic full live show of Deerhunter playing in france last year. I realise i bang on about this band a lot, but whatevs, this is a fantastic video, great sound, great performance, interestingly and excitingly shot and with some bonus stuff on the end. Well worth the 58 minutes of your time.

p.s Does anyone know how to edit the HTML template of the blog to make it a bit wider? Im getting a bit tired of some images and videos getting clipped along the right hand side :( If anyone knows or has any ideas please leave a comment or facebook me or something. Thanks!

Friday, 23 October 2009


I just ordered a copy of this very exciting new book called Glitch: Designing Imperfection. I can't wait to get my filthy hands on it. I feel like this book could really freshen up a lot of my own ideas. Spreads and more information can be viewed on the website linked above.

"A glitch is the product of an error that results from a programs loss of control over its intended function. In the ongoing global quest for higher definition and faster information transfers, when a glitch occurs it is seen, accepted and usually fixes itself in the amount of time it takes for it to be noticed in the first place. Whether as a scrambled cable television delay, a page-loading error on an internet browser, a jumble of pixels on an ATM interface, or character substitutions on the screens in airports and train stations, we are accustomed to glitches as short-lived disturbances that populate our digital landscapes."

Above is a detail from a piece by the fantastic Will Hurt.

New Work: Zest Banquet & Ball invitations (repost)

invite front

invite back

I wanted to repost the designs for the Zest Restaurant Banquet & Ball invitations basically because the larger image size shows them off a lot better than those weedy little things in the post below. Even if i do so say myself, i'm pretty stoked with my work on the image for the front and the typography on the back.

New Work: Zest & Zest Harbourside corporate identity.

Here are my resolved designs for the corporate identity project i have recently been working. The brief asked for a re design and re brand of a restaurant called Zest and its sister cafe/bar Zest Harbourside both located in Whitehaven, Cumbria run by a chef named Ricky Andalcio. The target audience for the brand were described in the brief as "culturally and aesthetically aware males and females". Pretty broad scope then for some stylish and sophisticated goodness. I wanted to create a subtle, unusual and unique identity for a high quality brand with a sense of "zest", whilst trying to not approach any graphic cliches that could so easily be employed with a name like Zest.
Please please please click the images to enlarge them and get a better look at the typography and the detail and what have you which im pretty proud of and i feel is lost in the rubbish image production supplied by blogger. As always please let me know your thoughts! Also im sorry for the slightly scrappy image quality, they are just quick screenshots from he print pdfs.

Above: Logos for Zest and Zest Harbourside. The black here is toned down to a K90 to give it a nice soft feel, especially against the off white you will see below (which is C0M0Y5K0 incase you were wondering)

Above: Letterhead, compliments slip and business cards

Above: Cover and inside spread of the menu for Zest Restaurant

Above: Cover and the inside spread for the Harbourside menu

Above: The marketing strategy to promote the freshly re branded restaurant was simple. Hold two parties at the two locations to get people excited and talking about the brand. Zest Restaurant is to hold the Banquet & Ball, a special invitation only event involving high flyers, taste makers, journalists and important types. Then an informal Seafood & Song Social at the Harbourside cafe which is open to everyone. Shown here are the fronts on the left and backs on the right of the different invites.

What do you think, people of the internet?

Thursday, 22 October 2009


I think every designer dreams (at least a little bit, at least sometimes) about having their own studio which is more than just the desk in their bedroom (i hate my desk in my bedroom). One day my friends, one day. Anyway, enough day dreaming, here is a nice little feature about workspaces on a blog called ShareSomeCandy. Check it out if you fancy day dreaming and putting off working for a bit.

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

New Work (kinda): Wearing it!

I just got emailed some photos of the young freshers of St Catherine's college Oxford sporting the tshirts i designed for their freshers week! Apparently they've gone down a treat. I'm happy!

Monday, 19 October 2009

Some photos

here are some photos i took with an Actionsampler camera, everyones favourite toy! I dont know if i have posted these before or not (if yes, sorry, if no, enjoy!)

p.s apologies for the cropping on the right. The blogger templates do no have much flex in them. Does anyone know how to fix this? (aside from just using smaller images of course)

A hard hours work

Friday, 9 October 2009


Poster for the 1986 AIGA Humor Show by Tibor Kalman. Tibor Kalman is the boss.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Musical Interlude: Washed Out 'feel it all around'

Are you having a rubbishy day? are you tired and uninspired? do you never want to hear the word "mailer" again? would you like to listen to Washed Out's throwback synth pop gem "feel it all around" from his recently released "Life of Leisure" EP?

BTW, i noticed the other day that the first 36 seconds of "club foot" by Kasabian sounds exactly like the first 36 seconds of the hardcore punk classic "who are you?" by Void. Seriously. Weird. I thought it was important that the internet found out about this.
coming soon, a post about my favourite record artwork of 2009!

New work: Halloween at Concrete

Not my best, not my worst, not an awful lot else to say apart from this will definitely be a really fun party!