Friday, March 19, 2010

Old blogs home

It's been a hectic year so far. I've now realised why there are so many abandoned blogs. Here are a few of the things that have been keeping me busy...

Wayfinding, signage and posters for Borough Market. More here

Ongoing work on the SPOV identity

I've designed a suitably nostalgic identity for Croyde Post Office and Bookshop in Devon...

...started working with an old English soap manufacturer...

...a famous London brewer...

and a London museum.

And I've moved studio - top floor, lots of light with a view of the country's largest erection.

More posts soon(ish).

Friday, October 30, 2009

Good luck Larissa

MA graduate and Tunnocks tea cake lover, Larissa is leaving to start a full time job next week. Thanks for all your help over the last month Larissa and good luck in your new job. You and your teacakes will be greatly missed.

Triodos photo competition

This shot I took while in India with Frank Water has been chosen as a finalist for the Triodos Social Vision photo competition. The 6 year old girl in the picture is the primary carer for her 8 year old disabled brother who was suffering from the terrible effects of fluoride contaminated water. Frank are currently building a clean water facility which will provide safe drinking water that's been filtered six times, helping to eliminate future risk of fluorosis in the village.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Body art

Willi Dorner's 'Bodies in Urban Spaces' went past the studio in Bermondsey Street on Friday - some more pics here.

Monday, July 06, 2009

An American self portrait

Artist Chris Jordan has turned mind bending statistics of American consumer culture into some stunning photographic images in his Running the Numbers series. The Seurat copy above is made up of 106,000 aluminum cans, the number used in the US every thirty seconds. Detail below.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Milky milky

Arla have recently launched these rebranded packs that I designed for Lactofree at Path last year. I reworked the identity and packs to extend Lactofree from a single milk product into a range of yoghurts and cheeses. The product is real milk with the lactose removed (rather than a milk alternative) and the identity, packaging and back of pack information were all designed to reinforce this.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009


Great flickr set of old US beer cans here.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Flour power

This made me smile as I was firing up the bread maker last night - new identity and packaging (by jkr) that captures the heritage and character of Hovis while still feeling fresh and fun.

Gone are the generic sheaves of wheat, the tired looking logotype and the lumpish product shot, replaced instead by a striking loaf-shaped brand icon and thoughtfully considered typography and colour. Illustrations of the baker's boy (evocative of those cheesy but memorable Ridley Scott directed TV ads) and bread with the Hovis loaf tin mark, help evoke the warmth and authenticity of a brand with a rich visual history.

But the nicest touch is the thought given to the back of pack information, the design of which is often an afterthought at best. This is a great example of good design and copywriting reinforcing the personality of a brand long after it's helped shift the product from the shelf.

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Anyone Can Swiss?

Is Helvetica an unimaginative design cop-out or a timeless classic? Either way, if you've ten minutes to kill, have a play with this fun automatic Helvetica poster generator from Anyone Can Swiss. 'This project suggests that perhaps Helvetica posters are so extremely formulaic that even a monkey (or a computer) could do it'. Probably, but computer generated letter-spacing sucks. Here's a couple of efforts by a Gibbon.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Happy New Year from Margate

Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy

We recently made a return visit to the Lloyd Hotel in Amsterdam, a creatively designed hotel and 'Cultural Embassy' that also showcases contemporary art and cultural projects. A surreal combination of art school and boutique hotel, it's full of surprises. I loved the hand painted signage and wayfinding graphics (by Victor P. Wiertz) and the hidden tea cupboards in the corridors (more pics here). A great place to stay for an interesting break in Amsterdam - there's a pretty accurate review here.

Monday, December 15, 2008

Friday, November 28, 2008

Market day

I bobbed into Roast this morning for the launch of this 68 page book that I've designed for Borough Market. The content includes the fascinating history of London's oldest food market, interviews with traders and retailers and a look at what the future holds for Borough. The lovely landscape illustration of the market by Karen Neale, great portrait photography by Dominik Gigler and the reassuring print expertise of Tom at Square all helped make for a very happy client.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

FRANK experience

I recently returned from an inspiring two week trip to India with charity and pro bono client FRANK Water Projects. We visited some of the sustainable clean water facilities that FRANK have helped install with the Indian NGO Naandi and also saw two villages in need of clean drinking water that have been earmarked for FRANK funded facilities. FRANK began as a social enterprise donating all profits from the sale of FRANK Water (their ethical brand of bottled spring water) to help build sustainable clean water facilities around the world. They have since set up a charity to maximise their donations and now also raise funds by selling water coolers and tap filtering systems, sponsoring marathons and organising their own 'Thirsty Expeditions'. Lots of pictures from the trip here.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Seesaw jaw-jaw

I love this idea by Swedish designer Martin Nicolausson. A seesaw bench to encourage interaction and conversation in public spaces.

Via It's Nice That

Friday, September 26, 2008

You beauty...

Since moving studios last year I've been cycling past this great mosaic on my way to work each day. I'd assumed it was part of the old public baths building that it adorns but after a bit of a rummage on t'internet I discovered that it has a much more interesting history...

The Camberwell Beauty butterfly once thrived in the area and was first caught in the UK on Coldharbour Lane in 1748. (Haven't seen many down there recently. Seen a few Camberwell carrots though...)

This mosaic Camberwell Beauty is a version of the logo adopted by Samuel Jones and Co a Victorian gummed paper manufacturer based in Peckham. It was apparently chosen to demonstrate the range of colours that their 'Butterfly Brand' papers could achieve. Samuel Jones and Co made the gum for British postage stamps in the 1920s and in the 60's, produced the first self-adhesive labels in the UK.

This mosaic was originally on the front of their factory in Peckham and was moved to its current location when the factory was demolished in 1982.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wrington Greens, an organic market garden in Somerset briefed me a while back to create the identity and packaging for their new 'Wrington Press' hand pressed drinks range. I've just received these test prints in time for the launch this weekend at Bristol Organic Festival.

The aim was to express their handcrafted, traditional approach by screen printing a two-colour design onto kraft paper. Printing opaque inks onto kraft labels proved tricky but in the end Anglia Labels solved it using their digital(!) Indigo press and achieved a great result.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Just received these discs and sleeves that I designed for Borough Market a few months back. Inspired by the flexo printed boxes knocking around at the end of market day, the branded sleeve is printed single colour onto unsealed board with six different disc designs to help hint at the variety of produce on offer at Borough Market. I originally winced when asked to add a white-out block to the discs to allow for the contents to be written, but thankfully managed to turn it into a positive addition...

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Air bear

Fantastic. Watch the video. By New York artist Joshua Allen Harris.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Derek Stroup

US artist Derek Stroup produces really interesting work. His Candy project helps reinforce how substrates, colour and shape can all contribute to a brand's visual identity as much as the logo does. He has used American snacks but some are international - see how many you can recognise...

Saturday, March 08, 2008

Signs of depression

Saw a very sad looking road sign in Putney this week. I guess if you spend your entire life saying 'no' to people you'll end up feeling pretty miserable.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Andre, Putney.

I spotted these recently fly-posted Andre The Giant posters on Putney Bridge Road this week. Shepard Fairey's Andre is nearly twenty years old now and still going strong. Download and print your own at Fairey's recent Barack Obama poster is worth a look too.

Urban elephant, Herne Hill.

Monday, February 25, 2008

New ID for SPOV

Multi-talented motion graphics company SPOV have just updated their online showreel with the new identity that I designed for them last year...

Friday, February 22, 2008

Type hero

I've recently had the pleasure of working with letterpress printmaker extraordinaire and thoroughly nice chap, Alan Kitching. I was lucky enough to visit Alan's workshop, where racks of lovely wood and metal letterpress type surround working presses, and see his studio full of original prints. We've been working on some 48 sheet posters for Borough Market - results above.

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Thought provoking poster by Timm Kekeritz

Virtual Water - a double-sided poster visualizing the water footprint of products and nations found on excellent design blog The Serif