In a world of eye-splitting visual noise, good design is all the more important when it comes to catching an audience’s attention and getting a message across (counterintuitively, that often means something simple and quiet works best).
Periodical publishing is a field where my love of visual narratives can really be exercised. The ‘ownership’ of how an ongoing title or series looks makes a relationship with newspapers or magazines especially rewarding, and nothing beats the thrill of seeing someone reading a publication I worked on.
V for Vendetta creator, David Lloyd, publishes a weekly comics anthology at acesweekly where I serve as designer and Managing Editor ~ as well as contributing the occasional comic of my own.
It’s a real challenge to find modern takes on old favourites that have had numerous interpretations.
I like a challenge!
It was great fun to design maps and walks for the audio excursions and community projects devised by Toby Butler at memoryscape
One of my favourite charities to work for is London’s Cartoon Museum. I have a ball designing their books, catalogues, displays and marketing materials ~ as well as volunteering in the galleries on a regular basis. They also make a great venue for private hire… check them out at cartoonmuseum
My clients know that I know that they know their own business..!
I enjoy taking their thoughts, research and branding and using them to design effective concepts that range from the traditional to the avant garde.
If you want, I can re-invent the wheel, but if somebody has already done that, I’d rather deliver the perfect marketing collateral ~ designed to work in harmony with all your existing communications.
Brighton & Sussex Medical School (BSMS) have worked with me for many years ~ from designing their prospectuses, to promoting their events and developing outreach exhibitions such as Scanning For Gold, on the crossover between science and sport, examining just how an olympic athlete’s body works.
University Centre Hastings prospectus
One of the projects I was especially pleased to work on for Hampshire County Council is the Adoption and Fostering services information and marketing… if design can help be a force for good, then maybe it’s a worthwhile career after all.
As the go-to designer and illustrator for The Circus of Horrors, I work with the terrifying ringmaster Doktor Haze to develop the visual look for each tour (22 years and going strong) and produce posters, t-shirts, CDs and adverts for fifty or more gigs each year. This relationship has also extended to other circus tours for Moscow State Circus, Continental Circus Berlin, The Great Canadian Circus, Chinese State Circus and Circus Extreme… it’s a good job I don’t suffer from coulrophobia!
Since I am the former Design Manager at VisitBritain, it’s probably no surprise that I’ve continued to be busy designing all manner of marketing pieces for international tourism organisations since setting up as boing.
My track-record and breadth of experience in the field are at your disposal to help raise awareness of your product among potential visitors, partners and investors.
National tourist boards
My work for VisitBritain, and sister organisation VisitEngland, has run the full gamut from this series of large-format posters that appeared throughout the London Underground promoting staycations and tourism within Britain during a foot-and-mouth outbreak….
…to brochures and books promoting city breaks…
…and large-scale exhibition, conference design and training materials.
International tourist boards
Working with Visit Flanders has given me the opportunity to extend my practice across Europe ~ with brochures and booklets, adverts and banners, and tv idents for special events
Walking and drinking ~ what a great combination ~ made this one of my favourite projects for Mediator!