Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Down the rabbit hole...

Here's a wonderful painting from Jim Kay, an illustrator based in Edinburgh. His site shows more of his drawings, paintings and sketches which, in my opinion are pretty stunning.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Up! Retro posters

To celebrate the release of Pixar’s “Up” on DVD and Blu-ray in the US, eight gorgeous retro-style posters for the film have been released. Designed by Eric Tan and very nice indeed. See all of them here

Monday, November 2, 2009

Warp 20

Although it’s been out for the best part of a month now, the Warp records 20th anniversary box set (designed by Yes) is certainly worth mentioning again. The deluxe special-edition features new songs, older previously unreleased material from Warp artists and tracks selected as the best of the labels output by Warp fans. It also includes a beautifully produced book showcasing the labels rich design history along with an exclusive hour long mix and locked-groove vinyl set. I want one. Bleep

Monday, October 19, 2009

Good or Bad Design?

Noticed this book in the window of a local charity shop and just had to get it – early 70s design book by Ode Brochmann that covers quite a lot, using a nice simple layout and Alan Fletcher style illustrations (it doesn't specify who the illustrator is so it may be the author). It even tells you what font & leading the book is set in which appeals to the typographic nerd in me.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dust monsters

Amazing photographs from Ujin Lee and Tom Edwards – love the way that you start to see forms in them. Thanks to Build's blog.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Stonehurst motor museum

Recently went to Stonehurst Farm, just outside Leicester (which is great), but even better is the Motor Museum that is next to it (and free to get in!). I'm not even a big 'car-man' but it's one of the most interesting Aladdin's caves you'll ever visit... Stonehurst

Turning the mind

Just a quick one to let you know that the new Maps album is out this week at all good stockists (and Spotify)...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Hand font

I'm hand-drawing type more and more these days so thought I'd make my own font - will post a link to a download once I've done all the tricky characters...


The artist and illustrator Rebecca Strickson has a new site (designed by me) - it's almost finished but here are a couple of screen shots to keep you going...

Wednesday, September 30, 2009


So that's what my laptop look like inside...

Friday, April 24, 2009

Techniques of Typography

Amazing book by Cal Swann (both author and designer) published in the 60s. A great reference book as well as being beautifully designed.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Monday, March 30, 2009

Unfinished work

Inspired by the amazing 'Leaping Letters' game I played as a child, I planned to create a whole pack of these cards as an idea to get kids interested in type. Only managed to design 3 but you never know what the future holds...


This happened a while ago but I've just found the photo. I came downstairs one morning and my cat ('Quietly') was trying to communicate with me using a ball of wool. Maybe she's just getting bored with water...

Friday, March 27, 2009

Mark Jessett

Thanks to Mark Jessett for coming all the way to Mansfield to speak about his paintings as part of the Creative Forum. It was fascinating and has made me want to clear out my shed and start painting again. For more info visit markjessett.com

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Wild Things trailer

New Where the Wild Things Are trailer – looks like the film company has tried to focus on the uplifting side of a film which, if reports are to be believed, is brilliant but uncompromising on the scares and emotional intensity. Sounds just like the book then... See for yourself here "Raaaargh".


Saw these posters for CBS in the big smoke recently - simple but effective!

Poppy Thurlby - abstract photographer

She knows how to use my phone camera better than me...

Michael C Place

I've just been lucky enough to have spent 90 mins in the company of Michael C Place up in Newcastle. Very inspiring stuff.