Has your photographer become lazy?

A client has just provided me with some photographs which I thought were taken by a well-meaning staff member. In other words, these images are of the quality you’d expect from a non-photographer, and someone who had other tasks on their mind. Except, after perusing the file info in Photoshop, I’ve discovered that the photographs have been […]

Pithy grass roots graphic design

Pithy grass roots graphic design

Spotted yesterday near my home in Olton, repeatedly stencil-sprayed every 15 metres or so. Nice design, strong and to the point. However, it’s unlikely to make a change I feel.

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

“It can be difficult to explain the work that goes into graphic design. Graphic designs can look simple but the hours and research that are involved in the process can be challenging and time consuming.” And that’s an important take-home point for anyone dealing with professional graphic designers: just because you can’t see the working […]

‘Flat’ Underlines Creative Knack

‘Flat’ Underlines Creative Knack

I have to laugh at some of the reactions to so-called ‘flat’ interface designs for apps, operating systems and websites. The naysayers throw about criticisms like “it’s bland”, “it’s too ugly” or “that’s boring”, but since when did using drop-shadows, bevels and highlights become so important to graphic design? Put it this way: those opponents […]

I’m your huckleberry.

I’m your huckleberry.

I’m reaching out to the world at large to drum up some regular project work, however small or low-key. Perhaps you or someone you know may have use for my services? I’ll be honest: over the past few years I’ve become a carer for my parents and have had little time to market myself. I […]

LinkedIn is starting to feel right

Finally, for me anyway, it feels like LinkedIn has the correct ‘atmosphere’ for business engagement. As a social media channel it’s always focused on business networking, but it has evolved to the point where it successfully blends the streaming benefits of Twitter, Facebook et al with it’s heretofore ‘online CV’ presentation. I assume it’s been […]

Another award winner!

Another award winner!

The AIS Guide to Office Acoustics, featured in my portfolio, has won the Publication of the Year Award in the Trade Association Forum (TAF) Best Practice Awards. According to AIS, “Judges unanimously said that an exceptional submission had been put forward by AIS, much enjoyed by them even as complete laymen in the subject. The […]

Insight magazine triumphs at MemCom awards

Insight magazine triumphs at MemCom awards

Working closely with the editorial team of Jane Cook and Clair Mooney (pictured above left to right), I design and produce Interiors Insight magazine for AIS. Together we haul together dozens of articles, features and news items to make a cohesive and lively journal. Stock photography is carefully selected to enhance several features, and, on occasion, […]

Back in the day 3 – the extravagance of banks

Back in the day 3 – the extravagance of banks

Go into your local bank. Pick up a brochure, or pamphlet about the services offered. There’s a good chance it will be printed in full colour, and may use colourful stock photography, but also be printed in a fairly bog-standard manner on cheap stock. Rewind to the late 1980s and early 1990s… Once again I’ve […]

Remember, remember…the British Cartoon Archive?

Remember, remember…the British Cartoon Archive?

According to the BCA’s website… The British Cartoon Archive is getting a major facelift! Visit us at www.cartoons.ac.uk after 5 November 2008 to use our new, updated website. A grant by the Joint Information Systems Committee is not only enabling the BCA to digitise the Carl Giles archive, the single most important archive of British […]