Personal project: 2014 "In the future the problems will not be slums and poverty, but the sprawl of suburbia, and aimless affluence" - Theo Crosby, 1965.
These designs are part of an ongoing writing/design project exploring the links between the writing of JG Ballard and the 1956 Whitechapel Gallery exhibition 'This is Tomorrow'.
The book covers borrow the typographic style that Edward Wright designed for the exhibition's posters, combined with photography from the architectural theory books of Theo Crosby (who originally envisioned This is Tomorrow). This is an attempt to develop a visual aesthetic that mirrors the mood of Ballard's fiction, specifically the so-called 'Urban Disaster Trilogy' (Crash, Concrete Island and High Rise) and beyond.
Freelance project: 2012 (Killed) Cover concept for Daunt Books. Special thanks to David Pearson for getting me involved in this project.
O.Henry's short stories, written around the turn of the 20th century, are full of twists and turns. I was inspired by their shifting plot perspectives, as well as the illuminated signs of Coney Island and Broadway at the time.
Freelance project: 2014 Logo designed for 'The Pictures" a series of cinema events hosted by Elevenfiftyfive. This logo was specifically for their showing of '20 Feet From Stardom'.
Student project: 2012 Series design for three of Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe novels, the iconic hardboiled urban detective stories. I was inspired by the classic neon signs that are so evocative of Los Angeles at the time, and perfectly reflect the seedy night time setting common in Chandler's books.
The Old Man and The Sea
Personal project: 2014 Book cover designed for the Fox is Black 'Re-Covered Books' competition.
Mid-Century Modern Graphic Design is a tumblr blog I started in 2011 while researching for my university dissertation. It was originally intended just as a personal reference, but it found an audience and became something I cultivated more closely.
The dissertation itself was a critical investigation into the circumstances in which Mid-Century Modern came to be, its legacy and influence on contemporary design and the difficult question of classifying design history into distinct genres. If you would like to read it please drop me an email.
Now more than 1000 posts, and three years later, the tumblr blog has over 14,500 subscribers including many designers and illustrators whom I admire, and has been mentioned by big names such as Swiss Miss, Present and Correct, DesignTaxi and Adobe.
I really enjoy sharing my passion for design history and searching for images that I haven't seen before.
Designer as Collector
Editorial Project: 2012 "The artist is by necessity a collector; he accumulates things with the same ardor and curiosity with which a boy stuffs his pockets. He borrows from the sea and from the scrap heap; he takes snapshots, makes mental notes, and records impressions on tablecloths and newspapers - why one particular thing and not another, he may not know at the time, but he is omnivorous." - Paul Rand
'Designer as Collector' is an article I wrote and designed, about graphic designers as collectors, both in the physical and visual sense (books, ephemera, magazines etc...) and of more abstract things such as knowledge, insight, expertise, and most of all ideas. It also includes a collection of quotes from designers on the subject, and a spread about my own collection of second hand books.
The style of design was inspired by the vintage ephemera that I came across while researching designers collections. I have also turned the most pertinent quote into a screen-printed poster.
Student project: 2011 Series design for five Rough Guide books to different genres of film. I took the different typographic styles associated with each genre as the main source of inspiration, to try and create distinctive covers that had instant recognition. While also working together as a series.
I also carried this style across the spines in a more consistent layout to make the series more navigable on shelf.
Student project: 2012 Rebrand of Lavazza coffee. I really liked the authenticity of the brand and its heritage and wanted the packaging to have a more bold and iconic look that better suits the product, while also celebrating its Italian roots.
I came up with the concept "A little shot of Italy" for the new brand positioning, and incorporated the espresso cup and saucer (in Italian colours) as a key element on pack. With the top down view reinforcing the idea of the shot.
Personal project: 2010 On a trip to New York I became very interested in the etymology of the cities neighbourhoods. Especially those that are portmanteaus (combinations of words forming a new word), which seems to be a quirk originating in New York.
These postcard maps are my attempt to visually examine and explain some of those neighbourhood names.
D&AD Student brief: 2012 The brief, set by Design Bridge, was to create a new whisky brand that challenges convention and appeals to the international female consumer market.
rev·er·ie/ Noun: a state of dreamy meditation or fanciful musing.
I was inspired by the beauty of the night sky in rural Scotland, home to some of Europe's best stargazing spots. With the sunset and constellations reflecting the warmth and subtlety of a quality whisky.
Student project: 2012 Redesign of Waitrose own-brand organic peanut butter. As the product itself is very popular with children, I wanted this design to be playful and appealing to a young audience. My solution plays on the common misconception that elephants love peanuts, one likes smooth and the other crunchy! Leaving the divisive question...