Friday, 30 January 2015

Volkswagen Motorsport WRC 2015 Calendar

I was excited to be asked by Interstate Creative Partners to contribute to the Volkswagen Motorsport WRC 2015 Calendar.

Much more than a simple calendar, this wall book gives a real insight into the WRC event, combining beautiful imagery with 'behind the scenes’ stories told by the team, from board members to chief mechanics. Héléna El Mokni provides photographs for each month, capturing a dynamic moment in the featured race.

I was asked to draw a set of 13 maps of the season's rallies to be printed on overlay sheets. These line drawings, titles and map keys were fitted around the focal point of the photography, half-seen through the translucent paper. The hand-crafted maps add to the deluxe quality of the book with loose line work specifically developed to reflect the excitement and energy of the event.

This large format, much-coveted wall book (some signed by the Polo driver crews) is a limited edition and has been very well received by Volkswagen sponsors, employees and members of the motorsport industry.


If you'd like to see more of my map work click through to my portfolio.







Monday, 22 December 2014

Festive Vignette for Country Living Christmas Issue

I was delighted to be asked by Country Living Magazine to draw this decorative vignette for the cover of their Christmas issue. Traditional rural imagery and cursive script were the inspiration for this festive piece.

You can see more of my editorial work here.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The Art of McCartney Album Lettering

I was thrilled to be asked to work on the album lettering for The Art of McCartney.

Nearly 40 artists came together to contribute to this long awaited album, celebrating the songwriting of Sir Paul McCartney. Artists including Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Willie Nelson, Alice Cooper, Smokey Robinson, The Cure, Chrissie Hynde and Kiss perform tracks from the former Beatle’s back catalogue. A fascinating documentary was also made of behind-the-scenes at the recording sessions.

I was asked to hand letter the names of the artists in a loose but legible script to fit within the square format for the vinyl and CD albums and box sets. Each layout was custom fitted to work with the individual products. 

It’s always interesting working on music projects, but this one involved such an eclectic mix of famous artists, it was exciting to learn the line-up as they signed up to the album.

You can see more of this sort of work in my music folder on my website.


  



Monday, 1 December 2014

Dr Who DVD & Blu-ray Lettering

I’m always excited to work for Dr Who and this project was no exception.

After the recent success of the eighth BBC series with the Twelfth Doctor, the wonderful Peter Capaldi, I was delighted to work on the DVD and Blu-ray packaging.  Asked to hand letter the chalkboard programme titles for the series, I took inspiration from the new TARDIS set. Playing around with the idea of chalk drawn mathematical equations and diagrams, I used arrows to organise the titles in the hexagonal space on the back covers.

If you’d like to see more of my Dr Who work it can be found in the TV folder on my website.





Thursday, 13 November 2014

Hand Lettered Titles for Wired Magazine

It was exciting to be asked to contribute to stylish Wired Magazine's November Issue.

The disturbing but fascinating subject of the article was data security - how safe is our personal information? The casual style of lettering was chosen to add a human touch to the layout and as a counterpoise to the beautifully balanced typographic grid.

Although viewed as red here, the printed magazine sees the lettering in a vibrant fluorescent orange which sings out from the page against the cool background colour.

See more of my editorial work on my portfolio website.





Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Hand Lettered Author Logos - Kristin Hannah and Cathy Woodman

I’ve worked on quite a few author logos over the years, so I decided to gather them together and add them to a folder in the publishing section of my site. Today, I’m adding two new authors - Kristin Hannah and Cathy Woodman

Two very different approaches for two very different authors. A soft mono-line script for Kristin Hannah’s beautiful dream-like covers and quirkier, more angular lettering to work with the lovely watercolour illustrations on Cathy Woodman’s series.








Friday, 3 October 2014

Becky Chilcott Design Logo

I was delighted to work on a logo for a new website launched this week by Becky Chilcott Design. A talented designer, working predominantly for the publishing industry, Becky also finds time to curate the talks at the wonderful St Bride Print Library here in London. Check out her blog if you get a chance - it’s a fascinating read.

Becky wanted to keep the site fresh and simple, so we decided on a loose mono-line script with open counters and a flowing line to complement the grid layout. The cool palette of grey, green and white with a touch of red adds to the open, uncluttered feel of the site.



Over the past few years I’ve enjoyed working on a range of logos. Clients include entrepreneurs with new products and starter businesses, authors (for both publishing houses and self-publishers), musicians (established and starting out), restaurants, wine merchants, magazines, confectioners, food manufacturers, hotels and even stately homes. You can see a selection of this work in the logos folder on my portfolio site.