A Tactile Website…of sorts

backgroundI was recently commissioned to design a website for a crafting couple, they wanted a modern looking website through which to sell their hand crafted ritualistic items. I ask all my clients to send me a type of “mood board’, for want of a better word, in the form of images, passages of text, videos etc. Within the selection they sent me was the opening sequence of Savage, a B-movie about Bigfoot.

I loved the use of a single image forming the entire backdrop and thought it would look pretty good as a side scrolling website, which, if you don’t mind my saying, I think it does. Continue reading

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The Best Film Posters of 2013

For me 2014 brings a return to blogging, and with it a summery of 2013 more inspiring film posters. With the current poster scene flooded with the generic, quick fix Photoshop renderings that hang, illuminated beside public transport links, leaving commuters uninspired, it is not difficult to spot those designs that have thankfully strayed from the herd. Bellow are the ones I found to be the most interesting representations of their films. Continue reading

eBooks or Hardbacks…Why Choose?

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The resent campaign by Penguin books and café chain Apostrophe enables café dwellers to read passages from famous literary works while consuming their caffeine fix. The Peek-a-book campaign boasts that it has launched ‘London’s first interactive gallery of literature’. The basic premise of which allows visitors access to snippets of famous books on their smart phones via QR codes discussed as three-dimensional, framed works of art. Each image, designed by a selection of London artists, uses recycled books to portray a particular genre, ranging from culture and science to stories, big ideas, and London tales. Extracts from all the authors you expect are available, Charles Dickens, Oscar Wilde etc. Continue reading

The Rise of the Bookzine

Recent data from the ABC-Audit, regarding the circulation of magazines, (available here) has revealed a completely different picture to that often painted by the media. It has shown that the downturn in sales of printed issues is not in fact the result of the rise of the eMagazine. Electronic editions make up a comparatively low number of overall sales, none seeming to break the 25 percent barrier. That is not to say that eMagazines are not becoming increasingly popular, Vogue has seen its’ downloads rise by 463 percent, but often this increase does not make up for the overall fall in a magazine’s sales.

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Movie Posters – It’s More than Nostalgia

Last month saw the release of the feature length documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, which celebrates the career of the infamous artist of many of the most iconic film posters of all time. Drew Struzan’s lifelike paintings brought intrigue and anticipation to many films before the Internet made trailers so easily accessible. The release of this film for me raises a question. What sells a film, the poster or the trailer?

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Billboard Art

Carrying on from the graffiti theme last week, this week’s blog is about the Art Everywhere exhibition. From today rather than posters exclaiming of how you should act more like a canine, selected billboards will display 57 popular works of art. The pieces were selected by the public via the Art Everywhere website. The chosen works vary in period and style, from the reflective vibrancy of Turners, The Fighting Temeraire, to the winner of every “most popular album sleeve cover” survey, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band by Peter Blake, and even further to the exceedingly long named self portrait by Rose Finn-Kelcey, The Restless Image – A Discrepancy Between the Felt Position and the Seen Position. Continue reading

Graffiti on Sleeves

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Graffitihas become one of those mediums that is vastly over used when an individual wants to portray something as being “urban” or if they want to appeal to “youth”. To labour their massage further graffiti artists who conceal their identity are often used, Banksi being one of many. I hypothesis this is for one of two reasons, their graffiti is often in less than legal areas giving the illusion of a more gritty, sticking-it-to-the-man design, or due to the publics inability to put a face to a name, the artists can vastly increase their notoriety. As you have probably guessed by now, I am generally not a fan. That is not to say I don’t like graffiti, some of it is truly incredible. I don’t think it even has tohave a message. I saw a vibrant, grinning Cheshire cat hidden in a dark corner, during a dash to an overheated tube station that cheered me up tremendously. The trouble for me is when something is used so much it tends to loose its’ message.

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A Big Book with a Bigger Personality

Like many literary aficionados these days, I have let my impatience for new books get the better of me and succumbed to the inexpensive lure of amazon. It has such a extensive choice with which to spend my rent money, and with no need to re-input bank details it has resulted in many a purchase of wine clouded judgment. Now, I’m a bit of a Hunterphile and as such I tend purchase his back catalogue sans blurb browsing. What I have learnt about internet shopping, after making a particular purchase, is that the small cover image in the top left corner will often mislead you into expecting a regular A5 book. When what was lent against my door was a hefty box containing an A3 hardback with a superbly penned ‘The Curse of Lono’ scrawled across the front. Continue reading

Book Sleeves


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As both a writer and designer I have kept up with current trends and shifts in technology, but there is just something about the printed page that all the shiny highlights and clever coding cannot beat. I don’t think I’m alone in thinking this. If a digitised everything was the future, I would not have found replicas of old cameras and cellophane clad vinyl when I accidentally stumbled into a hipster shop. Continue reading