friday february the twenty fourth two thousand and twelve

i was recenty asked t spruce up the logo for beat boutique, a monthly soul, reggae and disco night night in manchester. to find out more about it, have a read of this interview. the relaunch is tonight at the ruby lounge so come down and have a dance!

beat boutique

wednesday february the first two thousand and twelve

whilst working at fashion union i have had the opportunity to design their monthly magazines. there are a few photos of a couple of the books and a digital version of the latest issue can be found here.

fashion union

fashion union

friday the sixteenth of december two thousand and eleven

i just had a quick peek on the sony playstation youtube channel and saw that the game i helped conceptualise at love creative has gone live. its a digital version of pass the parcel and loads of playstation goodies are up for grabs between now and christmas. you can play the game here.

unwrapped

thursday the tenth of november two thousand and eleven

i have recently taken up the position of graphic designer at a new and exciting online fashion brand called fashion union. i will be keeping the website up to date with the latest trends and new products, as well as designing and building the emails and designing the monthly magazines.

fashion union

thursday the thirteenth of october two thousand and eleven

i had a great time interning as an interactive designer at love creative last month, and to say thanks i designed a few origami foxes for the wonderful folk at love to make whilst having a break from their busy schedules. once the foxes are made a qr code is revealed inside their silly little mouths. scanning the code links to a love creative image i drew that can be seen here.

love fox

love fox

love

friday the twenty-eighth of october two thousand and eleven

i did a picture for owt creative's latest zine 'chance'

'chance'

wednesday the twenty eighth of september two thousand and eleven

i have been interning at love creative this month. i've worked on some great projects for some top clients such as umbro and sony playstation. a really exciting project that i worked on whilst at love was for the digital fiction factory. it shows a novel way for everyone to get involved with the story. users were asked to tweet the next line of the story using the hashtag #lovedff. there tweets were then added to the story. you can see the story so far and join in the conversation here.

love stories

thursday the twenty second of september two thousand and eleven.

the new reckless new media website i designed is now live! check it out here.

rnm

friday the twenty sixth of august two thousand and eleven

love poppy is a new brand i have been working on with reckless new media. they specialise in finding unique and exciting accessories from around the world by independent designers. the site is still being developed so i can't show you yet but you can see the holding page here and check out their facebook and twitter.

love poppy

monday eighth august two thousand and eleven

i've been teaching myself flash and action script 3 so have decided to make a game that i designed a few years ago. it has no sound and only one round and i haven't tested it on ie so probably won't work but would love to know what you think so far! click the image below to play.

game

monday eleventh july two thousand and eleven

new branding and website coming soon!

new logo

i am currently in the process of redesigning and building my online portfolio, seeing as this current website is pretty much made from lolly pop sticks and pva glue.... i'm finally getting the hang of css so really want my new website to reflect this, so a nice new website and logo to match is definitely needed, with hopefully some snazzy jquery thrown in! so i will be working on this inbetween building the new exam site for uhc and working as a web designer at reckless new media. i have been freelancing at reckless new media for a few months now and have had the chance to design websites for some really nice projects. these include the new e-commerce site for chlobo - a high end jewellry company, and applied intelligent marketing - marketing specialists based in chester. the design for this site was influenced by the work i did for our degree show last year, and was also a great opportunity to incorporate icon illustrations into the web design

chlobo

aim

wednesday sixth july two thousand and eleven

i have just completed the new website for the extInked project, a participatory arts and ecology project by uhc. illustrations of 100 endangered species within the uk were chosen to be tattooed on 100 volunteers. the portraits of the volunteers, as well as original drawings and other relevant items will be on display at the manchester museum on saturday as part of the living worlds exhibition. click on the image below for a link to the website.

extInked

tuesday fifth july two thousand and eleven

i have been working on an illutstration project alongside cartwheel arts, based in heywood, north manchester and students studying creative writing at woodlands primary school. students wrote a series of children's stories based on anecdotes and workshops which were then written up by the auther, joy winkler. i was asked to illustrate all the stories, which have now been published in a book that will be distributed to schools around the area. below are a few of the pages from the book. click the image to enlarge.

magic pen

magic pen

magic pen

magic pen

magic pen

monday twenty-third may two thousand and eleven

i have been working on a project with the ultimate holding company. it is a progression from 'exam', an engagement project between the north west's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities. due to the success of exam, uhc are now holding regular dscussion groups on issues raised during the event. i was asked to design the website to for the reading room. as the discussion groups rely heavily on archived research material i wanted the design of the website to reflect a microfilm on a reel. i've been learning the programming side of web design and was very kindly helped with the build by my friends at loft 49. click on the image below to see the website.

the reading room

monday nineth may two thousand and eleven

whoops, been really bad and haven't posted anything on here for ages because i've been crazy busy. i'm working at a few studios at the moment on some web design projects, but have also been working on a really fun illustration project, which is almost finished, but in the mean time here's a sneaky peak at what is coming.

magic horse

gazelle

sunday 13th march two thousand and eleven

interbrand new york chose my 'strangers' project to be published in the annobooks student competition journal. annobooks is a melbourne based publishers that runs competitions for students and new graduates. view the full publication here.

strangers

sunday 27th february two thousand and eleven

two new logos, 'carino bambino', a new baby gift range that will be sold within the shop, 'casa carina'.

carino bambino

casa carino

friday 25th february two thousand and eleven

here is the final logo design for 'jigsaw', a new mobile photography studio specialising in portraits of kids aged 1-10

jigsaw

monday 21st february two thousand and eleven

i have designed a wedding stationary collection for my good friends rebecca graves and thomas finbow. the design is inspired by 'great wave off of kanagawa' by japanese artistk katsushika hokusai and incorporates buttons, fitting in with the home-made vintage theme of the wedding. click on the image to enlarge.

wedding

wedding

wedding

wedding

wedding

wedding

wedding

monday 14th february two thousand and eleven

work in progress, i am creating an identity for a new shop that will sell cute ad funky gifts

casa carina

wednesday fifth january two thousand and eleven

latest developments from the hillside restaurant branding project i've been working on. the work is for a proposed new restaurant to be developed from an old pharmacy in downtown austen, texas. these graphics have been used in the business plan and will help raise the money needed to get the project underway. see earlier posts for previous work on this project

the hillside

wednesday eighth december two thousand and ten

city living

here are a few of the patterns i have created as part of a series inspired by travel and cities. due to licensing and copyright issues i can only put up ones that haven't sold, but hopefully you will the the others on a wall or on ceramics somewhere very soon!

london

our house

day trip

thursday 11th november two thousand and ten

my housemate recently moved to london and as a present i wanted to find her smething manchester themed for her to remember us by.. but as its almost impossible to buy good manchester merchandise, i decided the make it myself. the following designs were printed onto cuchion covers, with the type printed in blue flock. the design is a personal trip down memory lane, showing all the places we went during the years living together. click the image to enlarge.

manchester

manchester

friday fifth november two thousand and ten

i have been working with the art and design faculty at mmu to help design the promotional posters for this year's performances at the capitol theatre. i was provided with the illustration asked to layout the type. the illustrations were done by mmu students, Lucy Letherland (Les Liaisons Dangereuses) and Rebecca Crompton (Time and the Conways).

capitol theatre

capitol theatre

friday 1st october two thousand and ten

woohoo my design 'camosaurus' has been made into kids bedding. with glow in the dark dinosaurs and everything! this is on sale in australia.

camosaurus

camosaurus

sunday nienteenth september two thousand and ten

texas

texas

sorry for not making many posts recently, but i have been very busy with work and have spent the last two weeks in texas for my brothers wedding. i took about 5,000 pictures trying out my new canon G11 but have included a few of my favourites here showing the texas scenery. click the image to enlarge.

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

texan wildlife

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

austen botanical garden

texas

texas

texas

the spirit of texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

texas

and the wedding

texas

texas

texas

tuesday twenty-seventh july two thousand and ten

clocks.

tock tock

saturday 24th july two thousand and ten

the hillside pharmacy

i have been putting together some ideas for an identity for a new bar/restaurant currently being developed in the east-end of austen, texas. it will be called the hillside pharmacy because that is what it was back in the 1950's, and was owned by the first black pharmacist to operate in the city. his family still own the building and were delighted that the new restaurant wanted to build on those roots.

the hillside pharmacy

like the original owner of the building, these roots are based in black culture and this was another element the developers wanted to include within the designs. i have created motifs that will be used throughout the design work that show a fusion of recognisable pharmacy and bar glassware silhouettes using vibrant colours that aim to reflect the mood and energy of the jazz scene.

the hillside pharmacy

for the logo, i have been looking at familiar american symbols for pharmacy, such as the green cross, pestle and mortar and the snake wrapped around a bowl.

the hillside pharmacy

the hillside pharmacy

the hillside pharmacy

i am now developing the more successful ideas based on feedback from the client. i have added more detail to the motifs, which makes the pattern less abstract but perhaps more interesting. i am going to texas in september and am really looking forward to visiting the site and seeing how the development is getting on.

the hillside pharmacy

the hillside pharmacy

the image below shows how the building may look once developed into the restaurant. the idea is to retain and reinforce the stark, clinical white of the existing building but continue the natural wood of the original display case, which was used when the premises was a pharmacy (shown below) to the outside as a way to soften the environment. the images have been created by www.5-2-5-0.com

the hillside pharmacy

the hillside pharmacy

tuesday 20th july two thousand and ten

please can someone buy these patterns off me, print them onto fabric, make pyjamas out of them then sell them back to me?? some illustrations i've placed into a repeat pattern. click on the image to see it big

patterns

patterns

patterns

monday 19th july two thousand and ten

annobooks

i recently found out that my final uni project has been shortlisted for the annobooks end of year publication, as part of an australian design competition i entered. the publication will be distributed internationally. the project still has a couple weeks left of judging so please visit the website, register (which takes two seconds!) and vote for my project!! you can find the link to my work here

so, other than that i'm busy busy on a number of freelance projects; i'm working on an ambitious branding project for a new bar/restaurant in austen, texas, and as always, am designing surface patterns for mary jones designs. so i will upload work as it develops.

sunday 11th july two thousand and ten

rainbow world

i have been working on some really fun illustration projects recently, this one above is developed from the design work i did for the manchester school of art degree show this year. click on the image to see more. i have also been painting watercolour birds to hopefully make into patterns for the work i am doing at the surface designers. these photos are a bit dodgy as i don't have a god camera but hopefully you get the idea!

birds

birds

birds

friday 25th june two thousand and ten

dna designers northern alliances 2010

degree show 2010

for the last two days the triangle center in manchester has played host to dna, the designers northern alliance. the event consisted of a series of talks by professionsals within the industry and portfolio reviews for newly graduated student to present their work to creatives. their was also a gallery showcasing some of the best work frm the degree shows from universities in the north west and a number of awards were given out to students, chosen by professional designers. the aim of the event was to encourage conversation between graduates and north west industry people, as most of the events of this nature are based solely in london, and more and more students are wanting to stay in the north west. a slight downside regarding the event was that it started straight after our degree show, meaning there was no time to properly sort everything out or reprint any work. and as my final piece was a big wooden thing it would have been impossible to move down. luckily it sold at the show so i don't have to worry about moving it myself! as we couldn't have everyone's work up, me and susanne birtwistle were asked by our tutors to collate everyone's work and create a 5x2m collage in the form of a 'graphic metropolis'. here's the full image, click top enlarge.

dna

dna

dna

wednesday 23rd june two thousand and ten

today i spent the day at mary jones designs, a surface design agency based in stafford. mary jones was sent my degree show invitation and based on the design i did, asked me to come down and see if i could create anything for their collection. i had a really great day, the studio is housed in an old slaughter house around the back of mary's house, which used to be the butchers, on a quiet, sunny street in stafford. i loved working up my designs into surface patterns and made a number of designs that they were really happy with and printed out for the portfolio. now i just have to wait and see if any sell! here is a sneaky peek at one of the designs coming out of the printer.

mary jones

mary jones

monday 21st june two thousand and ten

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

so after all the hard work our show is finally running! above is a pictue showing the board design at the entrance to the holden gallery where work by interactive arts students are exhibiting.

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

the display is an 8 x 20 foot version of the invitation design that was sent out a week or so before the show. the names of all the courses exhibiting have been written in outline using the colours from the artwork. it is extremely striking when you walk into the exhibition and works great with the rest of the designs that run through the show, as i designed information boards and signs to direct visitors around the buildings.

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

the design and art direction show is on the fourth floor, the show runs until wednesday so head down if you havn't yet had a chance! overall the work is of a very high standard and represents us extremely well as a talented year group. i have included a few pictures of the work i exhibited, including my portfolio, which has all my second semester work in it. we also exhibited the girl vs panic poster, but i havn't included that here as i already have it in my online portfolio, which you can view through this website.

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

degree show 2010

i also think i was probably the only one taking pictures of the building work outside of the chatham building!! so far i have been anchored to the fourth floor but i really hope the see the rest of the show before it finishes.

degree show 2010

tuesday 18th may two thousand and ten

as a treat for handing in my journal i took a trip to fallowfield to check out the posters i designed for the open mic night. it was an open brief so the concept i went with was the idea that anyone can play at an open mic night. so i used the moneky i designed for the 100 monkey project, added a triangle and a few of his closest friends, namely an accordion playing axolotl, an ant eater on the sax, a singing frilled lizard and a platypus on lead guitar.

trof open mic night

trof open mic night

trof open mic night

trof open mic night

thursday 13th may two thousand and ten

tonight i went to the apple a day exhibition at common, showing work by design duo dr me. although it was a low key affair, it was great to relax and take a break from uni work. i really liked the work on show, i always do like the stuff they have on at common, its a great space for exhibiting work by up and coming artists and designers. maybe one day i'll have some work up there! plus there was free gin and juice which always helps keep the doctor away..!

apple a day

apple a day

apple a day

tuesday the 20th april two thousand and ten

emily alston

emily alston

today we were lucky enough to have a talk from emily alston, an illustrator/designer based in london, who graduated from liverpool graphic arts course about six years ago.

it was a lively talk, discussing some of her favourite pieces of work, most of which seemed to be personal projects she had worked on. a highlight for me was the if you could project, where designers were asked to create screen print designs using the brand colours.

emily alston

emily alston

emily alston

emily preferred her personal projects because she said that the illustrations are often compromised by the desires of the client, so they are not how she intended them to be. i think this must be a common dilemma so its comforting to hear her say it out loud!

it was clear that emily was very pasisonate about the artists and designers who have influenced her work and mentioned Adolphe Mouron Cassandre, alan aldridge and push pins tudios and major influences.

am cassandre

alan aldridge

push pin studios

monday the 19th april two thousand and ten

if in doubt, make a t shirt.

monkey see monkey do

monkey see monkey do

my monkey illustration has been turned into a t shirt design. i really like it as a design and as all the rest of the work for this prject has a completely different aesthetic i thought the best thing to do would be to make it into a t shirt.

monkey see monkey do

monkey see monkey do

thursday the 15th april two thousand and ten

building gods, by ken gumbs

building gods

as part of my project investigating the boundaries of human perception, i watched a documentary called building gods. i was recommended to watch this by a friend, and the brief synopsis they gave me was that nano technology is becoming so advanced that we may one day build a robot with levels of perception far greater than our own or technologically advance individual human beings, making them 'post human' or god like.

"man learnt how to control the atom but must now learn how to control himself."

according to the film, we have currently managed to create robots that are 'at the bee or wasp level'. obviously computers can perform tasks far quicker and far more complex than we can, but there is more to being human than processing information, and the documentary investigates what it is to be human at great length. we are social, conscious, autonomous, emotional, perceptive, active; but we are also just lots of little electric currents running though synapses stimulating millions of biological and chemical reactions.

although some reviews i have read have moaned about the input of the 'token theologist' , anne foerst, i found her a welcome break. after being bombarded with terrifying theories by 'mad scientists' clearly obsessed with the idea of becoming a 'cyborg', she managed to keep the documentaries feet just about on the earth.. she comments that although science can define us as human beings, it cannot define us as persons, and that will be the difference between us and any robots we ever build.

building gods

i was surprised as, coming from a scientific background i have always found that science can answer my questions about life and the universe, and gives me much more comfort than religion and spirituality. however watching this documentary i was definitely in 'team theologist', because the alternative is too scary. i guess this would make me a 'terran' a future social group that fears the introduction of robots and cyborgs into society, as opposed the cosmists, who welcome it. i and therefore am doomed to become a member of an inferior race of humans, with which interaction will be equivalent to our ability and interest in communicating with cows.

in my biology degree i spent a lot of time learning about stem cells and the ethics behind human cloning. this is clearly a controversial subject and i found it very different to form opinions i could stand by, even though i was informed on the subject. i now realise that these artificial developments can potentially be just as harmful to our future evolution as biology itself.

probably the scariest idea posed by the documentary is that once we figure out how to build a robot of super intelligence, it will be the last thing we ever create, as the robot will be better at thinking, designing and building than us. this terrifies me and is, once again, an example of us building 'suicide machines'.

saturday the 10th april two thousand and ten

congratulations

a happy engagement card me and a few friends made for our two very happy friends, probably the funnest brief i've set myself all year!

wednesday the 7th april two thousand and ten

aw it was a sad day yesterday as we had to take down all the work for our exhibition, butevery cloud has a silver lining as it meant we could make way for the collective vision exhibition, a series of insallations put togther by second year mmu interactive arts students. the work was very eclectic and investigated a variety of different issues and musing, resulting in many interesting solutions. some of the higlights for me included the light animation named 'city lights' by alice baldwin, which explores the emotive experience associated with artificial light.

collective vision

collective vision

a piece that was more concerned with the aesthetic qualities of the final work than the concept behind the work was the work by emily outhwaite, that explored the negative spaces found between the branches of trees. these are abstract shapes laser cut into lengths of linen. i liked this because i became momentarily fascinated by the space between branches and leaves while doing the silence project last term, and used photography of the changing shapes in my animations, which you can see on this website in the 'silence' section.

panic

tuesday the 30th march two thousand and ten

panic

tonight was the grand unveiling of our exhibition. i worked alongside fran, oyunga, laura and susie to create our piece entitled 'girl versus', the blurb that went with the piece read 'That moment of unequivocal panic when everything is against you. Y’know, when you’re like, “Shit, I’m stuck”

panic

we made (a lot) of limited edition (!!) postcards with some of the out takes from our photoshoot, with the blurb and our blog addresses on the back, so if you're at the exhibition make sure you pick one up!

panic

the moving image piece i made for the exhibition was projected onto one of the walls in the motion room. you can see the full animation in the blog post below this one.

panic

the night was great and all the work looked amazing. to see everything that was exhibited please check out the blog site here: http://panicnoiselab.blogspot.com

sunday the 28th march two thousand and ten

sorry for the lack of blogging this week but i have spent every waking hour of the last week trying to complete my animation for the panic exhibition that is opening on monday this week. here is the blurb followed by the final piece:

Our behaviour is infectious and is passed from host to host through imitation. How we dress, what we say, how we think and feel are all examples of behaviours we catch off each other and subsequently contaminate other people. This spreading is not always voluntary. In the absence of rational thought, panic is a virulent infection that can cause an epidemic of mass hysteria.

This piece documents the destructive nature of imitation.

thursday the 18th march two thousand and ten

white and the red

this evening i supported a few of the second year students by attending the preview of the white and red exhibition in the triangle shopping center in manchester city center. although it was a small exhibition, the work was striking and the night, on the whole was fun. it has made me really look forward to our exhibition we are putting on in a couple of weeks.

tuesday the 16th march two thousand and ten

well today we got up nice and early and headed for urban outfitters on market street to shoot our photos for our group panic project. our concept was 'that moment when you are getting into an outfit in a changing room and realise you are not going to fit and instead of putting it on need to start trying to get it off..' here's a taste of what went on..

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

photo shoot

saturday the 13th march two thousand and ten

oops not too many blog posts this week.. thats because I've been busy working on the degree show promotion! Have had a few meetings with Rachel Coldwell and getting quotes from printers to help decide exactly what the designs need to be like. I've also had to think about new media to work with, such as e-flyers, banners for outside the holden gallery and web banners. I have started playing around with these, i've uploaded my first attempts at a flash banner.. they are a bit jerky, but for someone who has never created anything of worth in flash before I am pretty happy! i have plently of time to work on them though so sure they will get a lot better. click the images to view.

degree show

degree show

I also have a new best friend. I got my grubby mits on this gorgeous tlr box camera, which was a steal on ebay.

photin bpx camera

i originally got it as i read that you can poke a digital slr camera down the view finder and take photos that look like medium format photos but are instant digital photos. i have not quite mastered this technique yet so decided to by some 120 film for it and have been playing around with it. its a manual wind on so a few of the pictures came out double exposed, but i think they are quite beautiful for a first attempt s i have been taking more and wil upload the good ones when i get them developed.

photos

tuesday the 9th march two thousand and ten

morag myerscough, visiting lecturer

i found this talk really inspiring, and especially useful as lot of the work myerscough presented to us was exhibition design, and i am currently in the middle of designing the promotional material and hopefully some in situ installations for our degree show this summer. she made me realise that scale and colour are really effective ways of creating an impact, and i really think that the current developments i have made in the degree show work could create this kind of impact. it did, however, make me see that with a massive budget you can product whatever your imagination conjurs up, but if you don't have this budget to work with, then its a little bit like 'aw well that would be great in an ideal world but instead were going to do this...' so a little bit of a disappointment.

work that really stood out was the interior design for the westminster academy building, i just loved the extensive use of vibrant colour. its like a dream project! why aren't all buildings made from every shade of green?

myerscough

myerscough

myerscough

and also, naturally, the debtford project, an old train carriage that was turned into a cafe and art space. it just makes me think that if all the disused spaces within urban environments was turned into something like this, then there would be a lot less crime and vandalism, but i don't know if colours make everyone as happy as they make me...

myerscough

myerscough

wednesday the 3rd march two thousand and ten

so this week i got my degree show promotion work all prepared onto a2 boards in preparation for a big scary pitch to, amoung about 15 others, prof david crow at the omg meeting on tuesday. completely unexpectantly they chose my concepts to develop and use as the promotional work and signage for the degree show 2010!

degree show

i was shocked and thrilled and i cannot wait to get started and see it come to life, i've loved doing the project and really glad its not finished.. i'll keep posting updates here to you can see how its getting on.

degree show

degree show

sunday the 28th february two thousand and ten

as you have probably noticed, as you're reading this, is that my website has finally had the make over its been screaming for. i've included a few examples of the projects i've been working on the last couple of months, as well as some of my favourites from the last year or two. as well as this website i have been working on a few live projects, including the alexandra arts and degree show work that i have included in this website. hopefully soon i'll have some work for my 100 brief to show. anyways let me know what you think of the new look website.

michael ruppert

 

as part of my research for the 100 brief i watched the documentary 'collapse' (directed by chris smith), as he mentions the 100 monkeys concept. considering that this is essentially 82 minutes of michael ruppert sat in what looks like a bomb shelter, interspersed with archived footage, this was one of the most memorable films i have ever seen. the reason for this is that this film is terrifying. it makes you wonder why we bother making thrillers and sci-fi films when real life is so frightening. i have previously expressed that i believe that our over-consumption of oil is without a doubt the most stupid short-sighted act ever committed by any species on the planet, and unfortunately ruppert has confirmed my suspicions. the problem is though, is that he animatedly lists all the harrowing apocolyptic problems we are facing, but doesn't provide any solutions. in fact, i almost found myself thinking, 'well, we're doomed, so what's the point of stalling the inevitable? why not just enjoy things while it lasts?' but obviously this is not the point of the documentary, and the concept of 100 monkeys is the exact opposite of this. for as long as the solution remains the conscious property of the few nothing will change.

"The only thing in the world that you and I can possibly change to give ourselves and to give our children some kind of human civilized life - is our minds"

monday the 22nd february two thousand and ten

100

new project! i have spent to last few days thinking about this new project im starting. its an istd brief, which means it will be mainly typography based... i hav chosen the brief '100', which asked us to inform the viewer or user of something related to the magical number 100. as soon as i saw this brief i knew i wanted to find out more about the hundredth monkey effect as i think its a fascinating concept and will lend well to interesting typographic structures and hierarchies.

thursday the 18th february two thousand and ten

I spent this morning sat in an amazing little room in the back of the north west film archive in central manchester watching footage of the old smithfield market for the personal project i am working on.

film archives

film archives

film archives

the room was amazing, filled with old cameras and tvs stacked on top of each other. i almost feel like the films shouldnt be watched anywhere other than this room. this is making me think about the end piece of film i'm planning to create, and where it should be shown. i made me realise that the environment that surrounds the film is as important as the film itself. i will hopefully be getting copies of the footage at the beginning of march so i can start playing around with it and create a moving image response to the project.

film archives

saturday the 13th february two thousand and ten

today i helped arron paint a lovely valentines day theme onto the window at teacup

teacup

teacup

teacup

teacup

wednesday the 10th february two thousand and ten

i have been trying to think of ways to help raise money for our degree show so i have organised a raffle with the generous help of trof the deaf institute. let me know if you want a ticket!

raffle

and some of the cards i made for the valentines day card and cake sale.

raffle

tuesday the 9th february two thousand and ten

latest book showing a mixture of my own photos and images of found objects from the central library archives.

book

book

book

book

book

book

two of my films are currently on display at the holden gallery.

film

film

film

monday the 8th february two thousand and ten

stop staring at the ground

don't stare at the ground; your feet know where to go. look out the window more, dont fall asleep on the train, ask for directions even if you already know the way, DON'T STARE AT COMPUTER SCREENS ALL DAY

friday the 5th february two thousand and ten

book

experimental books created using images of the old smithfield market from the central library

book

book

book

book

tuesday the 2nd february two thousand and ten

fish market

old fish market, 1924

whilst i'm waiting for my book to arrive so i can start reading 'perfume' for the penguin book cover awards, ive decided to start a little project centered around the old wholesale fish markets in manchester city centre. in october i moved into the apartment blocks that now occupy the land where the market was located, and all that is left is the gorgeous facade of the fish market.

fish market

when people come round to visit the flat they are always really fascinted by the gates, but other than, it used to be a fish market' i dont know anything about the location. i do however, feel a sense of pride to live somewhere with such gorgeous surroundings, and wish i knew more.

fish market

however, as much as i love this place, it is a bit depressing that yet another piece of iconic manchester architecture has been turned into residential flats. for this reason i think its so important that people that move here know a bit about the history of the market. so for my project i plan to create a small information booklet to that i imagine will be very visual with a few key facts, maybe a timeline, just so people know how their path crossed the path of this beautiful building. then next time someone says, 'wow, i love those gates', the resident can reply 'yeah me too, it was a fish market until 1973 when the markets were moved to openshaw. i would see the booklet almost as a souvenir piece that residents can keep and take with them to remember their time living in the market buildings, and hopefully take a piece of manchester history with them too.

fish market

tuesday the 2nd february two thousand and ten

hila ben-navat.

hila ben-navat

i keep coming accross this deigner's work while browsing through all the amazing work on the behance network. hila ben-navat is a graduate from the depatment of visual communication at bezalel academy of art and design in jerusalem, and is currently studying at central st martins in london. this work is absolutely exquisite and i find merely viewing it through small low res images on the computer screen extremely frustrating and wish i could immerse myself in the the details, the stories and really find out what the work is about. the aesthetics of the pieces are perfect, but what makes this work so great is that there is meaning and concept behind each piece. i am sure i will be referring back to this work a lot during my up coming projects. find more work by hila ben-navat here

hila ben-navat

hila ben-navat

hila ben-navat

monday the 1st february two thousand and ten

today i took advantage of a break in uni work to tram out to salford quays to visit the art & advertising exhibition at the lowry, curated by the design agency bjl.

art and advertising

media city

media city

seagulls

seagulls that can walk on water...

art and advertising

although i failed to see how this exhibition tackled the idea of art in advertising in any way that any previous exhibitions on design haven't done before, i thoroughly enjoyed it. it was like a bite sized chunk celebrating the work of bjl, particularly the work they have done for the lowry. so there were a number of iconic campaigns on show, such as this of buddy holly, illustrated by ellie cryer.

art and advertising

art and advertising

what do you want to make better?

this interactive installation was inspired by the nhs. users are asked to stick a plaster on the world and write what they would like to change and make better.

art and advertising

art and advertising

i think this is pretty cool, it gets people thinking about what they care about, but it doesnt really encourage people to actually do anything.

art and advertising

on an environmental note, i noticed this on the wall showing lots of ideas that never got made. its for a water purifier and states the statistics associated with each bottle of water, and therefore the benefits of purified tap water. the statistics written on it are: 88ml of oil, 3 litres of water and 8g of CO2 for one plastic bottle. whereas the water filter provides 200 litres of pure water. 'isn't that a little easier to swallow..?' i think they should have gone with it.

art and advertising

art and advertising

and still on the theme of the environment (think this is why i liked the exhibition so much...!) here's some outfits made out of asda bags by salford uni fashion students.

sunday the 31st of january two thousand and ten

cormac

re-issue of McCarthy's entire back-catalogue with book cover designs by david pearson *swoon* i've started thinking about book cover designs as i'm planning to the the penguin book cover design competition, which is perfume by patrick suskind this year. but i havn't read it yet, im waiting for amazon to very kindly deliver me. see post from tuesday 26th january for my review of cormac's the road.

cormac

cormac

cormac

cormac

friday the 29th of january two thousand and ten

birds

birds

birds

birds

birds

birds

tuesday the 26th of january two thousand and ten

What's the bravest thing you ever did? He spat into the road a bloody phlegm. Getting up this morning.

the road

Talk about a page turner, I think I only put the book down twice while reading it... and that was probably to make a cup of tea...

It's one of those things though, when you decide to read a book that has already been made into a film. I genuinely knew nothing about it, but I already had Kodi Smit-McPhee and Viggo Mortensen's faces implanted in y brain while imagining the main characters. And as I knew it was a film, I found myself constantly thinking, while reading of the terrors that faced them, 'How are they going to show that in the film?' So when I finished reading the book I promptly trotted off to the cinema to watch Luckily this didn't ruin the book for me, as I felt the film was a toned down, almost censored version of the book. So many of the most shocking memories that stick with me are still from the book.

the road

One of the most disturbing aspects of the book was the fact that death was always on their mind. And to see a child talking about the prospect of his own demise is all the more harrowing; a father teaching a son how to use a pistol to shoot himself in the head to avoid capture from barbaric cannibals. We can barely imagine a world where living is about survival and nothing else, but that is what it became after an unidentified cataclysmic event kills almost all plant and animal live, leaving nothing of society or law, and survivors will do whatever it takes to stay alive. Life has been like this before in the Western world, only a couple hundred years ago, before technology, health and sanitation were at the level they're at now, life expectancies were low and child birthrates high. But there must have been some bliss knowing that however bad it was they still had it better than people had ever had before them. But how can you cope when you had everything then it all gets taken away? The son's mother gave birth to him during the event that destroyed the world, so the son never knew life before, just sees the remnants of it in derelict supermarkets and burnt houses.

It really does make you see life differently. The scene where the man is talking to the old blind man they have dinner with, he asks 'do you wish you were dead?' and the man replies 'at times like this we cannot ask for luxuries like that.' It reminds you of human's overwhelming desire to live, no matter what. And how in the worst of situations the prospect of dying is still unbearable, but the idea of already being dead is a dream.

monday the 25th of january two thousand and ten (again)

amazing. click the picture below for the link.

hero

monday the 25th of january two thousand and ten

here's something ive been meaning to post for agaes. its a bit last season now but it is a christmas menu i designed for isinglass restaurant in urmston. i do quite a bit of work for the restaurant, business cards, menus, etc. its a gorgeous place, the interior decor is gorgeous and looks nicer and nicer everytime i go there! i wish my house looked like isinglass, and i wish i could cook like them too!

isinlgass

isinlglass

isinlgass

friday the 22nd of january two thousand and ten

two of the films ive created for my uni projects so far.. the quality if the upload is really bad but hopefully you get the idea..

'silence' final film:

film for my personal project:

thursday the 21st of january two thousand and ten

post deadline play:

after working every waking hour for god knows how long, finally got my work handed in for the end of first semester deadline. to celebrate i went to noiselab, something i have been meaning to do for ages, and then went to the preview of the alan fletcher exhibition at CUBE. here's a few pictures i took:

mark wigan

mark wigan

mark wigan

noiselab

alan fletcher: 50 years of graphic work (and play)

peter saville

introductory talk by peter saville.

alan fletcher

alan fletcher

alan fletcher

tuesday the 19th of january two thousand and ten

after researching different ways of coomunicating an issue or stastic i decided to have a go. this depicts 1619 plastic toy soldiers, equal to the amount, in litres, of oil the average british person consumes in a year. my thinking behind this was to try to show the considerate impact an individual has. we often dont think that one person can make a difference, but the truth is is that we are millions of individuals, and it will take an effort from every one of us if we are going to change the way we live. i think oil consumption is the big thing at the moment. people keep talking about climate change and how our use of fossil fuels is affecing the climate, but this is still a relatively weak arguement and we cannot be sure that any changes in weather we see are a consequence of this. seeing dead albatross full of lighters and other plastic pieces shows a direct link to our oil and plastic consumption, disposal, and complete disregard for our own actions. no one can argue with that.

soldier

soldiers

saturday the 16th of january two thousand and ten

last minute filming for my personal project moving image piece, my flat was temporarily turned into studio.

soldiers

monday the 11th of january two thousand and ten

happy new year! ive been meaning to write an update for a while but unfortunately ive been bedbound due to the dreaded lurgee.. on the up tho so back to work!! over the xmas holiday i have mainly been working on a rebrand a company called RecycAll, which specialises in recycling car parts. They wanted a logo that reflects the positive impact their business has on the car industry and the environment. here's the logo that was chosen:

recycall logo

i have also completed the design of their new website, it isnt live yet but here's a picture of how it's looking at the moment. click the image to see the whole picture

recycall website

really enjoyed this project, particularly as i like to get involved with things i consider to be good causes. i have been thinking a lot recently about environmental issues as i am writing my essay on green washing. a friend recently showed me an article in the guardian showing the plastic found inside an albatross chick's stomach:

plastic

i found this image so shocking that it really does make you wonder where those tiny bits of disposable plasic go after you chuck them in the bin. there are more shocking images here so i have been trying to think of a way of visualising our excessive use of plastic products and subsequent oil comsumption. what i also love about this picture is the use of patern to illustrate an issue and how repetitive orms can emphasise a subject matter such as this. i stumbled across an artist that has created work that follows this idea. this is work is by chris jordan and is taken from a book called 'running the numbers, an american self portrait. it is a glimpse into american culture using statistics. although i find some a bit sterile, there are some which are extremely shocking. this image 'depicts 83,000 Abu Ghraib prisoner photographs, equal to the number of people who have been arrested and held at US-run detention facilities with no trial or other due process of law, during the Bush Administration's war on terror'

jordan

jordan

jordan

tuesday the 15th of december two thousand and nine

more dont panic posters... click image to enlarge

dont panic

dont panic

dont panic

monday the 14th of december two thousand and nine

i have been working on my competition brief this week. i chose the brief for don't panic! magazine, which asked designers to create a graphic image to be used as a poster design which falls under the theme of resistance. i chose to look at childhood rebellion and the freedom from responibilty that children possess. i looked at this from a number of different angles; from reverse psycology, when a child, either through curiosity or rebellion, just has to do something when they are specifically told not to do it, to genuine acts of independence. whatever their motives or reasons, and no matter how big or small, these acts of resistance are a right of passage of self discovery and by no means stop once you become a grown up.

here are some of the peices i have created so far. im still not sure if they fully communicate my concept, and each time i look at them i fluctuate between like/love/dislike (not necessarily in that order). click on picture for larger version.

dont panic

dont panic

dont panic

i have also decided on my personal project brief, which makes up the final credits of this sememester. right at the beginning of term i saw the body shop brief, which requires an unconventional campaign to remind us that body shop is and always has been at the forefornt of ethical beauty. i was initially hesitant about doing this brief, as i have writen my dissertation on the perils of companies selling themselves as 'green' with the main objective of increasing profits and not saving the world. so i didnt want to be a hypocrite and had to make sure that i believed that the body shop live up to their values. the brief outline states that they want someone controversial, reminiscent of their older campaigns. after viewing these campaigns, which are part of the downloadable pack (i dont have powerpoint on my laptop sp has taken me a while to be able to view them) i am now really excited about this project as the campaigns are clever, witty andd beautifully designed. im sure ill be able to come up with something appropriate yet still maintain an experimental way of working.

here are some oy my favourites:

body shop

body shop

body shop

body shop

body shop