Saturday, 28 August 2010


The new content for the next edition of Flux Magazine has arrived in my inbox! I am fortunate enough to have  been asked to work on it while art director John Walsh is on his jollies! Really pleased to be working with them again; it's all interesting stuff so far and I feel like I currently have a lot of responsibility which is exciting. Keep your eyes peeled for its release this Autumn :)

Friday, 27 August 2010


Awesome art direction and typography from Rated Magazine, a design and fashion magazine edited in Copehagen, Denmark, by Flydende Lava Studio. Their website showcases even more beautiful work (despite currently being under construction), check them out here.

Mr L'Agent et le Stadium Paris

I love this little publication, edited by Mr L'Agent and art directed by Leslie David. It isn't a recent project, as this issue was released in May, but the art direction of the magazine is lovely.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

The Infinite Library.

The Infinite Library is an ongoing project by Daniel Gustav Cramer and Haris Epaminonda.

It is primarily an expanding archive of books, each created out of pages of one or more found books and bound anew. Each is beautifully arranged and printed; the duo have redesigned the found pages using bold shapes and patterns. Could Cramer and Epaminonda be questioning the purpose of print? Who knows, but whatever their concept, it is a really interesting and gorgeous outcome. See more here.

Tuesday, 17 August 2010


Over summer, we have been given a brief in which I have to design and promote an Art House film festival. I've chosen four films, all from the director Julian Schnabel; "Basquiat", "Before Night Falls", "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Miral".

I have long-appreciated the movie "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and so it seemed the right choice to want to develop my knowledge of the director further. I discovered that Schnabel originally made his name as a neo-expressionist painter in the 1980s, and was highly acclaimed. However like many artists, his work was deemed very controversial also. This is how I came up with the title of the festival: CONTRA. It comes from the latin for "against" or "anti", and each of the movies portrays very tragic stories of gifted figures who have lived / are living flawed lives. Each of the protagonists are in a fight against the environments they are living in, be it physical incapacity, an oppressive dictatorship regime, drugs or poverty.

Adding to this, Schnabel became famous for his "plate paintings"; which he created by applying paint and layers of texture onto broken crockery. His work reflects the mosaic styles of  Gaudi; abstract, bold and colourful and, like the artist himself, very extravagant . Despite winning Academy Awards for "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and receiving high acclaim for his directing role on all of the films, Schnabel affirms that he is primarily a painter, and that directing is more of a side project than a career. For this reason, I want to showcase elements of his artwork into the film festival also, maintaining his style and eccentricity in the designs I create. It will be difficult for me to distinguish between the tragic nature of the films, and his more extravagant painting style, but I feel this will be an interesting approach to the brief.

Here are my very first designs to promote the festival; a LOT more work needs to be done as I don't feel they are well considered enough just yet but I'm quite pleased with where they are going.


Monday, 16 August 2010

These made me smile...

Dr Corn.

Mr Gurka.

Mr Shy.

These little vegetable characters were created by Carl Kleiner. They reminded me of some of the questionable veg my Dad has been bringing home from our allotment...



London Film Festival

I discovered these beautiful poster designs from the British Film Institute's archives, designed for the annual London Film Festival. The festival has run since 1957 to the present date, and some of the posters are really interesting. Although some of the posters are somewhat aesthetically garish, a few really caught my eye - especially the earlier dated posters from the archive. It is a shame that many of the more recent posters lack the simplicity that many of the older ones achieve successfully. It has to be said that, when it comes to design, often less is more.

This year's festival will be held in London from the 13th until the 28th of October, for more info click here.

Thursday, 12 August 2010

letters from summer.

Last summer I created a typeface from naturally occurring letter-forms. None of the images have been staged or edited. This is a selection from the set, which I like the most.


Discovering some old "typography as image" work. Yes, I did stitch into my hand and no, it didn't hurt, but a piece definitely not for the faint hearted! I want to go back to being this experimental with my work again.

"Fuck Design, Let's Dance" - Andre Toet

- I discovered this quote by accident, and it made me smile as I often feel like I want to do exactly that.

Toet's work is pretty interesting also. Working alongside Marianne Vos under the name "Samenwerkende Ontwerpers" (I'm not 100% sure what this translates to, it's a Dutch agency) I'm particularly impressed with their brochure and book design, which is really dynamic . See more at (however confusing the site may be, in half Dutch, half English).

Monday, 9 August 2010


Process Journal is a publication that showcases the best of Australian and International graphic design. After the success of their first edition, the team at Hunt Studio have recently released the second issue. The issues aren't considered to be magazines, nor are they deemed books. It is somewhere between the two and manages to capture beautiful work in a printed publication that takes a step back and allows the design to do the talking. 

Sunday, 8 August 2010


Beautiful art direction by d[x]i magazine, a quarterly publication founded in Valencia, Spain. The magazine is devoted to creativity, visual culture and contemporary art making.  "We are not afraid" - it is open to experimentation, without prejudices. Design magazines are often printed on good quality paper, and d(x)i wants to demonstrate that you can still create a good magazine using stock that it is of a lower quality. What seems to be correct does not have to be a rule, and I like this rawness to the publication. Furthermore, it's free to subscribe to making this an even more enticing magazine!

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Placement 2

Some collage experiments and spread ideas from my placement at Flux magazine, using images from the Sia photoshoot.




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