Sunday, 29 April 2012

Cornwall Film Festival

I've updated my website with my proposal for a re-design/re-fresh of Cornwall Film Festival. I've also added a page for my major project, Tall Tales & Short Stories, but that's only got a description of the project on it for now! Go look!

Friday, 27 April 2012

Comic book cards

I actually made these cards over two weeks when I was at home and decided to cut up some old comic books of mine. But now that both cards have been received by their respective recipients I am able to blog them. Also I really want to see Avengers Assemble soon, so these are appropriate.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Beautiful books

We were very lucky today at Woodlane to have book cover designer and typographer David Pearson, famous for this work with Penguin, come down and do a lecture. Oddly it was an MA Fine Art lecture, but plenty of the graphic designers attended – as David is after all a graphic designer!

I can honestly say it was one of the best lectures I think I've ever been to at Woodlane. No doubt partly because David does what I would love to do – work with type and books. He also came across as a really nice guy, humble about his work but absolutely passionate about what he does.

He also talked passionately about Penguin, the publishers that he was lucky enough to work at for 5 years. First as what he called a "text designer", basically laying out and typesetting the inside of books, and afterwards as a cover designer. Whilst at Penguin he proposed the idea for a design retrospective which became a printed reality. I in fact own this book but didn't realise/remember that he'd designed it!

Some notes:

David Pearson on Hans Schmoller, Penguin designer from the 50s with an eye for detail: "He could tell the difference between a Bembo and Garamond full stop at 50 paces."

David Pearson on himself: "I'm kind of okay with type."

He said when designing for a series, of any kind not just books, it's useful to make a few initial design decisions. In his case, for the Great Ideas series, one colour and a purely typographic outcome.

Also, "don't always assume you can do everything yourself" - collaborate and share.

Try using rubber stamps for that letterpress/lino print feel. (Definitely going to look into this for myself, genius idea and from his book covers you can see it works brilliantly.)

Patterns are good! Do patterns when you can!

David set up his own small publishing company with another person, White's Books, a few years ago and they focus on producing beautiful books. He works as art director and typographer alongside illustrators with the highest standards and passion for their craft. I think I'll invest in one of the editions of Treasure Island – one of my favourite books beautifully designed.

David Pearson on type: "All typefaces are useful for something, you just have to find the use! There's no such thing as using too many typefaces."

Type as image! Also, check out his Flickr.

Let's do business

Today 250 professionally printed business cards arrived for me. I went for a simple design but the important thing is that it matches my website/portfolio/CV and the contact details are there. I didn't want something overly clever or gimicky – sorry, that's not me.

As you can see, I'm not keen on the whole internet having my mobile number, just yet. If you want it/need it you can ask for it. Otherwise, send me an email. :)

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Paper letters

Parts of Friday and Saturday were spent cutting out paper letters that will go on to form the ‘Sayings’ section of my book – at least the illustrated part of that section.

These are actually the left overs, I will find a use for them.
And this is all you're seeing of the actual "sayings" for now.

Friday, 20 April 2012

Rock Family Trees

I had seen these before today – I'm convinced that my dad has one of the actual posters, I've seen it somewhere in my childhood – but the Rock Family Tree popped up again in today's lecture. Said lecture being about Eye magazine by the magazine's editor John Walters.

I also attended the seminar prior to the lecture which was on the topic of ‘Music Design’. Of course, music and graphic design being my two biggest passions, it was very interesting.

I'm sure someone must have taken this idea and applied it to modern music. Punk rock would be good. In fact, I'd like to have a go at creating a punk rock family tree myself… but I don't know the genre that well.

EDIT: I forgot to, A) actually point out who designed/drew these family trees and B) where I found them. They were designed by Pete Frame, many of which can be viewed here. I also asked my dad about them and apparently he did in fact have a book with these in but it has long since gone to the charity shop – damn! Although he said he has a CD, History of Fairport Convention, that has one on the front cover.

Monday, 16 April 2012


My friends know how much I like trees. Becca and Emily got me this lovely wooden tree pendent for my birthday, belated until now due to Easter holidays, but I love it. I love wooden jewellery anyway so double win.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Frank Turner at Wembley Arena

Frank Turner at Wembley Arena, need I say more than that? It was the 7th time I've seen Mr Turner and certainly won't be the last. He's just that good and sure as hell knows how to put on an awesome show, whether it's to however many thousand there were there last night or a couple of hundred. Frank deserved every second he had on that stage last night and everybody loved it.

A confetti photo to rival my Hammersmith one.
I took more photos than these, of the supports too, but although we weren't that far away
they are all pretty rubbish. I like these for the lights/colours and the hands.

Friday, 13 April 2012

The Art of The Hobbit

I got this book for my birthday, from Lindsay, and have been meaning to blog about it ever since. It's a beautiful book full of Tolkien's own illustrations, maps and designs for The Hobbit. With a detailed introduction talking about how he always wanted The Hobbit to include illustrations, and thus the first edition did, something that many of today's versions lack. Which is a real shame!

Tolkien was more than just an author.

JRR Tolkien, not just an author.
Some of the illustrations are simply stunning.
He knew how to draw/ink/paint trees that's for sure.
My first version of the Hobbit has/had (not sure where the book is) this cover.
Tolkien does some neat calligraphy/lettering too.
And maps - is there anything he can't do?!
And he even designed the book binding and dust jacket of the first edition!
So basically the man was a graphic designer too.