Tuesday, 30 October 2012


I had never carved my own pumpkin before tonight and I’m rather impressed with my first attempt. A Tuesday night well spent.

In process.

Monday, 29 October 2012


Is there a better superhero (or anti-hero) than this? No, definitely not. At least not in my eyes. Of course it has nothing to do with the fact that Hugh Jackman is a super handsome man. Look, he’s not even really in this poster, it’s an illustration. And besides, I've read the comics! (Some of them.)

“Based on the celebrated comic book arc, THE WOLVERINE finds Logan, the eternal
warrior and outsider, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium
claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will
leave him forever changed.” –

Sunday, 28 October 2012


I went to see Skyfall last night, which was an excellent Bond film, and saw this advert before the film. It would be better if the video wasn't labelled with the brand and it was a surprise at the end as it was for me, but alas this is what YouTube has given me.

Friday, 26 October 2012

Castles & Windmills

I wrote my first blog for emc design; about getting inspiration from the outside world and comparing Falmouth (the castle) and Stevington (the windmill).

Thursday, 25 October 2012


This band is what happens when you combine Cornish sea shanty-style folk music with British punk rock, and I absolutely love it. So much so that I'm travelling the 300-odd miles back to Falmouth for their album launch show on the 3rd of November. Any excuse for a trip to Falmouth, eh?

This poster was designed by Bobby Evans aka Telegramme.
One of the only bands I like where the members seem to look younger than me…

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

From Small Seeds

My friend and fellow UCF graphic design graduate, Lana Zoppi, shared these notebooks she has recently designed with me earlier today. They are wonderful and most definitely the kind of notebook I would like to own; with the tree theme and lovely lino print pattern, what’s not to like?

“A set of three notebooks, pocket sized and therefore perfect for jotting down moments of inspiration and fleeting ideas, were designed to celebrate three of Britain's great trees, the Alder, the Oak and the Ash.” Idea Books: From Small Seeds

I also like that they are photographed on a nice wooden surface.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2012

Astronomy was and has always been my favourite bit of science. Not that I was ever particularly good at or fond of science in general at school. And walking around the Planetarium at the Royal Observatory today I realised that I still don't understand half of it, but at least I’m interested.

One of the highlights of the Observatory was the Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition, which showcased some simply stunning and mind-blowing images.

Deep Space: Martin Pugh
Best Newcomer: Ananasby Lóránd Fényes
Earth & Space: Arild Heitmann
Deep Space: Robert Franke
Young Astronomer: Thomas Sullivan
Our Solar System: Paul Haese

Saturday, 20 October 2012


I designed a poster for my Oxfam shop. Well, I say designed but really Oxfam and their new branding materials did all the work. Aside from the pumpkin face, I drew that. I shall be making some more posters for the shop soon, but for now…

Friday, 19 October 2012

The Revival Tour 2012

I attended my second Revival Tour show last night at Islington Academy – the first being at Shepherd's Bush this time last year. I didn't know all of the acts on the line up so well as last year but the nature of the event meant that it would be excellent nonetheless. And it was. In fact, it exceeded all expectations.

The Revival Tour is a collaboration folk music event, initiated by Chuck Ragan – who you may recall from this book.

“There’s no hierarchy; it’s about sharing music together and bringing it to people in an extremely honest and grassroots fashion,” he explains, adding that the musicians on the tour all open the show together, join each other throughout the event and close it with a grand finale all together again. “It’s apparent that simple songs of folk music has been rising in popularity and it’s a joy to bring known artists that people already love but very important to us to expose lesser known artists to the world who play exemplary music and live by ethics we admire whether they’re solo musicians, groups or a singer of a band.”The Revival Tour

This years Revival Tour consisted of Cory Branan, Emily Barker, Jay Malinowski, Rocky Votolato and, of course, Mr Chuck Ragan. Plus Jon Gaunt and Joe Ginsberg on fiddle and bass.

This video is from 2008, but you get the idea:
ps. my friend Rachel took some much better photographs.

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Sometimes I really wish I was an illustrator…

…and that I could create beautiful illustrations even a fraction as good as these, by Keith Negley. Even if they do tend to have negative themes.

Last Night

The Gaslight Anthem at Brixton Academy. 

Well worth zooming home from work and rushing from one train to the next to get to Brixton on time. Set list-wise it was excellent; a good variety of songs – new and old – and it was far longer than any other Gaslight shows I've been to. The encore was 6 or 7 songs long! And, the highlight was Even Cowgirls Get The Blues – quite possibly my favourite song of all time.

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Oxfam re-brand

I probably ought to have blogged about this already, it seems Design Week did so at the beginning of September. I was aware of the Oxfam re-brand through the Oxfam newsletter a little while ago but failed to see any mention of it on design blogs when it was first unveiled.

However, I have now actually looked into it and am aware of which design agency actually did it – Wolff Olins. Yep, they were also responsible for the controversial London 2012 Olympics logo/brand.

Overall, I like it. It seems more current and appropriate, and it certainly makes sense for the charity to have one global identity. Although I could certainly point out a few good and bad things – my personal opinion of course.

I don't have a problem with the capitalisation of “Oxfam” in the logo, nor in the campaign materials – it seems like a fairly friendly font, as far as uppercase letters go (again, just what I think). Although I'm not entirely sure why Wolff Olins decided to remove the counters from some of the letters and not others. I guess the “O” could be seen to represent Oxfam but why take it out of an A and R but not P or D? But anyway, it's better than the Cooper Black they had before.

I like the colours, although some combinations work better than others. It’s good that not everything is Oxfam’s green but that it is still their colour. I also think the logo works particularly well when in white on the plain bold colours.

But really what’s important is that Oxfam’s purpose and message remains the same and that it doesn’t get clouded by bright colours and letters without counters.

“Wolff Olins helped Oxfam to define its role – what it offers to people around the world, as a global movement for change – and to talk about what it does in an optimistic yet uncompromising way, setting a vision for the future. We also brought to the surface its underlying character – being both practical and visionary.” – Wolff Olins

EDIT: Wait, why did they stick the word “NOW” over someone’s face?

So, Tooze and I could probably have done it for a hell of a lot less than what Wolff Olins charged but then could we have done as good a job? No.

Friday, 12 October 2012

I’ve got a job!

A real job. That isn’t based in a supermarket.

I am now a Junior Designer at emc design in Stevington, just outside of Bedford, who specialise in books for education. I was on a 6 week temporary contract, which started at the end of September, but after 3 weeks I seem to have done well enough for them to offer me a permanent position.


Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Stickers on the Central Line

Papa pointed me in the direction of this marvellous news story about spoof, but very authentic-looking, signs on the Underground. Unfortunately I haven't seen any for myself – probably because I haven't been on the Central Line in a while. But thankfully there is a blog full of the signs!

Sunday, 7 October 2012

Day Trip to the Seaside

I went to Brighton today with the initial main purpose of going for a sea swim, coinciding with the “first swim of the year” in Falmouth (for the academic year, of course), but also to meet up with a few graphics people. Which ultimately always wins over a sea swim anyway.

It was a wonderful day in which the sun was shining and it was surprisingly warm – but don't worry, the sea was absolutely freezing. I really do like Brighton despite it being only my second visit, and being by the sea again was great.

Sparkly sea.
My new friend, Mr Lobster.
I don't think this one was concrete.
They have these dolphin bins in Falmouth.
Carousel on the pier.

So, let's do it again soon. Yeah?