Tuesday, 30 July 2013

Animated Arcade Fire

I don’t know why, but I only discovered these wonderful little animated Arcade Fire music videos a couple of weeks ago. They are in fact 6 years old; although I haven’t quite been an Arcade Fire fan for that long, I am a big fan now.

The videos were created by Joshua Deu who was apparently a former member of the band and lifelong friend of Win’s. He was the reason Win moved to Montreal in the first place, so without him we wouldn’t have Arcade Fire. Genius.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

If I had a festival…

If I had a festival and I split it into three different genres for three days, then picked ten of my favourite bands/artists for each day… this is what the line-up would look like.

I like a lot of bands so this was fairly easy, although I struggled with alternative/folk and rock more than punk rock. Punk could definitely have had at least double the amount of bands it does, as that’s generally what I listen to. Whilst rock has four bands that could arguably be the headliner – Muse have always been my all time favourite though so they win. Also, many would argue Neil Young should be above Arcade Fire but it’s my festival!

This has really just been a typography experiment of trying to match fonts to band names. Some are certainly better than others and there’s still more I could do with the actual design and composition of the posters but, hey, this was just for fun.

Also, I don’t have a better name for the actual festival…

Classic cameras

These simple, brightly coloured camera illustrations by Adrian Johnson are wonderful. I don’t know too much about classic cameras but I do recognise some of these, most of them (like the polaroid camera) are fairly iconic in appearance anyway.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

Building my record collection

The latest edition to, not only my record collection, but also my "records I designed" collection. Better photographs for website etc. soon now!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Asparagus Feet turns 1

Or it did last Monday according to Tooze. We’ve both been super busy lately and have neglected to update the blog in a while but we’ve each done a drawing this week, so I think we’re back!

Tooze’s latest:
Prew’s latest:

Cats Are Weird

I bought this amusing comic book yesterday in Brighton. If you own a cat, have ever owned a cat or been near a cat you will be able to relate to these comic strips by Jeffrey Brown.

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Salcey Forest

I’ve been wanting to go to Salcey Forest in Northamptonshire for a while now to check out the treetop walk, but last time we tried the car park was completely full (Bank Holidays, boo). Today I made it. The shade of the trees is a nice place to be on a day like today – at least when you can’t go to the seaside anyway. And obviously anywhere with trees is good with me. Also, I actually used a camera rather than my phone.

I do like a lone/stand out tree.
Treetop trail.
Looking down on a tall tree!
That’s Northampton over there, from the top of the treetop trail.

I particularly liked the signs in the forest with words and icons cut and painted into wooden posts. I took some photos of those on my phone.

Saturday, 13 July 2013

Band of Horses @ Somerset House

I think Somerset House might be my new favourite venue, or outdoor venue at least. I think the glorious weather helped with this opinion though, I probably wouldn’t be saying that if it rained. But I would, however, still be saying that Band of Horses were a-may-zing. Definitely one of my favourite bands and wonderful live.

Some embankment photos – that’s the Thames, not the sea.
Trees. With eyes. Awesome.

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Why is the sea so far away?

The weather in Britain is wonderful at the moment. Sunshine makes me and everyone around me happy. But I am missing the sea/seaside terribly. Although, admittedly it’s only been just over a month since I was by the sea (North Devon)…
When you go from three years living walking distance from the beach and the harbour back to the middle of England, it really is quite rubbish. Don’t get me wrong, I love the countryside – working in the beautiful Bedfordshire countryside is really great – and I love woods – I love trees, of course I would [wood]. But there’s just something about the sea. The smell, the sound, the feel…

I’ve been trying to work out where the nearest coast/beach to Milton Keynes is. I always assumed it was Hunstanton in Norfolk, but if you take into account the time it takes to get there and types of roads it might be easier to go somewhere south. Either way, it’s nearly 100 miles – by road, rather than as the crow flies.

That’s pretty far from the sea but by no means the furthest place in Britain from the coast. After a little Googling, BBC News tells me that in 2003 the village of Coton in the Elms, Derbyshire, was confirmed the furthest point in Britain from the sea. Although this discussion mentions Aylesbury, Tring and Leicester among other places. All of which, the first two especially, are pretty close to Milton Keynes.

I might run away to the seaside, any seaside, this weekend. But if I don’t, I’m going to Brighton the weekend after so I should survive.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013


This week, I’m in charge of the emc design Twitter account  – as Sophie, who usually handles all the social media things, is on holiday. I haven’t tweeted too much so far but one thing that I re-tweeted yesterday on both the emc account and my own Twitter, is this…

The word “the” is the most commonly-used word of the English language; it makes an appearance in around 80% of all written paragraphs. To recognize its usage and usefulness, Melbourne-based Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis has created a new symbol as a short-formed substitute for “the”. Design Taxi

So, it’s about time it had it’s own symbol right? I mean, ‘and’ has one – &. It makes sense, doesn’t it? But I’m told (by the internet) that this symbol already exists in other languages, and Design Taxi says Mathis has invested thousands of dollars in this.

It’s certainly not as aesthetically pleasing as the ampersand (&). The video showcasing ‘THE’ seems like an April Fools joke, and I’m sorry Americans but saying theeeee just makes it sound like it needs the e!

Sunday, 7 July 2013

QSL card

“A QSL card is a written confirmation of either a two-way radiocommunication between two amateur radio stations or a one-way reception of a signal from an AM radio, FM radio, television or shortwave broadcasting station.” – thanks, Wikipedia.

I made this for my dad, who has just got back into amateur radio after many, many years. If you have a look at other examples on Google images I think mine is a decent modernisation – and doesn’t look like it was made with Word art! The photograph features the Peace Pagoda at Willen Lake which dad was keen to have, over the concrete cows, to represent Milton Keynes.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

In The Land of Punctuation

I treated myself to a new book this week. It’s a typographic illustrated poem about punctuation, originally written in German by Christian Morgenstern. The poem is translated by Sirish Rao and illustrated by designer Rathna Ramanathan.

The peaceful land of Punctuation
is filled with tension overnight

When the stops and commas of the nation 
call the semi-colons ‘parasites’