Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Glory Days

My latest record sleeve design – I say as if I’m a professional record sleeve designer, haha! (this is my fifth) – has been signed off and sent to the printers. The actual record, of which there will be 500 copies, is not due to be released until February but hopefully I can get my hands on my own copy before then. It’s a gatefold sleeve which is something I haven’t done before so I can’t wait to see it in the flesh.

Just the front of the sleeve (with sticker) to share for now.

Sunday, 17 November 2013


Arcade Fire and Spike Jonze made this video live at the YouTube Music Awards, need I say more?

“If only all emotional break-ups culminated in you dancing through Narnia to a live Arcade Fire show complete with a group of children’s violinists and Win Butler serenading you out of your misery.” – It’s Nice That

Sunday, 10 November 2013

If best-selling albums had been books instead…

I stumbled upon these amazing book covers based on best-selling albums yesterday at the Rough Trade record shop near the Old Truman Brewery, East London.

“The Record Books are cunningly fabricated trompe l'oeil pictures of well-thumbed but imaginary-books, whose titles derive from classic records, old and new. What started as a handful of doodles turned into a labour of love comprising over 100 carefully wrought images inspired by words from the world of music and visuals from the world of words.” Rough Trade

The images are the genius creation of Christophe Gowans – his website is well worth a visit. There are so many great ‘book covers’ he’s designed but here are some of my favourites…

Sunday, 3 November 2013

So, this is actually happening

Last night I booked my flights and paid the deposit for my holiday to Japan next April. I don’t think it’s quite sunk in that it is actually happening yet, having wanted to visit Japan for… well, forever.

I’ll be in Japan for 15 whole days and visiting these places, starting with Tokyo…

I made this map myself (well, I labelled it).

I’ve planned my holiday with Inside Japan Tours which seemed like a great option for a first time (and lone) traveller to Japan. But I’m not going on a guided or group tour in the traditional sense, I’ll be on my own for the most part.

I’ve been able to tailor what I want to do into my own holiday plan – like the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo, Matsumoto castle and Mt. Fuji. As well as getting to visit traditional samurai villages, take part in a tea ceremony and stay in traditional Japanese accommodation – I don’t think I could have organised much of that by myself.

Needless to say I’m excited, even if I am feeling a little short of money now. I don’t doubt it will be well worth it. The count down starts now… 157 days.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Funny bones

I haven't done fancy dress or face painting since I left university a year and a half ago, and I have missed it. So when one of my colleagues said they were having a Halloween party I jumped at the chance to be a skeleton.