General Musings On Life

Insects In Graphic Design

Insects used in graphic design

I was just admiring the The Hudson Made Scullery Soap packaging over at my favourite (is there any other that compares?) packaging design blog The Dieline, when I pondered that I really do like the use of flies in graphic design; making something rather ugly and dirty into something beautiful. Read the rest of this entry »

Artist Sketchbooks

I thought I’d share with you a couple of recent sketches I’ve done. No reason for them, other than the fun of doodling when I get a spare moment :-)

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Peter Brookes, Artist For The Times; Copyright Theft?

This blog questions whether Peter Brookes, multi-award-winning political cartoonist for The Times newspaper has blatantly ripped off my original art piece, lovingly painted last week, or whether it’s just a terrible ‘coincidence’ of two artists thinking the same way at exactly the same time.

On the evening of Friday 18th October I began painting something straight from my heart for my art shop Taylor Two that I was rather proud of in terms of it’s styling and originality. Read the rest of this entry »

Ernst & Young Shake Off Straight Laced Image

Ernst & Young rebrand

The Internet is all agog about Ernst & Young rebranding as EY, largely because of the link to racy gay publication ‘EY’ (Electric Youth) – making a Google images search of the name a delightfully eclectic mix of old school finance and half naked young men. Read the rest of this entry »

Ludicrous Stock Photos

Ludicrous Stock Photos

Is it too much to ask to find a stock photo of a man sitting at a desk looking kinda normal for my web design project? Apparently it is.

As I wade through literally hundreds of photos, I ask myself why it is that most photographer and model duos seems to have decided that the model must express something, some sort of inner working anguish or joy perhaps? He’s sitting at a desk working, it’s not Hamlet. Just have him sitting at a desk working looking like a normal dude. Sheesh.

Case and point …

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EPIC – pro bono design for social change

Business Card Designs

Have you heard of EPIC?

EPIC is a charity that empowers creative people to make social change happen in Chicago, by enabling them to work with other like-minded professionals across the industry and to use their talent to create social good.

Tomorrow sees the launch of a range of charity business card designs at Moo.com as part of their Luxe Project. Created pro bono by HOW and PRINT especially to support EPIC, 100% of the profit generated by their designs will go to EPIC. Read the rest of this entry »

Quick Jolly – I Have No Gas

A few months before buying my new home and while being inundated with various property and land reports from my solicitor, I had a strange nightmare in which after I moved in, I found a stairway off one of the rooms, to my misfortune leading down to vampire catacombs beneath my home.

I’ve been in here a few weeks now. It’s lovely, but this happened today …

No Gas Comic

Friday Night

I may, or may not have drawn this last night (Friday) ;) Somewhat a case of ‘art playing out at the same time as life’ than art ‘imitating life’ ;)

Friday Night

The panels deliberately become more ‘drunk’ also, as the story unwinds.

Mr Birds Emporium of Vintage, Culture & Art

Mr Birds Vintage Emporium

I’ve known about Mr Birds for months now but keep forgetting to visit it, I guess I’ve been a bit busy of late as I’ve been moving home. MAYHAPS this blog will remind me to finally go one Saturday.

Mr Birds Emporium is a relatively new (launched in October last year), concept put together by the teams behind Urban Village & Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair (now I have been to the Sutton Vintage & Arts Fair, as it’s on my doorstep). Read the rest of this entry »

As You Wish – World Book Day

The Dread Pirate Roberts - The Princess Bride

Talking of books recently, tomorrow is World Book Day! Not that it’s advertised much (to my knowledge), I’m pretty certain I’d know nothing of it if I were not a parent at the mercy of the school annual demands for me to dress my child as a book character.

My children have red hair, which always make them a challenge when it comes to character creation because most characters do not have red hair. This year for my 8yr old son I came up with my most spectacular idea yet, The Dread Pirate Roberts! Read the rest of this entry »

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