General Musings On Life

Logo Design Tips

Craftseller Magazine Feature

I’m pleased with my second feature in Craftseller Magazine this year, this time giving some ‘expert tips’ on branding and logo design in their September Issue (Issue 40). Read the rest of this entry »

Abercrombie Ditch Logo Emblem

Abercrombie and fitch rebrand

As part of what seems to be the start of a rebrand, preppy global retail chain Abercrombie and Fitch have announced that they will be dropping their iconic moose logo emblem in the USA only from Spring 2015.

This half soaked approach to re branding is possibly an attempt to ‘test out’ a different identity on the US market before rolling out the re brand globally. Read the rest of this entry »

Manchester Artists Book Fair

Artists Book Fair

With all this rain and sudden drop in temperature, you might fancy something indoors to do of a weekend, so why not pop along to the Manchester Artists Book Fair.

The fair, which is in it’s 8th year, runs on the 17th and 18th October (11am – 5pm) and is held at the Manchester School of Art’s Holden Gallery. There will be 40+ tables filled a range of all things book arts.

To give you an idea of what to expect I’ve compiled some images from previous years; Read the rest of this entry »

Design Theft Now A Criminal Offence

Intellectual property law

A new UK law was passed this month which makes it a criminal offence to intentionally infringe upon a registered design. The new change will act as a deterrent for potential offenders, who could face up to 10 years in prison if found guilty.

The Act covers intentionally infringing upon a registered design and producing a copy that differs from the original in only immaterial respects, however it should be noted that it only applies to ‘registered’ designs. Read the rest of this entry »

Photographs Vs Illustrations

Poster Design

I’ve been creating a lot of illustrative led designs of late recently it seems. This below is a poster design for Active Smile dental surgeries, who typically have me lead most of their advertising and marketing with photographic imagery. Read the rest of this entry »

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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