General Musings On Life

Before Brands Became Racially Sensitive

Racism in Marketing

Prompted by a blog over at The Dieline this month, here’s an interesting trip down memory lane … branding and marketing before brands decided that they should become racially sensitive; Read the rest of this entry »

Design Fads & Eve Duhamel

When did we all get so crazy over triangles? I do love them, I don’t know what I’ll do when it’s all over *sob*

Case and point …

Graphic Design Product Design Fads Ohh Deer Read the rest of this entry »

Good Example Of SME Branding

I’ve been quiet of late, that’s because I’ve been having a break in Wales for the week, on the drive back I spotted this company logo icon on the back of a van and though it quite impressive, it’s a great example of high quality sme branding and it was obvious to me that a good designer has been involved and that the company takes their identity seriously.

sme branding

A quick glance at their website while on the road, confirmed that the standards have been upheld consistently all the way through (as all good brands do). Read the rest of this entry »

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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