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April 24, 2013 - No Comments!

New typography commission for .net magazine

Mike Brennan from .net magazine kindly asked me to illustrate the opening spread of a feature on designing web forms for their latest issue. It was a difficult one to conceptualise but my thoughts turned to making sense from chaos with typography. I wanted to visualise the type gradually coming into focus, like a tv tuning into a station so I emulated an old technique of dragging a printed sheet across a photocopier to give a wave-like distortion. It was a little experimental, but good fun, and I think it worked well, looking great across the spread.

February 18, 2013 - No Comments!

New editorial illustration for .net magazine

Continuing a great ongoing relationship with Future Publishing's top digital design magazine (see more examples in the editorial part of the site), Art Director Mike Brennan asked me to create an illustration for a feature on User Experience. I always think this basically comes down to getting inside people's brains to make the experience work for them so I thought it'd be interesting to do a literal take on that. OK, it's a bit of a stylised brain, but it's a brain nonetheless.

January 10, 2013 - No Comments!

BBC Focus magazine cover

The BBC's science based Focus magazine commissioned me to create some custom typography for the 'Breakthroughs of 2013' issue. Printed using four colour litho with additional metallic gold and silver spot colours.

Art direction by Sam Freeman.

November 16, 2012 - No Comments!

Delta Sky magazine

I just finished a little type piece for Delta Airlines in-flight magazine. An exercise in expressive type, I was asked to illustrate some interesting words.

Unfortunately my first take on 'Sexting' was rejected as being a bit too risqué; maybe heavily salivated tongues licking each other are too much to view when eating your in-flight meal.

August 20, 2012 - No Comments!

Los Logos 6

The latest book in the popular Los Logos series from Gestalten will be out in mid-September and features a selection of my logo work.

This series has traditionally been an invaluable resource to pretty much every designer I know and it was a pleasure to be involved. If it's half as good as all the others, it'll be great.

See the book here.

June 13, 2012 - No Comments!

Tutorials back catalogue

Seeing as this site is new and I'm planning on posting snippets of info like new tutorials and the like, I thought it might be useful to link to as many existing ones as I can. Rather than do it individually, here's a handy link to the majority of those I've created for Computer Arts magazine.

There are quick video tips on Illustrator's most useful tools, and more in-depth walkthroughs, teaching you how to use some of my favourite techniques.

The full list can be found by clicking here.

June 13, 2012 - No Comments!

Pattern tutorial

I recently did a tutorial on creating radial patterns using typefaces for Computer Arts magazine. It's a quick easy technique that's really useful if you want to create an interesting background or repeating pattern. Now out of print, you can find it online here.