• A few weeks back I worked on some adverts, flyers and theatre programme for the production Some Paradise organised by Chester Performs. I have worked for Chester Performs many times in the past on projects, and jumped at the chance when I was asked again.

    This year’s design was based on a production set in the Caribbean; I chose to use simple illustrated vectors to tell the story of this throughout the advertising material.
  • Apart from enjoying the sun and forcing myself to have a social life and a bit of a break, I have still been pretty busy in my “spare time” over the past couple of months. 

    My probationary period at work has now also come to an end and I have been offered a permanent post, including this I have taken on a few extra projects, also working with Chester Performs again on the branding promotion material, advertising and theatre programme for this year’s young theatre production ‘Some Paradise’, which is on show this weekend and Monday. 

    Before this I had been busy completing the last of the first part of my Masters coursework, which I will be updating my MA blog about shortly. Having now received my results, I am delighted to have passed the year and now enrolled to complete the final year of it in October. 

    Which I guess would all explain my lack of blogging...
  • A couple of months ago I finally treated myself to a digital SLR for my work. Taking some time away from work however and having had such a great summer so far, I have been quite snap happy with it. They’re really not the most creative of photography shots to be honest, however I thought I would still share. 

  • This is a bit of a late post; however I have been preoccupied with the lovely weather and other things. In May, me and David went along to Light Night in Liverpool. This was an arts and culture night filled with spectacular light projections, street theatre, open studios, live music and hands-on workshops. It was great and different to see. 

  • I'm becoming quite the postcard collector recently. I picked these up from Paperchase because they gave me some inspiration towards my summer design work. 
  • Over the past few weeks I have been working with Chester Performs after recently being hired to work on their latest project ‘Rogues’ Galleries’.My design contribution included the programme, advertising material and much more. 

    These few photos were only taken on my phone and I do of course intend to go back up tomorrow and get some additional snap shots on my camera to keep.
    I have really enjoyed the project and working with Chester Performs again. 

  • Rogues' Galleries is now open in Chester for 11 days until March 24th. It really is a must see, lots of different groups of fantastic performances, installations and digital artists are taking over the high street. Each of the artists have taken the names of old trades, guilds and shops, the Rogues have created a mix of performance and installation works.

    In a City with some of the oldest shopping streets in the country, Rogues’ Galleries sets out to celebrate the independence of thought and artistry that make up our communities.  It will also address the struggles the high street has with homogeneous brands and the effect this has on original thought.

    Inhabiting previously empty shops in and around Chester City Centre, the artists involved have all responded to a brief to celebrate Chester’s long and rich history as a shopping city. Rogues’ Galleries is now open to the public and people are invited to explore the shops and artworks at their own pace.

  • Today was a bit of a hectic one, it was the day of the opening and launch so everything had to be printed, mounted, cut and put into place.

    It was really great to see ‘behind the scenes’ action of all of the artists setting up today, and really nice to see it all come together at the end. I have really enjoyed designing and being hired to take part in this project. It’s been a really good, and very different experience.
  • I am really enjoying being a part of the Rogues’ Galleries project with Chester Performs.

    I applied to be involved as one of the Creative Collaborators a few weeks back, and was hired as the creative designer. So far I have been designing and putting together the programme (which has now just been sent off to print) pin badges, posters and interpretational panels for each of the artists. There is still lots more work to be completed next week, however I am really excited to see all it all come together by the end of next week ready for the grand opening of the event on Thursday 14th, where for just 11 days, inquisitive shoppers are invited to browse pop-up galleries and artist’s studios and discover an artistic interpretation of the high street. More information can be found at www.roguesgalleries.co.uk
  • Whilst in London I came across this book in The Dover Book Shop.
     The book is the pocket essentials on how to create vintage print design including the colour values, typography styles, and steps on how to create the images. After visiting the London Transport Museum I was really inspired by the vintage styled posters, and wanted to create something similar as part of a personal project. The book includes a guide on how to achieve a similar look, either digitally or a clear vision on how to create this through the use of screen print.
  • A couple of months ago I had seen an article on the Design Week website about the No Noise exhibition and shop at Selfridges in London, I also blogged about in my MA Blog.

    I was not entirely a fan of how the article was written claiming the ‘branding had been removed’ from the packaging, when in fact this is incorrect because as most of us brand and identity fanatics know, branding is more than just a logo.
    It was really interesting to see, and we also participated in meditating in the silent room. More about the No Noise exhibition at Selfridges can be read here.