Sunday, 19 June 2011

Final Project

For my last ever uni project I wanted to create something that I loved. I feel illustration is my strongest area so I wanted to illustrate... I decided to focus music as its something I'm passionate and interested in. I just needed to come up with a reason. I've noticed a massive rise in female singers all of which are unique and successful so I decided to celebrate this fact with a series of posters. Having just watched the Brits I discovered that the Critics Choice Award had only been running for 4 years and each year it had been won by a British female so I thought this was an excellent way to tie my posters together.

initial sketches: I wanted the posters to focus on the girl but also their talent, why they are famous/succesful. this also helps highlight their individual styles, the way jessie j belts out a song compared to the way ellie sings with a unique and interesting tone. Next I put these sketches into the computer and drew everything on illustrator:

These are my final posters. Must admit the colours are alot more vibrant than they appear on here.

Adele: I wanted simplicity. Her songs, her style everything is so simply wonderful that I wanted her emotions to do all the speaking. The vibrant red/orange was to express the passion, love/heartbreak she sings about.

Florence: Gothic Fairytale meets acid trip. I wanted to express the quirky nature and fashion of Florence. I used a pattern from and old record box which is said to be wear she gained her first inspiration. I layed this over and mystical forest because she is frequently described as being in her own little world. The Green of the background creates a vibrant contrast with her hair which i hoped made you feel quite trippy.

Ellie: Ellie is my favourite singer so I really wanted to do her justice. Her music is described as Folktronica which is Folk music meets electro. She is inspired by folklore and nature so I used this background and overlayed an electronic keyboard to show the two styles merging. The drips are to represent her keen interest in running. Ellie is a hero.

Jessie J: Jessie is vibrant young and in your face so I wanted to portray that via her person. there are no secrets with her, what you see is what you get so I simply wanted the viewer to look at her and look at the emotions she emits when preforming. One of her songs speaks about how we are the colours of the rainbow, meaning we are all equal but unique. I used this idea to create her unique look.

Vectors ftw.

All 4 posters at degree show

King Cotton

My dissertation evaluated the history of t-shirt development. During this project I became aware of the pros or organic cotton and for my personal project decided to create a t-shirt company which used only organic or environmentally friendly products. the company was designed to help promote the use of organic cotton whilst creating cool and interesting designs that would appeal to a young audience.

Initial logo: King Cotton was a phrase frequently used by Southern politicians and authors prior to the American Civil War indicating the economic and political importance o
f cotton production. this name seemed well suited to my brand as my company intends to highlight the importance of the cotton crop too.


King seemed to dominate Cotton

letters slanted

Final Logo: simplified Crown

T-shirt Designs:



Full leaflet can be seen here:


Group Project created with Emma Douglas, Jon Bland and James Dunn:
the book was based on Ariships. Our grid fits the design of the original airship and includes a 3d front, poster, model making set, stickers and the complete history of Airships.

Thursday, 24 February 2011

My t-shirt company is finally up and running, pretty awesome right!

Head over to
to check out and buy out designs...

We also have a facebook 'fansite', any support is greatly appreciated!

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Point Design Placement

Wow so a busy 3 weeks. I am well not into this 9-5.30 business! I like my sleep faaar too much. I am very much a rubbish student and getting up at half 7 everyday has nearly killed me! I literally get home, make some tea then pass out haha. Fail! I did loads of stuff mind you, heres a few of my favourites...

Brief: Logo for a "back to school" leaflet for "the factory shop"... use factory shop logo. has to look like a real school badge... embroided. "Top marks for value". Basically I had to design a logo for a leaflet just to jazz the page up a bit I think...

These were my first two designs. The logo had to be school themed so I did pencil crayons to make it colourful and fun. Factory shop logo is blue so I made the badge blue so it was specicific for factory shop...

Top marks for value needed to be the focal point
colours needed to be more black and goooold (badsong)

I made it so the pencils were draaawing the top marks for value. I also wanted it to look a bit like a chalk board as thats to me what the type looked like so I made it white. I used my old love for the swirly type also to make it a bit more my style and changed the colours to gold... (yak but you gota do what the client wants not what you want... thats what I have learnt... ohhh no haha.)

My next brief was for a christmas leaflet so i had to come up with some kind of Christmas theme, something different to snowflakes, that worked as a background. Something for the background could be taken and used as an icon to highlight price points. I didn't want to do your typical Christmas theme so I decided to use a dorky Christmas jumper, meant to be crap but I think they are excellent haha :D

This was my initial jumper design I thought it would would alright as a background if you worked the type into it...

This would be what I would use as an icon working the price into the pattern?
Personally I quite like this design, though I don't think it's very factory shop... I just enjoyed creating a design that I actually liked!

I attempted to make the piece more factory shop using the blue of there logo and making it abit darker so that is wouldn't distract from any products put on the page but not sure it would really work. I just like it as a piece

My next Christmas idea was to just make some wallpapers with Christmas themed illustrations. These would be behind products for the shop so it wouldn't take away from them. Christmas coloured:

I actually used these wallpapers for my gift guide and they seemed to work quite well.

Next idea was using lights. Looks quite fun and bold but not very factory shop again.

Leaf wallpaper for Autumn leaflet.

My next task was for the point design itself. They create little mailers that they send to clients, for example they had created a coffee cup specific for the point design with "freshly brewed ideas" and then in the cup they had like a duck, which is their kind of logo. They had a few of these like bright ideas that was a lightbulb box and soupa ideas which was a soup tin. My task was to design something like this which looked like one thing but inside had a little slinkey. The slinkey represents that they "bend over backwards" to help sort of thing. I liked the idea of "Fresh" designs as I thought it was something quite appropriate to what ive been doing myself with my cookie types and i thought that the slinkey could almost be a cookie in a bag. I also thought of other "Fresh baked things" and decided in the end to do a little cupcake box and where the cupcake would be, you get the spring:

My first plan design was a sticker than would represent the freshley baked designs and keep the box shut... This is my logo. I actually really rather like it and might use it for my own stuff!!!

This was my cupcake box. The point design logo and colour choice then with my freshley baked designs. I think it looks pretty cool though it is heavily my style rather than that of point design. It would work well as my mailer if I actually worked there though :D

Brief: Logo for a PR company. Name: PR talent training or PRTT... work alongside an exisiting logo for clothier lacey. Lime green and purple:

I bloody hate designing logos, I am crap at them so this is my efforts.

This is my favourite logo and how it would look with the exisiting logo.

Design for a buisness leaflet for cross. Represents Vienna.

Jacksons is a law firm who wanted to create a logo for a new project: They came up with 3 names and wanted a couple style and colour of options for each of the names. Again I suck at corperate identity so this was my efforts: