Friday, 30 September 2011

Gathering Voices Festival of Song & Congratulations to Bristol Zoo!!

I just wanted to give a quick mention to the Gathering Voices Festival of Song. I have recently completed the design or their poster for the event that is taking place between 7th-16th October this year. If you get the chance to see any of the performances or participate in the workshops I would definitely recommend it. The event is in to it's second year and is a real showcase for Bristol musical talent, so definitely not to be missed. For more information regarding the Festival visit the website

Also a massive congratulations to Bristol Zoo who last night raised a massive £427,000 for charity with the auction of their amazing 60 Gorilla statues (Featured in an earlier blog). Gorisambard, a tribute to inventor Isambard Kingdom Brunel went for a staggering £23,000!! Proceeds from the auction are being shared by the zoo's conservation programme for gorillas and the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal.

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Tinker Tailor

Went to see Tinker Tailor last weekend, was very impressive!! Even if you know who the spy is it really wouldn't spoil what is a very clever film. There are some really impressive performances throughout the film but I have to admit I'm becoming a very big fan of Tom Hardy, I thought he was excellent.

I have to admit this post is a bit of an excuse to put up some posters that I really like that were recently featured in Creative Review. Below are the limited edition prints by Sir Paul Smith in honour of the film. Very simple designs but so effective, they also come across as being very stylish like the film itself.

Monday, 12 September 2011

Logo design for Razor Fitness

I have just completed a new logo design for Razor Fitness. This is a new business start-up by ex England under 21, Premiership, and now Championship rugby player Andy Reay. It will be a home, gym and pitch based fitness service that offers clients a personalised and enjoyable way to exercise.

The name derived from Andy's nickname on the rugby field. His intention is to attract clients wanting to push themselves and achieve fitness levels that far exceed their expectations. With this in mind I have stayed away from using very obvious health and lifestyle related pastel colours instead opting for more clinical usage of orange, greys and blacks. With the font I wanted something that was quite masculine in appearance but also had a degree of sophistication. I also wanted a strong contrast between the two words, one representing the training and hard work the other the athletic finished product. The typeface used here is Neo Sans.

I am currently in the process of designing Andy's website to promote his business and this will be launching very soon so watch this space (

Sunday, 4 September 2011

M Shed, Griggz and Gorillas

Yesterday I visited the much talked about M Shed for the first time, saw an illustration exhibition by Griggz and did a bit of Gorilla spotting around central Bristol.

I know the M Shed has had a lot of critics and the cost and delays are pretty hideous but I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I found each section easy to digest, really interesting and I learnt a lot about the history of our great city. Whether I would have the same level of interest if I wasn't from Bristol I don't know, but the way the museum is layed out makes it really easy to take in a lot of information in quite short space of time. From a design point of view, I'm really impressed. I love the logo, especially now that I can see it up close and read what it says (I initially thought this was just a lot of random words!!). I really like the interior design of the museum, with all of the angled shapes and staircases. Also the diagram for the slavetrade section is really nicely designed with really clever use of typography. There are also some great views of the harbourside from the top floor balcony that are definitely worth a look.

My only real complaint is that I've been told that the logo was designed by a Manchester based company. Bristol is such a great creative city with lots of top design agencies that it seems such a shame the council didn't pick a local design team to do this. That said, I do like the identity so I guess I can't complain too much.

After a couple of hours at the M Shed we made our way across to Cafe on the Square to see a friend of ours, Griggz illustration exhibition. Griggz has drawn a series of illustrations of popular culture and has 11 pieces on display. I would definitely recommend having a look if you're in the area. More about Griggz here with examples of work 

I know a lot has been said about the Gorillas around Bristol and how nice they are so I won't say too much other than I think they are great and here's a load of pics (I believe they're only up until the 7th September so you haven't got long to see all 60 of them!!!)

Friday, 2 September 2011

Welcome to my blog

This is my first blog; it's quite a daunting prospect starting this when there is a very large blank white space. Very much like when I start a design job!!!

This blog is intended to be quite a relaxed affair and a chance to not only showcase my current work but to discuss the design process and general industry, where my own personal inspiration comes from and various other bits and pieces that I think are of interest.

So be gentle as it's my first time and here goes!!!!

p.s. - A full portfolio of my work is available to view at, so feel free to explore.