The beginning of a new term brought about a brief from a regular client, Alton college, in Hampshire, that involved a new subject matter reflecting the times we live in today. Images needed to be created for a series of posters and flyers in different formats to be displayed around the college site calling for vigilance amongst the college population regarding the potential for radicalisation and extremism. This is something apparently, that is now considered necessary for colleges and institutions across the land. Once I'd got over the sadness that such material is even necessary, the challenge was on to produce some suitable imagery. I decided to keep the images relatively abstract. The brightly coloured paintbrush strokes were in place to stand out enough to be noticed amongst all the other visual cues on the site walls. The hand drawn font and naive styled imagery to convey a message of standing together against intolerance, personalises the overall style of the piece.
Working, as I do, in Hampshire - The self proclaimed 'Jane Austen County', it would be difficult not to notice the 200th anniversary of the death of our county's heroine is approaching. 2017 marks the anniversary and will also be the year she appears printed on the £10.00 note, Her life and works will be celebrated at events and occasions throughout 2017, nowhere more so than in the area she lived and wrote her most famous books, here in Hampshire.
I was delighted therefore, to be asked to help kickstart various Jane Austen related projects. I was asked by GoChawton to revisit some promotional materials I designed for a previous event they held last year: The Chawton Open Gardens Weekend, where for one weekend only, Jane Austen's house, as well as The Chawton House library and many amazing private gardens in between throughout this famous village, are open to public viewing. Next year, This event will be suitably celebratory due to the anniversary and our new material has been designed to suit the occasion. We are obviously in the early planning stages, but already have a logo for the anniversary, Save The Date postcards, Promotional Flyers, and Posters designed as well as working on all the materials to advertise the infamous Hampshire Scarecrow Trail which will coincide with the weekend and involves local business's, families and the whole community in the creation of amazing scarecrows on the theme of Horrible Histories.
Its going to be a memorable weekend. If you are a Jane Austen fan, make sure you save the date!
It's that time of year again with a New Year looming on the horizon, when thoughts turn to calendars. Its no different at Post19, where I run regular Graphic Design and Art workshops for young adults with learning disabilities. The calendar is a fantastic teaching tool and has become an annual project for our Autumn term. The students all play an active role in its production, learning many production skills along the way which will always prove useful in projects we will be embarking on during the rest of the school year. We create an awful lot of artwork in our various art based classes throughout the year and so this is an ideal opportunity to discuss with our graphic designers the importance of the editors role in a project. It's such a difficult task to select just 12 pieces of artwork that are representative of the wide range of artists we have attending our classes. We also study typography skills, layout, the printing process itself and that's before we've even begun on budget and costings and covering our costs whilst making a very small profit in order to be able to replace the materials we have used during the year.
I am thrilled, as ever, with the enthusiasm and dedication of my young designers and artists who never fail to make me grin. They have been inspired by existing artists and have worked hard to create their own interpretations of artistic styles, and as I'm sure you will agree have created between them, a beautiful and vibrant range of pieces that'll be a pleasure to see hanging on any kitchen wall throughout the coming year.
The Post19 Calendar will be available to purchase at their online shop very soon :-)
I have given my Graphic Design students this term a rather huge challenge. I have asked them to design and create a bespoke Board Game, complete with the board itself, a packaging design, an instructions leaflet and any extras such as 3dimensional 'pieces' that they might need. Given that this is a complex brief in itself, for my students; young adults with special educational needs - it was initially a daunting task. However, with their usual gusto and enthusiasm, they were soon researching existing board games, debating excitedly the pro's and con's of what is currently available and without even realising that they were embarking upon the first stages of any design process - planning and drawing out roughs and sketches for their own (far superior!) designs.
I'm looking forward to see how the ideas progress over the coming weeks and I know I'm in for some real visual treats.
This weeks Art workshop for young adults with special educational needs, was a fantastic session looking at the work of Javier Mariscal. I truly loved Mariscal's exhibition at London's Design Museum back in 2009, and thought the students would enjoy his brightly coloured, inspirational artwork. As we have looked a lot at the art of hand drawn typography, it was also a fun challenge to incorporate our hand drawn lettering into our Mariscal inspired creations.
I was recently commissioned to work on the rebrand of Shepherds Court, an idyllic luxury Bed and Breakfast in the delightful rural village of Chawton, Hampshire. Shepherds Court is a beautiful home from home in an area of breathtaking natural beauty, set on a working sheep farm. The logo needed to reflect these things whilst remaining simple, clean and classic.