As well as illustration, I currently work as a graphic designer at a fashion company and it’s there that I’ve learned to work speedily and to deadlines, juggling multiple projects, budgets, and working closely with printers. Just like my illustration work, I also do freelance graphic design such as logos and posters.
I find book covers really satisfying; marrying the imagery with the text and information in the most eye catching way possible. I was shortlisted for the 2009 Penguin Design Award with my cover for The Secret History by Donna Tartt.
Sustainability Poster Project:
This was a university project that I undertook in my final year. It was a self initiated brief set around the idea of sustainability and the environment, aimed at encouraging young people to get involved. The idea was aimed at 16-25 year olds and was about getting them not to upgrade their mobile phones, for environmental reasons. Thousands of phones that are in perfect working order get discarded/thrown away every year, being replaced with one that causes a huge amount of energy and raw materials to manufacture. Using the idea that retro/vintage is now very much on trend among the youth, I created this poster campaign to make young people aware that if they keep their existing phone, they help the environment, and become instantly ‘cool’ by having a retro phone.
The posters were intended to be situated in the tube, 6 along the escalators, one large 16 sheet across the platform and one in the tube carriages themselves. This creates a ‘story’ as you move through the tube system, hooking you in by use of repeated graphics and more text as the posters progress. I used retro imagery and old phones like the classic nokia 3210 as inspiration, as well as more standard retro imagery like cassettes, rubix cubes and space invaders!
University of Wolverhampton School of Art & Design Magazine:
A magazine I designed, illustrated and edited while in my final year at university; there was no real student art magazine to speak of so I invited students to send their work in and collated the results. A few spreads can be seen above click on them to enlarge. Click here to download the full magazine PDF, called Gingerbread People.