Sunday, March 29

In The Beginning

Sorting out some cupboards today, I unearthed what I think is my first official attempt at logo design. It's for my first band 'Gripper'. Now obviously the band never made it out of our garage and the logo didn't get seen by the anyone outside of the band, but all good bands need a good logo right? (Gripper were not a good band).

This second piece shows my early attempt at flyer design, it was for our second band Lincoln and this actually lived to see the light of day, it showcases an interesting use of clip art, thinking back I can't remember what the hotdog symbolised, but it's another stunning piece work.

From what I remember this was a general awareness piece, and we gave them out in town on a Saturday then went home and sat by the phone waiting for people to call. Amazingly we did get one response, and we honestly didn't know what to say so we just hung up. Not a watertight marketing strategy I think you'll agree.

Everyone's got to start somewhere I suppose, I've come a long way.

Friday, March 27

RecordBox Brand

Sometimes when you're working on a logo for so long you can't see what's in front of you, a good example would be this logo for RecordBox. I wanted to highlight the concept that all the letters were made out of circles, to symbolise records, but it wasn't until I posted it on Twitter and asked for some feedback that it was pointed out to me that it looked like a pair of breasts. So I dropped the dots.

RecordBox is a development project that should be ready to launch later in the year, I'll keep you all posted.

The compression on the eBlogger image uploader has made it look a bit crusty, click here to see the Hi-Res version.

Wednesday, March 11

Hip, Hip Hooray

Good news! My brother's getting married this year and as part of my Best-Man duties I was assigned the task of designing the invite. To be honest I get offended if any of my friends get married and don't ask me to do that.

They wanted a very English theme, inspired by The Kinks and 'Village Green Preservation Society', so bunting, birds and Hip, Hip, Hooray's were the order of the day. It's going to be a fantastic day, and you can only imagine how nervous I am delivering a Best-Man speech to a room full of comedy writers, 'boo'ed' and 'off' spring to mind.

The illustrations are all handdrawn in Illustrator. Originally they were going to be Screen Printed, so I wrestled with the artwork to keep it in as few colours as possible, I managed to limit it to 4, but it could have been 3. However costs forced us into more conventional print methods and it ended up being digitally process printed. The finished result still looks great and everyone seems really happy with them.

Hi Res version here.