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7 June 2012

Science Fact!
Today marks the launch of the 2012 Glasgow Science Festival, a fortnight of activities throughout the city including shows, film, workshops, walks, talks, exhibitions & comedy all based around the theme of science!
Brochure & programme designed & produced by XY&Z creative
I helped work on the designs for this years festival including a set of spot illustrations representing the different areas of science & some bigger more general pieces for use on promotional posters & the programme.If you're in the Glasgow area & fancy some experimentation over the next 2 weeks then head on down to one of the events - check out the programme here!

4 June 2012

Spaced Out

A little preview of a project I've been working on for the Glasgow Science Festival... more coming soon!

1 June 2012

Lovely Jubilee
Gearing up to the Queen's diamond Jubilee here's a couple of ideas I was playing with that seemed fitting for the occasion. What more to represent the Queen than the Royal Mail's stamps featuring here portrait? Here's my take on the queens stamps & happy Jubilee to all! Weather you're a Royalist or not here in the UK we still have a 4 day weekend to celebrate so whatever you're doing have a 'lubilee' time!

31 May 2012

This month Agency Rush are replacing their usual AR logo for an ER in commemoration of the queens 60th year on the throne. They asked several of the agency's artists to work their magic on customising the logo. Here's my contribution...

29 May 2012

Eastern Fairytale
This is a design I just completed for Slovakian shopping mall Eurovea based in the heart of Bratislava. The poster is to help advertise the mall & promote 'the best children's day you've ever experienced'! The headline translates roughly as 'Discover the Fabulous Paradise' & the image certainly contains a plethora of fairytale characters congregating round a tree that has magically sprouted up in the shopping centre!

22 May 2012

Growing for Gold!
Another group of illustrations I've recently created for the chaps at Venner Shipley in their corporate colours. This time for their bi-annual magazine - Inside IP. The theme for the this issue was advances in patents for sports & plant technology as seen on the cover design & with the Olympics & Euro 2012 only weeks away we thought we should include a nod to those too. I also produced 3 internal illustrations to accompany features such as pharmaceutical issues, design patents & european law.

20 May 2012

Eurovision of Beauty!
I designed this cover in collaboration with art director James Eric Jones for the May/June issue of Baku magazine - if like me you thought it was just another funky name for a magazine then you're wrong! It's also the name of the capital city of Azerbaijan & this is exactly what the magazine's about - all the cool things going on in and around the city. 
Since this years Eurovision song contest will be hosted by Azerbaijan in the fine city of Baku it seems fitting that the cover celebrates the city coming alive with Eurovision spirit with all it's vibrance & kitschness! If you don't read Russian the headline reads "Eurovision here we come" & I'm sure the UK will come last as usual!

1 May 2012

Secret 7"
last month I was asked to participate in this interesting project - Secret 7"- in conjunction with Universal Music & The Teenage Cancer Trust. Aiming to rekindle the interest in vinyl sleeve artwork, various artists were invited to create designs inspired by one of seven tracks from the likes of the Cure, Bombay Bicycle Club & Noah & the Whale.
Each sleeve was then displayed in the Idea Generation gallery, Shoreditch for the week and on record store day they were sold off containing the appropriate vinyl record with all proceeds going to the charity. The 'secret' part was that no one knew which artist had created which design nor which song was housed in it's respective sleeve until after it had been purchased!  My selected track was 'Only if for a night' by Florence + the Machine.

30 April 2012

Web Sight
My illustration for the May/June issue of National Geographic Traveller sits along side an article about how the guidebooks may bang on about the all the amazing things you can expect of a country like the sights & culture but they never seem to mention the local wildlife including the creepy crawlies!

16 April 2012

Ask a Policeman!
This was my entry into this year's SERCO illustration award competition which was run in conjunction with the association of illustrators. The theme was 'Secret London'& had to feature something unknown or secret about the city. My image depicts London's smallest police station which is tucked away in a corner of Trafalgar square - alas it's no longer used by the met with the advent of cctv but it does come in handy for the cleaners to store their brooms!

10 April 2012

Spring has Sprung?
Well just as we thought springtime was here it seems to have reverted to winter! Oh well at least you can enjoy all those chocolate eggs without fear of them melting!

31 March 2012

Spot the difference
As further development of their rebranding project, Law firm Venner Shippley asked me to come up with a range of spot illustration icons that they could use to represent their various areas of expertise. The spots were used on various applications including their newsletters & website.

25 March 2012

Agency Rush Promo

Some new customised AR's for Agency Rush's promotional marketing campaign. 
The one above as featured in the recent Creative Review annual 2012.

1 March 2012

Out of Focus
Here's a recent editorial Illustration I did for the March/April issue of National Geographic Traveller. This was to accompany a piece about being so obsessed with taking photos of the places that you never actually appreciate them & travelling far to see 'amazing' sites to photograph to find out they are not at all what you had imagined!