Category Archives: Books

The book of the exhibition

The first look through a book you’ve designed is a special time. A mixture of trepidation ‘is there any mistakes in the printing, design or copy?’ and the joy of having a physical example of your work. Here’s a film … Continue reading

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Photography book design.

I’ve been a friends with Jake for a long time. His eye is always good. It’s been a pleasure designing this book for him. All I had to do was let the work speak. Some nice sensitive typography.

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Claire portrait art book.

Here are some spreads of the book showing how the painting came into being.

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Hemingway 4. The book of the painting.

Being a designer as well as a painter I make books on my major paintings. This collates all the different strands that go into the work. I do like a show & tell. Here’s some of the spreads.   Buy … Continue reading

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Design week 2: Book design.

This type of work is very pleasurable. Instead of writing much about the rythmn, space and details, here’s the work. The cover. Some of the spreads.  

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InsideNGO Branding

This branding project took up autumn and winter of 2015. InsideNGO strengthen the operations and management of companies in the non-governmental organisation community. They are based in Washington, USA. The logo has the idea of reaching out of the normal NGO … Continue reading

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Information/Expression Catalogue.

Here’s the catalogue of the exhibition. It’s a 32 page, A4 magazine. Available at http://www.blurb.com/b/6487524-information-expression-painting-from-life for £9.99. I’ll sign it if you put it under my nose… The front and back cover, showing the posters in situ. The title spread. A photographic … Continue reading

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ERNEST SHACKLETON. A portrait.

This was a commission for the same great patron who wanted a portrait of Winston Churchill. The idea behind the portrait was to make his face show all the trials, pain and strength in the man’s amazing adventure in the … Continue reading

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Life Drawing book: Viewing / Making

Here’s some of the best spreads from the book. You can order a copy at blurb: http://www.blurb.co.uk/b/5433059-life-drawing I’m involved with Islington Exhibits in October. More information nearer the time.

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Bookshop logos. Barnes, Sheen & Kew. Plus the Uncommon Reader.

A really pleasant freelance job for three linked bookshops. Eric Ravilious was an inspiration. The type was created from the Judas Kiss fonts. The book illustrations are based on: The big book:  Century by Phaidon & Reasons To Be Cheerful … Continue reading

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 8 Final version.

After a few changes for the USA publishers…   here’s the finished version. It’s all been worth it. Everyone is happy. I’ve had some really nice comments about it. I feel proud of it, a good feeling. Now. On to … Continue reading

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Mr Freedom book cover: 7 Colouring a Cheeky Lady

This photo is fantastic, very 70’s, very Mr. Freedom. But very black and white. So I thought I’d try and put some colour in her cheeks. Here’s a breakdown of what happened. If I had the time it would have … Continue reading

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 6 nearly there… Cheeky!

Now lets’ take the boots with the lady and put them in context; the Mr.Freedom shop. Add a cheeky lady with a hole in her jeans and violá! Do a few variations on  the theme… and put Tommy waving hello … Continue reading

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 5 SHOES; big shoes

I always thought the winged shoes were the best image in the book. But how to make them really stand out? Make them 6 foot tall with a lady in super seventies clobber next to them. It looked a bit … Continue reading

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 4 Star Girl.

I’m trying to make images work that are not good enough quality on their own by turning them into quasi illustrations. Here’s an example of where I’m getting to. More next week. Tara!

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 3

After this ‘flip’ book idea stalled on it’s own freakiness, I went back to the drawing board with some simple shapes on the cover, in which to house the images. Stars seemed to work best; they reflect his t-shirt designs. … Continue reading

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Mr. Freedom book cover: 2

This first idea went down fairly well, but there was a feeling that it was too ‘bitty’. This led to an idea I’ll use again, I just don’t know what for, as it’s a bit scary. It solved the fact … Continue reading

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Mr.Freedom book cover: 1

I’ve been working on a book cover for the great publisher Adelta see: http://www.adelita.co.uk/index.php I got involved after buying the fantastic Bowie and Barny Bubbles books from the publisher Jen, one sunny day, on the way to a pub. The … Continue reading

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WintonChurchill18061940: the book of the painting

I thought that it would be a nice present for my patron to make a book of all the research, sketches and different states the painting went through. With the help of the Blurb bookmaking website here’s what I produced. … Continue reading

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Thoroughbred: State of the art.

A museum catalogue. Here’s some spreads from a catalogue for a show at the National Horseracing Museum & British Sporting Arts Trust. I really tried to design around the sense of speed these paintings give off. As the catalogue goes … Continue reading

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