Just when you thought the lights had gone out. I have just created this custom typeface for brand spanking new Australian band White City Light. An electronic rock fusion, I would describe the music as a progression from pub rock to club rock. The band will be launching online in the weeks to come and marketing the singles as opposed to an album. So this simple template will be the home to an eclectic mix of imagery that suits the particular track. For this one I used a photograph of a stage light combined with an illustration made up of light shards – the band interpreted it as an abstract bird, I love that.
A couple of limited edition shoe prints for Atlanta shoes Italy. The first is a sketchy illustration of some Egyptian elements and a few aliens titled ‘Conspiracy Theory’. The second is nothing more than a frivolous posh print called ‘Regal’. All in good fun.
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Would love to share the process of one packaging project with you. This one is for a set of 8 spice samples. The brief is that it needs to look special, something that can be placed on shelf, is easy to open, would look great in a gift pack, fits 8 bags of spices and … Continue reading
I love the challenge of illustrating a character with as few shapes & elements as possible. Featured in Wooden Toy Quarterly, Apple surprise is one of my favs for that reason. I love that moment when you put a few shapes together and then all of a sudden this character is staring back at you full of personality and with a life of its own.
How to communicate the concept of a radio station that plays retro Australian records? A record warped into the shape of Australia. I love a nice curve on a business card now and then.
On request, here are the other tee shirts in the series that I illustrated for FUBUKI. A fusion of Western culture & traditional Japan, let me introduce you to Origami Optimus who fights for peace by shooting paper cranes, Samurai Jedi, Surfing Sumo and the lovely Geisha, blowing bubble gum bubbles as she listens to a bit of Kasabian (well I was when I illustrated her anyway). Wish they were still making the shirts I get lots of enquiries!
Enjoy this yummy illustration I created for Three Little Trees kids clothing label. My fav has to be the swirly nosed lollypop with the cheeky toothy grin.
Please take the time to enjoy this video clip I co created for creative product agency Buzz. Finding a way to sum up what they do was tricky, but the creative approach to product design was key. My favorite part is the pile of products turning into the logo at the end.
From the darkest corner of the seediest pub with the stickiest beer wafting carpet comes Muso. Tragically talented. Now available on istockphoto with a five star illustration rating.
Posted in Branding, Design, Design By Other, Film
Tags: branding, business card, corporate identity, design, dye cut, logo, stationery, stencil
I first discovered the perforated business cards concept on an online design blog and incorporated it for Buzz stationery, a company who delivers exciting new products to their clients. There is an element of surprise when you tear off the perforation to reveal the owner’s details and that nostalgic feeling you get when you open a tactile letter the old school way. I designed these to flow on from the my style guide and merge seamlessly with the website and video clip. The minimal design and white space feels corporate yet the use of colour has a sense of edge and innovation. Also in the stationery suite were with compliments slips that read “with compliments” on the outside of the tab and tore off to reveal a complement underneath such as “You are my favourite client” or “You are so good looking”. It is a brave thing to do for a corporate client with high profile clients of their own but it is always greeted with a laugh. It’s the kind of thing that gives you a good feeling about working with Buzz.
One of my favorite projects for 2011 was the Buzz Products rebrand. Not only did I have a chance to design a clever logo and branding device, but I also had a chance to write, set design, create and co direct my first video clip with cinematographer Germain McMicking. The last shot you see here is the buzz logo made entirely out of Buzz Products. The final scene in the film clip is a pile of Buzz Products as the camera pans around to reveal the perfectly (painstakingly placed) logo. I styled the imagery in the shoot around the colours and photographic tone that I created in the branding style guide so we could use the stills from the video shoot in the buzz website and other branding tools. I love looking back on this project, it was a mountain of work and a great challenge but the result is a cool, sophisticated image for a company that truly deserves it.