Design and illustration
The SICK! Festival addresses mental and physical heath issues through public art projects. I wrote and designed two of a series of large format posters for an outdoor installation at Jubilee Square, Brighton. They explored a life-changing medical incident from the perspective of the doctor and the patient. I interviewed both participants and then created a poster detailing each side of the relationship. They are designed to be graphically attractive from across the street and then to provide all the information smoothly when a viewer is standing in front of them.
FOYLES Bookshop in Charing Cross Road closed the premises they had occupied for over 100 years to move down the street. While the building work was going on they commissioned a comics history of Foyles in Artists’ Panels to hang on the hoardings that covered up the building work. My two posters featured fictional characters attending one of Foyles’ famous Literary Lunches. John Lennon wasn’t a fictional character (although you could argue he was when he appeared in the Yellow Submarine animated film) so I swapped him for Lieutenant Uhura from Star Trek (the original series).
Snape Primary School, the community village school in Snape, Suffolk needed some sprucing up to go with a new head and improved ratings. This image of pupils with a tractor now welcomes all visitors and has created a distinctive school identity. The birds on the gates and fences are Snipes, a local bird. These large scale graphics have radically transformed the front of Snape Primary School and are very popular with both the children and their parents.
We are currently developing a similar design strategy for the pre-school.
CRAIG’s PROGRESS was an opera commissioned by Mecklenburgh Opera for the South Bank, written by Martin Butler with libretto by Steven Pruslin. I had designed a poster for STREET SCENE at English National Opera before this one. This poster was printed with a gold metallic ink, referencing the Art Deco NBC Rockefeller Plaza where some of the action takes place. I told Martin I was going to animate this one day. I still might.
Some book coversDesigning book covers that tell you what to expect in a graphically intriguing way is a job I enjoy, whether I’m working with someone else’s images or supplying them and the type myself. Covers for my own books are in other pages on this website. Covers for other people are in the gallery above.
I like designing the interior of a book too; creating the ideal frame for a text and/or a series of images is a satisfying problem to solve. See some book interiors here.