A lengthy time away allowed time to delve into this fabulous autobiography by Walter Isaacson, at last. The original cover published by Simon and Schuster delivers so much - what autobiography doesn't use an image of the subject - but I was struck by one of the idee fixe of the book as an alternative. Time and again Isaacson brings up Jobs' obsession with making the inside of products as perfect as the outside. Could this be applied to the cover? Isn't it after all Jobs' brain that was the masterpiece? This new cover echoes the helvetica font used in the original - it feels like nothing else would be as appropriate.
Finally read Crime and Punishment, a disappointing 3 years after finishing War and Peace. I do love Russian literature and theatre it seems! I wanted to take a new angle on the cover, as the book asks so many more questions than any ideas conjured by the axe or the jail imagery so commonly used for the cover. Working from the idea of see no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil, that I feel is so woven in to the narrative of the novel, I created a new cover for paperback.
Third stop, in the archipelago of Bocas del Toro - sun, surf, cobbled together, DIY, broken grid, flat, corrugated iron and wood.
Stop 2 - Puerto Viejo de Talamanca just before the Panama border. Surf, reggaeton and lots of water.
First stop on the Central America trip was the luscious Natural Park of Tortuguero. A poster inspired by the landscape and colours here.
An community project close to my heart, Ecole Enterprise were refreshing many aspects of their organisation, including the look and feel of their branding. With the name and colour pallette predefined, this community run youth theatre group needed a new brand to reflect it's energy, development and culture in the heart of Glasgow's south side. With many different voices within the group, it was important the whole organisation felt invested in the way forward for the branding so views were taken on board and workshopped with the committee as well as with the kids themselves. Using the repetition of 'e' in the name, and focussing on the ambition for young people to flourish as part of the organisation, I created this spiral logo - a flourishing flower with hints of celtic design, working as a becon for the cultural project in the city.
The amazing soul of designer Alexis Terry has been working flat out since the devastation of the earthquake that hit Nepal, using her skills and talent to support her sister who is on the ground in Nepal creating comms for the thousands of displaced people in makeshift accomodation. I was honoured to be asked to participate in making posters for the communities now fighting against the spread of disease and infection. With only two hours and a bunch of considerations at play (illiteracy, ink shortages, internet bandwidth, multi-languages requiring standard Arial fonts), this is the poster I produced.
Having spent all weekend in the audience at the Lyric Hammersmith marvelling at the creative energy and bravery of the Secret Theatre team, I took a look at reimagining their branding and artwork. Here is a poster for Woyzeck, with photography borrowed from Shinichi Maruyama.
Having spent all weekend in the audience at the Lyric Hammersmith marvelling at the creative energy and bravery of the Secret Theatre team, I took a look at reimagining their branding and artwork. Here is a poster for A Streetcar Named Desire, photography borrowed from ephotozine.
In time for the TV show, finished Hilary Mantel's hugely popular Bring Up The Bodies this weekend.
a new cover for Jennifer Egan's terrific novel.
Finished GB84 by David Peace this weekend and enjoyed putting together this alternative cover.