The Edinburgh Fringe Festival presents a perfect opportunity for me to combine my passion for poster design with my love of stand up comedy.
I was very grateful to work with some of the finest Scottish talents at the Festival, including former Edinburgh Comedy Award Winner, Richard Gadd.
Here is the full selection of 2018's offerings.
The logos. The logos.
I love a good logo commission. The haiku of Graphic Design, it allows me to reset back to the fundamental joy of crafting a solid graphic.
Here are 25 of the best marks created over the past 5 years for a range sectors including Food, Entertainment, Property & Restaurants.
Scottish Comedian of the Year 2016, Rosco McClelland commissioned me to design a poster for his debut Edinburgh Fringe run. The show tackles his heart complications and his disregard for the ever creeping hand of death.
The BBC's online study support 'Bitesize' commissioned me to output a suite of infographics for their National 5 Business Studies section.
I created over 50 illustrations that had to adhere to a set of in-house style guidelines. Each illustration also needed variations to fit smaller tablet and mobile screen sizes.
'Rothair' is Scottish Gaelic for 'Bicycle'.
I was approached by a custom bicycle maker in Glasgow to create a crest design that would fit on the front of the front of their frames. The final image was based on the strength of the Ram, found widely in the Scottish Highlands.
London based rabble rousing Rockers, The Blinding Lights, commissioned me to produce artwork for their new EP and touring campaign. They wanted to break normal conventions of touring by making guerilla appearances in locations around the city.
We mulled over 3 differing concepts, eventually settling on the mirrored 'A' concept. It was a subtle subversion which conveyed the rebellious nature of the project without losing the classic rock'n'roll aesthetic that appealed to the band.
Always a pleasure to work with the evil wizard of Scottish comedy Mr. Billy Kirkwood. The show’s title demanded a chaotic treatment. The basic process was to meticulously make a vector portrait of Billy and then destroy it in a random circular way. The circles/chaos emitting from his evil eye. Pretty pleased with the result.
Glasgow Tower is an iconic landmark of the Glasgow cityscape. At 127 metres, it's the tallest freestanding building in Scotland. It's also the Guinness-World-Record for the tallest fully rotating freestanding structure in the World. Passengers can take an elevator to the viewing cabin for an extraordinary vista of Glasgow and beyond.
Employed as a Graphic Designer at the Glasgow Science Centre, I was tasked with creating a brand for the reopening of the Tower in July 2014.
My marketing focus was to present the tower as trip to the skies, and graphically, I looked to vintage travel posters - Promises of fantastic voyages from the 1950s. I also wanted to weave its technical architecture into the graphic structure itself.
I devised a complete design manual to outline all elements of the brand. I also produced artwork for both the marketing campaign and the tower exhibition areas.
The Glasgow Science Centre's Corporate Events team create an annual marketing campaign to fill the venue for the Christmas party season.
The brief demanded a Science theme, so I devised the 'Elements of a Good Night Out' strategy and design. Mimicking a periodic table, we featured all the elements to make a good night out, placed them in coloured groups and along an evening's timeline.
The final print was a square mailer that folded out to an A3 poster.
Terry Alderton is one of the finest stand-up comics in the UK. His Edinburgh show for 2017 was based on his radio show broadcast on BBC Radio 4.
I was commissioned to design the show poster with a brief to capture the craziness inside Terry's head. The show's subjects are all very light and silly, but Terry himself is darkly cracking under the weight of the madness, needing 20mg tablets to get him through.
Original Terry photo by Trudy Stade
The poster for star of BBC Scotland's 'Scot Squad', Darren Connell's debut run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The show was based around his early years as an ASDA trolley boy.
Poster design and illustration for the blissfully surreal comedian, Tony Law's 'Frillemorphesis' UK Tour.