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.
Launched in December 2015, Powering the Future is a £1.6million exhibition project from Glasgow Science Centre. It aims to explore the challenges and solutions presented by our energy-hungry world in the 21st Century.
Employed as a Graphic Designer, it was my role to create the brand style for the exhibition space. Secondly, I had to produce marketing material aligned with the brand.
The brief challenged me to reduce the complicated subject matter into a clear and cohesive visual language. Those visuals required a sense of the mechanics and interconnectivity of the energy industry. Couple with that the overall feel had to be minimal, bright and playful.
In terms of marketing, the focus was on the challenge of the energy trilemma: How can we make our energy sources sustainable, affordable, secure? The final solution chosen is based on the impossible triangle. Displaying both the trilemma and the journey of energy, with the skewed angles prompting viewers to take a different look at the subject.
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.
Just a few years ago, Megan McDonald started out making candles as gifts from her kitchen. Today, her company, Sandwick Bay Candles, sell a range of products globally from her workshop in the Outer Hebrides.
It's been a delight to help this inspirational lady. From her creative briefs, I offered considered graphic solutions, lifting her humble tins into desirable products.
'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.
Radical Film Network Scotland is a group of activists, academics, filmmakers and programmers involved in promoting radical film culture.
In May 2016 they were launching their inaugural film festival. They needed a logo design as well as promotional material for the festival itself.
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.
Established in 2011, in Glasgow's West End, Siempre Bicycle Café is the city's favourite hangout for cyclists of all persuasions. I have been lucky enough to work with the Café owners from the very beginning, helping to maintain their distinct brand across signage, print and online.
The most recent update was in early 2016, as the Café moved to sell a range of their own products. The visuals had to evolve to reflect more of a lifestyle brand than that of a Café.
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.
WildHearts is an international micro finance charity based in Glasgow whom I'd been working with since 2011. I was immediately on board with their 'Business for Good' mission, creating entrepreneurs throughout the world and delivering micro-finance loans to those who otherwise have no access to credit.
In July 2013, as the charity's mission began to gather pace and truly become international, the founder Mick Jackson and I began to assess the brand style. We settled on a brief that included a more polished, clean look that let the charity's incredible content shine through. The logo was the cornerstone of the project, that had to instantly convey the passion and dynamism that fuelled the movement.
The project was delivered in time for the inaugural, WildHearts hosted, Global Enterprise Leadership summit in Edinburgh.
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.
Scotcampus Magazine is Scotland's largest free student magazine.
I took over the Editorial Design in 2012. I developed and redeveloped the content as the as the magazine kept pace with the rapidly changing youth market. This culminated with 2014's series of bold covers with original typographic treatments. Also a fresh new layout with the striking combination of TypeTogether's Ronnia for the headline font and Karmina as the body font.