Saturday, 9 April 2011

Friday, 25 March 2011

Placement fail

A couple of weeks back I applied for a internship, I got through to the second round, it was for a new mag in Manchester and the second part was to design something for the magazine for when its published. Unfortunately I didn’t hear back but Im proud of the work I produced.
So here it is

I decided to do a magazine feature on the Northern Quarter, using InDesign I created a 2 double page spread design.

I thought of doing this because it’s probably one of the most popular places in Manchester right now and it won Great Neighbourhood of the year 2011 in December last year. I used some copy from my own guidebook, and I found an article on the MEN’s website about it also so I just used that to be the copy for now.
So first off, I created a logo to use throughout the design, which consists of the initials of the northern quarter, a crown and a human heart. This is because it was ‘crowned’ the best neighbourhood and it is the ‘cultural heart of the city’.
The images are all my own and I have edited them in Photoshop.

I decided to do a magazine layout as it is probably the most useful way to show what I can do, which serves the best purpose for the magazine.

I have attached 3 different designs – 2 spreads each, and the NQ logo. 

Manchester Tunnel Tours

Manchester Tunnel Tours
Last Saturday I ventured on one of Manchester’s Underground tunnel tours for my sisters birthday. It was suppose to be a Haunted tour but it was more tall tales rather than spine tingling and petrifying. But even so it was a great couple of hours, bumping around in the dark passageways, learning about countless tunnels, caverns and canals that run under Manchester and the World war II bunkers and basements of the 1800’s.
Our tour guide, really tried to bring the shock factor with quirky recorded noises and eerie music and forbidding us to use our own torches. Which in a group of about 25-30, made me more anxious than anything, if you’re at the back then your in pitch black, groping and clutching around.
It was about 2 hours long (little longer than I expected) but it was enlightening and interesting and at the end of the tour we travelled up 7 floors to the top of the Barton Arcade, and there it was - the most beautiful view of Manchester. It was such a lovely day to be up there (not raining – score!), looking over the roof tops at the city. Great finish to the tour.
£12.50 per ticket You can book on Manchester Confidential

I have moved to Tumblr!!

I have now got two Blogs, I have moved over to Tumblr aswell, I will probably still use this one too. But I heard that tumblr is the cool 'In' thing right now ;)

Nah I joke I joke, I just wanna spread myself alll over the world wide web and maybe someone out there might wanna give me a lavvely job. 
(pssttt: I make The Best brews, honest)

Monday, 14 March 2011

eye spy


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Shake Your Money Maker

Just having a play around in Photoshop, 
trying to inspire myself.

Friday, 4 March 2011

While I was out for dinner last week with a good friend, they got their phone stolen from right under our noses, I was fuming to say the least. If I ever see that w**ker again I will attack him with my own phone and leave it somewhere .. well use your imagination.
Oh and this is just a doodle to lighten the mood

Friday, 25 February 2011

Fiat 500 - Print ad design - Leo Burnett

 Fiat 500: Black bear

 Fiat 500: Black panther

The commercial titled 'Black bear' was done by Leo Burnett advertising agency for Fiat 500 in France. It was released in the September 2010. 

I saw this ad in Computer art projects magazine, and I love it from the first glance, doesn't need any explanation, its just brilliant.

Another reason why I love Leo Burnett agency


Couple of nice layouts, icons, adverts and such in numerous magazines:

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Helvetica Clock

all I can say is - Brilliant

A website dedicated to telling the time in Helvetica.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Alan Aldridge

Alan Aldridge

The other day while I was working in the shop – bored out of my brain, I brought in an old GRAFIK magazine to lighten my spirits and stop me from going insane and counting the hangers again. While I was re-reading it I came across feature on Alan Aldridge. And I loved him instantly; I’ve seen bit and snippets of his work before but never put a name to the face (as they say). I am just amazed at his work – its all just so diverse, intense and psychedelic but gorgeous, captivating and engrossing.
His style in so in your face and every bit of the design is filled right up to the corners – he seems not to be a fan of the ol’ white space.

Bio: Born in 1943 in east London, he currently resides in Los Angeles
“THE TALK; Ink-Stained WretchNew York Times, September 17, 2006

He designed posters for the Rolling Stones; was best friends with Jimi Hendrix; and served as the creative director for the original Hard Rock Cafe and the House of Blues as well as for the opening of the Playboy Club in London; he even penned a best-seller. Yet despite his staggering rsum, the graphic design guru Alan Aldridge is little known today. If anything, you're more likely to be au fait with his eldest son, Miles, a fashion photographer, or his daughter Saffron, a model turned writer. ''Yeah, get that quite a lot: 'Oh, you're Miles's dad, didn't you do something in the 60's?''' admits the 63-year-old Aldridge, who follows the comment with his trademark ''aww-shucks'' snigger.

His voice possesses the mid-Atlantic timbre of a man who left London in 1980 in search of Hollywood fame; his all-black attire, his handsome, compact features and his horn-rimmed specs give Aldridge the allure of Jack Nicholson playing an aging Beatle.

Back in the 1960's, Aldridge was as deified in the world of graphic design as the Fab Four were in music. John Lennon even appointed Aldridge the group's official design consultant. Like the band, Aldridge seemed to be rewriting the world in which he lived and worked.

His art embodied classic 60's graphic design: campy old-fashioned lettering, faux-nave images, warped reworkings of Alice's trip into Wonderland and big, bold psychedelic colors. He was not a pop artist, like Peter Blake or Allen Jones, but a commercial designer whose vision trickled down to the masses via advertisements, posters, record sleeves and, later in his career, a best-selling children's book. Aldridge, like such other swinging Londoners as Vidal Sassoon and Terence Stamp, was raised in the working-class East End.

At 14, he left school to slog away at the docks, leaving little opportunity for any formal training in the arts.

He admits, ''Had you have asked me who Picasso was when I was 14, I'd have thought he played soccer for Italy.'' Still, he established a lucrative side career by selling doctored tracings of corset and bra ads that he'd found in Vogue magazine. ''Unfortunately, my mum found a hoard of them under my bed,'' he recalls. ''She then told me the story of my Uncle Sid, who'd gone to Africa to work as an artist. He came back with a dose of syphilis and died soon after from constant boozing. My mum warned me, 'If you carry on doing ''fancy'' stuff like drawing, you'll end up like him.' And I thought to myself, Well, that sounds a damn sight better fun than sitting in a council house for the rest of my life.


After a chance meeting in 1965 with the art director of London's premier publishing house, Penguin, Aldridge started illustrating book covers for the company. In two years, he'd taken his boss's job, brought in his bohemian mates to assist him and transformed the buttoned-up British institution into a riotous art house. Where Penguin covers had previously been somber, his designs flirted with Surrealism, nudity and revolutionary statements, which fit in perfectly with the whirling mood of the time.

In 1968, Aldridge opened his own graphic-design firm, INK, and its first client was the Beatles' new record label, Apple. Aldridge would often confer with Lennon and McCartney at Apple's Savile Row headquarters on new commissions: apple-shaped radios and record players, posters and even ''Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds'' wallpaper. (''If it'd ever been put on a wall, you would have got stoned by just looking at it.'') Soon he was getting design gigs from the Rolling Stones, Cream and Andy Warhol, for whom he designed the poster for the film ''Chelsea Girls.'' (His idea of using an Advent calendar with different windows opening out had originally been proposed as the cover for the Beatles' ''White Album.'')

Before Aldridge, so-called commercial artists were behind-the-scenes grafters in braces and Brylcreem; after him, they were prima donnas who drove sports cars and made magazine editors and ad agencies jump at their imperious whims. I

ndeed, when the director Peter Whitehead started filming his documentary on 60's culture, ''Tonite Lets All Make Love in London,'' Aldridge starred alongside Mick Jagger, Michael Caine and Julie Christie.

In 1969, Aldridge masterminded the seminal art book ''The Beatles Illustrated Lyrics,'' which mixed his own illustrations with works that he'd commissioned from artists like David Hockney and Allen Jones. ''The only illustration the publishers rejected,'' Aldridge says, ''was one I did of John Lennon as a giant hypodermic needle, scattering pills over Manhattan.''
So symbiotic had Aldridge and the Beatles become that, when the band broke up on the cusp of the 1970's, he took only one more job before he closed down INK: a campaign poster for the Labor Party, which subsequently lost. He bought a huge rectory in the English countryside and spent his days ''being a professional hippie,'' looking after his kids.

It was during this time that he stumbled upon an 1807 children's poem, ''The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast,'' which featured wild creatures and insects as the central characters. Aldridge created a modern version that evoked John Tenniel's work for ''Alice in Wonderland.'' It won the Whitbread Literary Award and became the best-selling children's book at the time. Aldridge's creative universe appealed to animal-loving children as well as acid-fried rockers.

Elton John had admired Aldridge's work for some time, and in 1974, he asked him to illustrate the cover of ''Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.'' Aldridge created a Boschian smorgasbord, complete with Elton flying on his piano. When the album went platinum (Aldridge earned a Grammy nomination for his artwork), Aldridge proposed developing the album art into a feature film -- part animation, part real life -- starring Elton himself. After a studio gave the green light, Aldridge spent the next 18 months in Beverly Hills at the newly formed Captain Fantastic Enterprises, working on the ''Captain Fantastic'' movie.

Hollywood put the kibosh on the project, however, when Elton admitted his bisexuality in the American press. As Aldridge ruefully explains, ''All of a sudden, no one returned our calls.'' This was the mid-70's, and no studio could sanction a children's story with such a hero.

The ''Captain Fantastic'' trauma signaled the start of a long period of depression for Aldridge. Having become disillusioned with Margaret Thatcher's England, in 1980 he relocated to Hollywood, where the allure of the movie industry suggested a fresh start to his career. However, the dream projects failed to materialize, and for as much as he worked on new characters, scripts, books and even plans to construct a Hard Rock Cafe theme park, few ideas went further than the drafting table.

''It's a crazy place here,''

Aldridge explains of Los Angeles, the city that he's called home for nearly 30 years. ''There're no rules as to what will be successful in Hollywood and what will flop. I've seen so many people -- myself included -- driven to drink because of the cruel nature of the business; I guess that's what makes it so special. I remember seeing Spielberg on the brink of suicide after he'd completed 'Jaws,' and he's doing all right now, isn't he?''

Ever the optimist, Aldridge is making the most of his numerous abandoned projects from over the years, saying, ''Right now, I've got more work on and I'm more financially endowed than in the 60's.'' This includes ''Nothing Is Real,'' an animated fantasy film based on the childhood of John Lennon ($(3$)It's got Yoko's blessing''), fabric designs for clothing lines and FeeFiFoFun, a solar- and wind-powered portable children's playground concept. There's also ''Pipedreams,'' an illustrated autobiography in the works. ''Thirty-one years on,'' he says, ''and they're still dangling the carrot in front of my eyes.''