I'm a graphic designer and writer in Northern Ireland. Welcome to my blog.
Graphic Advocacy is a collection of empathetic and visually compelling messages for our time.
G . F Smith’s Portrait of a Company just came in the post.
Despite the mixed reviews I’ve read, there’s something about the imai house I find appealing.
“A design ‘strategy’ is often little more than a plan of action to hoodwink customers.”
But over time I learned how to choose clients more wisely…
A good lesson, from Chermayeff & Geismar’s 2011 book Identify.
Pejac. My kind of artist.
I’ve been meaning to launch a responsive WordPress theme for quite a while.
An upcoming exhibition of posters inspired by the 20th anniversary of Comic Sans.
Problem: design a brochure for a small theatre.
Solution: make the brochure small.
“Instantly I thought of how people pair food together, and that was that. Pantone pairings.”
There’s no denying the value of what you’ll find beneath that waterline.
Iceberg photo by Carola Jacobs
You made the book, and it’s out there helping designers all over the world.
Steven Heller in conversation with Milton Glaser. An interesting listen.
A few stand-out entries in the branding category of this year’s D&AD Awards.
An intricate look at the construction of 100 traditional and modern typefaces.
I doubt any of these Adobe alternatives will be quite as good, but they might do as much as you need.
This print-ad campaign for German confectioner Haribo actually made my mouth water.
Established by Josef Rupp I in 1908, Rupp is a traditional Austrian cheese factory.
“I recently gave a talk to a group of design students on early career negotiations.”
Good design is unobtrusive and long lasting. That’s Helvetica.
Naming can be one of the hardest parts of a branding project.
Half a year back I switched from FeedBurner to AWeber. Here are a few of the benefits.
Is there something you do to make sure client feedback is valuable and on point?
Tabloid stories about new designs tend to focus on two things: the money, and the logo.
National flags made from each country’s traditional foods, by WHYBIN \ TBWA.
I enjoy drawing, and I do better work when it’s enjoyable. So there’s that, too.
StreetPong. 10/10 for creativity.
I might have given up my dream. A big mistake.
If they give 20% what’s to stop the client chipping further?