I'm a graphic designer and writer in Northern Ireland. Welcome to my blog.
Identity design is not about what one likes or dislikes. It’s about what works.
Sounds nerdy. Probably is. Fun, though!
Two minutes rammed full of childhood memories.
Useful if offering internships (to stay on the right side of the law), and if seeking a placement (to ensure your chosen internship is the best possible match).
I recently had a chat with Cerentha Harris, editor of Herman Miller’s Lifework blog.
According to the FeedBurner chicklet in the sidebar, my RSS subscriber count has risen to 87,698. Here’s why (I think).
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts is a light-hearted collection of stories aimed at non-designers.
Etymology is the study of the history of words. There’s a collection of company name etymologies on Wikipedia. Here are a few choice picks from the automotive industry.
I recently created a number of identity design variations for Massachusetts-based startup TalkTo.
San Serriffe — my next island destination.
No blog/email/Twitter action this past week. Been in Tenerife.
There are thousands of designers available at every level of cost.
What percentage do you bill a client for unpaid invoices?
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The rebels. The troublemakers. The ones who see things differently.”
What’s the formula for blog posts that will get the greatest number of retweets? Which new product or service will make you the most money? Do you know?
Only one in ten thousand will really mean, “Give me something I haven’t seen before.”
The intricate magic of pencil lead sculptor Dalton Ghetti.
I worked with Malibu-based tequila connoisseur Gene Fein to design a wordmark and set of labels for a new 100% organic tequila brand called Clemente Tequila.
Here are a few things I do to streamline the back and forth when potential design clients first get in touch.
This air from Prague circulated recently, making me wonder who else has designed canned air packaging.
If you’re in search of a little stationery design inspiration, Stationery Design Now! is worth a look.
This promotional packaging for Smirnoff Caipiroska by JWT Brasil caught my eye.
How do you overcome creative block?
Get yourself a free A2 print by Stockport-based Graphic Nothing.
CampusIT designs, develops, implements and maintains student management information systems for universities and colleges in the UK and Ireland.
Stand-out content from my feed reader.
Any of the notebooks from Arwey would make a great designer gift. The mailman delivered these two.
Hoban Cards. Definitely worth a look.
This one isn’t just appropriate for the business of design, but for life in general.
The stronger the band, the more the box is squeezed.