Stemming from a desire to help heal the political divide in Scotland, following the referendum, ‘The Living Museum of What We Are’ is a collection of fourteen stories told through everyday objects. These objects were gathered from people of different ages and backgrounds to create an overall cultural picture of Scotland that a majority of Scots can relate to – the idea is to show what we have in common, instead of what makes us different. This project is ongoing and will form an online museum/gallery in the future.
Featured in CreativeBloq, and Best Stand in Show D&AD New Blood 2015
This project was a collaboration between a group of students from Edinburgh Napier University, including myself, and the Institut Français for their Fringe venue. The brief required us to create posters to celebrate the venues Fringe programme and the history of the poster in France. My posters are a combination of typography created from bottle caps and wine corks (that will surely be flying throughout the Fringe) and national animals, which represent the travelling performers and people coming to see the shows.
Displayed in the Institut Français (Edinburgh) until 31/07/2015
Design the logo for the first Degree Show & Festival of Creative Industries (2015) for Edinburgh Napier University. The logo should clearly demonstrate the combination of events for the first time.
The pencil represents the beginning of every great design process. It’s the foundation for gaining the skills required to graduate from a design course at Edinburgh Napier. As such it is a fitting representation of the work that will be displayed at the Degree Show and the educational content during the Festival of Creative Industries. The ampersand was chosen as the main element of the marque to emphasise the combination of both events.
These are the designs for an exhibition on Chiptune – music created from old video game consoles – and its visual culture. The design uses deconstructed bitmap typography, glitched art I’ve created for the project by altering jpeg images, and processed music (by using a spectogram to turn music into images). This results in each poster literally containing the music and art of the exhibition, with each one individually based on art, music or video. The booklet will be sold at the event and uses the glitched art and spectogram images to help explain the history of Chiptune.
The whole design can be traced back to the pixel: square grids, square images and square format.
Design an environmental way-finding system for a primary school in the Lake District. It should be appealing to the children and staff attending the school and work as part of a larger brand. The brief was set by Edinburgh based agency Studio LR.
I worked with a partner, Lois Glen, to create a simple way-finding system by assigning animal identities for each year in the school. These identities were then applied to progressively more challenging and interactive puzzles that were located outside each classroom, encouraging students to turn up early. The puzzles are designed in such a way that they can be changed multiple times a year, to keep the challenge entertaining to the students at Windermere.
Samples of my photography from travel, experimentation and work in various countries.
Romeo and Juliet
“When he shall die,
Take him and cut him out in little stars,
And he will make the face of heaven so fine
That all the world will be in love with night
And pay no worship to the garish sun.”
“To die, to sleep -
To sleep, perchance to dream - ay, there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what dreams may come...”
A Midsummer Nights Dream
“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
Posters for a series of popup screenings of Stanley Kubrick films in Edinburgh. The event was aimed at fans of Kubrick's work, celebrating some of the most influential films of the 20th century. Each poster is a typographic imagining of the innovations pioneered by Kubrick in each movie: Barry Lyndon's use of candlelight and flying too close to the sun, 2001: A Space Odyssey's lighting effects and corrupted technology, and A Clockwork Orange's milk bar and noir violence. The logo was inspired by Kubrick's favourite font, Futura Extra Bold.
The idea is to showcase Scottish innovation, architecture and design through a custom and thoroughly Scottish typeface. The type is inspired by the style Charles Rennie Mackintosh - and his wife, Margaret - used to embellish drawings of their designs and architecture, but also redefines and modernises it. The 0, 1 and 6 contain Kirkpatrick MacMillan’s bicycle wheel/John Boyd Dunlop’s pneumatic tyre, the Forth Rail bridge supports, and Mackintosh’s rose – graphic representations of innovation, architecture and design, respectively. If this logo is selected an entire typeface could be created that includes a wide selection of other famous and important Scottish works. The logo demonstrates how Scotland’s past and contemporary art and design can come together to inspire the future.
A selection of logo and marque designs from personal, business and proposed projects.
Robot illustration and 80's typography designed for King Keytan's Divine Machine EP.
Illustrations by Neil Pitman.