Hello Friends. Happy New Year!
I'm not a big one for new year resolutions, but hopefully 2014 will see me being a better blogger than in 2013.
It's been an embarrassingly long time since my last post, so here's a very brief recap of some of what's been keeping me busy in the last year.
One of the highlights for me was seeing my biscuit tin design for Marks and Spencer hit the shelves. I've admired the great illustrated tins that the company produce every year and I was very happy to be asked. The brief was to create a map with commercial appeal that illustrated all the eccentric and quirky events that happen throughout the year in the UK.
"The Oddball Britain" title received a last minute name change before production (see below)
Sales of the tin were good over the summer, though I think a large proportion of those may have been from my friends and family We all ate our way through a lot of shortbread this year. Either way, I was very happy to be recommissioned to create a new tin for 2014 which should be in the shops in the UK in the spring.
Also in the map genre, I created a large-scale map for New York Presbyterian Hospital. The campaign by Munn-Rabot was to help promote the locations of NYPH's two childrens centres. It was a fun project and I enjoyed working in a more limited colour scheme for this one. It ran in a few newspapers and appeared on bus shelter and on mall posters around the NYC area.
Client: New York Presbyterian. Agency: Munn-Rabot
(Thank you Yuko for this photo!)
Book covers with doodles were popular this year! (Clients: Arthur A. Levine Books, Delacorte)
(Lettering for Harper Collins, Book Cover and Lettering for Oxford University Press)
Aside from work, I spend a fair bit of 2013 trying new things. I took up Kayaking and completed a beginners course on the River Thames, went snorkelling in Iceland (January!) and went outrigger canoeing in Hawaii.
I also took lots of swing dancing classes with Swing Patrol. It is something that I'ev wanted to do for many years but never really had the confidence to try. It's very much out of my usual comfort zone but its been a great way make new friends which can be difficult in a city as big as London. I even managed a few blink-and-you'll-miss it apperances on TV over Christmas (of which I will spare you.)
I finished off the year, taking a night-class in traditional stop-motion animation at a local college. I'm not quite sure what I will do with those new skills, but it's certainly something that I've found quite inspiring.
I'm glad to be back on Drawger. Wishing you all a very Happy and Healthy 2014!
(Snorkelling in Iceland, Hiking at Haleakala, Filming of Len Goodman's Dance Band Days at The Rivoli Ballroom)