Category Archives: My Work

my work; design, illustration, sculpture

Album artwork

Album design for The Chefs, early 80s Brighton indie / punk / pop band

It’s always a pleasure to work with lovely Helen McCookerybook; I’d done a few CD designs for her solo albums with her before, but never before for her band; The Chefs…

Graphic design for Records and Tea; best of The Chefs

She has clear ideas about the feeling the album’s design needs to convey, and often brings personal objects to be used in photographs or illustrations she’s done for the band’s posters and fliers to be included…Graphic design for Records and Tea; best of The Chefs

I love it! It is really classy, as always with your stuff. It is very clear to read and I like the way you have distributed the photographs through the booklet. I am glad you have designed this. — Helen McCookerybook

Graphic design for Records and Tea; best of The Chefs

I love the illustrations Helen did, and in using the yellow with them I hope I reflect the energetic and playful  music!

Collaborative sculpture

Collaborative sculpture & Oblique Strategies

Using a combination of the round-the-clock format (each person contributes for a set period of time – in our case, minutes!) on a series of projects and using prompts from Eno/Schmidt’s Oblique Strategies, we ended up with an unusual collection of pieces. What was useful about this experiment was it forced you to start without thinking too much, and eliminated anyone’s feelings of ‘preciousness’ about it. What was strange was noting the feelings of ownership (or lack thereof) of the work, but also you still got strong sensations of when it was ‘done’. However we still pretty much all ‘added to’ the constructions; not much taking away was done.

Too much eyeliner?...

Actionettes as Lichtenstein ladies – posters painted for the show

Some posters we painted from drawings I’d done based on the ladies… The posters were created using the genius Rastorbator programme (Free!) that creates multi-sheet posters from your artwork and makes them all Lichtenstein-dotty in the process. You can alter the number of sheets and the density of the dots – very useful! Photos from the Actionettes’ club night on the Offline / Urban75 website. [Edited 9th May: Oh look, Tate Modern has just announced it’s doing a Lichtenstein show in 2013!]

The first Tumblr image, which linked to....

Tracking images back to the source – with unexpected results

At some point anything you put online is liable to ‘borrowed’. With the advent of Tumblr, this has become even more prevalent, and although usually not malicious, one designer/developer  –  @Jarred – has come up with a practical solution.

Install the Src Img bookmarklet and it will let you ‘track back’ an image to its original source* by overlaying all the the images on a page with a clickable double question mark icon.

I tried it out on an image I’d ‘♥’d earlier from a friend’s Tumblr to see how it worked – more out of curiosity than anything, as she cites most of her sources anyway. I ended up in a rabbit hole of meta-reference that I quite enjoyed for its own sake, even more so once this blog post was published, and I used the bookmarklet on this page, but think  that’s just me being perverse…

 


The first Tumblr image, from Anne-Made, which before that came from….


 


… a blog post on Graphic Dirt, that linked to….


 

 


… the original work on Borja Bonaque‘s website (although in a different colourway).
When you use Src Img on the originally uploaded image, and it can’t track it back any further…


 

 


… you end up on Google’s search page, showing  ‘visually similar‘ results.


 

 


Applying Src Img on the ‘visually similar’ images I used in *this* blog post…


 


… it went into another ‘visually similar‘ result, which curiously led to lots of images with Japanese text and a sample of a Latin Gregorian chant.

I stopped there, and have now gone to double check I’ve credited any pics I may have previously referred to!


*I think this only really applies when people have linked to images from other sources online, as opposed to uploading an image yourself to your own webspace.