Archive for January, 2010

Adland – The Movie

January 31, 2010

A great mish-mash of UK adverts, some are really obvious parodies, others just look bizarre.

Clever, post-modernistic approach.

Done by “Coy!”, where the website features more amazing advert showreel by Sara Cummins.


Creative Family

January 30, 2010

Another design job related website which seems to be more focused to uni graduates and A-level students.

Offers lots of advice and guidance in a clear and easy language for readers to follow.

One of the features is “Portfolio of the month” which is quite handy, a chance to see what other students are submitting to design agencies in respect to work placements and jobs.

Below feature the work of Paul Folliard, a graphic design graduate from the University of Gloucestershire.

Paul Folliard Image

Example of Folliard's portfolio - Haribo packaging rebranding



Real people – Real environments

January 29, 2010

A great bank of photographs that specialises in capturing “all aspects of social and environmental life in the UK”.

Sample Photography Image

Some of the works the picture library contains


Photographers cover a huge range of events and delicate categories, from learning disabilities, self harm, gun crime and protests to name a few.

A useful resource for designers studying public interaction and their surroundings.


Hedi Kyle

January 27, 2010

Was browsing around the net and came across this nifty little book.

April Diary 1979 Picture

April Diary 1979, otherwise known as the "Flag Book"

This looks so intricate and engaging, where would the reader begin!?

Despite being dated back to the late 1970s, this book making technique has been adapted by contemporary designers to give their work an edge.

There are websites that teach you how to make such a mechanism, a simple one can be found here.

Aren’t books great!


Craig Ward

January 26, 2010

Was browsing through the Début Art website and found the works of Craig Ward.

Craig Ward Poster

Good typography is invisible, Bad typography is everywhere

Ward has a fantastic selection of typographic posters, a great play with words and multiple experimentation of media. Very exciting aesthetics, always different, inspirational.

Check out his work via the links below.



January 25, 2010

A typographical website which sells fonts, made by a range of type designers and presented in a novel way.

Lineto Typewriter Screenshot

Play around with type!

The site allows you to experiment with the type in a simple way.

The navigation bar replicates the finder on PCs/Macs, a clear breakdown of what the website has to offer.

There is a lot of clicking around to do, you might get lost and confused with the many pages, but you can always use the navigation bar to find yourself back to normality.

Worth a visit.


Finger Industries

January 23, 2010

Not quite related to graphic design but this animation advert caught my eye:

The advert promotes glass recycling around Europe. Also borrows from a certain Californian Governor.

The Yorkshire based design company has strengths in illustration and animation and have attracted a large international client base.

Lloyds TSB Waiter illustration

The waiter in Lloyds TSB advert (needs accompanying tune)

They have a detailed, textured illustrative style, thoughtful rendering, and big heads.

Found in June 2009 edition of Creative Review.


Tiny URL

January 22, 2010

A handy website which shortens ridiculously lengthy URLs into something more manageable.

Tiny URL banner

Try it, Rick Roll some people...

Maybe I should have used this for my essays…can disguise wikipedia now.

Example –



January 21, 2010


A great Powerpoint website showcasing this Manchester based advertising agency.

Definitely check out the show reel, fantastic quirkiness and playful graphics.

Have worked for some big companies such as for Playstation, BBC, and D&AD.

PSP Go poster

Your whole world in your hands

Some corny sound effects though…


Anna Garforth

January 20, 2010

Researching into further forms of artistic public ‘vandalism’, it looks like some graffiti yobs found a conscience:

Spore photograph

Environmental Graffiti

Garforth isn’t actually a yob, seems like she’s quite the eloquent vandal…

She changes the typography of ‘traditional’ graffiti, adapting moss into poetic verse and creating eco-systems within urban environments.

She describes it as “sustainable graffiti” giving her work green credentials, although “normal graffiti” is sustainable in a different sense.

Something else that looks pretty:

Coca Cola photograph

Gosh how refreshing...

The work of David Neff, found here. Motion captured in an instant. Reminds me of the sneezing swine flu posters…



January 19, 2010

I’m not usually a fan of graffiti, it may offer some visual stimulus during a train ride but generally it is badly done without much thought.

Everyone’s heard of Banksy, nobody knows who he is.

Roadsworth is more interesting; he’s actually been arrested because of his public vandalism, he takes a stance on society’s over-consumption of resources, and he has a name – Peter Gibson

His work makes me smile in a way that differs to Banksy, he isn’t crude, and he likes to cycle.

Imagine the commission Banksy might get if he went public, guess recession hasn’t hit him hard yet.


The History of Advertising Trust

January 18, 2010

Otherwise known as HAT, this site is a collection of UK advertising dating back to the early 1800s.

It is as if you’ve stepped back in time, or into a museum, or that class trip to the Victorian school to learn about writing on chalkboards:

1920s Vimto Poster

Wasn't the fruitiest word back in the 1920s

It’s just surreal to see how brand identity and graphics has changed dramatically over the years.

It is always informative to look at past ideas to developing fresh concepts. The key design principles that worked hundreds of years ago, would they be as successful in this decade?

A design created 10 years ago sticks out like a proverbial thumb against contemporary designs.

For non-watermarked versions of nostalgic adverts please click the link below.


Jesse Kuhn

January 17, 2010

Was flicking through Print Magazine (Dec edition) and came across this picture:

Greetings from Mr. Bird Illustration

Friendly greeting from Mr. Brid

Upon information found at, it looks like this American illustrator and graphic designer is quite renown in the illustration circuit.

His personal website has an array of humorous drawings and has dabbled in graphics too.

It is said that Kuhn attempts to grow “one mustache per calender year”.

There is no photographic evidence of his attempts.