Nov
1st

7digital film

I recently produced this film for 7digital as part of their brand refresh.

I had intended to write a bit more about the new brand itself and and how it had been carefully crafted by the good people over at Moving Brands, but they’ve done a much better job of that over on their site, which is worth a read. They also produced this film showing how the process evolved, so check it out.

Nov
1st

Mercury Prize 2012

Ahead of tonight’s Mercury Prize announcement, here’s the film of the Albums of the Year launch event that I made in 24 hours for 7digital. My personal highlight was speaking to a rather tipsy Richard Hawley.

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Jun
12th

It’s that easy

Credit to Luke Beard for this poster, I couldn’t put it better myself.

Jan
13th

Derby [2061]

Derby [2061] is an interactive/locative storytelling project imagined and created by Richard Birkin and the guys at Mudlark. It follows the story of Girl X, a young female from the year 2061 who’s found herself trapped in our world. People can discover more about Girl X through Foursquare, and the 50 locations from the future that can be found around Derby. By exploring and checking into these locations it is possible to uncover the fragments of information left by our protagonist that help piece together her story.

As part of Derby [2061]’s feature in Quad’s exhibition ‘A Darkness More Than Night,’ Richard approached me to help produce a short trailer to be shown on the TVs around the arts centre. The objective of the film was to raise awareness of the project and draw people into exploring the story of Girl X. The film’s glitchy edit and dark colour pallette were designed to simulate the world as it exists for Girl X, emphasised by the moody and fractured sound design accompanying the visuals. Combined, these help to engender an atmosphere of suspense and intrigue, inspiring people to discover more.

Information about Derby [2061] can be found here

Nov
22nd

Morocco

Here are a few photos I took in Morocco.

Sep
12th

Bookshare

I’ve recently completed a film to promote a new initiative called Bookshare: a tool that helps people share books with others in their local community.

Hopefully, watching the film will give you a good idea of how Bookshare works, but more information can be found over at NESTA, and you can read a good description about the software from the developer, Adrian Short, here.

The film, produced by the good folks at Rattle, was split into two parts: the first aimed at people who may wish to share their books, and the second at people who would like to set up a Bookshare in their own community.

It was the social side of Bookshare that inspired the story behind the film. Rather than just produce a literal demonstration, we wanted to tell the story of two people brought together through using Bookshare (and I have to be honest, the hint at a possible romance was intended).

As the subject matter concerned books, it felt natural to tell the story as if it were in one. Each scene was played out across the pages of an open book, with the bind providing a nice divide to split the screen between the two characters’ stories, and the turning of each page then becoming a nice way to cut between each edit.

In creating the film I worked closely with illustrator and friend Chris. We wanted to retain the natural hand-drawn look to all the elements so, rather than recreate the characters and scenes digitally, we scanned Chris’ original drawings, and then, through the magic of Photoshop, adapted the sketches so I could animate each element in After Effects, to finish the story I also produced the music for both films.

If you’re interested in setting up your own Bookshare, you can grab the code here at github.

Jul
20th

The friday walk to work

As promised in my previous post, here’s the first film produced by myself and Chris under the pseudonym of Foxboxx. We hope you enjoy.

May
12th

FoxBoxx

Recently I’ve been having numerous discussions with my good friend Chris about doing more with all the random ideas and small stories that often develop during our (mostly daft) conversations. The majority of the time these ideas only ever serve to offer us some amusement at the time of creation and never become anything more tangible. However, that is hopefully now going to change as we’ve started to develop an online home for our creative thoughts. It’s still a work in progress at the moment, but the one thing we’ve decided is that, simply, this site is there for us to display work that we enjoy and which,  hopefully as a consequence, others will too. I’ll keep you updated on any developments.

N.B. The picture in this post is from a recent story I’ve developed with Chris which I’ll post about here soon.

May
4th

Wim Crouwel

There’s not much I can say about Wim Crowel that hasn’t been said before by those a lot more eloquent than myself. But anyone with even the slightest interest in graphic design and typography should check out his current exhibition at the Design Museum. ‘Wim Crowel – A Graphic Odyssey’ celebrates over 60 years of Crowel’s work, and is a fantastic visual journey through his highly acclaimed and much admired career, including some of my favourite pieces for the Stedelijk van Abbemuseum and the incredibly forward-thinking and highly influential, Neue Alphabet. Here’s Wim talking about his work:

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The exhibition runs until the 3rd July, and the price of entry also includes admission to this years Brit Insurance Designs of the Year, which is also well worth a look.

Apr
6th

Point in the right direction

I walk past this sign most weeks. It’s on a main route into town but I’d put money on the fact that most people who pass it don’t even know it exists. Whilst I appreciate and enjoy it’s old charm, the main reason I like this sign is the hand. It adds a personality and human element to the direction, something I’d like to see more of please.

Update – Having mentioned this to my friend Chris he pointed me (pun intended) in the direction of these illustrations.