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Jan
23

Drive Safe – Distraction (2014)

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Ever since mobile phones first became popular, there has been a real problem with motorists using their phone while driving. In the early days, it was making and receiving phone calls. Then it was sending and receiving text messages. Now, with more sophisticated ‘smart phones’ on the market and always-on connectivity to social media apps and games, our mobile phones have a seemingly endless way of attracting our attention while we should be concentrating on the road.

The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to design the posters and online advertisements for their 2014 Distraction campaign.

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The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to design a poster aimed at discouraging drink driving and drug driving. Various ideas were presented and Drive Safe chose the very simple yet effective ‘blurred STOP sign’ idea. This design was also used on a leaflets, beer mats and online banners.

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Two of the alternative concepts that were presented to Drive Safe.

Nov
28

Drive Safe – Young Drivers

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The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to design a series of posters aimed at young drivers – in particular 17 to 25 year olds. Young drivers, in particularly boys, have a tendency to drive fast and reckless – whether it be showing off to their mates, racing to destinations, mimicking what they see on tv or merely the lack of experience behind the wheel. Figures show that young drivers are involved in the most accidents.

A design was required that would be used on posters at local cinemas, selected bars and clubs and online. Initial ideas used popular video games as inspiration, in particular games that glorify reckless driving and reward players for driving fast i.e. Grand Theft Auto and Need for Speed.

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Online-Banners

Ultimately, Drive Safe chose to use my ‘spoof movie poster’ as it was felt that not only would this work well at all the intended locations, but would also attract the attention of a much broader audience.

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Two of the alternative concepts presented to Drive Safe based on Grand Theft Auto and Need for Speed.

Nov
27

Drive Safe – Cyclists

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The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to produce three separate design routes for key messages aimed at cyclists. The first requirement was a reminder to cyclists about the need to be highly visible to other road users, especially now we are approaching winter. This message would be displayed on bus shelter posters along main cycling routes in and around Manchester, in particular, along routes leading to and from the universities and colleges.

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The second requirement was series of adverts and online banners reminding cyclists that red traffic lights apply to them as well as other road users. Cyclists are notorious for ignoring red lights and either mounting pavements or dodging through traffic to avoid stopping.

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The final requirement was a local newspaper advert aimed at all road users. The core message is that cyclists have the same rights as motorists when using the roads. If cyclists and motorists can respect each other on the roads, then hopefully confrontations and accidents can be reduced.

Nov
27

Drive Safe – Distraction

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The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to produce designs for their Driver Distraction campaign. The core message was to make drivers aware of the possible consequences of using their mobile phones while driving.

Two design routes were used – for newspaper adverts, a motorist being inundated with phone alerts while for online adverts, small print adverts, digital 6 sheets, bus rears and fuel pump nozzles – text message conversations.

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Nov
27

Commuter Bookmarks

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In 2009, I started working freelance for Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) – or Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE) – as it was known then. Since then, I’ve been fortunate enough to work on many diverse design briefs, including the Metrolink expansion, Better by Cycle, Cycle Hubs, Drive Safe and many more.

Over the next few days, I’ll be posting a selection of some of my design work for TfGM, starting off with some bookmarks I designed in 2009 that were handed out to commuters.

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Checklist of the top 25 books from the BBC’s ‘The Big Read’

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Railway stations on the Greater Manchester network replaced with the top 50 books from the BBC’s ‘The Big Read’ 

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Bright and vibrant bookmark aimed at young public transport users.

May
19

Smart People

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Recently completed the design work on a series of web banners and promotional postcards for Smart People – a company based here in Halifax that provides management and leadership training & development courses.

Photography of the Smarties was provided by local photographer Kieron Nevison.