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Feb
26

Dan Walker : Concept Artist

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Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale event invite.

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The main speaker at the next event is Dan Walker, concept artist.

Creative Calderdale is delighted to welcome internationally renowned concept artist Dan Walker as the speaker for their March Creative Vision’s event.

Based in Hebden Bridge, Dan has worked on some of the biggest film and TV productions of recent years such as Prometheus and Doctor Who, designing key props and set elements. Basically, he gets to draw spaceships all day – which must be one of the world’s best jobs. Ever.

If you want to know more about his inspiration, what keeps him creative and how the heck he landed such an awesome job, don’t miss this amazing evening.

You can find out more about Dan and his work by visiting his website: www.danwalkerconcept.co.uk

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 26th March 2015. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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May
02

Ska’d For Life

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Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale event invite.

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The main speaker at the next event is Horace Panter, bass player with The Specials.

Here’s Creative Calderdale’s blurp about the event:

Creative Calderdale in partnership with Lime Jam PR is delighted to announce Horace Panter as the speaker for their July Creative Vision’s event.

Also known as Sir Horace the Gentleman, Horace Panter’s career with British ska band, The Specials has seen him tour the world and release seven studio albums as well as writing a book about his hedonistic times playing bass in one of the most iconic British bands of the 20th Century. Still touring to this day, Panter is also a well respected artist exhibiting both nationally and internationally to rave reviews. This event promises to be a rare opportunity to gather an ?insight into Panter’s life in The Specials, his creative practices and what keeps him inspired today.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 24th July 2014. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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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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Nov
28

Drive Safe – Winter Driving

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The Drive Safe department of TfGM asked me to design a leaflet that will be handed out round Manchester to motorists. The leaflet provides information about driving in wintery conditions i.e. the risks on the road and making sure your car is prepped for winter.

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Drive Safe provided me with all the facts and stats and the first reaction was to create a leaflet focusing on just a handful of the major details. But after reviewing the information, it was obvious that ALL the information was vitally important so the leaflet really need to include all the facts Drive Safe had provided. The goal therefore was to display all the information on an A5 leaflet in a way that motor vehicle owners would engage with and absorb instead of tossing straight in to the bin.

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Poster

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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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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Newspaper-Advert

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

Code of Conduct

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The GoTo department of TfGM required some kind of handout they could give to children and teenagers using Altrincham Interchange that would hopefully discourage them from participating in anti-social behaviour. Anything resembling an official TfGM document would probably be ignored and end up on the floor so we decided to do something slightly funkier and more eye-catching.

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