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Bullet Points.

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Death to the grid…



My drive to Leeds…

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While thinking about potential poster ideas for the Thompson ‘XXX’ exhibition, I jotted down loads of thoughts and feelings about my experiences of Leeds. And this doodle pretty much summed it up…



Thompson’s 30th

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From January 2004 until December 2007, I freelanced at Thompson Brand Partners in Leeds. When I say freelance, it was more ‘permalance’ – I was there pretty much solidly for four years!

TBP are celebrating their 30th birthday this year – many congratulations by the way – and to celebrate their birthday, they recently held an exhibition in Leeds city centre.

30 current and ex-employees were asked to produce a personal piece of work for the exhibition and I was chuffed that Ian Thompson asked me to contribute.

Being a personal piece, I felt it was only appropriate to do something Kreative Bomb related.


Family portrait.

Say hello to one of the Kreative Bomb Brothers — a series of characters I have developed for use on my website/marketing collateral.

He’s a bit out of shot because unfortunately, the photographer isn’t very good.


Photo taken by Lynn Murphy

To view the other 29 images that completed the exhibition, please visit here.


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.



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.


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.



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.





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


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.



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.


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


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.


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.


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.