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Mar
20

Welcome to Hebden Bridge

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The Hebden Bridge Partnership is the ‘town team’, concerned with initiatives to make the town a better place to live, work, shop and enjoy its leisure facilities.

The Partnership recently identified that Hebden Bridge does not have its own publicity leaflet that promotes what’s on in Hebden or talk about its main attractions. Therefore, in collaboration with Hebden Royd Town Council, funding was made available to get an initial run of 20,000 12 page leaflets produced in time for the Easter/Bank Holiday season. These leaflets are to be distributed across Yorkshire, Lancashire and through Hebden Bridge’s own Tourist Information Centre.

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The leaflet starts off with a brief introduction to Hebden Bridge and it’s history. The second ‘spread’ lists a selection of the top attractions and things to do while in the town. The final spread on the inside of the leaflet features a detailed map of the town. On the reverse side of the leaflet, a spread is dedicated to listing the major events happening in and around Hebden Bridge in 2014 accompanied by photographs from previous year’s events and festivals. Le Bridge is a feature page promoting the Tour de France and its arrival in the town on the 6th July. A single page covers eating, drinking and shopping in Hebden while the back page provides information on travel and accommodation.

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Regarding the design of the leaflet, The Partnership were very keen to use the ‘official’ Hebden Bridge font on the cover to keep it consistent with other local-interest literature produced around the town. What really brings this leaflet to life is the photography used throughout. We were very fortunate that local photographers provided these images for free and all deserve a special mention – without them this leaflet would not have possible.

Front cover photography by Aidan Zealley
Main photography by Rory Prior
Additional photographs provided by BluPlanetPhotography , Nick Sheilds, David Taylor and Jonathan Robertson
Map produced by cartographer Simon Platt
Leaflet printed by Lambert Printers

Oct
31

Alice in Wonderland

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Recently completed the design and illustration work on a range of marketing material for Role With It Productions’ upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland. The promotional pieces include: tickets, program, flyers, posters, vinyl banners and social media graphics. Keep your eyes open for the vinyl banners in Hebden Bridge, Mytholmroyd and Todmorden.

The main focus of the artwork is on the Birchcliffe Centre – a magnificent old building that overlooks Hebden Bridge and is the actual venue for the production. We decided to make the Birchcliffe Centre the “Wonderland” in the hope that when the children (and adults of course) approach the building, it will feel like they are actually following Alice into Wonderland itself. Role With It Productions plan to decorate the outside of the Birchcliffe Centre and extend the Wonderland experience beyond the theatre space inside. This production of Alice is set in an industrial Hebden during the Victorian period and will have a very ‘steampunk’ feel.

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Here is Dig Yorkshire’s blurb:

Role With It Productions present a sparkling new twist on the Lewis Carroll classic Alice In Wonderland, adapted for the stage by Hebden Bridge writer Sian Murray. This magical family delight will be produced by the professional creative team behind ‘Nutcracker’ last year and will feature a junior cast from the Helen Wilman School of Dance. Follow Alice up the hill to the beautiful fairy lit Birchcliffe Centre and join us for the perfect treat this festive season.

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Role With It’s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland will be showing in Hebden Bridge at the Birchcliffe Centre from the 14th – 28th December. Tickets are available from Innovation Gift Shop and online at Skiddle.com. £8 for adults and £6 for children.

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Sep
27

Made in Halifax

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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 BAFTA winning screenwriter, Sally Wainwright.

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

Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce that BAFTA winning screenwriter, Sally Wainwright will be joining us for a discussion about Calderdale, our creative heritage and the inspiration behind some of her best known works such as ‘Last Tango in Halifax’, ‘Unforgiven’ and ‘At Home with the Braithwaites’.

Sally’s connection to the Borough goes back to childhood and she will be joined by Last Tango producer, Karen Willis, to explain what inspires them about writing and working here in the heart of Calderdale. As this invite goes to press, the second series of Last Tango In Halifax is being filmed here in Calderdale, with further filming due to start in October on yet another Sally Wainwright-penned production featuring our iconic towns and valleys. The Creative Calderdale event will be an excellent opportunity for those working in the screen industries to get involved in what is likely to be yet another award winning drama from Sally Wainwright and production company, Red.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 24th October 2013. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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Jul
12

Built From Nothing

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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 Will Alsop OBE, award-winning architect.

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

Award-winning architect, Will Alsop will join Creative Calderdale to talk about his career, his inspiration and his creative vision for satellite towns like Halifax.

Throughout his career, Will has specialised in large-scale master plans and regeneration projects for boroughs and districts in Rotterdam, Berlin, Manchester, Middlesbrough, and Barnsley – for which he won the 2003 Architects’ Journal Award for Architecture. Yet, it is iconic and irreverent designs such as the Glenwood Power Plant in Yonkers, New York and the Sharp Centre for Design for the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto that have established him as a visionary in the field of architecture.

Alongside his architecture practice, Alsop’s paintings and sketches have been exhibited in dedicated exhibitions at Sir John Soane’s Museum, Milton Keynes GalleryCube Gallery in Manchester, and the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, among other venues.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 15th August 2013. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Crank at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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Jun
19

Memorable Years

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Personal project I have been meaning to do for years… pardon the pun.

I think it’s pretty obvious what the two years signify don’t you think?

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Jun
19

Taking it to the Max

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In June 2012, I was asked by UAP Limited to take their existing Max6mum Security branding and look at developing a range of box designs for their products. Due to large volume of products in the range, I focused on producing a very simple yet versatile design that could be easily applied to any size or shape of box. The predominately black design with bright yellow slash is not only bold and eye-catching, it also empowers the Max6mum Security brand and has given UAP a strong platform to build upon with future products added to the range.

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Rolling on to September, I received one of those client emails that only comes along once in a while. UAP asked if I was up for designing a superhero type character to use alongside the Max6mum Security product range.

Design a superhero character? Pretty much the ideal brief.

The first stage of the design process was presenting the various ways the superhero character could appear. Would he or she be a cartoon character, a comic book character or 3D rendered character. Initial designs and styles were presented to UAP and a Pixar/Mr Incredible 3D rendered type character was chosen.

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Superhero development work

The next stage was to design and present character options and nail down the final appearance – body type, face, hair and outfit. After some careful tweaking and final adjustments, exactly two months after UAP had enquired about a character being developed, we had a design UAP were happy with and ‘Max’ was born…

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Max – Max6mum Security brand ambassador

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In UAP’s initial email enquiry, they made a reference to the character being used at “trade shows, on packaging, trade and consumer magazine advertising and possibly radio and TV”. Therefore, as part of my final character presentation to UAP, I threw together a few example mockups of how an image of Max could be used on a point of sale mechanism, as a sticker and in magazine advert – basing these designs on design work I had produced for the Max6mum Security packaging. These mockups were really just an exploration of how Max could be potentially used but as the project progressed, these initial mockups became the design foundations for all the Max work that has been produced since. Testament to the visual strength of the Max6mum Security packaging and the core brand elements.

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4 page product brochure

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Trade magazine ‘split’ advert

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Max and one of his A2 posters

Only last month, Max made his first proper appearance here in the UK at the FIT Show at Telford International Centre. Between November 2012 and April 2103, I have been busy designing all the UAP Limited exhibition stands for the FIT Show as well as all the marketing material for the new Max6mum Security launch featuring Max. This has included: brochures, magazine adverts, posters, leaflets, popup stands, point of sale, stickers and masks.

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In-store door hangers, notepads, stickers and cut-out masks

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Counter-top leaflet dispenser and leaflets

Apr
18

Sneaky Illustrations

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There has been a personal project I have been dying to get started on for a while now – creating stylised vector illustrations of all the sneakers the wife and I own (we have quite an impressive and colourful collection).

I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with these illustrations when they are finished. Create a large montage of the entire collection? Create individual montages defined by type, colour, brand or sub-brand? Will these images be printed out and possibly framed or will they remain digital? Style wise, will the illustrations be very accurate almost technical drawings or have a cartoonish look?

Too many questions. Who knows? All I know is it’s been on my ‘do-to’ list for quite a while and I decided to get started this week.

The first task was to photograph all the shoes in my collection so I have a reference image to work over in Adobe Illustrator.

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To make my job easier when it comes to illustrating each individual shoe, I needed all the shoes photographed from the same angle and lit consistently. Ideally that meant photographing them all in on go.

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What was interesting and something I hadn’t given any thought to beforehand was after viewing the images on the camera, I had the making of a pretty funky little slideshow.

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Now the real fun begins… illustrating each individual shoe!