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Jan
15

Arty Party : Film Screening

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

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Creative Calderdale is delighted to announce a screening of the unique and provocative Art Party. The film is the latest in a series of cutting-edge collaborations between artist Bob and Roberta Smith, and filmmaker Tim Newton.

Building upon Bob and Roberta Smith’s famous 2011 work Letter to Michael Gove, the film contains an unusual blend of performance, interviews and imagined scenes. Part documentary, part punk-road movie and part political fantasy, Art Party charts a surreal journey to the 2013 Art Party Conference, where Bob and Roberta Smith and other speakers championed the importance of art, its place in the education system, and in society in general.

The screening, made possible courtesy of HOME Artist Film, will also be followed by a panel discussion led by regional arts and education professionals.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 4th Feb 2016. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Peevers at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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Hand-drawn typeface used for the invite title.

Dec
09

New Website

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It’s only taken a couple of years… and it’s still not finished. But here it is, in it’s current state, my new Kreative Bomb website.

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Over the next day or so I’ll be working my way through it, checking all the links work. It’s like proofreading a brochure – you don’t spot the mistakes until its printed!

As a ‘print designer’ who usually runs a mile from digital based projects, I’ve built this website using Adobe Muse – Adobe’s web package for the InDesigner. It doesn’t support conventional responsive* sites (at the moment) – so a mobile/tablet version of the site will be going live early 2016. Saying that, I have just clicked on Adobe’s website and there is a big splash screen on the Muse page about “Response coming soon”. So I might just hang fire on those mobile versions for the time being…

So what are my main objectives with this new site and why have I designed it the way I have?  First and foremost I wanted there to be no confusion about what it is that I do. Straight off the bat, big images, big text, big colours! My work is bold and distinctive and I wanted the site to convey that. Ultimately my work is what defines me to potential new clients so I wanted my work to be centre stage. It’s a very visual site – text at a minimum. Some older pieces will be replaced with newer projects as the site evolves. But at the moment, I’m 100% comfortable that the work on the site demonstrates the types of clients I have worked for and the solutions I have provided.

When I was originally planning the page layouts, I was very reluctant to research what other individuals/agencies were doing with their websites. In this industry, its very easy to follow the latest fads and do what’s fashionable – ultimately looking like everyone else. This is my website and if I want to move forward and attract new customers, I needed to be completely happy with the website behind me. I’m not the type of designer who is going to say “well it’s what everyone else is doing”. Time will tell if it is success or not.

At present, work links to ‘case studies’ on Behance. I will eventually redo my Behance projects on the site and bring everything on to one site. It was just too big a job to redo all those pages for my self-imposed launch date of the end of 2015.

The website is a work in progress and will evolve over time. New work will be added, sections will be expanded with some possible new sections introduced (photography, typography, personal projects for example).

I’m looking forward to any feedback – positive or negative.

 

*buzz word amongst web developers… apparently

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May
05

Made You Look : Film Screening

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Recently completed the design work on the latest Creative Calderdale invite and poster.

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Creative Calderdale is delighted to welcome London-based film-maker collective Look and Yes to Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre for a screening of graphic art documentary, Made You Look.

The film is a documentary about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners it explores the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the film’s director, producer and contributors.

The evening will also feature the launch of ‘Tra-digital’, an exhibition of art from local artists working across traditional and digital media and hosted in collaboration with ARTbound Community.

The Creative Calderdale event is being held at the Elsie Whiteley Innovation Centre, Halifax on Thursday 11th June 2015. The events starts at 6pm. Contact Hannah Peevers at Creative Calderdale for more information.

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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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Dec
08

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.

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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.

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Photo taken by Lynn Murphy

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

May
02

Le Bridge

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On July 5th, Le Tour de France makes it’s ‘Grand Départ’ here in Yorkshire. More importantly, on Sunday 6th July, the second stage of the event running from York to Sheffield makes it way through the Calder Valley, in particular Hebden Bridge.

I’d like to estimate how many spectators will be lining the streets or watching it on tv but I can’t – all I know is that it will be a lot. I’ve heard from multiple sources that Le Tour de France is the largest free sporting spectator event in the world. Throw in the fact that the last two winners of the yellow jersey are Brits and its easy to see why local communities are getting excited about the commercial prospect of Le Tour rolling through their village.

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Welcome to Hebden Bridge tourist guide

A couple of colleagues and myself here at the Hebden Bridge Town Hall decided to take on the responsibility of creating a TdF ‘brand’ for Hebden Bridge. The initial concept was to create a series of stickers, banners and posters that local businesses could display on their premises with the intention of making customers/visitors not only aware that TdF was coming to Hebden Bridge, but that Hebden is excited about TdF and is going to fully embrace the race when it arrives. We want people in and around Hebden to feel enthusiastic about the TdF and come to back Hebden Bridge to watch the race.

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Business Survival Guide

There are very strict rules about who and how you can use the official TdF branding so we felt Hebden deserved its own identity. Already, lots of local organisations and businesses have started putting on events and promotions coinciding with TdF and we wanted a unifying brand for Hebden that could tie all these events together and eradicate any fragmentation.

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Selection of downloadable website buttons

Our proposal was to give window stickers, posters, banners, coasters and flags away to local businesses for free (people are more likely to engage with a cause if they don’t have to pay). Unfortunately, after a lot of hard work by my colleagues here at the Town Hall and myself, we were unable to raise sufficient funding to roll everything out in time for the all important bank holiday weekends of April and May – the perfect opportunity to make visitors to Hebden aware of the TdF. Therefore, apart from an appearance in the recently released ‘Welcome to Hebden Bridge’ tourist guide, Le Bridge is a digital only campaign. A website has been set up where local organisations and individuals can download digital collateral for their own use as well as printable PDFs of the poster templates.

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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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