Archive for Poster Design
North of Watford have been in business since 1984 and they were looking for a fresh, new look going in to their 30th year. Primary requirements were a new logo, business stationery and website makeover. The one thing North of Watford were keen to retain from their previous identity was the colour palette – cyan and black.
There is a certain degree of symmetry to the word ‘NOW’ which helped influence the creation of the NoW logo mark and the North of Watford logotypes.
It is very rare that a company’s acronym is actually a word, and in North of Watford’s case, ‘NOW’ is such a dynamic and forceful word in it’s own right. It seemed only right that this should be explored, expanded on and introduced in to their identity.
Below is a fun piece created for the North of Watford 30th birthday party.
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.
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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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.
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.
This bank holiday weekend, Hebden Bridge Town Hall will be hosting it’s first official Beer & Cider Festival.
Here is the Town Hall’s mouthwatering blurb about the festival…
Tantalise the tastebuds with hand crafted beers and the finest artisan cider and perry.
We know the best beers come from our local breweries using Pennine water to create a draft layered with character and flavour. We’ve invited Little Valley Brewery, Bridestones and Slightly Foxed to serve their selection of unique beers for your enjoyment.
For cider lovers there is a tremendous variety of hand crafted farmhouse cider and perry selected by the Real Cider Company.
The festival is running Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May, doors open at noon.
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 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.
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.
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.