Saturday, 17 September 2011

The Journey of Life


Just arrived this morning.

I'm really pleased with how it's turned out - particularly considering I photographed the pictures myself - I was a bit concerned how it would look in print.

Some random pages:

Not to say it's perfect. In fact, the whole project has been an example of how not to do it! But I've learned a lot, and I'm basically pleased with the result.

The layout was worked out by me, but the cover, all the fancy design and the typesetting was done by a designer called Paul Lewis. He's in America, and the author's in Malawi - what would we do without the internet!

Discussion questions at the back.

Not sure when it will be available yet (or price). Watch this space...

Thursday, 15 September 2011


The people who invented the A series of paper (A4, A3 etc) deserve a medal. Best thing since sliced bread.* I'm working on some illustrations at the minute, and we're not quite sure how big they'll be printed. But it doesn't matter. Because all the paper is the same proportion, we can do them 71% smaller and they'll still fit exactly. 

*Why is every good invention always compared to sliced bread? Yes, it's useful, but personally I think disposable toilet paper wins hands down.

British weather

On Tuesday it was so cold in the studio I had to go out and buy an extra jumper in a charity shop and gloves in the £ shop.

This afternoon I am sitting in a T-shirt with the window open.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Obesity is rising

Inspired by a comment my mum made about a radio report she'd heard.

Logo design

When designing a logo, it makes sense to design it in black & white first, and get it to work perfectly - then add colour (assuming you will need a b/w version, which you will if it is ever going to be photocopied.)

This means you will not finish designing a perfect colour logo and then discover it doesn't work in b/w.