Close-up work-in-progress for a new series of nautical-themed prints commissioned by Outline Editions. HD

Close-up work-in-progress for a new series of nautical-themed prints commissioned by Outline Editions.

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A selection of posters from a recent campaign for TFL/M&C Saatchi.

Back in February I was commissioned by M&C Saatchi to work on a couple of posters for the London Underground. I’m not entirely sure as to whether they made the light of day- but on completion I was approached to work on a new campaign for TFL / Barclays Cycle Hire AKA : ‘Boris Bikes’. Expressing my concern regarding bikes being a bit like horses- ‘difficult to draw’, Head of Art and good friend Grant Parker was cruel / kind enough to commission me to begin working on a campaign where bicycles were to be obviously prominent, although thankfully horses weren’t. Cue the inevitable horse commission…

I ‘think’ at the end, there were 13 or 14 posters commissioned- some made it, some didn’t. It was certainly an unconventional way of working- I’ve worked on ad campaigns for over 16 years so I was more than accustomed to how manic things can be, but this was certainly a new experience for me. I know originally there were a few other illustrators working on the campaign concurrently- I’d be curious to hear their own particular experiences.

It would be unprofessional to gripe and moan- as illustrators we all accept that advertising is generally considered to be fairly lucrative. It’s the work that is seen by the largest audience- yet it’s also the work where compromise is most prevalent. Therefore, it was really refreshing to work with an art director- Matt Allen, who believes in giving the illustrator creative freedom from the first sketch. A special ‘big up’ should also go to Lottie- I’m not entirely sure what her full job description is as she always ‘spinning a lot of plates’, but it’s a hell of a job she does. 

A-N-Y-W-A-Y… i’m not going to blather on too much, but what I will say is it’s been an honour and a privilege to become a small part of Transport for London’s rich visual history- to be in any way vaguely associated with the like of Abram Games and Tom Eckersley is something I’m genuinely proud of.

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George Nelson for Herman Miller
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George Nelson for Herman Miller

http://blog.hermanmillerasia.com/

'Strong Bear' for the 100/100 Project / SB Studio

http://100100.org.uk

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http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/17/lessons-from-swiss-style-graphic-design/
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http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/17/lessons-from-swiss-style-graphic-design/

Editorial illustration for El Pais Semanal about smart watches (channelling Dick Tracy). HD

Editorial illustration for El Pais Semanal about smart watches (channelling Dick Tracy).

I’ve been drawing a lot of ducks recently, mainly commissioned by my 18 month-old son. HD

I’ve been drawing a lot of ducks recently, mainly commissioned by my 18 month-old son.

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Giovanni Pintori, advertising poster for the first programmable table calculator Programma 101, 1967. Ing. C. Olivetti & C.S.p.A., Ivrea, Italy. Via plakatkontor.de
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Giovanni Pintori, advertising poster for the first programmable table calculator Programma 101, 1967. Ing. C. Olivetti & C.S.p.A., Ivrea, Italy. Via plakatkontor.de

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