:: Network Ecologies ::

Network Ecologies logo

The inaugural Network Ecologies 2015 symposium, hosted in Scarborough UK, brought together a host of diverse speakers from across the world to address the role that artistic producers (authors, film makers, poets, photographers etc.) can play in raising awareness of environmental problems within contemporary culture.

The purpose of the 3-day symposium was to explore the relations between art, science and politics, in an attempt to identify innovative approaches and methodologies with the potential to transform how environmental discussion could be represented in the social imagination.

With this in mind, creating a logo and visual identity that would embody the ethos of the event was a challenge, but one that I was happy to be tasked with.

After sketching a selection of iconographic and overlapping ‘Venn diagram’ inspired ideas, I was struck by the recurrence of the letter ‘o’ within each word. Further experimentation with this formed the foundation of the final logo, built upon with geometric letterforms and stacked alignment to create a triangular formation.

Negative space within each ‘o’ reinforced the triangle even further, and custom rotated counters within each ‘e’ continue to mirror the angle. The perfectly circular bowl and loop of the ‘g’ are also intended to resemble the infinity symbol and connote the ongoing relationship between the three categories.

Lastly, the triangular tittle/dot of the ‘i’ selected for the strapline and supporting text continues to echo the triple theme. Three really was the magic number!

This will be an annual event, so my next task is to design a supporting website that will enable delegates to discover more about the key themes, programme calendar and keynote speakers, as well as to register interest and/or attendance.

:: Parys Mountain & Red River ::

This is the (long overdue) follow up to my previous post about one of three books that I designed and co-authored with environmental activist and photographer, Conohar Scott, and environmental scientist, Will Mayes, that is part of the work of our publishing collective Environmental Resistance Press.  All 25 copies of this, along with two other books, have now been distributed to various academic institutions and libraries throughout the UK and Europe to promote and provoke debate.

Mynydd Parys & Afon GochMynydd Parys & Afon Goch ‘Parys Mountain & Red River’ | 13” x 11” 50pp and perfect bound book printed on Revive 100 Silk

Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch

The large format of this book is designed to accommodate six spreads with throw-outs that, by their sheer scale (they are too big to fit on a double page spread), communicate the disparity between the recommended levels shown in the key on the left and measures of the elements, Iron, Copper, Zinc, Cadmium and Arsenic, discovered to be present in the water or sediment samples gathered on location at this Welsh mine, and shown with the photographs on the right.

Mynydd Parys & Afon Goch

At the back of the book, three pages are also presented with French fold in order to represent the unbroken flow of data compiled from analysis of the Afon Goch ‘Red River’ by the Environment Agency over the last decade.

Scott’s photographs capture the dramatic and surprising beauty created by the unnatural orange and red hues of the Mynydd Parys landscape – colours that are more closely associated with images of the Australian outback than north-west Wales – but also closely document where remediation is required in order to repair decades of damage caused to the environment by open-cast mining.

I’m particularly proud of what this book communicates, but also for the time, energy and attention to detail I have given to getting this book to press. I hope you find a copy one day (if enough people request it, more will be printed) and enjoy learning about this strange and unusual place.

:: Birthday invitations ::

40th birthday invitations

The brief for these invites was ‘art deco, balloons and sausage dogs’, which isn’t a combination request that I receive every day, but they are three of Louise’s (the birthday lady) favourite things – especially sausage dogs – or more importantly, her sausage dog, Alfie (aka Sir Alfred Moon).

Picasso’s famous drawing of his own much loved pet ‘Lump’ formed the beginning of the sausage dog part – with the addition of a top hat that only the smartest pooch about town can wear, of course. Balloons feature in a typically art deco inspired geometric pattern, as no kitsch-y string is welcome here.

I’m happy to say that Louise was delighted with these, as were those she invited, sorry, Sir Alfred Moon invited. It’s going to be quite a do, I reckon!

Birthday invitations

:: I should cocoa ::

hot choccy flakes from I should cocoa

I should cocoa in Belper is a wonderful place to visit for the most delicious and indulgent hot chocolate and other treats to eat and drink-in or to select artisan chocolates and other gifts to take-away. Run by husband and wife team, Sid and Lisa are as passionate about chocolate as they are about quality and customer service.

Back in September 2012, what began as a small brief to design customer loyalty cards, soon evolved into the requirements to design a whole suite of items for this small, but perfectly formed business. The asset list has now grown to include chocolate menu cards, table menus and simple solutions for two of their biggest sellers – hot chocolate flakes and 100-gram artisan bars in white, milk and dark chocolate. Each edible item is lovingly made and then packaged by Sid and Lisa, so I needed to ensure my packaging design solutions were elegant and sophisticated, but also cost-effective and relatively easy to fulfill.

It’s been a pleasure to evolve I should cocoa’s visual identity and I look forward to creating many more assets in future – oh, and of course, enjoying their chocolate.

I should cocoa menus, wrappers and loyalty cards

I should cocoa menus