Selected work from 2014–16

Once again I’ve let my portfolio slide – no excuses, it just always gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list – so here’s a selection of my favourite projects spanning 2014–16.

Silky hand lettering

The Folio Society are a London-based publisher of fine illustrated books. They asked me (I had previously worked as a designer in their marketing department for nearly 10 years) to produce some Roman lettering for one of their book covers, based on a rough design showing the layout and composition. I produced a few sketched variations before producing the final lettering in Adobe Illustrator.

The finished book was bound in silk and the lettering blocked in gold. See A History of God on The Folio Society’s website.

Book cover hand lettering
Book cover hand lettering

Kikoy card designs

Based on some work I’d done for Kenyan-based Mi-Card, DTB Bank (Kenya) tasked me with producing a range of new debit/credit card designs. I was given a free reign, so explored designs using Kenyan animals, landmarks, patterns and elements of the logo, but nothing seemed to quite hit the mark. The client then suggested I look at some traditional Kenyan kikoy patterns.

Another round of exploration followed which focused on pulling kikoy patterns and DTB’s branding together into a unified design. This time a solution was reached that everyone liked, and after a few more tweaks the design was approved.

Once the red design was completed, gold and titanium versions were produced along with Visa and Mastercard variants.

The result is a simple, yet striking set of designs that clearly reflects the bank’s branding in a uniquely Kenyan way. The back of the card was also designed with the same attention to detail as the front: a set of custom icons to highlight the card’s versatility; the magnetic strip was printed in the DTB brand red instead of the usual black; and the card itself was manufactured from red plastic allowing the colour to show along the edges.

DTB Bank card design
DTB Bank card design
Variant card designs in red, gold and titanium
Variant card designs in red, gold and titanium

Hand lettering, country style

A regular client in America gave me a brief to design some bold lettering with a “Country Music” feel (plus a few matching ornaments) as part of a larger project for their client.

I didn’t know who their client was until recently when I did an image search and found out that the company is DBD, a Texas-based distillery. The lettering has been put to good use on the packaging of their music inspired brands of bourbon (see the Instagram photo below).

Live Life Out Loud hand lettering
Live Life Out Loud hand lettering

 

Sixth Street Bourbon

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This is only a very small selection of my work from the past two years. I was also involved with a lot of web projects including this ecommerce site for The Heater Shop, where I was responsible for the UI/UX and the design.

Hopefully I won’t leave it another two years before updating again.

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