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.
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.
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).
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.