This summer, from 5th-9th June '23, Right Aligned Events will host their inaugural Online Design Festival. A week long event with 30 events and 50 speakers. I'm excited to be 1 of 50 speakers hosting a workshop in the 'Nice Work' series format where I'll be sharing my design process and all that goes in to creating a new brand.
It's an honour to have been asked to participate amongst so many talented creatives, and delighted to see I even got my name on the line-up poster (a dream I've had since my days of being a frontman of a pop punk band) Tickets are available on a 'pay what you can' donation and can be purchased here.
Right Aligned are empowering creative communities by sharing the story of people working in the creative industries. Their programme consists of talks, workshops and events, giving everyone the opportunity to be heard including juniors, freelancers and founders because they believe in developing equal opportunities that are accessible to all, irrelevant of age, ability and background.
I was delighted to be asked to share my story as part of the 'Building a Studio' series that Right Aligned host. I sat down with founder Chris Sanders for an hour long talk where we chatted about my career so far, the pros and cons of keeping it small and being proud to be a generalist.
You can catch the full length conversation on their youtube channel HERE
Fedrigoni 365 has always been an expression of love. It has been its own love letter to the power of creativity, of fine paper and of exquisite print. For the 2023 edition of Fedrigoni 365, each contributor was asked to use the concept of 'LOVE' as their core inspiration along with an assigned date, mine being Jan 28th.
Inspired by the concept “love is in the air” I explored a balloon-like type in the form of an inflated beating heart.
The numbers form a soft tissue style aesthetic seen in a real human heart. When in love our heart skips a beat and makes us feel like we are walking on air.
Using Open-Source software Blender, I created 3D type and inflated the numbers in the form of a love heart, with each '28' softly nestling and cuddling one another, multiple parts forming one united shape.
Each book was assembled at random, with varying coloured front and back cover boards glued onto each book block. The internal pages showcasing the red and pink hues of the paper range.
Special thanks to Susan Mitchell for the invite to take part (and for her wonderfully skillful wrapping of the book) and to TM Studio and Identity Print for producing a source of inspiration for new designers, showcasing the endless possibilities of finishing and book binding.
Another year and another feature in the prestigious Fedrigoni 365 calendar.
Each contributor was given a date to inspire their design. I was assigned the 16th of December.
My date conjured up memories of flicking through the pages of an Argos catalogue picking what items I hoped to get for Christmas. One of those eagerly anticipated presents was the first 16-bit games console, the Sega Mega Drive.
An icon of the games industry I created a technical style illustration of the console to represent my given number of 16, with Christmas representing December. With the silver metallic Pantone being my assigned colour for the print, the design is reflective of printed circuit boards typically found in consoles of that era.
The edition is divided into four volumes, each of which were produced by a different print partner. All of whom flexed their creative and technical muscles on the earthy tones of Materica.
Special thanks to Susan Mitchell for the invite to take part and to TM Studio and Diamond for producing a source of inspiration for new designers, showcasing the endless possibilities of finishing and book binding.
The fine folks (Graeme & Craig) of JamHot, kindly asked me to do a short talk at their most recent GAB event. Gab is a get together for creative folk – a series of informal talk events in Glasgow where you can get inspired, meet new folk and share ideas.
I'm a huge fan of the GAB talks and have attended pretty much all 28 of them, so it truly was an honour to be asked to be on the other side and give a talk this time round. I shared the stage with Susan Castillo (a set styling-photographer) Ross Baynham of INSTRMNT and Pamela Scobbie from creative agency John Doe.
It had been two years since the last event due to the pandemic restrictions and it felt great to be meeting up in person again with other creatives and spending an evening sharing stories, catching up and having a few beverages. Really enjoyed hearing the words of advice and journeys of the other speakers. Thanks again to JamHot for asking me to take part.
Interested in having me come speak at an event? be on a podcast? or just wanna hear my story? get in touch, I'd love to come share my ramblings.
Stckmn is delighted to have been invited to contribute a paddle to this year's BACKSP!N event.
BACKSP!N is a charitable art exhibition with The Drumchapel Table Tennis Clubshowcasing over 60 table tennis paddles designed by artists, designers and illustrators from across the UK — as well as one dedicated table design for the show by the brilliant Rachel Millar.
The paddles and table will be part of a 1-week silent auction, and available for general purchase for the remainder of the exhibition with all proceeds going to The DTTC.
The exhibition will be held at Wasps Studio, SouthBlock Glasgow from the launch night on Friday 26 November and will run till 13th December.
Special thanks to the organisers Pim-Pam for inviting me to be a part of such a great exhibition.
For the last 135 years, G.F. Smith have been making and curating the world’s finest and most distinctive papers. An independent British company, they work in partnership with brands, creatives, designers and specialists, providing the foundation for those that seek to create.
As part of their recent website redesign, they introduced new a 'Paper Possibilities' section which aims to celebrate and showcase creative projects across design and production.
I was honoured to be one of the creative contributors for my work on the corporate brochure for Morrison Scotch Whisky Distillers.