Hey folks, we’ve added a couple of new posters to our Etsy shop of late. First we added a reversed version of the ‘chief tea maker’ poster, then we added a poster containing one of Linzi’s favourite quotes. We plan to keep the designs coming with more frequency now so do keep a check on the Etsy shop and see what’s new!
We have also been working on the leaflet design for Superbyte 2013 – more on that very soon!
Do you have someone in your office that makes the best brew? C’mon, we know you have, there’s always on person who manages to get it ‘just right’! Why not show your appreciation of their excellent tea making abilities by buying them this poster to display proudly by their desk?! Available in our Etsy shop now, there will be more posters coming soon!
Every now and then designers get an opportunity to do some self initiated work. I had just that a few weeks ago, and I decided I would produce a series of posters using my own photography. I wanted to create something that had a vintage vibe with a ‘used film’ effect to compliment the photography. When putting the pieces together I found that the first poster I did had quite a playful theme to it in the images I had picked – a toy robot, a helter skelter, a little character putting his tongue out flying an aeroplane. A quote came to mind: “It’s Just a Ride”. I added this quote to the poster, made a few final tweaks, and went about creating the next one, only this time, specifically picking photos I knew would fit around another quote that I liked: “The Journey Of A Thousand Miles Begins With Just One Step”. I’m really happy with the first two posters in this series and I will no doubt be making more:
Both are available to purchase as A3 prints in our Etsy shop, do keep a look out for more coming soon!
I’ll be back soon with a blog post about some of my favourite graphic design pieces, until then, take care!
…if you think you’re BARD enough.
No, we’re not inviting you to come have fistycuffs with us and hammering out a b instead of an h on the keyboard in the process, thankfully, as we’re rubbish at fighting. What we’re actually on about is an upcoming play at the Royal Court Theatre, Liverpool. As part of the Liverpool Shakespeare Festival, in association with Lodestar and Liverpool City Council ‘Hamlet – Come and Have a Go If You Think You’re Bard Enough’ is a very exciting sounding version of the famous play whereby many different theatre companies and actors at all different stages in their careers come to together for the performance – with not one rehearsal beforehand. Madness you might say! But by all accounts when a similar thing was done in 2011 it made for fabulous, often amusing, highly entertaining watching, and we’ve had the pleasure of designing their poster and show programme.
One of the folks involved in organising the performance found this image of “Sgt Shakespeare” and thought it would be the perfect image to use on the poster. So, they got in touch with Robert Carter, the artists who created this wonderful painting and asked for permission to use it. Robert gave permission, so it was then up to us to create the poster for the show, the outcome of which is shown above. We wanted to make sure the information was clearly visible, so it couldn’t just be text straight onto the painting as there would be to much going on. That said, we didn’t want to put big blocks of white space and obscure too much of the painting as it really needed to be the central focus and we didn’t want to cut any of it off. The solution we came to meant that we used the space at the top for the title and then all additional info would be placed in complimentary colour boxes not much bigger than the text itself. We think it works really well and has great impact.
If you would like to see more of Robert’s amazing work then check out his website: www.crackedhat.com
We are currently still working on the show programme but will be sure to show you once it is finished! Do come along if you’re in Liverpool, we’ll certainly be there!
EDIT: UNFORTUNATELY THIS SHOW HAS NOW BE CANCELLED. We’re hoping this isn’t the last we’ll hear from CAHAG events though, it sounded like it was going to be really good 😥
We would just like to tell you about a recent project we have been working on (apart from the neverending re-design of our website that is!) that has recently been completed. The brief was to design new branding, a flyer and menu for the re-opening of The Queens Head pub in Eye, Stradbroke, Suffolk. The new landlady had a colour scheme in mind for the interior decor of the pub and so the flyer and menu needed to reflect this. They were after a vintage feel for the new branding, and a friendly, family pub appearance that would appeal to both the locals and visitors to the village.
We decided on using this established looking serif font for the pub logo which will be used on signage, the website, literature, menus etc. It shows that the pub is a traditional pub, but we also think it’s a vast improvement on the font currently used on the sign for the pub.
The flyer was to promote the opening weekend, tell people a little bit about what would be on offer, welcome back the locals and tempt people to come try out the great food – something the pub has not done for a long time!
The menu was of course then completed in the same styling, we think the food all sounds great and will be travelling down to try it out for ourselves!
By all accounts we have heard that the pub had a GREAT opening night enjoyed by all, and we wish Jacqui and Dan the best of luck in their new endeavor. If any of our readers are in the area, do pop in and say hi!