two of four (the ringing in my ears)

So here is the second instalment of my four book works as promised. This was made in response to a project titled "three extraordinary books" (nothing extraordinary about the title) and we were given a number of words to base our books around. This book came closest to 'a book of multiples' which was only the means to an end as I had wanted to make this book for a little over 2 years now.

The title of this book is called 'The ringing in my ears', essentially it is my gig-ography from around 2004 to present containing tickets from a good percentage of every gig I have ever been to along with a few other mementos. 
This book is made solely out of materials sourced from those concerts I have attended and represents hundreds of pocket money pounds, days of waiting in line, meeting the band, litre of sweat and thrown pints, ten pairs of ruined trainers, three bruised ribs, many hoarse throats, my endless love for music and the ringing in my ears at the end of every night. 

The covers are made using set-lists from different bands woven together, the covers are held as one by a strip cut from one of my first gig t-shirts. Each page is a gig ticket or memento from a gig, torn setlist, signed stuff and maps, travel tickets etc. The pages are bound using two festival wristbands (Reading 09 and Underage 08). This book is one of my favourite pieces of work I have produced this year and hopefully one that I will keep forever. 

Laugh and you know you're a graphic designer

I Met The Walrus

For anyone with a Beatles obsession or a fascination with illustration and animation. In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fanatic named Jerry Levitan snuck into John Lennon's hotel room in Toronto and convinced him to do an interview. 38 years later, Levitan, director Josh Raskin and illustrators James Braithwaite and Alex Kurina collaborated to create an animated short film using the original interview recording as the soundtrack. This video blows me away on so many different levels every time I watch it and I now think is possibly one of my favourite videos on youtube.

Too many typefaces

Above is a picture I found whilst trawling through files from my old hard drive last night sent to me from a relative in Ireland a good couple of years ago. I didn't read it properly at first and thought that my family may have been involved in the whisky distillery business but it turn's out they only bottled and sold it via their grocery business in County Trim. Pretty Cool.

one of four

One of four books I have made over the past 3 months in response to a number of different project briefs. This was made as an offshoot to a typography project where we had to produce two typographic works based on two overheard phrases.

Based around the idea that everything is connected in the form of language and how this idea is typified by a book being both physically bound together and being a single entity created by the author for the specific purpose of being read as one work.

Drive well, sleep carefully

As part of a self reflective journal task set for the start of our Final.Major.Project we were told to use images to illustrate our feelings about a set number of words. This is my chosen image for photography. My cameraphone is without doubt the most useful thing I own as a creative person in helping me record thoughts, ideas and anything that inspires me. I just really like this image I guess.

It's all for a good cause



Here is some work I have been doing recently about using temporary tattoo's to promote organ donation. This whole idea came from a brief set by Leeds College of Art & Design to create 4 seperate works out of 4 awful word art images in an attempt by them to try and whittle down applicants for portfolio review - one of these was a heart. These two images are now the first pages of my portfolio.

I still have some of the tattoos left for anyone who wants one.

Here's the link in the poster if anyone is actually interested in becoming an organ donor:


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