6 posts categorized "Typography"


In 2016 ...


l wish to start this year's Looking Glass postings by sharing a photograph of my 'Seaglass space'. This is where my visual communication work is created, where a calendar can be turned in typographic style, where a 3D-cardboard globe can be spun while pondering creative ideas, where l rotate creative expression that inspires...

l wonder with much anticipation, as to which visual direction client projects will take me in 2016...all very exciting!

Wishing you a creative & inspirational 2016!


A typographic celebration of a band, that speaks to me...

Pearl Jam typography piece_setlist_20.6 copy

Pearl Jam live in concert, Milan, 20th June 2014. A date that will remain steadfast in memory. A band that l've followed since the release of their debut album 'Ten' (1992). A repertoire steeped in emotive music, richly indepth lyrics sung with a beautifully haunting voice...

A captivating combination of artistic elements - inspiring me to create a typographic set-list.

Perhaps you'll discover a Pearl Jam song, that speaks to you...


Looking sideways with glass full of wit


Stepping away from an extensive career in the advertising industry, British-based Andy Poplar now channels his creative talent for word play into the form of witty glass etchings.

As Andy, aptly describes; "The actual name for his brand [vinegar & brown paper] derives from an English nursery rhyme called Jack & Jill in which the character 'Jack' falls down and injures his head.He then goes to bed '...to mend his head with vinegar & brown paper' ".

The playful use of words is intricately etched by hand onto the carefully chosen pieces of glassware - an idiom graces a milk bottle, a nod to Alice in Wonderland is beautifully recognised, and a vintage periodic flask is cleverly transformed into a unique Gin & Tonic vessel.

Andy's latest piece is titled [inwhichhappinesshangs] - A beautifully crafted juxaposition piece - traditional in style, and yet reflects a contemporary message with regards to work and life, which may resonate with most.

l was fortunate to ask Andy where he finds inspiration for his work..."For the work itself - I find inspiration in the myriad of tiny accidental connections that exist in the world - all you need to do is look sideways, with one eye half closed and it's amazing what you can see".

Going forward, Andy tells me, "the main focus for next year will be a book of photographs based around a museum filled with a collection of etched glass pieces". 

To which l suspect will be equally measured with just the right dose of creative juices and wit.


A quote beset with typographic jewels


I recently had the immense pleasure to work again with jallĂ© and design a set of materials for a client workshop. One element of the design brief was to create an A6 postcard depicting a quote from fashion & style icon, Coco Chanel.

In homage to the 'Little Black Dress', (highly associated with Chanel), it deemed only natural to start with a black canvas. The exploration of typographic language led me to select a serif typeface for the quote, to which l reversed out in white, giving a strong contrast to the solid background.

With a vision of traditional elegance taking shape, further dialogue took place, and the idea of adding a splash of colour was born.

My thoughts soon turned back to Chanel, as l pondered on another quote from the iconic 20th century fashion designer, "Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory".

Symbolised by orange quotation marks, l visualise the quote as being beset with a pair of jeweled earrings. l wonder if Coco Chanel would view this as wearing just the right amount of accessory?

l'd like to think so.


Typographic storytelling


In the design world where l reside, typography plays an integral role in my work as a graphic designer. In my mind, these particular two pieces created by Kate and Jimmy Moore of Blimpcat are simply captivating examples of typographic storytelling.

Taking a quote from the late fashion designer, Yves St Laurent, and shaping the words to form the iconic 'Little Black Dress', makes me smile. And the little finishing touch to carefully glide the dress onto the contrasting hanger is attention to detail that is surely noteworthy. l like the swirl shapes of the chosen typeface, perfectly forming a feminine shape, and the contrast in type size, which especially allows the central word "woman" to shine. Lovely!

l feel that the other selected piece called 'A Beautiful Place'  reflects the quote from Sufism teacher Hazrat Inayat Khan, in an organic fashion with rustic charm, its backdrop of natural material -stripping life back to its roots. l find it poetic how the word Beautiful for the first part of the quote, has been created using uppercase with strength , as opposed to the  hand-written lowercase for the latter part. Thus, creatively suggesting that "making a place beautiful" is perhaps more personal, enriched with life flowing through it. It certainly generates food for thought.

Two pieces that speak different languages, each telling a story, a story to make your own.


The Greatest Show on Earth

As a graphic designer who takes great pleasure in working with typography, l truly admire this entertaining, and dynamic vintage circus inspired piece by Daisy Lew. It reminds me how much fun it is to play with type. Just watch how the acrobatic 'H ' performs an elongated handstand. Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls, as the circus audience, l accordingly invite you to applaud the Greatest Show on Earth!