‘Tapestry Of A Life’ is a book dedicated to the life and work of Fiona Hutchison, a tapestry artist from Edinburgh who has been weaving for over 30 years. Fiona has become a master of her craft, and is highly regarded as one of the leaders within the contemporary tapestry movement.
Using classic typography and rich photography the aim was to create a sensitive publication that portrays Fiona and her craft.
This publication was entered into International Society of Typographic Designers Student Assessment Scheme in 2017 and received a pass.
Photography : Adam Browne
Guardswell farm is the creation of Anna Lamotte, and is opening this Spring as a luxury countryside wedding venue along with Nordic style accommodation and offering rural living and cooking classes.
Anna was looking for a very clean, Scandinavian inspired logo design for Guardswell. Using the Danish concept of ‘Hygge’ I created this simple design, the hut represents the Nordic style tiny houses Anna is building around the farm with the camp fire outside as a hint towards Guardswell’s ethos of outdoor living.
The brief was to design all aspects of a new Gin Distillery. Gin Head Listening Station is based on the east coast of Scotland near North Berwick. A relatively unknown spot, the listening station played a vital role in the success of WWII.
The concept was that the derelict building of Gin Head would be re-imagined as the Gin Distillery, along with added ‘shelters’ that would act as accommodation for visitors wishing to get away from the chaos of everyday life and escape to this coastal retreat.
The brand was focussed around quality, sustainability, functionality and community, with a minimal aesthetic. The Gin itself would be crafted from whey spirit, a sustainable by product of milk. The label was laser cut onto the bottle and the crate packaging was handmade using recycled wood.
In addition to the bottle and packaging I created an Artist Book to represent the brand through a different medium. Using dramatic photographs of the site and simple text I wanted to carry on the clean minimalist look from the Gin to the book.
'Everything you do has to be better than it was yesterday.' Sir Kenneth Grange.
The brief was to imagine the hypothetical meeting of Sir Kenneth Grange a British product designer and Louis Braille the curator of the literacy code ‘Braille’ for the visually impaired.
Kenneth Grange is famous for his classic Desk lamp designs and ability to create something completely practical, considering the tactile quality of his materials without compromising on aesthetics.
Louis Braille strived for equality describing old literacy systems for the blind as methods that are attempting to talk to the fingers with the language of the eyes.
I decided to focus on their shared ideas of functionality and communication and create a piece of design with equality in mind, that was as much about aesthetic as it was about it's tactile quality and the users experience.
The lamp is designed to relive the symptoms of seasonal affective disorder, a condition that can go fairly untreated and unrecognised in blind and sighted people alike.
The name for the lamp Penumbra comes from the from the Latin paene “almost, nearly” and umbra “shadow. Which relates to the three distinct parts of a shadow, penumbra is the region in which only a portion of the light source is obscured by the occluding body, this refers back to how individuals with sight impairments all register different amounts of light.
The contrasting wooden textures, touch sensitive switch, opening mechanism and braille all add to the aim of creating a functional product that was also beautiful. I feel so often these products created as aid are often so ugly their function is overshadowed by their appearance or their unappealing tactile quality. So by combining function and design products can be made that will not only help people but bring joy as an object in themselves.
‘Access to communication in the widest sense is access to knowledge, and that is vitally important for us if we [the blind] are not to go on being despised or patronised by condescending sighted people. We do not need pity, nor do we need to be reminded we are vulnerable. We must be treated as equals – and communication is the way this can be brought about.’ Louie Braille
By creating products that can be used by anyone and understood by anyone I feel is a step in the right direction to achieving equality between all spectrums of ability.
What is needed is more design with equality in mind.
Mad Like Roar are an up and coming Theatre Ensemble from London. They were the recent winners of the New Diorama Theatre Emerging Graduate Companies Programme, in association with HIIVE.
They were looking for an identity and website design that would represent them as a company who specialise in madness, mess and mischief, while still retaining an element of elegance. The finished logo is considered chaos much like the work that MLR create.
Website design: www.madlikeroar.com
Cut Media was looking for a redesign of their website which was hard to update and complicated to navigate. We switched them over to square space and I created a clean simple design that allows them to show off their incredible film work and easily update it with the lastest content.
‘Via. Veritas. Vita.’Latin for ‘The way. The Truth. The Light’ is aphotography book I created using a mix of my own photography and my Great Grandfathers photographs of my Grandfather growing up and throughout his life.
The photographs layout take the reader though the life of my grandfather; his childhood, first love, fatherhood to the present. My aim was to create a connection between the reader and these personal photographs. By giving them an insight into the relationships my grandfather had with his family. The book acts as an emotional, tangible record of a life that may have no relation to the reader, but allows them to become an observer.
Three page broadsheet newspaper design for a high end design focused publication.
The name Nomad was chosen to reflect the nomadic nature of the design world. It never stays in the same place for very long, to work within design you must be able to adapt quickly and stay up to date with the latest advances and trends; that is what Nomad aims to offer.
This project involved identifying a collection of design classics and creating a poster that would promote an upcoming V&A exhibition about them.
I chose to use popular cult items now identified as ‘hipster’ and shed some light on their history for the contemporary user.