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Showtime!

Categories: Events, Nice stuff

It's coming up to degree show time of year, which means we're being sent lots of lovely invitations from design schools all over the place.

They've all had care and thought put into them, but honourable mention must go to Nottingham Trent University's BA (Hons) Graphic Design combined degree show/D&AD New Blood exhibition invitation.

It has a great concept which encourages people to not only keep the invite but use it to leave feedback on the work; the design is first class and the finish just right. An exceptional piece – perhaps a jaunt to Nottingham's in order.

Dance, design and a living doll – Part I

Categories: Extra-curricular, Nice stuff

I've been invited to take part in a project called Pointe Blank.

I won't waffle on about it because it's undoubtedly explained much better than I'd ever manage over there on the Pointe Blank website; but the essence is to bring designers/illustrators together to each create a piece which conveys some of the story, themes and/or atmosphere of Birmingham Royal Ballet's production, Coppélia.

The above's a work-in-progress detail of my submission. I think I'm happy with it. So far …

The complete design – and everyone else's pieces – will be viewable at a launch event at Birmingham Hippodrome (home of BRB) on 13th June, as well as on the Pointe Blank website. (I'll pop my design here on the blog too.)

Super badass hovercraft design

Categories: Silly, Useful/interesting


Illustration: Airfix model by Roy Cross

The Supercool website is number one on Google! Ummm, number one for the search term "super badass hovercraft design". (Thanks to Analytics for informing us that someone found our site via this particularly peculiar phrase.)

It goes to show that with search engines, you never can tell …

It also compels me to wonder (yet again) at the fact that someone out there thinks a search engine associates words with their meanings, and can even make judgments about what is and isn't 'badass'. Let alone 'super badass'.

My thoughts regarding search engine optimisation are that if you write clear, relevant content – and write it often – it gives you the best chance of people finding your website and finding it useful. Trying to shoe-horn too many keywords into content, unless done with skill and panache, makes for very strange reading, looks a bit daft and potentially returns irrelevant search results.

Speaking of which …

By writing this post chock full of the keywords in the title, I'm helping to perpetuate the search engine myth that this website may be useful for someone on the look-out for "super badass hovercraft design" and this makes me feel bad.

So – I'm sorry if you've reached this brief brain-dump on SEO weirdness whilst looking to find out more about the most spectacular and flamboyant of air-cushioned vehicles.

If this is the case, I'd like to make it up to you: wonder no more by having a read of this Wired article. Now that really is super badass hovercraft design.

My name is …

Categories: Nice stuff, Our work

I'm a bit of a rubbish networker as I rarely think to give people my business card.

But no more! I've found a simple remedy for this affliction – have beautiful new business cards that you really want folk to see.

I don't want to get all American Psycho about it but … they're 700gsm duplex Colorplan with simple white foil-blocking to both sides. Wa-ho; very nice. (As a high-flying American suit in the 1980s might say.)

So next time you see me; expect a card.