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Dance, design and a living doll – Part II

Categories: Extra-curricular, Nice stuff, Our work

So, this is my contribution to Pointe Blank; the Birmingham Royal Ballet collaborative project I mentioned t'other week. (Dance, design and a living doll – Part I)

Rather than write a load of waffly prose about the thinking behind the design, which'd not only take me ages to compose but you ages to read too, here instead are my waffly notes and a picture of the individual design elements:

  • It's a comic story so needs to look light-hearted.
  • Layers! There are many layers to the story. Show this.
  • Give it a hand-made quality but produce it by mechanical means.
  • Background pattern = based on an embroidered costume from the ballet.
  • Hearts! There's lots about love and broken hearts, so that needs to come through.
  • It's set in an Eastern European village so the buildings should show that.
  • 'Crest' to include ears of corn - used by Swanilda to test Franz's faithfulness.
  • No suitable font for the title, so hand-drawn lettering used.
  • Wanted to do a bit of copywriting: "Magic, misdirection … and a girl with enamel eyes".
  • Bunting was the last element to be added; frames everything else and hints at the festivities at the show's climax.
  • Colours palette = sympathetic to the production design (both costumes and set).
  • Include a level of mystery, wonder and magical-ness so people associate it with fairytale-type stories.

This was a great fun project to take part in and I have my fingers crossed there'll be more where this came from.

You can have a look at the other 26 submissions on the Pointe Blank website; there're some absolute stunners: www.pointeblank.co.uk

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UPDATE: Oops. I neglected to add photos from the launch event which was held on Monday at one of BRB's studios over at Birmingham Hippodrome. Here y'are …

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.)

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.