I am a multimedia creative with over two decades of experience in Logo design, Graphic design, Branding, Website Design & Development, online marketing, IllustratioN, Music and Photography
When "new media" was a buzz word and businesses first started getting online, I wanted to know how logo and website design fitted into the bigger picture. In order to learn more I gleaned as much experience as I could working with brand specialists at design agencies. I have since worked as Creative Director for an array of diverse start-ups and SMEs, guiding them through an effective and consistent branding process. As a result I have designed logos, stationery, leaflets, print adverts, fleet livery, interactive presentations, online video guides, websites and ecommerce stores. The following is just a sample of my work.
I had a truly inept art teacher at school; he didn't teach me a thing, not even the curriculum. On the up side I was free to use the "art computers" whenever I wanted to.
I taught myself to illustrate and animate on Deluxe Paint 4 on a 1MB Amiga. It was illustration pixel by pixel, but a process that later helped me master Macromedia Flash, Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.
Artworking, or 'Photoshopping', is a skill that is often required during creative projects. Typical processes include tidying and touching up images, removing items from a photo, or creating a completely new scene. I wanted an impressive opening backdrop for this site, so I created one myself using my own photos and a few illustrated stars. Click on a photo below to enlarge it.
During design projects there is often a need for a graphic, a realistic effect, or real life item to complete a concept. I illustrated everything on here using Flash or Photoshop; Post-it Notes, Polaroid photos, torn note paper, pin board pins, the gift card, Christmas baubles and an old portable TV.
Buttons & Icons
Websites and interactive projects require buttons, icons and navigational aids. These can be purchased from stock websites, but i create them myself if I can't find the right style. These are some of the buttons and icons I have illustrated for various projects.
As a digital creative I've had to come up with some distinctive and eye-catching portfolios to promote my work. I illustrated and animated each of the following websites in the once great software that was Flash (and despite Prince Vultan's insistence, Flash is now very much dead).
Space | 1999 - Out of darkness a spaceship powered up, activated sensors, lowered shields and revealed that it was orbiting the Earth. It allowed the user to listen to my music in a rather novel setting (whisper mode, sensors and charts were all interactive).
Metal | 2005 - I animated this portfolio so a myriad of metal components unfolded and built themselves into the screen, navigational menu and sound system. Users could browse designs, photos and listen to music. Pressing "Reboot" made the entire screen explode into shards before it rebuilt itself afresh.
Water | 2008 - My last animated portfolio formed from bubbles underwater, with icons bobbing in the sunlit underwater current. Bubbles were released when the cursor rested on an icon, and lettering popped into nothingness when the cursor was removed. designs, photos, illustrations and music could be enjoyed.
I started taking photos on a second hand Canon SLR back in school. Working with an old camera, then transitioning through a range of digital cameras as technology evolved, and finally working with professional stock photographs as a website designer helped me develop an eye for capturing an image. Light, colour, contrast, texture and landscapes are preferred topics. View more photos on my photography website.
I like to elevate my photographs and create surreal eye-catching views. Only a little Photoshop editing was undertaken to create the following reality-distorting and otherworldly scenes. Where possible I only combine photographs taken in close geographic proximity for a more consistent look.