Wednesday, 29 December 2010

A new years resolution

Its been a while since I last posted, 8 months almost! My mind has been elsewhere with work and as a result I have fallen out of the routine of keeping this blog updated. I graduated in June with a 2:1 and have been working since then as a digital artworker at Amaze in Manchester.

Although I cannot post any specific work that I have been working on, I can say that I have had the opportunity to develop my flash animation, action scripting and web design skills as well as branding, pitch work, image making, type setting and page layout for both print and web.

In my personal time I have also been chasing up some skillsets that I had hoped to cover whilst at University but failed to find the time to, including processing, Cinema4D modelling and animation and developing my knowledge of HTML/XHTML/CSS.

My aims for 2011 are to continue developing these skills but also try some new ones, such as mobile/tablet apps, and to get to grips with HTML 5 and CSS 3.

Below are some examples of the things I have been playing around with - there is no brief or target audience so the images appear quite abstract, i'm just trying tutorials out and tinkering with software for fun and continued learning.

Thursday, 15 April 2010


Late last night I took my hand to a little bit of amateur star spotting, I had my star maps, pencil, notepad, red filtered torch and most important, mug of hot tea. I observed several constellations including Ursa Major, Boötes, Leo, Leo Minor, Canes Venaciti, Coma Berenices, Cancer and Hydra.

In the hour that I spent out in the garden I happened to see a surprising amount of activity in the sky, I spotted what appeared to be either aircraft or satellites passing over on three different occassions and a small but bright flash that lasted less than a second in the region between Leo and Leo Minor.

I took a couple of few second exposure photos on my basic Olympus DSLR, documenting points of personal interest. Unfortunately the low light levels require long exposure to actually capture the light which is then smeared by the Earths rotation, I'm fairly satisfied with the results though.

Top image: Brightest star is Arcturus (part of the Boötes constellation)
Bottom: Part of the Ursa Major constellation known as the Big Dipper in the United States or the Plough in Britain.

Pen-Y-Ghent walk

On 22nd May I will be attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk in the Yorkshire dales with my dad, brother and friends.

It will be a 42 km (26.1 mi) walk with 1.600 m (5,249 ft) of ascent and descent which we expect to take ten hours.

We are currently raising sponsorship money for a friend of my dads, who has been diagnosed with cancer, he will be personally tackling the first peak himself and then meeting us at key points throughout.

To prepare I have been doing several climbs onto the Saddleworth moors, cycling, jogging and most recently a practice climb at Pen-Y-Ghent - the first part of the challenge we are planning to undertake. Here are some images taken by my brother Nathan on the day.

If you would like to sponsor us please email me at to arrange a donation, thanks.

Friday, 2 April 2010

Popular Science magazine released on ipad

Popular science magazine is the first available for US users to download on the ipad, all the same it's a pity the editorial design and interface considerations aren't as strong as Wired.

Mag+ live with Popular Science+ from Bonnier on Vimeo.

Friday, 26 March 2010

Wow, this is why I want to get into editorial design!

This is the most exciting thing I've seen in a long time. Last autumn I completed a dissertation titled 'Wired? The printed magazine in a digital age', where I explored the relationship between printed and digital publications and how they would develop in the future.

This project pretty much sums up all of my research, I'm absolutely ecstatic.

I'd like to add that as a graphic designer it is great to see how the magazine aesthetic can be retained digitally with the benefits of audio/video and interactivity. No doubt this will be a deciding factor in the migration of readers from print to digital. I'm just curious as to what the print market will be like if this really takes off.