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The Long Ryders dot com

I‘ve spent a good portion of the past month over at Hathway Creative working on a new website to support the release of the career spanning four CD box set of the band The Long Ryders, which was released last month by Cherry Red Records.

Its been an enjoyable and pretty wide encompassing project and my work has included the creation and launch of a new website, product photography of the set, some work promoting the site and set on social media and also I’ve had a part in designing some videos. Its been good fun too and its always interesting working on a project in a new area. In working on this I think I’ve mostly learned more than I would have liked on the convoluted and somewhat messy issues of music licensing and YouTube and Facebook.

Take a look at the new website at thelongryders.com which will also tell you all you might need to know on the Final Wild Songs box set.

And check out one of the videos here…

The Long Ryders will be touring Europe and the USA later in the year.

Mengage – Illustrations and Website

It was great to be asked to work with a previous client on on the set up of a brand new project.

Mengage is a UK-based not-for-profit company working with males on health and social issues, providing resources, training, consultancy and practical research-based solutions from both national and international practice, backed by years of experience of practical work with men and boys.

Mengage website illustrationI contributed both the website, logo and some illustrations to the project. The illustrations were produced both to be used on the website itself and in a number of print publications.

I’ve wanted to have the opportunity of placing some illustrations within a website layout for some time, stock images are fine but they can sometimes feel, and be, a little generic and forgettable. I think where the illustrations appear within the new website they do help to give the project and a little more depth and a more unique visual identity. The logo was also produced as a metal badge, cut to shape to help with promotion and identity, it came out really well.

Anyway, click here to visit Mengage, If you are putting a project together, do consider illustration along side stock photography, I may well be biased but I think its an underused option.

Mengage Website Screenshot

All Mod Cons

Logo design is clearly sometimes an art in itself. I’ve seen the kind of work you get on those “$5’s for a logo with unlimited revisions” websites* and while its not always true you get what you pay for, sometimes it really is.

This is all just a long winded way to post the following.

A friend of mine was launching a new forum as, while Facebook may be great for keeping in touch its groups and pages don’t work very well or give you many options to manage and organise information – Anything a few days old is pretty much lost in the either.

The forum is named All Mod Cons and is aimed to be new a forum for enthusiasts of modified cars.

The logo needed to be multifunctional so it could both be used as an identity for the website and across social media as well as suitable for promotional items and stickers. As such there were two main designs…

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Papas Train CD Cover Artwork

From the number of spam comments I’ve just had to delete I’ve clearly been letting things slide here so here is a quick catch up…

heres a couple of CDs which arrived in the post last week which I was lucky enough to be asked to illustrate the cover artwork for.

The illustrations been lurking in the portfolio for a while now but the CDs has only just been released. Lovely people to work for and please do go check out their website.

Papas Train CD Artwork

Papas Train CD Artwork

The band is called Papas Train and you can now read and hear more (and buy the CD!) at papastrain.com

Roadside Illustration

a couple of years ago I helped a friend of a friend get a website up and running for his clothing printing business. He offered several times to print something up for me but I couldn’t decide what. Two or so years on and another reminder has lead to this…

Roadside street view illustration

Illustration for T-shirt

I’m quite happy with it, I’d probably like to do another draft and tidy up some of the parts I’m not completely happy with but then I always seem to want to do another draft to tidy up a couple of things. I’m looking forward to seeing it on a shirt.

Also last month produced a CD cover illustration but I’m not sure I can talk about that yet so I won’t…

November already? It’ll soon be Christmas…

No-one is more surprised than me to walk past the towns carpet shop and see the large poster in their window announcing boldly “6 CARPET FITTING WEEKS TILL XMAS”

But I’ve checked the calendar and they seem to be right so (Christmas commercialist tone switch warning) if you are stuck with that one gift for that one awkward person who seems to have everything how about a paperback copy of “Christmas Movies, Reviewed” from S C Lee. Its available in paperback from the UK and in the US and also as an ebook. The attentive ones amongst you may have recognised that name and may have guessed that yours truly did the cover for this, and you’d be right too.

Its not the kind of subject matter I generally tend to be asked to do, well apart from the odd Christmas card, oh and those festive cards for The Red Knob a few years back, so it was a pleasure to get to have a go at something like this and to have it turn out quite well.

Christmas Movies, Reviewed

As ever you can read more about the book on the S C Lee online website.

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