Tuesday, 18 December 2007


These are a beautiful set of books designed by David Pearson who designs in all areas of print, mostly books but branding as well. I think this set shows how pared down design can be very evocative, and I like the botanical but modern style.

Monday, 17 December 2007


This has been my view for the last week.
I had a bad foot, I went to hospital on my birthday.
I had to keep it up in the air.
so no going into work.

I had to face my fear of being ill whilst being freelance. Luckily I had enough extra work to cover me and I'm not so scared of being ill anymore so maybe it was good ?

also I wrote into a radio show - Nemone on 6music and got my story read out which was quite some excitement for a girl who hadn't left the house for four days !

but this isn't about my design work so there will be a more focussed post next time ...


I am so inspired and impressed by these wallpapers by Mike Perry He seems to have a very distinct style that's personal to him because it is his own hand literally that draws the images. I really respect this and think he chooses such great subject matters ( the happy yellow faces would make me smile !) His first book is out called "handjob" and he's working on his second. Also he sounds like a really nice guy from his bio :- "I would love to talk to you about any ideas or projects that you might have coming up. Please feel free to contact me with questions, or for whatever your design, illustration, type, art direction, or art needs may be."

Thursday, 6 December 2007


Yes this is the third post for today but I just had to put it up - I look at MIKODESIGN and rather densely only just realised she has a blog. I love this Babushka - there's a selection of others on the Miko design blog as well.


Look at the colour of that sky! This is the stormy view from my window at work. The only sign of hope is the rainbow. Images taken by Mick Connor, who I have sat opposite at work for about a year now. He is a talented visualiser and I looking forward to printing some of his designs/illustrations onto T-shirts at some stage in the future ( he is also talented at making up rude words to songs that have kept me entertained at work) bye mick x ( I'm leaving for a life of freelance from 21st dec)


I like Galbraith and Paul's statement :-
"Designed with an artist's eye
Made with a craftsman's hands
Dedicated to the Studio Workshop tradition
Evolved in original and unexpected ways"
lovely to see studio shots as well !

Here is a traditionally trained and established wallpaper designer/printer based in Dorset :- Hugh Dunford Wood learned his wallpaper technique following the Arts and Crafts tradition pioneered by William Morris, as an apprentice of Peggy Angus in the 1970s.

The thing I particularly like is the colour descriptions of the wallpapers they are grouped in bold, cool, natural or warm. This is more aligned to the way paint is described - I think it helps people imagine what these wallpapers will evoke in their interiors.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007


I recently found this company Mod Green Pod whilst researching for something totally different, it just goes to show you never know where inspiration will come from...

this is what they say about themselves :-

"Taking organic from hippie to hip.
Mod Green Pod sprouted from a simple quest. Co-founders and sisters-in-law Nancy Mims and Lisa Mims loved swank design and sustainable goods, but they couldn’t find anything that combined the two. Refusing to choose one over the other, they started their own company. Both veterans of the fashion industry, Nancy helms Mod Green Pod’s design, and Lisa handles the business. With offices in Austin and Boston, they create products that won’t harm the planet, its manufacturers, or users, all without sacrificing style."

The printing industries' effect on the environment is an issue I often contemplate as I wash a screen and realise just how much water must be used by printers - let alone all the other environmental impacts the industry must have. It's great to see people actively finding DESIRABLE solutions to these sorts of issues.

These are images of the Mod Green Pod print room in action, this is really inspiring for me to see these. I love the fact that they show the care that goes in to this beautiful work.

Thanks for the inspiration Mod Green Pod, so great to see this work and the fact that other individuals with a passion are making small businesses work.