Alamy stock image library has introduced individual photographers’ portfolios. I have just set up mine for the public to see. It has at this moment in time 850 images but loads more are in the pipeline. The majority of the photos are from travels but there are other topics like landscape, urban, stills and objects, conceptual and reportage which are organised in galleries.
The partnership Woodhouse Creative LLP is closing down after 10 years of offering graphic design work to local, national and international clients. The services to these and any new clients are channeled entirely through kobolt. In that respect, nothing changes. “Woodhouse Creative is dead – long live kobolt!”
Kobolt has recently designed logos for two fitness coaching businesses; The Body Mind Coach and The Better Body Guru.
The Body Mind Coach is run by Samantha Hardingham, a personal trainer and motivator and nutritional expert.
Samantha has empowered hundreds of busy women to love the body they live in and gain the body confidence they deserve. The goal is to get women over 35 to realise it is not just about losing weight which is just a symptom of a whole load of other things. Samantha will help women to find the real them, to move them forward in life and change their perception of health and how they’ve been living that life has affected their health.
Samantha says: "Johan captured the essence of The Body Mind Coach perfectly, was super efficient and a pleasure to work with."
The Better Body Guru is run by Ashley Green, a personal trainer with a professional dancing background.
Their aim is to help men and women over 30 who want to transform their lives for the better. People who need help with their overall health and fitness in every aspect – food, exercise, mindset and motivation. Who are committed to improving their food and exercise routines but can’t always find time to get to the gym and don’t have the support.
For each project the brief is first discussed and written down, then the thinking cap comes on.
The initial process is to get as many ideas down on paper as possible. Both in relevant key words as well as visual elements and I try and come up with concepts relating closely to the brief and the business. Some filtering then takes place and the ideas that grabs me the most gets some further development.
Work now starts on the computer with selecting a long-list of fonts and drafting vector files of the ideas. All along this process new ideas may or may not crop up. The visuals are worked up to a stage that will give a clear representation of the ideas. To the untrained eye some visuals may even look finished – but they are not. At this stage colours are either lacking (greyscale) or generic for the sake of contrasts and closer details are not there and letters in type are not kerned properly yet.
The client views the visuals as PDF files and gives his or her opinion. One or two concepts are chosen for further development based on detailed input. We start to look at colours and choice of font. There may be a few rounds back and forth tweaking details and then – hopefully to everyone's satisfaction – a logo is created, fit for purpose.
Haywards Heath Rugby FC is 60 years old this year and I have designed an anniversary logo for them which will be used in various communications throughout the year. It will sit together with the club's crest.
I'm continuing to design match programmes and other material for the club which is having another successful season so far – after last season's promotion to London 2 South East.
Kobolt has opened an online Artist Shop at threadless. It contains my own eclectic designs applied to t-shirts and other clothing, home goods and accessories.
I'm not an illustrator with a personal style and a single theme. In fact I'm not an illustrator at all.
I am, however, a graphic designer constantly on the lookout for new ideas. Most of them just pop out of the blue! They end up being fairly diverse and sometimes a little "far out" and I am trying to fit each idea into it's own design rather than attempting a "one style fits all".
My observations and the resulting artwork range from the slightly bizarre to the whimsical and quirky – and occasionally on the darker side of cheerful.
It is very early days, so visit the shop regularly to see more designs being uploaded as and when they are ready. The shopfront and product shots will be upgraded in time.
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Here are some mockup product images:
Another 52 images have been quality checked and approved by Alamy and are now for sale on their website. This time the whole batch consists of photos taken in central Oslo last month. Many of them are of and around the stunning Oslo Opera House. This was opened in 2008 and the architects were Snøhetta. Extensive construction work is ongoing in the area as a part of the upgrading of Bjørvika and surrounding area.
To view the latest images on Alamy, click on the logo and search for "Oslo".
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