Haywards Heath RFC getting bolder

This season we decided to make Haywards Heath Rugby Football Club just that little bit bolder. A few years back Tracey Spuyman; Press, Media and Communications Officer of the club, worked with me to rebrand the club visually with updated programme, posters and a brand new brochure promoting the club’s plans for a new clubhouse. We have worked closely ever since and we pushed the visual expression a notch further for this season with even bigger and bolder typography and more use of the club colours red and black with white. This is perhaps not a big change, more a gradual development, but it has certainly been noticed as Senior Programme Editor, Arthur Chopping, says: “Particularly impressed with the new design touches.” And perhaps the teams are getting bolder too? The 1st XV has had an impressive start to the season being top of the table with four wins out of four!

15 years of GBRf News magazine

It just occurred to me that I have designed and laid out the internal magazine for GB Railfreight for 15 years and counting (work on next issue starting soon). During that period GB Railfreight, a leading rail freight operator in the UK, has gone from independent to First Group to Europorte Group to currently Hector Rail. And during that time the 12 page magazine has gone through a number of re-designs too, to reflect the branding of the company.

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Inspirators: New book design for Pete Cohen

Pete Cohen is one of the world’s leading inspirational keynote speakers and business coaches. On 9 April his 19th book, INSPIRATORS – Leading the way in leadership, was launched at an event at Institute of Directors in London.

Pete Cohen during his lively talk about leadership at the book launch.

Pete Cohen during his lively talk about leadership at the book launch.

I was asked to first design the cover and then to handle the whole book design and layout which includes a whole range of icons for topical content boxes. The layout was complex with body copy regularly broken up by the mentioned boxes, quotes etc.

Pete was very much involved during the whole design process and gave valuable input to the cover design.

Finished artwork was delivered before deadline.

See Print Design page for more images.

For now the book can be purchased at inspirators.me

Salute! New stock images portfolio

This photo is taken in Valletta, Malta, and is on sale at Alamy.com

This photo is taken in Valletta, Malta, and is on sale at Alamy.com

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.

View the portfolio.

I am also represented by Stockimo, a subsidiary of Alamy, for iPhone photography.
View my 70+ images here.

Kobolt for good

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!”

Haywards Heath rugby club 60

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.

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New online shop for apparel, home and accessories

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.

Go to: https://kobolt.threadless.com

FREE SHIPPING from now and until 15 December 2017 - terms and conditions apply.

Here are some mockup product images:

Case study: Taking Part

Harry Sherrard, principal of Sherrards Employment Law Solicitors, has been an avid car racing enthusiast for more than 30 years. He has competed at Silverstone against Ayrton Senna (and leading!), Goodwood Revival, across the Sahara desert and many other circuits. To celebrate his 33 years in motorsport he has written a book about it all.

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