I worked on this job with design consultants, Franks and Franks. The brief involved updating the school’s logo which featured a horse. First, I drew the horse in outline in a light and then heavier weight, but in the end the solid horse shape was chosen. The horse embodied the elegance and intelligence of a thoroughbred, and the strength, loyalty, and patience of a cob.
Over the years I’ve written a great many invitations, envelopes, place cards and other items of stationery for weddings and corporate events. Lettering styles vary from light and fun to the more formal, depending on the event. Sometimes I design the whole invitation, and at others, only add guests’ names to a typeset design.
This packaging was a limited-edition design brought out one year to coincide with Valentine’s Day. I was commissioned to work on the M and T letters of Milk Tray, but to design them so that they could also be read as a heart and a kiss. I used a round brush for the job, and the lettering appeared not only on the packaging, but also on one of the enclosed heart shaped chocolates.
Having known the author, Rosemary Sassoon, for many years, she asked me to redesign the cover of this updated version of her book published by Unicorn Publishing Group. I drew the capital letters with a pointed ruling pen to indicate the formal part of the title and used a brush for the informal lowercase letters.
Julie Dent, the owner of The Clover Mill, a spa and retreat based on Ayurvedic principles, asked me to design the cover of her first cookery book. She wanted the title design to also read Cooking with Love by accenting the ‘love’ part of Clover. I wrote the title in a free, but structured, script, and for the cover design, used two different colours to highlight the second meaning.
This job was commissioned by the design consultants, Franks and Franks. The brief was to redraw the martlet, a heraldic bird usually depicted without feet. The creature appeared on their shield and needed updating. I employed a calligraphic line with thick and thin strokes to give more life to the image.
University of Buckingham
A company logo written for a design and marketing agency using a combination of brush and cola pen. The lettering was then painted on the fascia of their London premises by a sign writer.