Saturday, 9 May 2009

I've Moved!

Hello readers,

I am now officially all set up and ready move over to my blog which is now under my websites extended url:

A huge thank you to my website designer Andi Farr!!

Sorry for any inconvenience :)

New RSS feed:

Friday, 3 April 2009

What I love

I admire nature
With every breath I appreciate it ever more. Especially now as morning breaks I awake to the sound of a birds song, as I turn, the air fresh against my cold pillow from an open window. I love how every morning I open my door to the awe-inspiring views of the nearby fells and heart pounding, the smell of the green. Every morning, no matter if rain or cloud, I feel exactly the same. Every morning I take the same deep breath as though experiencing for the first time the golden sun kissing the fells. I leave, taking time to appreciate dreams of my childhood; yearning to live in the heart of the Lake District.

Alison Carmichael

Hand-lettering Artist
I never tire of viewing equisit graphics, and I am certainly mesmerised by the work of Alison. With the sedutive hand rendered letterforms, every piece show so much originality; creative and stylish.

[Alison Carmichael]

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Design Collector

Celebrating 6 years
I was invited by Arseny Vesnin founder of DesignCollector to submit a piece of artwork to celebrate their 6th year.

On April 13 Designcollector Network celebrates Six years! Privately selected creators will do their artworks for Designcollector's six anniversary.

Below is my entry, simply playing on their own tag line 'all you need are links' which I feel 'links' in quite well with the shape of the 6.

Design Collector

[read further]

Early explorations using lego/shadows/hands/pegs:

Design Collector - Early explorations

Saturday, 28 March 2009

On a personal note

On the 12th February, 2009 I moved into my new flat in Grasmere. I am living right in the centre of the village above the local Post Office, the views are gorgeous and I cannot wait to go out walking and not to forget taking lots of photographs.

At the moment I have no internet connection so my blog and various other networks haven't been and won't be updated as frequently as I would like. Hopefully in the next three weeks I should be getting a phone line installed and I'll be away again.

Thank you for all baring with me. I can promise you will be seeing more here very soon, not to mention my websites re-launch and the possibility of some free goodies!

Sunday, 22 March 2009

"Twit Twoo"

Jumping on the bandwagon
I am now on Twitter, you can follow me here.

Morgan at St. Bees

Last weekend I had the pleasure of photographing at St. Bees with a lovely girl called Morgan and her mam Adele. I have just spent most of the week editing and uploading the images to my flickr account.

morgan at st. bees

See more images in the Morgan at St. Bees set here.

Picture 5

DesignNotes by Michael Surtees

Another side of design
Today, via, I came across an excellent blog by Michael Surtees.

DesignNotes was launched in Canada in 2005 and is now published in New York by designer, writer and educator Michael Surtees. Michael tries to see life filtered through design, as opposed to placing design on a pedestal. Every once in a while, food and music slip on into the discussion. When not writing about design, Michael is the Design Director of Daylife.

To update

Unfortunately, for some time I have had no internet connection in my flat, I am hoping to get it sorted within the next few weeks.

I am still between two blogs at the moment having found limitations with the wordpress template, I have decided I am going to keep posting here and hopefully keep the updates flowing.

My website is currently having data inputted and should be back up and running very soon. My good friend Andi has been applying a new template by which I am just thrilled!

Currently, I am working on:

01. My new logo and how it may animate on my websites intro page
02. Also an identity re-vamp for this blog
03. Inputting data into my new gridified website
04. Completing stationary for my sisters wedding invites
05. Creating two more titles for Fault Magazine
06. Expanding on my photographic knowledge
and much more...working full-time

So, I thought I would leave my readers with some new photography from just this weekend. So stay tuned for more updates.

Sunday, 8 February 2009

New Blog Link!

Hello Readers,

I have nearly got the hang of the new blog template - although I am still filtering in projects I thought I would post up the link:

Sarah France | Work In Progress*

The great thing about the new bog is how information can be filtered off making the blog much smoother and easier to follow. So now not only can you decide to see work by category, i.e. typography/photography - you can also see the links referring to interviews/links and inspirations all separately!

A HUGE thank you to Grid-a-Licious for releasing their template! And an even bigger thank you to my website designer Andi Farr!

Friday, 6 February 2009

Calling all students or recent graduates...

Amelia's Mag is looking for some interns!

[read more and how to apply]

What is Amelia's Mag?

Amelia’s Magazine is a beautiful biannual creation that aims to bring together – in good old-fashioned print – the very best in new music, fashion, art, illustration and photography. Renowned for its very special covers (previous issues have been encrusted with Swarovski crystals, lazer-cut, made out of furry flock, scratch ‘n’ sniff in different flavours and glow-in-the-dark) it is lovingly edited, designed and crafted by Amelia (and her work experience) in her spare room just off Brick Lane in East London.

Calling all interns!

Amelia's Magazine is looking for four new interns to run the music, fashion, art and earth sections of Amelia's Blog. You will need to be a capable and fast writer, able to edit and co-ordinate other contributors, interested in the role of the arts in inspiring discussions and action over Climate Change, and most of all bursting with enthusiasm for your topic.

If you own a mac laptop, are self-motivated and have a passionate interest in any or even better all of the above topics then please drop me an email at with the heading I WANT TO BE AN INTERN by Friday 13th February with:

* your cv

* a relevant example of your writing

* an idea (review, event, feature) for something to write up for the relevant blog section

* a description of your favourite band, artist or fashion designer and why

You must be able to start on Monday 23rd February for the next 3 months until the end of May. You will be working Monday-Thursday 10am-6pm at my house which is just off Brick Lane in east London. Please do not apply if you cannot do these days and dates. Please note that these are all unpaid positions, but I do make you lunch every day!
I look forward to hearing from you.

Amelia x

Wednesday, 4 February 2009

An update

Current projects and blog news update

Hello Readers, the new blog is almost complete - but until I get the hang of the new design I will be continuing to post here.

Iona Rose

I am currently designing a logotype for a local creative card maker, Andria Simpson. The idea of the logo is to appear friendly and have a hand-rendered quality. Here is a sneaky preview of my new project, the next step is to render the logo with Quink Ink. To myself, nothing beats the tactile quality of hand made!

Client: Andria Simpson | Iona Rose


My Ampersand mug design has been photographed using some propping and all together I am really pleased with the outcome. I may even sell these designs at a later date.

Wedding Invites

My sisters wedding invites and stationary are well underway, I am really thrilled with the progress we've made so far! I don't want to give an awful lot away at the moment as I know friends and family will be wanting to see all!

Well you'll all have to just wait

An early stages of the champaign bottle application:

Monday, 19 January 2009

Blogging New Look

With having great success with my website, I have decided now is the time for change. Hopefully, by the end of next month, this blog will be moving to my website with an all new look!

As well as the blog following my personal development as a graphic designer, I will now be introducing interviews with other designers to talk about their influences and techniques covering all areas of the creative process.

I also have an exciting new project - all will be revealed on the new blog soon...

Monday, 12 January 2009


Watch out Ethan is About!
Keep an eye on new graduate Ethan! He loves using what is available and has a passion for creating excellent conceptual typographic pieces.

-*- from oscar on Vimeo.


Sunday, 11 January 2009

Sunday Link Time:
Here are some typogrographical Issuu's worth reading:

Web Typography Basics
FontBooklet No.1 from FontShop
Font 007 from FontShop
Ampersand found via AisleOne
Typographic Practice

Please feel free to comment on any you may have came across.

You too can publish:

Explore a world of publications by people and publishers alike. Collect, share and publish in a format designed to make your documents look their very best.

[Visit Issuu to see more]

Win a book!

There is a new function on the Grid Calculator buy page at the bottom. If you recommend a
friend or more you have a chance to win a free book, so why not recommend it to some
friends and have the chance of winning this months super awesome book?

This months book: Detail in Typography by Jost Hochuli

Subtitled ‘A concise yet rich discussion of all the small things that enhance the legibility of texts’, Jost Hochuli’s guide to micro-typography considers everything that can happen within a column of text. Detail in typography, designed by its author, is printed and bound in Switzerland to the best standards. It provides, in its own form and manufacture, a demonstration of how books can be made.
Reviewed by Typotheque

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Saturday, 10 January 2009


Printed via PhotoBox
Well, I have a fond love of Ampersands as most of my readers will know. So I decided to create myself a mug with an Ampersand with the typeface revealed on the reverse. I am aiming to do a series covering the Adobe fonts.

This is a sneaky preview of the design. Hopefully tomorrow, when it is much brighter (here is hoping!) I have set up some natural elements to photograph the final product shot; I will upload the new images to this post when complete.

Wedding Invites:

Looking for the right type
My sister is getting married in September and I have the pleasure of designing her wedding invites/favours and general visual goodies.

So today we have decided on a font by which I am going to create a logotype to apply on the various designs; this will be used as a stamp and will be placed on almost everything.

With the wedding being in Cyprus we want the type to be a little bit tropical looking yet still quite traditional looking. The first typeface which caught our eye was the amazing Burgues Script from Veer.

Although traditional, the letter forms and stunning glyphs were something we would not consider to be tropical. So not looking too far away we came across another stunning typeface on Veer called Affair, which I must admit I have came across time and time again. The typeface is so beautiful and has a tropical decorative feel.

So with the font chosen, I am now going to create a logotype with first names: including the date of marriage and location.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Sunday Link Time:

Minimalism in Website Design
Here are some really beautiful clean and functional websites.
These are just some of the websites I often visit for graphic inspiration. Studying sites like this influenced my online portfolio so I hope they will inspire many others:

Vignelli Associates
Nick Bell
Saville Wakefield
We Are Build
Studio Makgill
Cartlidge Levene
B&W Studio
Browns Design

[via Thinking For A Living]


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