Tuesday, 26 April 2022

Camden Conversations

This project was commissioned by Camden Council to share their story of developing a specific service, and to promote it more widely to central government and within academia. I really enjoyed this project but never blogged about it at the time so putting it up here now.

The story was told through the storyboard below, I also used all the various faces to create a logo that had multiple combinations.

The brief was to represent values of equality and an adult to adult relationship, and also represent the diverse mix of people who inhabit Camden. I used the overlapping speech bubble as a symbol of the overlapping wishes of both sides - this is especially obvious in the last image below!

Wednesday, 30 March 2022

COVID-19 Restrictions are ending in England

 ...but rates are still soaring in other parts of the UK, especially Scotland. How are you feeling about this?

I was asked by a local disability charity to illustrate their members' thoughts around the ending of restrictions. I think I'm more on the cautious side still, but I am glad things are slowly getting back to normal.

This is in case you're wondering about the working process: I start with a briefing call with clients about the job, what they're trying to achieve/say, who their audience is and what are the outputs that they want to use, this includes what medium (print/digital) and the size and dimensions of the image. They supply the material that they want me to illustrate usually in written form and from all of that information I suggest a format/layout like a solution to a design brief.

I then draw up a rough and then go through this on a call to make sure I'm using the right kind of imagery, so just sharing my 'roughs' below. I also ask for information about representation and usually some form of reference material so I get the right age and background of the people being drawn.

Wednesday, 9 March 2022

Future Vision for a Rural County

I was asked by Herefordshire council to visualise the future vision of the county - the vision statements came out of the 4 day citizen's assembly that people took part in during January 2022, while we were all still locked in our little screens on Zoom.

Lots of passionate debate and some great suggestions. Even though I'm based miles away I really could grasp the local pride people feel for the area and how much people want to protect and enhance nature and everything that's good about Herefordshire. I'm definitely going to visit soon!

Tuesday, 1 March 2022

Citizens Assembly on Climate Change

The summary findings from Herefordshire's assembly I've drawn up here, in the form of Transport, Land-Use and Buildings. Amazing how many ideas were generated and voted on over one weekend on Zoom!

There were a lot of calls for education on biodiversity, community support, and broader funding for all sorts of schemes, from retrofitting to decarbonising community transport. I really hope that as much as possible of this comes to fruition.

Wednesday, 23 February 2022

The Social Innovation Partnership

This was a celebration event to share and hold on to the work done by people in Walworth to research local needs during the COVID-19 pandemic, in partnership with TSIP https://www.tsip.co.uk/. The research period was 18 months and could be extended if we end up with a more virulent variant than the current one (Omicron).

Lots of inspiring stories and people there! Thanks to Daniel Morris and Keisha Simms for asking me to be there to record the two events using words and images.


FLARE logo design

I was asked by a London local authority to create a logo for a parenting group that comes together to discuss ways of safeguarding children in southeast London. They are looking to expand and wanted a visual identity to help with that.

The local group name is FLARE and they wanted to reflect the friendly and inclusive nature of the group in their logo, and also welcome fathers and people from all backgrounds.

Process for logo designs: I have a briefing call with the client/s, and as it was in January 2022 this was done over Zoom. My questions focussed on the aims of the group and how they wanted to be depicted and what they wanted to amplify. 

I usually sketch and share ideas while we speak to help with the process. Then I go away and have a think, add colour and then share and wait for client feedback.

Depending on the feedback I iterate once further if needed, or else move on to drawing up the final design.

This time was a straightforward process and went from this little sketch, on to the coloured version below, and then to the final version above.

Tuesday, 15 February 2022

National Voices - Storytelling for 'Voices for Improvement'

This was a collaborative project with the charity National Voices https://www.nationalvoices.org.uk/

National Voices have undergone a significant change process in order to bring more experts-by-experience into their organisation, and they wanted to document the journey they've been on, as they now offer a coaching and mentoring service for other organisations. This is the story of 'Voice for Improvement':

Process: we met and I was talked through the brief. I showed various examples of how to tackle telling the story/presenting the information. In the end, because it was quite a lot of info we opted for 3 separate storyboards. The work on the storyboards started with the client, and this sketch was done by the client and circulated with her team to ensure she'd not missed anything:

We then discussed it on a zoom call and amended as needed, going through the language and visuals to check it was communicating what was needed = complete sketch-carnage!

Afterwards I drew up the final images and they were circulated for a final check and any amends that were needed. This process started in the autumn, and the majority of the initial sketch work was done by the client, so I'm grateful for their input, as it's become a truly collaborative piece of work.

With thanks to Keymn and Rachel from National Voices, it's been a really enjoyable process.

Thursday, 10 February 2022

Community Catalysts - The Big Conversation

This short film was for a local consultation on day services in Merton. 

Thanks to Richard Lohan for editing the film and bringing all the voices together and to Debbie John from Community Catalysts for being such a good project manager. Some images from the film here:

A link to the project, commissioned by Community Catalysts here:

Wednesday, 9 February 2022

Merton Centre for Independent Living/Safety Net People First

I get asked to do a lot of work for Merton CIL, I've been working with them since 2013 doing illustration work and graphic recording. 

A 'CIL' is a centre for independent living, something that able-bodied people (like myself) often take for granted. It is run by and for disabled people.

Merton CIL has gone from strength to strength over the years, here is their recent impact report cover that I illustrated:

I was also asked to create a finance report for Safety Net People First, a disability charity based in West London. It's been inspiring to hear how resilient and resourceful people have been during this difficult time.


Wednesday, 2 February 2022

Logo for Genetics study in Pakistan

I was asked by a joint group of geneticists based in UCL London and psychiatrists from the University of Peshawar, Pakistan to come up with a logo  for their ongoing study of the influence of genetics on the local population's mental health.

This final logo design incorporates the flag of Pakistan, the role of psychology and genetics and its roots in studying the local population. 

In Peshawar they will have had a large influx of people fleeing war and extreme poverty, as it's very close to the afghan border.

There were numerous iterations before we came to an agreement on the final image!

Thanks to Karoline Kuchenbaecker and Maria Valkovskaya from University College London for liaising with the team in Pakistan - we got there in the end! 

Tuesday, 1 February 2022

Conversations Matter - short film

I was asked to create a series of drawings to promote a coaching process for better communication. This was turned into a short film. Apologies but there is a slight delay when you click on the play button - but it's worth the wait :)

Thanks to Angela McHale and Tim Kane for the commission, more about their business can be found here: http://www.kanemchale.com/ 

This is the second little film I've worked on for Tim and Angela, they are a pleasure to work with.

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

Logo for Genetics Scientists, UCL

Before Christmas I was asked to create a logo to represent a science group called: Diversity in Genetics. 

The logo is heavily influenced by the charts that are produced to display the results of genetic studies, they create quite a pretty 'pointilliste' pattern of dotted colours. I tried to echo this in the final design:

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

Climate Change Citizens Assembly - Herefordshire

A week ago I worked for Herefordshire council to capture the talks and discussions surrounding a Citizens' Assembly, subject: Climate Change.

Big subject, wide-ranging views and information out there - bottom line: we need to act NOW as Climate change is happening already. It may be a case of trying to limit the damage rather than trying to stop it going any further. It's got to be as urgently address as the recent COVID pandemic, it's that serious and the effects as wide-ranging.

With thanks to Sarah Fishbourne from Impact Consultancy for making contact and getting me involved.


Friday, 21 January 2022

A Covid-free Christmas and a Happy New Year!

This poster was commissioned by Merton council in order to keep the children and young adults of the borough safe and informed over the Christmas period of 2021-2022. 

Please let me be drawing something else next Christmas! (All I want for Christmas is...health, happiness, and fewer face masks!)

This has been such a rollercoaster 2 years. But it's taught me to keep my head down and keep listening and drawing - and out of it all I feel like my practice and reach has actually extended. 

I would NEVER have thought living through this situation would be a positive one, but it has helped me develop my practice, be more flexible, and become much more patient. 

A Happy January to everyone, and all the best for 2022!