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.