// Ecclestone & Miller

23 08 2009

Speculative logo design work created (whilst employed at a Leeds studio) for regional cleaning company Ecclestone & Miller. The colours I opted to use are complementary, providing a strong, vibrant contrast throughout the brand, and all four logos featured a prominent ampersand. The one featured here is by far my favourite of the set.

It’s possible that I’ll blog about ampersands in the future, as I find them such a fascinating letter form, and only discovered today that the ‘&’ is often regarded as the 27th letter of the alphabet.


// Design Work

27 05 2009

I’m aware that I haven’t posted a great deal of my own design work to date, and it’s about time that I try and remedy that. This project for Aqua Rose —a wedding and event coordination company based in the south of England— consisted of a number of elements.

Firstly as this was a new company, they required the initial brand development, the result of which can be seen below. They also required initial flyers, which I created as double sided DL (99x210mm) printed on a silk artboard, and a full stationery package consisting of letterheads, compliments slips and business cards.

Aqua Rose

For the logo development I worked in Adobe Illustrator, which I have become increasingly familiar with over the last ten months – prior to this I can honestly say I’d not had a great deal of contact with it having been using Macromedia Freehand instead. The layouts for all printed items were created using Adobe InDesign which I’ve been using now for years – I rely heavily on this now for Graphic Design.

// Helvetica

18 04 2009

I can’t say I’m one of those designers who relies upon Helvetica for all design work, in fact, I used to see it so frequently throughout university that I actually came to dislike it (through no fault of its own). It’s no secret that my heart currently lies with Swis 721 (thin & light in particular) ♥

However, I recently came across Helvetica when font-browsing on my work computer and I realised that actually, I do quite like it! To the extent that I opted for a new desktop image:

I also came across a really interesting article the other day, when perusing webdesignerdepot.com. I’m not actually a web designer, but the website also features a multitude of general design related things which makes for interesting reading. The article I’m referring to is ’40 Excellent Logos Created with Helvetica’.

My favourites out of the selection provided are Tupperware, Skype and The North Face. They’re all simple, yet effective, and obviously they are all well known, well established brands. Which are your favourites?