As covered in previous posts (and highlighted on the right), i’ve been heading a 2-part project to create a children’s mascot for Keighley’s Cliffe Castle Museum. Well, the second half of Cliffe the Caterpillar finally came to pass in March.
This chapter required more complicated / exciting imagery than the first. There was also a tighter deadline this time round, but it was still brought in on time!
Below are two of the five images made:
Cliffe as a great detective – Cliffe with Centurion
As I was working on the above, a second freelance project came in. An upstart called Nexus Education wants some branding and promotional material creating, and I started off by providing a logo:
An agency supplying and screening substitute teachers.
Then freelance disaster struck – I was offered one of these things called “a job”! No, it’s not in a design studio, and it’s temp ongoing, but I grabbed it with both hands!
So here’s the rub: Now i’ve had to put my involvement in the Nexus project on hold, and can no longer help the 3D group mentioned last time (not for a while at least). Shame.
I can, however, afford to buy more than food now, and it’s not a bad place. Onwards for a wage!
Logopolis was taken. So was Logopalooza. Besides, I think you need more than three to use those terms. Onwards!
Over the Single Positive Integer Increment of Gregorian Calendar Occasion (New Year’s) the University of Bradford Students’ Union ran a contest to redesign their “Friday Night Disco” logo. Since for the last couple of years they’ve been using this…
Old & Busted.
…I thought it couldn’t hurt to enter. Equal parts crafting and waiting later, I won! This is what they’ll use now:
I was generally thinking of glow-sticks and star wands.
They were so eager to get going that the image was put to use a few hours after the contest deadline! My reward is free entry into any of their events (including the FND of course) for the rest of the academic year – something to bear in mind when passing through the city. The slight profile rise and achievement feel grand.
Part two of two: My associate Filmstock is part of a brand new collaborative that blog about video gaming (they met working at GAME). Final Boss Fight is being knocked into shape, and as some retro identity imagery was requested, I once again sallied in!
Website logo (left) – Podcast logo (right)
Oh yes, there’s an accompanying podcast too. I like the name. The podcast logo needs a little re-jigging to meet Apple standards, but the current one can be used on Filmstock’s site just fine.
I’ve that many logos to show off now, they may need to break off into their own portfolio page (or some lessers need culling).
Part three of …two. A little tinkering means I can give blog images captions now. A nice feature to have. I might go retcon some into older posts. Tata.
This post title was brought to you by The Nightmare Before Christmas.
One of the last months highlights has been applying to a company that sells fancy dress costumes online. They’re genuinely nice people, so here’s a link to them. Sadly, that application goes no further; I gave 125%, and someone else gave 150%. I can now show you some of my application project.
We were given one week to create a bunch of specified assets. Themes were picked from a hat – mine was Halloween. Score!
A ‘shop window’ splash image, to highlight some male and female costumes:
Codename “Dead Wedding”, it’s loaded with gravestones, bats, pumpkins and other seasonal paraphernalia. The costumes are for sale on their site. Insider tip – the black flowers in the lower-left corner are also available for purchase.
A matching banner was built too.
Also, a re-design of the site logo:
Notice how the whole thing is enclosed in a box, to represent their delivery service. The shiny look imbues glamour and fun, as the current logo does, while the choice of accessories shown (pirate hook, fake moustache) show that the site is not just for girls.
Progress through the concepts below:
As you may have noticed, Halloween is not the season we’re currently in. Let’s end on a festive note. I may get coal in my stocking this year, but that’s OK – there’s a wood burner in the living room, it’ll help get the fire started. HO HO HO.
This weekend was the 48 Hour Film Project 2010! My mate John (Filmstock) has once again taken part this year, and I helped him out by quickly making a couple of logos for his short film. One is a future version of the Metropolitan Police insignia (different but still recognisable), and the other is for a device called Proteus:
And there you have it – one symbol for a shape-shifting Sea God!
Update: Filmstock has now put the short film featuring both insignia onto YouTube for all to see.
My film-based buddy at Filmstock FX updated his site yesterday. I designed his site logo for him, so stepped in this morning to get it matching the new layout. Threw in a little favicon too. Head over and check them out… and his services, while you’re there.