Print Media

Rise Against Poster

Rise Against Endgame Poster

Client: Rise Against (through Creative Allies)

Task: Design a poster to commemorate Rise Against’s ‘Endgame’ album

Technologies: Photoshop

Date: April 2012

This was created for a design competition on CreativeAllies.com. The brief was to create a poster which captured the ideas within the Endgame album- specifically revolution, endings and rebirth.

I was particularly struck by the lyrics used here and wanted to represent this, hence the burning Earth. The flame effect was created by building up several layers of different textures and filter effects and then blending them onto the Earth image.

I created 2 versions. The second displayed the message of rebirth a bit more, but despite the concept in my head, the finished version was not exactly as planned. In the end I think less was more.

Rise Against Poster

Version 2


Reachout With Arts in Mind Annual Report 2009-2010

reachout with arts in mind annual report 2009-10 cover

Reachout Annual Report Cover

Company: Reachout With Arts In Mind, Alloa

Task: Design and compile annual report for distribution to members and funders and for use as project publicity. Deadline was the AGM 24th March 2011.

Technologies: MS Publisher, Photoshop/GIMP

Dates: March 1st – March 20th 2011

As part of the preparation for their AGM Reachout wanted an Annual Report compiled and designed. It was to highlight and publicize their recent achievements – including exhibitions, conferences and relocation. All reports and statements were supplied, along with some images. My task was to design a vibrant layout, as well as proofing any text and sourcing some additional images to enhance the report.

The purple and yellow background are based on previous Reachout publicity material. I also thought a strong, darker background colour would serve to highlight the photographs and artwork; which is key to an arts project. The font is Arial in black, which is plain and easy to read, again the simplicity is to keep the focus on any images.

The real challenge was ensuring the maximum number of images could be incorporated into to the report around the text, which is important for telling the story of the project. While this did lead to the report being 20 pages, there was 2 years worth of material included.

The report was warmly received by staff and group members alike. I hope that it can be used to generate support and continued interest in a vital project.

Below are just some of the pages of the report. A PDF version of the full publication can be viewed here on the Reachout Website.


Creative Kids Easter Programme Leaflet

creative kids makers village easter arts programme leaflet

Company: The Makers Village, Alloa (through the Mulraney Group)

Task: Design and compile leaflet ready for printing

Technologies: MS Publisher, Photoshop/GIMP

Dates: April 2011

I was approached, on the recommendation of the Reachout Project Manager, with a view to putting together a brief information leaflet promoting a pilot scheme of arts and crafts workshops for local primary school children.
It was a joint project between various artists/groups based at The Makers Village in Alloa.

The actual job was to design a leaflet that would appeal to primary school aged children and encourage them to want to come along to the workshops. It also had to have enough information for their parents to make a decision about the programme. There was a very tight deadline on this project as the leaflets had to be signed off and printed in time for them to be distributed to all the local primary schools and out to the children before the start of their Easter holidays. From the time of initial briefing until the printing deadline I had about a week.

The design is quite simple, with the colourful images taking most of the focus. This is combined with a basic font to appeal to young children. As there were several different workshops, text had to be kept to a minimum to allow maximum space for the pictures. I also used different colour borders to differentiate between the various groups’ information. The calendar was supposed to provide an easy way for parents to see what was on on what day and at what time.

creative kids makers village easter arts programme leaflet

The "outside" of the leaflet

creative kids easter arts programme makers village alloa

The "inside" of the leaflet