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Design Junction

I meant to visit loads of London Design Festival stuff, but ended up being quite lazy/disorganised last week and ended up just going to Design Junction on Saturday. Worked out pretty well though since it seemed to be all of the coolest stuff, housed in an awesome old sorting office warehouse.

Design Junction
Design Junction

Fernandez & Wells popup cafe

Design Junction
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Design Junction
Design JunctionDesign Junction

Mid-century Modern area

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Garden Party IPA

Beer label

Josh has been homebrewing beer for quite a while now – since I bought him this kit last Christmas. One early explosion disaster aside the brews have all been very tasty, and he’s quickly graduated from using a kit into buying individual malts and hops to make specific flavours and styles.

Beer labelBeer label
Beer label

For his latest one – a summery IPA – he let me design the label. I hand-drew the whole thing and just adjusted and coloured in Photoshop. I got them printed onto clear vinyl by the nice folks at Diginate.


Beer label

The brew was supposed to be a celebration of our new garden, but a lot of setbacks have meant that it’s still a work in progress… anyway, the labels came out nice and I’m looking forward to enjoying one in the garden when it’s finally finished. I just hope that summer isn’t quite over yet…

One year freelance…

It’s been almost exactly a year since I went freelance – I’m not quite sure if it’s gone surprisingly quickly or slowly. I’ve done a quite ridiculous amount of work, had some rough months and been nearly constantly stressed from being over- or under-worked… but it was still totally the right decision for me and I’m really proud of some of the work I’ve completed – you can see it all in my portfolio.

Actually, I will be changing the way I work a little bit from next month because I have just accepted a part-time permanent job at the brilliant Sidekick Studios, so will only have two free days a week to take on select client work and personal projects. I’ve been working a lot with Sidekick over the last three months and their ethos, working style and client list are exactly aligned to the kind of thing I want to be doing myself. I hope it will let me focus more on doing what I like (designing!) and less on client management and emails, which are one of the big drags of being a lone ranger.

To celebrate a year of working for me, I put together this little infographic using data from my accounting software Solo. I haven’t put actual earnings in because I’m British, but in general it’s good to see I worked less and earned more than my last full-time job.

Merchant & Mills

I just adore the authentically old-school branding of haberdasher Merchant & Mills. Classic useful products, well made in beautiful packaging at a reasonable price. Why can’t everything work like this?





You can see the range in person – and enjoy a great cup of coffee as you browse the fabrics and notions – at the charming Ray Stitch on Essex Road.

Retro library posters

I’m so smitten with this Flickr set of 1960s library posters, unearthed by a school librarian. They’re inspiring me to make some more book-themed prints!

RETRO POSTER - The Book Hunter

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