Charity shop treasure

I found this gorgeous dinky little watch at a charity shop in Southampton at the weekend.

I love how small and delicate it is, so much so that I ignored the fact that it probably didn’t work and would need servicing or repair.

So now my smugness is dampened by the fact that I will probably have to spend more to fix it than it actually cost to buy.

Insert #Fail here.

UPDATE – 6 SEPT 2016

Turns out a wind-up watch requires — winding. Genius!

Free Letter to Santa – Download

Free download letter to santa 2015

New design for 2015!

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Gabriella Buckingham New Portfolio Website

gabs buckingham websiteLast year, my good friend and talented artist Gabriella Buckingham asked me to help her with designing and developing of her new portfolio based website. The driving force behind this was that Gabs had agreed to exhibit at the SURTEX show in New York City in May 2015! SURTEX is an important trade show for designers of patterns and illustrators to showcase their work to buyers of world famous brands.

For months we have been emailing and meeting up to discuss on how we wanted it to look and work. It wasn’t a chore for me, as it’s always lovely to spend time with Gabs talking about art, life, and children!

We both agreed that the new website had to be white, simple, and clean. Gab’s work is very colourful and bright (something I wish I could do for my own illustrations) and we wanted the emphasis to be on the pieces and not the website design. She was also in the process of reinvigorating her logo and brand, so it had to all tie in beautifully.

So, I set about creating the theme and structure and functionality and handed it over to Gabs to populate with her images and copy over a period of weeks. Gabs had to familiarise herself with a new content management system and upload new work as she produced it.

Gabriella BuckinghamI have to say that I love photography that has been used (well done Mr B). It really shows how much fun and creative Gab’s personality is and of course this shines through in her style of work.

I’m really pleased with the result and I think Gabs likes it too. It’s always a pleasure to work with other designers and artists and such an added bonus that it’s for a friend. I’m very proud of the website and I hope that it continues to adapt and grow with the business.

Geeky and nerdy Valentine’s cards with a difference

This year I have designed some cards featuring my best selling floral (doodle) design as well as some quirky (and I hope) funny valentine’s cards.

You don’t have to be sloppy and all loved up to show your affection for someone. Sometimes, it’s fun and good to be brutal.

Most designs can be personalised with a name or phrase to make that little bit unique.

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Bat shit crazy about you valentine's day card

Cute and a little bit nerdy valentine's day card

dorkface valentine's card

love u html valentine's card

you're a weirdo valentine's card

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New year BOGOFF offer

To celebrate the new rebrand at Crayons HQ, I am offering a Buy One, Get One Free offer on the best selling ‘Be Awesome’ notebook journals.

These little A6 recycled notebooks come personalised and make a perfect gift the people in your life who love stationery, planning and making lists. They are also perfect for self-gifting.

So why not treat yourself and a friend?

Awesome Notebook Journals BOGOFF

New year, new re-brand

I am forever ranting on about how important it is to keep innovating and changing in terms of your branding and logo (see this page if you need a reminder about the process). So, in an attempt to practice what I preach, Crayons HQ has had a bit of a new year spring clean and re-vamp.

The new company name will be called ‘Who Ate My Cakes’
— just kidding, maybe.

Your logo is the first impression that you make on the public. It is the face of your business. Just as your own face can express your personality and provide insight into your unique characteristics, so can a well designed logo.


I’ve had my previous logo when I set up the company back in 2007 (I know, I don’t look young enough — right?) *ahem*. It had a slight tweak back in 2010 when I added a tiny little detail to the ‘O’. Since then it has been a case of not having the time to sit down and think about what I wanted and also a case of ‘well, if it isn’t broken, why fix it?’.

Towards the end of last year I have been working on quite a few branding projects for clients and that spurred me on to thinking about making changes to my own logo. As a typeface snob, you can imagine how difficult it has been for me to choose the ‘right’ font. I have always yearned for a retro vibe so I knew I wanted something curly and fun, but I also love the strong letterpress style and so in the end I opted for both!

You will see that new logo is a complete change to the formal structured logo of the past and while it is scary to make such a leap, it is also very exciting and liberating. The new logo represents not just a change in colours, but it also represents what I hope is my style and design ethos. Serious, with a splash of fun.

Now all I have to do is design matching stationery!

Who Ate My Crayons Logos

Letter to Santa – Free Download

Letter to Santa Free Download

Updated design for 2014!

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ABRSM 2015 Wall Planner – A2

I have designed an A2 wall planner for 2015 incorporating ABRSM entry deadlines and exam dates. Dates taken from the ABRSM website and correct as at 19 September 2014. Perfect for any music teacher, lecturer or student.

The planners are printed on 100gsm matt uncoated paper and can be personalised with a name. Normally priced at £12.95, they are currently on offer for £9.95 with FREE P&P if you order during September 2014.

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ABRSM 2015 A2 Wall Planner

Lincolnshire School Holiday and Term Dates – 2015 Planner

I have designed an A2 wall planner for 2015 incorporating State and Community school holiday and terms dates within Lincolnshire. Dates taken from Lincolnshire County Council website and correct as at 19 September 2014.

The planners are printed on 100gsm matt uncoated paper and can be personalised with a name. Normally priced at £12.95, they are currently on offer for £9.95 with FREE P&P if you order during September 2014.

Click on the image to order your planner and be ready for 2015!

Lincolnshire School Holiday and Term Dates 2015 Wall Planner

Simply Solids – Logo Redesign and New Website

Simply Solids New Logo
Simply Solids New Logo
I was contacted by the lovely Justine last year to help her rework the logo for her new business venture – Simply Solids.

We both liked elements of previous logo, but the design did not lend itself well to being printed on stickers and marketing material. It was also a wide design which made it cumbersome when trying to incorporate it onto circular web badges, stickers and marketing design.

Simply Solids Old Logo
Simply Solids Old Logo
We both loved the bunting element (who doesn’t?) and so after a few tweaks we came up with the new logo. We choose a lovely unstructured typeface making it organic and still used lots of lovely bunting. We used a stronger colour palette and added in a ribbon swag to pull it all together. I am thrilled with the result. Simply lovely.

Following on with the new logo, I was asked to work on a brand new design for the website. Justine wanted to move her shop over to the create.net e-commerce platform and wanted a custom template for the new look business.

We went for a very clean modern feel using some bold contemporary fonts and implemented the pastel colours from the branding. I think it works really well and I hope that the website continues to grow and evolve with the business as it goes from strength to strength. It’s been a pleasure working with Justine on this project and I hope we get to work together again soon!

www.simplysolids.co.uk

Simply Solids Website
Simply Solids Website