Early Student Work
As a student at Bath Academy of Art, I loved the craft-based, hands-on approach to design that was a feature of the teaching there.
Many posters were commissioned that relied on ‘back of an envelope’ concepts, which generally worked quite well, although the execution shows my lack of practical experience. Competition to design posters for college events was fierce and the resulting standard was high.
The true challenge was to produce something memorable, knowing full well that you would have to do your own production and print. This certainly developed my print production skills. Hand-drawn 3 colour litho-stone printing was a typical production process – very touchy-feely.
Designs for exhibition panels were produced from my hand-drawn artwork silk-screened onto board, and a poster for an event at Sussex University used letterpress printing from handset type. Printed on newsprint, the yellowing effect was a planned Part of the design.
It is 40 years since I undertook my first commercial commission to design and artwork a masthead for the slightly ‘alternative’ magazine, Resurgence, but the memory is still very fresh.
Something that would probably take less than half an hour to complete today using Illustrator, took me a week to do. Good to see the magazine is still flourishing with its by-line ‘at the heart of earth, art and spirit’ – the perfect sentiment for the 21st century, it seems.
History of the English Speaking Peoples
During the late sixties, while still at Bath Academy of Art, I worked as a junior designer for a magazine publisher.
David Collins, the Art Director who employed me at publisher Peter Dunbar, gave me plenty of responsibility both designing and organising some of the production.
The fast pace of magazine production and unbending schedules was ideally suited to my personality, and this provided an exciting early episode in my career as a graphic designer.