outsiders press was a side project I created in 2017. The motivation came from a desire to make nice things that are designed to care.
All the products were designed by myself and were then brought to life by a carefully selected local maker from a potter based in Edinburgh to a knitter in Hawick. Where possible, all materials were sourced locally and were built to last a lifetime.
These products were then sold in order to raise money for a selection of organisations striving to protect our outdoor spaces and keep our wild places wild. These organisations included the John Muir Trust and HomeTree.
Vulpine have always been supportive of illustrators and designers so it was no surprise when they branched into commissioning artwork for a series of limited edition prints around the theme of cycling. I was thrilled to be asked to be the first illustrator involved and created this diptych aptly named the 'pilot' and the 'stoker' as a nod to the tandem riders.
The posters were a great success and were also featured in the guardian Christmas guide last year.
Numbertelling is a data led agency bringing sophisticated analytics and visual led graphics together in a seamless process.
This interactive piece was produced as a promotional visualisation to enable locals and tourists to find the best independent coffee in Edinburgh.
As a fan of good coffee, I was more than happy to produce an illustrated series of the best coffee shops in Edinburgh.
After meeting Mark from Milk Bikes at the Yorkshire Bike Show 2013, I was really pleased to be asked to design the paintwork for his first series of limited edition handcrafted bicycles.
The result is this beautiful step through women’s bicycle complete with Brooks Cambium saddle, a bespoke rack, internal hub gears and maintenance free belt drive to name just a few highlights.
Tired of buying newspapers just to dry their shoes, Vulpine and The Newspaper Club decided to collaborate on ‘Shoespaper’. They invited a number of illustrators, designers and cyclists to create the shoe drying kit and I feel very priviliged to be alongside the likes of Anthony Burill and Robert Millar.
The end result is a very nicely designed newspaper that you’re more likely to want to keep than use to dry shoes.
Middle of Nowhere was one of my personal projects centred around discovering the quiet roads and the forgotten places that are waiting on your doorstep.
It was a community of people who liked to explore the dead ends not for achieving personal bests, just because they're there.
As well as bringing like minded adventurers together, middle of nowhere held exhibitions and a variety of events as well as creating a selection of limited edition, hand crafted products that had been made as close to home as possible. There are still a few items available in the shop.
The Illustration Fair is an illustrator and designer led annual event that aims to bring artists and buyers together in a unique environment. The work on offer ranges in price and offers a range of affordable and collectable artworks from a variety of artists working in this field today.
This year, I teamed up with East End Prints to create this limited edition print inspired by London called 'Beat the Tube'.
The tube lines are ordered by the most traveled (top to bottom) and the length of the line is proportional to the KMs of track that make up each tube line.
The Ride Journal is a brilliant magazine. It’s full of stories told by people who love two wheels combined with great illustration and photography. I've worked with Andrew and Philip Diprose a few times now and have always thoroughly enjoyed being a part of it. Sadly, the up an coming tenth issue will be its last. Check out the back issues here.
There’s also a good article about the journal on a lovely blog called It’s Nice That.
Bank of Dave was a documentary produced by Channel 4. It followed the story of Dave, a self-made millionaire, who was attempting to set up his own bank during the banking crisis.
Whitespace agency had been brought in to create an interactive infographic to explain this. With a background in information graphics, I was really excited to be involved in this project and was commissioned to illustrate Dave’s story.
Whitespace agency were involved in the entire re-brand of Melville’s fruit beer. Melville’s were looking for a new image and decided to take the illustration route to achieve this.
I was commissioned across a few aspects of this process including illustrations for the website to explain the process of brewing, posters for advertising and an animation showing the ‘Wonderful World of Melville’s’.
See more over on the Melville's website here.
Velib is the bicycle hire scheme based in the centre of Paris. To celebrate the success of the scheme, the Mayor of Paris commisioned 9 artists to create a piece of artwork that reflected the joy of cycling through Paris. Three artists were chosen from each of the USA, UK and France. I was incredibly honoured to be one of the three artists representing the UK.
My poster is entitled ‘Tour de Paris’ and was exhibited in the Grande Palais, Paris until 21 July 21 2013 and then was subsequently printed onto a life-size totem pole and displayed in the Cite de la Mode until October 2013.
I first came across Howies back in 2003 (by which time they were already 8 years old) and being super excited by a company based in Wales, creating clothes with sport and the environment at it’s core.
Being Welsh and heavily into the outdoors, this was pretty much a match made in heaven. Add the clever graphics, inspiring photography and catalogues that were more like books and I was smitten. You can imagine my excitement when I was contacted by them to produce some illustrations for their t-shirts. I hope there will be more to come.
The last Friday of each month sees the V&A open its doors until 10pm to host the V&A Friday Lates. Each Friday Late is centred around a theme and in February 2013 the V&A embraced cycling and design.
There was lots going on including BMX displays, coffee art by Eliza Southwood, displays by Vulpine, a photography instillation by George Marshall and talks by Tom Donhou, Bike V Design and CycleLove to name just a few. In addition to that I was holding a screen printing workshop. I designed a limited edition print specifically for the event and I was thrilled to see so many people turn up to have a go.
To see the full line up and more photos from the event, visit the ever brilliant CycleLove blog.