February 2013 – New Market cover for Lloyd’s of London
Here’s the third cover in the series I’ve done for Lloyd’s which features the rise of Mexico as an economic power, attracting significant investment and insurance opportunities from around the world.
January 2013 – Rescue Night
I got to work with the great team at Inferno on a multi-channel campaign for RESCUE Night. The idea revolves around turning life’s little annoyances and unpleasantries into something more positive and looking on the bright side of these situations. This helps communicate the message that RESCUE Night helps you switch off any nagging thoughts and a racing mind so you get a better night’s sleep.
January 2013 – New work for GQ
How Andy Murray could ace 2013 – GQ asked Björn Borg how Murray can up his game to secure a place in history. Clockwise top left: Use the forehand more / Stop pretending to be tired / Draw energy from the crowd / Dare to be more aggressive (GQ UK)
Yes, iMinister – the PM has commissioned a £20,000 iPad app to keep tabs on Whitehall. But what might Ed Miliband want on his? (GQ UK)
December 2012 – Wishing you an implausibly good Christmas and New Year!
October 2012 – The 5 Senses series
The last three books in our 5 Senses series were published this month and to give them that extra push for Christmas we have created some book trailers. Here’s one of them:
October 2012 – New illustrations
I’ve added some new work to the illustration section for clients including Drapers, Scientific American Mind and Lloyds of London – the latter was the cover I created for their long-standing publication ‘Market’ which has been short listed for the CMA best use of illustration award. The CMA is the professional body representing publishing and content marketing agencies in the UK.
October 2012 – Pushing Print 2012
Very happy to be supporting Pushing Print again this year by designing their programme for this year’s festival which is set to be the biggest yet. Taking centre stage is the Open Exhibition which features the work of 70 artists selected from around the UK, as well as the USA, New Zealand and Finland. There’s also a line-up of visiting artists and designers who will be giving talks and workshops around the theme ‘Applied Print’. On the 6th and 7th October it’s the Giant Print Event, a chance for the public to have a go at making prints with the help of a steamroller.
September 2012 – Collective nouns books
Having launched PatrickGeorge in 2009 with the publication of our first two books, A drove of bullocks and A filth of starlings, today sees the launch of an all new series on the same theme. Having created 40 new illustrations, making 80 in total, the books have been re-worked into animal, aquatic, bird and insect collective nouns. Below gives a flavour of what you’ll find.
A mob of meerkats
A party of rainbow fish
A confusion of guinea fowl
A plague of locusts
September 2012 – Buddy Wakefield, Factoryroad Gallery
I was invited by Factoryroad Gallery to contribute to an exhibition celebrating the work of US performance poet Buddy Wakefield who was performing at the gallery as part of his European ‘Gentleman Practice’ tour. Artists were asked to read and listen to Buddy’s work, and choose something – a whole poem, a line, paragraph – and make a response to it in their chosen medium. I took inspiration from a poem called ‘The Information Man’. With the sun having finally made an entrance, the idea of taking a train journey somewhere, anywhere, to the accompaniment of a harmonica, was very appealing…
“I have heard
that if you pull a bent breath
through the second hole of a harmonica
tuned to the key of Georgia
while a train moves by
on the tail end of dusk
there is a good chance
you will finally know
what it means
July 2012 – 10th Salon du Vintage
Must have done something right as I was asked to follow up last month’s poster with another celebrating the 10th Salon du Vintage which takes place in September this year.
June 2012 – Salon du Vintage, Paris
I’ve recently had the opportunity of working with Laurent Journo, the founder of Salon du Vintage, an annual indoor market in Paris devoted to vintage clothing and 20th Century home decor. The illustration I came up with will be featured on posters and flyers across the city to promote the event in July.
May 2012 – Architectural Lighting Magazine
I’ve been working with Michael Todaro at AL in the U.S. on a couple of commissions. The first is about venture capitalists flocking to lighting startups. The second accompanied an article about how architectural lighting design organisations hope that a new professional certification scheme will validate their emerging profession.
May 2012 – Junior Design Awards
We are delighted to announce that Colours got a highly commended for Best Picture Book of the Year in the Junior Design Awards, second only to the brilliant Press Here by Hervé Tullet. Opposites was also shortlisted for the category.
These are the only awards that “celebrate excellence in design and style for children” and we are chuffed to be rubbing shoulders with some great achievers such as Giles Andreae and Korky Paul, Oliver Jeffers and Barefoot Books, also shortlisted in the picture book category.
What they said about Colours: “With vibrant colours and clever overlays, this innovative book is a visual treat for young children” … “It’s a book filled with astonishing surprises…”
May 2012 – SHOP Magazine
SHOP Magazine, art directed by Steve Fenn at Studio8 and published by Global Blue, is the world’s leading shopping publication – printing over 3.8 million magazines in 90 editions across 28 countries, giving the opportunity for some of the most sought-after contemporary illustrators around to showcase their work. I was therefore very flattered to be commissioned for two covers in their upcoming Spring/Summer 2012 editions.
In common with all editions, the brief was to try to combine high-end fashion and luxury goods with a sense of the featured location.
April 2012 – Caterer and Hotelkeeper
The illo below featured in the UK trade magazine Caterer & Hotelkeeper to accompany a feature on how the hospitality industry can make money from live music gigs.
April 2012 – KPM Musichouse album cover
For something a bit different I was asked by Nathan Boddy at KPM to create the cover for one of their library music albums featuring classical music remixed in a dubstep style.
April 2012 – GQ Magazine: Fitness cheats
For this month’s edition I was asked to produce a set of illos to accompany a series of fitness tips devised by the American College of Sports Medicine, who claim 20 minutes of exercise, three-times-a-week will help you stay in shape and lose weight.
See more illustrations for GQ
March 2012 – Bologna children’s book fair
We’ll be in Bologna next week with these titles to show. Pop by and see us if you are there!
Hall 25, stand B84
March 2012 – The Big Issue
I enjoyed working with Mark Neil on a few illos for this week’s Big Issue – the cover dealing with what’s required to be a modern mum, and an inside feature revelling in the success Wales is having at the moment in sports.
February 2012 – A fine foursome
With Opposites and Numbers joining our existing titles of Colours and Shapes the core set of four is complete. View books
January 2012 – Radio Times illustration
Radio 4 Afternoon Play: ‘Coalition’ By Sarah Wooley.
A contemporary thriller set in the world of post-Coalition politics. Like most Liberal Democrats, Iris never thought she’d ever have a Cabinet post, and so has never worried about the past. But is it now coming back to haunt her?
December 2011 – Award win for PatrickGeorge
My illustration for GreenSource Magazine in the US has won the ‘commissioned illustration’ award from The Society of Publication Designers (SPD) annual illustration competition, SPOTS – a separate competition that the Society sponsors each year to champion the use of small-space commissioned illustrations (called ‘spot illustrations’) in editorial publications.
Clear and Present Danger – an illustration accompanying an article about the effort to make large glass-clad buildings more visible and thus less dangerous for migrating birds.
Judging took place in April of this past year and the panel of judges was a distinguished group of editorial art directors that included the Design Director of The New York Times Magazine, Arem Duplessis, The Design Director of Metropolis magazine, Dunjai Pungauthaikan, Jessica Walsh of Sagmeister Design, Tim O’Quinn of Money magazine, and information graphics guru Nicholas Felton. The competition was chaired by Criswell Lappin of Farenheit 212, former DD of Metropolis magazine. It is published in the Society’s Annual book of the best editorial design, photography, and illustration of 2010.
Many thanks to Francesca Messina and Ted Keller at GreenSource for the commission.
November 2011 – Sunday Telegraph review for ‘Shapes’
“The simple device of an acetate page between each spread turns ‘Shapes’ (PatrickGeorge, £8.99) from a concept book for toddlers into something special. A semicircle that is a whale on one page flips over to become a railway tunnel, a green triangle becomes a tree that turns into a yellow pyramid. Hypnotically absorbing.” View book
September 2011 – New illustrations for Measuring Margate
Since we first posted news about Measuring Margate back in May, quite a few measurements have been submitted. Here are some of the illustrations we have produced to accompany them. See more illustrations
September 2011 – Book signing
We’ll be signing copies of our new early learning concept books Shapes and Colours
at Margate’s Turner Contemporary on 24 September between 11am and 3pm.
Hope to see you there!
A few reviews we’ve had already:
“Inspiring books, imaginatively produced and developed to engage and enrich young minds. The School Librarian
“It’s good to see novelty features adding value to the text… Too often flaps, pop-ups and other novelties are used routinely and unimaginatively.” Nikki Gamble, Writeaway
“It’s a fun way to introduce your child to the popular concept – and the powers of visual trickery.” Junior magazine
August 2011 – GQ Magazine: Share the love
My latest illustration for the GQ Talk section is for an article by Rebecca Newman about the secret of the ‘open relationship’ and the conundrum: is man meant to be monogamous? See more illustrations for GQ
July 2011 – Men’s Health Magazine
We’ve started working with MH producing illustrations covering a miscellany of indispensable tips and advice. See more illustrations for MH
July 2011 – Warming Words logo and icons
Warming Words is a Winter programme of activities and events for children and adults aiming to stimulate reading and the spoken-word in East Kent.
The events fall into three categories:
On the page: reading, writing, storytelling, play-writing, poetry and new media
Off the page: singing recitals, performance poetry, amateur dramatics and film-making
Outside/In: a variety of complimentary events, that encourage walking/talking and wrapping up in warm winter layers and taking in the salty sea air!
July 2011 – GQ Magazine: L’amour, the merrier
An illustration to accompany an article by Rosie Millard about how a new breed of libertin has got the Paris social scene swinging. See more illustrations for GQ
July 2011 – Two new books for September…
We’ve just received file copies of Shapes and Colours which will be published this September in the UK and two more will be published in February next year to complete the series. This new series of books (our ‘acetate’ series) is already proving very popular with foreign publishers and we have sold our first ever set of rights to France, Italy, Spain, China and Korea and look set to continue selling more into 2012! Our last book, Opposites, (published October 2010) caused quite a stir with its clever use of acetate so we decided to create a series and change the format slightly to be larger, squarer and hardback – all to enhance the reader experience. Numbers and the modified format of Opposites will appear on UK bookshelves next February.
June 2011 – ‘Opposites’ review in Junior magazine
On the flip side
Sometimes, altering one little detail is all it takes to make everything go topsy turvy. That’s the premise on which ‘Opposites’, created by design company PatrickGeorge (£5.99), works to ingenious effect. Each spread has a sheet of acetate with a design printed on it. Flip it one way and you get one idea, flip it another and you get the opposites. For example, for ‘sun’ there’s a pair relaxing in loungers under a shady parasol. Move the acetate sheet and that parasol transforms into an umbrella to keep off the rain. It’s a fun way to introduce your child to the popular concept of opposites – and the powers of visual trickery. Junior magazine – July 2011. View book
May 2011 – Measuring Margate
International artist Jenny Wiener has collaborated with Pushing Print, Margate on a new arts project. Measuring Margate directly engages with the ideas behind Jenny’s work which explores and questions the necessity to measure and quantify everyday life. We were approached to create the identity and website design for this innovative project, in which residents and visitors to Margate are invited to measure and quantify anything they see or experience and submit their measurements to the website. Site activity and measurements are recorded in realtime through a graph, pie chart and written comment, some of which we select to interpret through infographics and illustrations. The project is expected to run for a year and illustrations/infographics will be updated monthly. View site
April 2011 – Design Week
My work has been featured in Design Week in an article by Emily Pacey dealing with exponents of ‘intelligent illustration’ and featured a couple of the illustrations I’ve done for GQ this year.
April 2011 – Discover Thanet!
To coincide with the opening of the Turner Contemporary art gallery in Margate last week, a group of discerning locals, including journalists and writers, got together to produce a guidebook to Thanet, located on the East Kent coast. Entitled ‘Discover Thanet’, it invites you to, well… discover Thanet! We were asked to come up with a user-friendly, easy-to-navigate design and layout.
March 2011 – GQ Magazine: Bahrain Grand Prix
Commissioned before the recent civil unrest in Bahrain, this illustration appeared in this month’s GQ Magazine for an article dealing with how the Middle East is embracing global sport, with Bahrain being in pole position for the 2011 Formula One season.
See more illustrations for GQ
March 2011 – Dell campaign
We were approached by RKCR/Y&R to create a series of illustrations, based on their concepts, for Dell’s ‘Efficient Enterprises’ campaign which is running worldwide across all media. View project
February 2011 – The Big Issue
We had the opportunity to work with The Big Issue this week producing illustrations for an article by Fred Pearce, author of Peoplequake, which discusses how women are helping to diffuse the population bomb by having fewer children, as a result of better education, access to medical care and putting their careers first.
February 2011 – GQ Magazine: Cupidtino
The illustration below accompanied an article announcing the launch of a new online dating service for Apple fans. See more illustrations for GQ
January 2011 – Childcare Solved logo
Childcare Solved is a childcare agency serving East Kent. They supply fully vetted nannies and babysitters with a friendly, safe and reliable service. See more logos
December 2010 – Season’s greetings from PatrickGeorge!
December 2010 – Book cover illustration
Working with Nico Taylor at Little, Brown Book Group we produced this illustration for one of their non-fiction titles called Mindfulness: a practical guide to finding peace in a frantic world by Professor Mark Williams and Dr. Danny Penman. Basing the visual on a ‘noise graph’ the cover depicts an urban environment making the transition to a more idyllic natural setting.
November 2010 – Clinical Collation Services identity and website
Sarah Wallace of Clinical Collation Services wanted a new identity and website for her growing business which assists solicitors acting in clinical negligence and catastrophic personal injury claims. Categorising, pagination and indexing are key to her role. We chose to reflect this in the design of her logo and website. View project
November 2010 – GQ Magazine: ‘Under the knife’
For the latest issue of GQ we were asked to approach the subject of cosmetic surgery as increasing numbers of men are opting for various procedures in a bid to look sharper for longer. See more illustrations for GQ
November 2010 – Toyota: Discover Magazine
We were asked by publishing agency Sunday to illustrate a magazine cover for Toyota. View project
September 2010 – Kent’s Creative Coast logo
Catriona Campbell is passionate about encouraging more people to discover the creativity that exists in many of the towns on Kent’s Coast and is championing a creative tourism campaign to do just that. She asked us to create an identity to encapsulate the creative energy in these towns that include Whitstable, Margate, Ramsgate and Folkestone to be used in a variety of situations including www.kentscreativecoast.co.uk, a website that will promote the opportunities to engage in a variety of creative pursuits in interesting venues whilst enjoying a short break in Kent. See more logos
July 2010 – Eyeform
Eyeform, an accredited consultant dispensing optician and ocular prosthesis specialist in the heart of London’s West End, approached us for a new identity. Kanti Fatania, owner and professional consultant, also specialises in the creation of bespoke artificial eyes. He wanted a logo that reflected the beauty of the eye and the beauty of his work. A new website is on its way. View project
July 2010 – New reviews
We got two good reviews recently: A filth of starlings and A drove of bullocks got ‘Editor’s choice’ in INIS (the Children’s Books Ireland magazine), and A drove of bullocks has made it into the glossy parenting magazine, Junior, as a good holiday read. Click here to read both articles.
June 2010 – New art gallery identity
Ingoldsby art gallery in Margate, approached us for a new identity. Renaming themselves ‘Margate Gallery’, they wanted a new logo for their shop front, website and stationery that reflected the simplicity of the name. See more logos
June 2010 – Nice things
We were asked to create the identity for a new gift shop full of ‘design-led desirable goods and other nice things’ for the home. See more logos
March 2010 – What’s in a name?
Here is another collection of vibrant and visually witty illustrations by PatrickGeorge: 100 boys and 100 girls names brought together in one compact little book. It’s being launched at The London Book Fair in April, but you can request or buy a copy in stores now or pre-order online. View book
March 2010 – Tongue Tide
East Kent Live Lit is the live literature network for writers and artists in East Kent and Apples & Snakes is the UK’s leading organisation for performance poetry. Together, they have teamed up to create ‘Tongue Tide’ – a bi-monthly showcase of some of the most dynamic and talented performance poets from around the UK, hosted in Whitstable. PatrickGeorge were asked to come up with imagery to work across their promotional material.
March 2010 – Books For Keeps
We’ve got a great 4 star review for our book, Little Miss Muffet and other rhymes, in Books For Keeps – the March edition of the children’s book magazine. “Divergent, playful, innovative, quirky, expansive, are just a handful of the many adjectives that spring to mind after a first perusal of this deceptively simple book of rhymes…” Read review
March 2010 – Ben’s Bird Boxes website
The Shagpile is the name for Ben’s Bird Boxes’ new range of recycled bird boxes. Following on from his last range made out of old estate agent signs, Ben Dickens decided this time to put end-of-line carpet tiles to good use. PatrickGeorge created his new logo and website and gave the site the avian treatment it deserved. Site best viewed with sound on! View site
January 2010 – Communication Arts
We’re very pleased to have our books, A filth of starlings and A drove of bullocks, featured on the US-based Communication Arts website in their Exhibit section which showcases new and innovative projects in graphic design and advertising from around the world. They have also been selected to appear in the March/April 2010 issue of Communication Arts magazine, the largest international trade journal of visual communications. View article
January 2010 – Happy New Year!
December 2009 – ‘Splash’ page for iPhone app
ATS Heritage approached PatrickGeorge to develop an identity for their Talking Guides brand, which offers multimedia tours as downloadable apps to run on an iPhone and iPod touch. View project
December 2009 – PatrickGeorge hits the road
With some great reviews (view press) under our belt and the recent launch of our new book, Little Miss Muffet and other rhymes, we decided to take time out to travel round the UK visiting as many outlets as possible. We covered 2,000 miles in eight days, getting positive feedback along the way and notched up some sales. Back now and it’s business as usual.
November 2009 – Kate Greenaway Medal nomination
Our book A filth of starlings has been nominated for the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal which is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.
The selection process is organised by CILIP: the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, which is the leading professional body for librarians and information managers with around 24,000 members who work in business and industry, education, local and central government, the health service, the voluntary sector, national and public libraries. The winning title will be announced in June 2010.
November 2009 – Along came a spider…
We have just published a new book of nursery rhymes – Little Miss Muffet and other rhymes. In fact this was the very first book we worked on, but not the first to be published. We thought now would be a good time given the current interest in nursery rhymes in the media and apparent waning in interest by the public. We hope that our contemporary and punchy graphics will give the much-loved and traditional nursery rhymes a new lease of life.
September 2009 – East Kent Live Lit
East Kent Live Lit is a network for writers, artists, producers and venues in East Kent who want to engage in showcasing their art through live performance. They approached us for a logo that should reflect this and were delighted with the result. See more logos
September 2009 – Lá du du
Lá du du (papaya leaf in Vietnamese) offers a private cooking experience to individuals and businesses where people can both taste and cook authentic Vietnamese food. This is a new logo for a new venture. View project
August 2009 – Love: Hate: Hope
Ramsgate Arts, in conjunction with PatrickGeorge and Retina Productions, launched Love: Hate: Hope: Ramsgate, a thought-provoking art installation using film of people talking about what matters to them about their town. The exhibition took over a disused shop space and invited people in to watch the film and air their views. View project
June 2009 – PatrickGeorge is born!
Here are two newly-published books by PatrickGeorge: one is a compilation of animal collective nouns and the other a compilation of bird and aquatic collective nouns. Both books are all about the visual. They are highly colourful, eye-catching, bold, graphic and witty and aimed at everyone – an ideal gift and educational on both a visual and content level – but above all, a bit of fun! Available for purchase online and in bookstores now! View books