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WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LIVERPOOL CREATIVE SCENE RIGHT NOW? WHAT ARE ITS BIGGEST ASSETS? 

I love Liverpool. I’ve been here for 13 years. As a creative city it’s fantastic. It’s cheap which makes it an ideal place to experiment with ideas. Once an idea is successful, it’s almost a given that it should be transported down to to London. I don’t know whether we should stop that because Liverpool is small. There aren’t enough clients to sustain the creative industry we already have. I think the brain drain is a good thing as long as we hang onto the best minds. That’s the hard part. 

AS A BUSY CREATIVE HUB, WHICH PEOPLE (& BUSINESSES) IS LIVERPOOL DO YOU LOVE THE MOST? 

In terms of creative people and businesses, I’m a sucker for the independents. I don’t think we’ve ever shaken off, or wanted to shake off our outsider status. 

I love Paul Rafferty‘s work he’s a really interesting designer working in music. I love Unfold Design. A good friend of mine has been working with Firesprite so I’m interested to see what they do over the next year. I’m also a massive fan of the Art School at John Moores. They’re churning out some really interesting people at the moment. 

I’m also a massive fan of Bold Street Coffee, same as everyone with a MacBook and a Moleskine. My eldest has recently started skating so I’m also beginning to realise how incredibly valuable having a brand like Lost Art in the city is. They’re a textbook example of how to build and maintain loyalty – I think a lot of businesses could learn a thing from the way LA have built a community around their customers. (via Interview Gemma Germains of Well Made Studio | Design Juices)

Santa Vs Elf: No toy left behind.

#santavself

It’s time.Check out the official poster for ‘Santa vs Elf’.A short film about TWO things. Christmas. And ass whoopings.—
Hold tight, dudes. Hold tight.#SantaVsElf(poster created by Ian Blundell Design )

See the trailer soon at Papertwin
‘We are pleased to announce that on the 8th December we will be having a launch night/exhibition in the Zanzibar, Seel street. For our Creatures of the Deep project we asked 32 artists from across the globe to give us their own version of a deep sea creature, we then went and screen printed the lot! The artwork has been absolutely amazing and we would love it if everybody and anybody came down to the launch, not only to see the great artwork but for some free wine and live drawing too! There will be a chance to get your own copy of the Creatures pack and free gift bags for the first 15/20 people through the door, doors open at 7pm & entry is free.’ (via Critter Shed Launch Night | Creatures of the Deep Exhibition | Design Juices)
‘We are pleased to announce that on the 8th December we will be having a launch night/exhibition in the Zanzibar, Seel street. For our Creatures of the Deep project we asked 32 artists from across the globe to give us their own version of a deep sea creature, we then went and screen printed the lot!
The artwork has been absolutely amazing and we would love it if everybody and anybody came down to the launch, not only to see the great artwork but for some free wine and live drawing too! There will be a chance to get your own copy of the Creatures pack and free gift bags for the first 15/20 people through the door, doors open at 7pm & entry is free.’ (via Critter Shed Launch Night | Creatures of the Deep Exhibition | Design Juices)
Creative Process is back and it’s bigger and better! Taking place on Thursday 5 December, an afternoon packed full of inspiring speakers from tech to illustration – they’ve got it all. Plus find it at a new venue – Oh Me Oh My, Water Street, Liverpool. (via Creative Liverpool Presents Creative Process #3 | Design Juices)
The brand new self entitled EP from ‘The Hummingbirds‘ is here, buy the CD from their website or over on iTunes now. Watch out for the first track ‘Emma’ which is my favourite on the record. (via The Hummingbirds Self Entitled EP now Available | Indie Minded)
Yorkshire born and Liverpool bound, Michael Snowdon freelances under the pseudonym Microcosm, presenting a quirky personality through his artwork. Here we interview Microcosm talking about the city of Liverpool, Draw the Line, graphic design, traditional versus digital, giving back, comics & more.
“Liverpool’s a city which evokes a lot of pride from its natives and there’s a very local community feel to the arts sector.” – Michael Snowdon
WHO IS MICHAEL SNOWDON? HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR DESIGN STYLE?
In a nut-shell i’m a Yorkshire born, Liverpool based Graphic Artist. I spent a lot of my youth reading comics, watching films and building tree-houses out in the woods getting lost on my own adventures. Much of my self-indulgent, outdoor childhood remains with me today and the wealth of pop-culture references I’ve digested over the years spills out, sometimes into my work, but normally through hyper-tea-induced- train-of-thought babble.
When I began at Liverpool John Moores University on their Graphic Arts course I’d never once clicked a Mac or loaded Photoshop. I was, and still am, a mechanical pencil and fine-liner kind of guy, so it was a steep learning curve entering the world of digital design. I tend to like things clean and simple so for majority of University life my work was very vector based. It wasn’t until I graduated that I returned to my illustrative roots and got my hands a bit dirty. The fine-liner is now a more expressive brush pen and the flat art has depth and texture.
Although my work has a level of consistency and polish to it, I don’t feel like I’ve ever had a distinctive style. I treat each brief individually and choose the most appropriate style to accomplish the task. It may be a hand-drawn illustration which becomes a screenprint, an animation or a clean and simple vector graphic. A Jack of all Trades and a Master of some I guess.
(via Interview Graphic Artist and Illustrator Michael Snowdon aka Microcosm | Design Juices)

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Buy yours now for £10 Online, all funds go to supporting Clatterbridge Cancer Charity! (Sizes S-XL in grey + pink available)

"By purchasing one of our ‘THINK’ tees, not only will you be supporting the incredible work that goes on over at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre and ensuring that this work is able to continue, but you’ll also be playing your part in spreading the word. Awareness is vital to early diagnosis, and simply by wearing our tee, telling a friend, or showing your support for the campaign, you encourage people to listen, THINK and check."
Emily Briselden-Waters is a recent design graduate from Manchester school of Art, still finding her feet in the big bad world you will know her from working with @INPRINTLPOOL. (via Graphic Design Freelancer Emily Briselden-Waters | Design Juices)
Who were your first musical influences? Which people inspire your work today? 
My first musical inspirations were random’ers out of my dads vinyl collection combined with my brothers guitar practice. The combination between always hearing new things and songs being practiced in front of me made it so easy to see what kind of world I wanted to be part of. Today my inspirations are endless, both musically and personally. Sometimes it’s the people I meet and get to know that inspire most, even more than what I hear sometimes. And the emotional connections made with others tends to be the base of much of my work.
How would you describe the music of Ragz Nordset? 
The electronic EP, Sleepdancing is basically a soundscape of emotion. It’s acoustic ideas placed in an electronic setting. So I guess, electro-acoustic would be the easiest way to describe it (via Indie Minded Music Interview Ragz Nordset | Indie Minded)
Another great creative out of Liverpool, Laura Parker is currently working on a collection of images focusing on entomology and traditional mandala formations. (via Surface Pattern Designer & Illustrator Laura Parker | Design Juices)
YOU ALSO WORK IN TEACHING GRAPHIC DESIGN AND ILLUSTRATION AT LJMU, WHY DID YOU WANT TO GO INTO TEACHING? 
I was attracted to lecturing because I knew it would be both very challenging and very rewarding at the same time, and I was fortunate enough to gain one of the sessional posts at LJMU last year. It has been a very steep but enjoyable learning curve, and I have been able to share a lot of things I have picked up via my own research projects which is a great feeling. In some ways doing research can feel quite isolated and almost selfish, so having the ability to share it with your students on a regular basis is a great feeling. I also think as a lecturer you have an obligation to remain active in your own practice, to keep working hard and to be even more engaged with the creative industries around you. I also worked at UCLan for a term, delivering a contemporary contextual studies module across the design faculty. As a result I now have a much broader interest and deeper knowledge of the different disciplines within design, which I think is very important for anyone working in the creative sector to have. (via Interview LJMU Printmaker, Designer & Educator Bee Hughes | Design Juices)
“I thoroughly enjoyed my studies, and ever since have been trying to gain as much knowledge about the industry as possible. My main goal is to move in to apparel design, for a company that produces street wear (I’m a fan of Puma, Adidas Originals or Vans.) Like most illustrators I know, I’ve been drawing since I can remember. I went through endless sketchbooks, and used to love rainy days as it meant I could sit in and draw all afternoon.” (via LJMU Illustration Graduate Helen Rabbitte | Design Juices)