For my northern vernacular work, a dictionary of illustrated typography of northern phrases and slang, the book required me to ask people from different areas of the north for phrases native to their region. The concept for this project came to me when i realised that a lot of the students sometimes struggled to understand some of the phrases i use, so i wanted to produce a publication that was personal to me. (via Graphic Design Graduate Adam Lenz | Design Juices)
The sophisticated animation of Liverpool-based creative studio Draw & Code featured in the premiere of Safe House, the large-scale theatre production that debuted just over a week ago. This spectacular outdoor event was witnessed by more than 5000 people as part of the Brighton Festival with one early review describing the show as ‘nothing short of incredible’. (via Liverpool Animators take Centre Stage at Safe House Premiere | Design Juices)
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)
‘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)
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.