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21st January 2017 - No Comments!

Why playing creates my most interesting work

“In my youth, passion drove me into very serious play; a kind of play I could never do now because I’m too well educated. There’s something wonderful about that form of youth. Where you can let yourself grow and play and be really a brat” Paula Scher

Like many creative people, Scher recognizes that often the best work comes from serious play. The unfortunate thing is that when we create good work from serious play and it becomes successful, then we tend to try and recreate moments of authentic spontaneity so that we can continue creating great work.  Well, trying to recreate a moment of spontaneous, uninhibited play that yields great results quickly causes us to become stiff, stale and as Scher says, solemn.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

1. START EMBRACING PLAY AND THE UNEXPECTED
2. TAKE ON JOBS THAT ARE A LITTLE BEYOND YOUR ABILITIES
3. DON’T BE AFRAID TO BE A FOOL AND EXPERIMENT
4. DON’T BE AFRAID TO START OVER
5. DON’T CLING TO SUCCESS
6. HELVETICA ISN’T AS GREAT AS PEOPLE THINK…

A client, HFL Engineering wanted some ideas to spruce up their tired looking brochure. Wanting to avoid anything too cheesy and cliche. I created these illustrations to tie in with the idea that complicated machine have beauty. I created these by simply playing with stock images of machine parts in photoshop.

21st January 2017 - No Comments!

Bringing artists together in the local community

A kind letter from one of the artists involved...

Christine Lawley - Independent Arts and Crafts Professional, Mirabel Studios

I’m writing to tell you of all the compliments I’ve had on your behalf, for your ace design skills and visual flair ! Everyone I’ve shown the wall planner to, is totally impressed and think its a masterpiece. How fortunate the people of Didbury are to know they can feel 100%
confident that any graphic design, poster art, etc they commission you to do will be of the highest professional standard. I love everything about the wall planner, and my husband, who has worked in the the printing trade and newspaper industry, conveys his congratulations also for a job well done.

I do hope we’ll be able to work together on another project before too long, along with the other excellent artists featured.

21st January 2017 - No Comments!

Why send a custom made Christmas email or card to your clients

Keep the design simple

Keep costs down

Give to charity

Card or email?

 

 

 

 

Ian Dunkerley
Digital Pace

'I have used Suzanne Murphy Designs on several occasions for both design for print and web; and they have never let me down on quality, cost and timescales. They offer a wonderful value for money and I would have no hesitation in recommending them to others.'[/green_box]

9th January 2017 - No Comments!

Creative Courage with James Victore

Being a fearless designer can be hard these days. But James Victore believes with simple ink on paper we can change the hearts and minds of the public. So the designer has the responsibilty to have creative courage in spite of the circumstances.

I had the pleasure of attending James Victores skillshare class and I am a big fan of his 'burning question' youtube posts and e-shots. In the design world, he’s a celebrity. His work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, he’s written books, and has a regular column for Entrepreneur Magazine, not counting the speaking engagements, workshops around the country and countless commercial work. As a speaker, he loves to inspire others to trust their instincts and embrace the fear of being different.

Victore shared a series of posters his studio created for the New York city probation department. After viewing the probation offices, Victore believed the clients needed inspiration when they stepped off the elevator into the drab room. Influenced by the motivational office posters of the past, he created his own take on them with bold imagery and whimsical hand drawn sayings. (Below left is an original poster, on the right, one of the new ones.)

If we could take away just one suggestion from Victore, it would be “do the work.” Have no fear, put your head down and do the work. Armed with this insight, we can all grow into better designers.