Toy: The Book as a Toy

The kind of book you can ‘toy’ with.
The design is simple and many of us will have played with a book like this as a child ourselves. The pages are cut into threes, and as sections are flipped over, the character changes character.
This project gave me Illustrator & Photoshop practice using a character I’d already created for a Flash animation. Of course this is just an illustration, the book doesn’t exist in reality, but it was fun coming up with a few more variations of The Character which may come into use for a future project.
A Tip: is a site I found recently. A really good source of  information about making your own homemade books, how a book is made, publishing a book, etc


Birthday Wishes

The chocolate cake is a vector illustration created in Adobe Illustrator. Graphics tablet practice. The small candle-crowded image is a quick pen outline with a watercolour wash.








In this image I’ve used acrylic paints to add the vibrant colours of a fruit and vegetable harvest, to a black and white drawing I had previously screen printed onto white cotton fabric.

How To Find Kingscliff Design

My task was to create a document to promote Kingscliff Design School ( The project was basically about structuring a suitable visual language for the promotion of the school and its educational facilities, to an audience with a Design career focus, and also to identify the attractions of  its Kingscliff location.
I designed a small stapled booklet, 20cm x 20cm, easy to handle and flip through the pages. The inclusion of all relevant information and the employment of visual stimuli were two of the major design considerations – basically an informative document presented with the impact of design.

The Little Red Notebook

I’ve been wanting a small pocket-sized notebook to record book references and websites as I encounter them for later use. Not being able to find exactly what I needed, I opened one of my former book cover designs in Photoshop, resized it to be printed as a photograph, changed the text, but kept the fonts & colour (RGB-for a photo), removed the bar code, etc, & replaced the imagery.

The ‘reversing the book’ trick came in handy for this design. Open it from one side to record book references – turn it over & upside-down for the webs. I usually find this upside down feature when used in magazines an irritation. But it’s a useful tool in this case to keep notes organised. After folding the matt printed photo (the white lines are fold lines, making this a very easy step), I used double-sided tape to add enough blank pages, separating the two areas with a coloured page, and put it into use. It works really well. The assembly would have even been more efficient if I had just stitched the folded pages and then taped them to the cover.

Studies of The Wooden Chair

Inspired by Melissa Mackie’s computer chair composition: I’ve made my own wooden computer chair the subject of a sketching session. Maybe we have the same idea – my chair has aesthetic qualities, but is not designed for long sessions in front of the screen. That’s the point. I’m reminded to take regular eyesight breaks.

Lately I’ve been using a soluble marker pen to quickly draw in the basic lines, then applying a wet brush to give a loose, rough look.