22 Apr 2013

Go the extra mile – it’s never crowded

Anyone currently looking for a job in design should definitely check out this interview with Sarah Parmenter on

This quote sums it up beautifully:

There’s too many people out there not pushing as hard as they should be. They see reality TV stars who seemingly do nothing to earn thousands of pounds and it’s reflective of the youngsters that are coming up today. I see it constantly. They think just pushing out a CV to hundreds of places is enough, that is productive in their eyes. There’s hardly anyone going the extra mile, I’d say go that extra mile - it’s never crowded.

The entire interview here


16 Apr 2013

Please read this before contacting me

I’ve been receiving a huge amount of correspondence recently which falls into three categories: applications for jobs, offers of work (mostly freelance) and requests for information about moving to Dubai or becoming a graphic designer. I feel a weird sort of guilt when I ignore these unsolicited and misguided messages so I’m writing this post to hopefully try to alleviate that feeling.

Applications for jobs
I am very fortunate to be employed as a graphic designer at an amazing organisation where I work within an in-house communications team. I am not a company and am I not currently responsible for recruiting designers to work in my team. Sending me job applications merely highlights that; a) you haven’t done your research properly; and b) are probably just ‘mail-bombing’ design companies you found on Google. Neither of these traits are attractive to anyone looking to fill a position.

Offers of work
I’m not currently looking for work (full-time, freelance or otherwise). I have a full-time job which I enjoy and take very seriously and a young daughter who I love spending as much time with as possible. Any time that isn’t occupied by one of these two responsibilities is my own to enjoy.

Requests for information
I’m always happy to share information and answer questions about becoming a designer, moving to the Middle East, or anything else you may feel I have some insight into. However, I won’t reply to general questions that could be answered via Google, nor will I spend an entire evening writing out answers to open, essay-style questions.

Thanks very much for reading :)


16 Apr 2013

Eskorte type family

I really like the look of the Eskorte Arabic-Latin type family by Rosetta Type Foundry

Eskorte type family - Arabic and Latin font
Eskorte type family - Arabic and Latin font
Eskorte Type Family - Arabic and Latin font

Eskorte is a hardworking Latin-Arabic type family with an uncomplicated, regular appearance that conveys a crisp, businesslike tone. Its compact range of styles has been designed for easy use by non-designers in offices of legal and academic institutions, and corporate environments. Eskorte supports Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and over ninety languages using the Latin script.

The various styles were designed together, resulting in a smooth, coherent style across the family. The italics take on livelier, more fluid forms that echo the design of the Arabic, allowing them to sit perfectly together, while the extrabold adds punch to official announcements and notices.

The Arabic was designed in consultation with Titus Nemeth.

Available on the Rosetta Type Foundry website


13 Sep 2012

Feeling blue

It’s great to see that the international fashion industry is finally sitting up and taking notice of me…

Obviously Carlos Campos’s Spring 2013 range was heavily inspired by my own love of royal blue… Maybe a bit too much Carlos, eh?

Carlos Campos Spring 2013 collection


12 Sep 2012

License to Kern

Today, UK design magazine Creative Review reported on an unusual job posting they’d seen on the CIA website…

It seems that the US Central Intelligence Agency has an opening for a graphic designer. What this would involve? Putting together fake passports for femme fatale assassins? Forging military secrets to sell to enemy dictatorships? Designing fonts that carry secret coded messages…? I’m sure if you successfully applied for this job, you could tell us…

but then you’d have to kill us.

CIA graphic designer.

Or if you fancy yourself as more of a James Bond than a Jason Bourne, there’s also an opening for an artworker at MI6 in London.

No Bond… I can't make the logo any bigger

“No Bond… I can’t make the logo any bigger”