Print graphics – Stationery, menus, logos, posters, flyers, cards, promotion…
This page contains many types of graphic communication, from posters to business cards. Some of the newer ones were created in the computer. Others were made using more traditional methods that existed before the advent of the desktop computer and its virtual domination of the graphic communication market.
TexMex Restaurant in Mijas Costa – Costa del Sol
The Ponderosa Roadhouse
Below we have the inner and outer of a 3 spread, triptych menu for the Ponderosa Roadhouse on the Costa del Sol. Created in vectors in CMYK colours ready for print.
This is graphic communication at its basic, if you don’t understand the menu what are you going to eat?
The food was gorgeous. I did all the photos for their menus too. Saari, the owner had to make all the dishes and I had to photograph them and eat them. Christmas come early.
The Ponderosa Road House cocktail list.
The Ponderosa’s cocktails were strong and reasonably priced. One of my perks for being the local artist in residence was that the barmaids always gave me shot glasses of what was left over from a mix. Those were the good ol’ days.
And how to get to this bohemian establishment with it’s blues jams and music nights…
Letterheads and Compliment slips – CYMK colour space
Three examples of compliment slips. The Mochdre Day Nursery, Newtown, Powys was more of a nursery and drop in centre for latch-key kids. TV, PlayStations etc. along with a crèche for the toddlers.
CMYK spot colours.
Compliment slip for Deep6, a ROV operation on the Costa del Sol. Including yacht inspection, object recovery from harbours and marinas. The phone may be useless but the SIM and SD are probably ok.
I designed this compliment slip and the business cards to look like an orange browser and to tie in with the online shop that is featured here and also in the business cards below.
Various business cards – CYMK colour space
Above: Blue Sky estate agents of Los Boliches on the Costa del Sol.
Below: Six variants of a business card for a Café on National Trust Property in Witshire, UK.
Business card for a gîte in France who also ran a online web shop selling African arts and crafts. I also built the online shop website which is linked above on the compliment slip section.
The website has since been re-built to accommodate mobile devices.
Call cabins, WiFi and internet access are provided by N340net in the Fuengirola area of Spain.
The premises were equipped for fast online gaming. At very low prices, lots of youngsters would be in there causing mayhem in the cyber-world.
Two particularly uninteresting variants on a business card for a body-work, mechanics and paint shop. The Merc is from the net, he specified the model, and I zapped it in Photoshop to change the colours.
Bread and butter but not too much fun on this one.
An online trading company on the Costa del Sol. These businesses come and go. I wish I still had some of the graphics I produced for and online escort service, they were fun.
Again, some more of the “corporate identity” for Bazaar Africa. This is the online shop logo. It has since been changed and no longer features the hoopoe.
This logo was for the gîte part of the operation. Collectively known as Hoopoe Hideaway (because of the garden birds, quick look here and Bazaar Africa brought to you by Hoopoe Hideaway because the shop was a sub-domain of the gîte site.
Now Bazaar Africa has its own URL
This is my logo. Granted this one is computer generated but it comes from my painting days. This mark is how I used to sign murals and trompe l’œil work in the 1990s. It is an easy shape to brush on and has a distinctive shape – a little like a snail.
Made for a MaD friend known as “Anglecakes”.
I practised Aikido with this dojo for a number of years. It hasn’t existed for a while now. Shame, the sensei was good… if a little sarcastically rude.
I hated all the differing fonts… but sometimes you can’t argue.
A company on the Costa del Sol selling bling-bling jewellery for little girls or wannabes. I was surprised at how nice and well priced some of this stuff was.
I took all the photos in this poster and edited them all up to arrive at the composite. Text elements were added in Illustrator.
The above poster design was conceptualised by my colleague Stuart Mortimer and realised by me using vectors and bitmap images.
The film was to be about a serial killer gathering his victims via eBay and strangling them with guitar stings. The catch line was It’s cool to be cruel”
Part of the rave scene on the Costa featured below. This poster was in two languages with the inauguration night being an alien theme night. It was surprisingly fun.
I also painted some back-drops with fluorescent paint to react with the UV lights.
The Alien Nation Easter party.
Early days on the Costa del Sol, when it was cheap and there was work.
Alien Nation Castle party.
Fuengirola has an old Arab castle. El Castillo Sohail.
The poster was created for the Arklow band Those Lazy Babies. It was supplied as a two colour separation on A2 paper.
The picture underneath is the original drawing from which the separations were made in black and red gouache.
The two pictures underneath are the two separations for the poster, one black one red. The red would have been printed up and the black then registered to the red for the black ink pass.
The above image was a quick A3 poster for the same band. Left with the space at the bottom to hand write the date and venue.
These graphics were produced before the days of home PCs. Hand lettered and hand coloured, it was a completely different discipline from today’s graphics. Basic knowledge of printing processes and registration techniques were needed.
Two more Arklow bands
Pen, ink, pencil and gouache. The birds and the music notes make up the name Magpie.
Ború – A traditional Irish band named after Brian Ború the first king of Eire.
This is an A3 poster designed to be taped to lampposts etc. As can be seen this poster was used for a gig at the Orphan Girl pub in Ballymoney, Co. Wexford. I supplied this poster as a two colour separation as above with Those Lazy Babies
Both these posters were pre-computer days. Hand lettering was a skill that came from sign writing. These days most sign writing is done with tacky plastic printed off from the computer. Brushes hardly ever enter into the discipline any longer. Yet another dying art.
Pen, ink and gouache.
This image is a composite image. It was created for the back of a camper van.
The finished image was supplied to the printer and was run off on the same material that is used for the advertising on buses and taxis. The image was then stuck on the camper van. It measured 1.20m x 0-90m.
Cover illustration features Sensei Gareth Jones in his youth.
“Ai Hammi, Gyaku Hammi, Kata Dori Men Uchi – A treatise by Sensei Gareth Jones.
Not a title to roll off the tongue.
It was decided not to use this cover for possible copyright infringement. I think less than 20 were sold.
This cover was never used. The Sensei thought that it made him look like a cartoon. I felt that it conveyed the spherical motions of good Aikido.
The Beautopia album cover was created as a collage using magazine cut-outs and lots of glue.
The Ború cover was created with pen and ink, the fonts were hand drawn. In both cases the original artwork was about 60cm square.
The bodhran that can be seen in Tommy Breen’s hands was one I decorated. (Have a look here)