I had the very lovely honour of designing Cliona and Paul's wedding invites. I created a set of acrylic stamps for them to customise every paper-related aspect of their wedding. Hard work but everything had a nice, hand-applied feel to it. It was one of best weddings I've been to; a supercool gospel choir, lovely folks at our table, tear-inducing heart-felt speeches, a gorgeous setting and a great atmosphere. And they also happen to be some of the most talented people I know. Good luck for the future you two!
Street Feast is a brilliant concept. It’s one day in the year where neighbourhoods across Ireland host a lunch in their streets, local parks or front gardens. It’s a great excuse to share good food and meet interesting people who live nearby.
Samuel and the Street Feast team asked us to help them get the word out so I developed a friendly, illustrative look and feel, a custom typeface and a downloadable guide to running your own feast. If you’re in Ireland hop along to streetfeast.ie and join the party on the 18th July.
I got contacted in January by Lowe Roche (a lovely Canadian design agency) to help them create some hand-lettered 6 sheet ads for the Pawsway center in Toronto.
I love hand-lettering illustration jobs and this was a great job to work on. I do get through a heck of a lot of paper and ink. I've been working with a brush I bought in NYC that uses regular ink cartridges. I'd be lost without it.
We (Atto) hosted a sugru HACKquarium on Tuesday night at the Black Box and invited 40 chums to come and hack their old stuff better. We've been working with Jane (sugru inventor) for about 3 - 4 years now and we're totally in love with the product. They're the best people in the world to work with too. Long live sugru.
I got commissioned for a lovely job to create some custom hand lettering for cookie packaging for a big supermarket chain. I love these types of jobs. Unfortunately the client chose to go down the photographic route but I still like what I sent so here it is.
We found this buried deep in our finished work folder and it made us laugh. This is a secret stage of a logo design we did for Queen's Triathlon Club.
If you're a bit of word geek like me (I have a file for collecting good words - sad but true) then I hope you'll love Artwiculate. It's a twitter-based Word of the Day competition that helps clever people look clever and helps the rest of us learn new words.
Pete came up with the idea at the start of summer and we teamed up with coding ninja, Stuart to make it all work. It's early days yet, we just launched it this week but so far people seem be enjoying it. I love it when a good plan works out.
Follow @artwiculate on Twitter to play along and celebrate your inner word geek.
Some lionny doodles. Ideas on how to make a tiny lion with a short complex look big and fierce.
I'm so excited and and very proud to present the Good Little Company. We've been working with the lovely bunch at Finnebrogue over the past couple of years to create a new brand of super-sausages for families.
I could waffle all day about this but to cut a long story short, they're the best sausages you could buy (85% outdoor bred pork, no artificial nasty chemicals, gluten-free, the list goes on) AND we've worked out a great plan with Christian Aid so that every time you buy one pack of Good Little Sausages, someone in a country like Malawi gets a meal every day for 2 weeks.
We worked on every part of the brand which was so satisfying to create a really complete look and feel. The characters are actually a bit of a spin off from the Bark Nugget animals I used to draw in art college. I even got to produce an animation to show off Meal for a Meal. We're so chuffed, this is the best job we've got to work on in a long time and we get to make a bit of a difference in the actual real world!
Go look and join the Facebook group or follow the Twitter and the Good Little Company will donate a meal on your behalf. Even better - go buy the sausages in Tescos (they're great with mash and onion gravy).
Exciting times, we've just launched a spangly new site:
This is something we've been working on for a long time now and we're pretty excited. We love the thought of spreading the Mrs P joy in classrooms around the world (cheesy I know). If you're a teacher or a parent, please spread the word. Get on the forums and start chatting. Mrs Pancake's ever-so 2.0 - you can find her on Facebook and Twitter too.
Just a quick note to let you know about our wee project for Kiva (Kiva is the world's first person-to-person micro-lending website, you can lend directly to unique entrepreneurs in the developing world - it's a super cool charity that we want everyone to know about)
We're great believers that "the best place to store food is in someone else's stomach" so we came up with Build a Beard Workshop. You'll see for yourself, but basically for everyone who posts a picture of themselves with one of our free beards, we'll put $1 in a Kiva account, probably forever.
If it's massively successful, we'll try to find other partners to match fund, or to make sure that the money stays in Kiva forever, but we shall see. It'd be lovely if you could do yourself a beard and post it! Plus if you have a blog, stick it up and we'll link to you - help us go bankrupt and spread the word ;-)
Go to Build a Beard do Kiva a favour and get hairy.
All the Beards,
We're back! The jollies were super duper fun but I'll tell more about that later. We got some great news while we were away. The BBC have given us the page impressions stats of the Sesame Tree website and it looks like it's making a lot of people smile. Here's some figures to ponder over:
August 2,662,160 (wowees)
We worked so hard on all the illustration and animation and we're chuffed to bits that it's a big winner. Big thanks to the lovely folks at FRONT and BBC NI for collaborating on this.
Thanks to everyone who gave me tips for New York, keep 'em coming, we're leaving on Saturday - woot!
Big love and hugs to Ben & Sarah Behzadafshar :-)
I hope Marie doesn't read my blog because this is her surprise for tonight :-)