While working in the digital sector, I have been responsible for a range of graphic design projects. Most were part of a larger task such as a website redesign, but some stand on their own. This page looks at a couple of my standalone graphic design projects: the front cover of an ebook, and a series of infographics.
The Scrabble Player's Handbook
The board game Scrabble turned 65 in 2013, but it shows no signs of retirement. On the contrary; the rise of online versions of the game have given Scrabble a new lease of life. Today, approximately 30,000 games of Scrabble are started every single hour. I designed the front cover of The Scrabble Player's Handbook, a free guide to competitive play and tournament-level tactics. I worked closely with the editor Stewart Holden – runner up in the 2007 National Scrabble Championship, author of Scrabble puzzles in The Guardian, ABSP committee member, and winner of Series 51 of Countdown.
The design shows the final stages of an expert level game. The phrase “This is how we play Scrabble” is woven into a board which also features the words ENDOPODS, EPAZOTE, GEWGAW and REVIVIFY. (Not to mention AA [a dry form of lava] and XU [one hundredth of a Vietnamese dong].) The ebook's many authors are listed on a nearby score pad, and its year of publication is hidden in the SamTimer 'chess' clock. I also prepared matching artwork for the LearnScrabble.com forum, launched concurrently with the ebook.
The Scrabble Player's Handbook was widely praised on the Scrabble scene and highlighted on the BBC News website. As of 2015, it has been downloaded more than 65,000 times.
Since 2014, I have created five infographics for the motorcycle shop GetGeared. Designed to be easy to embed into biker blogs across the web, these infographics covered topics from classic motorbike movies to waterproofing agents! The first of the series shows the ultimate superbike starting grid. The graphic was so well received it was reproduced at 300dpi, printed on canvas, and put on display in GetGeared's shop in Surrey.