I'm a graphic designer with experience in print, motion graphics and environmental design and a passion for interface design. I work for Gladstone Institutes. I've also worked for Studio Hinrichs and the UK Design Council, where I helped hi-tech companies communicate their technology, build their brand, raise funding and accelerate success.
Typography In Motion
Brief: create a motion graphics piece that conveys the meaning and feel of a piece of audio, using primarily type.
Concept: I chose to do a kinetic typography project which aims to capture the energy and vibrancy of the song 'Stay', by Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs.
The song has really bold vocals and great sense of rhythm, so I timed the typography with the lyrics to create a sharp, fast-paced motion graphics piece.
I used Neutra for the font, since it is 1950s inspired (the era of the song), and conveys a boldness and simplicity that complements the music. It also has a little quirkiness to it which I thought was appropriate.
In keeping the colour palette simple and stark, I wanted to communicate the vibrancy of the 1950s as well as a little drama, with a few surprising elements in the juxtaposition of black, orange and blue.
Movie Opening Titles
Brief: create a sequence for the opening or closing credits of a movie or TV show.
I chose Ingmar Bergman's "Persona", a film about the relationship between two women whose personalities begin to merge.
Concept: I wanted to convey the concept of the movie as well as a visual representation of the music, so I used a combination of shape layers that describe the music as well as illustrate part of the story.
I constrained the colour palette to black, white and red to create a tense, sinister feel within the piece. I also used symbols with a flickering, strobing effect that would relate the idea of merging personalities and the disturbing results.
I wanted to visualise the two female characters in the film, so created a 'draw on' effect that outlined two female profiles, facing one another. I also used the metaphor of two circles, interlinked, that flickered and spun, before finally overwhelming the viewer.