My design back catalogue is pretty eclectic and that’s the way I like it. I’m always interested in working in formats I’ve never tried before. Some day I might be able to say I’ve designed at least one of pretty much everything. Maybe when I’m ninety.
So when I was asked to produce a colouring book for primary-schoolers, I paused for a whole nanosecond before accepting the commission. Colouring books are our first introduction to drawing and I must have filled in a hundred of them before my crayons melted. That was a sad day, but the following year I started art school.
A while back, I created a three-minute, South Park-style animation for the client, the Vehicle Emissions Partnership at West Lothian Council and the colouring book told the same story in simplified form over 15 plates. If you really want to get your crayons out and learn about vehicle emissions at the same time, you can print out the whole document here.
How long has it taken me to update the site? This festive posting in May should give you an idea.
With the drive towards a greener future, traditional Christmas cards are taking a bit of a hit. Businesses are especially keen to show their environmentally-friendly credentials and turning to e-cards for greeting their customers.
But e-cards can be a bit flat and unengaging so we’re always on the lookout for novel ways of saying Merry Christmas. When a 3d advent calendar was suggested for Howden Engineering’s massive international customer-base, this seemed an ideal solution. A Christmas card with a difference.
Back to the Future: Britain 2025 with Michael J. Fox, Fred Goodwin, Alistair Sim and lots of poor people.
This is the third in a trilogy of depressing Christmas cards. See last year’s Tight Christmas and 2009′s It’s a Wonderful Recession for the full scope of misery. Next year I promise to do something cheery. Merry Christmas.
I haven’t done any cd sleeve designs for a while, but then I was asked twice in a short space of time to come up with some packaging. Given that the reason I wanted to be a graphic designer was so I could create record sleeve artwork – I’m talking LP’s here, remember them? Big things that folded out with lots of cool graphics and lyrics you could read – I’m always happy to turn my hand to CD sleeve designs, even if I need a magnifying glass to see them.
The two bands here are both Edinburgh-based, but musically they couldn’t be more different. The Sunshine Delay have an alt-country vibe at their heart but they mix it with a rootsy rock and pop to create their own distinctive sound. Easy Tigers are fronted by Craig Ross – who also moonlights with Broken Records – and specialise in rustic, warm soundscapes. Both bands are well worth hearing.
My friend Neil Sommerville is a percussion tutor and runs the Edinburgh Schools Rock Ensemble (ESRE). You know, for kids? Every year the kids put out their own CD recording and every year I produce the sleeve artwork. Neil tells me this is the 10th year we’ve been doing this. I figured some of these kids must be getting a bit long in the tooth by now, but it turns out there’s a new batch every year. It’s only me that’s getting long in the tooth. With this logic, the secret to eternal youth would be to be a member of ESRE.
As it was their anniversary year, they decided the new CD should be a double compilation of the best tracks from the nine previous discs and Neil suggested a Sgt. Pepper pastiche in order to build a collage of members past and present. That sounded fine but this band has had more members than the Drifters. Soon I was suffering from cut and paste exhaustion and had to have a lie down. Anyway, this is the result. Neil is the one with his back to the camera, bottom centre. He’s very tall.
I decided it was time we created our own range of designer T-Shirts, so I’m proud to announce the launch of ‘Insults‘ By Funhouse Graphics.
As the name suggests, everything we have created for this new online shop is insulting, that is, it’s a small compendium of quotes designed and laid out on T-Shirts, mousemats, mugs etc and utilises some of the greatest putdowns of all time.
Queen Karaoke is responsible of course, and those of you who follow her Twitter account will already know the savagery of her wit. But there are also famous quotes from Groucho Marx, Oscar Wilde and others, and a section devoted to Shakespeare’s greatest insults.
This is the new website design I created for Scottish painter Carolynda Macdonald. Carolynda has a serious eye for detail and her most recent paintings, such as the one above, have featured blown-up images of individual pieces of candy with every fold mouth-wateringly portrayed.
The website design is extremely simple and lets the paintings speak for themselves, but I think provides a sympathetic backdrop for these very strong images.
Scottish painter Alan Macdonald asked me to design the catalogue for his current exhibition, now on show in Amsterdam, entitled ‘Message From The Dark Side’.
Alan’s paintings show bishops on mopeds, Dutch masters drinking Coke and all manner of other surreal juxtapositions. I’m a big fan. One of my favourites is called ‘Windbag’ and shows a classical landscape with a Tesco bag blowing freely in the centre.
The catalogue was an exercise in graphic design restraint. The images are so strong, they need a lot of space and as little interference from other design elements as possible. I kept it really simple. I’m not normally known for my restraint.
I'm Greg Moodie, a freelance graphic designer based just outside Edinburgh in Scotland. I've been trading as Funhouse Graphics since 1998 and specialise in 2d & 3d animation with a heavy a dash of quirky.