Nascent Ideas


Tatami “Crazy” gi design competition

This is slightly off topic from the majority of my blog but I’ve been training Brazilian Jiu Jitsu now since about 2000 and in one of the few crossover moments between my interest in martial arts, and my interest in illustration I have been shortlisted for the Tatami Fightwear “Crazy” gi design competition. If I get the most “likes” for my design then my gi will be custom made for me for free!

If you feel like doing me a favour, please go here and “like” my design!



Uniqlo UT Shortlist
October 29, 2008, 3:19 pm
Filed under: Advertising, Art, Competition, Design, drawing, Fashion, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Uncategorized

I managed to get 2 designs onto the Uniqlo UTGP shortlist of 1000 entries, voting is now open so please go to the 2 links below and vote for me, you can vote every day if you’re that way inclined!

Design one

Design two



Matt Taylor
September 26, 2008, 11:24 am
Filed under: Books, Competition, Design, drawing, Illustration

I haven’t been posting links recently but here’s a quick one, a good friend of mine Matt Taylor just won a Penguin book design competition with this amazing illustration. Click it to check out his site!



Update
September 25, 2008, 4:56 pm
Filed under: Art, Blog, Competition, Design, drawing, Illustration, Inspiration, Pop Culture, Skull | Tags: , , , ,

I updated my site very quickly today with one new image, there will be a more full update in a couple of weeks but I hope the new image whets your appetite! Click the image to go to my site.



Tumblr

I now have a tumblr page, I’m probably going to be posting a lot of the stuff I used to post on this blog on there instead and keep the blog as a process/portfolio blog.

tumblr



Spec Work and Competitions
May 25, 2008, 8:09 am
Filed under: Competition, Design, drawing, Fashion, Illustration, news, Pop Culture, Screen Printing

Any illustrator/designer will know the pitfalls of spec work, working for free for the possibility of “winning” a competition to have their design used. They’re all over the place and in general if you’re picked then it will have been worth the effort, if you’re not picked then it’s just a waste of time. I came across a competition today to design a t-shirt for “X-Large” a label that I used to respect quite a lot and that in the past has used designs by Geoff McFetridge amongst others. The competition has the normal provisos that all designs will be the property of X-Large etc etc but what struck me was how bad the “prizes” were. Three runners up win

  • A free T-Shirt with the winning design.
  • A $25 Gift Certificate to XLarge.com.

And the winner wins

  • Worldwide recognition for designing an official XLarge T-shirt.
  • 5 free T-Shirts with the design to show off.
  • $100 Gift Certificate to XLarge.com.

Doesn’t that strike anyone as quite bad? Add to that their track record for these competitions, they held one in the past that appears to have had no winners at all and I’d suggest that entering is probably a waste of time.

Anyway, if you still want to enter you can do so here.



New UK Coins
April 3, 2008, 8:34 am
Filed under: Competition, Design, Inspiration, Pop Culture

Royal Mint

Designer