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Top Hat poster design

For this poster design for the musical Top Hat I wanted to include elements of dancing, spotlights, a stage – and to include feelings of motion and glamour.

This poster went through quite a few iterations before we got to the final version.

On the version far right, below, you can see where I was trying out different ways of making the light shine out through the holes on the title.

The dancer silhouette was created from an actual photograph of Fred Astaire dancing.

Elements from all of these were used in the final version (above)

Client: Ovation

Venue: Upstairs at the Gatehouse

 

The great Krispy Kreme conspiracy

We were on holiday in Cornwall, staying in a cottage with a balcony overlooking the sea, in the sleepy but increasing chic village of Portscatho. About two miles offshore and around the coast is a tiny uninhabited island known as Gull Rock, to which there is an annual swimming race.

Our neighbour Chris had recently acquired an inflatable RIB, and one morning on returning from a jaunt testing it out around the bay, he told his son Adam that he had noticed that on the far side of Gull Rock he had noticed there was a Krispy Kreme doughnut concession.  Adam (8) was a little sceptical, so I Photoshopped this image and uploaded it to Facebook, to try and convince him.

A couple of days later, Chris had to go to a meeting in London so, while there, he purchased a big box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts and brought them back with him. He then kept them concealed overnight, put them in the RIB and took a trip out around Gull Rock. On the way back he splashed water on the box for added authenticity and arrived back on the beach where he triumphantly presented the box to Adam.