While researching map design, I came across the fascinating Cartographers’ Guild and, on a whim, decided to enter their mapping challenge for May 2014: to design a map that monsters might have created. This is what I came up with:
The concept is pretty basic: A primitive tribe of monstrous folk live in the mountains and prey on several surrounding human communities for their food and supplies. They don’t have a well developed written language, so they’ve marked points of interest on their maps using pictograms and other symbols. It’s like a hobo code. They’re mostly interested in food and threats, so the symbols include bread and livestock (farmers), fish, villages and cities etc. They also mark on weapons to indicate how dangerous the people are in those areas.
It’s a small map because they travel by foot and this is basically their whole world and it lacks sophistication because they do.
: I’m happy to report that my map won this particular challenge!
I worked on the BBC’s Doctor Who website during Matt Smith’s first series. Of all the work I produced, I was most proud of this Prisoner Zero wanted poster I created as a downloadable goodie to accompany the episode The Eleventh Hour. Somewhat uniquely, it was approved exactly as I presented it.
See also: Some fun Sarah Jane Adventures stuff I designed!
These are some of the things I made for the BBC’s Sarah Jane Adventures website. The SJA site has changed a lot since my time there, but you can still dig some of these up if you search around.
A quick illustration inspired by a Doctor Who episode and by Comicraft‘s annual font sale.
Originally posted on halfblog.net.
Originally created for the BBC Wales Music website, each of these pin badges has been designed to represent a particular decade of popular music. I'm least happy with the 60's one, but I'm pleased with 70's and 80's. Turns out I can't install fonts at work, so I had to make do with what was already on my system.