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August 15, 2013 - No Comments!

Well, don’t we have a treat for the type geeks amongst us?! This weeks score brings you Andrei Robu, lettering and illustration specialist who has designed for some of the worlds biggest brands including Nike and Coca-Cola. His typography is enough to make any designer drool so close your mouth and read on!

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June 5, 2013 - 6 comments

Converse and Dazed & Confused have teamed up for a fourth year running to present the Emerging Artists Award. An award looking to find the best artists around the UK. If you think this could be you, then its time to enter! Shortlisted artists will bag themselves £1,000 each with the winner taking £5,000 at an event in Whitechapel Gallery. Pretty awesome you could say!

Type of Brief: Five works of art.

Deadline: 23rd June 2013

To be in with the chance of this mega opportunity there's a couple things you have to do / be. Candidates must be unrepresented, under 35, residents in the UK and not in education. If these things apply to you then jolly good. Then its as simple as five pieces of your work, a page description of the pieces and your CV.

So hop to it you budding young artists. You might just be exhibiting this summer. All details can be perused here. Best of luck.


May 29, 2013 - No Comments!

Bow Arts is seeking to appoint an artist/designer/illustrator to create a series of artworks as part of the new Bow School development in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. The commission includes designing artwork for the student entrance gates into the school, the nearby underpass and surrounding area.

Type of brief: Create a series of artwork

Deadline: 14th June 2013

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 25th June 2013 and the artwork installation will be complete by March 2014. They are inviting submissions from all creative disciplines AND there is a £6,000 design fee for this project so get going!

Find the brief and supporting information here.

April 12, 2013 - Comments Off on Melissa Bailey : The Score

When starting out into the creative world it's an understatement to say it can be quite intimidating when folk like Stylist Mag and Harper's Bazaar come a-knockin' - lucky then that this young lady simply responds with her pencils, her pad and her enviable talents. Listen up to illustrator extraordinaire Melissa Bailey.

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August 24, 2012 - Comments Off on Marchand : The Score

Big welcomes to you and your desires to immerse your inner -most self in our Bank Holiday Friday offerings. And by God how we haven't disappointed. This week we want to introduce you to how things go down on the South side. And we're not talking Elephant & Castle, we're talking way down South on the coast of Africa. Say a big hello to Cape Town and this weeks featured Illustrator/Designer 'Marchand'. Here's a bit about what gets him going.

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March 30, 2012 - Comments Off on Greg Stekelman : The Score

Hello one and all.

This weeks Score comes from illustrator, writer and novelist, Greg Stekelman. Otherwise known as @themanwhofell.

You see, Greg tweets.

In fact, in the four years that he has been on Twitter, he has become almost as famous as the celebrities who follow him. In between tweets he also writes books, short stories and advises people like us on social media. Oh and occasionally starts the odd world famous meme.

So without further ado, here he is.

You have 280 characters, how would you describe yourself?

Short. Bearded. Angry. Tired. A timewaster. Silly. Anxious. Clever. Jewish. I’m also a writer, by chance as much as anything else.

Portrait by Chris Floyd

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March 2, 2012 - Comments Off on Jessica Hische : The Score

So here we are again folks, another week has flown by and it’s weekly score time. This week the score comes to you from the quirky grey matter of illustrator and designer Jessica Hische hailing all the way from Brooklyn NYC. With out her we wouldn’t have one of my favourite websites “The accidental Hipster” So for that we say a massive thanks! Hold on to your belts. Let’s get started.

Why did you start drawing type?

Really, out of necessity. I was broke in college and couldn’t afford to go on an awesome font spending spree and didn’t have the time to pour through the free font sites for something actually worth using. I noticed in school that my hand drawn type would make the project feel more cohesive and special, so I tried to make custom type as much as possible for projects. Now almost everything I make has hand-lettering in it. One major disadvantage to being good at hand-lettering is that I am TERRIBLE at picking out fonts for projects. Every time I’ve needed a crazy display font for something, I’ve just made it myself because it takes me less time to make it than it does to scour the internet for something good. Don’t ask me to recommend a similar font to anything I’ve made, I won’t know what to tell you and then I’ll feel like a lame designer.

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November 4, 2011

Kirsty Ramsbottom : The Score

Bonjour mes amis!

Yep, 'tis Friday, bloody cold outside and the world and it's mother seem to have the flu. So what better way to start the weekend than a read of this week's Score.

Meet Kirsty, the creative talent behind Dotty Noggin and full time textile designer. And dog owner. And wife. And mother to be...

So in true glossy mag style, read on to find out just how she does it all.

So hello, what's the average day like in Dotty Noggin HQ?

I think Dotty Noggin is a bit of a covert operation! Concealed to little bits of time I've managed to grasp from in between the moments I'm hanging off the edge of a ladder fixing my house up, wrangling something out of my dog's adventurous mouth, sleeping, sitting and most recently being pregnant! So I'd be lying if I said 'day' because it's not entirely true. My nine to five job is designing bedlinen for my employer, and Dotty Noggin is my very own little bit of loveliness where I can draw, tweet, try out new ideas, and generally be as adventurous as I want. That's an average day in my studio. Quite hectic but it seems to work!

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August 24, 2011

How to brief in creative Do Shop – Feedback

Hello there, we've got a bit of feedback from our Do-Shop with Jelly for you all to enjoy on this rainy day. Plus, an announcement of the lucky people that will benefit from a prize that Jelly are providing.

On the evening of Thursday the 11th, we teamed up with Jelly for the second time. The event was directed to educate young creatives about the briefing process and importantly, how it should be done to get the best out of a concept.

The night started off with a presentation by Jelly’s Charlie Sells and Hulya Corty. Quite simply, it was a short explanation of Jelly; what they do and who does what. It then provided the foundation to talk about what they receive from clients.

They pinpointed out key elements of a motion brief:

  • Script
  • Storyboard
  • Mood Board/References
  • Voiceover/Music
  • Artistic intent; an in-depth explanation of the idea in words.
  • Usage

After comparing case studies, creatives were split into small teams of 6 or 7 and had to work on a script that was provided. Their task was to create a TV spot for Twining’s tea. Using the script, they had to conceptualise the TV spot, then create a scamp storyboard and use illustration and animation references to pick a style.

As the teams were sat discussing routes and ideas, we walked around contributing advice and experience, and two of TBM and Jelly’s in house artists; Mark Otten and Jo Ley, drew up key frames from each group's storyboard.

We then set them a little task to demonstrate what they gained from the Do-Shop, asking them to submit a brief of their ideas to us for judging and to gain an extra prize.

The Challenge: Create a TVC 30 sec. storyboard for Twining’s English Breakfast Tea. Using the script, find an illustrative style that captures the brand, product in a relevant and engaging way.

Background: Described as, “Bright, full-bodied and full of flavour, English Breakfast is perfect for clearing away your cobwebs at any time of day”. It is the quintessential English tea from a quintessentially English brand.

Here are a selection of the entries, picking out sections that Jelly thought were perfect and the bits that needed a bit more attention.



First up is Isaac Sodipo, Steve Mattocks and Yukino Kohmoto’s submission. They submitted a PDF with a storyboard, artistic reference and a Key Frame.


Young male wakes to find himself in a different location (China and Russia) to awake from a dream at his kitchen table.


"The pro’s to their submission was the amount of samples and motion references they gave and the written detail in their storyboard. They encapsulated a good character with sufficient detail to what visuals are in their idea. They had a few Cons’ also; what we would have liked is a clearer understanding of the the transitions between frames and how they would like the movement (background visuals and character) in the frames to happen. They didn’t mention their choice for a voice-over or any music."



The team partly consisting of Bobbie Wood and Emma Davey had a strong brief.


Two characters sit amongst a chaotic family morning knowing assuringly a cup of tea will prepare them for the challenges ahead.


"Along with a verbal storyboard they had a great break down of characters, outlining each one perfectly – good casting. They had thought of audio (although quite vague, could have been more explanatory than ‘background noise’) yet left the idea of voiceover blank and simply mentioning it to provide narrative. This is something we would have preferred to be thought of beforehand. A strong factor to their brief was they broke down the supplied script and included a written outline for each frame, supplying a visual storyboard alongside the written outline would have made a much better brief. A main point we picked up on was the term ‘bleeding’ we understand the terminology but different people have different ideas of that term. It’s far too vague; it cheats on the idea of providing transitions and is a little lazy as an explanation of movement. A strong point is their conveyal of their idea. They picked the correct keyframe and it shows perfectly the resemblance of the character."



In Jelly's opinion, the best brief received was from Steph, Lucy, Scott and Pete who’s journey through a pop-up book proved most creative and was briefed to us brilliantly.


Victorian style drawings are animated within a pop-up book. Each key frame literally refers to the voiceover.


"With a precise paragraph outlining the concept and visual ideas, this brief looked to have nearly everything we asked for; Strong transitions between frames, a solid visual style, able to convey idea to the storyboard artists and they had exact idea’s for camera angles, colours and characters. Yet there were things they needed to include; Voiceover and music seemed like a general element groups forgot to include, this group isn’t an exception. They haven’t provided a mood board of animation/illustration styles (Yet Charlie remembers talking to this group about style, particularly as they mentioned the title sequence to ‘Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Misfortunate Events’ which is the perfect style reference – shame it wasn’t included in the brief)"

"What was nice to receive were there transitions, between each key frame the book would spin anticlockwise and at a rate where it would turn into a blurred circle. This eventually became the world. Stopping at the locations of China, Russia and England, it would spin on to provide the end shot forming a globe (representing the whole tea drinking world) with the location of the super above it. It was nice to have a creative without a pack shot at the end, we felt the style idea suited the brand and they delivered the brief really well. Well done!"

Jelly felt that the script was done to a great standard and their in-house artist, Jo Ley, has agreed to professionally draw up a scamp concept from each team member, to use for their portfolio. We hope that it was beneficial for those that attended and for those of you that couldn't, we hope the advice was interesting. We'd hoped to hold a public vote on the best work but decided it'd be best to get the feedback and decision of the pro's (Jelly). Hope to see some of you at our next Do-Shop.