Graphic Design I created for a boardgame, Tomb of the Dread Lords, by Maciej Kozlowski.
Full-colour components: Download the latest game components.
A low-ink version was also created: Download the low-ink components.
Tomb of the Dread Lords graphic design: during gameplay.
Final design files before cutting.
Original playtest files from the game designer.
- Create a minimalist and elegant design for the game to mirror the game’s simple and elegant mechanics.
- Just enough theme to spark the imagination without dictating the specifics.
- Improve usability. Include as much gameplay information on the relevant components as possible to minimise the need to refer to the rules during play.
- Optimise layout to create as few pages as possible for economical printing.
- Page size optimised for printing around the world (A4 and Letter sizes).
- A simple and elegant dungeon tile design that hints at the elegance of TSR’s blue Dungeons & Dragons maps of old.
- Information is conveyed through colour as well as iconography to easily distinguish and reference the different monsters from adventurer and ally tokens. (With the added bonus of being as gender neutral as possible!)
- Character/item tokens were replaced with mini cards that contain all the relevant stats, rules, and gameplay information on them.
- Stats from the tokens were moved to mini cards (colour-coded as well as having the icons for easy reference) to simplify the tokens, to increase immersion in the game, allowing for a more elegant design, whilst introducing the possibility for new scenarios and difficulty levels to be easily introduced, by printing a single scenario card instead of a whole set of tokens.
- Dungeon tiles were given a wall around the edges to make a dungeon feel constrained, entrances were given a light source from them to aid tile orientation, and the monster spawn points were changed from numbers to more thematic runes/symbols.
- 6 double-sided Letter/A4 printable pages for home printing.
A greeting card with cutout panel containing hand-engraved diagram of 80 consecutive radio signals from pulsar CP1919*, used in Peter Saville’s design for the 1979 album Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division.
(Black card, engraved frosted acrylic sheet; 105x148mm)
A papercut greetings card with a Ziggy Stardust lightning bolt motif.
(White card, blue and red art paper)
Goblin book cover
Goblin book cover
Artwork for Ever Dundas’ book, Goblin
Detail of the artwork for Ever Dundas’ book, Goblin
Commission from Freight Books to design the book cover for Goblin, the debut novel from Ever Dundas, published in spring 2017.
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: ribs closed
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: ribs opened
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: inside the cavity
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: close-up of the (anatomically incorrect) heart
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: closed flat
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card
‘Cardiothoracic’ tunnel book/card: half-closed
Lovey-dovey card made for my amazing wife. (Luckily she’s almost as interested in anatomy as I am.)
Various colours of card, cut and laminated. The heart is suspended by thread and flutters in the breeze.
OPFS Flexible Childcare Services service promotional poster (A3) and flyer (A5)
OPFS Single Fathers’ Hub service promotional poster (A4)
Some recent promotional posters for OPFS, designed to strengthen the branding across the organisation.
Summer garden party promotional poster
Halloween party promotional poster
Christmas toy appeal promotional poster. For hanging in work places collecting donations. Produced as an interactive PDF to allow personalisation before printing and displaying.
3 promotional posters designed for various seasonal activities at OPFS.
The Christmas Appeal poster was also produced as an interactive PDF, so that it could be sent by email and personalised by the recipient before printing for display.
Halloween and Christmas Appeal posters needed to be printed in-house on office printers, therefore full-bleed designs could not be used.
View the full OPFS Annual Report 2015 (PDF)
Content, design and layout of OPFS Annual Reports: 32pp booklet on uncoated paperstock. 200x200mm.
A commissioned papercut greetings card depicting the Wicked Witch of the West, from the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz.
(Black card, and green art paper)
Wicked Witch of the West papercut card – full view
Wicked Witch of the West papercut card – shadows
Wicked Witch of the West papercut card – cutout section
Wicked Witch of the West papercut card – shadows
Wicked Witch of the West papercut card – backlit
Photomontage illustration for the short story, Pure, by Ever Dundas, published in the digital literary journal, Leopardskin & Limes.
OPFS stationery (letterhead, comp slip, business cards)
Some of the business card variants to express the different aspects of OPFS’ work
OPFS business card variants to express the different aspects of the organisation’s work
OPFS promotional helpline cards
OPFS branding history: The iterations used to implement a new, vibrant brand from an older more formal look.
Branding work done for One Parent Families Scotland.
To create a vibrant, friendly, welcoming brand while still retaining an air of authority.
Bold, aspirational photography along with a set of six key colours and circles were used as the key to the extended branding.
Letter, press release, general document and presentation Microsoft Office templates also created – all with same brand.
Goblin tunnel book (back and uplit)
Goblin tunnel book
A tunnel book (16x21cm) based on the novel Goblin, by Ever Dundas.
A4 poster for an event celebrating OPFS volunteers during volunteers’ week 2016.
Stronger Families logo, designed for the Stronger Families initiative, which strives to empower parents though education and help them improve their skills and/or progress to employment.
Brief: Create a logo mark that encapsulates the initiative.
The initiative is all about the idea that stronger parents make for stronger families. This is symbolised via a stylised Venn diagram, with the parent on one side and the child in the centre. The cut-off on the central area can also be viewed as a leaf shape, symbolising growth. The custom type was chosen to be strong with its weight, but welcoming with it’s wide, round structure.
Variations were made for different display limitations, such as for monochrome printing.
You can see some of the initial design ideas below.
SCoWR Holyrood Manifesto 2016 (cover)
SCoWR Holyrood Manifesto 2016 (pages 2 & 3)
SCoWR Holyrood Manifesto 2016 (cover wrap)
Scottish Campaign on Welfare Reform Holyrood Manifesto 2016. An 8-page, saddle-stitched, A4 booklet on satin paper created for a campaign round the 2016 Holyrood elections.
View the full publication (PDF)
Create a clear, eye-catching booklet containing SCoWR‘s manifesto for the 2016 Holyrood elections that is stylistically linked to it’s sister publication, the SCoWR Manifesto for Change.
A4 tabletop sale poster.
Brief: Make an eye-catching poster for printing in-house (i.e. no full bleed graphics).
Target audience: Young parents who may be interested in going or holding a stall.
OPFS Fathers’ Service pull-up banner design 2
OPFS Fathers’ Service pull-up banner design 1
Design pull-up banners for the Edinburgh Fathers’ Service that are vibrant, eye-catching and in-keeping with the OPFS brand. Create a design that can be used as a template for other services so that banners can be mixed and matched at events as required.
Styling done to OPFS digital interfaces during branding.
Left: Mobile site style. Right: Email newsletter styling.
Drypoint engraving print of a skull in the collections of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
The print was created for an exhibition at Surgeon’s Hall Museum, Edinburgh in 2016.
Graphic design for a card game by Maccabee Games, based on the analytical philosophy of art set out by Arthur Danto in his book, Transfiguration of the Commonplace.
Players create a series of imaginary exhibitions along the lines of Danto’s thought experiment competing to create the most compelling artistic ideas and narratives based on a single, simple canvas, depicted on “commission cards”.
The cards were imagined as paintings hung in a gallery complete with artwork labels (illegible, except on the card backs). The in-game currency was created to mimic the dots applied to sold artworks.
Components spread out for play.
Red Squares card game: Close-up of the commission card back
Red Squares card game print layout
A quick primer on the theory behind the game:
He proposes an exhibit of identical, yet different, paintings – each a rectangle of uniform red paint. One of these paintings is of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea. The artist’s comments note that “the Israelites had already crossed over, and the Egyptians were drowned.” Another red canvas, entitled “Kierkegaard’s Mood,” is a work of “immense psychological penetration” reflecting on Kierkegaard’s description of spiritual turmoil as “a mood, a single colour.” Another painting, entitled “Red Square,” is “a clever bit of Moscow landscape.” The last painting in the exhibition is “a still-life executed by an embittered disciple of Matisse, called ‘Red Table Cloth.’”
Three tri-fold leaflets for various Macqueen Appeal Trust fundraising events, employing classic black and white styling with elegant typography and line art.
Brief: Leaflets that can also be used as a program and/or a donation form. Must be cheap to produce (printed in-house) and appeal to target audience of an older, more well-to-do, demographic.
A4 poster promoting a healthy cooking course.
Brief: Create an engaging poster to attract mums and dads. For internal printing. Extremely quick turnaround.
A3 poster detailing how to make a complaint against the OPFS Financial Inclusion Service, displayed within offices for service users.
Brief: Large poster for in-house printing. Present information in an eye-catching, clear and concise manner for service users.
A5 4pg booklet: “Going Back to Work Checklist”.
Brief: Require a clean and clear publication to organise complicated information into a clear and concise manner. Portable. For internal printing (no bleed).
An extremely niche commission for a t-shirt design imagining the artpop stylings of Lady Gaga within the universe of Brandon Cronenberg’s film Antiviral.
Red and black ink on fabric. Astral Bodies Logo and star at the top is in red glitter.
The sketch that inspired the short story, Northern Lights, by Ever Dundas.
Illustrations for the 2013 OPFS annual report.
Vibrant and welcoming illustration elements for each section of the report. These elements are combined to an aspirational montage of everyone working together to complete a project.
A specially commissioned piece celebrating the classic Hitchcock film, North by Northwest.
North by Northwest tunnel book – initial design mockup
North by Northwest tunnel book
North by Northwest tunnel book – cover opened
North by Northwest tunnel book – cover closed
North by Northwest tunnel book top view
North by Northwest tunnel book
Seven-layer tunnel book inspired by H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds.
Brief: Illustrations to go with two case studies that are in-keeping with the report’s welcoming and upbeat ‘handprint’ design.
Annual Report dimensions: 200mmx200mm. Uncoated stock.
Cover of The Book Lover, a pamphlet book by Ever Dundas
Lair tries on some new headgear
The Lair Cosmic
Lair checks out a few books from the library
Lair tries out photography (with appropriate protective clothing)
Lair checks his facts
Lair finally finds time to begin writing his memoirs
Various sketches of the recurring character, Lairosufni.
Design of exhibition posters, signage and marketing materials.
Halloween editorial illustration and print.
Alien sketch: Jelloovian
Alien sketch: Tentacled crustacean
Alien sketch: Parasitic squid
Initial sketches for different alien species for an unpublished project.
Bloodstained blue version
Zombie hand version
Bloodstained white version
Rulebook cover for the zombie boardgame “Dead of Night”. Several different comps created.
Designed to mimic the Civil Defense publications produced during the 50s at the height of the cold war nuclear scare.
Sketch inspired by the short story Wire, by Ever Dundas
Singing skulls of the wastelands
Singing skulls of the wastelands
Illustrations for a story.
Brief: Fighting Fantasy book style illustrations to complement and depict the prose.
Nietzsche t-shirt for a fan of the philosopher, based on the wonderful signage for the bar of the same name in Madrid.
Front and back cover
Full jacket layout
Design challenge to create a crime/noir novel book jacket based on two randomly chosen title parts. Mine were “The Winter” and “Heart”.
Cover with sticker
Squid warning sign sticker – attached to each cover
Illustrations and layout for a 50s underwater B-movie themed compilation CD.