June 13, 2017
Guilty Pleasures - A new website for the Kings Arms Pub.

It was a bit of a guilty pleasure to create a new website for my favourite local. The Kings Arms in Salford is not only a pub but also a theatre & music venue so they are a very creative bunch of guys and gave me a lot of freedom with the new website design. […]

April 24, 2017
Bumper Design Portfolio Update

High time for a Design Portfolio update of all things web, print and illustration. It's been a while since I last updated the portfolio, and I've been accused of not blowing my own trumpet on the design front.  Time to get to grips with what I've learned about the new Jetpack galleries for WordPress to […]

February 22, 2017
Face the music! Branding, web and print design for Wentworth Music Festival

A logo, a poster and a quick loading responsive website that sells tickets, for a new music festival. I love it when I get a project that covers all design disciplines for great cross branding experience. One such recent project was Wentworth Music Festival. Working with a client I've had for many years they said 'this is […]

February 20, 2017
A great website without any funny business

Sometimes simple is beautiful, and that was the case recently when Manchester comedian and writer Tony Burgess was looking for a new website. The brief was straight forward, and he had a lot of content from his experience in the industry. Getting Tony's new website looking right wasn't too dissimilar to the writing process, getting a […]

January 18, 2017
How to make a podcast in WordPress and other software.

As a creative project I recently completed making a series of 8 podcasts. There are many different ways to create a podcast. In this short video I explain the process I took. I've used a handful of programs to create the content for my podcast which you can hear at ; WordPress Audacity Skype The […]

January 9, 2017
WordPress Training. 5 top tips for working with this powerful website platform.

WordPress now powers 20% of the web. While it's not the only platform out there for maintaining a website it's become one of the most powerful and accessible content management systems available. JCU have been using wordpress for over six years and offer wordpress training to clients.  It's highly customisable nature and design friendly UI help focus the […]

January 3, 2017
Responsive design, a 'must have' for 2017

Responsive design is no longer a new thing. It's surprising how many websites still don't have it. With Google's 'mobilegeddon' update to it's algorithm (how it see's the web) favouring website's with good access via mobile devices and access to the web via mobile making up more than half of total internet traffic,  there's no excuse […]

October 20, 2016
Logo Design for Nodding Dog Comedy

Who's a good boy? Well I suppose I am, with this recent logo design for Noddy, the mascot for Nodding Dog's outdoor socially distanced comedy gigs. This was done on a super quick turnaround of one day. The client and comedy promoter Kev knew exactly what he wanted. I'd have liked to spend more time […]

September 8, 2016
The New Northern

The Northern venue on Tib street in Manchester has been around since 2007, when I did the first web design and build. Over eight years ago the Northern established itself as a great drinking house in the heart of the Northern Quarter, and after a brief name change, it's relaunched this month as a new live […]

July 29, 2016
Summer Design Update

I rarely mention my connections to the comedy industry on my design website, mainly as I prefer to compartmentalise my disciplines so I can focus all of my creative brain on the job at hand - whatever that may be. It's no surprise though to find my portfolio is often filled with design work from […]

April 13, 2016
Illustration and graphic design for business cards

My clients are awesome, but then some projects are just a pleasure to do.  Madison Cooper (no relation) has been doing yoga since she was a child, and trained at a Yoga school in India to gain her teaching qualification so she could return to Manchester and set up her own business teaching 'Hatha-Vinyasa flow'. With it's growing popularity there are […]

September 8, 2015
Design Graphic and Illustration update

It's been a busy year here at JCU, with a lot of illustration work appearing on the slate where once it was mostly web. From Album Covers for Rock bands to the trickier end of design, finding the right style for infographics describing IP Cloud solutions, times are as busy as they are diverse.  The […]

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