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  • KidKoral vs. Pantone colour of 2019

    Pantone, I don’t remember you asking… …ok not quite, but close enough.

  • Trevor Jackson x Pre

    Producer and designer Trevor Jackson recently wrapped up a series of releases on a specially set up label whose sole purpose was to share his unreleased music from the last 15 years. What’s made this endeavor particularly interesting beyond the great music is the approach Jackson has taken to the design.   I was first…

  • Inktober 2018 – Week 4

    So the last week of Inktober was a complete write-off. This is something I expected getting deeper into the month. There’s only so many other things you can keep at bay until they need attention. In reality the majority of the work for the last 6 days was done the weekend after it had finished…

  • Inktober 2018 – Week 3

    What worked, what didn’t and what I learned from week three of the Inktober challenge. There’s a clear cadence to these weeks emerging now. doing 3 drawings in the week and 4 at the weekend.  I had been working every day on each daily drawing but wasn’t finding the time in two cases to get…

  • Inktober 2018 – Week 2

    This is my week two look back on Inktober. An opportunity to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what learnings I should take into the next week. Key reflections I’m still very, very tired! Each drawing it taking approximately between 4-5 hours a day on top of my full-time job. It’s important to rest.…

  • Inktober 2018 – Week 1

    This is a look back at week one in my Inktober adventure. The idea is to reflect on what worked, what didn’t and what learnings I should take into the next week. Key reflections I’m very, very tired! It’s been a big commitment time wise, despite all best intentions and planning in the preceding week.…

  • Inktober 2018

    I’m participating in Inktober this year. As is always the way just before it begins I’m full of hope and optimism that I’ll be able to produce a drawing every single day for the month of October. In reality I have a busy month ahead of me and if previous years are anything to go…

  • Djrum Mixes

    With Djrum’s latest album ‘Portrait With Firewood’  just released it seemed like a good moment to document some of the excellent mixes Felix Manuel has made over the last few years. Djrum has said a big influence growing up was Coldcut’s Solid Steel and that comes across in both his music and how he approaches mixes. These in particular…

  • David Umemoto

    Doing some visual research for a recent project I discovered the work of David Umemoto and his fascinating concrete mould sculptures. There is an almost Mobieus like quality to the MC Etcher-esque forms meets brutalist architecture. You could imagine some of these objects floating a few meters above the ground in the middle of a desert.…

  • New Music – July 2018

    Arp – Zebra I randomly stumbled across the track Fluorescences which lead me to Arp’s long player Zebra. I normally have a very low tolerance for anything remotely new age music revivalist, but this really got under my skin. Kuniyuki Takahashi – Early Tape Works 1986 – 1993 Vol 2. In a similar vein, and…