Like most people, I’m starting to wind down for Christmas with just a few small projects to wrap up. Top of the list is a hand-drawn type project (sneaky peek above).
As Christmas comes ever closer, thoughts turn to spending time with family and, in a few cases, how you’re going to cope spending all that time together without going mad! IKEA reckon they have the solution to any problem in the home, so last Christmas I suggested they embrace the usual family dysfunctions by solving family Christmas problems. Hapless Families saw IKEA stores turned into board games, where players sought clues to help each family member (characters top). The game begins with a playing card (above), whilst players are guided by the board in the form of floor vinyls. Tags are attached to items which may solve the problems.
As a food lover, the part I love best about Christmas is the excess of food. So working on these animations certainly got my taste buds ready. I spent many a day lusting over roast potatoes and Christmas pudding as I styled and illustrated the Boxing Day Nibbles animation (top), and animated sections of the Brandy Cream animation along with Ana Rico and Juande Dios Cobo-Reyes.
The Christmas season is upon us again, and with it the odd tipple. But be warned, if you overdo it this year, you could be focus of a campaign I did for Diageo. Aimed at Freshers, students were encouraged to point out when their peers had enjoyed a few too many by dishing out suitable measures of humiliation (suggestions on beer mat designs above). This may seem harsh, but it’s a far more engaging way to get students to think about drinking sensibly, particularly as it avoids using the word “don’t”.
Above is the result of many hours of measuring, re-measuring, cutting and folding. I created the moose net (top) and model for IKEA completely from scratch to look like the Ekorre rocking moose. And it’s ready just in time for the Christmas season.