Singing Bones is the perfect podcast for anyone with a keen interest in literary history, story telling or anyone who just wants to know how many magic beans you should really get for the family cow.
This week I completed the new logo design for the Singing Bones podcast which is written and read by Clare Testoni. When chatting to the podcaster, we discussed all the artworks and stories that influence this project and what the logo should convey. The logo was inspired by Clare’s love for, and work with paper cut shadow puppets and could almost be a Lotte Reiniger Rorschach ink blot test.
Testoni’s love for the history of fairy tales makes for an exiting listen. These stories that are so familiar and almost always a part of everyone’s childhood differ vastly depending on location and language.
You can follow the podcast on Twitter @singingbonespc and can subscribe and listen to the podcast here www.singingbonespodcast.com
Communicating visually and being iconic.
After celebrating my three year anniversary with Jigsaw I had a looked back at some of the designs I’d created and the skills I have learnt. One of my most constant design challenges was creating simple icons that have been peppered through our presentations.
After Jigsaw had a rebrand 3 years ago by Christopher Doyle & Co. we had a clean and crisp new design direction, as part of that design Chis created about ten icons to use in our presentations with the plan for me to create more as time went on. Over the past three years I’ve been busy in Adobe Illustrator morphing the same 14pt red lines into soup cans, unicorns, anchors and basketballs. At the moment the icon count sits at 861.
This work has been great for my creative practice as it has taught me to think about how to communicate simply and directly while maintaining a strong aesthetic – A skill which is very valuable in cartooning. My cartoons have become clearer and more focussed which in turn has made them funnier as the reader is able to digest the joke in a shorter amount of time.
Well all this hard work has made me hungry – I’m off to make a sandwich.