23 October 2012

The Storytelling School arrives

So exciting to receive in the post this morning, my copy of the book design project that I've been working on for the past few months for The Story Museum in Oxford www.storymuseum.org.uk

This is a Handbook for teachers which accompanies their schools programme and introduces 'a revolutionary way of delivering primary education ... children learn to be storytellers, retelling and improving stories from memory, and graduating with their own repertoire of stories to tell'.

I became involved in the project a little way in, but was able to develop and refine the design that had started to take shape. An initial short-run was printed this month, and the books have been used for a training course for teachers already. Museum director, Kim Pickin, is thrilled with the result and a long reprint should follow soon!

And I was very happy to receive this feedback from author Adam Guillain: "THANK YOU. It looks wonderful." Cheers Adam!

My final mission is to persuade my children's headteacher to get The Storytelling School in their school ... its a fantastic programme.

01 October 2012

Find New Ashgate Gallery in Farnham

I love drawing maps. A long time ago at the start of my career I used to draw loads and loads of location maps for housebuilders such as Alfred McAlpine, Bellway and Bewley Homes. So its always a pleasure to get back into it and I was asked by the New Ashgate Gallery and shop to create a new map to use on their website and brochures.

The one-way system of Farnham is a challenge at the best of times (I have got myself lost more than once), but I have simplified the map and shown the key roads for finding both car parking and the Gallery and shown the directions of the one-way system with an inset.

(Click on the image to see the map at full size.)
There are some beautiful objects in their Autumn Craft Collection and if you don't manage to visit in person (navigating by my new map of course), you can buy online.