A logo (abbreviation of logotype, from Greek: λόγος logos "word" and τύπος typos "imprint") is a graphic mark, emblem, or symbol.
Much of my commercial work spans the creative industries, providing bespoke logo's and branding to stand out in already cluttered physical and online spaces.
These live projects would hope to employ the use of 6 sheet bus shelter and stand alone ad spaces to emphasis upcoming events. Here are a succinct number of potential environments for such promotional material.
Northern Noise (Manchester) and Heath Street (London) have both commissioned these works which have seen full and increased attendances for musical productions set in both pubs and churches from the Seventeen and Eighteen century's respectively.
School of Thought is an intensive twelve week course and creative competition for people who want to learn to develop and pitch big ideas. Over the twelve weeks you will visit leading Manchester agencies to hear from creative directors and senior creatives who will share their thoughts on advertising - and challenge you to present yours.
Each week you will be given a creative brief and you will return three days later to pitch your 'big idea' to your peers and industry tutor. It will be fun, frantic and painful - and all at the same time. But you will come out the other end with a new perspective on what it takes to make it in the creative industry. If you're really good, you might even have a trip to Cannes Lions to show for it.
Although there can be only one winner I was pleased to be beaten by an outstanding creative.
The Naked Truth Project (TNTP) approached me to open a conversation about the elephant in the room, the emperors new clothes, the dark side of Porn.
The line I came up with drew attention to both those who may approve AND disapprove of pornography by using a line that was abstract to it's persuasion. How Good Is Porn could be a statement of praise or a question to be discussed.
A guerrilla campaign using stickers, temporary spray paint and fly posters was devised and laid out across the creative quarter, student quarter and red light district of Manchester.
TNTP wanted to create a talking point about some of the negative aspects of the damaging aspects of pornography. We devised a plan to encourage a conversation at the safest place possible. Online. Anonymously. We wanted to debunk some of the myths surrounding porn and we did this by a short and snappy online voting system.
The campaign spread to blogs and news articles including the Huffington post with a diverse response online.
The campaign was followed with Valentines day Guerrilla marketing.
Naked Truth aims to open eyes & free lives from the damaging impact of porn.
Lucy Uprichard of the Huffington Post says "If nothing else, the HGIP project forces you to reassess exactly how much of a growing concern porn is. Everybody knows at the very back of their minds that so much of pornography is morally questionable to say the least, but we rarely mention it or act upon it. There is a misconception in some feminist circles that porn is just another form of sexual freedom that should be tolerated without comment. This shouldn't be the case - if there is an area where we should be as critical as possible it is sex work. Romanticized images of Billie Piper in 'Secret Diary Of A Call Girl' aside, there are real dangers in the world of prostitution and porn that cannot be ignored, and the How Good Is Porn project is one small step towards bringing these into the public consciousness."
for Restaurants, Foyers and Offices
Oliver James | Author and Psychologist.
Arts Council England & Arts Council Wales funded billboard projects across Manchester and the Welsh Capital.
The work has since toured and has been exhibited in South Dakota, USA, Belfast, Northern Ireland and Cheltenham, England among others.
During two week in 2014 billboards across Manchester City Centre, England and Cardif, Wales displayed word play artwork that discuss some of the challenges facing consumers of Western progress. The project creator, conceptual artist and graphic designer Micah Purnell generated an open dialogue about issues including identity, fantasy and presence. Thousands of beermats, flyers, posters and badges accompanied the project and were found in bars and pubs around the city during the outdoor exhibition.
Purnell who grew up in urban Manchester is predominantly a text based artist and graphic designer. He uses both skills to debate contemporary ideology stemming from his love hate relationship with advertising.
Purnell says that:
“Facebook, Twitter and Youtube connect people; films, online gambling and computer games entertain; Ebay and Amazon provide click quick shopping to your door and the iphone has it all, but are we missing something?”
Much of the work has been influenced by Oliver James’ book Affluenza. The Affluenza virus, as described by James, is a set of values which increase our vulnerability to psychological distress: placing a high value on acquiring money and possessions, looking good in the eyes of others and wanting to be famous - all encouraged by mainstream media and advertising. Many studies have shown that this increases our susceptibility to the commonest mental illnesses: depression, anxiety and personality disorder.
“For all the time saving, life giving consumables available it seems that it is actual life that we are missing” adds Purnell.
Dear Progress is an open letter to the contemporary idea of progress and asks ‘are we really going forward?”
The work itself is originally crafted using a 1960s Smith Corona Corsair typewriter; a nod to it’s decline in the 70s and the introduction of the technological revolutionDear Progress was devised to encourage a conversation about how to manage the incessant overload of desire eliciting nature in mainstream media.
Public spaces are now vastly dominated by commercial interests. These relatively small campaigns of positive proverbs are my attempt to carve a space amongst the thousands of media spun and advertising messages.
One hundred copies of each message are posted for a two week period often accompanied by a thousand stickers, postcards and mini print's distributed through 'flyer-packs' found in record stores, bars and shops.
Adding image and canvas can change the context of common words and phrases. Here I play with layout and typesetting to draw out and emphasis new messages.
I was challenged to produce a piece of work on the controversial quote by Christian icon Jesus the Christ. It’s a great image of counter-culture, which probably stands in all my works. The present order of things says to retaliate; don’t get me wrong, I love a good revenge film, but I couldn’t live like that in reality. I love this quote by the late US humourist Josh Billings, ‘There is no revenge so complete as forgiveness.’ It echoes the idea that you stifle the power of the curse by being kind whilst challenging any bitterness.
For me the copy is core. While much of my work is graphic illustration to be appreciated at reaching distance, the medium here, the size and location of the posters, taught me to consider distance and scale with regards to how information can receive the most impact from across the street. I can’t say I know where the amalgamation of text and image came from, just one of those light bulb moments.
Spot the difference
Urbis Gallery ran a typographic ad campaign to promote the ‘Best of Manchester Awards’ for the best art, music and fashion. I wanted to engage with Urbis and steal their audience. So, I designed an anonymous spoof poster and had 100 fly-posted. At first glance it was so similar it passed off as authentic.
The gallery announced the work as, “in the spirit of the competition” and within days they initiated a search for, “Manchester’s Banksy” increasing exposure monumentally. They used a number of award winning bloggers, social media and an article in 75,000 copies of the MEN, all with a ‘spot the difference’ photo.
The artwork was subsequently exhibited as part of the awards ceremony. My campaign grew with correlating designs covertly flyered on the opening night. It was also the catalyst which initiated an approach from another organisation, securing £11,000 for similar public interventions.
Untitled Stockport Art Gallery Jan 2015 A retrospective exhibition showcasing past works to date.
10x10 for Design Manchester 2014 an originative week-long festival, celebrating creativity, collaboration and inclusivity in the worlds of art, design, illustration, animation and photography. Group Exhibition
Working with psychologist Oliver James, author Neil Boorman and artist Steve Lambert to create a series of specially written quotes that “explore the effect of visual noise on our imaginations”.
Yorkshire in Yellow As part of Sheffield design week, Worn by race leaders in every Tour since 1919, the yellow jersey is a symbol for the talent, hard work and dedication needed to lead the Peloton. There are few cycling accolades so revered. In honour of this sporting emblem and design icon, contemporary artists and designers with a Yorkshire connection designed their own yellow T-Shirt. Yorkshire in Yellow saw over 60 t-shirt designs, suspended from the ceiling of Sheffields Millennium Gallery. The display featured designs from Pete McKee, The Designers Republic, Faunagraphic, Kid Acne, Studio Binky, Justin Jones, TADO Group Exhibition
A text based work which drew on the unique attributes of of the sport.
No Fly Posters 2014 Jon Bland released seven quad size posters designed by seven different creatives each month, all featuring the phrase 'No Fly Posters'. The finished designs displayed on boarded-up windows on a disused former pub in Ancoats, an industrial suburb near Manchester's Northern Quarter. Including work by Hey Studio, Spin, Anthony Burrill, Erik Brandt and many more. Group Exhibition
As fly poster are changed many layers build up leaving a history in print hidden in multiple hidden skins. This work is a homage the idea that whilst though things are hidden in the past they still have an effect on the present.
Made in Mancunia 2013 An exhibition of by Manchester based creatives. Group Exhibition
Here I juxtapose an original Russin poster of Stalin with the very dictatorial looking fashion ad by Prada with actor Gary Oldman topped off with the (potentially Zezekian but inconclusive) quote about capitalism. This was laid over some 2004 council wall paper from taken from the children's section.
Rubbing shoulders with a Turner Prize Winner, Notes from Nowhere 2012 Takes inspiration from Victorian designer William Morris’ utopian novel ‘News from Nowhere’ in which he envisaged a new, fairer future, Notes from Nowhere will feature 8 projects by critically acclaimed artists designed to encourage the general public to personal and political action including Turner Prize Winner Douglas Gordan. Group Exhibition
A piece I designed entitled 'The Finger' with the words 'Bless Those Who Curse You' was printed onto thousands of beer mats and distributed around the pubs, bars and clubs of Frome during the public exhibition.
What have I done to (de)serve this? as part of Abandon Normal Devices 2012 examines the perpetual disillusionment of a generation of artisits living through an ongoing global financial crisis. The exhibition explored the successes and failure of capitalism -- analysing the relationship between the individual with technology and society at large. Group Exhibition
For this project I used thirteen birdcages to house a variety of diverse object which raised questions about identity, value and technology through the eyes of a consumer culture.
Design The Future 2010 My first major solo exhibition and revealing of my previous four years anonymous public art works. Solo Exhibition
A collection of new works revolving around the questionable aspects of commercial culture along side a back catalogue of works which existed to carve a space amongst advertising in order to offer an alternative, positive message.
Having published my own printed works in public spaces for some time it seemed fitting to have a space for local as well as internationally renowned artists and designers in one space.
Interval Arts have featured Jason Munn (USA), Supermundane (UK), Yener Torun (Turkey), Andrew Rae (UK), Yoshinori Mizutani (JAPAN) and Anthony Burrill (UK) among a host of up & coming and local stars.
Interval Arts provide the best international art & design threaded through advertising spaces. Interval is the space between the ads for something nice - like ice cream :-) We aim to lift the spirits of those who encounter any of our sites. We do this by changing the conversation from a corporate/consumer tone of voice to one that celebrates life using art, design, photography and humour as apposed to selling things you don’t need.
We currently have three sites, a 12 sheet billboard, a 24/7 back lit light box and a street poster site.
Interval Projects is directed by Micah Purnell, an award winning creative who has exhibited alongside Turner prize winner Douglas Gordan with over six years experience project managing art in the public realm and 20 years in the industry. His previous project of the same nature gained international recognition including features in heavy weight design publications including Creative Review, Form Fifty Five and We Heart. We have exhibited world renowned artists and designers from Sweden, Japan, UK and America.
Nature of Work
Interval runs independent of any associated sites/buildings/churches/shops. We take very careful consideration that the work exhibited is of a nature fitting to that of it’s host and conscious that all ages may come into contact with them.
Interval Projects serves to enhance physical places for the betterment of those who inhabit or pass the area. The site will add value to the host building showing a physical willingness in a visible way to change the environment for the better
1. Print & Paste (Collaboration)
Print&Paste was a curated outdoor art space in central Manchester.
Each month a new artist was invited to exhibit work on a large 16-sheet board traditionally used by advertisers. The aim was to support the artist and inspire the public by using the space for freedom of expression, positive social commentary, and the exhibition of original work.
Featuring work by Christian Wallenius (Sweden), Matt Kendall (Retro Fuzz) (UK), Stan Chow (UK), Steve Lambert (USA), HITOTZUKI (Japan), Anthony Freda (USA), Si Scott (UK), Michael Place (Build) (UK), Phil Kay (Phil France's The Swimmer album cover) (UK), Anthony Burrill with his P&P piece in his solo show as part of Sheffield Design Week.
Available for sale at the Print Shop here.
Ahead of the Manchester Derby 2016 two great managers clash. This time on English soil. Bleacher Report (Turner Broadcasting System, San Francisco) commissioned this piece, one of a series of artist interpretations of either Pep or Jose and Manchester.
You can read the article here.
On joining Manchester City Pep Guardiola stated that he was here to learn. In contrast Mourhinio stated out loud his desires for all the trophies. On paper Guardiola is ranked best manager in the world by FIFA, in my design I wanted to draw on his humble image.
The image includes some of Manchester's most iconic buildings including The Beetham Tower, Manchester Town Hall, The National Football Museum and Manchester Cathedral.
40 min design challenge
Among others projects Stewardship; a leading UK charity promoting generosity ran the award winning '40 Acts'. The campaign: One message alert for 40 days, direct to your in box promoting random acts of kindness.
As a response I challenged myself to produce a graphic in 40 minutes based on each post each day.
Here are a few of them.