In June I had the HUGE honour of speaking at the prestigious The DO Lectures! "Give the talk that you don’t normally do. Give the talk that scares you" - I did exactly that, looked at the silly lil’ things that make me ‘me’.

It was the most incredible event and It’s still inspiring me now, thank you for having me DO! Hit the play button above to give the talk a watch, I hope you like!

N.B There’s some excitable swearing going on, I’m sorry about that!



Designing the new Aardman.com has been has been a dream job! (See me previous post for more words on the whole process). The brand new website had to reflect all of the above principles and feelings, and we did that by using fullscreen HTML video, wonky CSS animation and building a custom filter system that let us show all the different types of work we do whilst making it super easy to find what you want.

The filter system was a huge job in it’s own right, going through many different iterations to make it simple and easy to show off everything from commercials to feature films, interactive projects to music videos.

The icing on the cake was making the whole site fully responsive, it was absolutely critical that our work should be able to be viewed on every platform possible and every type of device.

It’s been a huge honour to have been giving the opportunity to give Aardman a new look online and offline. As a huge fan that also happens to be part of the family, it’s been a rad ride all the way to produce something that shows off the wonderful work of so many talented people here in Bristol.

www.aardman.com



I had the huge honour of designing the new-look website and printed materials for Aardman Animations, which has been officially released this week! I’m so bowled over to have had the chance to do it, it’s been a dream job. Here’s some photographs of the printed items and see me next post for some screenshots of the new website (or head on over to www.aardman.com of course!)

Designing the new-look stationery for Aardman was no mean feat, it had to capture the spirit of Aardman, feel fresh and new and above all, make people smile!

You could go round the houses looking for deep and meaningful design rationale, but that’s not right for Aardman - heart and soul, honesty and silliness needed to be at the core, so with that in mind we wrote a few principles that would help guide us through the process:

- It’s all about the work! The beautiful images, still and moving, that we spend so much time creating needed to be the focus, not the branding. Everything should fall back to make them sing!

- Keep things simple! White space and room to breath is essential, but don’t let it feel cold. We use a halftone texture from a directors sketchbook to give a bit of depth to stuff.

- Make it wonky! With the simplicity, we didn’t want to stray into it looking too corporate, so we wonked things right up. Simple rotated edges and negative space cut-ins help unbalance things slightly.

These principles helped keep us on track whilst bringing everything together. As always with these things, the business cards were the biggest challenge! How do you convey everything Aardman has done for the last 30+ years and everything it wants to do for the next 30, in an 85 by 55mm rectangle!?

After lots of different directions and styles, a happy accident resulted in an eye-capturing explosion of characters and lightbulb hit, that was it! We mined the image databases for characters and props from Aardman’s beginnings to our latest creations and carefully threw them all together in complementary poses. The front of the cards used our new chosen typefaces and knocked the characters back using a halftone effect but leaving just one in full colour, peeking up from the bottom of the card.

As we didn’t want to focus on just one specific character, we went for an assortment of our favourites, so each persons pack of business cards contains 18 variations; 6 different fronts and 3 different backs!

The playfulness was carried through to the rest of the printed work, from the Compliment Slips featuring an actual compliment (You look great!) to the sticker sheet that lets each employee customise the things they send with the classic ‘aardman eyes’ and mouths. Hopefully these little touches make people smile and feel like the physical things they’re handling really represent the heart and soul of Aardman and it’s tactility.

The brand new website had to reflect all of the above principles and feelings, and we did that by using fullscreen HTML video, wonky CSS animation and building a custom filter system that let us show all the different types of work we do whilst making it super easy to find what you want.

The filter system was a huge job in it’s own right, going through many different iterations to make it simple and easy to show off everything from commercials to feature films, interactive projects to music videos.

The icing on the cake was making the whole site fully responsive, it was absolutely critical that our work should be able to be viewed on every platform possible and every type of device.

It’s been a huge honour to have been giving the opportunity to give Aardman a new look online and offline. As a huge fan that also happens to be part of the family, it’s been a rad ride all the way to produce something that shows off the wonderful work of so many talented people here in Bristol.

www.aardman.com



Sorry for the lack of updates recently, been juggling a whole host of things inside and outside of work, which I can’t wait to share with you!

One very fun project has been doing a spot of filming - My very good friend Mr Ricky Martin is a TV Presenter and has a brand new series for CBBC that is hitting the airwaves soon - I was lucky enough to play a small role and join him as he created art and radness with all sorts of mediums! I can’t show much apart from these sneak peaks but it’s been an absolute blast and real honour to be involved - Ricky and the crew have absolutely killed it!

Stay tuned for more info on that soon!



Been working on a little graphical mark to use at the end of our films at work - I know it’s a cliché to use the bridge and balloons to show Bristol but they’re 2 beautiful things, both in what they are and also stylistically as icons!

Been working on a little graphical mark to use at the end of our films at work - I know it’s a cliché to use the bridge and balloons to show Bristol but they’re 2 beautiful things, both in what they are and also stylistically as icons!



I had the most incredible time at The DO Lectures back in June, it was SO inspiring. The lovely people of DO have upload their photos from that magical weekend, why not clicky and have a look right here:
www.thedolectures.com/yearbook
(My own photographs are here - Full blog post about how magical it was soon!)

I had the most incredible time at The DO Lectures back in June, it was SO inspiring. The lovely people of DO have upload their photos from that magical weekend, why not clicky and have a look right here:

www.thedolectures.com/yearbook

(My own photographs are here - Full blog post about how magical it was soon!)



LONDON! This Weds 23rd July 'FLOODIT' is coming to your fair city! Waste, Klingatron, Richt, Mr the Beef, Another Example, Timba Smits & myself will be live screen printing our individual designs on record sleeves and t-shirts on request whilst Inkke spins some tunes, all at the Red Bull Studio on Tooley Street, SE1! Doors open at 6pm - come on down and say hello and get some printed stuff! Hope to see you there!

LONDON! This Weds 23rd July 'FLOODIT' is coming to your fair city! Waste, Klingatron, Richt, Mr the Beef, Another Example, Timba Smits & myself will be live screen printing our individual designs on record sleeves and t-shirts on request whilst Inkke spins some tunes, all at the Red Bull Studio on Tooley Street, SE1! Doors open at 6pm - come on down and say hello and get some printed stuff! Hope to see you there!



I AM THE LUCKIEST PUP ALIVE!! I’m one of the handful of Aardman artists taking part in Gromit Unleashed Hong Kong, an exhibition of 70 5ft Gromit statues by HK artists. I got SUPER LUCKY though because my Gromit has been turned into a 4 metre tall version!!! I got super lucky because of course the lovely Nick Park was going to have the 4m version, but because it’s SO big it needs to be made in pieces, and that means unsightly join lines, which would ruin the aesthetics of Nicks smooth design, and I got super duper lucky that my robot design features a tonne of join lines, so I have the HUGE honour of having 'G.R.M.T 02' being 13 feet tall :)

He features a 'tickle-activated escape hatch' on his belly and is fitted with a 'penguin locator' too!

If you’re out in Hong Kong, go see the trail in all it’s glory from the 21st July at Elements Mall! I can die happy now, a huge design has always been a dream - to have it be a Gromit, well my tiny mind can’t handle the awesomeness!!!

Thanks to Merlin Crossingham, Creative Director of Wallace & Gromit, for snapping the pics out in HK and to Aelita Andre, 7 year old child prodigy artist for posing with G.R.M.T. and showing off his size!

I am truly, truly blown away. I am the luckiest pup for sure!



VERY stoked to finally be able to share this… for the past few weeks I’ve been working on a brand new special Gromit statue! I was lucky enough to be commissioned by The Grand Appeal and Aardman to design & paint a Gromit to commemorate a year since the Gromit Unleashed began! As a nod to my Gromit ‘Stats’, this ‘legacy’ Gromit was a reverse colourway, Gold & pink, and is covered in illustrated stats & facts from the trail! He was unveiled this morning at his new home at the Gromit Unleashed store at The Mall up at Cribbs Causeway right here in Bristol!

Here’s some behind-the-scenes snaps from making the ‘Facts’ Gromit! Masking off his nose, collar & tail took SO long and because of the shape of him, it was quite the task! I sprayed his details pink first then did the main layers of gold, which took quite a few goings over to get a solid coat! Big loves to Tony, the facilities manager at Aardman for making me my own spray booth on the top floor of the building!!

Once he was painted, it was time to design all his brand new stats & facts, 45 in total, which meant a lot of time in Illustrator! Once they were done and appropriately sized, I printed them out and mocked up where they would go on the body, so they flowed correctly. I chose a gorgeous metallic copper vinyl for the main body of graphics, coupled with a metallic gold for a couple of the ‘hidden’ facts!

And then came the hardest part - to get the best look, each graphic was laser cut into the vinyl, but the cutter isn’t smart enough to know what’s a negative space and what’s not, it just cuts the shape, so that means you have to physically ‘weed’ out the parts you don’t want by using a scalpel! Thankfully my lovely lady Janey and Gromit Unleashed’s Lauren & her husband Chris came over to share the duties! We didn’t get as many done as we thought so Jane and I spent the next 48 hours, day & night, weeding until they were done!

Then they were ready for my man Jamie Cross to work his magic and apply the graphics to the body of Gromit! That was a late night but we for there - I painted his eyes on (always absolutely terrifying!) and then he was off to the lacquer shop to have his glossy coat applied, ready for his big day! You can now go see him in all his gold glossy glory at the Gromit Unleashed store at Cribbs Causeway right here in Bristol!!

Click here to watch ITV’s coverage of the unveiling of ‘Facts’ today: www.itv.com/news/west/2014-07-10/gromit-unleashed-raised-4-5-million-for-bristol-childrens-hospital/



Sorry about the delay in updates recently! It’s been absolutely manic, jumping from one project to the next, and unfortunately they’re all secret projects which I can’t share yet - but I’ve been SO lucky to work on some great stuff, from paintings to art shows to films to toys - I can’t wait to share!
Anyways, what’s most exciting above all of that is that I asked my lovely Janey to marry me… and she said yes!! So we’re really excited about that and are starting to plan things!! Woop woop!

Sorry about the delay in updates recently! It’s been absolutely manic, jumping from one project to the next, and unfortunately they’re all secret projects which I can’t share yet - but I’ve been SO lucky to work on some great stuff, from paintings to art shows to films to toys - I can’t wait to share!

Anyways, what’s most exciting above all of that is that I asked my lovely Janey to marry me… and she said yes!! So we’re really excited about that and are starting to plan things!! Woop woop!



I’m working with my very good friends at Victory Printshop to produce a special t-shirt to giveaway at the DO lectures which kicks off this Thursday!
I’m in love with Atmosphere's newest album and “We tryin’ to get ahead before we get a headstone” really stuck out to me, so I wanted to pay homage to that with something loose, scrappy and fun! Can’t wait to see these printed up, hopefully have enough to hook-up any attendee’s that want one!
Big thanks to Mike & Tom at Victory for being so rad, if you need print in Bristol, go see them in their new shopfront on North Street here in Bedminster!

I’m working with my very good friends at Victory Printshop to produce a special t-shirt to giveaway at the DO lectures which kicks off this Thursday!

I’m in love with Atmosphere's newest album and “We tryin’ to get ahead before we get a headstone” really stuck out to me, so I wanted to pay homage to that with something loose, scrappy and fun! Can’t wait to see these printed up, hopefully have enough to hook-up any attendee’s that want one!

Big thanks to Mike & Tom at Victory for being so rad, if you need print in Bristol, go see them in their new shopfront on North Street here in Bedminster!



The resin JamFactories are now online and available for pre-sale!! Grab yours over at jamfactory.bigcartel.com right now! :)



I’ve been working with the fantastic Creo Design for the past few months, working on a toy version of my factory logo! He’s come up trumps and produced this fantastic representation which has been 3D printed, then hand-cast into resin, then hand-painted & finished, all right here in the UK!

  • Solid resin with perspex base
  • 5cm tall
  • Hand-painted green, pink & orange
  • Black & metallic gold version too
  • Laser-engraved disc in base
  • Just 10 of each colourway
  • £25 each / Black & Gold version £30

They’re very nearly all ready, so I thought i’d put them up for pre-order seeing as there’s only 10 of each colourway in this run!

So, the pre-order is going live on:
Monday 26th May at 12 Noon BST
jamfactory.bigcartel.com

That’s this coming Bank Holiday Monday! The Factories are so fun to make, I’m hoping to make other colourways in the future if people like these, so hopefully this is going to be the start of something special working with Creo Design!

For more pictures of the toys, check out the Facebook page!

Thanks so much guys, I hope you like the mini factories!

- Gav



After seeing Streets of Beige’s blog post title ‘Big Ass Monster Show - Keeping it roar!' it sparked something in my braintank! 
I just had to take my previous Godzilla radiation graphic and mash it up with the Wu-tang Clan logo as 'keep it roar' made me think of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya' with it's opening like "Ohh baby I like it raw"!
I totally want to put this on a t-shirt too! Interested!? Let me know, tweet me (@JamFactory) or email me (gav@jam-factory.com)

After seeing Streets of Beige’s blog post title ‘Big Ass Monster Show - Keeping it roar!' it sparked something in my braintank! 

I just had to take my previous Godzilla radiation graphic and mash it up with the Wu-tang Clan logo as 'keep it roar' made me think of Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s ‘Shimmy Shimmy Ya' with it's opening like "Ohh baby I like it raw"!

I totally want to put this on a t-shirt too! Interested!? Let me know, tweet me (@JamFactory) or email me (gav@jam-factory.com)



Such a loss to the creative world, I made this to honour the late, great H.R. Giger.
Rest in peace Ruedi.

Such a loss to the creative world, I made this to honour the late, great H.R. Giger.

Rest in peace Ruedi.