The scariest client meeting for a designer


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Of course the saying goes ‘A camel is a horse designed by a committee’. Meaning if too many people are involved in a design, without anyone being in charge of the project, bad design ensues.



Press and Journal

Working as a cartoonist for the Press and Journal newspaper

Willie Miller Aberdeen F.C.

Cartoon for The Press and Journal. A wee hint of Bill Watterson (Calvin and Hobbes) in the brush work.

In the early nineties I worked for Aberdeen Journals’ Press and Journal newspaper as a layouter at their Lang Stracht headquarters in Aberdeen.

I was contributing cartoons to the Aberdeen f.c. fanzine The Northern Light at the same time. I eventually plucked up the courage to submit a couple of cartoons to The Press and Journal. It was a paper that sold 110,000 copies per day, six days a week back then. Covering the area from the Shetlands down to Dundee, and over to the Western Isles. The highest selling newspaper in the area, with an estimated readership of 220,000. The subs, the chief sub, the Assistant Editors, were nice but intimidating people – you wouldn’t want to mess with them.

Four hours after nervously offering two cartoons to the Chief Sub, I was holding a still warm from the presses copy of the P&J in my hand with one of my cartoons on the front page, and another on the all important back page (the football page).

The cartoons were topical and needed to fit in with that day’s news. A sharp learning curve in, coming up with material under pressure, drawing quickly, and accepting the random nature of what others considered funny (editors and sub-editors).

The Press and Journal doesn’t sell as many copies now as when my cartoons appeared. This may or may not be a coincidence.

Daft Punk gif

Daft Punk animated GIF

Your GIF keeps on giving…

Well guess what’s been playing in my house… my house. I found this excellent tutorial on the net and decided to give it a go and create my own Daft Punk animated GIF, and add a little joke.

Daft Punk gif

halloween marketing

Happy Halloween illustration

Halloween illustration
Halloween Illustration

Halloween illustrations are a fun way to decorate your website or Social Media pages during the late October early November period. All sorts of variations between pumpkins, spiders, witches, moons, werewolves, and terrible puns can be used to develop your brand.

If you require any specialised holiday/celebration illustration or design, please get in touch. There are more examples of my work on my illustration page here.

Halloween spider