Copenhagen design blog

An opportunity for me to write and draw on design, the creative industry, Copenhagen, food, and whatever takes my fancy. On the off chance you want to read more about me, you’ll find that here.

copenhagen budget beer

Copenhagen on a budget 2019 - how to get a cheap pint and other tips

Some budget tips on visiting Copenhagen from living here twenty plus years.
boring graphic design

The terrible truth about graphic design - it's boring

Having written principly on the subject of graphic design…
creative list

Getting things done and the creative process

Dealing with and understanding some of the potential issues can help to get a creative project finished successfully.
santa feat

Get ready for Xmas design

It's time to get ready for Xmas!
derek riggs art
summer designer

A freelance designer in Copenhagen

As a freelance designer in Copenhagen I love the cyclical…
Book-keeping for freelancers

Book keeping for freelancers - the agony and the ecstasy

Book keeping for freelancers is the necessary pain that goes with the freedom and creativity of the freelance world. A look at dealing with my least favourite job.
ian-cargill-grays

Art college - the best time of your life, or a complete nightmare

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Art college is for many a great experience, however it doesn’t always go to plan. So I’m going to look at the less positive aspects of art college, including my own time at Robert Gordon University’s Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen.
emilia clarke stock photos

Emilia Clarke destroying stock photos forever

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I have written previously as to why companies should not use stock photos to promote their business. In this very amusing video from the actress Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones, Solo, Terminator etc.) she brilliantly destroys stock photos.
mistakes as a freelance graphic designer

A list of my mistakes as a freelance graphic designer

I've made plenty mistakes as a freelance graphic designer. So I have listed the worst by way of advice to any others starting as freelancers.
noel-gallagher

Noel Gallagher's got a new product out

An illustration featuring a cheeky dig at Noel Gallagher.

Bad logo designs - my top five and why they drive me up the wall

Bad logo designs As a logo designer I look at and analyse logos…