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.
perfection paralyses

Anxiety 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.
malcolm-mclaren

Blackboards, The Sex Pistols, Britpop, Diana, Sgt. Pepper and me

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Back in the Nineties I worked as a freelance blackboard artist in London. I came into contact with all sorts of people, and the occasional celeb. As no one cares about blackboards, I'll write about my celeb spotting.
spot stock photo

Who can spot a stock photo a mile off?

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Content on a website is an integrated, and incredibly important element of a brand. The website is the shop window, it is here where first impressions are made. As we all know, we make our evaluation on a person or business very quickly. Messing up that initial impression, is really not worth it.