Mail me Art: A Mail Art Project

ecently I’ve been trying to find time to indulge in independent, creative projects. Teaching for three institutions and having three young kids doesn’t leave much time for doing my own thing and so I’ve been seeking ways to incentivise me to get things done, I’ve also been discussing with one or more of my students […]

The Green Man—A Design Mystery.

A Green Man “a head disgorging vegetation from eyes, nostrils, ears or forehead, or a foliate head where the cheeks are depicted as leaf-like.” Doel & Doel (2010) or many years I’ve been fascinated by Green Men.  The meaning of these ancient faces made up of leaves remains a mystery in terms of their cultural […]

Graphic Design Show 2015 West Kent College (University of Kent)

Another great year for our HE Graphic Design & Illustration students at West Kent College (University of Kent). Well done to all. Here a a few of the works exhibited along with a brochure put together by yours truly. West Kent College offers a range of creative Higher Education courses including Graphic Design validated by […]

Pick-me-Up 2015 at Somerset House

nce again we took our students to the current offerings of Somerset House’s Pick Me Up, Graphic Arts Festival. I really wanted to see something different, something inspiring, something to amaze me and I came away feeling mostly flat. The ‘festival’ seemed to have lost its buzz and its edgy excitement . There was little of […]

Ladybird by Design

ike the many thousands of British children who, like me, grew up reading Ladybird Books in the 1970s—and the decade either side of this—can doubtless recall a certain fascination with at least one Ladybird title. For me it was the beautifully realistic and slightly unnerving illustrations by Robert Lumley for The Three Billy Goats Gruff. Like […]

Typography e-book

In the summer of 2014 I wrote series of blog posts for the Interactive Design Institute (IDI) on the theme of typography and typeface design. The posts are very much aimed at those wanting to gain an insight into the fundamentals of type and some of the approaches to its design. IDI have now collated […]

Lettering Workshop with Sean de Burca

ean de Burca is a former design student of West Kent College (University of Kent) who completed his graphic design degree with us several years ago. Since then Sean has established himself as a designer with a niche angle. As well as being an accomplished musician, producing the artwork for his own albums, Sean is […]

Collage: Graphic Play

Collage is a great medium to explore fresh and unexpected compositions and themes. #collage #collageart #papercollage #creativeplay #wip A photo posted by Tim Bones (@mrtimbones) on Mar 15, 2015 at 3:41pm PDT #collage #creativity #collageart #creativeplay #papercollage #fox #glasses A photo posted by Tim Bones (@mrtimbones) on Mar 15, 2015 at 8:25am PDT #collage #collageart […]

Back to it!

I’ve had something of period of blogging inactivity mostly caused by a hectic schedule, winter blues, other creative endeavours and generally burning candles at both ends. I’m now back and will be posting again soon. —Tim