It’s not all corporate design!

September 3, 2017

We don’t just do corporate design and websites, here’s a showreel of some of the ‘fun stuff’ – animated content, game development, plus some concept work and personal projects Clients included: BBC/Ecowatch, Nobok (Sports), Festo, Lloyds TSB, Adidas, Orange

Vector hand-drawn style arrows – free downloads

August 22, 2017

I needed some hand-drawn style vector arrows for a project and ended up creating my own. I’ve put them here for free downloading in case they’re useful to anyone else: PDF: 738kb file Adobe Illustrator: 1.7mb file (CS6 format)

Shortlisted for the Creative Bath Awards

April 26, 2017

tallhatDesign has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Designer’ category in the 2017 Creative Bath Awards to be held on 8 June. There is some tough competition in this category, with some talented people on the list. Let’s see what happens! See the full list of finalists. Good luck all – quite a few friends and …more

Vector illustration examples

April 21, 2017

I was asked to collate a selection of vector illustrations I’d created for various projects, and thought I’d make these available here. See below (click to enlarge), or visit  

VPS hosting: Plesk, nginx directives (ouch!) and WordPress

February 27, 2017

This is a bit of a technical article for me (I’m no server wizard), so please excuse any misunderstandings/misuse of terminology on my part. I’ve finally got my VPS hosting working with nginx and WordPress, which, looking at various articles online, can be tricky in a lot of cases. The main reason for doing this of course is …more

Gmail web interface – we want bigger fonts!

October 28, 2016

I’ve only recently switched to using Gmail for my main email account, and am benefitting on a few fronts e.g. spam reduction, the handy “promotions” tab, better/easier filtering and so on. One thing that really annoyed my though were the font-sizes when viewing emails and typing replies. The “settings” for the Gmail web interface leaves …more

New website for ‘The Dire Straits Experience’

September 5, 2016

tallhatDesign was approached to create a new website for ‘The Dire Straits Experience’ – a band containing several original members of Dire Straits and recreating the sound and live experience of this hugely popular group. A key aim was to make use of tour photography to get across the energy and scale of the live …more

New website for Garden Affairs

August 15, 2016

We’ve worked with Garden Affairs over a number of years and have just launched a brand new responsive ModX website for them, updating their overall look-and-feel, implementing new functionality and content, and improving the back-end/CMS experience from the previous site. “We are already seeing improved enquiries coming from the site and have had excellent …more

Google font review – typefaces with a primary-school-style lowercase ‘a’

April 13, 2016

On a recent project i was looking at web font options for a particular style consistent with primary school typeface usage – i.e. where the lowercase ‘a’ has no top arch (also called “single-story”). There are several usual suspects here, such as Sassoon Primary, FSAlbert, Futura, even (shudder) Comic Sans! I thought I’d also check …more

Integral Change – rebrand and new site

February 3, 2016

Requirement: To overhaul branding and an ageing website design and rebuild using a improved CMS. Deliverables: Brand assets, Directing photo shoot, Structural site consultancy (review existing site, assess information hierarchy and usability); website design visuals; build project management (WordPress); training and handover. Website: