Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid is an English artist born 1974

Jamies work is very rough, bold and in your face. His style is inspired by collages and illustration. He uses very bold and bright colours that contrast well.

The sex pistols were a punk rock band formed in London 1975 Reid began work for them in 1976. The heavywork load and city living eventually pushed Reid out of Suburban Press and away from London, in general. Then, in 1976, he received a telegram from his college friend, Malcolm McLaren, who wanted to gauge Reid’s interest in coming back to London.

Reid’s return to the city brought him back in touch with McLaren and a new band that McLaren had recently formed and started managing, the Sex Pistols. Fronted by lead singer Johnny Rotten, the angry, brash young group soon became the face of English punk rock. At least part of that was due to Reid.

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Working closely with the Pistols, Reid designed artwork for the group’s debut (and only) studio album, Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols. He also co-wrote the lyrics of one of the group’s most popular songs, “Anarchy in the U.K.,” and produced cover art for the song, a torn and tattered Union Jack flag with safety pins clipped to it. That and other Reid-made Pistols art, including a picture of the Queen with a safety pin through her lip, became defining symbols of the punk rock era, and the Sex Pistols in particular.



Ben Brown

Ben Brown is a Sydney bassed Illustrator. Ben has created posters for high profile musicians such as Nirvana, Silverchair and Fat Boy Slim to drawing Stab magazine’s regular cartoon, Ben Brown has a genuine and varied love for the illustrated form. The Sydney-based illustrator has been on the art scene for over twenty years, drawing from his enthusiasm for surfing, skate culture and music to get involved in projects which he’s passionate about.

He’s been responsible for the visual identities for popular local festival such as Falls Festival, Big Day Out and Good Vibrations, has illustratred two children’s books and has been involved in merchandise design for surf brands Rip Curl, Hot Buttered and others. Somehow he also finds time to feature his illustrations in international magazines such as Rolling Stone, Juice, Waves, Mad and other publications. Whew!

‘’I have always enjoyed drawing and doodling since I was young – so it was kind of a natural progression. In my adolescent years I hung around a lot of noisy bands and stinky pubs and I soon found myself doing posters, flyers and record covers for all manner of bands, promoters and record companies. An interest in surfing and skateboarding similarly lead to work with surf and skate companies and magazines.’’ Ben Brown. I am inspired by the ways Ben uses bright vibrant colours to contrast his very detailed line work.

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John Pashe

John Pashe is an English designer, he completed a bachelor in arts and graphic design at the Brighton colledge of art between 1963 and 1967.  John is most well known for creating one of the first logos of rock band marketing in 1969, The logo was created for the Rolling Stones. The simple impacting logo illustrates a mouth and a tongue.

The logo was then reproduced for the sticky fingers album in 2008. Johns design was voted the best band logo of all time on an online poll. John continued to work with the rolling stones for four years, he design many of the rolling stones posters and banners.

“John Pasche designed four tour posters for the Rolling Stones between 1970 and 1974 and also worked for other reputed artists, such as Paul McCartney, The Who, The Stranglers and Dr Feelgood. He works as a freelance designer in Surrey, UK, and he still remains a fan of the band, as he says “I have fond memories of a good working relationship with them. The logo is one of the strongest and most recognizable worldwide. And of course I’m proud of that.”

Pasche has done considerable design work. Among these he has designed album and single sleeves, as well as concert posters for The Stranglers; The Raven (1979), The Stranglers IV (1979), La Folie (1981), Live (X Cert) (1979), “Duchess” (1979) and “Peaches” (1979). He created the single disc picture for Fischer-Z’s “The Worker” (1979) and the album cover for Going Deaf For A Living (1980). He made the album cover for The Vapors 1980 album New Clear Days, as well as a 1979 Dr. Feelgood single.

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Sustainable Design

Sustainable practices for graphic designers include a wide range of problems and issues. When traditional print materials are made the toxicity of ink and paper and the sheer quantity of paper produced need to be considered.

To really determine the sustainability or carbon footprint of a product, one needs to follow it through its entire life cycle. Questions need to be raised about how much fuel is being used for shipping, what the final end product is, how long the life cycle is, and how long before the product ends up as waste.

In Green Graphic Design author Brian Dougherty asks graphic designers to start at the end of the process instead of the beginning. Imagine the best possible destiny for your design and visualize the process of every phase from the final destination of your product at the end of its life cycle back to the design studio. Consider everything from the time of its ultimate disposal to its conception including transportation, warehousing, production, and manufacturing that may prevent green solutions from being implemented.

Tips for sustainable web and graphic design 

There are many ways a graphic designer can reduce there eco footprint and consider the environment.


  • do more with less: be innovative in downsizing – go for originality rather than size, whether it is a retro self-folding envelope or itty-bitty business cards
  • rightsize it: by optimising rather than oversizing the job you reduce the demand for paper to be produced
  • fill the white up: by reducing the amount of white space in a document you can reduce the amount of paper needed to produce it
  • give it a second life: give your product a second chance at life so that it reduces the possibility of ending up in landfill

Mario Testino

Mario Testino is known as one of the most influential fashion and portrait photographers of our times. His photographs have been published internationally in magazines such as Vogue, V magazine and Vanity Fair. He has also done shots for brands such as Gucci, Burberry, Versace, Michael Kors. Chanel Estee Lauder and Lancome. During his career he has had the chance to work with famous musicians, artists and supermodels.

Alongside his practice as a photographer, Testino has also worked as a creative director, guest editor, museum founder, art collector/collaborator and entrepreneur.

In 2007, he formed MARIOTESTINO+, which provides creative direction, art direction, brand strategy, graphic design, film and stills production, digital and social media, product development, books, exhibitions, licensing and partnerships.

In 2015 he took the official photographs of the British Royal Family. Mario has also created a relationship with fine arts collaborating with artist such as Keith Haring, Vik Muniz, John currin and Julian Schnabel.

One of Testino’s most memorable shoots to this day is his series with Diana, Princess of Wales. Commissioned for Vanity Fair in 1997. He said: “One of my greatest experiences in life was photographing Princess Diana. It’s not only that the experience itself was amazing, but she opened a door for me because I then started photographing the royal families of Europe extensively…this brings out my love for tradition, for a way of showing family and the longevity of people”.

He has photographed many royals including The Prince of Wales, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince Harry, the King and Queen of Jordan and King and Queen of the Netherlands, among others. Mario’s work is featured in museums around the world such as the museum of fine arts in Boston, the Shanghai Art Museum in Tokyo and many more.

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Timba Smits

Timba Smits is an award-winning designer, artist, illustrator, Typographer and part-time crime fighter based in East London. He’s also the Creative Director of iconic movie magazine Little white lies and Huck, the bible for youth culture.

Timba has worked collaboratively with some of the world’s leading brands including The New York Times, ESPN, SBS, WIRED Magazine, Esqurie, The Guardian, Mens Health, Mens Fitness, Johnny Cupcakes, Dunlop and Ride Snowboards as well as having been featured in numerous design, illustration and art publications, both in print and online.

Timba is very good at mixing type with illustration. He uses simple line work in his illustrations and balances it out with bold fonts. I like the way he experiments with lettering and the layout and where the text sits on the page around the illustrations. He plays with warping text to get it to sit where he likes it. He also uses gritty/grungy textures to create tone.

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Blu is an Italian street artist from Bologna, Italy. He started painting in a capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna Region and has been involved in street since 1999.

His work can be seen through the world and his style is easily recognizable. Blu’s pieces are known to be “epic scale murals.” Blu prefers to paint his works around the urban and industrial landscape. Like most street artists, Blu began painting graffiti with spray paint. He quickly gained recognition and fame by painting a graffiti series in the suburbs of Bologna. Over the next few years into the early 2000s, Blu’s graffiti style transformed thanks to his growing use of house paint.

He began to experiment with paint rollers and telescopic sticks. Not only was his graffiti art much larger, but his art conveyed a much more dramatic appearance. He quickly began to create huge human figures that were often sarcastic in appearance and resembled comic and video game art. Strongly influencing Blu’s early career were team efforts with other street artists like Dem, Sweza, Run, and Ericailcane. This camaraderie focused on establishing creative participation and helped lead to Blu’s experimentation with digital animation. He participated in many artistic endeavors with Ericailcane from 2003- 2006 which also helped him gain large recognition.

In 2005, Blu had the opportunity to travel to many destinations and was often invited to art festivals. At these festivals, he painted with other great artists from across the world, and even landed a spot in a festival called “Murales de Octubre” which was done in Managua, Nicaragua.

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