Every Bike in Bristol
One line at a time
This project has been a part of my life ever since I moved to Bristol. It started with the concept of drawing every bike in Bristol ‘one line at a time’, by creating single line representations of the variety of bikes that Bristol showcases on a daily basis. I began documenting, illustrating and leaving tags on other people’s bikes asking them to submit a story; whilst out & about on my own bike. I became really inspired by other people’s stories; their past bike-loves, their perfect bike, the good times and bad times they’ve seen from the saddle. From these collected narratives I illustrate each bike and go on to composite them together in a handprinted and bound publication.
Featured at the Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol Cycle Festival and in Boneshaker Magazine:
“Though each tale is unremarkable – simple sentiments expressed off the cuff, relayed unedited with iffy grammar and haphazard spelling intact – it’s the charm of Chris’s original idea that sings. Anyone who’s let cycling permeate their life will know the nuanced and enduring bond between bike and rider. Every bike tells a story. But to think ‘I’ll collect those stories and share them with the world’, that’s what sets Chris apart. He’s a do-er, an enthusiast – and the world can never have too many enthusiasts” – Boneshaker Magazine
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The Art of Psychological Fishing
People like you and I, though mortal of course like everyone else, do not grow old no matter how long we live…We never cease to stand like curious children before the great mystery into which we were born.
~ Albert Einstein in a letter to Otto Juliusburger, 1942.
Project Yourself is a project started to celebrate DIY and “hack” culture within design. The aim of the project is to engage people and inspire them to pass on this interesting piece of knowledge, that you can build your own projector using only a shoebox, magnifying glass and a smart phone. I have been dropping projectors round various spots in Bristol complete with little guides for people to find. With the help of awesome photographer Luke Frisby we have been documenting the journey.
Freelance interface design
I was approached by Bristol based app developers Calvium. They challenged me help make their story telling location driven apps more organic and immersive. Each one unique to the content and driven by the stories and audience experience.
Bristol Opening Doors reveals some of central Bristol’s most interesting buildings through facts, photography and stories. It includes buildings of varying size, age, and purpose, and with secrets behind each door. Bristol Opening Doors will lead you to where Pink Floyd played in the 1960s, to where gold treasure was discovered in a lift shaft, and where 14 real fig trees grow indoors.
A tour of some places in central Bristol associated with local myths and legends from the past and more recently. The 14 stories are a small selection of those collected by journalist, author and historian Eugene Byrne, and can be accessed either as a GPS-enabled walk or at home through the ‘Armchair Play’ mode. Created to feature along side the BBC Radio 4 More Than Words Festival.
Journeys Between Minds
The unspoken space
An ongoing repository of experiments exploring this difficult to define term. The unspoken space between people when they create, share and work together on a collective idea. Anyone working creatively has experienced it but can’t quite put their finger on what or why it is.
People Purchased Printer
Type designed by anyone for everyone.
This is an experiment to gather hand drawn characters from the creative people I live and work with. They are intended to be the quick 5 minute scribbles you do on a lunch break to feed the curiosity and naivety embeded from childhood. I am interested in the little things that creative people used to do when they were growing up. The things that shaped them into the designers, illustrators and photographers they are today. So feel free to use this collection in any way you see fit. Use it for inspiration, the starting point for a project, pull it apart and put it back together, shape it for what you need. They only thing I ask, is when you download the hi-res files please submit a short anecdote of something that shaped you into the creative person you are today.
It’s All Terminology
You're A Commercial Artist
I was part of the select team to represent the 2013 graduating UWE graphic design students. Together we produced a publication and accompanying website investigating the debate around the use of the term ‘Commercial Artist”. Specifically I focused on the website and digital outcome, experimenting with the use of twitter feeds to continue the conversation and interact with the audience.
This is a conversation about the work we do and the words we use to describe it. We are graphic design students from UWE in Bristol, about to launch ourselves into the marketplace. We began investigating how will we relate to the commercial world through the term ‘commercial artist’. We have explored it in a series of workshops and interactions with the public, and invite you to take part. What does the term “Commercial Artist” mean to you? #CommercialArtist
Self Initiated Illustrations
- A reportage visit to Weston-super-Mare.
- Cyclung illustrates how cycling is key to helping me maintain good lung function while Suffering from Cystic Fibrosis.