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Rambutanweb offers stunning, inventive design and development services, no strings attached. Whether for business or a personal venture, I will work close to your goals and aspirations to deliver a bespoke, tailor-made creation that will get your clients talking.
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This album cover was intended to evoke the soft, dreamlike quality of the music and, to this end, I chose rolling hillscapes and clouds as my photographic subjects. The images were taken in the Cairngorms, Scotland, whose natural beauty provided the perfect amount of depth in the crevassed surfaces, the interplay of light and shadow.
This poster was commissioned by the lecture organisers to attract students to the event. The poster, which went up on display throughout Surrey University, was sharing space with loud, energetic adverts, so the challenge was to make a lecture on religion seem enticing. I took inspiration from movie posters to create an intense, exciting poster whilst being respectful of the religious imagery used.
The logo for Dragos Tea, a startup tea company specialising in traditional recipes from Eastern Europe, had to be eye-catching, easily-recognised, and yet echo notions of bygone days. I chose to focus on the dragon crest of the Romanian House of Drăculeşti, custom-drawing a new, sleeker dragon symbol within a shield. This has the option of being in either block colour, or with a burnished overlay, depending on the printing requirements.
The packaging for the first Dragos Tea product had to reveal its Transylvanian roots. I chose old book-style fonts and aged textures that further accented the idea of history and sophistication. The illustration is of an iconic fortified church in Bunești commune, Romania, further linking the product to notions of heritage.
Concept art and design for a novel I am writing, done as an exercise in both characterisation and advertising. The aim was to see how much interest could be gauged from basic marketing, and the key moods for the cover were weather and solemnity.
When developing branding for the geek news website Renegade Revolution, I adopted a rebellious theme, using bold reds and browns, and strong, thick typefaces that appeared almost typewritten. The logo was influenced by old British military crests, and was designed to attract those from alternative subcultures who may be interested in the brand. Finally, a range of logos were produced for use on different forms of media: social networks, websites, film watermarks and printed media.
A part-photorealistic, part-expressionist painting
Influenced by tales of ancient gods and demons, this Art Nouveau style piece explores our relationship with the idea of power; those with power can hold it in the palm of their hand, and it can set their senses ablaze, but too much and the fire will rage out of control.
A castle in the sky. Strange morphology of the desert below. A crescent moon. Good place for a wizard to live.
Inspired by an exposé of ice in National Geographic. What if there were cities built out of ice?
Concept illustration for a short film. Theme: Ascension.
An exercise in photo-realism.
Self-styled cartoon characters.
One foot in photorealism, the other foot in surreal expressionism, this illustration cannot make it's mind up.
Just melting away in a strange landscape.
This website is a multi-user news site with much interactive functionality. I developed it in Wordpress with a custom theme based on modulated boxes, and custom functionality to allow for the various tasks the team wanted the website to perform. All user-facing controls were optimised for ease of use, and the site is fully responsive, so it can be viewed and read comfortably on all screens, whether desktop, notebook, tablet or mobile. The site can handle multiple users with varying levels of access, and eliminates the need for third-party apps such as Readability, due to its use of user-friendly webfonts.
This website design was made for an academic friend who is attempting to save this historic palaeontological site from damage. Since this is an iconic sauropod trackway, I took a chunky, blocky approach to the design. The site uses one signature colour of varying shades, which signifies your progress along the petition process, and interesting fonts to attract young people as well as dinosaur enthusiasts. The site is a single-page affair, as too many clicks cause a person's interest to start drifting. At the moment the site is awaiting go-ahead from French authorities.
The concept design for the Dragos Tea website. An associated custom Wordpress theme was created for this, and when the site launches it will be in full use, supporting multiple users, a blog functionality and an online shop. The style was designed to simulate old wood and parchment, with some patterns suggestive of Near East textiles.
A personal science blog, this site's theme was created in PHP and designed to be ultra-readable and responsive. The central aim is to focus on text, the scientific content of the site, and to this end, emphasis was placed on spacing and font size. A soft aqua theme was chosen to be easier on the eyes.
This site was commissioned by the University of Surrey to promote new student | alumni | staff interaction through means of a campus blog. The theme was designed by Toni Kim and developed by me for a Wordpress multi-user environment, incorporating various media items such as embedded video and audio, and audience-contributed photo galleries.
This website was commissioned in tandem with the Student Union and the National Student Survey, in order to gauge students' attitudes towards the University's operations. The theme was designed in-house, using a block style with bright colours to attract students, and was accompanied by a marketing scheme. It involved a link out to an external survey and a method for downloading a voucher code, and was designed and developed on a short timescale (2 days).
This website was coded by me as part of the COmpletely Group, in response to a new niche property practice, who required a simple, attractive and easy to use site. The two goals were: advertising of the practice, and details on how to contact the practice.
I strongly believe that media on the web should be available on all platforms. With the advent of responsive design, there is no excuse not to make content viewable on mobile and tablet devices, not to mention notebooks and other screen sizes. It's not just design, but development, as there are a number of ways to code in compatibility with alternative devices. I advocate responsive design rather than designing a different website for mobile than for desktop: this approach uses code snippets that target different devices, browsers and screen sizes, swapping the code itself out when different conditions are met, and altering the layout without changing the content. This means you don't need to replicate information on two separate sites when something changes, you've got the awkward in-between sizes of tablets covered, and there are no cross-compatibility errors.
Year after year the number of people using their mobile as their primary internet device is increasing, and you don't want to leave out this chunk of the market. Pick a designer that works well with mobile standards to bring your clients the best possible online experience!
One thing I am very passionate about is accessibility. A user with a significant disadvantage compared to the 'cookie-cutter' model of a user should not have to work twice as hard to access the same content. This is an area oft-overlooked, but it is one that I am keen to push forth. Any user with a disability or a technological restriction should be given the same standard of care as other users, and increasing your customer base is always a plus!
As a designer, it is my responsibility to ensure that my designs do not lock people out. I keep colour theory at the forefront so that colourblind users do not experience disadvantages, and I ensure that logos, page elements and text areas are not cluttered and confusing. I do not design sites that require too many clicks of the mouse, and I make room in the design for users who want to up the text size.
As a developer, it is my responsibility to ensure that my development process does not lock people out. I ensure the correct tags are in place for use with screen readers, and I make sure my code is verified to adequate WCAG specifications.
My art style comes from a very specific place in my subconscious - where images arrive vivid and yet half-formed and a colourful haze is cast over the rest. This has led to something that is halfway between realism and surrealism, neat and messy, where perfect detail can be found that trails off into a squiggle and a frenzied dash. This makes it ideal for conceptual art, highly stylised illustration and incorporation into graphic design.
Commissioning me for an illustrative piece will give you something truly original that people will remember.
One thing I love doing is taking a client through the initial branding process. It's incredibly fun and engaging - developing core themes, colours and motifs for a company or personal brand.
I have experience with all design-related aspects of branding, from developing logos and taglines to producing business cards and preparing social media accounts. I love discovering fonts that are little-used, or customising my own, and I love finding iconography that is distinctive and memorable, with real meaning behind it.
If you are just starting up, or if you are considering a re-branding, why not also consider dropping me a message?