Author: samuel thomas

The Grand Guignol Theatre Signage

The Grand Guignol Theatre Signage

The Grand Guignol Theatre Signage This is a cast iron, stained glass, theatre front, from the gothic, horror TV show, Penny Dreadful (2014). This isn’t a stereotypical graphic prop, but it still falls very much under the graphic design department. The Grand Guignol Theatre signage …

Vintage Pricing Lables (1930s)

Vintage Pricing Lables (1930s)

VINTAGE PRICING LABLES (1930s) This is a collection of thirteen vintage pricing labels from the 1930s / 1940s. I bought them a few months ago and I think they’re really wonderful. I have about a dozen of each design and these images show just one …

Design Process Of: The Flying Chairs Theatre Company Logo

Design Process Of: The Flying Chairs Theatre Company Logo

DESIGN PROCESS OF: THE FLYING CHAIRS THEATRE COMPANY LOGO Over a year ago now, one of my university flatmates, who studied Drama, started up an Amateur Theatre group with 11 friends from his course. They wanted to start their professional careers before university had finished. They …

The Jurassic Park Logo

The Jurassic Park Logo

THE JURASSIC PARK LOGO Today we discuss the Jurassic Park logo, from the classic 1993 film, directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the book by Michael Crichton. The story behind the iconic T-Rex illustration is brilliant and it all began with a young, gay, book …

The Jurassic Park Brochure

The Jurassic Park Brochure

THE JURASSIC PARK BROCHURE This is one of the original brochures from Steven Spielberg’s brilliant, Oscar winning, action adventure, Jurassic Park (1993). Strangely, this isn’t a greatly iconic graphic prop, as they only featured in the background of scenes. They can be seen in the …

A Real Duel Told In The Newspaper (1809)

A Real Duel Told In The Newspaper (1809)

A REAL DUEL TOLD IN THE NEWSPAPER (1809) This is a newspaper from “Saturday, October 28, 1809” and still makes for a thrilling read today. This was a present from my Dad who found it on eBay late last year. This copy of “The Traveller” …

Design Process Of: Documenting My Tokyo Trip Using 1 Second Clips

Design Process Of: Documenting My Tokyo Trip Using 1 Second Clips

DESIGN PROCESS OF: DOCUMENTING MY TOKYO TRIP USING 1 SECOND CLIPS This is a video of my trip to Tokyo from March 2018. I filmed a few dozen 1 second clips throughout each day of my trip and edited them together as a personal reminder …

The Jaws Poster

The Jaws Poster

THE JAWS POSTER This piece of design doesn’t really need any introduction. The Jaws poster is one of the most iconic images in cinema history and I’m a huge fan of the artwork.   The original 20” x 30” painting was made by Roger Kastel, …

The 10″ Album Covers From Harry Potter

The 10″ Album Covers From Harry Potter

THE 10″ ALBUM COVERS FROM HARRY POTTER The “Incantation Records, Music to Charm Your Ears” and “Spell-O-Fonix, Sparkling Sounds for the Discerning Wizard” are two graphic prop album covers that feature in the Harry Potter films. These are just a small part of the plethora …

The Maid of the Mountains Programme (1964)

The Maid of the Mountains Programme (1964)

The Maid OF THE MOUNTAINS PROGRAMME (1964) This is a programme from a theatrical production of “The Maid of the Mountains” which ran at the Bristol Hippodrome in 1964-1965. I bought this programme in a charity shop in Marlborough in 2017, near my home village. …

Design Process of: The Conversations Postcard

Design Process of: The Conversations Postcard

THE PROCESS OF: THE CONVERSATIONS POSTCARD This is a postcard about the importance of conversations that evolved from something I made at uni as part of an hour long brief in early December last year. This brief involved creating a poster in black and white, …

I Heart NY & Milton Glaser

I Heart NY & Milton Glaser

I HEART NY & MILTON GLASER This is the classic “I Heart NY” design by the great Milton Glaser. Born in 1929, Glaser was an American graphic designer, who’s creations include the I Heart New York logo, the psychedelic Bob Dylan poster and the logos …

Wonder Woman’s Ambrotype Photograph

Wonder Woman’s Ambrotype Photograph

Wonder Woman’s AMBROTYPE Photograph This is the photograph printed on glass, that was used in Wonder Woman (2017). Taken during a scene set in 1918, this style of photograph mimics the collodion or wet plate process, an early photographic method requiring glass to be coated, sensitized, exposed and developed …

Miss Catherine Elaine Stewart’s Passport (1933)

Miss Catherine Elaine Stewart’s Passport (1933)

MISS CATHERINE ELAINE STEWART’S PASSPORT (1933) This is my Great Grandmother’s passport (on my Mum’s side) from 1933. Miss Catherine Elaine Stewart, who proffered to be known by her middle name Elaine, was born on 27th June 1911. Sadly, I never knew her as she …

Design Process of: The HUB Magazine Logo

Design Process of: The HUB Magazine Logo

DESIGN PROCESS OF: THE HUB MAGAZINE LOGO HUB Magazine is the official University of the West of England (UWE) student magazine. I had already been Head Designer of HUB for 2 years before this rename and rebrand in 2019. Having now graduated my 3rd and …

Automat By Edward Hopper

Automat By Edward Hopper

AUTOMAT BY EDWARD HOPPER  Painted by Edward Hopper in 1927, ‘Automat’ is my joint favourite painting of all time along with ‘Swinging’ by Wassily Kandinsky.   Automat is a medium sized painting 28 x 36 inches (71.4cm x 91.4cm) and first displayed on Valentine’s Day …

River Song’s Diary

River Song’s Diary

RIVER SONG’S DIARY   British graphic props don’t get much more iconic than River Song’s Diary from Doctor Who. Designed in 2008 for River Song’s first episode “Silence in the Library” and subsequently featured in a storyline that would span 3 Doctors, no one could …

Monica’s Photos (1930 – 1970)

Monica’s Photos (1930 – 1970)

MONICA’S PHOTOS (1930 – 1970) These are part of a huge collection of old photographs from my Great-Great Aunt Monica. My great-grandfather on my mother’s side had a half-sister called Monica and who died in 2014. I sadly never met Monica but she was the …

The Process Of: Creating My Graduation Photo

The Process Of: Creating My Graduation Photo

THE PROCESS OF: CREATING MY GRADUATION PHOTO Yesterday I finally got my results and I’m proud to say I’ll be graduating with a 2.1 honours degree in Graphic Design! My time at UWE, Bristol has been amazing and I’m very, very, happy. The last 3 …

Purple Face & Orange Figure By John Nicoll

Purple Face & Orange Figure By John Nicoll

PURPLE FACE & ORANGE FIGURE BY JOHN NICOLL This is a painting of a face and figure by professional artist (and my Grandpa) John Nicoll. It was part of John’s colourful faces phase back in the late ‘80s / early ‘90s. He sometimes painted them …

Peppy’s Posters & Magazines From ‘The Artist’

Peppy’s Posters & Magazines From ‘The Artist’

PEPPY’S POSTERS & MAGAZINES FROM ‘THE ARTIST’ These graphics are from the film, “The Artist” (2011). The movie was shot in black and white and set in the late 1920s / early 1930s. We follow the story of Peppy Miller, a film-going fan who falls …

London Underground Map (1941)

London Underground Map (1941)

LONDON UNDERGROUND MAP (1941) This is a well-used map of the London Underground from 1941. It came from my Great-Grandmother’s house a few years ago and I love the feel of the old, soft, uncoated stock from the era. We spent lots of time going …

Filming Process of: Eliza’s Ephemera

Filming Process of: Eliza’s Ephemera

FILMING PROCESS OF: ELIZA’S EPHEMERA This is a behind the scenes look at the process of filming and editing my video of Eliza’s ephemera. This was the final stage of my 4th self-written brief from my last semester of university that was earlier this year. …

Filming Process of: Amelia – A Story Told With Graphic Props

Filming Process of: Amelia – A Story Told With Graphic Props

FILMING PROCESS OF: AMELIA – A STORY TOLD WITH GRAPHIC PROPS This is a behind the scenes look at the process of filming and editing my short film, “Amelia: A story told with graphic props.” This was the final stage of my 2nd self-written brief …

dodie’s You Album Cover

dodie’s You Album Cover

DODIE’S YOU ALBUM COVER This album cover is from the second album by dodie. Dodie Clark is a singer-songwriter and musician from South East England who began her career on Youtube in 2011, posting original songs and covers. I started following her in 2014 and …

The Minimalism Of Oh Wonder Album Covers

The Minimalism Of Oh Wonder Album Covers

THE MINIMALISM OF OH WONDER ALBUM COVERS Oh Wonder are a singing-songwriting duo from London. Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West together have written 3 albums since they started out together in 2014. They’re now internationally successful and both singer’s voices blend really wonderfully together. …

The Little Women Graphic Prop Blunder

The Little Women Graphic Prop Blunder

THE LITTLE WOMEN GRAPHIC Prop BLUNDER Today’s post isn’t going to be an overly positive one but it will be interesting. Please be assured this will be a rare occurrence on my blog. I just felt I had to say something and not let this …

The Wonderful Graphic Props of Little Women

The Wonderful Graphic Props of Little Women

THE WONDERFUL GRAPHIC PROPS OF LITTLE WOMEN There are many wonderful graphic props in Little Women and I want to take a closer look at 5 of them today. If you haven’t seen the film yet, what have you been doing since lockdown!? Go and …

Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843 – 1878) CDV

Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843 – 1878) CDV

PRINCESS ALICE OF THE UNITED KINGDOM (1843 – 1878) CDV This Carte de visite is of Princess Alice of the United Kingdom. If you unsure as to what a Carte de visite is, you can check out my previous post: “What is a Carte de …

What is a Carte de visite? (1850 – 1910)

What is a Carte de visite? (1850 – 1910)

WHAT IS A CATRE DE VISITE? These photos are of some carte de visite from my own collection. Carte de visite (CDV) was a type of small photograph which was patented in Paris by photographer André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854. Carte de visite were made of a …

3 things I’ll take away from my UWE Graphic Design course

3 things I’ll take away from my UWE Graphic Design course

3 THINGS I’LL TAKE AWAY FROM MY UWE GRAPHIC DESIGN COURSE Having just finished my B/A Hons degree at the University of the West of England (UWE) in Graphic Design, I thought I’d share 3 things I’ll take away from my course after 3 years …