This project involved the design of a new sub-brand. GSI is an internal project of Operation Mobilisation (OM), a faith-based organisation, focusing on sustainability in mission.
“We were very pleased with the concepts Mike came up with for the Global South Initiative. He had taken the time to understand our brief and visually reflect our personality perfectly. I particularly appreciate the fast turnaround time and his attention to detail for the final version. Now we are looking at asking him to create a whole corporate identity as well,” Ali Quinney, Marketing Director.
Various examples of logo design and branding.
Release seeks to give a voice to Christians around the world who are persecuted and suffer injustice because of their faith.
I have spent many years working with Release, designing their supporter magazine, flyers, posters and exhibition materials.
Over the years, the magazine has evolved significantly; I worked with the client to introduce new sections and styles, and we continuously look at how it could be improved.
“Thank you to Design Chapel for consistently producing an excellent-looking Release magazine over many years. The feedback we have received from readers has been overwhelmingly positive, and that has a lot to do with the engaging layouts of Design Chapel,” Matt, Release International
Canon EMEA Sustainability Report, in conjunction with Anthesis
Anthesis is a specialist global consultancy that works with large corporations to connect commercial success with sustainability.
I was commissioned to produce sustainability reports for Canon EMEA (Europe, Middle East & Africa), Provident Financial and Brother UK.
My simple yet stylish approach assured that the sometimes complex content was given a real boost, and the completed product tied in exactly with what these businesses were trying to achieve.
Provident Financial Sustainability Report
Working with Anthesis, I have designed Provident Financial’s Corporate Sustainability reports for several years.
I have produced fresh and striking front covers and page layouts, highlighting the organisation’s sustainability activities.
Over the years I have gained a good feel for what suits the company and know how to tailor the report to fit Provident Financial’s identity – a great example of how continuity and consistency can be such a bonus!
Anthesis is a specialist global consultancy that works with large corporations to connect commercial success with sustainability,
Cheshire East Council
Domestic Abuse Hub
The client asked me to design a logo, posters, cards and displays to help improve their visibility and raise awareness of the support available for those who have concerns around, or have been affected by, domestic abuse.
Rather than focusing on well-used cliches depicting violence or threat, we wanted to concentrate on the positives, highlighting the comprehensive support available for both men and women dealing with this issue.
The Leprosy Mission International
For The Leprosy Mission, a faith-based organisation working to eradicate leprosy globally, I designed a glossy, attractive Annual Report, making the most of photos. Sometimes not going overboard on design features just allows the content to really stand out.
“Mike was so easy to work with on this project and delivered just the right kind of look we wanted – not too fussy, clear, clean, simple and readable. He was unflappable, even when there were last- minute changes. I felt that he really listened and understood exactly what we wanted. And we had lost of positive comments from staff and supporters,” Fiona Spence, TLMI Communications Manager
UN Conference report
I worked with GNDR (Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction), to design a brochure for a UN Conference in Sendai, Japan in 2015. I made the detailed content appealing to read. I felt it was important to include some attractive infographic-type images so that those who enjoy skim reading could understand the project at a glance! The brochure was produced in English, Spanish and French.
"The brochure has been a fantastic document, snapped up by thousands and a brilliant tool to use in explaining the programme face-to-face. I really enjoyed developing it with Mike. The way it works as spreads that explain the story, without even getting into the detail of the text, is brilliant. Our best collaboration ever!" Dr Terry Gibson, Operations Director, GNDR
Views from the Frontline Report
I designed this report for GNDR (Global Network of Civil Society Organisations for Disaster Reduction), an international network of non-governmental and not-for-profit organisations committed to working together to improve the lives of people affected by disasters world-wide.
The report is the culmination of a huge amount of research by GNDR around the world, focusing on accurate reporting from the frontline of areas vulnerable to small and large scale disasters. It was produced in English, Spanish and French.
Getting the right look for your business is so important for its success. Thomas Lardner, a fast-growing Estate Agent in North East Cheshire and South Manchester, asked me to work with them to develop their brand, which included the logo, but also extended to stationery, shop signs, For Sale boards and a sales brochure.
Clients come in all shapes and sizes; from the large corporations through to the sole trader.
Paul Corradine is a carpenter who works in restoration and design and construction. He approached me because he wanted to market his services better, particularly to schools as he makes some amazing structures for primary schools. I worked with him to produce a lively brochure that really helps people see the quality of his work.
Local Craft and Producers’ Market, Heaton Moor, South Manchester I designed a chic, eye-catching poster to advertise a craft and local producer’s market in Manchester.
Visions of History: Branding for historical SE tour guide I developed a simple and intriguing brand design for a historical tour guide in the south and south East of England.
I have collaborated with musicians across Europe to produce some soulful artwork for CD covers, including composer John Featherstone, flautist Heike Wetzel and Jean Pierre Rudolph. German-based photographer Paul Yates also provided the photography for some of the covers.
Brother UK Sustainability Report
Brother UK, manufacturer of printers and scanners, commissioned global consultancy Anthesis to write its sustainability reports, and Anthesis, a regular client of mine, commissioned me to design them.
Anthesis and I worked together on the reports, which communicated how Brother's activities help sustain the people and environment around them.
‘Don’t judge a book by its cover,’... yet so often people do!
My work with 10ofthose, a publishing house, included typesetting pages and designing attractive covers to intrigue and engage potential buyers.
I was asked to design a resource book, produced for a national, interdenominational initiative, marking the 400th anniversary of the Authorised King James Bible. The initiative was officially launched in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft at the Houses of Parliament.
The Angell Trio are a leading a leading international chamber ensemble, based in London. I was asked to design a small brochure that gave a flavour of their music and performances. Using the photography of Paul Yates, the finished brochure was well recieved by the client.
Illustration is a great way to bring your work to life. I can add unique and engaging elements, computer-based or hand-drawn, to grab people’s attention and keep them engaged.
John Lewis 4Motiv, a video production company, commissioned me to produce illustrations for a John Lewis in-house training video. I provided them with these retro, stylish and engaging artwork to complement the project as a whole.
Illustration styles Different briefs require different approaches, so I choose the medium and look of the illustrations depending upon the massage that needs to be communicated.