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Our latest issue (Issue 129) of Unicorn Magazine is now out:

Unicorn Magazine Issue 129

Unicorn Magazine Issue 129

Download the free electronic version here, or visit our main website for more details >>

You can also download the full-colour A4 poster here, designed to encourage people to take a copy of the magazine… (or just collect the set for your wall!)

Issue 129 A4 poster

Issue 129 A4 poster

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For the past few weeks I’ve been working on the design of a book on philosophy, “Something to Believe” , conceived and written by my friend Richard Brown, and I’m delighted to say that it is now finally out in print.

Here are some preliminary shots of the cover on the day the book arrived – I think it has turned out how we hoped (despite the usual nagging doubts about possible typos, print quality, errors etc)!

STB-polaroids-combined

Anyone interested in the ‘higher’ aspects of life in the universe would find it a fascinating read – you can buy the book on Amazon here >>.

There are rumours it may soon be reviewed in The Guardian, but don’t hold me to that…

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So, the first issue of Unicorn Magazine produced under ‘new management’ is finally out! We have printed and distributed over 3000 copies to over 60 venues in four counties in the last week or so… phew!

Unicorn Magazine Issue 123

Unicorn Magazine Issue 123

As the opening Editorial states, we have gone for an ‘evolution rather than revolution’ approach to the new publication – after all we have over 31 years of tradition to uphold and we don’t want to alienate our loyal readers overnight. The new magazine does feature however a fairly radical re-design (within the restrictions that every single millimetre of space has to be paid for from the tiny advertising revenue allow, of course), a new print process that uses a nice silky-finish stock and the new approach of printing a second colour rather than using a coloured stock.

The main new feature however is that for the first time we are offering a downloadable PDF of the magazine to augment the hard copies. Hopefully this will help encourage and solicit new readers, whilst helping to reduce the crippling postage and petrol costs incurred in the distribution. You can download Unicorn Magazine Issue 123 (15Mb!) here, or get it from the new Unicorn website here >>

Any feedback gratefully received as always – please also forward to as many people as you can who might be interested (either as readers, contributors or advertisers).

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( a whole two months since a single post – shame on me…!!)

However, things have been far from quiet at this end…. no excuse, but sometimes life goes like that?

One thing that has been taking a lot of hours away from blogging time is my recent involvement in the re-launch of Unicorn Magazine.

Unicorn Magazine is a quarterly folk magazine, representing the views and interests of the folk arts community in the three neighbouring counties of Herts, Beds and Cambs. Started 31 years ago, the dedicated team who have kept it going ever since have decided to retire – myself and two others have (rather rashly!) taken on the baton!

We are hoping to take the magazine forward in months to come, whilst remaining true to the spirit of the original – ‘evolution rather than revolution’ as the saying goes.

Paid for by advertising alone, needless to say we have had a lot to take on board. The next issue (Issue 123!) should be out by mid June and will showcase a new design (by your truly), some new features and lots of new editorial from the others on the team. We have also had to hastily create a new website, which like the magazine will hopefully evolve and grow over time.

Unicorn Magazine - supporting folk music & folk arts in Herts, Beds & Cambs

Do check it out, join the mailing list to receive a free PDF copy of the next issue, do all that social media stuff, and place an advert if you think it relevant.

Here’s to the next 31 years!?

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Pretty colours!!

I was recently given the following. . .

Absolutely perfect for the tea-drinking / note-making designer in me!!

Roll on the Horror vacui!!!!

pantone 7672

pantone 7672

(I’m not sure the term has ever been applied to the fear of staining a pristine mug with cheap Morrison’s tea bags, but hey!)

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During the mini-sculpture trail exhibition I took part in recently, I received lost of kind comments on the support materials I had produced to go alongside the sculptures themselves.

I produced these very quickly, on a minimum budget, so I was glad to see they were well received! The photo below shows what I had made (and indeed what can be achieved with not much outlay) – here are a few notes:

Sculpture marketing materials

Sculpture marketing materials

The top row are some ‘Do Not Touch’ signs (completely ignored by most of the general public, I hasten to add!) – these I simply printed out in-house on good quality paper, spray mounted them to some foam board and cut them out (with nicely chamfered edges for that’ art gallery’ look and feel).

Below that on the left are some stickers which I got printed at the wonderful moo.com – all their products are excellent quality, very reasonably priced even for very small quantities, and all with extremely quick turn arounds.

Below these (again on the left) are some business cards. I only needed a very few for the very specific nature of the day, which the people at a C9 Creative had digitally printed for me – again excellent service and a very quick turn around.

The rather snazzy black business card boxes (which I attached to posts near the sculptures for people to take my card if they wanted to) are not business card holders at all, but rather metal cigarette cases from the excellent PoundLand high street chain (very snazzy they looked too!).

So, ‘geurilla marketing’ – the way forward for the struggling artist (or indeed any business) when the chips are down and money is tight!

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A while ago I wrote about a community project I had just created the corporate ID / design for… Called Odeon Journey, it is a project to record the memories of the old St Albans Odeon building, finally bought and soon to be restored after years of abandonment and neglect.

Last week the project reached the end of the development stage, and entered the launch phase, culminating in a three month exhibition at the St Albans Museum.

Here are some random photos from the launch event – very enjoyable it was too! Even though I didn’t actually produce the banners, signage etc,  it was great to see my design in use and to see that it worked well in different applications.

The Odeon Journey exhibition

The Odeon Journey exhibition

Me!

Me!

Cinema organ

Cinema organ

Pearl and Dean!

Pearl and Dean!

If anyone is passing the museum I recommend you pop in – the exhibiton is great!

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