Designer of wonderful things, writer of words, brewer of green tea.
CES Twitter Wall
Based over in Finland, MultiTouch build large-scale touch screen displays for commercial use. And large-scale really does mean big: their Twitter wall for CES was over 25 feet long.
Creating user experience flows and graphical assets for the interface, Oliver collaborated with the team at MultiTouch to create the official CES Twitter wall. The installation, allowed people to touch, talk, and tweet, on one massive display.
Guitar Hero Mobile
Guitar Hero brings rock guitar to the masses combining the latest tunes with dextrous finger-picking and button-mashing.
Bringing such a well-loved brand to mobile meant courting Guitar Hero’s gigantic fan-base with a massive amount of marketing, including web-sites, banners, and promotional flyers.
St Claude Main Street
St Claude Main Street is a non-profit founded to help promote and grow one of New Orleans’ historic communities.
In talking with the non-profit team and researching the neighbourhood’s rich cultural history, Olly determined that St Claude Main Street’s identity had to be warm, inviting, and evoke the spirit of the classic American main street.
60 Second Scoop
When Oliver got caught in Hurricane Isaac, he decided to create a phone number that would read the latest emergency and disaster response information to callers. Call it and you’ll hear a 60 second message containing information such as power outages, shelter updates, Red Cross stations, water and ice locations.
Before I Die Toolkit
In 2010, New Orleans artist Candy Chang took a ramshackle house in New Orleans and transformed it into a public art project where people can share their hopes and dreams. The project has since taken on a life of its own with Before I Die walls being constructed across the world.
These fun instructional illustrations are featured in the Before I Die Toolkit. By following the easy instructions in the toolkit, anyone can create their own Before I Die wall to share with the community.
Upside Down Umbrella
Jeremy Keenan is a sound artist and composer, releasing music under the name Upside Down Umbrella. His sound is purposefully odd: a sparse mixture of synthesised sounds, ambient scenes and organic instruments.
For Jeremy’s second studio album, Fantastic & Tangible, he commissioned me to create an identity around the Upside Down Umbrella sound. Taking his strange sound as inspiration, the Upside Down Umbrella symbol, UDU logotype and album photography were created.
The final result blends evocative organic photography and sparse geometric symbols. The identity is set in a careful selection of greys and muted natural colours.
Establishing a developer community to support a young software platform doesn’t just involve creating great development tools, it also means creating fantastic swag. These Coder T-shirts are fun, personal, and useful too.
The t-shirts were incredibly effective in raising awareness and building a positive brand image for Blaast amongst their burgeoning developer community. In fact, they were so effective that the design was later pirated and re-sold across Indonesia, resulting in some unintended but welcome guerrilla marketing for Blaast.
Working with various carriers, I’ve created marketing materials for online, mobile and offline campaigns. Alongside Vodafone, Olly has worked with all of Europe’s largest carriers, including TeliaSonera, Orange, T-Mobile and O2.
When Olly isn’t designing, illustrating, or creating, he’s out snapping photographs of the world around him. Olly’s photography has been published in several titles, appeared as sleeve artwork for albums, and been exhibited in galleries around the world.
Girl Jam celebrates women’s artistic achievements in traditional jazz music and dance with the intention of inspiring today’s jazz-loving female artists in a supportive, collective learning environment.
For Girl Jam, Olly created an identity that marries the heritage of jazz music with a fresh, contemporary visual language.
Covering technology, arts, and gaming, Olly has written for publications including The Apple Blog, Flux Magazine, and GigaOm. His articles have also been syndicated to websites including CNN, The New York Times, and Salon.
Open-source Data Visualisations
Statistics, charts and raw data don’t have to be flat and boring. Visualising data in different ways can draw in an audience and make statistics fun.
GigaOm.com know this and that’s why they asked Olly to visualise the data from Acquia’s Northbridge Survey on Open-source software. What resulted from this project was a collection of charticles - accessible data visualisations that communicate the facts and tell a compelling story too.
The clever coders over at Pear Comp invited Olly to join forces and create a game for iPhone. After several months of sketching, coding, designing, testing, and tweaking, they released Cosmo Kid.
With Pear Comp focusing their expert skills on coding, Olly turned his attention to the fun stuff: game design, artwork, and music. Immediately after release the team received a stream of sterling reviews, alongside being featured by Apple in the App Store.
GigaOM Icon Set
This bespoke icon set was designed exclusively for GigaOM. With technology news happening all the time, it was crucial for the site to relay the theme of a massive array of topics to its readers.
The icons are used to clearly and quickly represent specific topics, such as hardware, netbooks, cloud services and geolocation.
When Google announced their own operating system, at first all we knew was its name: Chrome. There were no images and it would be months before anyone could catch a glimpse.
Om Malik, founder and senior writer at the GigaOM Network, wanted to give his readers a preview of the future. He commissioned me to research and design concept imagery of Chrome.
The artwork included an aesthetic treatment, taking into consideration Google’s brand, their product portfolio and potential user interface features. The images take an informed look at how Google would integrate their existing products - such as YouTube, Google Voice and Android - into the design and functionality of their own OS.