DGL were tasked with creating a large range of web labels for various online marketing campaigns to coincide with the theatrical release of the 2016 Marvel blockbuster ‘Deadpool’. The labels proved hugely popular for social media apps and the movie itself went on to gross over £750 million worldwide.
I was recently tasked with the challenge of rebranding a recent ‘Essex Boys’ movie for new online platforms. My client wanted something a little different than the stereotypical designs that are often used for British crime films. We agreed to go down a more gritty route for this design but still keeping the focus on the infamous 1995 Range Rover killings.
Trapp’d was a business I launched in late 2016 and was my first time venturing into the gaming industry. As a fan of escape rooms, I wanted to use my experience in the movie industry to bring realistic, immersive experiences to customers with stunning set designs. Trapp’d has now grown at a rapid pace with the eighth venue opening in Leeds in 2020.
I recently undertook the branding for a new film production company called Sharp Teeth Ltd. My client had a love for the classic shark movie ‘Jaws’ and wanted to work this into his brand. I stylised the shark from the 1975 movie poster and incorporated this into a simplistic yet eye-catching design.
DGL continues to work closely with hugely popular comedian and TV personality Dapper Laughs. Dapper AKA Daniel O’Reilly has recently launched an online chat show called ‘Lit & Live’ which aired on the new Facebook Live platform in early 2017. The show is streamed Live from Fu Manchu in Clapham. This format enables the live audience and the viewing audience to interact. You can Facebook Comment, Tweet, Snap and they may be read out through the show!
Dappers recent ‘Facebook LIVE’ audience reached over 1.5 million views in 24 hours when he fought a charity boxing match for ‘Help for Heroes’.
When I’m not busy working on new projects or businesses, I like to take time out and get creative with some digital art designs from some of my favourite movies, musicians and various other cool stuff. I know sell some of these in my Etsy store under DGL Creative.
I recently worked on the movie posters for the British hooligan film ‘Top Dog’ starring Leo Gregory. The film was based on the novel by ‘Green Street’ author Dougie Brimson and had great success in the UK DVD sales chart. I’ve since gone on to work on several more projects with the production company.
I was commissioned back in 2013 to come up with an inspirational design to pay tribute to legendary actor ‘James Gandolfini’ who died in June that year. Being a huge fan of his work in ‘The Sopranos’ I used his character from that TV series as the concept for this artwork. The design was well received and went onto gain me an honourable mention at the International Design Awards in Los Angeles in 2014.
I recently put together some conceptual artwork for upcoming Brit-flick ‘Breakdown’ for father and son team Craig and Luke Fairbrass. Having worked with the duo in the past on numerous websites and movie projects, my design style matches their criteria when it comes to producing eye-catching post production artwork for their films.
DGL recently worked on the branding, website and promo material for lovely local lady Siobhan Holmes and her epic horse box renovation. Siobhan has received tons of media attention with her stunning ‘Vino Van’ conversion, which you will no doubt be seeing at festivals all over the UK this year.
You can check out her website here
Great job Siobhan!
Having worked with Noel Clarke and Jason Maza from Unstoppable Entertainment for quite some time now, I get involved a lot in their pre production work. The most recent being ‘Brotherhood’ which was the third installment from the ‘Hood’ trilogy and went on to huge success in the UK, grossing almost £2 million in its opening week.
Credo was the first official movie that I designed the artwork for. It seems like a lifetime ago now, but back in 2008 I was tasked with the job of creating a creepy poster for the low budget British horror film. I’ve since gone on to design over 200 movie posters.
Malt + Bass is an upmarket cocktail bar I created and launched in 2015. Everything that I wanted to experience whilst relaxing in a bar is everything I aimed to offer with Malt + Bass. The unique. The curious. The awe-inspiring. The unforgettable. Coming from a creative background meant I could start with the visual appearance of our cocktails and work backwards to the taste.
This unorthodox approach allows Malt + Bass to to create the unthinkable from our minds and fine tune the flavours from the lab. I exited the business in 2018.
One of my favourite projects to date! I worked alongside ‘Vendetta’ producer Jonathan Sothcott and the lead star Danny Dyer to come up with the UK’s very first ‘motion poster’ to help promote the movie. A motion poster is a new craze in Hollywood where movie posters come to life with movement.
We trialled this on a shoestring budget and were delighted with the results. The motion poster picked up a lot of positive media attention from The Sun newspaper and various other online blogs and Magazines including GQ. The movie itself went onto be the top selling UK movie during the Christmas period and a sequel is already underway.
As a fan of the IMP Awards website, which is the largest database of movie posters in the world – I was delighted when asked to recreate their existing mascot into a more modern, lifelike imp. We very much kept in keeping with the original design which has been on the site since its conception but brought this life with a new twist.
Check out their website here
My first project with Signwriter films was to create a striking movie poster for the debut release ‘Where the skin lies’. Working alongside the production team and director, we came up with this design which is now being used in all of the pre-launch marketing of the film and throughout the festival circuit.
The movie is set to hit the theatres late 2017.
The Corby Awards was a concept I created back in 2012. The idea was to award outstanding and high performing local businesses and business people with a meaningful accolade. The awards went from strength to strength and the annual event is now a sell out each year and great way of connecting local businesses. I sold the business in 2016 to a local company to focus on new ventures.
‘We are Monster’ was a debut feature film for writer/actor Leeshon Alexander in which I was tasked to come up with several pre-production posters for the movie to help promote the powerful storyline behind it. The marketing went well and the movie proved a huge success, gaining critical acclaim in the industry and one of the posters was then chosen as the final design for the film.
You can check this out on Netflix.
Scottish Mussel was a British Rom-com by production company ‘Unstoppable Entertainment’ starring a whole host of British talent including ‘Inbetweeners’ star Joe Thomas, Harry Enfield, Russell Kane and Rufus Hound.
DGL was asked to come up with some ideas for the artwork which was eventually used in the early cinema releases and pre-launch marketing.
I was tasked with creating a new DVD sleeve for the 2011 movie ‘Demons Never Die’ to recirculate the movie. The movie had a great web presence targeting young social media users and went onto enjoy solid DVD sales and is now available to watch on most streaming platforms including Netflix.
DGL was tasked with a complete rebrand for the UK’s largest indoor skatepark “Adrenaline Alley’. The board of Directors wanted to move away from their previous image and move towards a more modern, slick design that can be used for all aspects of their business including merchandise etc.
We’ve also worked on some cool poster designs with Adrenaline Alley for their annual events.
‘The Tapes’ was a low budget British Horror movie, filmed in 2011. I was asked to come up with new conceptual DVD sleeve designs to re-market the movie in 2015 and redistribute to a new target audience after the rise of ‘found footage’ horror films.
‘Say No’ was a short film from writer/producer Samuel Clemens. The film was a crowdfunded project to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of the tragic Dunblane shootings back in 1996. The film focuses on a young school girl packing a handgun into her school bag and carries a powerful message within the production. Working alongside Sam, we thought it would be a cool idea to work on the school bag as the focal point of the poster.
The movie is now about to hit the festival circuit in 2017 and has already picked up some amazing reviews.
‘Untold’ is a short film by budding writer/producer/director Maria Giulia Marra and her debut production. Working alongside Maria, we wanted to portray vulnerability in the poster and focus on the lead actress and we are delighted with the ‘indie’ feel and vibe we captured with the design. The movie has now started the festival circuit in 2017.
I was asked by the owners of Chameleon Detailing to create a mascot design for their prestige vehicle detailing company that can be used throughout their marketing campaigns. We wanted a bright, vibrant chameleon to sit alongside the logo and to eventually become iconic with the brand itself.
DESTROY’D is a new concept we introduced alongside our Trapp’d Escape Rooms in 2019. A Rage Room is where people can come along to a safe environment and smash, crush, obliterate and destroy anything in sight. We’ve now opened three locations around the UK.
You can find out more here
I recently completed the artwork for a new stage show called Strictly Murder, written by the legendary Brian Clemens. I was tasked with coming up with a vintage looking design that featured the main cast.
The play was a huge hit around the UK and was Directed by Ian Dickens.
The World Selfie Project was possibly the most difficult challenge I’ve every took on. We were tasked with helping to promote and market a world record attempt which aimed at enticing social media users to send us a selfie of themselves in order to create a record breaking piece of art, using each selfie in a gigantic collage format.
The aim was get over 250,000 selfies, but unfortunately we only managed a credible 135,000. Despite not reaching the target we had a whole host of celebrities take part and had great fun doing so.
The whole experience was a priceless learning curve and taught us a lot.
American author Vicky Renee Johnson has been a client of mine for several years now, working on four book sleeve designs for her novels. Her most recent book was a memorable one as Vicky was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2016 and decided to write about her experiences in humorous light. We wanted to try something different to all of her other books and go with a more light hearted design for this cover and also utilising the breast cancer ribbon.
The book goes in sale in 2017.
Hotspot was a really fun project to be involved in. I came across the movie on Kickstarter.com and decided to offer my help in creating some artwork for the film and to help the producers get this out there to the public. I’ve since worked with them on various other projects from movie posters to websites.