Filmballers

Posted on May 31, 2017
Filmballers

While watching the Premier League this year, two of my friends (Steven Bradshaw and Paul Child) came up with a great game. Basically, you substitute a footballer’s name into a movie title and make it as funny as possible. It’s called Filmballers. Filmballers: Film-Based Footballer Puns 4 U I’m nowhere near as good at this […]

How I launched a website in a day with Adobe Muse.

Posted on May 15, 2017
How I launched a website in a day with Adobe Muse.

[Edit: See the site live at odibeesans.com] I own a copy of Adobe Muse as part of my Adobe CC subscription. I’ve wanted to try it out for some time, as it claims to put the power of the web developer into a designer’s hands. Essentially, you can theoretically turn your design (done in Photoshop or similar) […]

Cinemagraphs and ‘Saber’

Posted on May 13, 2017
Cinemagraphs and ‘Saber’

Type guru and former art director of Men’s Health Kerem Shefik (an old work colleague of mine), posted this on Instgram a short while back. He used the free Saber plugin for After Effects to make an animated letter ‘O’. A post shared by Kerem S (@kerumba) on Mar 7, 2017 at 2:58am PST Pretty much immediately I downloaded the plugin […]

I made a font (from scratch) in one day.

Posted on May 5, 2017
I made a font (from scratch) in one day.

[Edit: I have since added extra language support and a refined design to this font, which is now available for download at odibeesans.com] I’m a huge fan of Adam Savage’s One Day Builds. At the beginning of the day he starts with a pile of materials, and ends up holding something that he once coveted (this one is my […]

Batch editing in Lightroom: My Japan Trip

Posted on May 2, 2017
Batch editing in Lightroom: My Japan Trip

In April, I fulfilled a lifelong dream and took a trip to Japan. My wife and I actually spent a few days in Beijing on the way over, and visited the Great Wall. We then flew to Tokyo, where we caught the bullet train and visited Kyoto, Hiroshima and many other wonderful locations. I took along my old […]

My doppelgänger in Northern Irish politics.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017
My doppelgänger in Northern Irish politics.

A couple of weeks ago I found myself on the homepage of the BBC News NI website, after I tweeted the leader of the Social Democratic and Labour Party in Northern Ireland. This is my third time going viral, and each time is no less exciting (and mental). The first was after I wrote a letter to […]

From Illustrator to Ink: Designing my own tattoo.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016
From Illustrator to Ink: Designing my own tattoo.

I already have a few tattoos. I once went through an 8-hour sitting on a hangover, so I’m no stranger to the process (and a little pain), but I’ve never had the balls to design my own. This is for the same reason I couldn’t design the logo for my freelance business; I’m my own worst critic. I’d be […]

WINNER! Cateys Awards 2016

Posted on Jul 6, 2016
WINNER! Cateys Awards 2016

Last night I earned the right to put ‘award-winning’ in front of my bio, after winning ‘Best Use of Technology’ at hospitality industry Oscars, The Catey Awards 2016. As ‘digital and brand manager’ at M Restaurants (read out by the same guy that does the voice of God from X Factor) I was luckily allowed to […]

Wedding table names: From the mind of my new wife.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016
Wedding table names: From the mind of my new wife.

When my wife Laura and I first met, we were both working for Bauer Media, who publish magazines like Grazia, Empire and FHM before they closed. In the early, flirty stages, Laura would sometimes set me little design challenges during the day. She would usually ask me to create some sort of peculiar scene in which an animal is […]

INTERVIEW: Website landing page examples 2016: Top trends for boosting conversion

Posted on Feb 3, 2016
INTERVIEW: Website landing page examples 2016: Top trends for boosting conversion

I was recently interviewed by eCommerce Insights on how to best optimise landing pages in 2016. They featured a few of my campaigns, including Honda’s King of the Hell, and the M Restaurants Choose Your Table feature. Read the full interview here »