Logos

Here are some logos I have designed:

abundance_fruity_logo_2013Simple text-logo for Abundance (Oxford) created in 2013 by simply taking the lettering off a banner I painted for them.  Normally a logo comes before a banner.  😉

SOFaCoMaC_logosLogo for the wonderful South Oxford Farmers’ and Community Market and Cafe (SOFACOMAC) in 2012.  The version on the right (with 4 small additions) was made in June 2013 as their ‘summer’ edition.

aawe_logo_2012Logo from 2012 for the Action AWE group who are campaigning against the Nuclear Weapons establishments in England (and Scotland).  See their rapidly updated website for more information and many great photos and video of their many actions and campaigning.

LCSO_logo_smallA cute logo for Low Carbon South Oxford (LCSO) from 2011 who do many green and useful projects in South Oxford.  Most famously they help to maintain the wonderful Hogacre Common Ecopark, paying the college owners a jar of honey each year.

rmc_logo

Logo from 2011 for the wonderful Rebellious Media Conference.  On the right is the painted version as it appeared on the very long banner I made for the event.  This conference was originally called the Radical Media Conference.  Just as the organisers were committing to venues and producing publicity they were threatened with legal action by a small PR company from London called “Radical Media”.  Reality is often more ridiculous than fiction!  After a short exchange of letters a protest took the debate to the street outside this PR firm.  A classic banner was dropped from two trees outside reading “We make radical media.  You make adverts”.  Wonderful.  The conference was a major success bringing many people together for two days of discussions, talks and workshops.

rhiz_earthylogo_4webLogo from 2010 for the Rhizome Cooperative, a training group who work with coops and charities across Britain.

TransitionOxford_logo_2009

Here is one of my favourite logos, from 2009, for the no-longer-happening Transition Oxford (TO), that was part of the international Transition Towns movement.  To me this simple logo is open to several interpretations, including the letters T and O, a seed sprouting a wide leaf, and a uni-cycle.

coin_logos_2007Three logos from 2007 for some of the courses run by COIN (Oxford’s Climate Outreach & Information Network).

OWA_logoLogo from 2006 for Oxford Women’s Aid, who are no longer active due to funding cuts.  They used to run several shelters for women (and their kids) who were suffering from domestic abuse.   There is still a national Women’s Aid group based in Bristol who do similar work and might be able to help.  They run a Free phone 24 hr National Domestic Violence Help-line: 0808 2000 247.

barfist_logo

A logo from 2004 for the ‘cog awards’ from the Captain Hook Awards for BioPiracy.  The bar-code is often a good symbol of the corporate commodification of nature.  I have gone on to make several new versions of this image over the years for all sorts of different projects including poets (fist holds pens and pencils) and hippies (fist holds flowers) and performers (fist holds microphone).

biopiracy_bigThe ‘logo’ for biopiracy from 2004, from the Captain Hook Awards for BioPiracy.  The curved bendy bones, with red sinews drawn between them, are supposed to mock the spiral of a DNA strand.  The whole logo is a spoof of the old piracy symbol of a skull and cross-bones.  The bowler hat is to represent big business, although this is more like a symbol of the civil service in the UK.

hamtong_flyer_n_logo

Logo from 2003 for Hammer and Tongue, Oxford’s promoters of Slam Poetry.  Founded by Steve Larkin and Jim Thomas, this small outfit has grown and has ‘branches’ in Brighton, Cambridge, London and soon in a few other places.  The small square flyer on the left was for their first real gig, in the small basement at the fabulous Brickworks pub on the Cowley Road.  The logo on right was from 2007 when we discovered full-colour!

ocw_re_logoLogo from around 2002 for the Oxford Cycle Workshop, the first workers coop to work with bikes in Oxford.  They started small, fixing abandoned bikes and selling them cheaply.  They grew and soon opened a small shop on Magdalene Road, and branched out into training courses, teaching bike-fixing to young offenders, bike-polo, bike scrabble and the infamous alley-cat cycle rides.  Sadly the coop went out of business in 2011.  There is a neat memorial blog here.  Fortunately for Oxford, a new workers coop set up in 2012 providing similar services – the Broken Spoke Bike Coop who now have a great workshop on Pembroke Street in the heart of Oxford.

recycled_n_wheelchair_logos

A set of very useful logos from around 2001 that I still use a lot, telling the readers of my posters, leaflets and booklets that the paper used has some ‘ethical’ credentials.  By the way, for a venue to be “Wheelchair accessible” it needs to have suitable ramps to get past steps, but it ALSO must have toilets that are wheelchair-friendly.  I often accompany these logos to promote the printer (often Oxford GreenPrint, or Seacourt) and sometimes my own logo.  Please bear in mind that using recycled paper for your publicity materials is just a small part of being ‘green’ or sustainable.  Some inks use quite nasty chemicals (so choose vegetable inks where possible) and the printing process is often very energy intense and can produce nasty pollutants and emissions.  If you want to use these logos, feel free.  I can send you larger (print-quality) versions if you contact me via the form on the ABOUT page.

shell_skull_1998

Parody of the logo of Shell (AKA Royal and Dutch Shell) from around 1999, drawn for Corporate Watch UK, and used many times over the years by many campaigns around the world.

g8_clampOne of the first graphics I made on a computer, around 1997.  Variations of this logo have been used in many countries.  It is a good example of how a simple idea can be very effective.

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