Monday, 24 March 2014



GRAPHIC DESIGN &- GOLDEN MEANING 
I was so excited to be asked to contribute to GraphicDesign&'s new book 'Golden Meaning'

Here is a little about the project:

Often referred to as the ‘divine proportion’, the golden mean has long served as a blueprint for innovation and aesthetic appeal. Golden Meaning puts this to the test, exploring the relationship between graphic design and mathematics to present the golden mean as never before.
Intended to be as intriguing as it is illuminating, Golden Meaning collects the responses of 55 (think Fibonacci) designers, typographers and image-makers to the same brief – to communicate, explore or explain the golden mean, first defined by Euclid. New works by Hort,MonikerCatherine ZaskKapitzaIan WrightBibliothèqueAlan KitchingMGMT. designJuliaMike Perry StudioThe Luxury of Protest and George Hardie tackle this ancient mathematical quandary with intelligence, style and a generous pinch of wit – employing sculpture, poetry, cosmology and even cuisine. Each design is accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.
An attempt to demystify mathematics, Golden Meaning is not just a book for graphic designers. Whatever your interest or level of knowledge these 55 interpretations will inform and delight. A contemporary take on a golden oldie, Golden Meaning challenges perceptions of what – and who – graphic design is for.
As Mathematician, broadcaster, writer and Golden Meaning advisorAlex Bellos observes in his introductory essay: ‘This book deserves attention from the maths community as much as it does the design one’. Bellos’s Alex’s Adventures in Numberland was a 2010 Sunday Times bestseller and New Scientist Book of the Year. His latest title, Alex Through the Looking-Glass, publishes in 2014.
Golden Meaning itself shines, with pages printed in one colour – a gold special – and cover run in luminescent fluorescent yellow and incorporating gold and holographic silver metallic foils.



You can buy a copy of the book here- http://www.graphicdesignand.com/shop/golden-meaning




THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
A recent job for The Sunday Times about a hippy who finds an original Carnaby Street sign in an African market.








LOVE FOR SALE
I made these two pieces for a show in Portland based on Talking Heads (it was curated by super cool Will Bryant).
'Fur pyjamas / Hot potato' and 'Things fall apart / It's scientific'
Give me a shout if you would like a print

Tuesday, 18 February 2014



THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
This one came out this weekend too! An illustration for The Sunday Times about a couple to had to sell their safari caravan as they are moving to Australia.



THE TELEGRAPH
I was asked to illustrate the Pisces horoscope for The Telegraph. I really enjoyed working on this as it was a nice open brief.



Saturday, 25 January 2014


Some paper experiments I made a few months back

Tuesday, 14 January 2014







THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
A couple of recent illustrations for the ST mag. Top to bottom:
Small ads article about a man who sold his flatmates underwear online
Go figure article-28% of women and 16% of men consider themselves to be feminists
Art on sunday, meeting the bear at the zoo.









Thursday, 19 December 2013


NICK LOWE- QUALITY STREET
I was asked to draw a portrait of Nick and his band for the inner sleeve of Nick Lowe's new Christmas record 'Quality Street'.
I was also asked to design a crest for Nick, to be used on wrapping paper.


 

It's a really great record, you should definitely buy one before Christmas! You can read a review of the record on Uncut 






NEW YORK TIMES - OP ED

A quick one day turnaround piece for the NYT about Obama's plan to enable low-income students to attend college- while well meaning- is deeply flawed and won't work. This is primarily because the ranking system employed to gauge any given college's ability to graduate a low income student is inherently oversimplified and utterly useless. In essence, the metric to evaluate a college supportive of low-income students is flawed.

You can read the article here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/18/opinion/the-wrong-college-ratings.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss

Thanks to Matt Dorfman for the brilliant art direction.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013


GOOGLE CREATIVE LAB / STARBUCKS
I was commissioned by Google Creative Lab to design a holding page for Starbucks wifi. The brief was to make it look friendly / fun... and have a 'Google' vibe. It had a mega quick weekend turnaround too. Unfortunately they used another direction in the end- but I was pleased with the outcome.

Friday, 29 November 2013


I made this banana image for a fruity book thats being released next year. Thinking of blowing them up and screen printing them too!

Sunday, 24 November 2013


I made this picture for the 'Idea Of Happiness' show at University College Hospital that opens this week. If you would like a print, I have made a 50x70cm edition of ten, and they are £120 each. Email me at iamroseblake@gmail.com if you're interested.





DOBERMAN / GOOGLE
Some illustrations I worked on recently for a Google pitch. The client wanted the illustrations to look clean and graphic. They wanted to show both Brooklyn and Seattle in the day and night- with reusable elements... they didn't want the images to look too like Brooklyn or Seattle- which was a challenge. Also I had just over a day to turn this around. In the end the client went with a different, more photographic solution. 

Sunday, 17 November 2013


AMERICAN ILLUSTRATION

I was really pleased to be asked by Richard Turley to hand draw a cover for the American Illustration 32 book.  

Here is an article about the project on It's Nice That: http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/richard-turley-american-illustration-32



Friday, 8 November 2013







HOUNSLOW COUNCIL

I did these illustrations for an interactive app for Hounslow Council- to show children and teachers about health and safe ways of getting to school. Part of the brief was that the letters 'JTA' and 'JRSO' had to feature prominently in the illustration. They also link up, so when placed side by side the scene continues.


Wednesday, 30 October 2013













STELLA McCARTNEY KIDS-  STELLAWEEN
A while ago I was commissioned by Stella McCartney Kids to create some illustrations for their website, incorporating their Halloween collection with some spooky characters. 


They even made the illustrations into spooky temporary tattoos:







Tuesday, 29 October 2013



THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE- MY DREAM SUNDAY
I was asked by the brilliant Sophie Dutton at The Sunday Times magazine, to draw another panel for the Dream Sunday feature. Recently the drawing club girls had shown me the amazingly weird Victorian dinosaurs in Crystal Palace, so I drew that. Here it is in print, sharing a page with Piers Morgan :-/ :



Friday, 25 October 2013


NEW YORK MAGAZINE- FIT TO WED
I did this illustration for NY mag a while ago, but it has only been released recently I think. The article was about getting in shape for your wedding day, and 5 new exercise regimes to do. I'd love to see it in print if anyone has a copy.

Monday, 16 September 2013


THE SUNDAY TIMES MAGAZINE
I drew this weeks Go Figure for The Sunday Times Magazine.
The statistic was: 'Nearly three-quarters of people who went abroad for their last holiday went to Europe'. 



Wednesday, 4 September 2013


FS MAGAZINE
I drew this street scene recently for FS magazine, I can't remember exactly what the article was about (isn't that terrible of me!), but it was something to do with selling suburban houses.