Derry and Toms department store was built in 1933, designed by architect Bernard George in the art Deco style. It had beautiful Art Deco details outside and inside by sculptor Walter Gilbert, and exterior stone reliefs by C. J. Mabey. Derry and Toms was a branch of the John Barker and company department store who […]

I was a nervous wreck the day Steve Thomas came back from his holiday. I had piles of pencil roughs to show him for the new Biba logos but no idea whether I was on the right track. He wanted to get things going immediately and after sifting through the pile and making some selections […]

I was still in a trance sitting in the Biba offices reception admiring the surroundings, when Steve Thomas greeted me. A  tall handsome amiable man with a fifties vibe he led  me through a kind of workshop on the ground floor. This was the merchandising department and glancing around I saw many people busy with […]

After posting my cookery drawing from an early 70’s Petticoat magazine which was originally posted on Emmapeelpants blog, I dug out this old illustration from the late 70’s. By now I was in Toronto and working for various magazines. I have kept this drawing and the response to the Art Director it provoked although I […]

My freelance life began on a dining room table in my flat working on a makeshift drawing board propped upon a book. I was relieved not to have to travel two hours a day  To work anymore and it meant I had more time to cruise the local junk shops and jumble sales. As well […]

Through a friend of a friend, Mick and I found a flat in Muswell hill north London which was not far from Wood Green but a much nicer place. The flat was in a crumbling Edwardian three story house typical of Muswell Hill. There were many of these houses and almost all had been converted […]

In 1971, the end of our college life at Leicester was near and we had to apply ourselves to some serious work if we wanted to make it as professional graphic designers. There was the Dip AD [ Diploma in Art and Design ] show to prepare work for, an  individual exhibition of our work […]