Bailey Banks & Biddle

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Getting a bit of a name for themselves stateside, Special Sauce, were asked to design another high-end jewellery site this time for Bailey Banks & Biddle. They employed me to create the look and feel of the site using the store’s brand guidelines and cheeky copy lines with a heavy Art-Deco influence.

“Bailey Banks & Biddle was founded in Philadelphia in 1832.”

This was a complex site with a massive catalogue to consider, a repair/sell shop functionality, designer jewellery section and custom jewellery on top. Online consumers appreciated the interactive ability to compare over 20,000 certified diamonds and create a one-of-a-kind engagement ring in Bailey’s Design Studio.

“The company also designs and makes US military medals.”

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Excellent Facets

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For more than twenty years Excellent Facets has consistently supplied finely cut and accurately graded natural melee diamonds to the most quality-conscious customers in the jewellery industry. They take pride in being socially compliant and only source diamonds from organisations and countries that meet the requirements of the World Diamond Council and fully participate in the Kimberley Process / SDNBP, being one of the first companies in North America to be certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council.

“Excellent Facets collections include rare and highly sought-after fancy colour diamonds in pink, red, blue and green.”

Special Sauce commissioned me to help with visualise the new look of the Excellent Facets and with these signed off, I began translating the design into a fully responsive wordpress site. The client was a New York trader of the finest natural quality melee diamonds and wanted a total refresh of his dated site with attention paid to his company’s ethical practices and natural fancy diamonds sections.

“The leader in precisely graded melee diamonds in VS or higher quality.”

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Fashion & Beauty Monitor

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Fashion & Beauty Monitor is the leading influencer marketing and PR solutions provider for the fashion, beauty and lifestyle industries. They approached me to help communicate their digital database of social influencers that businesses use as the go-to resource to drive outreach, build relationships, identify influencers and engage their target audience in a competitive, evolving market.

“Fashion Monitor is a one stop shop for all PR contacts, news, events, and industry insight.”

– Starworks Group

The data they provide is huge and the scale of infographics involved had to be attractive, on brand and digestible – informing of key industry news, updates and insights, and enabling users to find the profiles and contact details they need effortlessly.

From the success of this influencer database, I’ve been asked back to design various pieces of collateral such as their sales packs, pitches and numerous reports.

“We have found the product to be unrivalled not only in their comprehensive data but in their ongoing support and added extras.”

– Benefit Cosmetics

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Transition Towns

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I work closely with two sustainable groups to me; Transition Belsize and Transition Kentish Town, using my skills to promote their message and various activities and courses they run. One of these activities is fruit foraging in the streets, which I lead groups on, so I produced a map for Transition Belsize detailing the local fruit trees and vibrant marketing materials that express their colourful character. I’m continually involved with this group and volunteer my designs when asked, from Fruitery maps to Green Fair promotional materials.

The Transition movement has a vision of a greener and happier towns, strengthening communities through fun, useful and sociable activities.

More recently, I’ve donated my time and eye on refreshing the Transition Kentish Town website and some campaigns they run. These were all a labour of love, as I wanted to bring the message into the modern era and ultimately gain more followers keen to improve their local area with a variety of sustainable groups and practices they can get involved with.

Perfect for urban foragers or those with green fingers.

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The FoxFire Diamond

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Special Sauce Agency approached me to help them create a new striking web presence for North America’s largest known uncut diamond – The Foxfire. I put together the site visuals, UX journey and brochure, with Special Sauce coding up the site and adding their unique flavour.

The Foxfire was found buried deep beneath a frozen lake, in the remote Diavik mines of Canada.

Named after the resplendent Northern Lights, which in Aboriginal myth illuminates the night sky like a brush of undulating fox tails, the Foxfire diamond is the rarest of its kind. At 187.63 carats, the two-billion-year-old stone is the largest known, uncut gem-quality diamond ever to be discovered in North America. With a unique luminosity, the Foxfire gives off a singular glow, appearing to actually emit light.

A miracle of nature.

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Cob in the Community

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I was asked to design a website that promoted their work and was testament to their creativity. I designed the logo, promotional materials and coded the fully responsive site that acted as an online portfolio show casing their projects past and present. Alongside this I’m also the carpenter on site and produce 3D drawings for more complex projects.

Over 30% of the world’s population lives in earth made homes.

We are passionate about working with communities and with clay – in particular London clay because it’s readily available and too often destined for landfill. Anyone can get involved, from a 4-year-old to a granny. We work with our hands – and feet, and tarps, often assisted by the occasional robin.

If you need an oven or bespoke oven door, please get in touch.

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The Gaia Gallery

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The ‘Gaia Gallery’ project is a to refit of a 43 foot steel barge in such a way that it exists totally ‘off-grid.’ ‘Off-grid’ means that the boat will require no mains electrical, water or fuel input and no sewage output and will run solely off firewood and solar power generation.

Shortlisted for the Mayor of London’s Low Carbon Entrepreneurs Prize

www.gaiagallery.co.uk

Traditional building methods such as cob construction, carpentry and joinery will be married with cutting-edge technologies such as the latest in permaculture design processes such as rocket stove mass heating and rainwater harvesting. Through combining these different methods we are able to use predominately natural or recycled materials in the build making this a pioneering structure. I’ve also put together the website for this venture.

We feel beauty and functionality are routed in the materials we use – whether reclaimed, natural or sustainable.

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