Saturday, 26 July 2014

Let us consider teapots.

Teapot design has created a variety of shapes but the basic issue is the ratio and proportions of handle and spout to body. Many of the earliest Chinese tea "pots" copied wine ewer shapes but to brew tea you need a round body. 

Do you make that round body interesting by painting or decorating it or by changing the actual shape? 

Here's two Chinese antiques in styles and shapes still used today.

Both beautiful both different approaches.

and here's a Shino tea vessel with a different approach to attaching the handle.

Something to to think about.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

White Houses in Japan

I rarely comment on architecture but the house in this book are such weird and wonderful and strange yet functional examples of design I just had to share!

The book with text by Chua Yen Ping and photos by Sergio Pirrone features a wide variety of housing including this :

Yes that is an actual home! 

Even if you're not normally into architecture you will find the designs intriguing!

Saturday, 28 June 2014


My designs are now available on 
TOTE BAGS from Red Bubble

well not all of them yet  but I will be releasing three to four designs each week that were resized for the totes or are brand new! Come and visit!

Thursday, 19 June 2014

My tote bags on Red Bubble

I hope you're seeing a link to my tote bags on Red Bubble. I'm about a third of a way thru the update. Some older images need to be cropped to a square ratio and larger size and  reuploaded. If you see any flaws be patient folks. While I culled some stuff there's about 100 images to look at decide whether they'll work square and then do a test upload to see if they'll work without cropping and then ... well who thinks artists don't work ...ack by the time my new glasses arrive I'll NEED them and not just cos I damaged the frames of my current pair ... squint focus squint focus zoom in and out ... edit and tweak!

Saturday, 7 June 2014

J sampler

The next two months start with J so here's some letter shapes to hopefully inspire your typographic designs form a variety of fonts. What can you do with the letter J?

Friday, 30 May 2014

Birthday BG file giveaway

People on my personal FB wall seem to think this might be usable by others?
It's a background texture file. You can edit it anyway you like but some credit or a link back here would be appreciated? It was crafted with Gimp using a combination of 3 filters over a pattern. This will also be available from my Deviant page JVartndesign.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014


What with my broken arm and other stuff I have not been a happy camper this year.
However If you have a sense of irony or are feeling cynical you might want to share or even download these?