Lucie Sheridan

“I have an alarm these days – I never know when it will do off – keeps me on my toes! Her name is Belle, our 1.5 year old.

“If it’s a working day for me I cannot get out of the house quick enough – I will have packed the panniers on the bike – ready to set off early to the studio dropping her off at nursery on the way. She has her breakfast and I eat some oats or toast at my studio. Coffee maker is on around 10.

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“I have a strict ‘list’ of achievable items for the day. These will often be desk bound for emailing or designing early on… and gradually I get more logistical or physical (screen printing) as the day goes on. That’s an ‘average’ day. Sometimes the day can be full on – short breaks – manically trying to complete one of the above!

“I work at Centrespace Studios in the centre of Bristol, there is always a like minded artist not far away if I want to take five – or head to Small Street Expresso for a flat white.

“For lunch St.Nicholas markets is on my doorstep and full of culinary delights from around the world, I pick which country I fancy on the day and pay with my Bristol Pounds of course! Sometimes I am that organized that I will bring in left overs from previous nights din dins.

“I leave my studio around 6pm – and cycle back to collect little’un from nursery. She is in bed pretty quick. Since its summer we have been having a beer in the garden most evenings! – encourages more of a creative thought-process, right?

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Howkapow’s Summer Photoshoots!

We had great fun this Summer shooting our pictures in the studio. We generally tend to shoot a large landscape photo for our homepage scroller on the Howkapow site, combined with a few alt shots for the product photos as well as a picture for our newsletter. It helps to be organised!

This Summer we launched our new Kids Category as well as a new Food Category and had a bumper Summer Sale – so we had a lot of new products to work with…

Hop-Peck-Scroller

The pieces above come from our Kids Category – and are all hand-made from British oak by designers, Hop & Peck. Siobhan our studio manager (and super duper illustrator and paper cut whizz!) came up with the idea of putting the toys in a play scene. She storyboarded it all, following that by cutting leaves and roads out of paper and then tweaking it all in Photoshop.

Flensted-Mobile-Scroller

In the above scroller we wanted to showcase our new Flensted Mobiles – all hand-made in Denmark. Siobhan made this purely from digital images in photoshop – with the help of her handy tablet and some imagination. I like the lightness of touch and simple playfulness of the graphic elements.

Food-Category-Scroller 

Our new Food Category launched this summer with this capsule collection of condiments and oils from Makers and Merchants. As there was a lot of text and information on the packaging, we decided to go with a simple scroller – purely typographic with a few on-brand graphic elements (the dotted lines in orange and yellow) to mimic swirls of olive oil.

Summer-Sale-Scroller

For our Summer Sale scroller we wanted something simple and bold. After trying out a range of different designs we settled on a straight-forward, retro-inspired scroller loosely inspired by Summer sunshine. We simply arranged a selection of pieces of paper from our studio stash and added a sliver of ‘Howkapow blue’ to bring it more on brand. Boom!

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We introduced MillerGoodman’s Playshapes onto the shop when we launched our new Kids Category. Here we simply overlaid some text onto a strong image and picked up on some of the colours in the blocks in the header type to tie everything in.