Handicons icon pack

Throughout a lot of my motion design work I find myself needing different hand icons; perhaps a hand pointing to something, or swiping on a phone screen.

That's why I've made Handicons! A set of 30 different hand icons, take a look at the preview:

A set of 30 hand icons

The set is available to buy from Gumroad - as a special treat use the code thomas10 for 10% off!

Let there be lightsabers

Another design I thought would make a pretty cool poster, although that could just be because I'm a pretty big fan of Star Wars.

This one was created for the 'light' brief over on GotBrief and started out as just a design of a lightsaber which then turned into the 'let there be lightsabers' idea:

let there be lightsabers poster


The apostrophaces strike back

That's right they're back!

As I was sifting through my old blog posts I found the apostrophaces design I did just over a year ago and decided it was high time for a comeback!

The collection:
Apostrophaces posters

Font: Chiller
chiller apostrophace

The bowler

Eee Gads! Two blog posts in one day? Surely not!

I've been hard at work finishing some designs off and thought I would post both today. Much like the Level Up design I posted earlier today, I think the following design would make a pretty cool poster:

Level Up

I've been working on the following design recently:

level up poster design by thomas

I'm quite happy with the final result, I did have the chevrons of the military insignia as solid colour rather than the vertical lines but I find they add a slight illusion to the piece; can you see the three floating platforms?

Fading chances

A little design piece I've been working on today, it's called "fading chances".

fading chances designed by thomas

I don't think it's quite there yet & perhaps needs something else but I thought I would post it anyway. I find it's quite good to just stop and take a step back, maybe get some feedback before I add something that perhaps might not be needed!

Like it? Hate it? Indifferent? Let me know in the comments below.

P.S. Don't smoke.

Apostrophace design - bauhaus

I thought I would share one of my favourite apostrophaces. I found it makes a pretty good background or wallpaper so feel free to save it & try it for yourself!

bauhaus apostrophace designed by thomas

If you would like to alter/re-post this image then all I ask is that you add a link back to this original design.

Social media campaign tools.

The only tools you'll need for a social media campaign:

Social media campaign tools

You don't have to look too far to see that the major social networking sites are littered with these so called "campaigns".

If you are planning a social media campaign then please try to steer clear of these tools otherwise, you're not really planning a campaign: you're planning a competition.

The lone vagabond

I've been playing about with the idea of a design involving the outline of a person, much like the style of the Mad Men opening titles, however I have been a bit too busy lately to actually design anything!

I managed to play around with some of the ideas today and I came up with the following:

The new HTML5 logo

The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) unveiled their new logo for HTML5 on Tuesday, along with a rather fancy website & a clear brand message on what HTML5 represents.


A few months back I discovered the brilliant fontstache/typestache poster which seems to show the personality of each font used through the style of the curly bracket.

Inspired by this I had a bit of fun putting together some "apostrophaces" - by using the apostrophe of a font I wanted to see if a certain personality came through when put in the context of a face.

My New Business Card Design

Over the past couple of months I've been busy working on my final year project & dissertation and as a result the blog has suffered slightly!

Fear not my faithful reader(s), I am back!

As an initial post I would like to showcase my new business card designs I had printed recently as part of the new brand design and the designedbythomas.co.uk URL change.

[Rebrand]New Logo: Andy Hudson

I am very pleased to reveal the new logo for my client: Mr. Andy Hudson.
The new logo is part of a larger rebrand project for Andys professional portfolio.

Andy is currently working as a freelance music producer and did some fantastic work for me on my promotional motion graphics video.

I will reveal the rebranded website when it goes live within the coming months but for now feast your eyes on the new logo:

How to: create a website bookmark icon for the iPhone

For those of you who follow me on twitter - you may have read that I recently became the owner of an Apple iPhone. I must admit that it was quite a hard decision, the lack of a camera above 3 megapixels being the main reason I didn't really want to join the Apple masses. Nevertheless, I now have the device and must admit: I love it!

Graphic design portfolio section

Yes I have now increased my portfolio section to include my previous graphic design work.

This section will contain all graphics work (not website design) and will be updated very soon with all my previous work.

Anyway, I hope you enjoy checking out the: awesome new graphic design portfolio

(and remember if you need any graphic design work doing then contact me)

Student? Jobless? Enter: Student Gems

I have had a such a good experience with this site that I thought it deserved a blog post:

About a year ago I was introduced to a wonderful site: studentgems.com - a brilliant site for all students looking for part time work.

The site is so good because it allows students to advertise their own individual skills to employers and allows employers to search for students based on the skills they need!