Sustainable Sailing – Teeshirt design

Helping out some friends this week who are embarking on the venture of a lifetime.

Their long term aim is to Sustainably Sail the seas, as far as “…somewhere/anywhere”.

When I saw Dave’s plan for a teeshirt I had to offer my assistance.

We quickly moved from concepts to realitee, and the plan is to have teeshirts and other items available in due course.

You can keep up to date with their journey here: Sustainable Sailing

Playing with images, icons, and symbology, tweaking bits and bobs, kerning type and rounding tittles it’s what I enjoy doing.

You can see more of what I do here: ‘…print


Save money, paper and time – School Repro.

Saving money, paper & time… by using MS Publisher* (“shock horror”) to create smaller sized documents that use all of the paper. Ask me!

I have been in the print industry for more than 30 years. I have lived scalpels, pixels, lick & stick, copy & paste, raster & vector… and I’ve experienced numerous graphics-for-print software platforms. While Adobe Creative Suite and the like are still the print craftsperson‘s go-to tool, I now surprise myself by recommending a more domestic tool for easy print and copy projects.

People in industries such as education don’t necessarily have access to professional tools such as Adobe Creative Suite. Teachers and educators have better things to do with their teaching and learning time than play with toolboxes and layers. They tend to stick to Microsoft’s Word† (it’s good at word processing) and PowerPoint† (because the screen is their primary communication tool).


However, I am often sent documents with boxed items on them; to be printed multiple times, and to be trimmed out into cards or batched sets. This is fine if you want one set, but it does waste paper. If you want a dozen or more, this wastes a lot of paper… and the guillotining and sorting takes ages to avoid mixing sets up.

This uneconomical unproductivity can be easily sorted – saving money**, with zero paper wastage, more print per sheet, and easy guillotining and set sorting – and we can make it look good!

For the layman, I’m recommending more use of software like Microsoft Publisher*, yes MS Publisher can be a versatile tool for the non-professional user when planning for multiple batch printing. Or for simply printing economically. Your Word or PowerPoint creations can usually be transferred to Publisher, but I suggest using it as a default tool for print-based projects.

Revision Flash Cards, Study Aids, Card Sorts etc.

Let’s say you want ~20 different small cards. 

What you could ask for is 20 A7 cards. (A7 is 8 to a sheet of A4. You could have any size card, as long as it multiples into an A4 page)

So, we set one Publisher page at the desired size, see below,

Duplicate a master, and create our ~20 different pages.

With Publisher we can then print this on A4 as a stack of sets that can be easily electronically guillotined and banded. 

It’s versatile, can look great, and it saves time and paper**.

You end up with multiple batches (quantity per sheet) of the set of ~20.


Don’t fret – send me the content, and given time I can create the .Pub doc for you. Just don’t spend your time in Word†, or heaven forbid Powerpoint†, trying to make it look nice.

If you need them – there are few Publisher “cards” and “label” template documents for you to download here:

*Horror, Yes, Publisher! When I first was prompted to use publisher, because the situation didn’t warrant the cost of the more professional options, I was horrified. For starters, its Microsoft, but my preconceptions about MS turned out to be a tad misplaced. Secondly, it initially looks like you’re using a child’s toy. But get over it! It’s a very versatile tool for simple multiple-page publishing needs. Projects can even look qood, if you use design elements created in Photoshop and Illustrator etc.

†Word is a word processing program. PowerPoint is for creating screen presentations. 

**I the long-term, planning economically and productively can save an institution £1000s


“Escape” branding

A little project undertaken for the summer was the design of a logo and branding for Charnwood Guides’ ‘Escape Pods’ activities. ‘Escape Pods’ is a project that sees young people puzzling there way through various items and encounters, and featured as an activity at this Summer’s Charnwood 2019 International Scout and Guide Camp.


Designed to feature in many formats from stitched badges and t-shirts to giant flags, the logo and its elements featured throughout the escape room material that the young people puzzled their way through.


I am informed it was a great success and a lot of fun was had by all!