Monday, 21 April 2014

The Week Illustration: Family Matters

A few weeks ago Dan and I had a job in for an illustration for an Newspaper called 'The Week'. On Thursday last week, the illustration went live on their homepage.
It's an interactive which discusses all of the common questions and worries than family member have for one another, which then links through to articles answering them. Check it our via this link to their homepage or the images below.





Sunday, 13 April 2014

Arthur Razor - Website Launch!

Yes, this is a very belated post, as most of you know!

A couple of weeks ago, DANDILLY (Dan and I's newly formed design duo freelance business!) had the pleasure of launching Arthur Razor's brand new website. Having been working hard on the designs for a couple of months, we finally launched the site on April Fool's with a cheeky 404 page...(click here to see it!)

We're super pleased with the site, and it was fantastic working with Arthur Razor. 
You might even find a few very interesting testimonials too. Having initially emailing Tim Vincent (former Blue Peter presenter) the site to see what he thought, he tweeted it before it even went live.
Deary me! 

It all ended very well though, and Arthur Razor has had excellent feedback, including that of an employee of Google with also a dramatic increase of their online bookings.

You can see this project on our website and live at www.arthurrazor.com







Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Birthday & Parents, Meeting Russell Howard, Lion King

So the past few weeks have been pretty crazy! Since my last post on the 23rd, I've had a wonderful birthday where I turned yet another year older, (to my horror!). I remember freaking out when I turned 20 which Dan remembers very well, I'm sure.

I went to work as usual and was presented with lovely a lovely birthday cake from my colleagues, cards and a lovely bunch of flowers from my in-laws.





After work I headed home where I shortly received a buzzer from the door with "Flowers for Ms Clannne!" I headed downstairs to open the door thinking "I know that voice, but where? I think it sounds like my Dad but he's not visiting until Thursday" before I opened the door to find both my parents stood outside with flowers and presents saying "Happy Birthday!" Dan was in on it too...

After getting all their bags (technically my bags for presents) up the stairs, we sat down and had a culpa before Dan came in with his cheeky smile. He'd booked a table at the local Italian-pub round the corner that does amazing food. We had drinks, food, good conversation followed by yet another yummy birthday cake!








Heading home, we were all stuffed and I opened my presents for everyone, then headed off to bed.

The next evening I met my parents in Covent Garden as one of the gifts that Dan got me was tickets to see the Lion King musical as its on my 30 before 30 list. Click here to read more about that.
As I was waiting for my parents, who should I see catch my eye other than the great Russell Howard. Quick chat, photograph and he was on his way. What a nice chap, and he smelt so good. My parents were really jealous, but what a great way to start the evening!











We met Dan, headed to the show and sat back and watched an incredible musical. My parents managed to get tickets for this too but they were sat at the other side of the theatre to us. The props, production and actors/actresses were incredible. I remember watching the Lion King almost every week as a child so I knew the lines perfectly. It was so wonderful that I almost cried. The powerful African music and orchestra just took my breath away.



Thanks to everyone who contributed to a very special few days. You're all lovely and I love you lots!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

New haircut & another book read

So this week has been pretty ace. It's been a little stressful at work but everything is better when it's the weekend.

On Friday I finished a book I've been reading for a few weeks now.

Life after life by Kate Atkinson. It took me a good 1/3 of the book before I even got into it.
I was very confused at the beginning. The book description read;

What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right?

During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath.
During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale.
What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to?
Life After Life follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, Kate Atkinson finds warmth even in life's bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past. Here she is at her most profound and inventive, in a novel that celebrates the best and worst of ourselves.
Eventually I was absolutely captivated. The story began to add up and I couldn't put the book down. I was incredibly impressed with the writing style (I say this like author's aren't professionals but you know what I mean... it was an very complex writing structure.) It was a story that was both sad and beautiful.

So anyway, today saw me having a new haircut. It was the shortest cut I've had in about 10 years so I was a bit scared! I had Tony from Arthur Razor cut if off. He's a barber based in West London, both friend and client. We are currently re-designing his website which you can see live soon at www.arthurrazor.com. He's cut Dan's hair for almost a year now and always done an amazing job. He's cut the likes of Colin Firth as well. Oooh la la.

See some snaps of my new look!

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Net Communities New Website!

Over the past few months, the Design & Dev team at Net Communities have been working hard on the company's rebrand.

I introduce you to the new Net Communities site! Check out the site here and let us know what you think!





You can even see my individual page wayhay!



Saturday, 15 March 2014

Nick Mulvey, Scala London

On Tuesday night, Dan and I went out to Scala in London to see Nick Mulvey live. Nick has been on the radio a lot lately and I heard him and instantly loved his voice and music. Luckily, there was still tickets to see him live so I snapped some up quick. They sold out later that day.

Dan and I went to dinner first and then went to the venue.





He was absolutely fantastic and his voice was impeccable. His guitar skills were incredible and had the entire venue absolutely quiet. There's no doubt that I'll be seeing this guy again at some point in the future when he's selling out arenas.









Afterwards, Nick did a meet a greet and I took a cheeky selfie with the guy. He was so chilled and relaxed and was happy to have a chat. A friend actually knew his tour manager and informed us we had a personalised, signed copy of his CD in the back. How nice :)


Great night.

Beyonce, 30 before 30, London

So on Thursday night last week my friend, Fran and I went to the Beyonce concert at the O2. 
Dan surpised me a few months ago saying that I should take a friend.

As many of you already know, I have a 30 before 30 list and seeing Beyonce was on there.
Of course, she was incredible and Les Twins were awesome. Jay-Z also made an appearance which was awesome and throughout the show, I couldn't sit down or stop dancing :)






















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The next day, I took Fran to Knightsbridge and we shopped in Harrods for a few hours. We decided that we definitely don't have £39K to buy an original Liechtenstein and since we started getting funny looks from staff, we decided to head to the furniture rooms.
























We also spotted boxer Tyson Fury. But we were too embarrassed to ask for a picture.









After two full days and Daniel having gone home to see his family, I was left with this gorgeous fluff-bag waking me up on Saturday morning :)