Fentimans Botanically Brewed Drinks

After purchasing a bottle of their Victorian Lemonade I thought that their labelling should be refreshed. Fentimans was established in 1905 by Thomas Fentiman. The first drink produced was Ginger Beer.

The design was kept simple so the drinks created an impact on shelves and cooled drinks cabinets. But also because the design needed to work across their many different flavours. Keeping it simple meant that it could be easily changed to suit new products.

Each label featured a fresh, vibrant colour combined with a simple illustration of one of the main ingredients. The limited colour palette emphasised that these are natural drinks. No unnecessary artificial flavourings here.

Close Up of Fentimans Victorian Lemonade Bottle Label
Close Up of Fentimans Victorian Lemonade Bottle Label


The Illustrations

Drawings of the ingredients are based on illustrations seen in old newspapers. Keeping a feeling of heritage within the design. A custom typeface based on Goudy Old Style to was hand drawn to compliment.

Fentimans Elderflower
Elderflower Labels
Fentimans Rose Lemonade
Rose Lemonade Labels
Fentimans Victorian Lemonade
Victorian Lemonade Labels

Fentimans Logo

Their logo is based on the original stone jars that the drinks were stored in. An image of Thomas Fentiman’s pet dog Fearless was stamped on these stone jars.

Sadly the logo had been stretched and was out of proportion on the current bottles. In short, the dog looked a little on the porky side. Therefore, after finding the original logo to base my design on, this was sympathetically refreshed too.


Fentimans Current Bottle Design
Fentimans Current Bottle Design – Victorian Lemonade including the stretched dog
Fentimans Logo
New Fentimans Logo with slim-lined dog
Fentimans Label Designs

The Graphic Design Process

Design research is undertaken first. Including Fentimans themselves and rival companies. Following on is brainstorming – including writing out words associated with the brand and product. Sketching out ideas and writing further notes was next. Once I had decided on using hand-drawn illustrations I did further research on the products ingredients.

Student portfolio piece. Self-set Graphic Design brief.

Software used: Illustrator and Photoshop.


Mansel School

Mansel School’s old logo looked like a piece of Word ClipArt (if such a thing stills exists – I don’t use ClipArt so if anyone out there is a knows the answer please feel free to comment. The text on the logo itself (Serif typeface) and accompanying text do not fit together. It feels like they were not designed to appear together.

I decided to create a new logo which represented the school in a much better light. I was aiming for something modern, bold, fun yet not unprofessional.

I also created a new slogan for the school: Play. Learn. Grow. It represents learning through having fun and helping children become ready for their next steps.

After trying out a few ideas I felt the fingerprint design above was the most promising and developed it further.

Mansel School's Old Logo
Mansel School’s Old Logo

I also created a letterhead and new website.

Mansel School Letterhead
Mansel School Letterhead

Software Used: Illustrator, InDesign.


Butterfly Madness Gift Set

Student portfolio piece. Self-set brief.

Design of Butterfly Madness Gift Set box for Boots’ Natural Collection and accompanying make-up guide. I decided to use my own illustration as the starting part for the packing. The illustration was completed using, pen, pencil and Acrylic paint. The butterfly which “flies” over the box would be set on a foam pad to create a 3D effect.

Software used: Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.


Butterfly Madness Cheeks Spread
Butterfly Madness Cheeks Hints and Tips
Butterfly Madness Face
Butterfly Madness Face Hints and Tips
Butterfly Madness Hints and Tips
Butterfly Madness Hints and Tips Front and Back
Butterfly Madness Lips Hints and Tips
Butterfly Madness Lips Hints and Tips
Butterfly Madness Original Illustration
Butterfly Madness Original Illustration – Pen, Acrylic

Pirate Party Invitation

Illustration and design of my eldest son’s 5th birthday party invite.

Pencil and pen illustration.

Software: Photoshop/Illustrator.

Pirate - Pen and Pencil Illustration
Pirate – Pen and Pencil Illustration