Go Suck a Zube

November 11, 2020By LestaretGraphics 1 Comment

Stuck for ideas for the ideal gift for your loved ones this Christmas? While we are in lockdown I thought I’d share some ideas from 1950. Make cheques and Postal orders payable to me.    

The Freelance Challenge

October 7, 2020By LestaretCommunication, Graphics No Comments

To be read in the hushed and reverential style of a David Attenborough documentary: It is late in the year and the threat of frost is almost upon us, but now is the season for freelance designers, fresh and seasoned alike, to preen their feathers and perform the complex and often confusing rituals of courtship … Read More

Two fingered typing

March 23, 2020By LestaretGraphics 3 Comments

I was rummaging around last week looking for something else and came across this little gem of ephemera wedged between the pages of a 1970’s Letraset catalogue (I will post images of that here sometime…) It is part of a set that came with Imperial typewriters during the late 1950’s/early 60’s (I think). I love … Read More

All the trimmings!

December 4, 2019By LestaretIllustration 4 Comments

I spent the majority of October feverishly working away on a project which is now starting to appear in some rather swanky places but I thought I’d wait until it was at least the same month as Christmas before sharing it. Luxury leather goods brand Smythsons of Bond Street commissioned some unique displays to promote … Read More

Bang!

October 28, 2019By LestaretGraphics 2 Comments

In a few days here in the UK we will celebrate Guy Fawkes Night (or Bonfire Night); a strange annual custom that originated from a foiled attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 and is currently marked by the lighting of communal bonfires, burning effigies of the hapless conspirator, and the setting … Read More

Ex Libris

August 29, 2019By LestaretGraphics, Opinion No Comments

I rediscovered a book in my collection that got me thinking and thought I’d share it here. I think it is an elegant example of celebrating a niche area of graphic design that has largely disappeared – bookplates. Little personalised labels that are pasted into books to identify the person, collection or library the whom … Read More

Sing Along!

June 23, 2019By LestaretGraphics, Illustration 1 Comment

All together now! Who doesn’t love a good sing song! Especially when we’re young! My friend Jon Lawrence (also known as The Music Man!) has just released another collection of original songs for children – with illustrations by yours truly! Here’s just a little taste of what’s inside… Published by Eyrie Press, this is the … Read More

The Mausoleum of the Giants

March 19, 2019By LestaretArt No Comments

I am pleased to have been able to see ‘The Mausoleum of the Giants’ in Sheffield this weekend. It is an unusual exhibition by the street artist Phlegm in one of the city’s old factories and well worth a visit! The exhibition has a number of large sculptural figures and creatures as well as smaller … Read More