Le Trip of a Lifetime

During the middle of this year my wife and I along with our youngest daughter went for a 6 week trip through France, Switzerland and Italy – avoiding the worst of a very cold winter here in New Zealand and enjoying one of Europe’s hottest summers in a many decades. I could go on forever about how amazing it was – the food, the scenery, the people… truly a blessed time and a real privilege to enjoy this special trip. The highlights included our stay with dear friends Pieter and Marina with their children Maela and Silouane in Switzerland – in fact they were the reason for making the trip in the first place. Our time with them was truly memorable and their warmth, hospitality and friendship something we will never forget.

Another of the incredible experiences we enjoyed was something of a dream come true for me – two days of following the Tour de France up close in the French Alps. Fantastique! Magnifique! Ever since my teens when I first got involved in competitive cycling, the Tour de France has always been considered the pinnacle of the sport. And, despite years of drug scandals and denials, the mystique about this event is as strong as ever.

I was fortunate enough to have the use of a bike thanks to Pieter’s very kind neighbour in Switzerland which allowed me the freedom to ride some of the route of this year’s tour including the Col de la Croix de Fer and the mythical L’Alpe d’Huez. I had heard stories of these alpine climbs that last for 20 – 30 or more kilometers and to have actually ridden them was something I will never forget. To say nothing of the exhilarating ride down! Below are a couple of images from my time getting amongst it and pretending I was a teenager again.

And now that we have been and know what it’s like… we’ll be back.



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Music to the Eyes

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One of my outside interests is the support offered to Blenheim’s fledgling orchestra, the Marlborough Civic Orchestra. For two reasons – I am a sometime violinist who hasn’t played seriously for over 30 years and thought it might be good to play again in an environment where I could hide amongst other, far more talented musicians. The other is that my wife, Linda, is the conductor and one of the organisers along with a group of other super committed and talented musicians and musical enthusiasts.

Of course having your spouse involved in community organisations usually entails being the go to guy for graphics and marketing material. That being said, the orchestra being a pro-bono client, means there’s a degree of creative licence given for which I am always grateful.

Here are presented a couple of posters and graphics created for the orchestra over the last 18 months or so for concert promotions and gift cards for visiting performers and conductors.

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Counting Sheep

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If there’s something you can say about the work I do here, is that it’s varied. High end wine labels one day, eco composting toilet marketing the next…. yep, that’s variety alright. So it should come as no surprise that recently I had the privilege to work on the identity for a sheep pregnancy scanning service run by Andrew Vavasour. This is a highly specialist field and Andrew’s skills are in demand all over the country. There’s an art to getting this stuff right and miscounting can make a big difference for your average farmer. So Andrew needed an update to his brand to reflect the professionalism and degree of technological proficiency he offers his clients.

The resulting identity showcases a stylised sheep profile and scanning waves within that profile resulting in a succinct, meaningful and memorable logo.

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More Power


Electra-Tech was a new business in town, with years of long service to local businesses, especially wineries, by its owner, Bill Arnold. Bill was venturing out with the new look company and brand and seeking to build on the already strong reputation for quality and service he had generated over many years.

From an initial round of concepts, the chosen design was selected and finalised for vehicle signage, apparel, stationery and business cards. The brand focuses on a combined monogram that showcases the initials of the business forming a continuous line that represents the flow of power and electrical cable so much a part of the work.

A clean, contemporary, high impact brand was the result that has achieved high profile and cut through in the local electrical trades sector.

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Faster Internet Everywhere

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When Brendon Price Computers approached Lloyds Graphic Design for an identity to front a new wireless internet connection they were offering, it was a matter of showcasing something we’ve become all too familiar with in a totally new and unexpected way. The concept was simple enough – use the well known wifi / wireless symbol and represent the new service called ‘Accelerate’.

When presented with 4 different alternatives the chosen design was approved, with a touch of customised typography and ready for release. Now the citizens of our town can enjoy an even quicker internet experience and Brendon Price Computers can be assured the new brand will be easily remembered and recognised as they take the new service to market.

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A Vintage Design

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Some months ago, local wine afficionado Ros Gibson approached me about creating an identity for her new venture, The Wine Garden, an exciting addition to the local wine tasting and appreciation scene. Designed for those wishing to learn more about the wine tasting experience set amongst the Gibson’s delightful rural property, The Wine Garden offers a very personal wine tasting venue and event. From blind tastings to food matching, and identifying flavours and characteristics of individual wines the experience will enhance the already world famous reputation of New Zealand’s largest and most prolific grape growing and wine producing region.

After various concepts were submitted the chosen design accurately captures the warmth of the hosts and the beauty of the natural setting of this unique activity. A hand drawn cork screw that introduces woodgrain texture and sprouting leaves conveys both the visual and taste sensations that visitors will be exposed to while the delicate serif font (Mrs Eaves and Mrs Eaves Italic) references wine’s traditions and history.

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Weeding Out the Solution

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Recently I was commissioned to create an identity for a business dedicated to reducing the amount of nuisance weeds that plague residential and commercial property owners alike. The product Weed Solutions promises to deal with problem weeds effectively while being conscious of the environment.

A simple, straight forward approach was taken by way of an initial ‘W’ that enclosed a clutch of sprouting weeds within its negative space… the visual reference being ‘we’ve got weeds covered and under control’. A short, sharp tagline added to the clarity of the identity making for a strong, iconic brand that cuts through the clutter and engages the end user with simplicity and singularity of focus.

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