CHICKS: Site of the Month

CHICKS: Joomla Site of the Month

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the CHICKS (Country Holidays for Inner City Kids) charity website that I designed and built while at Bluestone360 was Joomla! Community Showcase’s Site of the Month in October. I hope the new site has provided them with great exposure – especially in the run up to Christmas.

It is also great to see that Donate Via Text facilities have now been set up. By texting CHICKS to 70777 a £5 donation is made to the charity (mobile providers will also charge for a standard network rate). To make the most of your donation and to find out more, please do visit the CHICKS website!

Character Illustrations for CHICKS

Just a quick preview of the character designs for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website that I’m currently building at Bluestone360.

Original CHICKS character designs

The original designs that I submitted needed amending as they portrayed the children as being too young. The respite breaks held by CHICKS are for children between 8 – 15 years old and so the characters needed to reflect this.

Face sketches

Character sketches

After an afternoon of sketching, development and experimenting stylistically – here are the new illustrations:

Improved CHICKS character designs

The Bluestone360 Academy

Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe

I’ve recently relocated to Plymouth to join Bluestone360 for a summer placement. This is a very exciting opportunity for me to gain experience at one of South West’s top creative agencies after winning a design competition launched as part of the Bluestone360 Academy. The Academy was formed to give talented graduates real industry experience. As the chosen candidate I will be bringing to life the design entry I submitted for the CHICKS (Country Holiday for Inner City Kids) charity website. CHICKS is a national children’s charity that provides free respite breaks for disadvantaged children across the UK. These breaks take place in one of their countryside retreats in Devon or Cornwall and give the children a chance to enjoy their childhood.

Having received a very warm welcome on my first day at Bluestone360 I look forward to the challenges creating CHICKS’ new website will involve. A convenient bonus of my time here is that the office in Royal William Yard is right by the waterfront and is an absolutely gorgeous location to be based.

WaterfrontCow sculpture

Royal William YardBluestone360 office

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Another recent development is that I’ve joined Twitter. Feel free to follow my process as I journey through my latest adventure!

Advice From Them

Last month while in the Northern Quarter of Manchester I picked up a flyer about the Advice From Them project. This project aims to create a collection of good advice that people have been given, would like to give or wish they’d been given.

For my submission, I chose to illustrate: ‘Don’t put all your eggs in one basket’, a piece of advice I’m sure many of us have been given.

Can you spot all the eggs?

Can you spot all the eggs?

The Advice From Them project is still in its early stage and you can take part by sending artwork to:

Advice From Them
PO Box 545
Manchester M14 0GL

or email: mail@advicefromthem.com