Stephen Bradshaw

Now I actually heard Stephen before I meet him, literally, his voice carried across the studio to me quietly at work, he was knee deep in a long story of heart ache at House of Fraser and their in-store branding dilemmas. He always has something to say for himself, so thought I would start his post with a word straight from him, mind you this is the edited version due to the sheer amount of cheekiness in the first copy.

Stephen Bradshaw: Bio

Hi my name’s Stephen (Ste for short!) I’m a young graphic designer who specialises in branding. I don’t try to take myself too seriously, my main aim in life is to have a blast whilst earning a bit on the side at the same time. A typical student really, cheekiness is a common trait of mine. When I was little it often got me standing outside classrooms for being a bit gobby, but now at the age of 20 I have tried to make this work in my favour. I don’t hold my words if my opinion is needed. As a Graphic Designer I’m pretty well rounded skills wise, but branding is my forte. Since starting out as a freelancer I have branded 6 events, 2 clothing brands, an entire magazine, a number of creatives and Fresher’s for Huddersfield University (TBC). As you can see I like to have my fingers in as many pies as possible, (if you laughed you are filthy!) That’s what I’d call my little USP, I’m not afraid to give new things a go. If it doesn’t work out I put it down to life experience and try not to let it happen again. I haven’t got an online presence as of yet, html and coding might as well be latin to me! so for now I’ve been gaining clients through word of mouth or in person.

So now to the gritty stuff. The work.

 I had a really hard time choosing what work of Stephen’s to show here, as he had poster, clothing designs, shop models, digital art for every occasion. There are couple of images shown here. I decided to focus on this latest project which is for his university’s Freshers campaign for 2013.

So what where you trying to achieve with this new look for Huddersfield Freshers 2013?

My main aim for this project is to build a strong identity structure that would be able to remain a constant part of Hud Fest for years to come. It’s not easy because you have to make it as open as you can to keep things inclusive yet at the same time retain a level of control so it doesn’t run away with you!

Do you see your work as all your style or do you think you are very flexible and its all down to the client and the individual project?

I never try to fit one style to all my pieces of work, I think it doesn’t reflect well when you have more than one piece on show in the same place. Also I’d imagine that my clients wouldn’t want something that has a resemblance to something else so its best to start with a clean slate every time.

Do you have a favourite medium, or topic? A magic pen that secretly does the work for you? Or are you a typical tech mad student?

I really love Adobe illustrator, since getting to grips with it in my first year I’ve not put it down. I’ve ditched photoshop, it’s such a farce working with it! But yeah you could say that Im your typical apple nut, all I need is an iPhone and my set up will be complete!

If you could design something for any product, publications or brand of your dreams what would it be and for who? Be as wacky as you like. (Bit of a scary question for you).

It sounds a bit weird but I’d love to have a go at an Ikea advert, if you look up their ad campaign called “clean up” you can understand why they seem to rack up loads of banned adverts!

What’s your best source of inspiration a person, a place? Somewhere you get all your good ideas you want to share with us?

Well I sometimes get my best ideas after I’ve had a few but I’d say just rambling on with someone in the studio often works, some people give you the best ideas without saying anything!

So your still at university in your second year, what’s the plans for tackling the rest of university life. And I do mean the projects?

haha first of all I need to remember to complete the dreaded paperwork, it seems to hinder my grades so I want to nail it before I finish for summer. I’m also working on a new project with four of my mates for my placement year which hopefully will turn into a fully functioning business so fingers crossed it works!

Want to tell us about your shoes? Do go faster stripes really work.

Haha those green adidas trainers I have? Those relics can only do so much it’s all there for show haha! 

Cheers, Stephen!

You can find more images and work from Stephen on my website while he finished up his own website.

There is also going to be more to come from Stephen, not just his university progress or personal work but also building his second collaborative business a contemporary fashion company called Open Season. He will be joined by the rest of the boy band soon, while I poke their best bits of work out of them and get some exclusive new designs.

More from me soon.


Jack Emmons. Artist.

With an eye for detail and an impeccable illustrative style, Jack Emmons is a new talent in Great British design and illustration that is undiscovered, but surely not for long. His beautiful illustrations are both whimsical and intricate, creating stunning depth and line work. With a growing online following Jack designs are slowly becoming more popular, all while he polishes off his degree. There’s no doubt once he leaves Universitywe’ll be seeing much more of him, and his beautiful illustrations.

His infectious sense of humour and friendly demeanour translate well into his work, giving it a unique character. Jack’s skills translate through to a variety of media, but he’s best know for beautiful and detailed line art illustrations. I urge you to head over to Jack’s Facebook page and check out his work. Keep an eye out now because Jack often sells cards and prints, but editions are limited so to get your hands on one of his beautiful designs you’ll need look out for news and new updates.

To find out more and see what’s next from this talented illustrator, then follow his facebook page now, or even send him a message. I guarantee you’ll love him and his work.


Savvy & Saving Grace Music

While I was enjoying some great art at the Zetland, I was lucky enough to bump into a fantastic recording artist, turned producer and now record label owner, Savvy. There are so many up and coming artists and musicians out there today, so it’s always awesome to chat with someone who has such raw talent, and is really showing the world what he’s got. With his own music racking up hits on YouTube, and his record label working with every genre from Folk to Grime and everything in between, you’re bound to love him just as much as I did.

Here’s what he has to say…

Tell me a little bit about yourself and your music?
My name is Savvy, some people also may know me as Asaviour, I’m a producer & recording artist from Huddersfield and I’ve worked with a range of artists like: T.E.E.D, DJ Q, Stac, Athlete, Jehst, andDJ IQ to name a few. I’ve released 3 mix tapes as part of the a Play To Win series and have couple of albums out, one called The borrowed Ladder and another called The A Loop Theory. I’m currently working on a new album title to be conformed.

The Gola campaign is called “Born in Britain” are there any British artists that inspire you today?

Thats a long list erm……Mr Scruff, Radiohead, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Arctic Monkeys, The Clash, The Who, T.E.E.D, The Stone Roses, The Cure, Dizzee Rascal, Kate Bush, The Specials, Amy Whinehouse, Happy Mondays, Damon Albarn (Blur/Gorillaz), M.I.A, Joy Division, Queen, New Order, The Beatles, Franz Ferdinand, Goldfrapp, Basement Jaxx, erm, erm The Streets, Roots Manuva, Labrinth, Calvin Harris,  Emeli Sandé, La Roux…I can literally go on and on and on……
You’ve also been busy working on your own record label “Saving Grace Music” Tell us about the label?

Erm… I guess it was just natural progression for me I stared featuring on peoples records, then got the chance to release my own records via labels then moved onto releasing my own records via my own label. I guess the aim is to give other artists & my self a platform to put out quality music whatever the genre. I stared the imprint in I guess 2007-8 firstly with mix tapes (Play to Win series) then moving onto singles & albums.

What projects and releases can our readers look out from you in the future?

Well I just released a free track from my recently released mix tape Play to Win vol.3 its called Adapt or Die (The Remix) it’s only free for a limited time so grab it while you can.

The second track is a forthcoming single from an artist I’ve worked with on my last album the A Loop Theory my collaboration album with DJ IQ ( Professor Green’s Tour DJ) has call Pride and it features a singer song writer called Stac, The track is called The Right Idea and features remixes from DJ Q, The Whiteboys, Noji & XLII. take a listen >

And last but not least we have a new artist to the label called Ben Hoo, Hes a singer, songwriter, guitarist, rapper, drummer generally and all round talented guy, he has a single due called Failing its amazing but hey I’m biased.

And I guess my new album, sorry I can’t tell you the title at the moment but I’m aiming to have that out later in the new year, I’m real happy with it so far.

 Finally, anything else you’re dying to tell us?
I’m also currently rehearsing with my new band for when we tour the new album its coming together nicely, we got a few special dates planned to make sure you follow me on twitter via @iam_savvy to find out when & where as i’ll be coming to a town near you soon!!




Well guys I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I enjoyed writing it. You can find Savvy online on many platforms, so check out the links below and make sure you’re the first to hear about all the latest news and new releases. Follow him and Saving Grace Music on their journey to bring us the best music has to offer. Don’t be left behind…

Twitter: @iam-savvy
Saving Grace Music
Until next time guys!

Rag and Bone Collective: Art not as you know it.

The Rag and Bone Collective are a new breed of creatives from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Run by two friends, Lucas Jubb and Damon Stead, Rag and Bone has taken the town by storm in it’s short lifetime. Constantly exploring and creating, Rag and Bone has become a base for street art, live events, fashion, music, film, and the list goes on. What don’t they do? Well so far their creativity seems to know no bounds. I was eager to chat to the lads and find out what’s next for Rag and Bone, and here’s how I got on…


Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and your work? 

-We are Rag and Bone Collective


You’ve pushed yourselves with a number of challenging projects in the past, what project/artwork has been the most challenging and why?

– The hardest thing for us at the moment is always funding and finances for the ideas we have. We also don’t have transport so it can be hard 6ft by 8ft drawing boards from place to place for projects. We don’t seem to struggle coming up with ideas, it’s just making them happen that’s hardest.

How do you find time to balance working for the Rag and Bone Collective, with finishing your degree? 

– We are currently on a gap year so all of our of time is currently spent working on Rag and Bone. However, whilst we were at uni we spent all of our spare time away from the course working on it.

You’ve collaborated with other creatives/stores in the past. If you could collaborate with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

– Dead – Keith Haring. He was way ahead of this time, and still very successful with that he did. Alive –

Gola’s campaign is called ‘Born in Britain’. Who or what in British culture today, inspires you in your creative work?

– There are a lot of independent clothing companies we’d like to work with. We like people who put hard work in and be original. It’s very easier for independent clothing companies to copycat some of the big American labels now, so would good to work with a British company who stick to their heritage.

You’ve experimented with many different disciplines throughout your time at Rag and Bone what creative field would you most hope to work in, in the future?

– We plan on having a recognizable series of live art event that we could possibly take around the country. We also plan on launching a clothing label.

Is there any advice you could give for other creative students looking to start their own collectives or businesses?

– Just spend as much time on it as you can. Be creative as often as possible.

What future projects has Rag and Bone got up its sleeve for our readers to keep an eye out for?

– We are about to launch a clothing range and also our own monthly live art night.

Finally, anything else you’d like to say to our readers? 

– Tuna is well over priced. Even when it’s half price it’s still like £1 a can. However to be fair in like three years time they do say that the Bluefin tuna will be extinct. So in all fairness you should probably try eating some form of different fish.


Like what you’re reading? Then head over to the Rag and Bone Facebook page or their Website where you can be the first to know of any news, releases and upcoming projects. With a clothing range ready to launch, and other projects in the pipeline, I think we’ll be seeing a lot more of these guys.

Well I hope you enjoyed that, I certainly did. If you’ve got any questions for Lucas and Damon then you can reach them here or via the Rag and Bone Facebook page.

Speak to you soon!