James William Mayall
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Seun Kuti poster



Poster advertising a concert by Seun Kuti

This poster was designed to promote a concert by Seun Kuti, son of afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

Taking inspiration from old afrobeat album covers I created this vibrant and striking piece of artwork.

  DJ Yoda poster


  Poster advertising a concert by DJ Yoda

Poster advertising a gig by turntable wizard DJ Yoda. The brief was to produce a circus themed poster advertising his concert at The Forum in London. This was a fun project to work on, and I had a very happy client once they saw the results.

  Postcard and banner designs for the CLA


  Postcard and banner designs for the CLA

While freelancing at Sherry Design, The Copyright Licensing Agency approached us with a requirement for
postcards and banner designs for a schools conference highlighting the benefits of their Schools Licence. We came up with the concept of copyright superheroes that were “liberating libraries” and “transforming teaching”.

  Animat CD Cover

Animat CD cover


  Animat "Earplay" CD Artwork

Big Chill Recordings artist “Animat” asked me to design artwork for their latest album “Earplay”. Taking the album title as a starting point I came up with a design based on a stylised pair of ears performing to an “audience” of ears.

  Visionaries Poster and Logo


  Visionaries Logo, Promotional Material and Workshop

Visionaries was an event held a the BFI in London showcasing young peoples films from around the UK, as well as providing workshops on topics associated in all aspects on film production.

I was involved setting up a workshop prior to the event where I took a small group of young people through the process of designing a logo - the result of which was used as the identity for the event. I also designed all promotional materials, and ran another design workshop at the event itself.

  Readers WAVS CD Artwork


  Readers WAVS CD Artwork

“Readers Wavs” is a compilation cd of music produced by regulars on the Big Chill forum. My idea for the artwork was to show the variety of methods people were using to create the music, and the broad range of nationalities involved in the project.

  Ken Hall DVD Cover   Ken Hall 2008 DVD Cover

Ken Hall 08 is a documentary about the Ken Hall Trophy, Europe's longest running motocross event. The cover is designed to be template for future DVD releases that Eventful will be putting out, and designed to be flexible to accomodate the wide variety of releases in the future.


Soundcrash Flyers



Jaga Jazzist and DJ Vadim Posters

Jaga Jazzist are a 10 piece band from Norway famed for their use of banks of effects pedals. Taking this as inspiration I produced this poster advertising their forthcoming concert in London.

DJ Vadim poster advertises his launch night for his new band "The Electric".

  Gonjasufi Xoyo flyer and Tinariwen at the Roundhouse poster


  Tinariwen and Gonjasufi Posters

Posters advertising gigs by Saharan band "Tinariwen" and Warp Records artist "Gonjasufi".

The initial brief for Tinariwen was to use a tribal mask as the main image, but due to concerns over getting the right mask for the region they come from I ended up producing a portrait of the band, backed by a setting Saharan sun. The bands name was put at an angle so to allow it to be set at a larger size than would be possible horizontally.

For my second Gonjasufi poster I went for a wood
cut effect. The original illustration was produced in illustrator, then taken into photoshop where the wood textures were pasted into the individual shapes that
make up the illustration. The same treatment was
also given to the text.

  Soundcrash Flyers


  Bonobo and DJ Krush Posters

Posters advertising gigs by Bonobo and DJ Krush v DJ Kentaro.

The Krush v Kentaro poster was inspired by old Asian film posters.

  Soundcrash Posters


  Gonjasufi and Crazy P Posters

The Gonjasufi poster was produced to advertise his recent concert in London. The brief was to create a portrait of him that was both iconic and mystical.

Timestretch v Technicality drum and bass flyer

  Technicality v Timestretch flyer/poster

This flyer advertising an "oldschool" drum and bass event took inspiration from flyers from the early 1990s, but was given a contemporary twist.

  Digital City Flyers and Posters


  Digital City Flyers and Posters

Digital City have been running parties throughout London since 2005. I joined the team after their 1st party, and have been looking after design and promotion since then.