Regular updates on current projects and events.
How To Get Started In Calligraphy
30 Mar, 2015
A lot of my calligraphy work has started going viral in the last few days and I currently have over 650,000 accounts following me on social media. Coverage has included articles by Design Taxi, Fast Company, BuzzFeed and many others. I've had literally hundreds of people asking me what pens I use over the last few days. I thought now would be the perfect time and place to write an article on the subject. You can read my article How To Get Started In Calligraphy here.
450K accounts following me on social media
06 Mar, 2015
I currently have approaching 450K accounts following me on social media. It has created a big increase in sales of prints and original works so please bear with me if you're waiting for an order. Thank you to everyone who bought a small original piece of their name this week. I want to do a great job on them and I am trying to process all of your orders, and print orders, in the next 7 working days. If you're in a rush to receive a print please buy from one of the excellent galleries in the links section of this website.
Please Bear With Me
06 Mar, 2015
I just want to thank everyone who is emailing me and contacting me via social media at the moment. I currently receive about 200 messages a week via email and direct message on social media. I get a lot of comments on social media too, there are approaching 100,000 comments on my Instagram account now for example, many wanting answers to questions. It feels rude not replying to people, and I imagine it feels rude not getting an answer from me, but it's really not meant that way. The truth is I am extremely busy with client and personal projects. I also have other responsibilities and obligations outside of my work. I really can't reply to everyone. I do read all of your messages and try to reply to as many as I can. It is a nice problem to have and I'm grateful. If you are contacting me regarding a potential project, a press enquiry, a speaking engagement, an order, or about a matter of urgency I will try to get back to you as soon as possible.
18 Feb, 2015
I met the film maker Casey Neistat at a conference we were both speaking at last year. His films have had over 100 million views on YouTube. He is a cool guy and really makes me think about social media in a new way. I've been enjoying his adventures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube ever since. We have stayed in touch and recently collaborated on an Instagram project. He gave me the quote "Work Hard & Be Brave" and I made a calligraphy movie out of it. You can check his work out here.
Soho House Calligraphy Workshop
11 Feb, 2015
I did a calligraphy workshop for Soho House in London this week. I thought it went well and it was certainly well attended. I think the fact that a place like Soho House is interested in me doing a workshop really does reflect the fact that calligraphy has come a long way in the last few years in terms of image and popularity. Speaking of workshops, would anyone be interested in me doing an online calligraphy class this year? Please let me know and I will add you to my occasional mailing list.
Graphika Manila Conference 2015
11 Feb, 2015
I am now back in the UK after spending a week in the Philippines where I spoke at Graphika Manila, and also did a calligraphy workshop. I just want to say a big thank you to Arum and Ella for inviting me. Also a big thank you to all the people I met - conference attendees, volunteers, workshop participants, local calligraphers and speakers - for making me feel so welcome. I arrived home feeling inspired and humbled. I also feel very grateful to be in a position to talk about my work, and promote calligraphy, to such a large, warm and responsive audience. It was definitely a memorable experience.
Mightier - Foil Blocked Limited Edition Print
20 Oct, 2014
I have a new edition of 'Mightier' launching on 20th October at 1pm GMT via my new website shop. It is a signed and numbered edition of 200. A2 (594 X 420mm) foil blocked and debossed on black Plike art paper, 240gsm. £75 plus postage, available worldwide. The V&A Shop (and some of the usual galleries who sell my work) will be selling the remaining allotment of prints in due course.
Social Media Going Nuts
20 Oct, 2014
My Instagram account is looking nuts. I now have over 205,000 followers on Instagram and there are 245,000 accounts following me across my social media. A sincere thank you to everyone following me on Facebook, Instagram and elsewhere. I'm truly grateful for your interest in my work. There are some big things going on behind the scenes at the moment and big plans for the future. I look forward to telling you about it all in due course.
Instagram Questions Answered
20 Jul, 2014
Thank you for all the feedback and questions I have been getting on my Instagram account. I now have over 146k followers and so I get asked a lot of
questions. Unfortunately I can’t answer everyone directly so I thought I’d post some information here. For everyone asking about calligraphy tools and equipment you might like to read my short article ‘Getting Started in Calligraphy’. For everyone asking me “How did you get started in Calligraphy?” I have written about it here. If you like my short calligraphy clips on Instagram then please check out some short films featuring my work on Vimeo and YouTube. And finally I am not taking requests to write out peoples names at the moment, but I might do that in the future.
30 Jun, 2014
A sincere thank you to Instagram for featuring my work on their excellent blog
and across all of their social media over the weekend. I feel it is
amazing publicity not just for myself but for the art of calligraphy and
all letterform related disciplines. The numbers involved are hard to
fathom. To give one example Instagram put one of my calligraphy clips on
their Instagram account, which has 56 million followers. Within two
minutes the clip had over 10,000 likes. As of today it has around
450,000 likes and over 10,000 comments. My Instagram account now has
88,000 followers and growing. I would be hard pressed to think of better
publicity for my work. I have obviously been very lucky but then luck
is often commensurate with hard work. So thank you again Instagram and
thank you to followers old and new for taking an interest in my work. I
have big, exciting plans for my art and design which I look forward to
telling you about in due course.