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New Work: Festival Zine

Friday, September 11th, 2009

Festival Zine

For the last few months I have been working on this small zine for Electric Picnic.

Myself and Luke decided to put together a collective of festival experiences as a retrospective. We outlined our ideas and initially the plan was for Luke to write a couple of articles and I would illustrate them with some of my photos and do up the layout. We would print 30 copies on my home printer and hand them out at Electric Picnic to friends.

Our goal was to attempt to put our finger on the excitement and fun of festival-going, try to answer the question of why it’s so enjoyable and why we return year after year.

We attempted to keep a lid on it but pretty soon people started hearing about the project and wanted to contribute. The next thing I knew I had seven writers, two illustrators, a comic artist and a photographer. I was on the phone to printers negotiating rates for printing. I was rapidly running out of space, cutting content, dropping things that didn’t make the grade and editing articles down. In the end, I managed to cram in some great festival experiences, cartoons, illustrations, photography and a few fun surprises.

Originally we intended it to be a friends only kinda deal, but as more people contributed, the more sense it made to keep it accessible to everyone. Forgive us if you find the odd in-joke popping up here and there!

So after all the long months, the e-mails, all the hard work by everyone, I present the FESTIVAL zine, and, well, we hope you enjoy it. If you don’t we’ll give you your money back!

Read the zine here or I have a few limited edition printed copies left that you can buy for 7 euros.

Behind the scenes and making-of photos available at this flickr set.

Geeky graphic design stuff:

Set in Caslon 7pt, Headings set in AlternateGotNo1D, Chunk Five, and a little Coffee Service thrown in for good measure. Excellently printed and bound by Jaycee, Temple Bar. Limited to 50 hand-numbered copies.  32pp saddle stiched 140gsm gloss.

New Work: Ballybeag Cottages

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009


The owners of Ballybeag Cottages, a small holiday home company in Ventry, approached Waltzer Design to design their logo, website and a simple booking system.

The new site allows the owners to easily update their site and take bookings over email, while users of the site can view photos of the houses and of Ventry, find their way using Google Maps and contact the manager directly to confirm bookings and availability.

In terms of style I used Bolivar for the logo – it has a nice rustic feel to it while still being elegant, and the tag line is the serif font Garamond, which adds a bit of class and elevates it from Georgia or Times New Roman.

Overall I’m very pleased with the results and it was a pleasure working on it.

New Work: Boulevard Café

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009


Boulevard Café approached me to make them a new website. The website is to raise awareness, sharpen the image and encourage on-line booking and browsing of the Boulevard Café Restaurant.

I had a few meetings with Fintan, the owner, and we decided how the site should feel and nailed down the technical requirements.

The style takes its cues from the interior of the restaurant: the colours, the atmosphere and the food.

With an easy Content Management System for updating the menus, a simple booking form and integration into Google Maps, this site will be easy to update and maintain for the guys in Boulevard, with minimal help from me.

This was a nice one to work on because we had some good photography to choose from and the colours of the restaurant lent themselves to a rich, warm website. For fonts I used Futura and Alternate Gothic No. 2. With a bit of Trajan and Coffee Service thrown in to add class and casualness, respectively.

All in all, I think I created an elegant but modern restaurant website.

We announced the new website with an ad in the local Metro newspaper.