PROJECT: PRESS CAMPAIGN ‘ENJOY A FULL & ACTIVE RETIREMENT - SANDFORD STATION
CLIENT: ST MONICA TRUST / GREEN HAT DESIGN
St Monica Trust is a not-for-profit organisation delivering well-being for older people through innovative care, support and retirement accommodation in Bristol & North Somerset. This campaign is initially just for their rural retirement village at Sandford Station, in the Mendip Hills.
Green Hat are an ethical graphic design company based in Bristol. They have worked with St Monica Trust for many years, collaborating with me on a number of recent projects.
To create the lead illustration for a local press campaign for St Monica Trust, to show the range of amenities/facilities available on-site and nearby their Sandford Station site, as well as providing an example of the sort of accommodation available and additional support offered. Generally, to convey the idea that there is a lot going on!
I was briefed to include an ‘active’ retired couple central to the illustration with hand-drawn lettering and illustrative elements connected around them.
Each of the St Monica Trust retirement villages have 2 set colours specific to their individual location, for use on marketing materials & communications. For Sandford Station these are brown and cream, so I introduced a few additional complementary colours, to make the illustration more visually appealing, whilst still in-keeping with the brand.
Also to be considered in the creation of the illustration, was that the image would need to be flexible enough to work in different formats - ie landscape or portrait format, for different publications.
The way I approached this was to make groupings of the different types of activities or amenities, with the potential for them to be moved around and repositioned generally as clusters, before any further adjustments if necessary.
For additional flexibility, these groupings were isolated as stand-alone elements for use on social media.
Part of the process for this illustration included creating the hand-drawn lettering. I am always adapting the way I work, and trialling different processes… In this instance I drew the lettering on the iPad Pro using Adobe Draw and the Apple Pencil. By working this way the lettering retains a hand-drawn feel (essentially it is hand drawn, just straight into the digital realm!) and is in vectors, which I can then open up and edit in Illustrator on the Mac. I like working in vectors as it means there is never any issue with re-sizing and scaling things up. Pictured below are all the hand lettered elements I created for use in this piece.