Promotional Goods supplied to HYG

My client Fair Deal ordered promotional goods branded with the logo of their Help Yourself Grow project. The project trains young people with learning difficulties to develop skills in Gardening and Cookery. The promotional goods selected were a tote-bag with green piping and handles, ballpen in matching colours, notebook with silver cover and a lime green trolley-coin keyring. All items were strongly branded with their logo and contact details, as you can see from the close-up photo. Please get in touch with me if your social enterprise needs promotional goods or help with branding and advertising for an event.

Poster Design – recent work

Graphic Design for theatre

For my client Alex of Off World Productions, I selected a colourful and dramatic photo as the main element in this A3 Poster for his play on the Edinburgh Fringe, then built the typography around it. To keep the graphic design consistent and to aid recognition, the A5 Flyer and Business Card follow the poster closely for style. Contact me if you’d like a bold Poster for your product or service – or for your comedy show or dramatic production!

The core of graphic design

Hi, I’m Barry Adamson, owner/designer of Adamson Design. I have been a full-time graphic designer ever since I left Edinburgh College of Art in the 1970s and went straight into book-publishing.

In the first half of my career I, like all the other designers at that time, used traditional artists materials to create our visuals and artwork – that means we drew things by hand on drawing-boards as there were no computers, no internet, no e-mail and no Photoshop – it was very creative and great fun working in a big studio.

During the second half on my career, I have used Apple computers and Adobe programs to create graphic design. Computers have brought great advantages, particularly regarding typesetting, artwork storage and file transfer. But they don’t come up with ideas for brand identity or ad campaigns – I do that, using the same sort of creative thinking that I used when my main equipment was a pencil. The core of graphic design is not drawing ability but thinking up a fresh idea that presents my client’s product/service in a favourable and eye-catching way. And that’s still what I love doing.