University of Oxford Physics Newsletter Spring 2016

May 2016: this is the 8th newsletter that I have designed for the University of Oxford’s Physics Department. It is 24 pages A4. Catherine Charnock Creative did the design as well as some editing, copy-editing and proofreading.




Centre for Criminology Alumni Stories

Feb 2016: 36 page brochure containing Alumni Stories from the University of Oxford’s Centre for Criminology.

Catherine Charnock Creative managed the whole process from start to finish, including designing the brochure, proofreading and purchasing environmentally-friendly waterless printing. We printed 500 copies.

From a design perspective the project was challenging in that some of the Alumni sent in very nice photos of themselves, while others were not as good quality, and some have no photo at all. I came up with a flexible and fun “panel” layout to maximise the impact from the best photographs while using playful design and graphic elements where photos had to be used small, or were lacking. Displaying all the photos in greyscale, and limiting the colour palette to three main colours helped to unify the brochure. The use of transparency blend modes added interest and additional tints and shades.

My client said: “Thanks for all your work, too. I’m really pleased with how it turned out, and it’s been great to work with you.”
Dr Ben Bradford, Departmental Lecturer in Criminology, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford, February 2016


Centre for Criminology Alumni Stories 36 page brochure designed by Catherine Charnock Creative

Centre for Criminology Alumni Stories 36 page brochure designed by Catherine Charnock Creative


Click here to view brochure

European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy 2015 Collaborative Congress Programme Book

Sept 2015: An 80 page A5 book produced by Catherine Charnock Creative for the 2015 Congress of the European Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ESGCT), in collaboration with the Finnish Society for Gene Therapy (FSGT). The congress was held in Helsinki and for the design we took inspiration from the city and its design icons including Alvar Aalto and Marimekko. The emphasis was on fun, colourful, minimalist design to create an engaging and eye catching programme book. The book was perfect bound and printed in Helsinki.

In addition to the Programme Book, we designed a lot of other materials including display banners, web banners, outdoor signage, invitations, as well as the cover for the Congress’s Abstracts Book (see image below).

Cover design for Abstracts Book for ESGCT 2015 Congress in collaboration with the Finnish Society of Gene Therapy

Cover design for Abstracts Book for ESGCT 2015 Congress in collaboration with the Finnish Society of Gene Therapy

Physics Department Newsletter – Autumn 2015

October 2015: 24 page newsletter for the University of Oxford’s Physics Department. This is the 7th issue that Catherine Charnock Creative has designed. The newsletter has been so successful that the Physics Department is now publishing two newsletters a year. You can see the previous issue here.

Have a look – page 17 is my favourite!

Faculty of Classics 2015 Newsletter

Oct 2015: 16 page newsletter for the Faculty of Classics, University of Oxford. We continued the look and feel established in the 2014 newsletter, but reduced it to 16 pages as it was being mailed with Oxford Today, the University’s Alumni Magazine.

University of Oxford Physics Department Newsletter – Spring 2015

May 2015: Sixth edition of the Physics Department Newsletter is hot off the press! All about Quantum Computing (I admit the equations in the first article were a bit of a challenge!) – the design was done to match the look and feel of previous issues, which you can view here:

Autumn 2014 Newsletter
Spring 2014 Newsletter

Page 17 was quite fun too!

Earthwatch 2014 Annual Review

April 2015: 24 page Annual Review for Earthwatch Institute. The design was inspired by Earthwatch Australia’s Annual Review – creating a continuation of the Earthwatch brand. We used large images to add maximum impact and make the Annual Review inviting to read. We also repurposed the final design to be viewed on a Tablet.

Social Mobility Foundation 2014 Annual Review

March 2015: 24 page A4 Annual Review for the Social Mobility Foundation. Catherine Charnock Creative designed the Review from concept to delivery. The Social Mobility Foundation wanted to build on the existing branding that we have established over the last year or two (see 2013 Annual Review and Guide for Employers and Parents and Carers’ Guide), but also introduce more illustrations and infographics.

Catherine Charnock Creative also handled the print buying, ensuring that the Review was printed to a high standard on FSC certified, uncoated stock.

FreshWaterWatch Exhibition Stand

January 2015: Earthwatch asked me to design an Exhibition Stand for their FreshWaterWatch programme. The c.2×3 metre curved stand was designed on a tight timeframe and printed in time for an Educational event in January. Click on the image for a closer look.

Click here to see another exhibition stand recently designed for WildKnowledge.

FreshWaterWatch Exhibition Stand

FreshWaterWatch Exhibition Stand

WildKnowledge Exhibition Stand

Jan 2015: Just before Christmas I was approached by the Managing Director of WildKnowledge, asking if I could design an exhibition stand for a trade show in early January. WildKnowledge already had an animation designed, and wanted the assets from this animation used to create a backdrop for the trade show.

Using the Illustrator files provided (see snapshot at bottom of this post), I took elements from the original animation and assembled them into the exhibition stand (see top image). Some needed a bit of tweaking and altering to bring the composition together.

The whole project was turned around in about a week, and sent to print in time for the show in early January. You can read here what the MD said afterwards. Click on the images for a closer look.

Or click here to see another Exhibition stand recently designed for Earthwatch.

WildKnowledge Exhibition Stand

WildKnowledge Exhibition Stand

WildKnowledge Original Storyboards

Original animation storyboards