Monday, 29 November 2010

Typographic Posters feature

One of the most influential talent-spotting design websites has given me a page on their site. I am very honoured to be a part of it as I regularly visit to get inspired.

Click here for Typographic Posters.

Hallowe'en 2010

This year's Hallowe'en costume truly terrified some people on the walk to the pub! I had the extinct Dodo bird and David Lynch in mind when I made it.

And remember people - Hallowe'en is to be taken seriously!

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Wild Card Kitty's 'Your Little Princess Is My Little Whore' Edinburgh Fringe show

I designed these for Burlesque-with-a-twist superstar Wild Card Kitty for her hilarious Fringe show in 2010.

Menergy Zombie Prom

I had loads of fun illustrating the zombie and then designing the logo for this one!

Menergy Diva Ball

Cover star: the infamous Divine!

Wednesday, 22 September 2010

Menergy Mutate Mix

This is my very first attempt at a DJ mix. A few years ago when I used to run a couple of club nights I just used to press buttons until the music started (or didn't). Well, I've recorded one - it has a Menergy theme, so very Hi-NRG / Italo disco.

The 'mixing' is very basic, and where 'Passion' hits 'U Got 2 Let the Music', plain awful - don't be expecting Paul Oakenfold!

Click here to download.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Menergy press

Menergy got a mention in Attitude magazine this month under the best things to do this September. I have done a new flyer for their Heathers party, but I'm not sure if I'll post it here yet as I only had a couple of hours to do it, and it doesn't really fit in with the rest of the flyers I have done for the club. It is floating about on the internet.

Speaking of Menergy, here is a picture I took of club promoter Lady M, posing with a light.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Sketchbook - Harvey Nichols

I have discovered a few old sketchbooks from years ago and the recent past so I will be posting some of the images I have found in them that I like.

These drawings I did for a freelance project set by the Press & Marketing Dept in Harvey Nichols Edinburgh. It was for an imaginary event they were organising to help a girl studying work experience at the time. I photographed different accessories and then drew them. They were never printed professionally, but I put a fair bit of effort into the project so I thought it was worth posting them.

Sketchbook images

Another couple of images I found in an old sketchbook. This was for a proposed children's book. These creatures were nasty school children who became like monsters in the playground.

An old lady who was sat opposite me on the bus.

Sketchbook drawings

A couple of quick sketches of the Royal Mile, Edinburgh I did a few years ago.

Saturday, 14 August 2010

Crow & Magpie head piece & mask

These wings are vintage pieces of taxidermy. I do not believe in killing animals because they are believed to be 'pests'.

Created for various photoshoots but modelled here by my trusty mannequin torso.

Horn & antler head pieces

These were created for various photoshoots which will be posted in the future.
The various animal remains were all vintage - I do not believe in killing animals or birds for fashion, however if these animal parts are lying around, I don't see a problem with using them to make something beautiful.

Sunday, 8 August 2010

'Circus Crone' - images

Here are a few photos I took of my Black Plague ridden flea circus illustrations.
They are all on display at Axo Gallery, 59 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh EH6 7EY.
It is open Thurs, Fri and Sat in August, 11am 'til 7pm.

The 'skelephant' image in the bottom left (titled 'Metamorphocircus')) sold on the opening night! I have done another image to replace it, with a similar feel.

'Flea Circus.' I had DalĂ­'s elephants in mind when I did this. Flea's hind legs are extremely long and tapered.

'Kafka Clown.' Based on the famous 'Metamorphosis' novel, this taps into my disgust for clowns, which surfaced when I was taken to the circus as a child.

The long frames on the large images are actually old doors which the gallery curator told me about when she asked me to contribute to the show. They were drawn specifically to fit into the frames for that space.
The fact that they are doors add another dimension to the Plague theme. If someone was discovered to have the Plague, they and their family would be locked inside their own home until the disease claimed the lives of all the people inside. A red cross would be painted onto the front door warning people of the danger inside.

I incorporated red crosses into both images.
Please click here to read more information on these illustrations.

This is a video I watched a fair bit when I was drawing. Because the flea's legs are so powerful, they can in fact pull objects many times their own weight.

Skull hat stands

These skull hat stands I made have ended up displaying various crazy pieces of costumes I have lying around my flat.

This glittery black skull displays my Joel-Peter Witkin inspired mask I made as a tribute to his artistic genius.

Candyfloss Couture Sale

I'm having a Summer Sale!
My Kylie (and Dannii) themed pop graphic t-shirts have been reduced from £15 to £10!
That's a whole third off!

Get them while you can on ebay! click click!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Daft Punk meets Dare

Jon Pleased Wimmin asked me to follow up the Pet Shop Boys tribute poster with something more modern - he didn't want people to think his Dare! club played exclusively 80s music. Daft Punk was chosen. With their ultra-stylised electro-disco-house records and flashing LED robot masks they made a spectacular show out of twiddling knobs and pushing buttons.

Daft Punk's bold visual ideas, particularly the way the band’s members gradually evolved from humans into robots pioneered the idea of a band as a comprehensive concept, with image and artwork at least as important as the music itself, the ramifications of which can be seen in vivid multicolour in their not one, but TWO movies, may be borrowed from Kraftwerk, but it gave late 90s/ early 00s electronic music a face (albeit one made from microchips.)

I decided that their 3rd album 'Human After All' would be a good reference point for the flyer and poster.

I liked the idea of taking photos of the television, the light is eerie and extremely artificial - Daft Punk themselves have a song called 'Television Rules The Nation'. I wanted it to reference David Cronenberg's movies such as 'Existenz' and 'Videodrome' prophesying a future in which television supplants real life.

I designed various versions of the Daft Punk logo, re-imagined to say 'Dare Club'.

Jon suggested we set up a party shot, as if the guests had been getting ready to go out before the club and had left the tv on by mistake.

I also thought it would be a good idea that for the back a tv test card be recreated, in a Dare fashion.

It was decided this looked too fussy and people might not get the point that it was for a club. A few more retro televisions were photoshopped together.

Thursday, 29 July 2010

Islaja poster

Poster and illustration for Finnish folk musician Islaja.

Sunday, 18 July 2010

'Circus Crone' - new group show.

A new gallery has opened in the heart of Leith, Edinburgh. It's very first exhibition has a circus theme. It features 6 new works by myself - Gregor Laird - as well as my super-talented friend (and collaborator) Sarah Green amongst others. It is my first group show following 3 critically praised solo shows.

I decided to use the Flea circus as a starting point for my illustrations. Flea performances were first advertised as early as 1833 in England, and were a main carnival attraction until 1930. Some flea circuses persisted in very small venues in the United States as late as the 1960s.

I had read about 'The Death of the Flea Circus Director' by Thomas Koerfer, a movie in which the main protagonist loses his performing fleas in a crop- spraying operation, seeks compensation from the sort of government agencies where fleas would never be found, and after a chance encounter with a macabre village pageant transforms his enterprise into a theatre of the plague.

It was fleas that carried the Bubonic Plague in the middle ages which lived on the backs of Black Rats, and I liked the idea of a Flea circus travelling around giving all the audience members and circus performers the Plague.

The second idea that drifted in to the mix was Frank Kafka's 'Metamorphosis' about a man that wakes up finding himself transformed into an insect. He is ostracized from society - much like people who were born with genetic abnormalities and were forced to make a living from circus 'Freak Shows' and the like, in the late 1800s onwards.

Axo Gallery is the sister gallery to Dundas Street's Axolotl Gallery.
It is located at 59 Queen Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, EH6 7EY
Axo blog


This was a 'versus' night at Menergy where the two guest DJs would battle it out against each other.


Back of flyer:

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Menergy May 2010

This is the poster for Menergy's Italo-Horror Special - the 'Cannibal Italocaust'. The DJs are playing gothier (with a small 'g') and darker dancefloor classics than usual, as tribute to the genius of horror directors like Dario Argento.

The flyer is far more explicit, taking a still from Argento's seminal film 'Suspiria'. The poster I prefer, as the violence and terror is only implied in the colours I used and the silhouettes I illustrated.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Axolotl Gallery Posters

On the 7th of April 2010 I submitted a pitch to Axolotl Gallery in Edinburgh for posters to be distributed around town.

There is a neon sign which hangs in the gallery which I vectorised in Illustrator. I played about with the drawing in Photoshop to give it a 'neon glow'.

Other ideas featured a painting by Roland Corbin.

The gallery owner 'loves' the neon idea, so hopefully this design will be used.

Please bear in mind that all images are © Gregor Laird / Mutate Design 2010.

Monday, 29 March 2010

Dare, actually

Legendary DJ, remixer and producer Jon of the Pleased Wimmin got in touch to ask me to design a flyer for his new club venture 'Dare!'.

The previous flyer had featured Jon paying tribute to the Human League album which gave the club it's name, and for this he wanted his own take on another classic album cover - Pet Shop Boys, Actually, originally designed by Farrow.

I wanted to keep the sleek minimalism of the original which posed a problem as there was a lot of text to go on the poster. The problem was overcome by having it look like an import copy, complete with cardboard strip on the left and Japanese text.

There are a few design details which aren't immediately obvious which I worked in... the price sticker is also the entry fee, the Japanese words say 'Passion' (one of Jon's own chart hits) and 'disco music' which relates to the music policy. There are names of bands and singers listed in a font which looks Japanese at first glance, but is actually English.

Photo by Nicola Bald. NB Photos

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Menergy April 2010

New flyer for Menergy using an amazing image of Sylvester that I have played with in Photoshop.