Welcome to the web base of UK designer and digital illustrator: Octavector

Web work is produced using Atom, I use the Gulp task runner to turn Sass into minified CSS files ready for production. Responsive frameworks are custom creations made with Waistcoat. Depending on the scale and functionality of the required design, the chosen content management system will either be Textpattern, Drupal or Wordpress. Supporting Images and media are produced in Photoshop, Illustrator and Blender.

All web work starts in the sketch pad , I draw some loose wireframes and begin to plan the hierarchy of information from mobile to desktop and beyond. I like to move the design to the browser as soon as possible, putting me in the correct environment for web work. Using a front-end framework for rapid development I start to build a responsive framework based on my sketches, this is complemented by a web based style board.

A lot of my frontend experimentation takes place on my Codepen page, there you will find a wide variety of demos including UI designs, web apps, WebGL scenes and CSS animations. On top of the usual CSS and JavaScript I also use Sass and Pug to avoid code repetition.

I’m particularly fond of 3D, whether it is pushing the limits of CSS 3D transformations or constructing virtual scenery with three.js. My Codepen offerings are free for anyone to adapt though I do appreciate the odd tweet when someone remixes my work :)

Illustrations often start in the sketch pad, the hand drawn lines are then scanned and penned in Illustrator. The vector lines are then filled and additional effects are applied before being exported. My fondness for geometric artwork allows for some pieces to be built entirely on screen, additionally I also produce digital sketch work on tablet using a Jot Pro Stylus.

Print work is produced in InDesign with supporting material from Illustrator and Photoshop. I have produced a wide range of printed materials including business stationary, magazines, booklets and brochures. The Corporation Handbook is an expressive, personal book project which currently boasts 80 pages of original artwork.