J. Oliver Designs | UK Web Design, Graphic Design & Branding

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My focus is custom-made graphic design, web design and branding with a unique, professional look and readable content. I aim for straight-forward, attractive and affordable websites, promotional material, and logos, and cater to businesses and individuals looking to launch their presence or brand.

Below you will find my portfolio, which showcases some of the projects I have completed.

For a copy of my CV, or if you are interested in working together, please drop me an email: joliverdesigns@gmail.com.

Portfolio


Storyslingers Promo

Client: Storyslingers Creative Writing Group
Job: Graphic Design
About: Non-profit promo poster for Storyslingers, a creative writing group based in North Dorset.
Brief: The posters would be put onto busy notice boards in local community centres so they needed to be eye-catching. It was important that the poster had a modern look but with a fantastical feel that would appeal to readers and writers of genre fiction. Click the preview to see the full version.


Storyslingers Promo

Client: Storyslingers Creative Writing Group
Job: Graphic Design
About: A rejected version of a promotional poster for Storyslingers. This was one of two designs made; unfortunately, it did not express the modern vibrancy of the group so it was rejected in favour of the previous design.


Beachcombing Short Story Poster

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Promotional poster for a short sci-fi YA story.
About: Non-profit promo poster for the short sci-fi young adult story "Beachcombing." The story is set on Earth in the present day but with a sci-fi twist.
Brief: The poster is designed to show a sense of wonder, which is why I used soft blues, purples and golds overlaid with stars, as well as a muted white for the lettering. The gold spirals on the rocks also signify the science-fiction element. Click the preview to see the whole poster.


Machinists Short Story Poster

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Promotional poster for a short sci-fi YA story.
About: Non-profit promo poster for the short story "The Machinists' Boy," published at Youth Imagination Magazine.
Brief: The story is set on another planet whose environment is extremely hostile, so I wanted to capture the sense of vastness and the barrenness of the landscape. The story's backdrop is hot and fiery, so the colour choices leaned more towards reds, golds, and browns.


Inked Short Story Poster

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Promotional poster for a short fantasy story.
About: Non-profit promo poster for "Inked," a short fantasy story. The story is set in a secondary world.
Brief: Inked predominantly takes place in a forest, which is why it was important to feature a dense forest background on the poster. The silhouettes with the lettering represent the two protagonists of the story - a young girl called Lily and her companion, a lonely wolf. Click the preview to see the whole poster.


Witheridge Programme

Client: Witheridge St. John
Job: Programme design for a summer fayre, 2016.
About: Witheridge St. John is a village in North Devon who host a large fayre every summer.
Brief: I was asked to create an eight page programme for Witheridge's summer fayre in 2016. The design was to feature warm colours, plenty of photos of the town and previous fayres, and appeal to all ages. Copies were sold to the general public prior to the fayre. Click the preview to see the printed programme.


Refrain poster

Client: V. A. Cates
Job: Graphic Design
About: Non-profit promo poster for author V. A. Cates, for her story "Refrain" which is to be published by Circlet Press in their "Like a Spell" anthology, 2017.
Brief: The design brief was to feature potions in some way, give it a dash of magic, and feature the tagline. Click the preview to see the full version.


Business Card Design

Client: J. Oliver Designs
Job: Business Card Design / Graphic Design
About: A redesign of my business cards for 2015/2016. Features typography on the reverse.


District Spice Preview

Client: District Spice
Job: Web Design
About: District Spice is DC-based company who hand-make delicious, salt-free spice blends.
Brief: Clean, friendly and easy to navigate, and implement the colours from their original logo (black, red, and white/neutral).


Jennifer K. Oliver Preview

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Graphic & Web Design
About: Jennifer K. Oliver is a speculative fiction writer, dealing mostly in speculative YA novels and fantasy, sci-fi and horror short stories.
Brief: The design brief was an easy to navigate website that gave social media priority, with a quirky style and bright accent colour.


Shuffle Story Preview

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Graphic Design
About: Non-profit promo poster for the short horror story "Shuffle," published at Kaleidotrope magazine (summer 2015 issue).
Brief: The poster features stock photography of a woman edited by me in Photoshop to look like a zombie, with a post-apocalyptic background. Click the preview to see the full poster.


TasteBook Reviews Logo

Client: Tara Popp
Job: Logo Design
About: One of a handful of logos made for Seoul-based food reviewer Tara Popp. Click the preview to see an alternative version.


Wholistica Aromatherapy Logo

Client: Wholistica Aromatherapy
Job: Logo Design
About: Wholistica Aromatherapy is a one-woman business committed to offering holistic therapeutic products that support physical, emotional, and energetic well-being.
Brief: Company owner Jaime asked for a clean, elegant logo design. The key thing here was to highlight the fact that Jaime uses all-natural products in her remedies. She originally sent me a photo of a lotus flower that she liked, so I used it within the text, giving her logo a gentle and nature-based look. Click the preview to see the full image.


Death Car Alley Poster

Client: Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Graphic Design
About: Non-profit promo poster made to accompany the short surreal horror story "Death Car Alley," published at Jersey Devil Press in 2012. Click the preview to see the full image.


Tara Popp Blog Logo

Client: Tara Popp
Job: Logo Design
About: Logos made originally for Tara Popp's blog header. Click the preview to see the initials version.


Framing Website

Client: Simon Keyte
Job: Web Design
About: Designed and built for a Dorset-based picture framing company. Simon has since merged his website with his partner Jenny, so the original design I made is no longer online.
Brief: Minimal, light and clean. You can see a screenshot of the website by clicking the teaser image above.


Posters

Client: Storyslingers / Jennifer K. Oliver
Job: Graphic Design
About: Promotional posters and flyers for writers, including a few that feature flash fiction as samples.
Brief: To create striking promo material for authors belonging to the Storyslingers writing group. This included sourcing appropriate images to showcase flash fiction and micro-fiction. Click the teaser to see more.


Framing Website

Client: Storyslingers
Job: Graphic Design
About: Bookmarks promoting the writing group and/or featured stories.
Brief: To design a selection of bookmarks that can be printed and sold at literary festivals. The designs related to either promoting the writing group or showcasing stories written by members of the writing group.

Personal Projects


I have a number of creative and crafty hobbies and interests. These are just a few of them...


Comic Book Shoes

Comic Book Shoes: After becoming interested in decoupage, I decided to pair it with my main passion in life: shoes. This pair features your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man. Click the preview to see the work-in-progress.


Nail Polishes

Nail Polish / Eyeshadow: Often when you buy a set of eyeshadows or a collection of nail polishes, there are one or two colours you're not as keen on. These generally get thrown away in the end. In an attempt to be cost-effective, I decided to make only colours I would use. Click the preview for close ups.


Jewellery

Jewellery: These make superb gifts for family and friends during holidays and birthdays. Also a great way to accessorise for an occasion. (My local beadery is amazing.)


Origami Stories

Origami Stories: Exactly what it says on the tin. These are short or micro stories printed out and folded into stand-up / pop-up origami constructs. They make unique gifts.

About J. Oliver: I'm a freelance graphic designer, web designer, and speculative fiction writer based in Dorset, UK. I started making personal website and blog layouts in 2005 as a hobby, but over the years I became more involved in the process and took courses in CSS and HTML. Eventually I decided it was time to reach out to other people who are looking to put their personal stamp on the web, and in early 2010 J. Oliver Designs was born.


All site content is © J. Oliver Designs, 2010-2017.


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