In the past, I have been involved in various projects across different industries ranging from legal lifestyle, to gifting to charity. This post focuses on my freelance design work for the legal industry, picking out a handful of projects to show and discuss – my Freelance design for the legal industry.
Most of the projects were created at the time when ‘static’ websites were the norm and responsive design was but a twinkle in tech industries eye.
Overview | Freelancing for Law & More
Law & More – or what I used to call LAM, was a legal lifestyle platform for all that was to do with the legal industry, be it: jobs, advice and entertainment. Working for Law & More gave me the chance to show how I could approach a brief, whether it was a UI project or an animation.
I was involved in
creating micro-sites, animations, UI’s and then building the static
HTML websites with the aim to drive traffic to the Law & More
If you would like any advice on your website feel free to send an enquiry and I will get back to you as soon as possible. Questions welcome!
Below are the samples
of my work.
Header Animation – Legal Industry
As part of the
freelance project to create engaging visuals for my client – I
created a set of animated headers that were blended into the UI
offering a seamless, functional and a fun web experience.
When these headers were
created it was at the time of the ‘static’ website era – when the
humble desktop reigned supreme! Smartphones had come to the market
but weren’t as mainstream as they are today.
( Many of us had flip phones – or used the classic dial pads on a Nokia, yes – I used to be able to touch text on my phone without looking.)
As this website
followed the conventions of a static website, I only needed to
concern myself with a single standardised format for browsers and
It would be difficult
to replicate this website today, due to it being technically
challenging to accomplish the same results on a responsive website.
Although, whilst writing this paragraph, I have already thought of a
couple of paths that may achieve a similar visual result across all
browsers and devices – but that is purely hypothetical.
I found this design
strangely refreshing when most websites now are fluid and in essence
follow the exact same format of a full-width image that works both
well on a smartphone and desktop browsers.
With the static website
UI’s, I had fun creating something unique that would entice users to
engage with the brand. The UI needed to playful and push the users to
the main website where they could either read articles, browse jobs
or even bag a luxury holiday!
With the brief, I
wanted to push boundaries as far as possible.
In this instance – a Multi-Purpose Unit. Is space you could use to either display a banner, upload an animation or create an interactive piece navigation. In this case, I created an interactive carousel in Adobe Animate.
If this was to be made
again now, it would be published as HTML5 or probably wouldn’t exist
at all as this project was very much something of it’s time and was
heavily dependant on flash.
More can be read on how
I used Adobe Animate and the rest of the creative suite to bring this
project to life. Creating an interactive museum.
But in essence, it was
Adobe Animate that breathed life into the static imagery and made it
all interactive and fun!
Aside from the topic
Create a point and click game (Graphic Adventure)
This is an example of a game that was designed and developed by me, in AA.
After drawing the level
with a pencil and then proceeded to trim all the artwork in Photoshop
and then bring it all to life in Adobe Animate I playtested this
small graphic adventure with friends and family.
This was a ‘small’ self-initiated project in which I challenged myself to create a one-level game – or to be specific – a graphic adventure in under a month. That included the artwork and the programming on my own.
This E-learning game
was created to make learning fun for young children! Whist traveling
through a set of levels, the player would have to answer questions to
complete the game.
You can read more about how I created an e-learning game inanimate and learn from my mistakes.
You can make a viral game
This game was created
in Adobe Animate – as is the theme with everything listed in this
This game combined a mixture of using animation, artwork, and coding in Action Script 2 to create a twitchy game where the player had to jump over spears.
The purpose of this
flash game was to promote a comic and music score for a client.
(I had no part in the
artwork or the concept of this game – only its construction and its
Using Adobe Animate for ‘Animation’
You can use Adobe Animate for – you got it, creating animations! Adobe Animate is a good tool for creating not only games but frame by frame animations too. You can use tweens and keyframes to create motion graphics.
What you decide to do
with these animations and how you plan to distribute them is down to
You can place these animations on Youtube or publish then to HTML5 – I would strongly advise against using Animate and publishing to.SWF.
The SWF format is
already disappearing and will only continue to diminish in the
I have used Adobe
Animate numerous times in the past to animate characters, typography,
parts of games and many other interactive and moving elements that
sit somewhere between all that is listed above.
animations created in Adobe Animate.
Animated 2D painting created in Adobe Animate
This painting, the one shown in the image below was sent to me as is.
The purpose of
animating this interesting painting of the Yorkshire reservoir was to
capture the attention and drive traffic!
A link to the website can be found at the bottom of this post.
Many of the games and
applications I have used in the past have required me to use Action
Script to make them work. Action Script 3, along with 2 has been
around since Adobe Animate was called Flash.
You can create interactive ‘wound damage’ UI’s
This is an example
interactive project showing what you can make with the time and bit
of Action Script 3.
This is an experimental
piece of work showing a wound gauge that can be applied to a
hypothetical game UI.
About the interactive
The code and ‘states’
are relatively simple to create in principle for this project.
I created create 4 keyframes on the root timeline.
Added 4 Action Script frames above the keyframes
wrote ‘Stop();’ in the ActionScript layer which then enabled application to jump to the next frame when triggered eg – takes damage.
Or, a simple button
In this project, I have also added a ‘Healed’ state at the very end so theoretically if you wanted the player to heal when trigged, it would be the case of jumping the animation to that frame on the timeline.
This would make a great addition to a game UI or interactive adventure.
I have added my last
couple of projects towards the bottom.
You can use Adobe Animate for making video’s
Yes, not only can you just create Animations and make little HTML5 videos or enclosed apps that can be downloaded as part of an Adobe Air Package – but you can also create stand-alone videos and intros.
I have used Adobe Animate to create animated headers on websites, animated videos and intros and also starter clips that have been uploaded to Youtube.
Minor detour alert …
Many years ago, whilst studying, I used Adobe Animate a lot – it was part of my major and it was around this time I was shown a brilliant animation on “Bitey castle” if you have time I would advise paying the website a visit.
I have attached a link at the end of this post so you can look.
Back from Flash nostalgia…
Here are some of the live animations created in Adobe Animate.
Animated Intro – The Gadget Factory
The purposes of this
animated intro were to promote a brand theme – the Gadget Factory
as part of a marketing push to promote a new line of cool, fun and
This 20 / 30-second
clip was created using a variety of motion tweens, keyframes, and
experiments with visual effects to get the desired results.
The still keyframes
below have been pictured to show the animation in action.
I was in two minds as to whether to add this project but I felt as it was so infantile, fun and had a lot of TLC with the design I felt that it deserved some love.
For this project, I created an animated indent for a video clip that was featured at the start of the Kickstarter on the Crowdfunding page.
It was crass.
And it was created in
For the Guess Poo clip,
I animated a character falling from the heaven’s and plopping down
into the dark waters below.
It was arguably
(although fun) too much TLC that the game deserved but hopefully, the
animated clip that was added to the start of the video turned a few
So this is the first post on the blog that is offering a free give away, and there is no catch apart from acknowledging where you found the artwork and perhaps sending a link back to this page.
This post | Free Stock Vector Skull | is what it says on the tin. A selection of free skulls that you can use in you is work be it commercial or not. There is no catch!
It is a simple case of copy and paste the jpgs – and they are all yours!
Free Skull Stock Graphic
This skull has been created in Adobe Illustrator. This is in preparation for some Artwork that will be available to purchase soon on websites in which you can use it for your project, game, business or anything that is relevant to your purpose.
This stock image is completely free – use as you wish but please refer back to this page saying where you got hold of the artwork.
I took my time to
create these visuals for you.
Free Stock Graphic skull profile
Side view of screaming skull with mouth open – SCREAMING!
These are Free to USE!
FREE Skull Graphic – PNG – Isolated
Free Stock Graphics – Vector Skull Profile – Free
There is very little to say, apart from ‘thanking’ you for either looking at or reading through this post. If the Free Skull Stock Graphic comes in handy for what you need then great! I am happy in the knowledge that this is serving some purpose out there on the world wide web!
Watch this space to see if there are any other handy projects, tips or FREE stuff. You never know if you come back and look.
It has been a very busy month! I felt that it was time to post what I have been working on, and here it is – me as the freelance vector artist & UI designer!
I have added a lot of new content and skills pages to by brochure website, mostly focusing on my digital design skills and anything web!
But, I have added much more than just that. There are all the vector drawings, information about blog design and other projects, etc which have been added.
This is a speedy overview; Firstly I will cover the information about vector illustration.
Freelance Vector Artist
A freelance vector artist or designer is a good way for me to summarise that I can draw in Adobe illustrator.
Using Adobe Illustrator to create Vector art or illustration has been something I have been familiar with over the years, whether it has been to create a character, create an icon and draft visuals, or create pre-rendered artwork. Vector work is a staple part of my design diet.
Vector art can be scaled and used across a whole range of channels and mediums. It is versatile, clean and stylistically lends itself well to flat design.
Flat design is a an in-vogue trend we see in website design and generally throughout advertising. (good riddance web 2.0 has gone) . If you are yet to explore vector illustration, I would consider adding it to your list.
Here is a small list of ideas on what you can use vector illustration with:
Create artwork for marketing campaigns
– Illustration for books, games, and general-purpose crisp art & design
To produce characters that can be used in animations, videos, and
– And the last point; you can use Adobe Illustrator (Vector art) to create website content such as information graphics for blogs. As seen at the top of the blog post.
These are just some ideas of what you can do with Adobe Illustrator and vector graphics. The scope of this list offers a mere handful of ideas that barely scratches the surface.
In a few words, Adobe Illustrator is a very potent program.
My vector illustration services
If you would like to read a bit more about my services please visit my page here: freelance vector designer – It will discuss in more detail what I have used Adobe Illustrator for in the past, present and how I intend to use it in the future. The link takes you to my portfolio website.
Vector illustration for games
Vector illustration for games – that is correct. Combining both my budding knowledge of Unity and Adobe flash (sorry Animate) I can create project ready vector artwork for games – and that could be mean your game.
Previously, I have been involved in creating 2D games to promote products, educate and entertain. You can see one example which was an e-learning project or read more here on the merits of Unity.
The biggest theme of this post is of my skills as a freelance vector artist & UI designer. I have added subsidiaries of my digital / web work. Below is a glance at my UI skills.
I have recently been much more involved in using WordPress after a couple of years gap. I will always have love bespoke HTML and CSS but WordPress offers many possibilities straight off the shelf. If you have not heard of WordPress, and you are looking at getting a blog or website, I would consider WP as a good open-source platform, to begin with.
a blog that stands out is very important if you are intending on
making money or using it for general marketing purposes.
The one big downside with blogging is this – it is crowded. The Internet offers a very deep well of information to those who prepared to type in a search term (so pretty much everyone) . And if they click on the page and it doesn’t captivate – they hit the back button.
So what can you do?
Offer value and relevance
Create better information
Create striking visuals to get them to stick to your page
To illustrate aspects of your content this is something, I can certainly help with.
“Jimm has a great eye for design and understands perfectly the needs of today’s online audiences. He’s able to magic-up a wide range of impressive visuals that are all bang on brief and is a delight to work with. Highly recommended.”
Last but not least – Creative Direction & Strategy
In conjunction with my skills as a freelance vector artist & UI designer, I have been involved in creative direction – a part of my job that I love and will continue to be involved with for the foreseeable future.
But what does that really mean? Involved in what with “creative direction”? To summarise very quickly. Creating, visualising and drafting up ideas that are geared toward a goal, demographic or specific purpose.
This can cover website design, graphics, digital design, apps, games, and many others, just to name a few. And that is the short answer.
The long answer can be found here on this page of my brochure website.
Past experience in creative direction
have been involved in telling brand stories, creating visuals for
marketing purposes and adapting my skills to create compelling brand
narratives. (integrated stories for business)
direction for web: It is simply not enough just to create a piece of
design work that is aesthetically pleasing. You need to consider how
the visuals tie-in with the form and function or your website –
even down to the UI.
I hope that this post has offered some insight into what I have been up to for the past month. Times have been very busy and I have been beavering away working on client work and adding tons of new content – not to mention that I have also been working on other ventures too!
This post has focused on me as a freelance vector artist & UI designer but I have plenty of other skills not mentioned in this post. You can see what else I have been working on by visiting my home page or visiting my brochure website.
Summary freelance vector artist & UI designer handy links
This is a list of other helpful articles on this blog:
Help with Graphic Design, Games & Photoshop – here we come! This post has consolidated some of my more popular and useful posts to help you with your design creations, games & Photoshop. There are many other posts but I can link everything single thing here.
A bit of handy chatter!
Creating something new or trying to find inspiration can be a bit tricky – I know, I have been there and I can imagine that this will be something that will continue to come about in life as a creative Designer & Developer.
When I try to create a post, I try to write something that will both be helpful, relevant and useful to the reader, this blog, after all, is more than just a diary – its a resource for sharing my experience and offer help.
So here goes, useful links to help you with design, games, and photoshop
Photoshop & Drawing
This is something that I intend to expand upon in the future. As of this date here are some of my links for drawing and Photoshop.
The posts above cover tried and tested methods for speedy shortcuts and how to draw with a Wacom Tablet for your computer and digital drawing.
Board Games Tips / Design
These posts cover some very useful tips and ideas for a board game or party game. If you are toiling over some decisions of what to do and how to go about selling your game, hopefully, these will offer some insights.
In these links below cover some handy tips for creating video games, Apps, unity and STEM/e-learning games. It should also be noted that these are portfolio pieces that have been created by me in the past.
Thank you for reading this little repository of useful posts to help with Graphic Design, Games & Photoshop. If you feel it could be of use to you or wish to share on social media then please feel free to do so.
Useful posts to help with Graphic Design, Games & Photoshop
See you later!
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