Here are some links to various sites. Some are friends and colleagues I have worked with, some are just friends and others are just sites of interest.
I have worked with Alastair Somerville, under the Acuity Design banner, on many projects over the years. Alastair’s expertise in how tactile and high contrast information is comprehended, by the blind and the visually impaired, is informed by the latest neurological research. This theoretical basis gives our work a sound, evidence based footing.
Alan Duncan is an exceptionally talented, traditional illustrator. He worked with me to produce the Ludlow Toposcope; taking great pains to produce a clear line drawing of the landscape, from which I could work from.
Based in Silver City in New Mexico, Conservation By Design specialize in interpretive projects for land management agencies and their partners — from visitor center exhibits to interpretive trailside settings and from brochures to wayside panels. I worked with Melanie Pierson, the team’s designer, to produce an information panel overlaid with Braille and tactile information; for the US National Park Service.
The Dog Rose Trust is an innovative charity which works to make all environments accessible to people with visual and other sensory impairments. It is committed to the use of Universal and Inclusive Design and Communication and the Multi-Sensory design. I worked with Peter and Julia, from the Trust, on the tactile model of Ludlow Castle; which you can see in Ludlow Museum.
http://freebigpictures.com is a great resource: a library of large images of the natural world; the content is free to use, providing you acknowledge the site’s ownership. I got the lovely image of a cumulus-congestus cloud formation, in the slide show, from there.
I have known Heather Lyall for some 15 years, now. She has worked closely with me to create this website. Heather’s problem solving abilities and her attention to detail are second to none. Quite simply, I know of no better web designer.
Link to the Imperial War Museum’s official website.
This is the website of Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites. The museum kindly gave me permission to base my tactile line drawing of a Smilodon fatalis, for Oxford University Museum of Natural History, on an image from their extensive library.
John Conway’s fascinating digital paintings are well worth taking a look at: his traditional black on white line drawings are just as impressive, though. My tactile illustration of a Pterodactylus kochi, for Oxford Museum of Natural History, is based on his digital drawing of the same; with his kind permission.
Lizzie Harper is a talented freelance Natural History, Botanical and Scientific Illustrator. Based in Hay-On-Wye; she works in watercolour, pen and ink and pencil. Lizzie very kindly gave me permission to use her illustration of a Grey Seal, as a starting point for one of my tactile line drawings for Oxford University Museum of Natural History.
This is the website of the Natural History Museum. The museum kindly gave me permission to base my tactile line drawing of a Mammoth, for Oxford University Museum of Natural History, on an image from their extensive library.
The website of the Roman Britain Organisation, the result of many years of research, is the work of my friend Kev White. Although the site has not been updated for quite a while, I believe it remains the most authoritative site on Roman Britain out there. Be sure to check out the Maps section.
This website showcases Scott Hartman’s remarkable art. Best known for his skeletal and life reconstructions, his work can be found in many books and museums. Having a sound knowledge of anatomy; his skeletal drawings have often been used by other other paleo artists, as a basis for their work. Scott very kindly gave me permission to use some of his work, as a basis for some of my tactile line drawings for Oxford University Museum of Natural History. Scott has served as a consultant for TV and film and is a published paleontologist.
Stuart Sewell is an artist with twenty years of experience in film, TV, and commercials. He uses a range of software including, Z brush, Mudbox, Maya, 3DS Max and Photoshop to create his images and animations. He has worked with me on several projects over the last seven years, including the PMP (Push Me Please) portable buggy.
I have worked with my friend Matthew Lloyd, from Think Graphic, on several projects for the blind and partially sighted. He is also the brains behind the Fabulous Cob Oven Company, which is also worth having a look at: http://coboven.co.uk/