Summer and the traditional flooding of the garden

Summer… that crept up quickly along with a few other things this year: the realisation that I’ve been freelancing for ten years, the 20th anniversary of my HND course, the EU Referendum and turning forty.

Work has been quiet but steady over the last couple of months with lots of smaller jobs at various stages of completion. I’ve been working on a few book cover briefs for Duckworth Publishing and Hesperus Press; and an interesting cover brief for new client Melville House Publishing. I’ve just completed the design and layout of the summer 2016 issue of Inspire for Canterbury Christ Church University.

I’ve been using some downtime to revise and update some old work as well as working on the next revamp of my website. After numerous problems so far this year with my current hosting provider – including a whole week without being able to send or receive emails – I’ve decided that it’s finally time to switch hosting. I’m also considering a domain name change as well. ‘Rols76’ has served me well (and it’s easy enough to remember) but I’m thinking about changing to something that is more descriptive of the design work that I offer. I also need to edit the portfolio section. There’s a few projects that can probably be merged together and a few older projects that are no longer relevant.

Over the past couple of months I’ve continued to enjoy Netflix. Daredevil season 2 was great. Preacher season 1 on Amazon is also proving good. I was a big fan for the original Vertigo comic back in the 90s. I’ve even made it to the cinema a couple of times this year and have managed to watch Captain America: Civil War and X-Men Apocalypse. On the gaming front I’ve finally got around to completing Life Is Strange, which was interesting. There’s not been many games around for the PS4 that have caught my interest so I’ve managed to get Crossover working on my Mac, which means I can revisit some old PC games.