‘Deleted Manual’ is a visual archive, documenting the creative and professional practice of illustrator/designer Christopher Harper. Training as both a graphic designer (BA Hons Multi-Disciplinary Design at Staffordshire University), and an Illustrator (MA Communication Design/Illustration at Central Saint Martins), has enabled me to work in a variety of communication contexts for a range of clients, as both a freelance illustrator and graphic designer throughout my career. Graphic design commissions include websites, identity design, conference publications, CD design, promotional graphics and sequential design for TV production, including work for clients such as Ecover, Harper Collins, Tearfund, Alliance Music and Granada Television.
Illustration commissions have included editorial, publishing and design work for clients such as Random House, Waterstones, Beavis Keane, Building Design Partnership and Building Magazine. My illustration work has also appeared in AOI Images, Creative Review and Eye Magazine. I have exhibited Illustrations nationally and internationally. I have also lectured extensively in Illustration and Graphic Design in Universities and Colleges throughout the UK.
My approach to solving communication design problems has always been inter-disciplinary in nature, with a specific focus to explore the interaction between word and image in order to create compelling pieces of communication. The visual interpretation of language (through typography or illustration, singularly or in combination) lies at the heart of what I do, for myself, and the clients I have worked with.
'Deleted Manual' represents my continued investigation of the dynamics that exist between autographic drawing and design, between text and image, between material and digital process, and between authorial and applied communication. It is within these relationships and between these boundaries that I find my creative direction and impetus.
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