Alice Moloney

Hot House Talk with Alice Moloney 

Teaching us how to “Celebrate illustration beyond the end image”


Alice Moloney is a unique Illustrator & Creative at Anyways the big sister agency of It’s Nice That. She has many illustration skills with true artistic direction. 

She believes in the interchangeability of different skills and disciplines; one does not have to constrain themselves to one single label, being this designer or illustrator, we are multi-talented.

We are all supposed to learn the same set of skills and train the same way in university, sometimes even outside, teaching ourselves. We, Creatives, can no longer afford to stay in one specific industry performing the same style over and over again, hoping the that it will adapt to different projects, commissions or job offers. We have to find a way to make people understand we are much more than just talented artists. We have to show what we do starting from our sketchbooks. We can offer a package of abilities which goes beyond art itself which we can execute at its best through collaborations.” – Alice Moloney

Inspiring Illustrations

I have taken a little look at Alice’s website which is easy to navigate, filled with many illustrative work pieces designed by the lady herself. She has created designs for Sunday Times, The Guardian, It’s Nice That & Ideo London. One of the art pieces which caught my eye was a beautiful illustrative style book cover design using a variety of some of my favourite colours. The illustrations create a delicate feel. The light greys and beiges work perfectly with the darker shades. 



Book cover design and illustrations for Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami. Winner of the Best Book Cover Award at the Oberon Book Awards, 2010.

I had a look at some of the illustrations featured inside the book itself. Alice has an amazing way of creating movement within her illustrations using delicate brush strokes. I feel her illustrations could come to life beautifully. 


These images also reminded me of a project I took part in last year at university titled beyond limits. 




Alice’s work has really and truly inspired me and has motivated me to want to experiment a little more with inks and painting. She has also taught me that no matter what someone labels you, you are always so much more. 


Hello, It’s Me… Kristen

Hot House Talk with Kirsten.

From Studying to Industry  |  Graduate Student From London Metropolitan University.


She has worked within Publishing, Graphic Design, Movie Making, Manifesto Design, Illustrations, Music Cover Designs, Stage Sets and Back Drops. 

x Memory Palace – year one University project, Creating a font based on memories. 

x Manifesto – mini book full of collages, illustrations and text.

x Letter Press for Box Font

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During her studies at London Met she had done a few of our previous and current projects. Her movie titled Energiography created by recording the sounds of London. A very strong moving image piece. Focusing on all aspects of her journey, mainly two major points ‘what she saw’ and ‘what she heard’. This was very inspiring and has really helped me to take in a lot more information and detail on my every day journeys. This has also helped me with my second project.

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The second piece of Kristen’s work I really enjoyed looking at were her Stage Installations for Shadow Play. 

It’s amazing to see just how diverse a professional Graphic Designers work can be. The use of soft colours and materials made the set look dream like, soft to the mind and a fantasy piece.

The third being Kristen’s inventive Visuals for Festivals. Which are placed on a Huge screen behind the main staged DJ. The range of vibrant colours worked perfectly with the vibe of the music which was playing that evening.

The fourth and final piece I really loved was her collage type work which she had designed for music artist Orka. Kristen is currently working on the second design through out this next month.

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Very important steps in design. 

Manage your work into an online portfolio.

Do a Junior Design role | Internship, which will prepare you for the Graphic Design Industry.

Important to make contacts and whilst studying to communicate and get to know your studio peers, make friends and not to just go out for drinks but to also share ideas and work as a collective.

Always do research.

Suppliers are only as good as you are | always communicate with whoever prints your work.

Be responsible for your own education.

Always learn what you can about all Adobe programmes.

Don’t ever take the easy way out.

Use all you can for free whilst you have it for example; Screen Printing, Letter Press, Photography Studio, Riso Printer, Laser Cutter. 

Find that one style that works for you.

Photography by Clelia


Through the eyes of a true artist.

“How and who we decorate reflects values and beliefs” – Lakwena

A successful London based Artist who exhibits internationally, decorating the city to communicate many messages to the people of the city. She took us on an inspiring journey through her career and all she has remembered along the way.

“A lot of things come with it” – Lakwena

Very early memories | a heart warming of a powerfully inspiring artist, a young boy with nothing, no education, just dreams. all he owns is a magical brush that makes everything real, painting the town full of colours.

Typography | Travelling from Europe to Africa, all things Ethiopia.

PicMonkey Collage 4Very early works | big colourful painting on walls back in 2013 in Miami  Both Beyonce and Paloma Faith have taken photographs infant of these beautiful paintings, we may have also seen these images used for Poloma’s album cover.

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“If someone asks you to do something just say yes” – Lakwena

Ideas of Paradise and Dreams | change your mindset in order to see further.

Alex Donne Johnson


Alex Donne Johnson is the Creative Director of Creative Production Studio Dazzleship.

His main works include many different areas of design, motion graphics, live action, photography, virtual reality, animation, illustration, poster designs, record covers, promotional videos for clubs, storytelling and UI & UX design. 

He expressed to us how teamwork is always essential, working with other creatives and industry people can broaden your portfolios and ideas.

“Stories are everywhere, it is not hard to be a storyteller”

“Doing the work is always the easy part, gaining a client’s trust is the real challenge”

T H E  D O U B L E  D I A M O N D  A P P R O A C H  – coming away from your first idea and designing for a new and fresh approach. Remembering to always push ourselves forward. To continue learning new things and to not get comfortable, working outside our comfort zones are the best ways of producing the best outcomes and always believe in ourselves.

Cecilie Barstad

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Our end of term Hot House talk with C E C I L I E. In this hour presentation Cecilie introduced us to all the important basics of creating our own successful business. We must work out our budget, always create our own goals, write down our ideas and think logically about weather our ideas might or might not work and all the relevant areas we should remember to focus on. Below in italics are Cecilie’s pointers, in normal font are my understandings of each pointer.

 M O N E Y  I N,  M O N E Y  O U T – record how much you spend on materials, equipment etc and always make a clear recording of how much you are charging your clients. Set up a fair price for your work.

Y O U R  N A M E  A N D  W H A T  I T  S A Y S  A B O U T  Y O U – Your brand name is an essential part of creating your own successful business. Your visual identity, something personal to you.

L O G O – Connecting you and your work together. How people recognise your work and business which always leaves an impression. Stating exactly how you are different.

Y O U R  B A C K G R O U N D – Your background, your history is a part of who you are. express this in your works, your branding and overall. Always include your education path, where you came from and how you got to where you are today. Your grades, qualifications and work experiences.

C V – Your Cv is your ticket to success.

W H Y  S T A R T  Y O U R  O W N   S T U D I O To help your development, be in your own personal working space. Collaborating with others. Your haven of peace.

E X P L A I N I N G   Y O U R  V I S I O N, E X P L A I N  Y O U R  G O A L –  Express to your audience exactly what you would like to achieve and the goals you have set yourself.

N E E D  S O M E  I N S P I R A T I O N ? – ask those who have a similar interest to you in the creative industry, art etc. Research famous artists. All of this can help you on your journey.

A L W A Y S  A N A L Y S E  Y O U R  C L I E N T S – It’s not always the easiest of things to do as we all live busy lives, meeting up with people when we have commitments can be difficult. But it’s the best way to get to know your clients, talking face to face. However, a phone call or email can also help you to get to know your clients, ask them relevant questions.

Y O U R  M A R K E T – How big is your market, whats your marketing strategy?

W H O  I S  Y O U R  A U D I E N C E – Social network is a huge platform for businesses and artists of today. It’s important to know who’s following you, weather they interact with you or not. Weather you follow the same interests etc. Followers with interest in your work can help you to progress as a designer and also bring you new clients.

W H A T  S H O U L D  Y O U  S H A R E – Your new works, always have a copy written print or your logo on top of your images. Some people will steal your work, be careful. Share your events, whats happening, where and when.

I T ‘ S  N O T   A L W A Y S  A B O U T  Y O U – Once you become successful or know your good at something it can create something called ego. don’t talk about you all the time. Get to know those who are interested in you and your work, ask questions as well as answering them.

H O W  D O  Y O U  G E T  P A I D – There are many options, online, PayPal, cash in hand, take a deposit first etc.

Share your inspirations, analyse your competition, look to both your strengths and weaknesses, what you are best at, think about operation and logisitics, how long it takes to send your work to your clients and having a plan B, a back up plan for everything”  – Cecilie Barstad

C O L L A B O R A T I O N  I S  T H E  N E W  B L A C K

Sarah Boris

S A R A H   B O R I S  |  G R A P H I C  D E S I G N E R

A successful, award winning Graphic Designer, Artist and Art Director based in London. She runs her own day to day design practise. She expressed how getting involved in any type of events can help us to work better, gain confidence and one of the best ways of promoting yourself. Showing your process as well as your final outcomes is essential, as people love to know where you started from and ended up. How it is important to identify with others, they people you work with and present your work. Telling your own story brings individuality and style.

Paul Jenkins

“To become an expert, become an expert, any project you are work on remember to collaborate, two brains are a lot better than one and remember done is better then perfect but keep pursuing perfection” P A U L   J E N K I N S

Another Hot House talk taking place at Calcutta House Campus with level 5 and 6 students, Paul Jenkin’s introduced us to his creative world.

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His down to earth personality kept the audience engaged and interested in the information he had for us. Paul Jenkin’s has a lot of experience working with many people within the art industry. He has created his own independent network working and collaborating closely with different artists and practitioners.

He has engaged with many areas of the business work, namely; Photography, Fashion, Branding, Sport, Still Life, Retail Design, Digital World, Social Media, Curation and Education Design.

Sketching out your ideas is always quick and not so precious with your work”

 P A U L  J E N K I N S

Working for many diverse big companies has helped him on his journey, however prefers to work independently and with small organisations.

He than got to the key points/suggestions for us.

He stated some valid pointers for us up and coming artists…

“How you speak and present your work is the key. Never focus on the end result only. Once again, collaborate. Build/chose your team. The right ideas come from the right people put together” – Paul Jenkins

W W W . T R I P L E D O U B L E S T U D I O . C O M

It’s Nice That


was founded in 2007, as a final year project at University.

Starting from just a blog and then becoming  big design based company. Mostly focusing on imagery, little focus on words. The bread and butter of what they do is projects, paintings and images. An amazing platform for independent artists to show the world their artwork, helping brands to communicate their messages to their audience and beyond.

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“IT’S NICE THAT believes passionately that creative inspiration is for everyone” They currently have 335,000 and users every month which is an amazing achievement.


Q “How do you find content for your blog?”

A “We usually find content from users of the blog and other webpages such as Tumblr and Flickr”

Q “How do I get featured on IT’S NICE THAT?”

A “You can join us by visiting our studio, emailing us your artwork or contacting us directly”

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