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Worked with Peter & Paul in Sheffield on these ads for EIZO’s professional monitors. Nice to write a few hundred words in an ad for a change. Click on the ads for bigness.




LATES posters

Wrote the copy for these lovely award-winning posters for The National Media Museum’s LATES programme. Concept and art direction by B&W Studio. Images of fading or derelict entertainment venues shot by John Angerson around Bradford in the dead of night. I rocked up after they’d spent weeks crafting them and wrote some copy. They picked up awards at Roses Creative Awards and Drum Design Awards.


Bradford’s late-night entertainment alternative.

Take your nights somewhere dark and new with LATES at the National Media Museum. This experimental programme of after-hours entertainment is filled with cutting edge science and exciting talks.

It takes a few risks. It broadens horizons. It takes your evenings off the straight and narrow. Embrace the dark and discover Bradford nightlife like you’ve never seen it before.



2017 awards update

Been a great year for awards and weirdly I get to keep most of them, as they were for my own promotional material, rather than work for agencies. One of them was a graphite D&AD pencil, which means my ego is now swollen to the size of a Pacific island. Best not book me for a few weeks. I’ll be unbearable. Anyway, here’s the full list:

D&AD Graphite Pencil in Writing For Design (for this website)

Roses Gold for Copywriting (for this website)

Roses Bronze for Website (for this website. The stingy buggers!)

Roses Silver x2 for Poster & Photography (for LATES at the National Media Museum – work done for B&W Studio)

Roses nomination for Item of Self-Promotion (for Agency Crap Pot Plant Diary)

Roses nomination for Poster (for Brookes – work done for B&W Studio)

Roses nomination for Identity (for LATES at the National Media Museum – work done for B&W Studio)

I’d best get this cleared then!

PS At the Roses Awards I was put to shame by my wife, who beat a room full of advertising professionals to win the #OneMinuteBrief award. We got to stand on stage together though, which was really nice. Well done Rach!

The wonder and weirdness of going viral.

On 28th March, this website got nominated for a couple of Roses awards. Thanks judges! The next day a few people tweeted about how much they liked my site. Fast forward 10 days and I had hundreds of emails in my inbox, my Linkedin message box was creaking, I had 20 times as many twitter followers and a bloke was on the phone from my hosting provider telling me I’d crashed one of their servers.

Highlights of this 2 weeks of madness included:

A lengthy thread on Hacker News, mentions on It’s Nice That and Hover States.

Praise from Dave Trott.

And this interview with Adweek with the most flattering headline of all time.

But perhaps the nicest thing was getting lovely emails from total strangers, such as this one:

“So, I’m sitting at work on a Saturday (sigh) eating leftovers for lunch and scrolling through my Facebook feed to see how great the lives of my friends are when a link pops up to your site joecoleman.localhost

I’m over the other side of the world, my agency doesn’t need a copywriter and I should really be writing a baby toy brand strategy right now, but I just wanted to take five minutes to say – love your site, man.



Thanks everyone. It’s been a lot of fun.

Have you stepped into an award-winning design studio?

Have you stepped into an award-winning design studio?
Look for these 17 giveaway signs in 2017.

  1. You’re in a tasteful mill/factory/church conversion.
  2. Several very expensive road bikes are hanging on the wall.
  3. Radio 6 Music is playing.
  4. There are beards.
  5. An eager intern is asking you if they can get you a drink.
  6. An awards trophy from the noughties is being used as a doorstop.
  7. There’s a white IKEA Expedit bookcase full of Laurence King and Phaidon books.
  8. There’s a pile of Howies catalogues on it too.
  9. There’s a shelf full of pencil-shaped statuettes and slabs of glass.
  10. People are sniffing the pages of new print as if that’s a normal thing to do.
  11. Someone’s walking around with a camera.
  12. A pile of D&AD annuals are being used as a laptop stand.
  13. There’s decent 120gsm paper in the printer.
  14. There’s a mural.
  15. You can smell proper coffee.
  16. Plastic Japanese action figures worth a fortune on ebay are sitting on people’s desks.
  17. No one has any idea when the Creative Director is next going to be free. Or indeed where they are.

Introducing ‘The Agency Crap Pot Plant Diary 2017’

Just produced these as a mailer for my advertising and design agency clients. 12 shots of hopeless horticulture collated over 5 years in the North’s top agencies. Design by Caslon & Co. Want one on your desk? Of course you do. Then buy yours here [SORRY – SOLD OUT. Email me if you’re desperate for one!].

UPDATE March 2017 – This was nominated in Best Item of Self-Promotion at the Roses Creative Awards.

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How I helped push trucks

I recently wrote some ads for DAF, which are running in trucking magazines. Not a subscriber to Commercial Motors? Don’t worry. You can see them right here. Created with A&P.




Getting festive with Manchester City

Manchester City wanted a line for their big festive promotion and went with my “Festive Face Off”. The poster outside the ground is massive! Produced with Absolute.

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Festival of Light

I helped B&W Studio with this nice identity for The National Media Museum’s Festival of Light. Name, strapline and copy by me. Plus, I swear to god, I came up with the same visual prism concept as Graham, but he’d already started visualising it, so I can’t really claim that one! Anyway, it did a great job and picked up a nomination and a silver at The Roses Awards.






A road to nowhere

Need a temporary road? Trackway will build you one. They provide systems for music festivals, equestrian shows, construction sites and people who need to get heavy equipment out to broken mobile phone masts that are halfway up a mountain.  Campaign done with Arris.

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