James Jarvis joins line up

James Jarvis joins line up

James Jarvis, illustrator and pioneer of the designer toy revolution, is to join the previously announced Lance Wyman and Simon Manchipp on the keynote line-up at Designival – the North’s biggest design festival.

Raised on a diet of Richard Scarry, Hergé, Judge Dredd and Albert Camus, James studied Illustration at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art, graduating in 1995.

As a freelance graphic artist, he has worked for clients including Coca-Cola, Converse, MTV, Nike, Nokia, Sony and Stüssy, and has had his work featured in publications worldwide.

From 2002 – 2012, James also ran his own company, Amos, in partnership with Russell Waterman. As well as releasing over 100 character toys, Amos’ work also includes graphics, comics, curating a music festival and designing a crazy-golf hole. If that wasn’t enough, he is also currently drawing a daily cartoon strip, Spheric Dialogues.

His appearance at Designival will be a unique or rare opportunity to hear James talking about his influences, personal experiences in the field and thoughts on keeping the balance between big brand work and labours of love – all whilst doodling the event itself live.