Greg McIndoe

Illustrator & Design WriterGlasgow, United Kingdom
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Greg McIndoe

Illustrator & Design WriterGlasgow, United Kingdom
About me
Hello! I'm Greg McIndoe - or Headless Greg, whichever you prefer - and I am an illustrator and design writer from Glasgow. I recently graduated with a First Class Degree in Illustration from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design in Dundee. My design work is all about abstraction! I enjoy experimenting with both 2D and 3D image making techniques and love nothing more than playing with shapes. Highlights from my final year at art school including writing and illustrating Wilson Strange, a book which explores the connection between mental health and creativity by telling the story of a man who cannot control his brain. I was also thrilled to be shortlisted for the Folio Society's Book Illustration Competition 2020. My work as a design writer focuses on illustration but also covers graphic design, interiors and fashion as well as more personal subjects like mental health and LGBTQ+ topics. Previous publications and companies I have written for include Ohh Deer, Nobrow Press, Inkygoodness, 91 Magazine and Mincho Magazine. I also run The Headless Greg Blog which is housed over on my website. Follow @gregmcindoe and @headlessgreg on Instagram for updates on everything I am currently designing and writing!
  • House of Illustration BIC 2020I was shortlisted as 1 of 5 runners up for the House of Illustration and the Folio Society's Book Illustration Competition 2020. For my entry, I illustrated 3 different love poems by 3 different poets.
  • Wilson StrangeThe biggest project I completed during my final year at art school was a book that I wrote and illustrated based on my own experiences with mental health. Wilson Strange tells the story of a man who cannot control his brain and looks at how strangely disobedient all of our brains can be. I used a combination of 2D and 3D image making techniques to visually explore the depths of Wilson's imagination and darkness of his mind. Wilson Strange was originally supposed to be released during my degree
  • WOODSTAKThe WOODSTAK collection is my response to a YCN candle packaging brief set by Oliver Bonas and Fedrigoni. The packaging is constructed using only black ink on layers of lasercut paper to make good use of Fedrigoni's beautiful Woodstack paper range. Each box displays a different tile design on each of its 4 sides, allowing for endless visual merchandising possibilities. The tiles themselves were inspired equally by Italian colour schemes and Scandi minimalism. The results of the YCN competitions
  • Headless HeightsHeadless Heights is a series of nature-inspired illustrations designed to be shared both digitally and in print during times of social isolation. The collection includes prints, postcards, smartphone wallpapers and illustrated gifs.
  • The Shape KingdomAn illustrated map designed as piece of personal promotion for my work as both an illustrator and design writer.
  • Scottish Garden BirdsAn illustrated guide to Scottish Garden Birds created in collaboration with animal biologist Murray Borthwick. The guide is being sent out by Alzheimer Scotland to help entertain their patients during times of social isolation. The guide is available to download for free at headlessgreg.com. You can also find an digital version and some bird-themed wallpapers by following @headlessgreg on Instagram.
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Projects credited in
  • Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, BDes (Hons) IllustrationTo be an illustrator is to be a problem solver, taking an idea from a client and turning it into something visual that can communicate in a visual world. From the outset, our students experience different aspects of an illustration practitioner’s daily life, working to tight deadlines and to industry briefs as they discover their own way of generating creative solutions to make hardworking pictures. The illustration course at Duncan of Jordanstone exemplifies how students can shape their pract
Work history
    Assistant EditorInkygoodness
     - Glasgow, United KingdomFreelance
    Over the 4 years I worked with graphics arts blog Inkgoodness, I progressed from an occasional columnist to Assistant Editor. During this time, I wrote about and connected with some of my favourite creatives including emerging graduate illustrators and well known designers. I produced a series of columns for Inkygoodness including The Colour Edit which examined different artists iconic use of colour and The Artists Wardrobe which connected the world of illustration with fashion. My Art Schooled column - a blog series about life in creative education - also started out on Inkygoodness before moving to my own blog.
  • Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Book Illustration
  • Article Writing
  • Art Journalism
  • Graphic Design
  • Laser Cutting
  • Editing
  • Layout Design
    First Class BA (Hons) IllustrationDuncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design
     - Dundee, United Kingdom
    HND Graphic DesignGlasgow Clyde College
     - Glasgow, United Kingdom