Kate Costigan

Kate Costigan

Illustrator / Graphic DesignerLondon, United Kingdom
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Kate Costigan

Kate Costigan

Illustrator / Graphic DesignerLondon, United Kingdom
About me
I am a Scottish multi-disciplinary designer and illustrator, and have been working and living in London since 2013. My aim has always been to make beautiful things, while at the same time telling a story and injecting a sense of sass, fun and humour into my work. See more of my work at www.katecostigan.com and www.instagram.com/kate_costigan
  • Paper Mache Pals
    Paper Mache PalsOver lockdown I decided that I really wanted to detach from my screen and get back to making messy, hands-on work. Inspired by antique ceramics I started to make myself some paper mache animals. Some are for sale over on my etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/KateCostiganDesign
  • Art world stereotypes
    Art world stereotypesCommission for The Other Art Girl blog, accompanying a quiz to find out what art world stereotype you are. Featuring the Hype Beast, Intern, Collector, Artist and Critic!
  • Video Party
    Video PartyAn illustration depicting the fun you can have with friends on a video call party - even if it isn't face to face!
  • Pyjama Pattern Competition
    Pyjama Pattern CompetitionTwo designs I did for a competition for Hush, where the winner would have their design printed and made into pyjamas! Unfortunately I didn't win, but I was really pleased with my first go at pattern design.
  • It's Nice To Be Important, But It's More Important to Be Nice
    It's Nice To Be Important, But It's More Important to Be NiceLike my Granny always said!
  • Ice Lolly Taste Test
    Ice Lolly Taste TestIllustration to accompany the ice lolly taste test article in The Skinny
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Projects credited in
  • Royal Doulton - Hemingway Interior and Tableware
    Royal Doulton - Hemingway Interior and TablewareWorking together with Tilly Hemingway to realise the vision for this collection of interior pieces and tableware.
  • Pink Parking, Wembley
    Pink Parking, WembleyHemingwayDesign's brief was to develop a highly visual, art and graphic led treatment for the “concrete cores” of Wembley Stadium’s new Pink Parking facility. Our concept took some of the most iconic historic, sporting and entertainment moments witnessed through the history of Wembley Stadium and transformed them into a contemporary piece of art - Queen at Live Aid, England's 66 World Cup win, Nelson Mandela's International Tribute for a Free South Africa and more. The graphic proposal is convey
  • Box on the Docks
    Box on the DocksBox on the Docks was conceived by MediaCity (Salford, Manchester) with HemingwayDesign as a way to support their hospitality businesses through Covid recovery by creating self-contained dining pods that allow visitors to return to their favourite bars and restaurants whilst safely social distancing. In two months start to finish we... • Installed 30 sheds and greenhouses which doubled as socially distanced dining pods • Commissioned 15 local artists to design the boxes from hand painted murals
  • A Placebrand for Berwick-upon-Tweed
    A Placebrand for Berwick-upon-TweedBerwick-upon-Tweed is a hugely underrated British border town. It has a tourism and heritage offering that far surpasses that of its many of its peers and yet the tourism economy is small and limited to only a few months of the year. In 2019 we completed work on a place brand designed to bring out the best that Berwick-upon-Tweed has to offer to communicate its true status as a fantastic place to visit, to live and to invest. Engagement and co-design were a vital to this project in a relativel
  • Social Work England
    Social Work EnglandIn September 2018, we heard that Social Work England were looking for someone to help them craft a strong brand narrative and identity and we knew this was a project we had to bid for. We are in awe of the complex, challenging and absolutely vital role that social workers play in our society, and so we were over the moon to hear that after going through the competitive bidding process, their team had selected us for the project. Now that our work creating the brand identity is coming to a clos
  • Top 20 career tips to help you kick-start 2020!
    Top 20 career tips to help you kick-start 2020!Last year we launched our Asks Hub after being inundated from our community for career advice. We’ve had thousands of questions and and tens of thousands of answers so far – highlights include words of wisdom from industry legends such as: Priya Matadeen (general manager, Dazed) Alec Dudson (founder and editor-in-chief, Intern Magazine) Jade Tomlin (creative director, AKQA) Alex Bec (co-founder, It's Nice That) Rankin (founder, RANKIN) Vikki Ross (copy chief) And many more! Check out these t
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Work history
    HemingwayDesign logo
    HemingwayDesign logo
    Multidisciplinary DesignerHemingwayDesign
    London, United KingdomFull Time
    At HemingwayDesign I was primarily a graphic designer. Some of my favourite projects have included: - developing a range of merchandise based on the iconic Spitfire plane for Imperial War Museum - packaging for the HemingwayDesign and Royal Doulton ceramic collaboration - being part of the team that has completed the award winning re-brand of Britain’s largest provider of student accommodation: Unite Students. - leading on all printed and digital promotional material, signage and wayfinding for the Vintage Festival and the Classic Car Boot Sale events, and contributed to set dress for all events. - the rebrand and website design for the museum and digital archive The Land of Lost Content. - My career highlight so far was being heavily involved in the award-winning graphic identity (Design Week Awards 2016) of the iconic Dreamland pleasure park in Margate, and leading on the design of Dreamland retail and merchandise. I started as an inexperienced graduate and have gained countless skills over the past 4 years, under the wing of designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE.
  • Illustration
  • Editorial Illustration
  • Graphic Design
  • Branding
  • Photoshop
  • Fashion Illustration
  • Logo Design
  • Drawing
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Indesign
    BA (Hons) Visual CommunicationGlasgow School of Art
     - Glasgow, United Kingdom
    I studied Visual Communication for four years at the Glasgow School of Art in my hometown of Glasgow. In my 3rd year I specialised in Illustration after spending the first two years working on a variety of projects across Illustration, Graphic Design and Photography. I also received a distinction for my extended essay ‘If Looks Could Kill: Costume Design as a Narrative Tool in the Films of Alfred Hitchcock’ completed in my last year of studying.