Design is thinking made visible.
I See Sea is a graphic design studio based in Falmouth, run by me, Christopher J Porter. I have been working professionally in the design industry for seven years in a number of different agencies and for the last four running I See Sea. I have had an interest in the visual arts for as long as I can remember, however the real passion for design came after studying at Shillington College. The design industry is an ever-evolving beast that brings me new challenges with every new project and allows me to fully explore my creativity every day. And I love it.
Branding can make or break a company. The visual language that you use to tell your customers who you are and what you're about is of the highest importance and I love to really get behind the bones of a business and work out how best to get that message across. I specialise in designing identities for new businesses and print-based design with services ranging from full-scale identity packages down to business card and flyer design. I have been lucky enough to work on a wide variety of projects in my career so far, for some really great people. Whether I'm working on something as small as a poster for a coffee house or an album cover for tomorrow's most exciting talent, the passion and thought that I put into the project is the same.
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Portrait by Victoria May Harrison
As a designer, I like to be constantly creating. In-between meetings. Whilst eating lunch. When I should be sleeping. Ideas are flowing. As an outlet for this extra creativity I decided to produce a collection of highly limited goods and screen prints. The Secret Societies collection will be online and at design fairs from Autumn '17.
Hand-pulled Screen Prints
Every so often it is nice for me to take a step away from the computer and get my hands dirty. Screen printing is the perfect outlet for this need. After designing the prints in the studio I make my way to John Howard Print Studio in Penryn and begin the process of exposing screens, mixing inks, choosing paper stocks and pulling prints. These prints are even more limited than the tees and will also only be produced in one run making way for the other ideas that I have running around my head.
Limited Edition Tees
I have always loved graphic tees so these were the logical step when I did my first collection back in 2015. I still have a handful of the old collection left so if you you are interested please don't hesitate to send me a message. Although not a focus of the new collection, new designs may pop up in super limited runs in the near future. They are designed by me in the studio and printed in Cornwall by Blackwater Studios onto premium quality cotton tees. Each tee is then lovingly hand labelled and packaged in tissue, ready for its new home.
Sometimes you just need a bigger boat. When those times come around, we like to get on the phone with Matt Brown, a master of strategic branding and owner of Dover Ellis, a branding agency focussed on digital-first and 'from scratch' projects.
This Bournemouth based digital agency, offers simple solutions to get you up and running online without compromising on style and functionality. I See Sea has worked closely with Aneko to design logos and websites for a number of up and coming musical acts.
I have worked on a number of projects with local book binder Tim Lawrence. His hand-bound notebooks and bespoke commissions are always incredibly beautiful. A truly skilled craftsman.
The Good Natured
My partner in crime. Run by the lovely Suzie Winsor up in the North East of England, The Good Natured are a triple threat. Floristry, Wedding Stationery and Design & Illustration.
John Howard Print Studios
John is the most patient and encouraging teacher I have had the pleasure to learn from. His highly-equipped studio in Penryn is a fantastic space to get creative with all methods of printing.
Victoria May Harrison
Great photography is one of the best ways to really add value to your brand, and great photography is what Victoria May Harrison provides. Minimal and dreamy styling for products and portraits.
The Collection would be nothing without the help of these guys. High quality garment printing, top-notch knowledge and nice guys and girls to boot. Excited for the next set of limited edition tees.
This specialist print house, based in Somerset, really pull out all the stops when it comes to printed goods. Great paper stocks, incredible print quality and impeccable customer service.