Lisa Mills-Langhorn

Lisa’s work is experimental and has a balance of creating visuals by hand and then combining with professional digital platforms, fully appreciating how the two can work together in harmony. She is a multi-disciplinary visual designer/artist with a passion for working with nature, typography and print. Lisa plans to license her designs globally on greeting cards, gift dressings, textiles and surface pattern designs. She would also like to work in a design studio part-time with other designers and directors to solve problems and deliver client briefs.

Working with people is important to Lisa as she loves to be part of a team, sharing ideas and working together towards a common goal. Equally she also enjoys designing at home or sat in a busy quirky café, drinking coffee and peoplewatching, gathering inspiration from human forms, listening to conversations and studying the environment inside and out. Lisa’s connection with nature is important so she spends a lot of time at the beach, in the water and amongst trees. If she could live in a tent or camper van she would.

WORK

research & experimentation

This experimental open brief used emotive and logical words to create a final outcome. Lisa used a traditional press with wood block type to print a large poster whilst being playful with her chosen words by making the ‘CAN’ stand out more than the other letters thus creating a subliminal positive ‘can do attitude’ within the design.

This results were used as artwork to create an imagined campaign for the college during the third lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020/21.

book jacket design

Lisa redesigned book jackets for the trilogy ‘Uglies’ written for a young adult audience, the fictional story addresses the social issues around beauty and cosmetic surgery.

The overall look was designed with a pop art and super hero style to reflect the current trends. The story line lent itself to be imaginative with the vertical typography by increasing the visual ‘cut’ to connote surgery incisions. The main illustrative images remained consistent whilst visualising the evolution of the characters. The background is a repeated pattern created with the medical surgical tools. All design work was created using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign.

posters for the WOW! Women’s centre

These three designs are inspired by Henri Matisse and Saul Bass who are famous for using handmade techniques with paper and scissors. The freedom of creating the type and shapes by hand is unpredictable and makes the work exciting for Lisa’s art practice. The posters work together consistently and creatively whilst remaining true to the brand.

The WOW! centre is a safe space where women can connect on the Isle of Wight, UK and benefit from a range of practical and emotional support. Lisa attended and ran some workshops, which included peer support, mindfulness classes, creative art sessions and technical support.