Christian Payne, AKA Documentally, wanted to do something notable for the 10th '1984 Symposium'. He commissioned me to design a label for a beer that had been specially brewed for the event.
The 1984 Symposium had been created as a place for people to gather, picnic and discuss mass surveillance, consumer data and civil liberties. The annual setting being the grave of Eric Arthur Blair, otherwise known as George Orwell. As the symposium was in it's 10th year and the Orwell Society was joining the gathering Christian wanted to mark the event with something special. During research of Orwell, Christian had come across the beer that Orwell would have drunk - Simpson's dark mild. Orwell also referred to a dark mild ale in his book '1984', naming it 'Wallop'. So Christian commissioned a home brew in the style of beer Orwell would have drank himself - a dark porter.
All that was needed was a label to illustrate the context of the symposium. This is where I stepped in! You can read all about my creative process here.
With special thanks to Adrian Storey for the fab gif of my design.