Hi, I’m David. I work on digital, print and branding projects for creative people of purpose. My approach is broad and my aim is to make work that is as simple and pared-back as possible, putting your message first. My skillset is wide and I'm most useful when joining up as your creative partner throughout the life of a project. You can expect informed, straightforward and honest advice, creative direction at every step, and continuing guidance once the project is through the door. I have loads of talented collaborators with great skillsets that I can bolt-on if a project requires. You can talk to me about:
- Designing and building websites
- Print design
- Lettering and illustration
- Anything to do with country music
Fast and Steady is the home for all my custom lettering. I write an occasional email newsletter called Old Gold focused on design and music with a little oddball thrown in for good measure. I studied art at university in Virginia, and printmaking here in Bristol. Bits of current art making practice can be found at davidabbott.co as well as over on Instagram at @smallworks. I love typography, poetry, cycling in the country and folk songs and sometimes write about these things over on my blog Signal and Noise. Sometimes my obsessions manifest themselves as t-shirts, which you can purchase at Cottonbureau. And finally, Document is a personal project mapping internal landscapes through photographs.
I love to read what other designers use to get their work done. In that spirit I decided to write a post of my own on the subject way back in 2016. It has been updated a few times since then, but has stayed remarkably consistent: The Tools I Use.