How We Got To Now/Glass

This weeks episode of 'How We Got To Now With Steven Johnson' is 'Glass'. Here's our animated segments for the show.


TOYS Exhibition

I have some pieces on show at the TOYS exhibition at The Christmas Steps Gallery, Bristol, from the 12th-22nd November, along with over 30 artists and illustrators. All work will be for sale for the duration of the show, with all money made supporting The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal - The Bristol Children's Hospital Charity. The exhibition is created and curated by David McMillan, Jayde Perkin and Ed Cheverton.


Creative Review

Many thanks to Creative Review for featuring How We Got To Now With Steve Johnson on their blog. Read the article here.


How We Got To Now/Clean & Time

Peepshow Collective have created the animated graphic sequences for the new six part series How We Got To Now. The series is a co-production between PBS and Nutopia and will premiere on 15th October on PBS. The show is presented by popular American science author Steven Johnson and explores the legacy of great ideas.

Peepshow created 6 bespoke title sequences and 73 animated segments on a variety of topics ranging from Hollywood actress Hedy Lamarr’s invention of a frequency hopping torpedo to how Boyle’s Law and the nature of gases led to the invention of artificial refrigeration.

Tasked with creating both narrative sequences and explainer sections within one distinctive style Peepshow blended line drawings and hand painted elements with a collage of cut-out photographic elements, blocks of colour and hand written notation. This created a strong visual language for the series and helped to connect and unify the various resources and archive material available.

The resulting collage imagery was art-directed by Luke Best and brought to life by a small team of animators over 8 months.

HOW WE GOT TO NOW WITH STEVEN JOHNSON premieres Wednesdays, October 15, 9 - 11 p.m. and October 22 - November 12, 10 - 11 p.m. ET on PBS.



Another quick turnaround for the good folks at Variety. This accompanies a story about the upcoming winter film schedule and whether or not it will be able to bring the box office numbers back up after a not-so-hot summer season. Read here.



My work is featured in the latest issue of iDN magazine (Vol 21, no.3), an editorial illustration special, in the shops now.


50 Years Of Illustration

Mine and Andrews's work is featured in a new book from Laurence King, '50 Years Of Illustration' by Lawrence Zeegen & Caroline Roberts. In all good bookshops now.


"A vs The"

These are the first of an ongoing project I'm working on with Stoli Vodka and the Martin Agency. "A vs The"


Paper Cut - The Exhibition Extended

Paper Cut - The Exhibition has been extended until the 2nd November so there's still time to make it down there if you haven't had a chance already.


Recent Work

I recently completed a campaign for AT&T with BBDO New York, some commissions for Newsweek and a piece about London lost property.


10,000 Ways That Won't Work

Prototype-making workshop

For one day at the Paper Cut exhibition at The Proud Archivist, I challenged all budding inventors to create a prototype for an invention that doesn’t yet exist. What machine or device would improve the world, enhance your life, solve a problem or grant a wish?

A host of incredible prototypes were created including a Lost Toy Finder, an Aremac (reverse camera that turns photos into reality), two Money Making Machines, a mechanical Carrot Cut Machine and Happiness Button, the Time Stop device, a Tickling Machine (for burglars), the i-Fire-U splurge gun that seeks out its victims, The Cloud (time machine), a Mixella (device that combines two things into one) and a Party Robot (see above).

See more here.

Thanks to Nick White for all his amazing help and prototype technical know-how!



A little gif animation of Lucy's robot heads.


Recent Editorials

A few recent Editorials about live theatre productions of the news, the bullying of a deaf child and innovation within education



We are part of a group show in London this month. SAVE THE BEES! Official Launch Exhibition at Forge & Co, 154-158 Shoreditch High Street,  London, E1 6HU. 18th - 21st Sept.

Artist confirmed include; Jessica Albarn, Sanna Annuka, Jody Barton, Kyle Bean, Rose Blake, Tom Ashton-Booth, Anthony Burrill, Stanley Donwood, Eternity Stew, Rachel Gale, Stevie Gee, Jonathan Gibbs, Robert Hunter, Hvass & Hannibal, James Jarvis, Jean Jullien, Angie Lewin, Essy May, Rop Van Mierlo, Edward Carvalho Monaghan, Al Murphy, Beatrix Ong, Peepshow Collective, Mike Perry, Katie Scott, Matt Sewell, Amy Shelton, Von, Charley Whinney & Kristjana S Williams.

Save the Bees is a new environmental campaign founded by beekeepers Barnes & Webb to protect the honey bee.


John Hopkins Magazine

Two pieces for  John Hopkins magazine about the global water crisis.


Tooled Up

From Top: Chrissie Macdonald x 3,  Jenny Bowers, Lucy Vigrass, Marie O'Connor, Miles Donovan, Spencer Wilson.

All photography by John Hooper

These are our contributions to 'Tooled Up' , curated by Art & Graft. The exhibition is open during the London Design Festival, with a late night opening as part of SDT on Tues 16th Sept until 21:00.
Mon - Fri: 11:00 - 18:30, Sat 12:00 - 18:00. More info here.

Art&Graft, G6 City Pavillion, 37 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EA.


Berenberg Magazine

I created two double page spread for Berenberg Magazine commissioned by Marks Leeds at xy&z and Seven.


10,000 ways that won’t work

Prototype-making workshop with Chrissie Macdonald.

A prototype is a first or preliminary version of a device, machine or product from which other forms are developed.

Thomas Edison, co-inventor of the first commercially viable light bulb, is said to have developed thousands of prototypes in the process: ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.’

Sam Born made history in 1916 with his machine that mechanically inserts sticks into lollipops, George de Mestral made it possible for me to put on my own trainers as a child when he invented Velcro in 1948, and my five-year-old nephew has big plans for the cuddling machine that will never let you go.

I challenge all budding inventors to create a paper prototype for an invention that doesn’t yet exist. What machine or device would improve the world, enhance your life, solve a problem or grant a wish?

Come along to Paper Cut: The Exhibition at The Proud Archivist this Sunday 14th Sept between 10am-4pm to accept my challenge, pick up some paper and see where it takes you!
Sign up for the workshop here.

Above: Boy Detection Device for enhancing life at Secondary School (for Girls).
Photography by Jess Bonham.



We are taking part in a group show this month as part of Shoreditch Design Triangle & London Design Festival.

Tooled Up, 12th Sept - 20th Sept. Open Mon-Fri: 11:00 - 18:30 and Sat 12:00 - 18:00 with a late night opening on Tues 16th until 21:00.

Art & Graft, G6 City Pavillion, 37 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EA. More here.

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Image: Untitled by Merijn Hos, Photography John Hooper


Paper Cut Talk

I'm one of eight artists from the Paper Cut exhibition talking about my work on Thursday 4th September at The Proud Archivist. The evening is from 6.30-9pm, and you can buy tickets for £5 here.