This month’s cover is the work of graphic designer and illustrator Anthony Peters. Anthony designed one of the first Viva Brighton covers (#2, back in 2012) and there couldn’t have been a better time for him to make his return than our film-themed issue: “I’m a film fanatic,” he says. “For a long time I was watching probably six or seven films a week, but I’ve really had to calm down on that. I have an awful brain for a lot of things, but films, I just seem to be able to remember.”
His design features an arrangement of film equipment and cinema paraphernalia. “I’ve always been obsessed with vintage filming equipment,” Anthony says. “I used to have a Super 8 camera that I played with for a little while and I really love those old analogue devices.” He worked on several different compositions before settling on this one: “I like the idea of putting things together to the point of abstraction so that you have to look twice. I think this version feels really balanced.”
Since we last spoke to him, Anthony has changed his studio name to, appropriately, Wow and Flutter (‘a term used to describe the warping of analogue media such as video, vinyl records and cassette tape’) and he now works in a range of disciplines across digital and print. “The main project I’m working on at the moment is the Walthamstow Borough of Culture campaign,” he says. “I’ve been designing vintage travel poster-style designs for all of these incredible venues, like the William Morris Gallery and the Wetlands.”
“The other side of what I do is printmaking,” Anthony says. “I get to work with a lot of shops and institutions and galleries on print projects. I studied Fine Art and although a lot of the work I do is more corporate, I feel like with every concept I’m still trying to shoehorn in a bit of Fine Art…” This summer, Anthony organised the Festival of Belonging, a day celebrating art, music and creativity at Newhaven Fort. “I wanted to do something for my hometown that made it a place for people to visit instead of being a place that people drive through.”
Anthony now hosts a podcast, Know Ideas, with Brighton illustrator Dan Walters. “We interview pretty much anyone we’re interested in, people on the fringes of creativity,” he says. “So far we’ve interviewed Supermundane, Fandangoe Kid – her story is phenomenal – Rose Blake (Peter Blake’s daughter). We’re trying to make sure we don’t interview the same kind of person twice. We don’t want it to become about what someone’s favourite pencil is or advice for students – it’s not that kind of podcast. We delve deep into asking people about their childhood and early creative influences and dig a little bit deeper. We’ve got a lot of good stuff coming up.” You can listen to all episodes of Know Ideas at knowideaspodcast.co.uk.
See more of Anthony’s work at wowandflutter.co.uk or on Instagram: