5-9 collection highlights creativity from outside the 9-5

Personal projects take centre stage in new book from the West of England Design Forum.


The West of England Design Forum (WEDF) has published '5-9', a book that explores the creativity that occurs outside of the usual 9-5 working hours.

Featuring a collection of 28 pieces of art, '5-9' shows off the work that designers in the West of England create in their own time – personal projects that aren't constrained by client demands, specific briefs and the pressure of pay packets.

The 28 artists featured in the book come from varying disciplines, from graphic design to fine art, photography to 3D illustration.

"Like all 5-9s, this one started out with the bud of an idea, a proposition that grew into a concept and a collaboration, and has finally blossomed into this book," said Chair of WEDF Emma Collins.

There are 500 copies of '5-9', which designers can get their hands on by visiting WEDF events.

Take a closer look at some of the artwork featured in '5-9' in our slideshow, by using the controls above and right.

Right: The cover of '5-9'. Photography by Dominik Tomaszewski.

Right: inkap Design's Nick Moyle created this series of drinks labels as a personal project but found that lots of people liked them and have requested a label for their own drinks.


Right: Graphic designer Shane O'Dwyer's Song of Sea created as part of a self-financed group exhibition.

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Right: Radiotype Graphic Designer Wilf Whitty's City Rider, Bristol is part of a screen printed series of made to celebrate cycling in cities.


Right: Blow Creative graphic designer Emma Hopkins used Adobe Illustrator to create a personal scene that captures her perception of Bristol.


Right: Using Illustrator and Cinema 4D, Epoch Design's Matthew Hitchcock created this zombie-filled piece for his Squatties paper toy project.

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Right: Bob Mytton of Mytton Williams' poster as part of his JazzTypes project, which involved creating a poster for a different Jazz artist every day for 100 days.


Right: Kerry Wheeler's personal project involved drawing a sketch a day every day for two weeks. She limited herself toonly using song lyrics.