The Law Centres | Shami Chakrabarti and Studioaka

I did these almost 2 years ago but only got around to uploading now… im really behind with updating work on here. These films were made with amazing people and im extremely proud of this project. Ive just been so busy so it took a long time to get around to uploading this.

One of my favourite animation directors, Marc Craste from Studioaka asked me to make two 1min videos to help explain to the public the free legal aid work of The Law Centres. Studioaka is perhaps my favourite animation studio anywhere. Their work is really outstanding (they did the Lost and Found film for Oliver Jeffers amongst many other great things) I used to work full time in aka but this is the first time i really worked with them properly as freelance. do check out their site if you havent seen their work. really amazing stuff.
I was given some of their legal case studies to base a story on and drew up a storyboard for the animations. Shami Chakrabarti then recorded the narration. Shami is the director of Liberty a human rights organisation and is an amazing activist personality in the UK. I was very honoured to meet her, she does really amazing work, have a look at her giving Geoff Hoon a bollicking …. so inspiring….brilliant stuff… 
I then worked with animators Nick Appleton and Mark Nute and also did some of the animation myself (the wonky bits are mine) The sound and music was done by Matt Wand who is one half of Stock, Hausen and Walkman. He created the music in Andrews Story by blowing over a milk bottle apparently. I actually wrote an essay about Stock, Hausen and Walkman while i was in college (!) so i was pretty excited to have a chance to work with Matt. Listen to some of their stuff on
I also did some little GIFs also for their keynote presentations. Click on the image to see it animate. 
These two animations for The Law Centres were in a series of four. The other two films were created by the v nice Bros McLeod. See their two lovely animations here and here.
Take a look at the Law Centres website below, they are a non-profit who provide free legal advice and representation to disadvantaged people…
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My OFFSET talk. basically.

The talk I gave in Dublin at the Offset series of talks has been put online.

I get a little bit better after the first few mins…. oh dear….

Thanks so much to everyone at OFFSET for putting on such a great event. Its probably the best series of design talks ive seen together anywhere.  It was an amazing honour to speak at it. Many of the other talks are now online. David Shrigley’s one is really funny.

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Walker Books

As a child..
I grew up in dublin. i wanted to be an archaeologist because i was crazy about dinosaurs. my uncle gave me a trowel which i used to carry around. I also liked the muppets.
i went through a phase of making airplanes. ever since i remember i was good at drawing. i loved factual books with pictures and diagrams i could understand and i hope to do some of my own non-fiction soon.
As an adult..
I went to art college in Dublin. I moved to Hong Kong in 2001 and worked as a teacher. I also got some of my first illustration work while i was there. I traveled around a lot and settled in London in 2004. I got a full time job in an animation studio and also started working for people tree. I became a freelance illustrator in around 2005, mainly working for magazines. I went to the Bologna fair to look for a publisher and ended up meeting a korean publisher to make my first book.
10 Things you didn’t know about Chris Haughton
  1.  i travel a lot have lived and worked in lots of different cities
  2.  when i first moved to london i was the handy-man in paddington station.
  3.  in san francisco i worked in an american diner. my name badge said ‘jesus: guatamala city’
  4.  i stayed on the bottom bunk in a hostel in hong kong for 6 months.
  5.  in hong kong i was a teacher of very small children for a year. i taught art and drama.
  6. i started to illustrate while i was in hong kong and thats why i called my website
  7.  i lived in kathmandu for 6 months to work on fair trade projects and helped set up pecha kucha kathmandu.
  8.  i think nepal is the most beautiful country in the world
  9. my book book A BIT LOST first came out in korean and i made it in seoul.
  10.  i also make rugs!
A video is about chris’s work in 2010 work
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A video panel talk about getting into childrens books
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