About

Allan Deas is a Scottish illustrator & graphic designer with over twenty years experience in the design industry. He worked for many years as a graphic & textile designer in the fashion industry before turning his hand to professional illustration in around 2005. Having worked across many disciplines he has designed for a diverse range of clients in various areas from fashion to packaging, editorial to advertising. His bold style reflects fond memories of TV programmes & books from his childhood in the late 70's and 80's - a slightly retro feel twisted with contemporary influence results in his distinctive style - a highly original playground of colour & character with a quirky sense humour!
After many years in London and a brief stint in Paris, Allan currently lives & works in Barcelona, Spain.

Contact Allan for more information & enquiries about commercial work.

Selected Clients

Vodafone / Twinings / Lufthansa / Karl Lagerfeld / Waitrose / Rimmel / EMI / Victionary / Carlton Dry / Specsavers / National Geographic / The Telegraph / The Guardian / Camel / Norwegian Air / The Big Issue / Dorling Kindersley Publishing / IdN / Portobello Books / Virgin trains / Ellesse / Venner Shipley / Glasgow University / Sainsburys / Marks & Spencer

More Info

After graduating in 1999 from Dundee University, Scotland with a degree in illustration & printmaking Allan moved South to London & worked for many years as a graphic & textile designer in the fashion industry, working on everything from t-shirt designs & fabric patterns to logos & branding. Although working in many different areas during his career, illustration is where his real passion lies and where his true creativity comes alive with his own unique look & original handwriting.

Allan's bold style reflects fond memories of TV programmes & books from his childhood in the late 70's and 80's. This vintage inspiration juxtaposed with a more contemporary vibe & subject matter result in a highly original style where retro & current influence twist together in a cocktail of colourful detail & charming characters which bring his work to life with rich storytelling & humour. Among Allan's influences are classic TV shows including Mr. Ben, Pigeon Street & Crystal Tipps & Alistair; kaleidoscopic animation clips from Sesame Street; the books of illustrators Dick Bruna, David McKee, Kozo Kakimoto & Richard Scarry and the animation by Terry Giliam for Monty Python, not to mention Heinz Edelmann's psychedelic work for The Beatles' Yellow Submarine!

Currently based in Barcelona, Spain, Allan continues to work on both personal projects and with his commercial clientele in the UK & Europe along with a varied list of international clients from as far flung as Australia, Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, Russia & South Africa & is always open to exciting new projects. When not designing he enjoys ( in no particular order ) - photography, cooking, Lego, movies, parties, llamas, eating, an eclectic taste in music, nice design books, period dramas, vinyl figures, 'ghost' signs on old buildings, traveling, Bob Fosse choreography, Japanese food, pub quizzes, making playlists, maps, red wine, making cakes, matchboxes, walking, typography ( especially numbers ), rhubarb tart, laughing & pizza!

Contact Allan for more information & enquiries about commercial work.

Publications Featured in

All About Maps - Sandu Publishing 2016 / Illustrative Branding - Ginko Press 2015 / Map Mania - Pie Books 2015 / Freistil, Die besten Illustratoren - Schmidt Hermann Verlag - 2014 Illustration 2 - Zeixs - 2012 / Poster Design 2 - Zeixs - 2012 / Images 36 - AOI - 2012 / Playful Type 2 - Gestalten 2010 / Los Logos Compass - Gestalten - 2010 / Images 34 - AOI - 2010 / ARK - IdN - 2009 / Semi - Permenant V2 - Design is Kinky - 2009 / Images 33 - AOI - 2009 / If You Could... Diary - Hudson Beck - 2009 / The Big Book of Illustration Ideas 2 - Collins Design - 2009 / Images 32 - AOI - 2008 / Amelia's Magazine - 2008 / YCN Book 08 -2008 / Grafuck Book 2 & 3 - 2006/7

Exhibitions

Chronicles in Colour - Solo show - IED Florence - 2019 / AOI Innovation Group Show - London - 2019 / We Draw - Illustration Event - Barcelona - 2018 / London illustration Fair - 2014 / JSR Group Show CHI & AMV BBDO - London - 2013/14 / Multiplayer Group Show - London - 2013 / Secret 7" - London - 2012 / nur@nt Milan - 2011 / Rush Group Show CHI & Partners - London - 2011 / Glug / D&AD - London - 2010 / Rush Group Show AMV BBDO - London - 2010 / Images 34 - London - 2010 / Noise of Art - London - 2009 / Images 33 - London - 2009 / Refacimento - Portland - 2008 / Images 32 - London - 2008 / Power in Numbers - Los Angeles - 2008 / Grafuck - Los Angeles - 2007 / Outsiders Wanted - Stockholm & Milan - 2007

Awards
AOI Illustration Awards 2014 - Shortlisted for Design category / AOI Illustration Awards 2014 - Shortlisted for Self Initiated Work category
To Contact Allan

info@allandeas.com
Tel +44 7947 750 970


Allan is a member of The Association of Illustrators. For full terms and conditions for commercial projects please click here: T&C
Allan also continues to work in graphic design & has a strong interest in photography. Visit his sister sites Nice & South for graphics & print & Visual Magpie for photography.