Collective Design at King's: Crown


We have more to share from the graphic design work of Tim Cottrell!

Tim is part of a group called 'The Collective' which is made up of people who explore many different creative forms and meet up to discuss ideas and collaborate. The #TYP1712 designs on Tim's website are for different months and the piece, 'Crown' included in this post was originally for Easter. The words are taken from 'When I Survey the Wondrous Cross' by Isaac Watts (full lyrics below).

Here is Tim's process behind the poster:

There isn’t much to be said about why I chose to use these words for one of my posters other than that I love this hymn! The lyrics I have highlighted offer a certain amount of ambiguity, especially if you don’t know the hymn. I like the idea that the ‘Crown of Thorns’ is right there in the design, but it might take some discovering. The main typeface is a custom one I drew especially for this poster.  I’m trying to use this series to push myself to explore things that I’m interested in, and typeface design intrigues me the more I look into it. The shapes of the letters are drawn from a plaque I saw on the wall of a Northern Irish church. I loved their ornamental nature, almost thorny in places, which fits perfectly with the design of this poster.


When I survey the wondrous cross
On which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss,
And pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the death of Christ my God!
All the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to His blood.

See from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
That were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my soul, my life, my all.

If you like Tim's work, you can view more projects on his website.

'The Collective' is a group of people at King's who cover a range of creative disciplines. The aim of the group is to grow in what they create, but also as followers of Jesus.  Find out more here

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