the digital home of Luke Francis

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I’m delighted to have been selected as an artist for Bristol’s first ever Artcrank show!Artcrank are infamous for their bicycle-themed poster parties on both sides of the Atlantic, and I’m really excited to be included amongst other local creatives who share a passion for riding.
In the words of Artcrank themselves…
"Where you find bikes, you’re sure to find creative minds, and ARTCRANK Bristol is no exception. At the 19 September opening night party, a selection of fine art prints will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to support World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that uses bicycles to create jobs and empower local communities in emerging economies."
With my artwork finalised it’s now in the capable hands of local screen printer White Duck – and frankly I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Look out for a few sneak-peaks of the artwork soon.
I’m delighted to have been selected as an artist for Bristol’s first ever Artcrank show!Artcrank are infamous for their bicycle-themed poster parties on both sides of the Atlantic, and I’m really excited to be included amongst other local creatives who share a passion for riding.
In the words of Artcrank themselves…
"Where you find bikes, you’re sure to find creative minds, and ARTCRANK Bristol is no exception. At the 19 September opening night party, a selection of fine art prints will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to support World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that uses bicycles to create jobs and empower local communities in emerging economies."
With my artwork finalised it’s now in the capable hands of local screen printer White Duck – and frankly I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Look out for a few sneak-peaks of the artwork soon.

I’m delighted to have been selected as an artist for Bristol’s first ever Artcrank show!

Artcrank are infamous for their bicycle-themed poster parties on both sides of the Atlantic, and I’m really excited to be included amongst other local creatives who share a passion for riding.

In the words of Artcrank themselves…

"Where you find bikes, you’re sure to find creative minds, and ARTCRANK Bristol is no exception. At the 19 September opening night party, a selection of fine art prints will be available for purchase, with a portion of proceeds going to support World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that uses bicycles to create jobs and empower local communities in emerging economies."

With my artwork finalised it’s now in the capable hands of local screen printer White Duck – and frankly I can’t wait to see how it turns out! Look out for a few sneak-peaks of the artwork soon.

A holiday in Elne, France, captured in a brief few seconds. The video was inspired by a talented stranger I was lucky enough to capture on film.

As we began our homeward journey from Perpignan (a 10-hour train ride) I heard a piano echoing from across the train station. Upon finding the piano it was deserted, until i saw an old gentleman sprinting back to it. Evidently caught up in his musical reverie, he’d left his train tickets lying on top. With some encouragement he went on to play another.

Realising it would make a great soundtrack to our week, I set myself the task of creating a video from whatever brief footage Gill and myself had captured, keeping it short enough to be uploaded onto Instagram.

The Instagram version is viewable here

It’s been a while, but nice to take time to experiment with #ableton once more. #homestudio
It’s been a while, but nice to take time to experiment with #ableton once more. #homestudio

It’s been a while, but nice to take time to experiment with #ableton once more. #homestudio

Working on some sharp typography for Mr @njhaynes and his future website refresh
Working on some sharp typography for Mr @njhaynes and his future website refresh

Working on some sharp typography for Mr @njhaynes and his future website refresh

I’ve been very proud to contribute to Boneshaker magazine over the last 6-12months, taking on the creative direction alongside Chris Woodward for the latest two issues – all undertaken outside of my daily role as a designer for Taxi Studio.

In my humble opinion, the magazine tells some of the most moving and compelling stories that result from riding a bicycle, all in a beautifully crafted format.

You can pick up a copy at boneshakermag.com – and look out here for issue #15 progress in the near future.

'Block by block the city changed in colour and character, from the vibrant Mission district to the bustling heart of downtown. No soul seemed too busy to talk and say hello, the presence of my bike seemed somehow to disarm them. I was able to feel like a local in an unfamiliar place.'
Late last year, I took my first ever trip to San Francisco with my trusty bike, and wrote a little about the whole experience.
'Block by block the city changed in colour and character, from the vibrant Mission district to the bustling heart of downtown. No soul seemed too busy to talk and say hello, the presence of my bike seemed somehow to disarm them. I was able to feel like a local in an unfamiliar place.'
Late last year, I took my first ever trip to San Francisco with my trusty bike, and wrote a little about the whole experience.

'Block by block the city changed in colour and character, from the vibrant Mission district to the bustling heart of downtown. No soul seemed too busy to talk and say hello, the presence of my bike seemed somehow to disarm them. I was able to feel like a local in an unfamiliar place.'

Late last year, I took my first ever trip to San Francisco with my trusty bike,
and wrote a little about the whole experience.

Inside the walls of Taxi Studio, we’ve been chipping away at a brilliant project for almost a year, and i’m chuffed to say it’s now online for you all to see. Take a look at our new identity for bespoke printers Penstripe – a name that puts a neat twist on the classic pinstripe suits of British tailoring.

It’s been really rewarding working under the team at Taxi to see a project through the initial naming & concept stages; collaborating with illustrator Yehrin Tong to create some frankly astounding posters; having a crack at some bold typographic work; and finally see the brand come to life before my eyes within their actual office environment.

Take a proper look at http://www.taxistudio.co.uk/work/1516/

A photofilm for Taxi Studio centred around the man known as Jam Factory – Gavin Strange.

In light of his involvement with Gromit Unleashed and the huge success of fixed gear film Boikzmoind, I invited Gavin into Taxi Studio for a chat about life, work and his prolific creative output.

I’m grateful to the work of Nick Hand whose Soundslides workshop gave me the know-how and impetus to crack on and do this; to Taxi for sending me to learn these skills; and to Gavin himself, for his relentlessly inspiring outlook on creativity and getting things done.

Keep Riding is a site created to capture a personal journey into what it means to ride a bike in Bristol and beyond, and a record of the people and places that keep me doing so. Take a look at keepriding.org or follow my stories on twitter – @keepridingUK
Keep Riding is a site created to capture a personal journey into what it means to ride a bike in Bristol and beyond, and a record of the people and places that keep me doing so. Take a look at keepriding.org or follow my stories on twitter – @keepridingUK

Keep Riding is a site created to capture a personal journey into what it means to ride a bike in Bristol and beyond, and a record of the people and places that keep me doing so. Take a look at keepriding.org or follow my stories on twitter – @keepridingUK