Ankhou Graphic Design

Web development, graphic design, and photography by Ian Houghton, based in Revelstoke, BC.

brochure & poster

1 Comment | posted 21/11/09

I put together a brochure and a poster for Julia Wakefield’s new book, “A Disastrous Honeymoon”, the unofficial sequel to Edward Lear’s “The Owl and the Pussycat”. It’s just delightful, and you can check it out by clicking on the images below.

ski gloves

0 Comments | posted 17/11/09

I’ve entered another competition at Newschoolers. It’s being run by Kombi gloves, and they’re looking for a pro model design for their sponsored skier, Tom Wallisch.

I’ve linked to the entries through their respective images, but you need to sign up to vote so it’s probably not worth the hassle. Note: muchacho = little boy, bandito = bandit.

my logo has won at

3 Comments | posted 14/11/09

I entered a competition recently at Vote For Art, a new business partnered with several North American universities. The contest was to design a logo for the business, which aims to source its content from the community it creates. The goal of Vote For Art is to update the design of university clothing across the campus bookstores of its participating universities.

I entered a simple logo based on the site’s primary initials, which takes into account the emphasis it places on its voting system. The logo was based on modified letters from Matthew Welch’s famous ‘College’ font to convey a campus atmosphere. The logo will work at any (reasonable) size, and is instantly recognisable.

one more ski design

0 Comments | posted 11/11/09

One more entry to the competition I posted about earlier. You can see a high-res version here. Low-res:

entry 3

spilt COFEE

0 Comments | posted 8/11/09

While knowledge of the existence of Microsoft COFEE may not be news to anyone who spends time on the internet, the fact that it’s now in the wild might be.

Briefly, COFEE is a piece of software designed to make computer forensics simple for uneducated users. Anyone with a device (such as a USB key) set up to run the software need only insert it into a computer and run any number of over 150 commands to gather ‘incriminating data’. What that data is is not specified on the COFEE site, but it can be safely assumed that it would include personal information.

In the last couple of days, COFEE was uploaded to a number of websites which I won’t specify here. The issue here is not that the software exists, nor its potential legitimate uses (tin foil hats aside), but the fact that now it is available, measures can and surely will be taken to prevent it from working (one comment on CrunchGear wittily labelled such a measure as DECAF). While it has taken a while for COFEE to be leaked – the earliest reference I could find to the program is a Gizmodo article dated to August 2008 – it’s another ignominious slap in the face for computer law enforcement, and highlights the inevitability of anti-investigative measures taken by criminals.

I haven’t looked at it myself, but it’ll be interesting to see some analysis of the tool pop up over the next few weeks.