Illustration commisioned by NMCN
Ellen Pearce
I Have a use for you

Leigh Furby is a letterer, designer and pen for hire from North London. He has a fondness for dogs, Tottenham Hotspur, the colour pink and is a filthy liberal with a filthier turn of phrase.

The cards always look different when it's your turn to play them; loaded with subtly different possibilities.
Bohemia Halloween poster on coloured stock
Illustrations for Which? Reviews app
Printing proof of the Bohemia Halloween poster


Selected clients

John Lewis, Vodafone, NMCN, Pearsons, UNISON, London Zoo, MTV, Sky, Which?, EDF Energy, London Olympics 2012, Film Council, Secret Cinema, Digitonal, Blak Twang.

Commercial work

For long to medium term in house work please contact my agent, for short comissions feel free to contact me on twitter.

After I was domesticated in Finchley, I was allowed to roam the UK scrawling in stolen marker pens, I began attending a college in the north where they taught me to turn my curves on a computer whilst adjusting to the climate. Then I went to work for a BigCompany™ where I made big, complicated, and quite possibly, evil designs.

I now work as a pen for hire in London Town; splurging pink everywhere whilst drawing letters, illustrations, and making things to control glyphs and curves.

I saw a shaman to have the evil expunged.

Sample of some of the dresses and clothing drawn for John Lewis
Detail of London Town map
New logotype for Opposite Days. Reversed chisel with double lighting
New logotype for Opposite Days. Reversed chisel with double lighting
Logo for Opposite Days digital consultancy
Detail of corner pressing
Colby Brewery Beer illustrations
Freshly letterpressed invitations from Blush Printing in Wales


Cultural Wayfinding

The signs, written in English and the Musqueam language of hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓, sway away from conventional directions such as, north, south, east and west. Instead, they direct you towards the land or water flow by referring to them as, upriver, downriver, inland, and towards the shore.

Ancient Amazon

But the aerial surveys revealed dozens of geoglyphs — geometric-shaped trenches carved into the earth. Though the sites range in shape and size — the smallest is just 30 meters across, the largest almost 400 meters — many were like Boa Vista, harboring villages inside or nearby.

The clock is ticking

Good read from Vanity Fair on the doomed voyage of the El Faro; a 790-foot cargo ship that sailed into the wall of a hurricane.

Most significant aviation and shipping disasters, as well as industrial catastrophes, are eventually determined to be “system accidents”—the result of a cascade of small errors, failures, and coincidences. Absent any one of them, and the disaster would not have occurred—a truth that is not knowable in real time, only in retrospect.

They retrieved a recorder from the bridge which recorded conversations in the days up to the wreck. Harrowing stuff.

How to make a fountain pen

Fantastic transcription of an article from Scientific American (1879) on how fountain pens are manufactured. Comfortingly, not a lot has changed.

The nib is placed on a piece of pumice rock, which you can see the second worker holding. There are thin articulated gas pipes reaching out from the wall. At its end permanently burns a tiny flame, much smaller than the one on a cigarette lighter. The second worker holds the mouthpiece his hand and directs the flame towards the nib. When he blows into the pipe the flame forms a point and gets much hotter. Through adjusting the amount of air he blows he controls the temperature.)

French shop frontages

A look inside some of the Paris shop fronts, at the life going on behind them, will bring you closer to the vibrant pulse of the city.