Illustration commisioned by NMCN
Ellen Pearce
Bring me Thanos

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.
London Town. Where it's grey and gritty.
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


Design districts

Every so often you find an article which sums up Londons vibe. This is one. Cities definitely lose something when they stop being able to manufacture.

London may lack the density of Paris’s design gallery culture or the intensity of Milan’s incredible mix of design and production. It may occasionally use design to impart a fabricated identity on bland and overpriced developments. It might also be a city in which creatives are increasingly unable to find studio space and manufacturers, and makers are unable to find factories. Yet it still somehow manages to make its streets the fascinating conduits through which the energy of a real design culture runs. Its cocktail of the commercial and the cultural makes it unique and, no matter how cynical you might become, an undeniable current of creativity and hope thrums through it.

The Tornaviaje

In 1519 a Spanish fleet of five vessels, under the command of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, set sail from Seville in search of a route across the Pacific Ocean to East Asia. Magellan was killed in a battle during the voyage, leaving Spanish navigator Juan Sebastian Elcano and 18 surviving crew to become the first to circumnavigate the globe in a single expedition. Their expedition finally returned home to Spain in 1522

Nicely put together article on the origins of globalisation.

Worlds smallest spreadsheet

I'm tragic at keeping cash expenses, the original shoebox of receipts I add up once a year is plainly not efficient. So, I present The Worlds Smallest Spreadsheet™:

TFL,08/05/2017,7.10,Travel to Victoria
TFL,09/05/2017,7.10,Travel to Kings Cross
TFL,25/05/2018,7.20,Travel to London Bridge
The Bull,25/05/2018,24.80,Lunch with Agent
The Bohemia,26/05/2018,39.05,Drinks with Directors

Save that as a CSV, then to get a total run this:

awk -F',' '{sum+=$3} END {print sum}' May-2018.csv

Once I've done a few months I'll write a script to run though the months and create a tally. I'm happy, the accountant is happy, and the shoebox can go in the bin. Before you @ me, no, I don't wanna run Numbers or a spreadsheet app, I nearly always have BBEdit open to massage copy/type, and I can access a text editor on my phone via dropbox. Sorted.

Written in stone

Al-Jallad began to transcribe the text, and, within a few minutes, he could see that the rock was an essential piece of a historical puzzle that he had been working on for years...

Great write up on a 150 year old problem.

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.