My Work



Welcome to the world of PingSweetie Fab Design and Illustration where maximalism rules. I’m ALISON BATES and I produce flamboyant and colourful graphic design and illustration for agencies, design groups and individuals across the UK, under the brand name ‘PingSweetie'. See my CLIENT PORTFOLIO
“Working with Alison has always been a pleasure. She is a genuine, intelligent and hard working creative - a lateral thinker who doesn’t do ‘mediocre’. She listens and understands what a client wants and is never afraid to push the boundaries."           TIM JOHN Creative Director 




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PR Portfolio




PR Portfolio for the Fire Fighters Charity. The brief was ‘We like your style, do what you think works’. (Truly an enlightened client).
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BeBuzz Marketing Web design




Owner and Marketing consultant Andrea offers a wide range of services from full campaign management, design, web and marketing to a just a simple piece of PR. We went for a responsive magazine style layout is that is bright yet corporate and I used the letter B from the corporate identity to form cloud style speech bubbles to sell the wide range of offerings. www.bebuzz.co.uk
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BBC Connecting the Story Brochure




BBC World News and bbc.com have recently completed an extensive global research study into how people consume news content and the multiple screens they use to do so. This is exciting information for BBC Advertisers and potential clients. The brochure 'leave-behind' needed to highlight the relationship between the devices and news that is consumed across multiple screens in one day. The chosen solution for  'Connecting the Story'  has die cut windows representing a smart phone, a tablet, a laptop and a TV that reveal the key snippet of info on the inside back cover:  3HRS 24MINS are spent on average each weekday by the people surveyed, consuming news.

More info and the PDF download version of the brochure can be found on the BBC Worldwide's Advertising Research page
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Betty Buff Branding and Catalogue




BETTY BUFF SKINCARE A brand designed to be kitsch and flirty yet wholesome, using only natural ingredients. A full brand development, label design and product catalogue for sensitive skincare range 'Betty Buff' including natural scrubs, pamper packs and bath products.
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Vanguard Thinking the Brand




Vanguard Strategy commissioned me to draw 13 illustrations for their new website. Half of these illustrated their client base in Beverages, Skincare, Automotive, Confectionary, (YUM!) Technology, Pharmaceutical and Financial sectors, the other half were sketchy cartoons illustrating their thinking. The famous brands had to be recognisable without actually advertising an particular logo. I got quite into creative textures such as the (Kenco) coffee granules and the shine on the various mobile devices. My favourite is probably the cosmetics banner.
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2013 Mardi Gras Mask and Poster




Eastleigh Mardi Gras, all the fun of the carnival and Mardi Gras rolled into one! Since they seem to love my work so much I have adopted the Mardi Gras as my Pro Bono charity. For 2013 a bunch of celebrities have customised masks to be exhibited at the festival. Making a mask which would then be the basis of the the poster and advertising material seemed to be a no-brainer. The mask itself has integral coloured flashing lights and features some of the attractions on offer this year, Dr Who, Sci Fi Sunday, bands and dancing. There's a hand drawn colour-me-in version for the kids competition.  The event's website is: eastleighmardigras
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Sunsail Illustrations




Comparing the effects and practicalities of sketching with watercolour pastels and pen versus the watercolour effects using Paper on the iPad. I came to the conclusion I like doing both but they have their place. Sand and sea may not mix well with the iPad and working with ink doesn't go well with a white shirt! A selection of these illustrations were used in Sunsail's Flotilla brochure.
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Coca Cola Recruitment Campaigns




While an art director at TMP Worldwide one of my key accounts was Coca Cola.  Here is a selection of press ads aimed at recruiting sales people. Copy lines include: 'Successful People are always Well Red' 'Bigger Vision' and 'Bubbly People Wanted', 'Iced Lolly' and 'Rise to the Top'.  The ‘Bigger Vision’ ad won a RAD (Recruitment Advertising). Award.
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Powergen Sparky




Created for Powergen, Sparky the dog was part of an interactive recruitment quiz for graduates. The dog ran round a maze and would light up bulbs the more right answers the graduate gave. Light up all the light bulbs and win (Scooby) snacks. Simple but I love him.
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Akasha BellyDance Website




Akasha Tribal BellyDance Website. "Here's a load of belly dancing jewels, make me a website." It's got to be my best brief to date! Montage, jewellery, colour, composition and belly dancing. Perfect brief really. Roll over the buttons and you get even more jewels.akashatribal.com
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Please 'LIKE' Vince, he needs fangs




Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No it's a vampire bat with a complex. He needs BIG fangs. It's also animation script and book. The brainchild of prolific children's author Ali Sparkes. It's a work in progress. As are my  furry contributions. For more on Vince as it happens, please 'LIKE' Vince on his very own Facebook page; Vince Needs Fangs Club © Ali Sparkes 2013, all rights reserved.
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ThoughtWorks Global Conference Publicity




ThoughtWorks Live Continuous Delivery is a 2 day user conference for customers and prospects. It has visibility globally and the graphics have to be tailored to the appropriate territory. Europe, Australia, Sanfrancisco and Chicago.    
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iPad Building sketches




I've recently been doing quite a few sketches of buildings. Shown here 'The London' and 'Wooden It Be Lovely' in Southampton.  I've been using that Paper App (by 53) on my iPad. The moody watercolour washes are ideal to get to get across the facade's richness and depth of colour. More about the way I create them can be seen here http://pingsweetie.blogspot.co.uk
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FireFighters Charity Annual Awards Brochure




16 page programme for the Fire fighters Charity annual awards ceremony, held at Wembley. As well as featuring the year’s heroes the programme launch the Charity’s new corporate identity.
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Campaign sites for The Met, MOD and LE Group




Award wining recruitment ad campaign web sites:  Metropolitan Police, Best Website SOCPO Award    SOCPO Award - LE Group, Best Interactive Association of Graduate Recruiters - MOD, Best Web
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'Working for a Diverse City' Brighton and Hove




Working for a ‘diverse city’, this recruitment campaign promotes the attractive proposition of working for Brighton’s council to a London audience. The campaign comprises a brochure, web site, exhibition stand and a set of press and tube ads and a bespoke montage.
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Cartoon Sketch Style




Freehand pen cartoon style. Shown here; a competition entry for Burnt Sugar Fudge, a corporate Christmas bear for TMP Worldwide, a logo for a dive company (Sun Diving) and some commissioned portraits.
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Homefront Forces Branding and Web




Design for print and web, including branding and characters for the 'HomeFront Forces' charity web site. When built, British Armed Forces children will be able to to securely message and share photos with parents while on deployment. See web site in progress built by Plug and Play here.
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Viva Web and Identity




Website, publicity material and brand identity for Viva NI. A company specialising in computer generated (CG) imagery for Superyacht Designers.
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ArtVaults Exhibition Publicity




ArtVaults is an annual project that opens the medieval vaults in Southampton to showcase the work of emerging artists. The last Art Vaults 'Art Vaults 4' centered around a website and had a supporting exhibit brochure, leaflet, exhibition panels and a t-shirt.www.artvaults.org.uk
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ThoughtWorks London Interactive Map




Being right at the heart of things near Covent Garden, makes ThoughtWorks London is an exciting place to work. This is part of an interactive map that give prospective employees a taster of the ThoughtWorks culture. It has animated rollovers to highlight ThoughtWorkers favourite POIs. It's development but I couldn't wait, link to follow.
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Boe Comedy Posters




A2 posters and flyers for London comedian Boe.  ‘Mark my words’ and 'Did I Say That Our Loud?' shows. The Initial inspiration was the 1914 ‘Your country needs YOU’ war recruitment poster mixed in with a bit of graffiti grunge.
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Violent Veg Sets




When Carte Blanche bought the Violent Veg brand they found themselves with boxes of Plasticine arms and legs, but no sets. Luckily I was in the right place at the right time. I spent a glorious six months building a dozen sets from scratch, sourcing the miniatures, and character modelling. The latest batch of Violent Veg cards from Carte Blanche, can be seen at  www.violentveg.com (The Violent Veg logo is a registered trademark of Brandmaster Limited)
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Mars Recruitment Web




Under the tile 'Interactive Art Director' at TMP Worldwide I designed 65 different recruitment sites for the Mars Group. This concept, 'Mars Magic' was my favourite. As you moused over different locations across the globe, the coordinates would change and you would find out more about the various departments at Mars and different product lines.
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Bruce Munro Ads and Web




Web site and press work for inspirational lighting designer Bruce Munro. Each tower is built from 216 illuminated water bottles, which change colour in sync with a musical score. more about the installation
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Unconventional Thoughts Tee




ThoughtWorks is not your typical company. The describe themselves as 'custom software experts wholly devoted to the art and science of custom software.' This T shirt design aims to convey their unconventional thinking.
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Cartoons




I get asked to draw a variety of cartoons for both personal and corporate clients for cards, PowerPoint presentations and reports. Here's some I drew in the  iPad using the Paper app.
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Info Cubed Logo and Website




Info3 Intelligence management solutions for media and marketing. Website and Product Branding.