the practice of Steven Waring,
a design and art direction studio
working across a range of
mediums and disciplines.

Exploring with like-minded
animators, writers, developers,
photographers, thinkers and
doers, we create with clarity
and ambition.

Please get in touch if you would 
like to see more or discuss a 
project / collaboration.


+44/0 7977616750
Winter Landscape (2015)

One-off illustration comissioned by my 15-month-old daughter, Evelyn.


A recently completed project for Liberating Research, including branding, illustration and digital design. A full case study will be added shortly.

Identities collated

A collection of marques and symbols I collated for a recent book submission. Further identities (in isolation) can be seen here.


More frequent updates and observations (plus the odd baby picture) can be seen here.


A snapshot of a couple of personal and experimental pieces.

Typeface Design

A couple of typefaces recently created (Kayfabe and Nona) are available for free here.

Alphabet Logo

A selection of marques featured in the recent Counterprint publication. Available to buy here.


A few sets of coasters produced as gifts.

Print Test

I have been looking at creating / selling prints for a while now, and recently ran some testers. Hopefully coming sooner rather than later...

Everyday is Play

A small contribution I made to Everday is Play, (a celebration of the video game). The book contains some great work and is available here

Evelyn Florence

A bit of type I created for some thank you cards celebrating the birth of my daughter.

Digital Landscapes

Single-edition A2 prints (Landscape Two & Three shown).


*RECENT WORK* A small part of a larger branding project for a long-term collaborator. 

Skull 1 (A/B/C/D)

First in a set of illustrations themed around 'The Lighter Side of Dark'.

For Ever And Ever

Experimental collage that evolved from earlier experiments themed around 'absence'.

Loaf Creative

An overview of recent work undertaken at Loaf, including a complete brand identity and campaign refresh for The Crabbie's Grand National 2014 (which will soon launch in it's entirety).


Unused experimental work for Game Paused (Everyday is Play). 


*RECENT WORK* A snapshot of recently completed and ongoing projects.


Continued work on various series including TRIPrints / Dark+Light (This Way Down) / Prescribed Hallucinations.


Taken in New York City on Memorial Day (27/05/2013).

Your Text Here

Test run of 52 cards (13x4 variants).

Submission Work

One Word Brief / Glory Glory / Everyday is Play.

Flo — cont.

Further development of weights, cuts and styles.


An hour with a pen. To be completed.

Jordy Smith X Channel Island Surfboards

Submission work for a surfboard design, themed around the location of South Africa (Salvation).


Unfinished typeface development.

Steel + Fat / Yin + Yang

Experimentation with themes of absence as an initial discussion point for The Band of Hope Union.

*RECENT WORK* A small sample of ongoing and recently completed projects. Full case studies to follow.
You can view a range of updates and observations with a generic retro-veneer at
*SOON* A series of themed prints, cards, wallpapers and screensavers are coming.
Typeface - Flo Headline
A Mayan influenced custom typeface created for a branding project in Mexico, grounded in Yorkshire. A range of weights including 'Nawt on thi' (Hairline), 'About reyt that' (Regular) and 'Chuffin' hell love' (Bold) will be available for free shortly. For Flo.
New website
After a considerable amount of time, welcome to FROM PARTS UNKNOWN, a site showcasing the work of Steven Waring. Where (or in fact who) I am today would not be the same if it wasn't for a select group of people. The Lynx Studio (each, all, past and present), Ben Haworth, Kelly Ormesher and Haider Muhdi to name a few. In particular though, Trevor Johnson, who was my Creative Director for a number of years, and single-handedly shaped my perceptions of design. A good chunk of the projects showcased here are guided by TJ. Thank you all.
It's not where you're from it's where you're at

FROM PARTS UNKNOWN was born out of my love for two things - graphic design & professional wrestling. The Ultimate Warrior was always introduced as hailing 'from parts unknown', and it resonated. If it was good enough for The Warrior, then...

Greedy Porcini
*NEW WORK* Identity development for Greedy Porcini, an italian food experiences company. Full case study to follow.
Mersey paradise - Kevin Cummins
*RECENT WORK* I had the pleasure to work on some promotional materials for the latest Kevin Cummins exhibition at The Manchester Photographic Gallery.

Over the past year I have created quite a few identites (five at last count) for family and friends who have been getting creative with a needle, thread and a bag of buttons. This one is for Kleo.

No.1 La Zagaleta

*NEW WORK* Recently completed a site for a stunning property in Spain, No.1 La Zagaleta. Simplicity was key - stripping away any elements that weren't deemed absolutely necessary, and allowing the photography to do all the work. More to follow.

BBC Schools

I have recently been working on a number of projects for the BBC Learning department based in Salford Quays, including a set of seasonal planners aimed at primary and secondary students.

Ali Fraser Tree Services

*NEW WORK* A simple marque recently developed for Ali Fraser and his company who specialise in tree surgery.