David Lavelle


Flood risk management strategies, drainage systems, protection of the countryside and the coast: a variety of projects for East Sussex County Council’s environment teams and their good work to look after the county’s homes, habitats and businesses.

East Sussex Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2016-2026.

Design, art direction, visualising and page layout. The brilliant cross-section drawings were by Brighton illustrator Bill Donohoe, based on my marker visuals (below). I’ve worked with Bill on several projects, and his talent and expertise have been invaluable.


Logo and supporting material for this community action group.

Rights of Way and Countryside Management. 

Top: Questionnaire cover and posters for this public consultation. The illustration is a combination of free vectors and original hand-drawn elements.

Centre and bottom: Infographics collating the findings from the consultation.

Seahaven Coastal Trail.

Illustration for waymarkers and fingerposts. These examples were seen at Newhaven Harbour.

Bulverhythe Coastal Link (large format interpretation boards).

From the top:

1. Map of the route.
2. Little Galley Hill in wartime.
3. Native cliff wildlife.
4. Beach plants and birds.
5. Local settlement history in names.

Illustrations by Bill Donohoe, art direction and page layout by Bill, ESCC employees and myself.

Coastal Special Interest Group.

Logo and illustration for lgacoastalsig.com developed for a partnership organisation.

East Sussex Local Flood Risk Management Strategy 2013 – 2016.

Cover and interior design work. Cover photography sourced from two separate images, combined, retouched and tinted in Photoshop.

Sustainable Drainage Strategy.

Top: Some Photoshop filtering techniques were used to bring unity to photographs of varying quality. These used Photoshop’s oil painting plug-in to give the photos a more painterly feel.

Bottom: Diagram showing various land drainage techniques. I don’t quite have Bill’s talent for this kind of illustration, but it seemed to work!