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Adam Grant-Smith
Little Rat, Big City
The front cover of the book ‘Little Rat, Big City’, by Adam Grant-Smith.
Adam Grant-Smith
Little Rat, Big City

‘Little Rat, Big City’ is a playful silent book, based on the misadventures of an ambitious rat with aspirations of fame. Adam Grant-Smith wrote and illustrated the piece, which aims to provide the same sense of adventure Grant-Smith found in the books he read throughout his youth.

Grant-Smith also created a competition entry for the New-Blood Awards by DNAD, based on giffgaff’s new recycling initiative. This short TV animation is bright and attention grabbing, with elements of humour. The piece informs the audience of the initiative, while keeping the tone light and fun.

‘Quarantine Postcard Project’ shows an unfiltered view into the life of a student locked in Sheffield, amidst the monotony of the pandemic. Humour and feelings of frustration connect each Illustrated card. This project encompassed seven weeks, with each day capturing a new perspective. The full collection of cards by Grant-Smith can be found featured on the artist website.

The first page of the book ‘Little Rat, Big City’, by Adam Grant-Smith.
Little Rat, Big City Page 1
Digital, 2021 The first page of the book ‘Little Rat, Big City’, by Adam Grant-Smith.
The third page of the book ‘Little Rat, Big City’, by Adam Grant-Smith.
Little Rat, Big City Page 3
Digital, 2021 The third page of the book ‘Little Rat, Big City’, by Adam Grant-Smith.
20 Second TV Spot for giffgaff
Digital Video, 2021 A 20-Second TV spot for giffgaff, advertising their new recycling initiative.
A selection of Postcards, written and designed by Adam Grant-Smith.
The Postcard Project
Multimedia, 2021 A selection of Postcards, written and designed by Adam Grant-Smith.