Welcome to Away Design, the creative hub of me, Dan Ward, a designer/illustrator/writer with a passion for the beautiful game and communicating information and ideas as simply and beautifully as possible. Here I’ll share my own attempts to weld the two, along with one or two other items of interest along the way.

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This simple illustration of Aston Villa’s Stiliyan Petrov following the announcement of his retirement was published as a free desktop wallpaper for mobile, tablet and desktop computers at



hexfc-goes-live_mini goes live

It’s definitely a work in progress, but Hex now has a home all of its own at The social media links, that means Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook for now, will point to the new site and the new site …


Charting Aston Villa’s financial woes

After Randy Lerner fully acquired Aston Villa in 2006, the club ceased to be a PLC (Public Limited Company) and became a plain old private limited company. Whilst there was no longer a requirement to publish annual accounts, there was, …


Hex: New Tees, Getting Social and a New Look

I’ve been a bit quiet on the Hex front lately as I wanted to release a bunch of new tees together for Christmas and I was also working on getting all my social ducks in a row. So here we …