Penicuik Cuckoo

2012-2018 (On Hiatus)

Graphic/Web Design

The Penicuik Cuckoo is a news website that originally launched as a free community newspaper, serving the town of Penicuik and the surrounding area.

I founded the Cuckoo in 2012 whilst in high school and created a graphic identity and associated website. Using desktop publishing software, I created a 16 page full colour tabloid newspaper, which was then distributed to 1000 homes in the Penicuik area. The design and layout was intentionally simplistic with echoes of the popular i newspaper.

When the physical publication ceased, the strengthened the online presence of the Cuckoo, ensuring the website was easy to use and the social media accounts followed a cohesive design language.


  • Deadline management
  • Social media utilisation (Facebook, Twitter & Instagram)
  • Community outreach


  • Quarkxpress (newspaper)
  • WordPress
  • Pixelmator (MacOS)
  • Photoshop

The Penicuik Cuckoo Website
Interactive election data visualisation graphics – Scottish Council Elections
Housing development social media graphics
Social media weather warning gif
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