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  • Getting the chance to work alongside contemporary designers from different disciplines is always a treat for us. So we were thrilled when emerging furniture designer Alexena Cayless asked us to lend our expertise with her commercial identity and online store.

    The look and feel needed to reflected her love of form, process and craft, so we made use of the isometric pad from which all her designs are born.
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  • There are some yuletide rituals the 25th December just wouldn’t be the same without. So this year we decided to celebrate them, and put some order to the festive family mayhem in this limited run poster for all our friends and family.

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  • To get into the festive spirit we asked over sixty children to share their letters to Father Christmas with us before posting them with high-hopes to the North Pole. By short-listing some of our favourites we made a final selection of 26 letters to feature in this characterful Christmas book.

    Remembering that not every child’s Christmas is a happy one we also made a donation to the NSPCC while crossing our fingers that 2012 brings everyone what they wish for.

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  • Completing our new website gave us the perfect platform to share some of our latest projects and highlights. To announce its launch we celebrated our namesake and sent our friends a screen printed alphabet – but we couldn’t help adding a little of our own character to it first.

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  • It’s always nice to receive a letter in the post, especially at Christmas; so we decided to send one to each and every one of our friends along with our warmest wishes for the new year.

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  • Archeology Alive is a new organisation which provides practical archaeology sessions for young people.
    They needed an identity that expressed their belief that everyone should have the chance to explore the historic environment in a hands-on way.

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  • An invitation by D&AD to host a workshop for the New Blood festival gave us a rare opportunity to give something back to the institution that helped introduce us to the design industry.

    Rather than simply sharing our recent work with the graduates we decided to put the collective experience of our studio to better use. We set about compiling this A-Z directory bursting with practical tips and advice along with helpful insights from other design professionals to help the graduates as they journey from the classroom to the studio.

    Read the complete book online here

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  • Continuing our work with D&AD on graduate development we were asked to create the ultimate book of advice to help aspiring advertisers, designers, photographers and copywriters to break into the creative industry. With insights from every corner of the globe and across the entire creative spectrum, some of the biggest names in the industry share their wisdom on getting the most out of yourself, standing out from the crowd and lots more.

    As the book is full of the kind of knowledge you could only gain from experience it seemed appropriate to represent the advice in the form of a notebook that had already been filled in by it’s owners. Passing down their experience through sketches and illustrations that visually interpret some of their key insights.

    The notebook is an integral element of a new welcome pack being received by every student who attends a college within the D&AD creative network. Part of a landmark initiative by the charity to give free membership to all creative students around the world.

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  • D&AD training provides the UK’s widest range of creative workshops and training sessions, taught by award-winning creatives.

    D&AD asked us to create a new identity and marketing campaign to promote training, not only to the creative sector they represent but to any workplace or office, highlighting how training can unlock the creative potential that exists within all staff to solve problems and approach work in exciting new ways.

    The campaign promotes this by portraying untapped creative talent being expressed around the office in unexpected (and not always productive) ways – and the identity is designed to make sure when you think of creative training, you think of D&AD.

    Photography by: Bruno Drummond

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  • Designers in Residence is the annual residency programme, run by the Design Museum, which celebrates new and emerging British design talent. The residency supports the selected designers at an early stage of their career, allowing them to build on their current design practice. For the exhibition each designer was asked to create a new piece of work responding to the idea of ‘Imperfection’.

    We were delighted to be chosen to create the show’s identity and exhibition graphics. We thought it would be interesting to build upon the idea of ‘imperfection’ by giving each designer their own individual colour and typestyle to create a subtly inconsistent and ever changing face to the exhibition.

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  • As a compendium to the Designers in Residence show at the Design Museum we followed up the exhibition with a catalogue profiling each designer and the process they went through to create their exhibits. Following the show’s theme, we designed an ‘imperfect’ booklet featuring dynamic page shapes. These shapes create unique sections each with their own typeface and colour to reflect the four individual designers.

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  • It was our privilege to accept the creative lead on a new education programme by the Design Museum called ‘Get into Design’ which aims to inspire young people to develop an interest in design through workshops with industry professionals.

    In our session as industry mentors we invited the volunteers into the studio to demonstrate how we generated the creative solution for the ‘Get into Design’ programme identity itself – showing how the identity adapts to include all the design disciplines featured on the programme from Fashion and Product Design to Architecture.

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  • Giant Owl is an independent production company with an established reputation for making television programmes, commercials and short films for some of the most established clients and broadcasting organisations in the business. Their work ranges from Channel 4 features to location commercials for Rimmel London.

    In an overcrowded market place Giant Owl needed to stand out as a production company. They approached us to help them bring their brand to life and create an identity which is distinct, memorable and gives their brand the character to match their work.

    Focussing on the visual nature of their practice we crafted a logo using two owl-like eyes to illustrate their name and also hint at the digital tape spools commonplace in any production house.

    We brought these giant eyes to life further in the form of a website spanning all their projects, a flying bag, a small business card with a big presence and a digital tape label which you can see in the dark.

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  • London College of Fashion called on us to develop an identity and event graphics for an annual fashion Summit, celebrating the exciting work and ideas of the school to an illustrious selection of leading fashion industry figures.

    The two-day fashion summit held at The Village Underground in East London featured a collaboration with Hyundai to launch their first hydrogen engine, TEDx discussions and presentations from students and industry professionals.

    For the identity, we created a series of animated patterns using loom-like parallel fibres to represent the individual pathways of the students as they progress their career. For the student work, we built interlocking utility work stations and cubes which could be adapted easily to be used as plinths, seats and literature displays. Each structure was made by CNC cutting different shaped holes through birch ply. These shapes created a circuit board-like pattern which provided endless possibilities for displaying and mounting work.

    Thanks to Paul Grundy and Marian Alonso for the snaps.

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  • ‘Plan A’ is Marks & Spencer’s environmental commitment to reduce waste whilst using sustainable and ethically resourced materials. This presented us with a great creative challenge when asked to design the packaging for a new series of nationwide training films for M&S staff. Our solution was to create a set of rigid colour coded inserts to house each film, made entirely from 100% post consumer waste.

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  • Non Zero are a world-class film production company specialising in live music events, documentaries and promos with their visually distinct style earning them wide acclaim within the industry. Capturing those amazing once-in-a-lifetime moments forms the basis of the identity which invites the viewer behind the camera.

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  • As a production company leading the field in animation, visual effects and direction for film, television and online – Penny Royal Films invited us to spend time creating an identity heralding them as the leading production house for high-end film making.

    Inspired from the humble penny piece we created a priceless monogram logo in copper foil which appeared at the same size as a penny coin across all applications including business cards, stationery, showreel packaging, marketing announcements and online at www.pennyroyal.tv

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  • Brands don’t come much bigger than Santa, so we jumped at the chance to design the *Santa* Brand Book. Written by brand language consultancy Quietroom, the concept was the basis for their 2010 Xmas card, a 16 page set of guidelines covering everything from brand essence, language, and of course the correct tone of red.

    The online version has already had more than a million hits, have a look for yourself here:
    www.quietroom.co.uk

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  • As part of its ongoing commitment to enhancing learning and teaching across its creative courses,
    UAL approached us to design a series of best practice publications based entirely on quotes from leading creatives.

    The institution, which includes the internationally renowned campuses Central St. Martins, London College of Fashion and London College of Print, wanted to share advice with its lecturers and managers on the latest hot topics in creative learning, ranging from students working collaboratively to enterprise and employability.

    We engineered a novel folding and tab system for the series of booklets which brings the voices of the contributors to life and ensures the essential support material is easily selected from the shelves for reference.

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  • Student Enterprise and Employability (SEE) is the organisation committed to helping University of the Arts London graduates realise a professional career in the arts. We’ve been helping SEE produce a series of three publications which celebrate who they are, what they do and how effective they are in getting graduates into full or part time roles.

    The set comprises of three titles; We Are See – a review of how they help students find work, nurture creative business ideas and develop successful creative enterprises; Stories Behind The Stats – a report tracking the university’s actual graduate employment, jobs and careers data and how they measure up against other leading creative institutions; Work of Art – shares what enterprise and employability looks like in practice at UAL.

    In contrast to the ‘real student’ photography commonly used in university literature, SEE want this resource to grab the attention of young creatives. Inspired by the self generated publications prolific amoung the art student culture we came up with a unique illustration style using graphic collages and fluorescent inks. The books are three complimentary sizes and are combined into a set by a silver bulldog clip. Graphically, the three covers are linked further by a series of abstract brush strokes which cascade from beneath the clip and across the books.

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  • Last year UAL converted the ground floor of its headquarters in Holborn in London into a new arts exhibition space. After its launch, they quickly found that visitors had trouble locating the entrance. So our brief was to create a piece of signage that was also a piece of art. Something that could appear in the window functioning as a directional aid but also be a creative piece in its own right.

    Taking inspiration from the themes and artistic mediums regularly appearing in the arts space we had the idea of bringing paint to life. We developed the fabrication of a glowing neon paint drip that would spell out the entrance to all who passed by.

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  • Showroom is a new exhibition space located on the street level of the UAL headquarters in Holborn. Championed by the Student Enterprise and Employability service, Showroom will showcase and sell the work and ideas of students and graduates – including art, ceramics, jewellery, fashion and film.

    To capture a sense of the physical space and reflect the depth of creativity within the gallery we made inventive use of both front and rear surfaces of our clear signage system. We also applied an outline of the space itself across the entire glass front as a bold invitation to all passers-by that something unmissable was happening inside.

    To visit showroom or for more information on upcoming exhibitions see http://www.arts.ac.uk/

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