Five year anniversary reissue of The KVB’s debut album 'Always Then' on vinyl and digipak. The release includes remastered original tracks plus a bonus EP 'Always Then Revisited', featuring reworked new versions of four of the tracks. Blue tint metallics throughout with black overprints and machine varnish. Limited edition aqua coloured vinyl edition.
Second EP ‘Darker Places’ for the electro band Temples Of Youth. Vinyl style gatefold digi-sleeve, full colour litho throughout with matt varnish. Pantone fluoro pink & white screenprinted disc. Photography by Context Films.
New EP that we designed with our friends The KVB. Full colour litho stickered jacket with matt finish + transparent red and black splatter 12" vinyl. The first 250 copies come with a limited 12"x12" lithograph art print insert.
Limited Edition 12" ‘Singles’ EP for electro pop duo Milk + Bone. Clear spot gloss UV varnish onto matt black cover, Pantone neon red 805C inner sleeve and black vinyl. Released through Bonsound/Costume Records.
LP design work for The KVB’s latest album ‘Only Now Forever’. Limited edition splatter vinyl, two disc deluxe gatefold, peach/copper metallic inks and machine varnish throughout. Digipak version has a high gloss varnish outer jacket with peach/copper metallic inks and fold out lyric poster.
Avalanche is the second LP from singer/songwriter TUSKS. Deluxe vinyl gatefold with printed matt inner sleeve. Digi-sleeve version comes with a matt black fold-out lyrics sheet. Photography by TUSKS. Released through One Little Indian Records.
Branding and print promo materials for the Accumulations group who are a collective of four artists working primarily in movement, dance and performance.
Precarious Assembly was a collection of live performances by numerous collaborating artists throughout the Whitworth Art Gallery. Promotional guides/brochures for this event were produced using varied print elements which were then all assembled by hand.
We were asked to produce an invite/flyer for a two-way art exhibition between Manchester and Liverpool with shows at both The Royal Standard, Liverpool and Rogue Studios, Manchester. It's incredibly easy to get from Manchester to Liverpool and vice versa via train so it seemed like a cool idea to base the flyer on this theme. Designed as a return train ticket and printed in neon Pantone 805 and black with a perforation down the centre.
Another project designed for the Manchester School Of Art. A redesigned newsprint version of the original Anatomy Of An Institution book. This comes with a variety of colour foiled covers on various GF Smith Colorplan papers. Inner pages are litho'd full colour onto high quality uncoated newsprint. Covers were hand finished by Lucy May Schofield. It documents a visual collection of Manchester Metropolitan University staff past and present, all photographed on an authentic Victorian era camera. Numbered editon of x1000.
Artefacts & Experiences
Identity and print promo items for the innovative and thought-provoking exhibition ‘Artefacts & Experiences’ at Manchester Central Library. The exhibition explored the spaces where art, medicine, health, and technology meet. Collaboratively curated by The Museum of Medicine and Health and Anatomy Projects, the exhibition contained selected artefacts from the University of Manchester’s Medicine and Health collections.
Flyers were letterpressed in black onto manilla artefact tags; exhibition catalogues were printed single colour black litho onto bible stock with letterpressed black covers on GF Smith China White Colorplan.
Logos, pre-release posters, viral recruitment flyer and website grid system for online serial movie “The Alexander Wilson Project”. Other print collateral included mini-flyers, business cards for the producer and pin badges all of which were used at both the London and Cannes film festivals.
We designed and art directed end titles for an experimental film by multimedia artist Dave Griffiths. Originally there were going to be opening titles as well, but the main title appearing on the last shot of the film was preferred by the director. This then runs straight into the end credits sequence. Babel Fiche is a crowd sourced film that collects and remixes video footage from online contributors in order to tell its own mini-narrative. The full film and end sequence was scored by 808 State’s Graham Massey. Technical fangle dangle by Beed at OWT Creative. The new version, with end titles, is going to be doing the rounds at the film festivals this year.
You can see the current full version of the film here.
We were asked by filmmakers and interactive media company “Bellyfeel” to design their identity and branding. The word “Bellyfeel” comes from George Orwell’s classic book “1984” and means “a gut feeling”. Consequently we designed a lovely cap “B” with a little bit of a gut. We also produced business cards, comps and letterheads which were all letterpressed in a mix of Silver and Pantone Process Blue on matt boards and uncoated papers.
Bellyfeel has changed quite a bit over the last few years since we first met the guys and created their initial identity. The company has become more streamlined and also more focused on what they do and what they offer clients in terms of digital and interactive media. So an identity update was long overdue. This involved some minor branding and typographic tweaks and a new set of business cards. Cards are letterpressed in black, both sides onto thick silk board.
Browton’s Bottle Shop
Identity system for independent craft ale shop based in East Manchester. Print items so far include rubber stamps and die-cut beermat flyers. We also revamped the external signage. Beermats were letterpressed in black on both sides.
Upcoming design work for Browton’s includes bespoke ale glasses, labels, bags and a limited run of ale related T-Shirt designs. More stuff to come very soon...
*NEW* Browtons Update
New work for our friends Browton's Bottle Shop in East Manchester. Playing card style business cards and swing tags for a limited edition one-off Browton's Brew called 'Pike's Shadow'.
Cards and labels were letterpressed in silver and gold onto GF Smith Black Plike. Pike's Shadow was brewed by the super Beer Nouveau.
A Bunch Of Fives
We were kindly asked by the lovely peeps at The Designers Republic™ to contribute a piece of work for a new print project they were working on. They were producing a book celebrating the fifth birthday of super Sheffield based Evolution Print. It also coincided with the 25th birthday of TDR™.
We were asked the question “What does five mean to you?” and were told to respond visually. We were also asked to write 25 words to accompany the visual piece. That was it. Naturally we produced something Star Wars™ related, more specifically referencing Episode 5 in the series and without a doubt the best of all the films... The Empire Strikes Back™. Our 25 words were: “Episode V — THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK.
Easily the best of the series. It's also the one where Vader kills Mr. Bronson from television's Grange Hill.”
Our response was featured alongside a host of other contributors such as Erik Spiekermann, Hamish Muir, Jarvis Cocker, Neville Brody, Vaughan Oliver, Vince Frost and lots of others so we were ‘reyt chuffed' to be alongside such wonderful people.
Here's what Ian Anderson of TDR™ had to say about A Bunch Of Fives:
“This is a book by The Designers Republic™ for Evolution Print's 5th Birthday full of creative responses, collabs & conversations from friends, fellow travellers & co-conspirators.”
Limited edition of 500™.
Candy Studios are a music and audio production studio who asked us to revamp their identity and website. We produced a suitably licky logo with a tongue on the “y” and used candy sticks as navigation and loading bars on the website design. Design throughout was minimal to let their vast work do the talking.
We were asked by an independent clothing boutique, situated in the heart of Manchester's “Afflecks Palace”, for a new identity to promote the wide range of funky Japanese products that they sell. We produced a zingy, new logo for the boutique as well as business cards and flyers all with a fat and funky bubblegum feel.
Chinti + Parker
CONSCIOUS CLOTH MEETS CONSCIOUS PATTERN is a new fashion film by filmmaker and regular Loose partner in crime Zoe Hitchen that celebrates Patternity’s latest collaboration with knitwear specialists Chinti + Parker. We helped Zoe design and put together some of the graphic elements that feature throughout. We get a special thanks on the end credits. Cheers Zo!
Print collateral for the Commentary project that our friends OWT created in 2015. Items included invites for both the German and English exhibition legs, posters, programmes and internal vinyl signage. Invites were letterpressed onto beermat board; posters and programmes were risographed in neon pink and teal onto Park Green GF Smith Colorplan papers.
'Subs Board' typeface designed by Jonathan Hitchen.
Computer Arts Projects
Tutorial article and limited edition letterpressed SRA4 art prints for Computer Arts Projects Issue #155. We were asked by the guys at Computer Arts to write a tutorial article on letterpress printing and to produce a limited piece of print as well, a number of which were then later sent out to readers via a competition page on the CA website. The final design depicted our love for the process of design, artwork and production through the use of creative typography and a spiral line pattern constructed using the shape of a heart as its foundation.
A numbered edition of 50, in neon pink 806 and gunmetal on Pristine White Colorplan (540 and 700gsm) and kindly modelled by Mr Chrisp the letterpress printer.
Cover photography by the late Dominic Hopkins who was a close friend of the band.
Our friend, artist and researcher Karen Gaskill was curating an exhibition called “Constellations” at the Cornerhouse Gallery and asked us to get involved with designing and promoting it. The exhibition and all the works in it were based around the theme of “organic groupings”. The type arrangement and organisation that we created reflected this theme.
We created electronic mailers, flyers, large format posters and gallery guides as well as a whole host of internal and external signage. Flyers were printed in metallic blue and silver both sides onto 350gsm matt. Gallery guide was concertina folded and printed full colour litho + Pantone Metallic Bronze throughout onto 350gsm silk.
Blimey, this is a bit of a blast from the past, we found this while sorting out our work archive! Front cover typo design and lead article inner page typo construction for the original printed version of Creative Times. This was Issue 6 from way back in 2007. Creative Times now exists purely online. Printed full colour litho onto newsprint with a mixture of standard black and rich black combinations. The only thing we weren’t allow to do was change the existing masthead on the front cover. Oh well, the website masthead is a lot nicer these days!
*NEW* Dahlia Sleeps
Logo design and EP cover for the ace band Dahlia Sleeps' debut EP 'Breathe'. EP is available via iTunes and Spotify.
Photography by Ruby Brown.
Dead Man's Shoes
The first printed installment in our Cult Quotes A2 movie poster series — the rather super Shane Meadow's film ‘Dead Man's Shoes’. Screenprinted by bearded wonder SAVWO, the finished A2 posters are overprinted in three military camo colours. They’re also extremely limited to a numbered edition of x25. So limited that there are actually none left.
Actor Paddy Considine, who played the main character Richard, asked us for a couple of printed copies, so we were glad to oblige.
The folks from the Manchester Print Fair asked us to design a Brazil themed World Cup poster for their ‘Design Derby’ event at the National Footy Museum. We wanted to do something that celebrated the energy, language and passion of the Brazilian football fans themselves rather than any teams or players (which is what usually gets done). We provided a few design options and then let the footy museum choose their favourite.
The final poster was displayed large scale at the museum during the ‘Design Derby’ event.
“DOG-EAR is a magazine. But it’s also a bookmark. It’s completely free, and you’ll find it lurking in independent bookshops and libraries. It’s vaguely about literature, but this is free press as it should be. Submissions are collected and posted online – and once we’ve received about 40 pieces, we make a nifty printed version of the top 9.”
Seemed like a great idea so we submitted two designs for Issue 5 based around the idea of the actual function of a physical bookmark. One was a helpful explanation of the bookmark’s purpose, the other was a comment on the ongoing print vs digital debate - we don’t like Kindle, as you can see. It’s crap. Both of our submissions were selected and featured on the DOG-EAR website.
DOG-EAR is a rather spiffing idea and a great ongoing project — you can all have a go at submitting something here. We highly recommend it.
Good old Mr Chrisp is not only a rather close chum of ours, but also a rather spiffing old school letterpress printer so we helped him out by creating a new identity for him, with various items of print.
Thankyou cards are letterpressed in black on a variety of coloured and textured stocks. A3 posters are lithoed in black on white and pastel green uncoated papers. Both promo items utilise Mr Chrisp’s unique and distinct use of the English language.
We also sorted him out with new business cards and coffee coasters. The Chrisp empire is now expanding into foil blocking as well, so he was insistent that we gave the new machine a whirl. Foiled in bronze metallic foil on the fronts and letterpressed in gunmetal on the backs onto heavy duty uncoated board.
E.E. Chrisp Site
New website design and update for letterpress studio E.E. Chrisp. It was time that we spruced up Mr Chrisp’s online presence this year so a selection of large format, beautiful studio detail shots by photographer Gemma McKay were the perfect remedy.
Being quite ‘old school’, Mr Chrisp still wanted to keep his long-standing email address. One day we'll persuade him to update that... One day...
New promo print items for our mate Mr Chrisp, who still refuses to change his really old email address. Postcards letterpressed onto heavy duty beermat board; posters lithoed onto uncoated stock. Both printed in-house at Mr Chrispy's gaff.
Large format poster designs for the ace rock band ‘Enter Shikari’ that never ended up getting used. Posters would have been screen printed in silver with overprinted black bars. Gah!
Everything Must Go
We were asked by the folks from OWT Creative to contribute a piece to their ‘Everything Must Go’ exhibition, revolving around the theme of ‘departure’. Work from each of the artists featured was combined randomly and free to take on the night. The result, a constantly evolving show, curated by its audience, with each piece removed revealing new work from Manchester’s finest creatives.
In reality what happened was that everything on the walls got snaffled in less than five minutes so in terms of an exhibition, it was pretty brief.
We always liked a particular passage from the book ‘American Psycho’ where Patrick Bateman discusses the fact that mentally he’s not quite present. We based our piece on that theme in combination with the last words in the book “THIS IS NOT AN EXIT.” Riso’d in neon pink onto Pistachio Colorplan.
Paper supplied by GF Smith.
*NEW* Feral Love
Logo/identity and promo design work for Liverpool based songwriting duo ‘Feral Love’.
Form & Glory 1
Part 1 of our Giggs “Double” for Form & Glory. Originally designed for the Glory Glory 2013 project, contributors were asked to design an A1 typographic poster based on a football chant of their choice — they could use as little or as much of the chant as they wanted.
We chose one of our favourite MUFC Anti-Patrick Vieira chants that began after the 1999 FA Cup Semi-Final replay between Arsenal and Manchester United. The game was the scene of one of the greatest solo goals in FA Cup history, scored by the rather hairy chested Ryan Giggs. The typography of the chant follows the route that Giggs took to goal and all graphic details were created using typographic characters.
“Vieira woah-oh! Vieira woah-oh! He gave Giggsy the ball. And Arsenal Won Fuck All!” Lovely.
Final posters are fine art Giclee prints on 230gsm matt bond paper stock. Available now as A0, A1 or A2 prints here.
Form & Glory 2
Part two of our Ryan Giggs “Double” for Form & Glory. We went through an arduous process of printing, tearing and resticking numerous prints then reshooting them for the final design. Frankly, we could have just sliced the design up in Adobe Illustrator using the knife tool, but that would've been far too easy and well, let's be honest, it would've felt like cheating. Final posters are A2 portrait, fine art Giclee prints on 230gsm matt bond paper stock. Available now here.
Logo/identity design, album launch posters, image treatments and large format tour posters for singer/songwriter Frankie Forman. We’re also working on Frankie’s debut LP “Lady” so more to come on that soon…
1/2 A4 invite, folding programme and internal wall vinyl for multimedia exhibition curated by arts collective “Interval”. The exhibition itself showcased multimedia work that had been created using two screens side by side, so our idea was to represent the idea of duality, or two things running side by side, in the design of the items. Both the invite and the programme were based around a centreline and offset slightly. Even the colour choice followed suit — when you mix the two colours from the programme they result in the colour used on the invite.
Invites were letterpressed in a mix of neon Pantone 812 and Silver on heavy duty box board. Programmes were printed in Gunmetal and neon Pantone 812.
From Pet Shops To Porn
We were asked by the guys at OWT Creative to submit a piece of work for the opening exhibition they were curating at new Manchester gallery VAULT. The theme of “From Pet Shops To Porn” was to highlight the changing face of Tib Street, a once bustling street in Manchester’s Northern Quarter. Our take on the theme was to produce a set of “Tart Cards” (you know the ones you find in telephone boxes in London) with pet themed slogans. Perfect! The gallery space itself is in a dark basement and has tiled walls which added to the seediness once they were framed and hung. The phone number belongs to the bar upstairs above the gallery space. Hopefully no one rang them up asking for a big hairy growler.
Gemma McKay is a Manchester based photographer who specialises primarily in landscapes and exteriors. We were asked to design and originate an identity, business cards and promo image cards. Business cards are letterpressed in a deep green metallic on luxury silk board. Promo cards come in two sets of six and act as mini portfolios with a selection of Gemma’s photography on the reverse.
Our third project with performance artist Dani Abulhawa. As with previous projects with Dani we limited things to a black palette. A4 inserts were produced documenting her performance interactions with two different people in two different locations and provided a record of activities for each of the encounters.
Copies of both inserts were then housed in black envelopes and letterpressed in silver. The inserts themselves were digitally printed on an HP Indigo press; the rich black was achieved by double-hitting the black areas onto thick uncoated stock.
Hope In The Young
Large format poster designs for an ongoing photographic project by Robert George, in association with OWT Creative. You can see more of Rob’s photographic work here.
Litho plate flyers for a multimedia exhibition curated by arts collective “Interval” in Manchester. The exhibition dealt with the theme of temporary light and all the works in the exhibition were self-lit. Rather than go down the usual route of printing something we thought it would be more appropriate to expose some litho plates and cut them up. We exposed the design image and then plates were guillotined down to 1/3 A4 flyer size.
Not only was it something that felt completely different from the norm, it went hand in hand with the concept of the exhibition. The exposed image came out silver on the plate, but then started to fade back to nothing after around 3 months time which reinforced the idea of temporary light. Expensive, but it got the message across.
The first and current exhibition ‘Posters For Protest’ was a day long workshop with students from a number of institutions who worked with Neasden Control Centre, OWT and ourselves to produce hand-made work on the theme of ‘Protest’. The second exhibition project is already in the works. Watch this space. Literally.
Business cards and postcards for Manchester based arts collective “Interval”. Our mission with anything to do with Interval is to use old school production and reference points and to do something different with them, putting them in a new context. We started this with Interval's initial business card and postcard sets then followed that theme through to all subsequent exhibitions that Interval curated and hosted.
Business cards were foiled in gold on the front, and foiled varnish (no ink) on the reverse. Foiled on recycled uncoated stock. Postcards were foiled on greyboard with metallic cyan foil on the front, and black, gloss foil on the back.
Judy is a successful musician/singer/songwriter and an exceptional illustrator. She's also a bit mad. Probably one of the reasons she enjoys working with us. We designed a clothing brand and a variety of print items using her original illustrations throughout.
Promotional postcards were letterpressed in black on three different GF Smith Colorplan colours - Candy Pink, Sorbet Yellow and Powder Green. There are also a number of limited edition Neon Pink on Candy Pink ones too (for Judy to give to people that she likes). Posters litho’d in neon pink on bible stock. Business cards were letterpressed in black on thick, uncoated board.
Karen Gaskill is an artist, curator and researcher who we’ve been working with for around seven years now. She also works for the Crafts Council. Incidently her initials are also the same as a unit of measurement used for weight. Playing on this idea, we made her identity bold, sturdy and confident. Her business cards were foiled in matt metallic cyan and gloss black on GF Smith Graphite Plike. 540gsm, so nice and thick as well.
Logo, large format tour posters and merch for our friends The KVB. The KVB are an electronic audio/visual duo from the UK, now based in Germany, consisting of Kat Day and Nicholas Wood and signed to Invada Records.
We've also just completed the design work on their new limited edition EP, due out on Invada May 19th...
The KVB 2017 Tour
Large format poster design work for The KVB's 2017 Swiss and UK tours. Photography by George Katsanakis.
The Lab is an independent record/art/design label. We were asked to design an identity and lots of lovely print items. Promo postcards make a cheeky reference to a song by The Village People in order to recruit members via The Lab website. We also designed and produced the first compilation CD release, business cards and a batch of A3 summer gig posters.
CD wallets were letterpressed in silver with neon red discs, business cards were letterpressed in Lab Green on Astrolite Monadock Smooth and gig posters were litho’d in neon red. Postcards had a gloss varnish applied to the front side. Sexy.
Self-promotion for our good selves. Our studio is made up of people from very different walks of life so our identity is based around the idea of different elements coming together to form a collective whole. Logo, business cards, promo poster, website and blog were all produced. Business cards were letterpressed in black on luxury matt board and beer mat board. The promotional poster was litho printed in neon red and silver. Mmmm... shiny.
We also created some special tea tokens which were sent out to various people and companies in order to start a dialogue with potential future clients. Recipients also got a free pot of tea out of us! They were letterpressed in black onto recycled, uncoated off-white stock in order to achieve that authentic old English feel.
Our LOVE/HATE piece of work that originally appeared in OWT Zine #8 was given a revamp for the Manchester Print Fair and appeared as a limited two piece set of postcards. Letterpressed in black and red on greyboard, thick boxboard and extra thick uncoated board.
The Lovely Eggs
Unused tour poster designs for the rather ace DIY punk band 'The Lovely Eggs'. Never happened, but "FUCK IT", we still love the band!
Screen stills and animation tests (at the bottom) from live backing visuals for Manchester based electro band MAY68. We played with a vibrant colour system and a mixture of shape and type to create lively backing visuals for MAY68’s live shows. Repeat abstract patterns were created using the band's paper aeroplane motif as well as numbering experiments and slogans to express the energy of their music and live performances.
Typographic slogan tests for Manchester electro band MAY68. All letterforms were constructed from circular shapes as a basis in order to convey the idea of “revolution”. Never used though — sadly the band split up before any design tests saw the light of day. Bummer.