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.
MCR School of Art
VIP invitations to the MCR School of Art ‘Visit Day Workshops’ for successful student applicants wanting to join the BA(Hons) Graphic Design degree. Riso'd in two colour combinations throughout — Neon Pink/Teal, Gold/Red and Neon Orange/Green onto Bright White GF Smith Colorplan. Invites were lovingly stickered and posted out in bright Fuchsia envelopes.
Invite fronts proudly display overprints of various members of the design staff (ourselves included), realised by a range of current students on the graphic design degree.
Milk + Bone
Flexible emblem, large format tour posters and merch for Canadian duo Milk + Bone. Milk + Bone are a Canadian electropop duo, consisting of Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin based in Montreal, Canada and signed to Costume/Bonsound.
Design work has also just been completed for a limited edition 12" vinyl EP release. More info to come soon...
Movie Poster Remixes
We have a real affection for movies so in our spare time (there isn’t much of that) we enjoy redesigning posters for films that we love. We already have an archive of “remixed” posters that we've designed over the last few years and we're gradually revisiting them.
Part of a new series, our first batch contains ‘Moon’, ‘Deliverance’, ‘United 93’, ‘Night Of The Living Dead’, ‘The Thing’ and four part sets for both ‘Taxi Driver’ and ‘They Live’. (Each ‘Taxi Driver’ poster depicts one of the four handgun models that ‘Travis’ purchases from the illegal gun salesman ‘Easy Andy’.)
More films to follow soon...
My Top Tens
We were asked to be a part of a new book from The Designers Republic™ designed and produced to celebrate Evolution Print's tenth birthday. The brief was simple — send your Top Ten of 'something' back to TDR™. We did our top ten favourite Sean Bean movie deaths.
Other contributors include Erik Spiekermann, Jessica Walsh, Erik Kessels, Neville Brody and a load of other ace people.
Limited copies are available (probably) here. (Main piccies courtesy of TDR™.)
No Fly Posters
We recently submitted some design ideas for the super “No Fly Posters” project. Basically creatives are asked to respond to the statement “No Fly Posters”. Selected designs are then printed and fly posted on boarded up windows on an abandoned building in the Ancoats area of Manchester. They really liked our designs, but another piece already selected for use in one of the later rounds that hasn’t been released yet also used a fly swat and had already been submitted. So sadly they weren't able to use any of ours because they’d ending up feeling too similar. Gutted!
Oh well! The project is ongoing and is well worth taking a look at or even submitting some poster designs to.
No Place To Hide
Quad poster designs and opening title elements for filmmaker Philip Shotton. Phil started his career directing music videos for Factory Records including bands such as The Happy Mondays, and has now gone onto producing and directing for TV and film. He’s in the process of finishing a little indie horror flick called “No Place To Hide” so we designed a range of items for him including quad posters, title sequence elements and a website (which is still in production). No release date as of yet...
Northern School Of Jazz
Flexible identity and print collateral for a new, independent Jazz school in the northwest — The Northern School of Jazz. We designed a new identity system, stationery set and flyers all with a cheeky little wink to the 60’s Blue Note era that we love so much. Business cards were letterpressed in gunmetal and burgundy on 700gsm Pristine White Colorplan. Comps and letterheads were litho’d in gunmetal/burgundy and promo flyers were litho’d in full colour both sides onto uncoated pulp board. There is a new website in the works as well... Niiiiiice.
OWT Zine #6
Two page piece of work for OWT Zine #6 Issue — Differences. We used a quote by the great Eric Cantona - enough said. Screenprinted in white on red Colorplan.
Two page piece of work for the double issue of OWT Zine #8 — Love/Hate. We put an ironic spin on the appearance and usage of hearts for each page to represent the two different emotions. Screenprinted in black and red on Pristine White Colorplan.
OWT Zine #11
Single page piece of work for OWT Zine #11 — Error. Due to its 100 year anniversary a piece on RMS Titanic seemed wholly appropriate.
OWT Zine #13
We produced two pieces of work for the limited thirteenth and final issue of OWT. The first was a collaboration with Ian Anderson of The Designers Republic™. Ian wrote the intro, we designed his spreads, he was happy and so were we. The second piece was based around the issue’s theme of “Reprocess”. Zines were overprinted in two colours on a range of GF Smith Colorplan stocks.
Here's some more info about #13 from the guys at OWT:
“When we started OWT zine we agreed on a run of twelve issues. This is our thirteenth.
Commissioned by the Manchester School of Art and in collaboration with the Graphic Design team, Issue 13: Reprocess follows a different approach to usual. We not only focused on how work can satisfy a theme, but also, how it changes meaning when juxtaposed with a different creative’s work.
Submissions from the OWT back catalogue form a background layer of pre-existing themes, ready to be manipulated and reprocessed by new work. This changes the context and makes new interpretations while initiating serendipitous collaborations. GF Smith Colourplan and six-colour Riso printing help add further variables. No two zines in the run of 150 are the same.”
We were asked to design and art direct the artwork for their debut LP, on vinyl and CD digipak, as well as a series of three single releases and large format album launch posters. We worked with our mate Jude Wainwright, a fine artist, who was able to perfectly capture the spirit and tone of the band and their music.
Ongoing design promo work for the upcoming documentary film 'Poly Styrene: I Am A Cliché'.
Produced by Velvet Joy Productions and narrated by her daughter, Celeste Bell, the film will examine the past through the lens of the present by revisiting pivotal moments and iconic spaces in Poly’s history, while at the same time raising awareness of the issues she struggled with - and rose above - throughout her life. It will also explore Poly’s legendary anti-consumerist stance, and muses upon what she would make of the gentrification of her old stomping grounds and gig venues in London, Hastings and New York.
Folding poster for a Swiss exhibition organised and curated by the Manchester arts collective “100th Monkey”. The Swiss connection gave us the opportunity to produce a piece of design work based around the clean, Swiss school sensibilities that we all know and love! The black and white colour scheme was also wholly appropriate.
Print For Good
Print For Good is a new initiative producing printed items for sale with profits going to good causes. With a passion for print, along with wanting to support charitable organisations, its aim is to collaborate with artists, designers, printers, thinkers and do-ers, crafts people essentially, to produce exclusive and limited printed items. It aims to explore the medium of print with its collaborators by creating items that people will want in their own homes or studios.
We were asked to produce an identity and promo postcards for the initiative. Postcards were letterpressed and come in three different flavours: Pantone Green on Powder Green Colorplan, Warm Red on Vellum White Colorplan and Burgundy on Citrine Colorplan — all 350gsm.
We were kindly asked by the people at Print For Good to design their second print release on any theme that we wanted so we were more than happy to oblige. Originally designed on a much smaller scale over two pages and featured in the OWT fanzine, we developed and reconfigured the design specifically for this release.
An A1 screen print that will make any print/football/design fan salivate. Each print is individually hand pulled in Manchester United red on beautiful Mohawk Superfine Ultra White Smooth paper, 270gsm. Yes, beautiful. ‘But it’s just white paper.’ No, it’s Mohawk Superfine Ultra White. The release is an edition of x25, hand numbered and signed on the reverse (not by Eric). We have a feeling these will go quick. Go here. Now.
“Undoubtedly one of the greatest players to ever grace the turf at the Theatre of Dreams, Cantona was not only a footballer, but a poet and a gentleman both on and off the pitch (just ask Matthew Simmons). We proudly present one of our favourite Cantona quotes in all its glory and one that Loose Collective has always stood and worked by since its inception. This large format version now comes with added player stats! We hope that the big man would approve. Part of the proceeds on sales will go to Cancer Research UK, a charity that is close to our hearts as well as that of our families.”
We were asked by our friends at The Lab to design a piece for the Leeds Print Festival 2014. Letterforms were sourced from type specimen sheets dating from 1628-1900. Final print was a letterpressed ‘Split Fountain’ — the first in Pantone Neon 806/Process Blue and the second in Pantone Yellow/Neon 805. As more prints came out of the press during the print process the two inks on the rollers gradually mixed so no two final prints are the same — they have varying colour gradients on them. Prints were handed out to print delegates on the Sunday during the opening weekend of the festival. They seemed to go down very well!
Branded notebooks are screenprinted in black and have a nifty ‘A Series’ paper size guide on the back covers. They're available to buy here.
Riding The Low
We were recently asked by ace rock band ‘Riding The Low’ to produce some design work for their annual ‘Christmas Craptacular’ in their hometown of Burton On Trent. The brief was “Christmas, skulls and Mexican wrestlers” so naturally we jumped at the chance. That kind of brief is right up our street.
The gig took place at ‘The Tower Brewery’ so it made sense to us to produce some flyers that doubled as beermats. They were letterpressed in gold and red onto thick uncoated beermat board by our mates EE Chrisp. A3 posters followed the same vibe, litho’d in red and gold onto two different stocks — thick newsprint and uncoated poster card. Posters were on sale at the gig on the 28th December for a festive £5; beermats were used at the venue on the night. According to Paddy Considine... “a lot of stuff got stolen!”
We’re big film buffs, so when the opportunity came up to work on the design for a new, independent British horror film we jumped at the chance. Identity and large format posters were created to set the tone and promote the film in the UK about a camping trip that goes horribly wrong. Unused poster concept at the bottom.
Invite/Flyer for an art exhibition that was housed and curated in a church. This provided the starting point for us visually so we created a brand and design that referenced the kind of church signs that you see all over the more “religious” states in America. Invites were letterpressed in warm red on luxury gloss and uncoated boards.
Secret 7" 2014
We entered a piece for this year’s Secret 7" record cover exhibition. The track we chose was Black Sabbath’s ‘Age of Reason’. Our design approach was simple. We wanted to limit ourselves to just using black. The crucifix symbol was a given, and has been with Black Sabbath since their self-titled debut album.
We provided a subtle variety of choices using rich black colour combinations of Pantone Black 6 & 5, and Pantone Black 6 & 3, so that the finished print could only be seen in certain lights and at certain angles. We also produced single colour options in case the digital press had trouble with the subtle reproduction. Those actually resemble giant QR codes.
Secret 7" made their choice and our sleeve was released and sold at the main exhibition on ‘Record Store Day’ — the totally awesome chap at the bottom bought it. In total this year Secret 7" raised £41,500 for War Child UK.
Artist, multimedia filmmaker and old chum Dave Griffiths came to us for some opening and end titles for an experimental film he was putting together. The opening type and art direction are reflective of the movie cue-dot subject matter.
About Seer’s: “An investigator decodes the Universe through fiery entrails of film, recounting a myth of primal origins, worldly corruption and ultimate fate. His shuffling archive of movie cue-dots hovers between stillness and motion, the result of observing and recording barely visible matter on the screen’s margins. Energy escapes these orbital fetishes, displaced from their usual microscopic scale to mix with scenery and bodies. Meanwhile their collector recounts a life of fruitless research.
Seer’s Catalogue marks International Year of Astronomy 2009 by colliding pseudo-cosmology with materialist flicker. This ‘history’ of the cue-dot commemorates the mechanical flux of celluloid, and reflects on our urge to hoard and recombine media relics in intimate acts of collective memory.”
Sound design by Ben Gwilliam, voice by Philip Davenport. Seer’s Catalogue received “Premio Pablo del Amo for Best Editing”, atMadrid Experimental Film Week.
Silence of the Photograph
‘Silence Of The Photograph’ is a photographic project that seeks to document something about the lived experiences of hearing loss. Using portraiture and interviews the work presents individual perspectives of the everyday and physiological experiences of hearing impairment.
The project was the brainchild of photographers Gavin Parry and David Penny in collaboration with the University of Manchester Audiology Department. SOTP was also a part of the ‘Artefacts & Experiences’ exhibition at Manchester Central Library.
Promotional papers containing portraits and interviews with participants were lithoed full colour onto newsprint stock. We also designed internal exhibition signage boards, screenprinted in white onto GF Smith Royal Blue Plike.
Debut EP from Silverchild who are a hard rock band from sunny Stoke.
White digipak with a retro seventies sexy, shouty typographic feel. Fully metalised disk to get maximum shininess, metallic silver cover stickers and folding poster inserts.
All illustrations by the band's guitarist Vic Jepson.
Sound Of Science
Identity system for a new start-up production company called Sound Of Science. Sound Of Science will be creating live visual/aural science and music experiences which celebrate the universe in which we find ourselves. Some of the brains behind it were responsible for Polar Live. We were asked to create an identity encompassing logo design, business cards and an initial website landing page.
Business cards were printed full colour litho on both sides and come in a variety of flavours with a mixture of 15 original, inspirational images, that celebrate the universe we live in, on the backs.
The Tapestry are a band from Manchester. And they're great.
We were tasked with a complete design identity overhaul. Items included new primary and secondary logos, tour posters, flyers, tees and seven inch vinyl single release . Upcoming work this year includes the design of the band's debut LP once they've finished their current Spring Tour.
Photography on single 'We Talk' by Dominic Hopkins.
Manchester based dance record label “Tasty Recordings” came to us for a new identity. We created a new logo and business cards that had a bit of bite to them.
Branding, exhibition flyer and vinyl signage for a multimedia exhibition held in Manchester and organised by “Contemporary Art Manchester”. We used the simple idea of a camshaft for the main symbol in the CAM logomark which suggested movement and progression.
The graphic for the Trade City exhibition itself was derived from the profile of the CHIPS building which is where the exhibition was being housed — it’s quite a strange looking building, but helped convey the idea of a dynamic city of sorts. Colours were based around concrete and iron — the building blocks of a city. The flyers were letterpressed in Metallic Copper on greyboard which reinforced this theme throughout. Folding programmes were lithoed in bronze onto uncoated paper.
Part of the Manchester International Festival 2009.
True Love Waits
Dani Abulhawa is a performance artist who explores gendered play in public urban spaces. Instructional, information-led flyers were created to accompany a performance called “True Love Waits” by Dani as part of the exhibition “Tempting Failure” held in London. The piece involved the participation of the audience so these flyers were produced to instruct them. The design is minimal and information heavy to convey clarity, but with a playfulness that conveys the tone of Dani’s work.
Invite, folding flyer/posters and banner for multimedia exhibition organised and curated by Manchester arts collective “Interval”. The exhibition was a rolling exhibition over three days. On each day a different set of artists exhibited — this and the name of the exhibition gave us the idea to design the invites as a turnstile ticket with tear off stubs — one for each of the three days. Invites were letterpressed in gold with perforated tear off stubs for each exhibition day and printed on matt box board. Folding flyer/posters were printed full colour onto bible paper.