New luxury hotel design work for Rosewood London

New luxury hotel design work for Rosewood London

Over the past three months we’ve been working alongside the communications team at Rosewood London, the luxury hotel in the heart of London’s Holborn.

Our work has focussed on the design of a menu system for their elegant cocktail bar and ‘club room’, Scarfes Bar. This week the first part of this work has appeared within and outside the Bar and I’ve been along to photograph the menus in situ.

It’s been a while since we had new luxury hotel design work on our portfolio and it’s a real pleasure to see this project completed.

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Year in review: our best print design of 2016

Year in review: our best print design of 2016

As 2016 draws to a close, we’re looking back over a busy year at some of the work we’re particularly proud of. Here I pick out the projects that make up our ‘best print design of 2016’.

Previously I’ve posted about our favourite websites and brand design projects of the year. This post is looking back at the print design work we’ve completed and the work which is most memorable and successful.

I found it rather hard to choose just one Policy Connect report, so I’ve included the two which book-ended 2016, including the last major print piece of the year which was launched at Portcullis House just two weeks ago.

There’s also something I’m really proud of – our first major award win as an agency for the Shine School Media project. I’ve written a little about that at the end of this post.

We firmly believe people love to hold a physical product – so here’s to lots more print in 2017.

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We’re a Solutions Awards 2016 winner!

We’re a Solutions Awards 2016 winner!

Call it demure British diffidence, but in the many years running this business I’ve only rarely entered our work for awards.

Generally we win new work, complete it, do our level best to ensure our clients are happy and we get paid. That’s quite the triumph in itself.

Plus there’s that whole ‘David and Goliath’ thing going on: how could we hope to compete with the big agencies and their massive PR clout? It’s a bit of a shortlist of ‘reasons not to do it’.

But that’s all been turned on its head by – us actually winning an award!

There it is, at the top of this post: the print industry’s Solutions Award, which we won yesterday at the Café de Paris in central London.

We were nominated in two categories for our work on behalf of the Shine School Media Awards Winners Book – and are incredibly thrilled and delighted to have won in the Environment category.

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Susan Sandover’s ‘9/36’ book jacket design

Susan Sandover’s ‘9/36’ book jacket design

We are used to unusual requests here. But designing the cover of a headline-grabbing autobiography was a new one even for us.

However when author Susan Sandover approached us to design the cover of her memoir ‘9/36’, we had to say yes.

The book is emotional telling of Susan’s life with her Libyan diplomat husband Bashir and their time in north Africa.

As Susan’s first book – and one with such an emotional subject – we wanted to get it right, but also create a visually striking design.

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Two nominations at the 2016 Solutions Awards!

Two nominations at the 2016 Solutions Awards!

Last Autumn we were surprised and thrilled when we were nominated for Earth Island Publishing’s 2016 Solutions Awards. The unexpected nomination came from our wonderful collaborators on the Shine School Media Awards, Denmaur Paper.

Well, we collaborated with Denmaur again this year and this time around specified their Revive 50/50 series – a stock we have by coincidence been using to great success for a few years now.

Well, it seems to have done the trick because we’ve been nominated for two awards this time.

  • Solutions for the Environment
  • Solutions for Paper
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Heads together: design for research at the British Academy

Heads together: design for research at the British Academy

Amid this most turbulent week in business and politics, we’re really pleased that a new piece of work we’ve completed for the British Academy for the Humanities and Social Sciences.

We have designed and been involved in the printing of launch material of their latest major research project. Design for research, or promoting research and science, is work we enjoy because it’s contributing to genuinely helping people.

And it’s not too often one can really make that claim as a graphic designer!

The leaflets we have completed launch twin projects that will look into ‘maths anxiety’ and the benefits of language learning.

It’s a topic that is particularly newsworthy today as the BBC reports that Nobel Prize-winning scientist Professor Paul North has expressed an anxiety that British departure from the European Union could result in ‘the biggest threat to British research in living memory’.

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