Posted 9 months ago in Design chat, Print
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.
Posted 10 months ago in Design chat, Event design, Print
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.
Posted 10 months ago in Design chat, Print
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.
Posted 12 months ago in Design chat, Print
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
Posted 1 year ago in Design chat, Print
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’.
Posted 1 year ago in Design chat, Print, Web design
Yesterday I was at Stationers’ Hall in central London for the Shine School Media Awards 2016.
Shine is a programme I have been involved with for three years now, and with each season that passes we seem to get more involved.
I thought we were doing pretty well in 2014, our first year, when we rebranded the awards and designed the winners brochure.
Then, I felt pretty good about 2015 where we out-did ourselves by designing the winners book again and launched a new website in time for 2016 entrants.
Plus, somewhat impulsively, we ended up sewing together a rag-bag selection of bits of video shot on mobile phones and still photos and made a (rather good as it turned out) short film describing the busy exciting awards day for future entrants. This year – we’ve also filmed the entire event professionally.