Category Archives: identity

‘;-) :-& ;-o New Town Culture

Art for young people



‘;-) :-& ;-o New Town Culture: Art for Young People’ is an exhibition held at Valence House Museum made by artist Rebecca Davies for children and teenagers to hang-out and to show adults how to be creative. The work was made in art clubs with children, teenagers, and foster carers from across Barking and Dagenham.

The idea of ‘feels’, the emotional reaction we have towards things become the centre point to develop a fun and characterful identity. We designed a set of playful parts used to design a custom typeface applied across the exhibition and publication. Alongside this a set of emojis that expressed these feelings were drawn and a stencil for young people to design their own emoji’s was included within the book.

New Town Culture is a programme of creative activity taking place in adult and children’s social care across the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham. It explores how artistic and cultural experiences can reframe the work of social care and support adults and children in need of social care services.


Categories: events, identity, typefaces


events, identity, typefaces

Chateau International

Identity & Website for arts publisher


Chateau International

Chateau International works with artists and art spaces to produce publications, performances and events. The new website uses large-scale research images and text to give each publication context.

We drew a set of bespoke numbers for the website based the shirts worn by Manchester United FC’s players during their infamous 1999 treble season.



Categories: identity, websites & digital


identity, websites & digital

For the time being

Identity for a programme of photo-performances


For the time being

For the Time Being was an experimental programme of photo-performance, conceived as a response to the everyday presence of social media.

Through a series of on and offline events and performances at the Photographers’ Gallery, London, the project invited 5 international contemporary artists Agil Abdullayev, Feng Mengbo, Max Grau and Tamara Kametani and artist collective Agorama to reflect on the role of image sharing networks in their personal lives.

We created a flexible identity for the project, referencing the visual language of stickers and animations associated with social media. The events were supported by a series of texts published on a website that also acts as an archive of the project.



Categories: identity, events, print, websites & digital


events, identity, print, websites & digital

City and Guilds of London Art School Shows

Exhibition identities, 2016–2020


City & Guilds of London Art School Shows
Exhibition Identities, 2016–2020

Founded in 1854, City and Guilds of London Art School is an independent university that focuses on Contemporary Fine Art and the Conservation of Cultural Objects.

Since 2016 we have worked with the Art School to develop visual identities for the annual graduate shows. The work we produce for each exhibition seeks to reflect the variety of work on show through the application and treatment of typography, images and colour.

2019

For the 2019 summer exhibition we wanted to highlight details of the making that happens at the Art School. The identity uses a bespoke typeface based upon Bureau Grotesque. The invites have been printed in a combination of fluorescent colours and metallic silver.

2018

For the 2018 degree shows, we highlighted the diverse range of disciplines and practices of students at the art school, by cropping and isolating photographic details of students at work. These were then printed in a set of complimentary spot colours for each degree show, to create a set of visually coherent, yet distinct identities.

2017

Our work for the 2017 degree shows at City and Guilds of London Art School was the result of consultation with graduating students from the Foundation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate courses. Working with the students, we collected textures, objects and materials from the studios and workshops associated with each course and scanned them to create a set of adaptable collage-like images. These were then printed in a set of contrasting spot colours to clearly distinguish between each degree show.

Categories: identity, print

identity, print

Spitfire Audio

Identity, signage & wayfinding


Spitfire Audio

Spitfire Audio is a British music technology company. We have worked with the creative team on a number of projects to refine and adapt their visual identity across the varied strands of activity that they undertake, with the aim to strengthen the brand’s core values as the company expands and grows.

We initiated a conversation around the company’s brand values with staff during a workshop held at their previous offices that asked participants to customise Spitfire Audio’s central mission statement with a variety of different graphic forms and printmaking techniques.

When the company moved into new headquarters at the end of 2018, we were asked to produce a flexible yet easily identifiable wayfinding and signage system for the building.

An interactive wall for the entrance of the offices uses glyphs from our custom typeface, Pascal Display Regular, to invite visitors and staff to create their own forms of notation. Throughout the building, pre-fabricated peg board lettering allows members of the team to customise the wording and layout of each sign, and change them as the company itself grows and changes.

Categories: identity


identity

Accelerating Towards a Red Light

Exhibition identity


Accelerating Towards a Red Light

‘A G-Wagon, a Viking, frost bitten GPS, an elf and a director who is lost in sub-zero temperatures. Navigating through simulation, cinema and death, FOG WORLD fails to become the film it was intended to be, instead chasing its own exhaust fumes, circumnavigating expectations derived from Hollywood, the tourist gaze and simulated reality’.

Accelerating Towards a Red Light was an exhibition of new video works by artist Ruaidhri Ryan that took place at CBS Gallery, Liverpool in 2018. We designed the
graphics for the exhibition as well as ‘Fog World’, the central film. Described as ‘a car crash of a road movie. A road film with no direction’, Fog World features and is set in a version of Iceland that is both real and simulated. Reflecting its pre-occupation with myth, history and the imaginary, we drew a special version of the typeface Albertus for the film’s titles to give the lettering a more rune-like emphasis.

Categories: identity, websites & digital


identity, websites & digital

Stuff Happens Here

Identity for community project in Sheppey


Stuff Happens Here

Commissioned by Whitstable Biennale, Stuff Happens Here was a year long programme that provided workshops and mentoring for young people aged between 18–24 on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. The project culminated in a presentation and exhibition at Tate Exchange in April 2017.

Working closely with lead artist Esther Collins, we drew a typeface, based on found woodblock lettering, that became the centre of the project’s visual identity. Using this lettering as a frame, we printed two-colour risograph posters for each workshop throughout the year.

In November 2016 we led our own Sheerness Sans workshop on Sheppey as part of the project, working with the programme participants to develop a typeface based on found objects collected during group walking activities.

Categories: identity, print


identity, print

Modern Props

A love story


Modern Props

Modern Props is a short film by artist Ruaidhri Ryan that focuses on the break up of a young couple in a prop house while raising wider questions around the recesses between cinematic image & reality, actors and the characters that they play. We designed the poster and film titles using a condensed version of the typeface Windsor as a reference to the boundaries between irony and sincerity that the film intentionally borders.

Categories: identity


identity

Drawing a Line Under Torture

Biennial art auction at the Bargehouse


Drawing a Line Under Torture

Freedom From Torture’s biannual fundraiser, Drawing a Line Under Torture, is a two-week exhibition and auction featuring work by internationally recognised artists, as well as the charity’s own art therapy groups.

The 2017 exhibition was held at the Bargehouse on London’s Southbank. Our visual identity referenced the stripped back architectural details and industrial history of the building through the use of textured grey board and a muted colour palette. The typeface, Montefiore – selected for its reference to Victorian road signs – was used throughout the exhibition for headlines and signage as a further nod to the historical context of the Bargehouse.

Categories: identity, print


identity, print

City & Guilds of London Art School

Working with one of London’s oldest Art Schools


City & Guilds of London Art School

Founded in 1854, City and Guilds of London Art School is an independent university that focuses on Contemporary Fine Art and the Conservation of Cultural Objects. From 2015 we have worked with the Art School to develop its visual identity, expanding on the logo drawn by typographer Eiichi Kono for the School a number of years ago.

The courses offered by City and Guilds of London Art School have a focus on historically informed craft practices – it runs the only undergraduate and postgraduate historic wood and stone carving courses in Britain. Our work for Art School is often informed by these traditions, while at the same time looking to more contemporary applications of material, craft and technique.

Categories: identity, print


identity, print

Sir John’s Nose

Identity & packaging


Sir John’s Nose

Sir John’s Nose is a room atomiser and fragrance disguised within a life-size cast of the nose of the bust of Sir John Soane. A project by designer and maker Michael Hurley, the ingredients of the fragrance are a direct reference to the materials that the Soane household would have purchased to mask the scent of urban London in the 18th and 19th Centuries.

With Michael Hurley we designed and letterpress printed packaging and accompanying material for the Nose, using a typeface that was drawn by Abake directly from Sir John Soane’s original architectural plans.

The project was commissioned by the Royal College of Art with Jerwood Charitable Foundation for the exhibition The Digital Soane, held at Sir John Soane’s Museum in 2014.

Categories: identity, print, products


identity, print, products

Jones of Brockley

Identity for a family-run deli


Jones of Brockley

Jones of Brockley is a family-run deli located in South London, stocking a broad range of locally sourced products. Research into photographic archives of the area around the shop directly informed the typography and colour palette of our visual identity.

Inspired by a found drawing celebrating the 1907 opening of St. Hilda’s Church in nearby Crofton Park, we worked with Kirsten Houser to produce an illustrated postcard to announce the launch of the shop in 2015.

Categories: identity, websites & digital


identity, websites & digital

From the Moon to the Sun

A two year intervention by Rosalie Woods


From the Moon to the Sun

From the Moon to the Sun was published in the middle of artist Rosalie Woods’ 2 year project in Archway, North London. Having spent one year ritualistically cleaning the same manhole cover in Archway on the new moon, Rosalie used the objects and detritus she collected to create a new piece of music that would be played once a month for the following year on a barrel organ next to the original manhole cover.

The publication collects together Rosalie’s notes and images with new writing that provides a theoretical perspective on the project. Accompanying postcards were produced to advertise the dates of each music performance and given out to local passersby.

Categories: identity, print


identity, print