work-form is a graphic design studio based in London, run by Charlie Abbott, Jake Hopwood and Alex Hough.


We work with a diverse range of clients – from individuals, community groups and independent businesses, to cultural institutions and international brands – to create visual identities, typography, print design and websites.


We take an open, collaborative approach to every project, informed by detailed research and development. We are particularly interested in exploring the relationship between People and the Places they visit and live in. We look for opportunities to investigate what ideas of The Local might mean today.


Our detailed knowledge of production methods informs our design process – we enjoy experimenting with analogue and digital techniques to develop unique solutions for each project, from bespoke typefaces to co-design workshops. The compact size of the studio enables strong working relationships and the ability to adapt to the ever changing needs of the clients we work with.


Education is an important part of our studio practice – we teach Graphic Design at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts London, and regularly run projects and workshops at a range of universities and institutions.



Some of the clients we have worked with include:


AIR (Archway in Response), Airspace Gallery, Assembly Point Gallery, Austrian Cultural Forum London, BBC Media Action, Bethlam Gallery, British Council, City & Guilds of London Art School, Cos, Cubitt Artists, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation, Estuary Festival, Flat Time House/John Latham Foundation, Freedom From Torture, Institute for Global Health (UCL), Kingsgate Workshops, Lewisham Art House, London Borough of Barking and Dagenham, London College of Fashion, LUX, Royal College of Art, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Sotheby’s S|2 Gallery, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust, Towner Art Gallery, Whitstable Biennale.



Selected Press


Good practices in design pitches and tenders
FAD Art Directors and Graphic Designers’ Association, April 2019


Design studio work-form talk awkward typography, black holes and metallic gold
It’s Nice That, November 2018


Tears Shared: work-form on collaboration, ornamentation and bootlegging their own work
It’s Nice That, August 2016




Workshops, Publications and Special Projects



Who is it for?
How should it be?
Airspace Gallery
June 2019



People, Places & the Local
London College of Communication
May 2019



A Book is a Sequence of Spaces
– after Ulises Carrion
Royal College of Art
March 2019



Veggie Type: Printed Typography
Northfleet School for Girls
March 2019



It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time
Chelsea College of Arts
November 2018



Experimental Language
Spitfire Audio
August 2018



Design Takeover: work-form
South-East London Journal no. 12
The Art School Issue
Spring 2018



Layout for Graphic Designers: An Introduction
Bloomsbury Publishing
Spring 2018



Ideal Science – A Risographic Survey
Group Exhibition
Newlyn Art Gallery & Exchange
December 2017 – January 2018



work-form bar (III)

Art Licks Weekend

October 2017



Contemporary Typographic Design
Short Course
Chelsea College of Arts
August 2017



Taking a Line for a Walk:
Assignments in Design Education

Editors: Nina Palm & Emilia Bergmark

Spector Books
Autumn 2016



Sheerness Sans
Whitstable Biennale

November 2016



Hangout vs. Layout
Design & Interaction Debates
Central St Martins
October 2016



work-form bar (II)

Art Licks Weekend

October 2016



Art History, Criticism & Communication

Short Course
with Wouter van der Hallen, David Price,
Jeremy Atherton Lin & Esther Collins

Central St Martins
August 2016



Where is the Work?


Talk & Workshop

Norwich University of the Arts

October 2015



Studio Solutions


City & Guilds of London Art School

October 2015



work-form bar

Assembly Point Open Studios

October 2015



Crowd Talks Volume 1

Panel Discussion

at Studio 350 Brighton Degree Show

Rose Lipman Building

July 2015



Comic Sans for Cancer
Group Exhibition
August 2014
(Poster selected as curator’s choice)



Graphic Design Tasting Notes
Royal College of Art
27th November 2013



A Presentation of Failure:
Defining Practice
Kingston University
March 2013