|03 December 2013 — Villandry St. James Opening|
Yesterday we went to the opening party of the new (Villandry) branch in St. James. Seriously posh but certainly perfect for that part of town (which we normally never go to). Lots of free drinks.
20 November 2013 — Eclectic Work in Progress
Our identity for the Paris based restaurant Eclectic is taking shape. All the design of various applications for this Paris restaurant are finished, now we are busy producing some of them for the opening early next month. It will be a race against the clock again as we've been fiddling with curvy lines for a little bit too long. If anyone wonders why all our recent logos are shown as animations, the simple reason is we stopped designing singular logos a while ago and this is just a convenient way to show how a slightly more complex identity works.
22 November 2013 — Another Visit from France
Today, almost exactly to the day one year later, another group of French students from (La Martiniere Diderot) in Lyon came to visit our studio. Always nice to have visitors from the other side of the channel.
20 November 2013 — Tom Dixon Catalogue printed
The 2014 Tom Dixon catalogue arrived from the printers last week. It came out well but we will not put it up on the website anymore as we have done quite a few now over the years. It can be viewed online here.
10 November 2013 — Düsseldorf Students Visit
Holger's students from Germany came to London for a one week excursion. We visited museums, galleries, the St. Bride Library and studios of good friends such as Hato Press, Modern Activity, Julia, Hudson Powell and Fraser Muggeridge. Personal highlight was the visit at Why Not Associates where Andy Altman explained their Blackpool mega project The Comedy Carpet in all detail. Thanks to everyone who took the time to show their work and hopefully inspire the students not to end up in some boring advertising agency.
28 October 2013 — 20plusX
Holger and former long term Mind Design partner Craig just came back from the 20plusX Summer School in Munich, Germany where we did a talk and run a workshop. Together with students we built a 'big corporate design machine'. Every student picked a common adjective from an average corporate identity brief and then build a segment of the machine which in some mechanical way produces a visual expression of the word. Good fun, great results. We might put the documentation into the teaching section at some point.
20 October 2013 — You've been Framed
Holger just came back from Bilbao, Spain where he was talking at the Select D conference. Quite a big audience of super nice people. The conference was held at the Alhóndiga Bilbao Cultural and Leisure Centre designed by Philippe Starck who decided to put a big golden frame around the stage. Quite funny. Great to meet lots of other designers from Europe as well and to exchange ideas. The general consensus among all graphic designers concerned with identity was that the traditional logo is dead. However, that conclusion has not quite arrived with most clients yet.
Great food in Bilbao as well.
18 October 2013 — Eclectic
We are currently designing a new restaurant in Paris called 'Eclectic'. Not easy when nobody in the studio speaks any proper French but today our clint sent us the first images of the temporary window covering (while there is building work going on inside). Its seemed to have turned out as well. Making up for the language barrier the French seem to be really efficient in producing things.
07 October 2013 — Lock Studio Sign
The brilliant guys from Jail Make installed our sign for Lock Studios today. It moves up and down on a heavy chain very similar to the mechanism the locks on the canal use. Very pleased with how it came out. However, the simple vinyl stencils we needed for the same place we messed up by getting the measurements wrong.
19 September 2013 — A Single Letter T
Beginning of the year we designed the lettering to go on top of the newly refurbished Sea Containers House at the embankment. Probably the largest letters we ever did. Recently they tested if they can be seen from the other side of the river when illuminated. Quite funny to see a single letter 'T' on top of the building.
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