|22 May 2014 Jumbo Jumbo Time|
It has become a long standing studio tradition to meet once a year with our Swiss friends, ex-colleagues, interns and collaborators at the Rheinfelder Bierhalle in Zurich to battle with their local speciality the gigantic Jumbo Jumbo cordon bleu. This years winner, who finished the gigantic piece of meat (plus chips and salad) in the fastest time was Martin (who took over the title from Alex). Congratulations Martin! Since great work usually pays badly, you must have been starving.
21 May 2014 Meeting Weingart
I flew over to Zurich for just one evening to see a panel discussion with Wolfgang Weingart at the Museum für Gestaltung. So far I only knew his work and design approach from books and interviews but he has always been one of my biggest inspirations. Great to meet the design legend in person.
09 May 2014 Down Memory Lane
Yesterday I went over to the RCA to attend their Research Design Publish Symposium (which was brilliant). In a slightly nostalgic mood I took the opportunity to visit the studios in the Stevens Building and my old desk where I worked 17 years ago. At the time I was living in a pretty shabby flat and worked almost non-stop, so most of the time I slept under my desk in the college. It was a big surprise to see that the student who works on my desk now (greetings!) seems to do exactly the same.
28 April 2014 Taschen Book Launch at Tramshed
Its been a while since we designed a book. Recently we designed one on collaboration with Taschen and the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards. It may be not quite our choice of cover but overall a very nice and substantial book. The launch was yesterday at Tramshed in Shoreditch. Against our usual principles we even entered the awards.
05 April 2014 100 beers by 100 designers
We are proud to be part of the 100/100 project. 100 beer labels designed by 100 contributors in aid of Art Fund. Among them my all-time favorite design hero Lance Wyman.
21 March 2014 Keep Hackney Crap!
Its getting worse. Recently teeny band One Direction filmed their latest video on Broadway Market, now Kanye West's car parks right under our studio window. No wonder our rent has gone up. I wish Throbbing Gristle would still run the Death Factory at the side of London Fields. They might scare away some of those people. The cross on the door in 50 Beck road where they used to live is still there.
19 March 2014 At the Design Museum
Yesterday the whole studio went to the design museum to find out What Next for Communication Design?. The discussion panel included some of the most influential graphic designers such as Neville Brody and the brilliant Morag Myerscough. A very interesting evening but somehow we felt nobody really had a clear vision where design is heading in the next 50 years or really addressed the problems of an industry that is becoming more and more dominated by marketing and social media. So if the big guys don't know I guess we have to figure it out ourselves.
08 March 2014 Sign installed
Our sign for the The Life Centre has been installed. For a long time we have been working on identities without a traditional logo, so its nice to see a sign that is just text.
The website still needs lots of work though...
03 March 2014 A package from Japan
Today we received a big box with tea from Japan. It contained our first little project for Askul, a large Japanese company that provides everything you could possibly need in your office. Obviously there is a lot of tea drinking in Japanese offices. Also the prize for last years nicest client has to go to Askul as they are a pleasure to work with, very respectful, highly efficient and organised. A few more images here: → Askul
02 March 2014 Eins Eins Eins
If you are interested in magazines (the rare and obscure kind) check out a new website by three of Holger's students. Eins Eins Eins, regularly features new magazines, looks back into the history of magazines and speaks to their makers.
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