Out & About Category

Car Park Show—

Continuing last week's talent quest, we all headed over to sunny Fulham on Friday for the University of Brighton's Car Park Show. More than just your average degree show, the event took place in an actual car park (set for demolition) with a shop, cafe, installations and a performance space. Plus free beer (we're not obsessed, honest). Here are our picks—

Jamie Rickett.

Georgia Wallace Davies.

Joe Nava.

Thought-provoking work from Samantha Lippett.

Sharif Elsabagh.

Sophie Bryant-Funnell.

Nice typography project by Jamie Eke.

Loved this comic by Nick Edwards— updated every week!

And of course, we couldn't talk about the Car Park Show without mentioning our very talented intern Sebastian Brown, who is himself a Brighton 2013 graduate, and who built the show's website. Well done Seb, and well done everyone at Brighton!
The show continues until Tuesday 9 July.

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New Blood—

Last night saw Michael, Nicky, Joe and Sophie head into trendy Shoreditch for D&AD New Blood, in the search for some lovely new graduate talent. We certainly weren't disappointed, and below are a few students who caught our eye.
Lucy Ann Pendlebury from Bath School of Art & Design.
Daniel Reed from Sheffield Hallam University.
Luke Patton from Arts University Bournemouth.
Jacob Bebbington from Middlesex University.
Alice Bowsher from Bath School of Art & Design.
William Lakin from Middlesex University.
Simon Martin from Middlesex University.
All images courtesy of the students credited above— well done to all graduates finishing this summer. High fives all round.

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Work at Play—

We are very pleased to announce that we are to be part of an exhibition called 'Work at Play' at The Chicago Design Museum.
Michael is one of four exhibitors that will form the exhibition, the other esteemed artists/designers are Marian Bantjes, John Massey & Wolfgang Weingart. To be included in such a great line-up is very humbling, we are very much looking forward to seeing pictures of the show which we'll post on the blog as soon as we get them.

From the Chicago Design Museum website:
For many, the compulsion to create is constant. It's unstoppable. Beyond the hours at the office, we create, we make–we play. In an attempt to find our own voice, we may stumble upon a visual language that can speak for and, perhaps, inspire others. This year, we celebrate the blurred line between work and play.

Block Thirty Seven
108 North State Street
3rd Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

M–F 12pm–08pm
S–Su 12pm–06pm

Calendar of Events
Museum Opens - June 01, 12pm–08pm
CLA First Thursdays gallery walk - June 06, 05pm–08pm
Design Talk: Marian Bantjes - June 08, 02pm–04pm
Design Week Opening Reception - June 10 07pm–11pm
Adobe: Create Now - June 18
Museum Closes - June 30, 12pm–08pm

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Pop-up Shop—


Due to unforeseen circumstances the Pop-Up Shop has been cancelled.
Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

***Due to unforeseen circumstances (we've been burgled) we have had to cancel the Pop-Up Shop that was due to be held tonight. Apologies***

Come to our POP-UP SHOP!
To celebrate the reprint of Build—Works (01), we will be hosting a pop-up shop in the studio on Thursday 9th May from 5pm-9pm.
You will be able to buy selected prints and order print-on-demand posters, custom built acrylic frames, as well as Build—Works (01) and there will be complimentary drinks for customers ('til stocks last, as they say!).

If you have already received your copy of Build—Works (01), please feel free to bring along and Michael will be available to sign copies.

Our studio address is:
Unit 15 Hiltongrove
12-15 Hatherley Mews
E17 4QP
(download a map with directions here).
Hope to see you there!
If you can't make it to the pop-up shop you can still buy from our online shop by clicking here)!

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Close at Fabric—

Some pictures from Saturday night, when Close made its live debut at Fabric.
The hour-long live set from Aus and Simple boss Will Saul also featured Al Tourettes on drums (visuals by Silent Studios).
Close's first single 'Beam Me Up' will be released by !K7 very soon - with the full album 'Getting Closer' released in May. Take a look at the Close identity we designed for them on our site here. Also a video of Beam Me Up on Youtube.

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One trophy to rule them all…

It began with the carving of the Yellow Pencils. Three were given to the Creative Directors; immortal, wisest and fairest of all beings. Seven, to the Senior Designers, great thinkers and craftsmen of the fixed-gear bikes. And nine, nine pencils were gifted to the race of account managers, who above all else desire power. For within these pencils was bound the strength and the will to govern over each race.
But they were all of them deceived, for a new trophy was made. In the land of Walthamstow, in the fires of Forest Road, BV Trophies, E17 forged in secret, a master trophy (hand engraved by robots), to control all others. And into this trophy they poured all their creativity, their ideas and their will to dominate all design. One trophy to rule them all. One by one, the free peoples of The Earth fell to the power of the trophy.
But there were some who resisted. A last alliance of Designers and Creative directors marched against the armies of unoriginality, and on the very slopes of Forest Road, they fought for the freedom of East-London. Victory was near, but the power of the trophy could not be undone. It was in this moment, when all hope had faded, that Build, son of the king, took up his father's Rotring. And the enemy of the free peoples of Earth, was defeated. The trophy passed to Build, who had this one chance to destroy evil forever... but the hearts of Men are easily corrupted.
And the trophy of power has a will of its own. It betrayed Build, to his death. And some things that should not have been forgotten were lost. History became legend. Legend became myth. And for a year, the trophy passed out of all knowledge. Until, when chance came, the trophy ensnared another bearer. The trophy came to the victor, who took it deep into the tunnels under Covent Garden tube, and there it consumed him. The trophy gave to the victor an unnatural long life.
For a year it freed his mind; and in the glow of the victor's studio, it waited. Darkness crept back into the studios of the world. Rumour grew of a shadow in the East, whispers of a nameless fear, and the Trophy of Power perceived. Its time had now come.
But then something happened that the trophy did not intend. It was picked up by the most unlikely studio imaginable. An as yet unnamed studio. For the time will soon come when creatives will shape the fortunes of all...

2012 Graphic Design Pub Quiz
21st November, 2012.
The Railway Tavern Ale House
2 St Jude Street
N16 8JT

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