Monday, April 14th, 2014

Shh, it’s a secret!

At the weekend Sophie visited the annual Secret 7″ exhibition in Shoreditch. 700 individual 7″ vinyl sleeves have been designed by a variety of photographers, illustrators, painters, sculptors and graffiti artists from around the world all in aid of raising money for the charity War Child.

These go on sale in conjunction with Record Store Day next weekend, for an affordable £45 each on a first come first serve basis, allowing you to grab a limited edition piece of artwork from some potentially big names. You don’t know who has designed the sleeve, or to which one of the songs, until you have purchased the piece. With well known names who contributed including that of Paul Smith, Antony Gormley and Karl Pilkington. Such a wide variety of creatives produced a huge spread of different styles and mediums creating an all over exciting exhibition spread.

Find out more about Secret 7″ at


Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

Life without CDT

Paul was part of the audience at the recent talk by graphic designer Mike Dempsey, the latest in The Typographic Circle’s event series. Dempsey has been designing for over 50 years and is renowned for his work (including stamps for the Royal Mail, film title sequences for Ridley Scott and visual identities for English National Opera and London Chamber Orchestra) as well has his thoughtful, wide-ranging and often amusing blog, Graphic Journey.

He spoke briefly about his life before and during his time at CDT Design and then presented a cross-section of his lovingly-crafted work since setting up Studio Dempsey in January 2008. This has included several projects for the Helen Bamber Foundation highlighting the issue of sex trafficking, a cause close to his heart.

Dempsey continues to be a valuable voice of reason and experience in the industry as well as an inspiration for creating diverse and thought-provoking work.

Life without CDT

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

What next for Communication Design?

A few members of the Premm team were fortunate enough to attend the second of the DM25 ‘What next… ?’ series of talks at the Design Museum, where design luminaries Jonathan Barnbrook, Neville Brody, Javier Mariscal, Morag Myerscough and Sean Perkins talked to Rick Poynor about what the next quarter of a century might hold for communication design. Each member of the panel brought their own interpretation of the theme, resulting in an engaging, thought-provoking and entertaining event – debating a wide variety of topics including the role of the general public in design, the advantage to living in such an age of technological advancement and the influence of design on society. All within the unique setting of inside of Paul Smith’s head!


Thursday, March 13th, 2014

All that glisters…

We were excited to attend the Merchant of Venice performance last night at Shakespeare’s Globe –  a modern interpretation of the play which featured a 10 foot neon sign and a hot tub! Premm were commissioned for a third consecutive year to create the core marketing image for the Playing Shakespeare production, the 2014 flagship education project for the Globe Theatre. The brief was to have a “Made in Chelsea” styled visual which would engage with the young audience, and help them enjoy the tale of greed, justice and mercy. The identity was applied to the programme, posters, flags, advertising, and branding of the theatre’s external walls using a “brick wrap” technique, featuring a famous quote from the play in metallic gold.

Since 2007, Globe Education, with the generous support of Deutsche Bank, have been creating theatre for young people. In that time, over 90,000 have received free tickets for a performance at Shakespeare’s Globe created especially for them. For more information visit


Thursday, February 6th, 2014

A sign of the times

Two films showcasing the talents of artists from different continents inspired and entertained in equal measure last night as a group of us went along to the London Premiere of ‘Sign Painters’ and ‘Horn Please’ at the Roxy Bar & Screen. Brought to London by Ghostsigns (AKA Sam Roberts), The Sign Painter Movie celebrated the craft and skill of traditional American sign painters – charting the rise, fall and potential renaissance of the art through interviews with a variety of individual artists working in cities across the USA. ‘Horn Please’ looked at a similar group, focussing on the origins of Indian truck art and its evolution since then. A great double bill, presenting stories of the struggle of traditional arts and crafts in the face of technological progress. See the trailer for ‘Sign Painters’ here.


Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

New opera in new ways

Premm were excited to attend the launch of Mahogany Opera Group last Thursday. From January this year The Opera Group and Mahogany Opera joined forces, building on their combined strengths to create even greater possibilities for future opera projects. Premm won the tender last September to design their new brand, create their launch marketing materials and provide consultation on the look and feel of the recently launched website by module. Fundamental to Mahogany Opera Group is the spirit of adventure and enquiry and a commitment to developing new ways of creating and producing opera.

The launch event included a taster of the exciting and diverse productions to come over the forthcoming season, featuring Gloria – A Pigtale. HK Gruber’s cabaret opera, set in a burlesque butcher’s shop, follows a lonely pig looking for love against a darkly comic back-drop of fascist politics! Premm are looking forward to implementing the brand across the production materials for the year. We wish Mahogany Opera Group a successful and memorable 2014! For more information visit;

Mahogany Opera

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Candlelit drama at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse

This weekend I had the joy of going to the new indoor theatre at Shakespeare’s Globe – the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse.

The interior provided a delight to all the senses, from the smell of the candles, to the intricate hand painted ceilings and the authenticity of the recreated jacobean architecture.The intimacy of the playhouse complemented itself perfectly to the macabre plot of ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. With the only light source being that of the candles, the cast were able to use it to their advantage to create a chilling atmosphere full of suspense. There were stunning performances from both ‘Bond girl’ Gemma Arterton and ‘Ripper Street’s’ David Dawson. This is the first of a series of performances to be hosted in the Globe Theatre’s new sister venue, and hopefully one of many more to come!

Duchess of Malfi
Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Minding my p’s and q’s

At the London Centre for Book Arts last night I found myself rubbing shoulders with website editors and primary school teachers as we came face to face with traditional hot metal and wooden letterpress type. The three hour workshop gave everyone in the small group the chance to set a single line of metal type and their own composition of wooden letter forms. Getting hands on with such an authentic, traditional printing technique was great fun and a refreshing break from the daily digital equivalent. The guys at LCBA are clearly passionate about their work in restoring, preserving and teaching all elements of book arts. I wish them every success and look forward to attending my next workshop soon! You can find out more here.

Letterpress workshop at the LCBA

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Changing the face of men’s health

The upper lips of the male contingent of Premm Design collectively participated in Movember this year. Those of us with normally hair-free faces joined with those who usually sport some degree of facial furniture to grow the obligatory moustache for the month in our efforts to promote the charity’s work, raising awareness around male health issues. So far the Premm MoBro Posse total stands at over £150 and we hope that will increase to over £200 once all the promised generous donations have come in.

Premm Movember montage

The Premm MoBro Posse

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

Pick Me Up 2012

Having been unable to make it to Pick Me Up with the guys for 2 years running, I was determined to get there this year when I got wind it was back! At the Somerset House Embankment Galleries, it was a mixture of lovely design/illustration work and work that looked like my sketchbook in my first year at university. Not only was it a showcase of talented designers and illustrators, but you could come away with something too – which I very nearly did, but my willpower sustained me. There was some very impressive hand drawn typography, a swirl of intricate pen lines by Yuko Michishita and lovely hand rendered illustration by David Sparshott in the Selected Artists area. Peep Show were artists in residence hosting workshops, and Print Club London set up a screenprinting area inviting people to take part in the process and creating a silk screen print. Definitely worth the visit, inspired me lots!

Pick Me Up 2012

Pick Me Up 2012