Reaching the Unreached through Self-Help

Monday 06 October 2014


Wendy, Premm’s finance director and her daughter Chloe have just come back from Kakamega, Kenya, supporting the great work by Rush UK [Reaching the Unreached through Self-Help]. As well as painting classrooms in the local orphanage school, the team from Rush UK also sponsored a much needed medical camp in Butere. Over 1,400 local villagers and school children came for medical treatment, a visit to the dentist, eye clinic, along with blood tests and  full medical assessments with access to...

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Mike Meyer’s Hand Lettering Workshop

Monday 29 September 2014


Last week Sophie spent 2 days on the Better Letters Hand Lettering workshop in Hackney Wick, learning the technicalities of creating hand painted lettering. The workshop was run by American sign writer Mike Meyer – who is well known due to his involvement with the Sign Painters book and documentary film; which has recently been showing in London and can be viewed online here. Day 1 of the workshop included an introduction by Mike about typography and sign writing followed by spending the morning...

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Qwerty Pretty Things

Thursday 25 September 2014


Kevin and Sophie were fortunate enough to attend Barrie Tullet’s talk ‘From Q to M – three centuries of typewriter art’ last night at the St Bride Foundation. The event was a very enjoyable, amusing and enlightening hour spent in Barrie’s company as he gave an overview of his passion for this art form, showing a number of examples from his book ‘Typewriter Art: A Modern Anthology’. It was easy to get caught up in the author’s enthusiasm for the subject,...

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Messaging and branding for Macmillan Connected

Monday 22 September 2014


Recently Premm worked on a brand positioning and naming project for Macmillan Cancer Support. Following a long term relationship with Skype, Macmillan commissioned Premm to help with the naming, branding and messaging of a vital prototype service offering emotional support to those affected by cancer – whether they’ve been diagnosed themselves or are caring for someone close to them. As well as Premm working closely with the Macmillan team on the naming and providing messaging for the market...

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London Design Festival at the V&A

Wednesday 17 September 2014


As part of London Design Festival, the V&A hosted a series of free and paid events this weekend covering a range of topics from illustration to the future of letterpress printing. Sophie went along on the Saturday to see what the festival had to offer. The first lecture of the day was by letterpress printer Alan Kitching. He addressed his career over the past fifty years, going back and forth between when he was an apprentice to his latest work. It is fascinating to see how somebody can continue...

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A very event-full Friday

Tuesday 26 August 2014

Priory Events

The whole Premm Design team spent last Friday in leafy Surrey (Redhill to be precise) at Priory Events for some serious team building activities! We had a great time mucking about on quad bikes, trying our hand at archery and braving a little blindfold 4×4 driving too! Congratulations to the ladies team for coming out on top in the 4×4 competition and to Martin for clinching the individual archery top prize by a single point! (Special mention to Wendy too for returning to take part in the archery...

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Signpainting with Animaux Circus

Tuesday 15 July 2014


Recently I popped down to the Tate Britain for a spot of sign painting with London-based design studio Animaux Circus. I spotted them whilst on the Premm visit to Pick Me Up this year where they were carrying out some tropical letter painting workshops. They are known for doing a variety of murals, mixing vibrant colours, typography and illustration for clients such as Southbank, Lovebox and The Queen of Hoxton. The session started off with Animaux Circus doing a short presentation, introducing themselves,...

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Pop Up Parliament

Monday 07 July 2014


Recently Premm were invited to work with the Houses of Parliament in partnership with the Historic Royal Palaces. We were asked to create a series of pop up materials for three outdoor family festivals linked to the celebration of the Georgian era. These included a gazebo, interpretation boards, educational flyers, prop maces, interactive mats, table cloth, dispatch boxes and an up-cycled Chesterfield chair. This was a great opportunity for Premm, to work with a variety of media in one project, from...

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Comics Unmasked at the British Library

Thursday 26 June 2014

Comics Unmasked

Earlier this week I was fortunate enough to be able to pay the British Library a visit to see the ‘Comics Unmasked’ exhibition. The show reads like a who’s who of the British comics scene from Jamie Hewlett, artistic director Dave McKean, Frank Quitely, Simon Bisley, Mike McMahon, Neil Gaiman and Dave Gibbons plus many more leading lights from the industry. The opportunity to see original artwork from titles such as ‘V for Vendetta’ and particularly some of McKean’s...

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Talking typography

Monday 09 June 2014


This weekend Sophie decided to pop along to some typography-based events in conjunction with the Stoke Newington Literary Festival in East London. These included the Ghost Signs tour and a talk by Type Tasting. The Ghost Signs tour did not disappoint. Our guide’s knowledge of the signs and their history was in-depth and well spoken about, the two hours seemed to pass by very quickly with us visiting about fifteen sites in total. The signs varied from barely visible ones to others taking up...

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