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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Football: United

Wednesday 28 May 2014

Panini sticker swapping. Maradona movie making. Satirical illustration. Award winning typography. All in one evening and all with one thing in common – the beautiful game. The last Tuesday of May (and the last Nicer Tuesday event before the World Cup begins) was a brilliant example of how the arenas of creativity and footie can combine with a wide variety of amazing results. Whether it was the work of Sennep on in providing a realistic hope of completing your panini sticker...

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The opposite of love is sausage…

Wednesday 14 May 2014


Described as a ‘cabaret opera’ Gloria – A Pigtale combines an eclectic mix of musical styles and dark comic plot lines. Premm had the pleasure of attending the preview evening last night at The Albany in South London, having worked on the promotional materials and the programme for the production. With singing frogs, sausage curtains and dancing hotdogs the piece took a refreshing contemporary approach to opera. We wanted this to reflect within the programme, so a strong contrast...

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Our visit to Pick Me Up 2014

Friday 02 May 2014

Last night saw a trio from Premm visit the 2014 Pick Me Up exhibition at Somerset House. Now in its fifth year, it was the usual wide variety of artwork on display, from the curated Pick Me Up Selects artists through to a number of creative collectives. Alongside the illustration and graphics, one unexpected highlight was the light-hearted and occasionally surreal poetry of Matthew Hodson (aka Matthew The Horse) that we stumbled across towards the end of our visit. The show finishes on Monday, so...

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Shh, it’s a secret!

Monday 14 April 2014

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...

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