Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

A very event-full Friday

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 and 4×4 driving after taking a tumble on her quad bike). Finally a massive thanks to all of our clients who were so understanding in allowing us to arrange their projects around the studio closure for the day!

Away Day

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Signpainting with Animaux Circus

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, their work and their influences to get our juices flowing. We then had to discuss ideas based on a personal memory before transferring this into a design for the sign. It was great to sit down with other people and paint together, especially as some of the people there weren’t in the creative industries.

You can find out more about Animaux Circus here.

Animaux Circus

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Pop Up Parliament

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 large scale graphics to 3D objects.

The materials needed family appeal by being fun but also accessible, enabling the audience to get involved with the concept of Parliament and debate. The mats and boards provided an interactive element to this, getting the children to respond to a variety of issues and create opinions in a more playful manner. We developed a vibrant palette complimented by a splat device to coherently hold the variety of objects together as a pack, as well as successfully working with the factual information to make more engaging.

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

Comics Unmasked at the British Library

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 own models, made for a very enjoyable evening, as I re-lived some of the reading matter of my formative years (Eagle, Dan Dare, 2000AD), put into context among more historical examples of the use of sequential art to communicate a huge range of ideas, messages and emotions. A fantastic journey through the history of British comic art, from the 19th century manuscripts to contemporary graphic novels, games and movies – get along if you can and release your inner geek!


Monday, June 9th, 2014

Talking typography

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 the entire sides of buildings, most seemed to be illegible but we were encouraged to decipher what they said. What we found most interesting were the photographs brought along showing some of the pieces back when the were created, so we could compare them to now. Seeing as some of these were over 100 years old it is impressive how well they have kept.

After the tour, we went a short stop down the road to a talk run by Type Tasting – set up by Sarah Hyndman – who carry out a series of workshops and talks inspired by making typography accessible. Type Tasting is most well-known for their edible letter forms, creating various typefaces out of food – answering the question of ‘what would this typeface taste like?’. She has created Comic sans out of sweets and popping candy, Helvetica out of water biscuits and Impact out of chilli chocolate!

The talk was about the basic history of typography, but showcasing it through the medium of ten album covers. Sarah spoke about the influence of typographic styles from various decades and how they had an influence on certain album covers, for example the AC/DC logo referencing black letter and taking a shock tactic of mimicking the typeface used by the Nazis, with Franz Ferdinand’s album referencing Russian propaganda and breaking the grid.

Ghost Signs

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Football: United

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 stickerswapping.com in providing a realistic hope of completing your panini sticker album while avoiding bankruptcy, Sam Blair’s intriguing doc on Diego Maradona circa 1986, the anarchic comedy visual and audio stylings of The Illustrated Game or Rick Banks’ celebration of the typography adorning our soccer heroes’ shirts, there was something for all flavours of football fan – regardless of who they might support.

Each speaker was given an opportunity to talk the audience through their project in turn, explaining their personal motivations and giving an insight into their unique appreciation of the national game. Congratulations to the team at It’s Nice That for organising such an enjoyable and successful event.

Nicer Tuesdays Football

Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

The opposite of love is sausage…

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 of black and pink was used as well as a mix of imagery styles. Reflecting the logo, that Premm designed earlier in the year, we introduced a die cut slash into the cover as a reveal, as well as using the slash as image holders within the programme.

Gloria will be on tour throughout the UK in May and July at various venues. For more information please visit www.mahoganyoperagroup.co.uk

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Our visit to Pick Me Up 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 there is still time to get down there and check it out for yourself.


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 http://secret-7.com/


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