Braai – The act of cooking meat over fire

Monday 26 January 2015


Over the past few months Sophie has been working on an illustrative hand lettering project for a small pop-up food company called ‘Braaicycle‘. They provide South African BBQ food at weddings, private events, markets, intimate dos – really anywhere a bicycle with a barbecue can go! The process started back in October when the owner approached Sophie about creating some designs for the bike after a recommendation from a friend. The idea is to start with just one bike with future plans...

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10,000 and counting

Monday 19 January 2015


Having created the ICS brand back in 2013 Premm were recently commissioned to design social media content for the 10,000 volunteer campaign. International Citizen Service (ICS) is a once-in-a-lifetime volunteering opportunity open to all 18 to 25-year-olds, backed by the UK government. It gives the chance for volunteers to work side-by-side with local volunteers in developing countries, to make a meaningful contribution to fighting poverty, and to gain valuable skills that will stay with them after...

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An insight into Vision Rescue

Thursday 13 November 2014


Martin recently came back from Mumbai, where a team from Hillsong Church were supporting the work of Vision Rescue. Currently there are over 300,000 children living on the streets of Mumbai, even with all the available help, it is estimated that only 15,000 of these children receive any kind of attention and care. Vision Rescue is a registered non-profit charity involved in feeding, providing non-formal education, medical help, skills training and other kinds of assistance to the addicted and abused...

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Show me a sign

Monday 10 November 2014


Last week Sophie visited her old university, the University of Lincoln, to carry out a talk and workshop on hand lettering with the second year, BA (Hons) Graphic Design students. After a quick introduction, and brief history of hand lettering, she spoke about how designers are using hand lettering in current practice and how she uses it in her own work. There were about twelve second year students in the first group who were asked to pick a word or letter that represented a part of their personality...

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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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