Friday, June 29th, 2012

On your marks…

Following our successful appointment to The London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC) design framework (as featured in Design Week Fri, 27 Apr 2012), I was fortunate enough to be invited along to a walking tour of the Olympic Park. It provided me with a valuable insight into the LLDC’s intentions for the future of the park beyond the Olympics and Paralympics and it was a real privilege to be able to walk around the site so close to the games beginning. We look forward to helping the LLDC with their exciting plans for the park.

The Olympic Park, Stratford

The Orbit Tower and Velodrome at The Olympic Park, Stratford

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Celebrating Success with the Prince’s Trust

It was an absolute privilege for myself and Martin to be present at yesterday’s The Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal Paris Celebrate Success Awards at the Odeon, Leicester Square. The Awards recognise young people’s success in education, skills development, employment, enterprise and in the community. In the presence of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, hosted by Ant & Dec and with many of the charity’s celebrity ambassadors in attendance this event was joyful, inspiring and humbling in equal measure. To find out more visit, princes-trust.org.uk/celebrate

The Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal Paris Celebrate Success Awards

The Prince’s Trust and L’Oreal Paris Celebrate Success Awards

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

On with the show

International Confex 2012 is currently on at ExCel London, with branding by Premm. Following a successful pitch in June 2011, we went on to produce a new logo and creative brand visual for this prestigious gathering of event-related organisations. Our varied remit ranged from direct influence on the look and feel of the website, production of event collateral, press advertising and HTML email templates, to the provision of our artwork files to enable UBM Live to apply the branding throughout the event space itself. International Confex will run between 6 and 8 March, find out more at international-confex.com

International Confex 2012

International Confex 2012

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

An E-motional Evening

I was lucky enough to attend the E-motional Type lecture at the British Library last night, the final event of their Spring Festival. It was a rare opportunity to hear from FUSE legends Neville Brody and Jon Wozencroft, along with Adrian Shaughnessy, Jonathan Barnbrook and Teal Triggs. Each speaker was given ten minutes (ish) to make their presentation on the role of type and visual language. I thought the format was a great success, with a wide variety of topics covered; from the experimental work of Brody & Wozencroft (celebrated in their special boxed set of FUSE 1-20), to the thought-provoking projects of Barnbrook, the passionate feminism of Triggs and the quick-witted commentary of Shaughnessy. Just my ‘type’ of evening!

British Library Spring Festival

British Library Spring Festival

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Bring me sunshine…

The Designs of the Year 2012 show is now on at the Design Museum, with a huge variety of work on display from a wide range of design disciplines. I will definitely making a trip down to the museum to check it out, not least to get a peek at a reject slab from Gordon Young and Why Not Associates’ Comedy Carpet installation. I have been a fan of this piece since first coming across it in last October’s issue of Creative Review and have recently got hold of a copy of the companion guide book (pictured) – I think it is a great marriage of typographic design and engineering ingenuity. So until I can come up with a reason to go to Blackpool, the exhibition is going to be the closest I can get! Find out more at comedycarpet.com

The Comedy Carpet Guide

The Comedy Carpet Guide

Monday, January 9th, 2012

On the buses

Marie Stopes Sierra Leone (MSSL) has been providing high quality reproductive/sexual health services to Sierra Leoneans for 25 years. These bus side adverts are intended to encourage sexually active women and their partners to visit the MSSL outreach centers for contraception, advice and other services. The bus adverts project is one of a number of recent pieces of work that Premm have produced for Marie Stopes International (MSI), including a corporate folder, 2012 desk calendar and emergency toolkit pdf brochure. Find out more about the work of MSI here

An MSI bus in Sierra Leone

One of the MSI buses in Sierra Leone

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Friday, January 6th, 2012

Extending the invitation

VisitBritain has called upon the British public to invite their friends and relatives from around the world to visit the UK in 2012. The rallying cry for the nation to get involved is the latest phase of the national tourism agency’s ‘GREAT Britain – You’re Invited’ marketing programme and Premm have been involved in developing the free online toolkit for the campaign. The toolkit, available on www.visitbritain.org, will be provided to businesses – large or small –  across Britain to help them participate in, and benefit from the campaign. This will enable them to tailor adverts and newsletter templates in their own communications. Launching the campaign, Tourism Minister John Penrose said: “This is an innovative and personal way of encouraging more visitors to the UK and comes at a time when we want to ensure Britain is top of everyone’s holiday wish list.”

Share Your Great Britain

Share Your Great Britain poster

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Premm & The Prince’s Trust

It is always great to be able to announce new client relationships and we are thrilled to have completed our first project with The Prince’s Trust recently. The Adviser Support Pack is for those running the xl programme and consists of a series of eight brochures that provide teaching and learning resources for Advisers to help them work with the young people in The Prince’s Trust xl clubs. This initiative from The Prince’s Trust provides a personal development programme aimed at young people aged 13-19 at risk of underachievement or exclusion from school. Find out more about the club here.

The Prince's Trust xl club adviser brochures

The Prince's Trust xl club advisers' brochures

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Birds and Beasts at Origin 2011

The 2011 London Design Festival concluded this weekend, and I paid a visit to the Origin Contemporary Craft Fair at Spitalfields Market on Sunday. Highlights for me included the fabulous felt work of Barbara Keal, the delicate jewellery of Julia Parry-Jones and the witty knitwear of Nina Führer. The show continues until Wednesday 28 September with an inspiring collection of over 200 exhibitors working in ceramics, paper, glass, metal, textiles, furniture, jewellery etc. www.originuk.org

Barbara Keal, Julia Parry-Jones and Nina Führer at Origin 2011

Barbara Keal, Julia Parry-Jones and Nina Führer at Origin 2011

Friday, July 1st, 2011

The end of an era

For 25 years it has been landing on our doormats on a weekly basis, keeping us informed of the most recent news and developments in the design industry and occasionally mentioning Premm too! But from this week onwards Design Week will be a digital-only publication. It is going to take a bit of getting to used to, and we will certainly miss the printed edition, but we look forward to seeing the new improved online version.