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22 June 2016

Vote remain!

The EU referendum is almost upon us, and we will be voting ‘in’.

Campaigning ahead of the vote has reached fever pitch, and there are clearly a lot of issues at stake and strong opinions on both sides. For us, the decision was a simple one. We are proud of Britain’s creative and cultural heritage, and its position as a leading creative force in the world—a position that would be under serious threat if we leave the EU.

Isolating ourselves from our neighbours is never the answer: we are stronger when we work together. Let’s maintain that collaborative spirit.

Don’t forget to get out and vote tomorrow!

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12 May 2016

Ducksoup Cookbook:

The Wisdom of Simple Cooking

We’ve just designed our first cookbook! Published this month, The Wisdom of Simple Cooking is the first book by Claire Lattin and Tom Hill, founders of the tiny Soho-based neighbourhood restaurant Ducksoup. We were commissioned by publishers Square Peg to design the book, working in close collaboration with Claire, Tom and photographer Kristin Perers.

The food at Ducksoup is both simple and beautiful, with the very best of ingredients thoughtfully combined and sensitively presented—an approach we wanted to echo in the book’s design, with folded chapter openers offering a peek at the beautiful photography overleaf, and putty-coloured paper sections for the essays scattered amongst the recipes. Ducksoup Cookbook: The Wisdom of Simple Cooking is out now, you can buy a copy of the book here

Photograph opposite by
Kristin Perers

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21 April 2016

D&AD Awards and the Design Week Awards

This week is an important one in the world of design awards — judging is underway for both the D&AD Awards and the Design Week Awards. We were very pleased to be invited onto the jury for both. Emma has been at the Old Truman Brewery, judging the Craft for Design category for D&AD and Kirsty is at the Design Week offices judging their Print Communications submissions.

We’ll have to wait until the ceremonies later in the spring to find out the results, but in the meantime here’s a sneak peek of the D&AD entries laid out for inspection at the Truman Brewery earlier this week (we judged the awards without knowing who the designer was, they remain anonymous, this was one of our favourites)

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23 March 2016

Papermaking at James Cropper Mill

We travelled to the Lake District last week for a visit to the James Cropper paper mill with GF Smith, whose Colorplan paper range is one of the many papers produced at the mill. The Burneside Mill has been home to James Cropper PLC since 1845; some of the machinery within is over one hundred years old and still in operation.

We witnessed the paper making process from start to finish, beginning in the laboratory, where new shades are analysed by spectrometer and reproduced as single-sheet paper samples. The technicians explained the colour development process and the impact of metamerism, whereby colours look identical under one kind of light but drastically different in another; an effect we’d experienced many times when matching papers, Pantones or checking proofs in poor light!

Later, we were led to the heart of the action inside the mill itself, and watched as the bales of pulp were mashed and dyed in enormous vats, before being strained, dried, pressed and wound onto spools. It was fascinating to see the raw materials being transformed and to witness the heat, humidity, noise and activity of the colossal machinery at work. Thankyou to GF Smith and James Cropper for such an interesting day out— we will never look at paper quite the same way again.

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28 January 2016

Master Rock

There will be a book launch next month for Master Rock, the publication created to accompany an Artangel commission by the artist Maria Fusco. The artwork took the form of a series of performances held inside the Cruachan Power Station in Argyll and Bute, Scotland—a hydroelectric facility housed in a giant artificial cavern, carved into the granite of Ben Cruachan. We designed the book, working with Fusco, Artangel and co-publishers Book Works.

Fusco’s spoken-word performances explore the story of the creation of the power station, which was completed and commissioned in 1965. The tale encompasses Celtic folklore linked to the mountain itself, and the work of the ‘Tunnel Tigers’, the labourers who dug the cavern from the granite. The book launch will be held at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre at King’s College London on 5 February—we hope to see you there.

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