Seen in Stockholm

January 3rd, 2019   •   No Comments   

Lydia has been off on her travels again, in a trip fuelled by the same the spirit of enquiry that drives our work. So what have we learned over the holidays?

A museum can invite people in and invite people to look out (these, pictures from the wonderful Fotografiska and the Moderna Museet).
Illustration can tell stories and shed actual light: the dual function of these painted biblical wallcloths was to tell the Christmas story and help make dark log dwellings feel lighter in short Winter days.
Chairs were once a status symbol. Stools were for everyday – display a chair and you showed that you were doing well.
If any reminder were needed, that arts and sciences go well together – this is test work by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with a mathematician.
You can make a whole cityscape out of gingerbread – this, an entry in the joyous gingerbread house competition run by ArkDes, the architecture and design centre.
There was a lot of branding in shipbuilding – here, both to enemies and to the country’s own citizens (this is in the Vasamuseet).
Brick can be surprisingly delicate – this beautiful line work is in Stockholm’s cathedral.

Here’s to more discoveries in 2019!

A Christmas apostrophe

December 17th, 2018   •   No Comments   

The annual studio Christmas booklet always gets some nice responses. But this year, there’s been a response in type form at an independents’ lunch organised by fellow designer Mike Abrahams, where wooden type was distributed to all: this lovely letterform is a nod to Apostrophe, Lydia’s extract from her Nerd Nite talk.

Santa’s little helper

December 10th, 2018   •   No Comments   

Above: a visual diary of the making of the Christmas window at Beaucatcher in Stoke Newington, the salon where Lydia had her exhibition Hair Lines this Summer. A lot more went into it than you’d think: several stages of roughs, materials tests on glass, digital development and two stages of large scale drawing, pausing occasionally to wave at passing families. More on the project here.

LT in Love East

December 9th, 2018   •   No Comments   

Design life: here, it’s a lot more than ‘travel to computer, sit at computer, generate graphics’. Lydia’s daily drawings on her commute have become a prolific Instagram feed, that has led to commissions and an exhibition and for fellow Eastenders, there’s a feature on them in Love East magazine.

A voyage of type nerdery

October 26th, 2018   •   No Comments   

The first graphic designer to speak at Nerd Nite London, Lydia has been back in November 2018 to talk about apostrophes. Lydia never passes up an opportunity to research something in unnecessary detail so she’s had a lot of fun researching for her 20-minute hurtle through everything she didn’t know about this little glyph. If she’s out and about, the chances are that she’s on the trail of another fascinating fact…

Nerd Nite London is a pecha kucha night for charity at the Backyard Comedy Club, Bethnal Green. 

Just one thing

September 7th, 2018   •   No Comments   

In an industry where increasingly, everyone tries to do everything, it’s inspiring to spend some time with people who do just one thing, very well.

The title piece from Lydia’s Hair Lines exhibition has been scanned at Cultural Heritage Digitisation, which works with artists and heritage collections, scanning large originals. With a museum background, they understand and enjoy the pieces that they work with. There is enormous pride in being able to pick up the finest pencil line and for us, discovery in working with them.

Experts don’t just make quality better; people who know their stuff make the whole project better.

In praise of pencil shavings

August 21st, 2018   •   No Comments   

Technology is a wonderful thing. It does speed and precision, it crunches through data and it makes the geography of a project a mere detail. But come on: pencil shavings…

In the by-products of a manual process, there are moments of wonder that can change the direction of an idea, or spark a new idea.

It’s one of the many reasons why we’re in favour of designers exploring the creative world beyond their screens, whether that’s in hybrid process or portfolio careers.

Hair Lines exhibition opens at Beaucatcher Salon

July 20th, 2018   •   No Comments   

Drawings, drinks, cellos and fabulous hair: Hair Lines, Lydia’s exhibition of drawings, has opened at Beaucatcher salon in Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 with a private view.

Thank you to all who came along, celebrated, bought and commissioned.

A big thank you to cellists Kim Mackrell and John Kirby for beautiful music.

And the biggest thank you of all to Beaucatcher’s Maryna and Maggie and their lovely assistants, who ran the evening with panache.

More about the bespoke set of drawings here.

Beaucatcher salon
44 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0LU
The exhibition runs until late September
There will be a wrap event and drawing session, details to follow.

Hair Lines: Lydia’s exhibition at Beaucatcher salon

July 6th, 2018   •   No Comments   

Lydia draws her way, on tubes and trains, to and from her East London desk. What, and who, Lydia spots depends on when she travels: an early start means labourers, then City workers, there’s the creative industry rush hour and a late night catches partygoers and shift workers making their weary ways home. At any time of day, one of the things that expresses London in all its human variety is hair: colourful, subtle, modern, vintage, sculptural, practical, point of difference or badge of belonging. Hair Lines is a series of drawings developed from these visual notes and from conversations at Beaucatcher salon.

Beaucatcher salon
44 Stoke Newington Church Street, London N16 0LU
9 July until September

Communication across cultures at the Web Effectiveness Conference

June 28th, 2018   •   No Comments   

We work with clients on communications for their events, we pile into process design and production planning – but there’s nothing quite like being there to give us real insight. So Lydia jumped at the invitation from our client Bowen Craggs to its Web Effectiveness Conference in Lisbon.

This compact, collegiate, vendor-free conference was enormously-informative – and not just in understanding from the inside how the conference works and how much value it has for people who manage some of the world’s biggest and most complex arrays of online corporate communications.

Why a content management system is like a closet; avoiding ‘tag-mania’; telling human stories about enormous business; looking at what content is trying to achieve before making decisions on materials; measuring for the future and a keynote presentation about working across cultures – listening to people from global corporations turned out to have much of relevance to our work with third sector organisations, educators and small businesses.

More on the conference here.

More on our work with Bowen Craggs here.