Video and photography for StormGathering

New work added from a telecommunication conference held in London, this was held at the uber-cool Ace Hotel on Shoreditch High Street. The space was well presented and the view was beautiful, especially at night.

Services included print and digital design as well as documenting the day with video/photography. The logo was animated and redesigned to align with the company’s brand.

‘I don’t know what I’m doing’ – A night out with Adobe

This is the go to event to find out about the latest additions to Creative Cloud, and hear the stories of success from luminary speakers.

We had Tom Watkins, D&AD black pencil winner; Marylou Faure, top illustrator; and Dan Germain, the brand director of europe’s largest juice company – Innocent.

Adobe creative meet up took place at Shoreditch Studios, London.
Adobe creative meet up took place at Shoreditch Studios, London.

Tom Watkins

At 21, this guy has achieved a lot, and is a great inspiration for students and graduates. Watkins made his name with his project When I’m a dad, which awarded him a D&AD black pencil and a great deal of exposure.

Watkins kindly gave us a few wise words he swears by, designers of all ages can learn a nugget or two from this guy.

Dan Watkins speaking at Adobe ‘Make it’, creative meet up, July 2016.
Dan Watkins speaking at Adobe ‘Make it’, creative meet up, July 2016.

Marylou Faure

This woman is on fire! Going freelance little over a year ago, this illustrator has really made her mark on the world, with her quirky style and juicy colour palette, this lady is the real deal.

Dan Germain

‘I don’t know what I’m doing’, wise words from a wise man (with wise 60s hair). Germain expressed the importance of having a voice, your own voice, and being true to it. It works for him, it works for Innocent, and everyone that drinks Innocent.

He’s made something as mundane as juice to be the coolest thing to rock this planet. It has even received the seal of approval, in the form of a tapestry, made by one of many loyal ‘fans’. In the words of Germain ‘Does Apple or Nike have a tapestry?’

Innocent pun. Adobe ‘Make it’ creative meet up, July 2016.
Innocent pun. Adobe ‘Make it’ creative meet up, July 2016.

David Bowie – Letterform Live

Grafik bring you Letterform Live, in partnership with Monotype and the ISTD, a series of talks – all about type, typography, and the design process.

At each event speakers zoom in on a single letterform, exploring both its visual form as well as the story behind it, sharing their letter’s little-known secrets and reveal their personal relationship with the letter they’ve chosen.

This April’s Letterform Live theme celebrates the late David Bowie and those who were luck enough to work closely with him. Speakers included Jonathan Barnbrook, Tom Hingston, Morag Myerscough and Julian Morey.

Julian Morey

Morey kicked off the night with a light-hearted in-depth observation of a record, The Visitor, featured in The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) which starred Bowie. From identifying the designer, to the typeface, and the image featured on the cover. The talk was intensely fascinating and for an object that only appears in the film for about a minute – quite impressive to what Morey had discovered. I shan’t share his story, as it is his to tell, and I hope he continues to recount his obsession at future gigs.

The man who fell to earth (1976)

Morag Myerscough

Myerscough delighted us with some nostalgic stories of her childhood and the music she listened to with her sister. The letter she had chosen to focus on was the letter ‘K’ featured on the cover of David Bowies Hunky Dory (1971). It was interesting to hear the thoughts of an artist who disregards all the house rules (like Bowie), experimentation with the letterforms, and her experiences with the popular rub-down type – Letraset.

Hunky Dory (1971) by David Bowie

Tom Hingston

Hingston kindly shared with us the story behind the video of David Bowie’s Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) (2016), from concept to creation. Showing us behind the scenes of how the elements, and tangents in the creative process, led to the final shoot – somewhere in south London with a big arse projector, smoke machines, and mysterious characters. The outcome is beautiful and fitting, inspired by 1930/40s film noir.

Jonathan Barnbrook

Finally Barnbrook delighted us with the journey to the creation of Black Star (2016), David Bowie’s last album released shortly before his death. Without knowledge of Bowie’s condition it seemed a fitting tribute, as it followed the subject of mortality. A coincidence some people cannot believe, as Barnbrook recounts many a time people have questioned him, such as relating the character code with special dates etc.

Barnbrook used Unicode Character ‘BLACK STAR’ (U+2605), an open source graphic language, and further made all artwork created as free to use under Creative Commons on bowieblackstar.net.

The broken up star shapes make the word ‘Bowie’.

Black Star (2016) by David Bowie