This time of the month our designer and newest recruit Anna tells us about some of the design studios she’s been drooling over lately.
Maddison Graphic is a design studio based in Norwich, working mainly in print. I love how their work has an almost lo-fi, slightly retro aesthetic; it also feels very British. The projects are presented in a really clean and simple way – with loads of white space, and no explanatory text – letting the designs speak for themselves.
Belford’s Islington studio works predominantly across branding and communication. Looking at their work you often think ‘I wish I’d thought of that’ – really clever ideas brought to life with serious design skills. They’re multi-award winning and it’s easy to see why. I absolutely love the ‘From Babies With Love’ branding project. As a big fan of stationery and vintage ephemera, this is really appeals to me. The main identity features a post-mark, which is built on with this cute set of characters created with a naive, collaged aesthetic.
Blok studio’s work properly makes me drool. They’ve worked on some fantastic projects across various disciplines including identity, packaging, digital, editorial and exhibitions. They’ve got a GREAT eye for colour – I’m absolutely loving this fresh combination that they used on theWomen’s Creative Collective project.
Rob and I heard Studio Dumbar’s Creative Director Liza Enebeis give a brilliant talk at last year’s Design MCR festival – she was great – so inspiring. One of the most interesting projects she spoke about was the Amsterdam Sinfonietta, where a custom code was created from the ‘AS’ that transforms music into dynamic patterns – very cool. Technology-led design is fascinating; it appeals to my inner geek.
I find it hard not to get full on design buzz looking at Heydays’s website. I admire everything they do – not only the brilliant client work – but also the way it’s presented on their website – clean, simple, spacious, with beautiful typography, minimal digital mockups, and cute animations. OutSCANDIng.