This year’s London Design Festival which kicks off officially this weekend is the event’s tenth anniversary, but graphic design studio Build is going one better, holding a show to mark 11 years in the business. Creative director Michael C Place struck out on his own after leaving The Designers Republic in Sheffield and hasn’t looked back, amassing a roster of design-savvy clients like Nokia, The Design Museum and Getty Images.
Their top-quality work has a certain high-end slickness because of the kind of clients they work for but that doesn’t stifle their creativity and it’s good to see them pushing big briefs in interesting and unexpected ways. It’s perhaps revealing that on their website their principles are set out in “A Manifesto (of sorts)” which suggests a mindset not constrained by design dogma.
The new show Build; Blood, Sweat & 11 Years at The Truman Brewery features posters and prints from their archive and is undoubtedly one of the graphic design highlights of this year’s LDF.
The show runs until Sunday.
- Designer Kara Zichittella talks about her typographically-led projects
- “Where’s my community?”: Skin Deep and POC on the need for diversity in the film industry
- Jee-ook Choi conveys complex ideas using fine linework and muted colours
- Photographer Mehdi Lacoste on working with Actress
- French designer Victoire Coyon’s understated portfolio
- Unit Editions’ upcoming book on the unparalleled work of Paula Scher
- A new national identity: Smörgåsbord Studio rebrands Wales
- Graphic design gems: Chicago gang business cards from the 1970s and 80s
- Photographer Dougie Wallace captures the super rich spenders of “Harrodsburg”
- “Romance in a sort-of fantasy world”: photographer Molly Matalon's new work (some NSFW)
- Studio Michael Satter’s sophisticatedly simple graphic design portfolio
- Harry Pearce and Pentagram create a new identity for Pink Floyd’s record label