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.
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