It wasn’t like this in my day, when Graduates would spend the first few months of post-study freedom “finding themselves” in India or trying to write their epoch-defining first novel. Now when they leave art school, young creatives are often ready, willing hand able to plunge straight into the professional world. Leeds College of Art graduates Luke O’Brien, Max Gregory and Joe Warburton did just that, founding Formula studio based on a business model developed for a module on their course.
Such get-up-and-go is all well and good but without the skills to pay their bills (ahem) it could be a futile effort. Luckily Formula have no such concerns in this area, with a mighty impressive portfolio already boasting some stand-out projects. Their typefaces created in conjunction with Yafet Bisrat are really good, but their holistic aesthetic abilities really hit home in their branding for fashion design graduate Rebekah Hill. The classy, refined identity built around a tilted “K” section wouldn’t look out of place on a much more established studio’s site and proves these three guys are well worth keeping an eye on.
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- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs