Design practice and religious practice don’t often go hand in hand, but thanks to Norwich’s Maddison Graphic The Methodist Church is starting to shake off some of its stuffier visual associations – think chintzy plates of scalloped biscuits passed round beige rooms by dowdily-dressed spinsters – moving into classier territory.
Two recent publications produced for their use feature crisp, contemporary design that, surprisingly, doesn’t feel at all out of place as a means of religious communication. Both The Fruitful Field and A Handbook for New Superintendents: Circuit Processes (admittedly that’s still quite a stuffy name) are simple, beautifully designed pieces of print that are entirely fit for purpose.
Maddison Graphic are making waves in Norwich’s design scene by working almost exclusively with local clients, forgoing the big bucks available from multinational companies in favour of forging long-term relationships with smaller businesses in their surrounding area. Sceptics would argue that this inhibits the scope and scale of their work, but a quick browse through their recently updated portfolio is enough to dispel this idea. They’re making fantastic work for an unusual roster of clients, and making Norwich look good and communicate better in the process.
- Take the Jack Sachs animated tour of the Tate Britain, and meet his odd CG characters along the way
- The effortlessly lovely hand-drawn illustrations of Paula Bulling
- Kii Monroe Arens' delicious gig posters
- Alex Paulus’ paintings are full of misshapen characters in odd situations
- Taiwanese graphic designer Wang Zhi-Hong’s sublime cover designs
- Carmel Buckley and Mark Harris dissect the album covers of calypso singer Mighty Sparrow
- Wes Anderson directs H&M Christmas advert starring Adrien Brody
- The New Look: Looking back at Roundel’s 1980s identity design for British Rail’s Railfreight
- Discussing cinema with Laura Marling on her directorial debut, Soothing
- London’s first crisp restaurant, Hipchips, launches with branding by Ragged Edge
- Richard Sandler’s street photography conveys the intricacies of city life
- A "stress opus" from cartoonist Nadine Redlich