Graphic Thought Facility has long been at the forefront of British graphic design. Founded in 1990 by RCA graduates and close friends Andy Stevens and Paul Neale, it fast became one of the most influential design studios in the country, on a par with contemporaries like The Designers Republic, Research Studios and Barnbrook.
Where their contemporaries stood out for maintaining a signature graphic style, GTF defined themselves by avoiding stylistic repetition, approaching each new project with a holistic attitude and creating a unique visual language for every brief they took on. With a commercial portfolio of work for The Science Museum, Habitat, Marks & Spencer and Vitra amongst a whole host of others, this expansive approach to design has allowed GTF to segue easily between commercial and public sectors, producing work tailored specifically to their clients’ needs. At the same time they aim always to push the studio’s creative potential in order to produce work that’s as satisfying to the designers as it is to the consumers.
At Here Andy talked about how a mutual affection for The Human League brought the studio together and he used an in-depth look at GTFs ongoing relationship with kvadrat to show how concepts develop over time.