On 9 January 1863 the world’s first underground train pulled out of Paddington station to make its 3.5 mile maiden journey to Farringdon. Today the tube is 150 years old. We love what Google have done to celebrate it. Very cute.
As part of the Outer London Fund we are asked by The Muswell Hill Traders Association to create branding for Muswell Hill. They hold various events, many of which already exisited and had logo’s that were already in use. So the identity had to work with those, and new ones. The identity had to communicate everything that happened in Muswell Hill while still being emotive and recognizable. The solution was in the problem: Everything IN MUSWELL HILL. A variety of typefaces could adapt to emote various events, it could be fun, colourful and yet all still feel like one identity.
We don’t give out Christmas cards. But every year we have a Christmas story.
This is our third year. In the first year we bought gifts through Oxfam, buying mosquito nets, medicine, livestock and school books etc based on the 12 days of Christmas. Last year we bought 70 Children’s books for our local library that we helped the local community save from closure.
This year we are investing $1600 (£1000) in Kiva, helping:
We have done a lot of work for small brands (much of which hasn’t come out yet so we can’t show anyone what we have been up to!). But alongside branding and packaging we have been doing a lot of high street improvement works.
We are working in Ruislip Manor alongside Hillingdon Council (who have been great), local businesses, the GLA, Meanwhile Space, Steer Davies Gleave and East Architects. We have been involved in the pop up shop there and improvements to shops and signage. We have run workshops with local businesses and are designing signage for a number of businesses there. It’s often tough working with so many small businesses, the council & GLA all at the same time and pulling together so many different quotes for the shops. But we hope to make a difference for people who matter, the little guys, the shops you know the owners of by name.
If you want to find out more about what is going on there, CLICK HERE
Once upon a time shops would look proud of themselves. Shop owners would stand outside of their shop with a look of pride on their faces. Goods would be beautifully displayed. Sign writers, sign makers and glass cutters (these were generally from the area, all had their own styles and would help give an area its own visual identity) would make the most humble of businesses beautiful.
As you may have guessed, we have been busy. Too busy to update our blog, finish our logo and identity and get our web site up and running. This is because we have been involved with Design for London, the GLA and the Outer London Fund. Alongside this and work for our other clients, we also became parents for the first time!