World Squash Championships
The City of Manchester,
home to England Squash & Racketball
(ESR), will host the prestigious PSA Men’s
World Squash Championships in 2013.
The guys at ESR asked us to create a logo
for the event, and we launched into developing
a mark that would reflect the high intense
sport, whilst incorporating a strong international
The Men’s World Squash Championships
is the latest in a series of high-profile
international events to be held in the City
since the Commonwealth Games in 2002.
Canal Etchings - Launch
The Canal Etchings show launched at Qube,
Oswestry this week.
It was great
to hear Jason speak about his work and to
see the passion he has for putting "ink
The show runs
for a month and exhibits Jason's recent
etchings inspired by the canals of Shropshire
and the border with Wales.
The etchings form part of a commission by
Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative to install
six site-specific stainless steel etched
The Drum featured
us this month on their 'emerging companies'
list, asking us questions about launching
during a recession and the challenges we've
had along the way.
here to read the article
We popped along
to the Made North conference at FACT, Liverpool.
We were really
looking forward to listening to Ian Anderson
from The Designers Republic but unfortunately
he couldn't make it!
However, Matt Clark from the ever amazing
and Eva Rucki from Troika
soon got us over the disappointment.
picked up a copy of 31 Songs.
O’Callaghan, OBE, has pulled together
an album of 31 tracks from Manchester artists,
including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying
Birds, Elbow, I am Kloot, Everything Everything,
Delphic, Bad Lieutenant and Mr Scruff, with
the aim of getting CALM’s helpline
running 7 days a week."
You can order your copy today at
We've just started
working with the Ellesmere Sculpture Initiative
and nationally renowned etcher Jason Hicklin
on an identity and website for a series
of sculptures entitled 'The Canal Etchings'.
The project itself aims to bring new audiences
to the arts and enhance the visitor experience
of the local landscape.
will feature on the website, a limited edition
box set of etchings by Jason, location signage
and various marketing materials.
The project is
due to launch in March.
We've just been
to visit the Museum of Lancashire. It was
reopened to the public last November after
being closed for a year for a £1.7m
The 'World Wars'
section was really interesting... the sounds,
the guns, the sand bags and smelling dead
horse and mustard gas certainly brought
things to life.
Lots of other
Lancashire related things to see/read too.
All told, well worth a visit and it's free!
Just put up our
Christmas tree, pines everywhere already,
feeling very festive. Christmas music on
'top five' festive tracks:
1. Fairytale of New
2. Last Christmas
3. Frosty the Snowman
4. Morning Christmas
The Beach Boys
5. Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
started to work with Burning Desires, Preston.
We've been tasked with giving their website
a facelift, complete with CMS functionality.
Established in 1991, Burning Desires Limited
has grown to become one of the largest retailers
and trade suppliers of luxury and bespoke
designed fireplaces in the North west of
Ashton Flower Shop
We have recently
started working with The Ashton Flower Shop.
We were set the
re-designing their current website, specifically
aiming to increase their online sales and
showcase their increasing range of beautiful
We thought we
would pop along to see Rene Magritte's 'The
Pleasure Principle' exhibition at the Liverpool
Tate recently. We found it challenging but
very inspirational. 'The Dominion of Light'
was jaw dropping.
If you haven't been already, make sure you
pop down as the exhibition is most certainly
worth a visit.
- In the Press
it into the pages of The Drum and online.
The series was also showcased on Building
a Wolf, emailinspiration.com
and we completed an interview with Digital
Arts and the prints were featured in
the next issue!
The series also caught some press attention
down under and featured in 'Australian House
and Garden' and the Sunday Herald Sun Newspaper
(Australia) - Style Guide.
All hands on
pens at the moment in the studio...
We have been busy illustrating for the lovely
Shropshire based Oswestry School, on a variety
of literature and informative materials
for 2011/12. After being invited to visit
the grounds and meet the Headmaster, we
left feeling inspired and pen and ink seemed
the best approach to capturing the atmsophere
of the school which has been around since
We are looking
at some nice Fedrigoni paper stock for the
cover pages, and think the finished result
should be rather nice!
Type, Issue 1
We've just received
Issue 1 of Elana Schlenker's 'Gratuitous
Type', complete with an awesome set of pin
"Gratuitous Type is a pamphlet of typographic
smut. Celebrating the letter in all its
forms, GT focuses its dirty mind on typography,
art, language and publishing."
We can't wait for Issue 2!
We had a tour
of Morecambe Winter Gardens; a Grade II*
listed Victorian Theatre that closed in
We we're blown
away with the building and the work of the
volunteers who are restoring it.
There are many interesting stories and nuggets
of social history that Guide 'David' brought
to life during the tour so
if your in the area, or not, it's really