Archived entries for design-posters

don’t feed the animals

poster design for the stephen joseph theatre. the sjt asked if we could come up with an ‘edgy’ design that matched the content and feel of this play by their youth theatre.

set in a down-at-heel traveling circus, a gang of local ‘yoofs’ discover they might have more in common with the circus than they thought, perhaps even a shared future…

we’re often asked how we come up with ideas – it almost always starts with research into the subject, or in this case, reading the script from cover to cover. sometimes there are hours and hours of scribbles behind a design but this one arrived more or less as a fully-formed idea. one of the interesting things about projects close to home is you often hear feedback and it’s been really nice to have so many positive comments fed back to us on this one.

‘don’t feed the animals’ is part of the SJT reach out festival for which we also developed the logo and brochure as well as designing the poster for another festival production, ‘beachcomber’. you can still catch the latter today and tomorrow plus the end of festival band night at the weekend.

your place or mine

‘your place or mine’ is currently showing at scarborough art gallery and offers perspectives of the town by two different generations of artists. as with the previous exhibition, lines of conflict, there wasn’t any artwork complete to use in promotional material so camera in hand we set out to capture some of scarborough’s typography to represent different areas and demographics of the town.

the inside of the leaflet features text from two of the artists involved in the exhibition. we also designed interpretation panels for the show which using some of the photographs as drop capitals.

lines of conflict

scarborough museums trust came to us with a challenge – a forthcoming exhibition of sculpture on the theme of conflict but no images ready in time to use on the advance posters and exhibition guides – did we have any ideas? “hmm,” we replied, “what if we create the title of the exhibition with sculptural type that reflects the theme…”

a few days later i’m with the always unfazed don french showing a design and explaining i want it to look as if it’s a rusted shard of a shell casing. don has already invited in a sheet metal worker for the conversation who believes he has the perfect material – an old water tank. “we can cut it back to front so all the molten metal drips through. it’ll look really rough and messy.” “brilliant!” i reply.

a week later photographer tony bartholomew and i are teetering on a cliff edge with a hunk of metal and wood trying to get exactly the right sort of clouds behind our type sculpture before we’re blown out to sea, but we’re struggling to get the right angle. tony peers over the edge. we decide that the ledge of crumbling cliff below will support the weight of a photographer long enough to get the shot…

lines of conflict opens this evening at scarborough art gallery.

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