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JANUARY 2024

Thanks to Media Cymru for funding our XR research project with Smith & Lyall and the Chemical Brothers. Excited to get going...

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

DECEMBER 23

Exciting news for one of our ventures. We have a booking in Barcelona next Summer. Thanks to friends at Sonar for believing in the project.

XR research grant funding successful. More soon.

London team Christmas lunch at The Tamil Crown. Delicious.

Iain did a couple of talks at ADCE (Art Directors Club Europe) in Barcelona. Including one where he aledgedly deleted 80k AI generatted images live on stage. And another one with funny graphics.

NOVEMBER 23

NUTS Black Friday Caberet event at The Wharf.

NUTS wins Gold at Lovies in "Beyond" category, for "reimagining the way we discuss and spotlight style." which is nice.

Planning trip to Manchester to see Danny Boyle (and friends') reworking of the Matrix. Superb. Nice to get out of London. Factory International is exciting.

OCTOBER 23

SEPTEMBER 23

Selfridges thing.

And some buses and stuff. 

Interview new issue. Olivia Rodrigo. 

But then also THIS

AGUUUSTTS 23

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JULTSY 23

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APRIL 23

FOOD>001:
Our first London Food Lunch happened.
We broke bread, drank wine, swapped email addresses, and made new friends. Next one coming soon – if you fancy attending, drop us a line.

MUSIC:
CIVILIZATION Radio Episode #19 on NTS. 9PM EST/6PM PST. Featuring Bjørn Torske, Mouse On Mars, Javelin, Young Nudy, The Skids, YN Jay, and NiN..
Produced by Lucas Mascetello.
Archive of new episodes HERE.
Archive of old episodes HERE.

LOGOS:
New brand identity for FINI (formerly Finilar) launched. Was a lovely project, made in deep collaboration with the Fini guys – who were a joy to work with. (And they sold 200 Fini NFT’s the day of the new logo’s launch.) 

FASHION:
Interview Magazine’s Spring Issue launched with THE WEEKND on the cover. Poor video / peak inside issue HERE. Meanwhile, some way better scans of the 2023 March issue from Jack HERE.

MARCH 23

LIQUOR:
As you all know, success depends on how relevant you can be to your customers and employees at any given moment. With our new campaign for LudBite we’re creating growth through relevance at the speed of life and putting inclusion both front and behind in our quest for community. Coverage by a mate of ours at Fast Company here

RESPAWN:
Our new report reveals 69% of consumers globally who admit to behaving inconsistently think that paradoxical behaviors are both human and acceptable.

TYPE A:
On my phone. Staring into the void. About to make a purchase decision. Make myself feel better.

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 23

2023:
Another year, another round of monthly humblebrag diary entries (honestly you have better things to do than scrape this page, watch THIS for instance). 

FASHION:
The March Issue of Interview hit the stands then promptly sold out then flew off into the RESALE MARKET. Probably down to the new Christian Schwartz’s typeface we used (oh yeah). Some spreads HERE, will try and upload something more detailed soon. 

MEDIA: We made the 2nd issue of Patrick Mcgraw’s literary magazine, HEAVY TRAFFIC. For fans of grufphic duszign, the DESIGN was inspired by Delia Smith’s seminal Complete Cookery Course (1983) book and structured like a TV show (observe the cold open on the front). BUY HERE. Interview with Patrick HERE.

ACTUAL WORK:
Ongoing projects /consultancy /NDA’d work for: Publisher YEAR ZERO; fashion brand TELFAR; speaker-maker KEF; hot techno band THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS; up-and-coming chair maker IKEA; and a branding project for artist, ED FORNIELES. 

OPEN STUDIO:
Richard continues to do his Desk Crits/Therapy Sessions at Food NY. Drop us a line if you want to come round, have a cup of tea and chat. He’ll also be in the UK at the beginning of April if London peeps want to come by. 

STUDIO VISITS:
Similarly, we’re happy to accommodate smallish groups from art schools to drop by our offices. Manchester Met are coming round our NY office in March. SVA after that. 

STUFF:
Went to see the NY Rangers – was fucking great. As is the Miyoko Ito show at Matthew Marks. Return to Seoul was good. We’ll be the lone voice in the room thinking the Edward Hopper show was blahhhh, but it’s over now so who cares. If you’re around the LES, the Medicinal Turmeric Soup at Ni Deli is really good. Favorite object of the year so far is the Boot Boyz Biz cards. Favorite book right now is this

DECEMBER 22

EDUCATION:
WE’RE TRYING TO SET UP A SCHOOL. A SCHOOL. THE PROBLEM WITH THIS WORK WEBSITE FORMAT IS YOU CAN’T REALLY SCALE AN IDEA TO THE RIGHT SIZE. BUT A SCHOOL. A SSSCCCHOOOLLLLL. SO IMAGINE THIS MESSAGE ONLY BIGGER AND WITH PICTURES.

RETAIL:
Spent a few weeks with the lovely folk at IKEA. We got them in a circle with us and we all held hands and we sang kumbaya. Then we canoe’d home, across the fjords as the sun set in the sky. The smell of campfire whispering to us as we paddled.

MEDIA:
RICHARD recorded an episode of GRAPHIC DESIGN SUPPORT GROUP whilst eating a lovely Cocoran noodle dish throughout. The Mera Mera one, you know? Think it’s going out next year (the podcast not the noodles, they’re forever).

MEDIA:
CLOWN TOWN. MAX PAIN. EVERYTHING IS A SCAM. HOT SAUCE. FOOD x NEMESIS

LIT:
We’re going to be designing the highly esteemed HEAVY TRAFFIC magazine, edited by PATRICK MCGRAW. When I say ‘going to be’, we’re doing it right now. Like, now. When I’ve finished doing this fucking thing.

DESIGN:
RUBY and RICHARD finished part one of the MANA branding project. All a bit hush hush but this thing. Launching next year. Probably shouldn’t even be writing about it but no one reads this, right?

PRESS & PR:
More podcasts. Richard spoke to GRAPHIC DESIGN TITAN JOPP VAN BENNEKOM for the DESIGN HEROES series, about magazines, design, life, kerning etc etc. Meandering unedited version here.

OPEN STUDIOS:
Food NY has been doing these since September. These sessions have also been called ‘Work Therapy’. If you want to come and talk, unload. There’s that Buddhist thing that the best therapy for you is listening to others, so it helps us too – really. Email if interested.

FASHION:
ECHO made packages for the new season of Grape, also a shoe that is readable and a bag that is foldable.

PRESS & PR:
NICK hosted the 2022 Lovie Awards, celebrating the very best of the European internets. JAAP HAARTSEN won Lifetime Achievement Award for his role in creating Bluetooth and EDWARD ENNIFUL was awarded Lovie Person of the Year. Wish I created Bluetooth, prolly wouldn’t be spending my time writing this thing.

MUSIC:
Two concerts defined us this autumn/fall. First was AUTECHRE at The Barbican, those who went are still in recovery, whispering quietly to each other about how it’s OK now, it’s over, it’s really over. Second was PIXIES at Terminal 5. Black Francis not speaking once during the whole show. Barely looking at the crowd. All he came to do was scream at us. Heart emoji.

PRESS & PR:
ECHO‘s new issue of 1814 magazine was featured on It’s nice that. Talking about bubble tea, angels and devils.

ONANISM:
First FOOD Summit/off site/clusterfuck. The snooker was on that week too, but the place we stayed in had decided that TVs were a distraction – you know, that sort of place? I get it, but come on, the snooker. We did invent ‘Cheese Water’ though. More to follow.

NOVEMBER 22

UGH:
UGHHHHHHHH

OCTOBER

UGH:
GOT TO GET BETTER AT UPDATING THIS THING

UGH:
WHOSE IDEA WAS IT TO HAVE A DIARY SECTION

UGH:
AWAKE AT 4AM. STARING AT THE CEILING. THINKING I HAVEN’T UPDATED THE WEBSITE.

MEDIA:
SEMAFOR launched! We worked with Adriana Ramić to provide the first design principles. What emerged from that process was a simple toolkit: A recut version of Commercial Type’s Feature typeface, the post-it yellow background color (essential for standing out in Twitter screengrabs) and a stripped-back, newswire approach that the site and newsletter service was built out with. Some early designs and sketches.

FASHION:
Our October campaign for Mulberry launched. Styled by Harry Lambert, shot by Tom and Sam Johnson. Look here, here, here, here, herereere, hereerereeee etc etc the end. Best comment so far: “God will continue to grow this page, I will say to the world to celebrate with my great testimony with me, I never believe that I can ever get my ex-husband back one day”. Indeed.

FASHUN:
Finushed ve new issoo of Intervooo Magascene. Hypey headlines styles inside vis issooo. Look out for vem. Cannut wait to shur.

SEPTEMBER 22

FASHION:
Finishing up new Mulberry campaign shot by Tom Johnson, filmed by Sam Johnson and styled by Harry Lambert, with Food creative direction. Launching world-wide on October 3. HAY. MAN.

PRESS & PR:
Richard was profiled by Asher Penn in issue 13 of Sex magazine. Print only so unless you pony up $15, you’ll just have to imagine how deep and insightful his comments are – on subjects as varied as yogurt pots, grooming cults and Nike mood board trash.

OPEN STUDIO:
Big September highlight for the NY office has been the beginning of our desk crits. So far we’ve had a bunch of designers (and a strategist) through. Open to anyone, of any creative persuasion. Mail Richard to book in or to find out more. [email protected]

R&D:
IMPOSSIBLE YOGIC FORMS (using Stable Diffusion). A text-to-image study of flexibility of letterforms and contorted human forms.

OPEN STUDIO:
First open studio drop-in session to be held in our NY office. Aimed at recent grads to come in come and off-load.
Advice, sharing work, bonding, English tea offered. Email for details.

AUGUST 22

PRESS & PR:
“Because like, networks and decentralised accelerated futures, and new wave profit-based cultural belief systems and like, the end of aesthetics, subcultures, lifestyle brands. Because we’re opportunistic reworlders. Cashed out rewilders. Tugging on the fumes of past successes. Lost in the sauce.”

DESIGN:
Using AI as copilot for the naming and brand identity of new soft drink, FIZUY LUB.

FINANCE:
Creating a new brand for MANA – an AI-driven VC fund in collaboration with NEMESIS and RUBY BARRETT

MUSIC:
Joint venture to reimagine volunteering within ‘new realities’ for RockCorps.
COMING SOON

R&D:
Field trip to BIRMINGHAM (U.K.) – the Brooklyn of the industrial middle. Minds blown. Like Greenpoint except less Telfar bags (though more spent whippets).

FASHION:
Finishing off INTERVIEW MAGAZINE’s September Issue. (Cheeky cover).

JULY 22

O.O.O.:
Typing this from the beach. It’s nice here, you should try and come.

MEDIA:
Hand over of SEMAFOR consultancy to new design director, AL LUCCA.
PHASE ONE LAUNCHING OCTOBER

NEW BUSINESS:
Had a few calls with a start-up. Got excited for a moment. Then ran a mile.

PUBLISHING:
ECHO flew back to China to launch the new issue of her 1413 MAGAZINE (with accompanying OBJECTS) at the Beijing Book Fair.

PRESS & PR:
Nick talking metaverse futures with the Lovie awards and Media.Monks.

SELF CARE:
Got a haircut. It’s ok. Nice head massage too. Got sold some shampoo too. Look basically not much happened this month, we’re NOT HERE.

JUNE 22

MUSIC:
AI Generated Music Video with CALIBRE and CHELOU (With photos by Felix)
VIDEO HERE

FASHION:
Editorial direction/Design for INTERVIEW MAGAZINE Summer Issue, with Anne Hathaway working it on COVER.
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Featuring Isamaya Ffrench, Myha’la Herrold, Aaron Rose Philip, Brontez Purnell, Baz Luhrman, Peter Marinom, Anson Boon and more.
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PEAK INSIDE HERE & HERE.

GOD’S WORK:
WASD FOR NOOBS – training executives in ‘Metaversal navigation’. And how to avoid embarrassing virtual boardroom faux-pas.

SHHHHHH:
A multi-platform virtual production of a much loved Children’s story.
MORE SOON.

MEDIA:
Fire-drill creative direction of holding website for SEMAFOR to time with PR event. (Including video made for $8k with Getty Images in a day).

MAY 22

FASHION:
Shooting the MULBERRY Wooster Street Store opening campaign with Luisa Opalesky featuring Ella Emhof on a rooftop in Brooklyn in a bounce house (US)/ bouncy castle (UK) depending on where you chose to call home.

MEDIA:
Beginning of SEMAFOR consultancy. Ben Smith and Justin Smith’s new media start-up. Working with ADRIANA RAMIC on the initial design of site and concepts for story forms.

PRESS & PR:
Richard and Mel Ottenberg spoke about INTERVIEW MAGAZINE at the MAGCULTURE Live NYC festival. Paywalled review of event HERE (for those who like, subscribe).

PRAISE BE:
Sprawling zoom call with Graham Wood – one of the founders of TOMATO. Us in NYC. Him in Whitstable. Putting this in here because it will never be forgotten.

MUSIC:
New branding launched for KOKO. We got let go from the project a while back but the agency that took it on kept the essence of the logo we proposed. Our deck HERE.

JAN-APR 22

FASHION:
Spring Issue of INTERVIEW magazine unveiled featuring DONALD GLOVER. Apparently “Twitter: didn’t like the interview but we thought it was pretty great. Some spreads from the magazine HERE and exclusive design BTS HERE. And HERE.

PUBLISHING:
NEW ISSUE OF CIVILIZATION
Issue #6: THE BLACK DOG.
Featuring: The Hate List, Crybabies, Boy Diaries, Girl Texts, Break-up DMs, Butt2butt, Battle Plans, Asthma, Eczema, Fentanyl Strips, Tiny Egg Treats, God’s Blood, Your Inner Thigh, Doctor Dad, $7 Yeezys, Panopticon, Paul Dirac, Karl Marx’s Volvo, Bottling It Up, Yuzu, Hot Famous Guys, Poolside, Fatigue, Fear, Poverty, Weapons & War.
$12. EDITION OF 1000.
MORE EXPLANATION HERE.

SELF CARE:
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FINANCE:
As part of a consultancy project, connected CLIM8 to HANNAH FRY, where she’ll be an ambassador / voice of the brand.

PRAISE BE:
Caught up with AARON KOBLIN and got nostalgic over a ton of things, mostly thinkering – thinking and tinkering. (You had to have been there).

MENS HEALTH:
Spent a couple of weeks going in the wrong direction with a character design idea for NUMAN. Still weeping from the rejection. But how fun is their stuff? (All done in-house). HERE. HERE.

RUN A MILE:
Turn down another web3 project for entirely missing the point.

ART:
Nice moment sharing some work we did for JR with his studio. Humbling after what they’ve just unveiled in Ukraine.