SEPTEMBER:

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]

PRAY FOR US:
KIM KARDASHIAN’S ASS (AGAIN) on Interview Magazine’s September issue.

Richard’s contribution was to call it the AMERICAN DREAM issue, then use PRAY FOR US as the headline. A few people took the bait

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

Available soon as first edition of new FOOD FORMS printed matter series. 

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 [email protected] for details. 

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ENLARGE
:
Forty-five Ed Sheerans.
Next week: Jason Statham holding an oversized hotdog.

THE RULES:
MERCE CUNNINGHAM’s RULES.
#9: Be happy whenever you can manage it. Enjoy yourself. It’s lighter than you think.

OUR RULES:
‘SHOULD WE DO THIS PROJECT’ flow chart. Prepared by Steve (also his shoes). 

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

FASHION:
Shooting MULBERRY fall campaign. With HARRY LAMBERTTOM JOHNSON and a ghillie suit.
COMING SOON

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:
MEET MATTHEW

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). 

PUBLISHING:
Richard is guest editing It’s Nice That for a couple of weeks at the end of the month. 
Including interviews with design studio Tomato (D’Arblay Street era). Plus Wretched Worm, Paul Barnes, Emily Segal, Silva Cunningham and a bunch of anonymous insider interviews about what it’s really like inside agencies
LAUNCHING AUG 15

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

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

GOD’S WORK:
Hosted ‘Inclusivity In The Outdoors’ event with our friends at the ANTHEM AWARDS / FLOCK TOGETHER / NATIONAL PARKS at our studio in London. 

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. 

MUSIC:
CIVILIZATION Radio Episode #10 on NTS. 9PM EST/6PM PST. Featuring Glaxo babies, Grauzone, Pinty, Oil XL, Free Kitten, Television and more..
Produced by Lucas Mascetello.
ARCHIVE OF OLD EPISODES HERE

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.

FASHION:
Launch of MULBERRY’s SOFTIE ZINE for opening of new Mulberry store in NYC. Peep at ZINEFILM OF ZINE, FILM, BEAR HEAD, SOCIAL BITS
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Zine edited by Dean Kissick and featuring words by Claire Banse, Cristine Brache, Seashell Coker, Devan Díaz, Annie Hamilton, Olivia Kan-Sperling, Honor Levy, Meetka Otto, Precious Okoyomon and Bunny Rogers
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Photography by Luisa Opalesky
Music by Porches

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.

PRESS & PR:
Richard speaking at BIRMINGHAM DESIGN FESTIVAL on subject of FREEDOM. Email [email protected] if you want to see the slides.

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

FASHION:
OUTDOOR CAMPAIGN for MULBERRY in NYC. Applying commissioned poetry over wheat paste posters (Mulberry’s and otherwise) to celebrate opening of new store on Wooster Street. 

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). 

 

 

 

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.  

ART:
Working with SUPERBLUE / JR / NIANTIC / NEXUS / LFL  to reimagine experiential art for the Metaverse age.
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Strategic and creative direction with Art Practice, Lucas Mascetello.
LAUNCH FILM. BETA APP.

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. 

CIVILIZATION:
Single edition posters of tiny pieces from the new paper blown up to poster-size. 
WHO DO YOU TRUST, COME FOR ME, BIRD CHESTED MEN, SLUSHIES ARE WHAT YOU MAKE THEM.

RUN A MILE:
Quickest ever escape button hit on new client “zine project”. Still shaking from it

RADIO SHOW:
CIVILIZATION Radio Episode #9 NOW ON NTS. 9PM EST/6PM PST. Produced by Lucas Mascetello.
ARCHIVE HERE

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:
Conspired with SMITH & LYALL. Who knows, I mean MAYBE?

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.

FASHION:
MULBERRY.
MULBERRY.
MULBERRY.

FINANCE:
ANNA.
ANNA.
ANNA.
(See that cat? We did that with ROBBIE GRAHAM. I mean, we did more besides. You know, like GIFs and ads and stuff. And lots of decks.)

PRESS & PR:
Zoom call with Jop Van Bennekom of FANTASTIC MAN / GENTLEWOMAN / BUTT for the National Magazine Archive’s Creative Hero series (after a similar chat earlier in the year with Luke Hayman.)

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. 

GRIND:
Making this website. YOU’RE LOOKING IT NOW

MENS HEALTH:
Spent a couple of weeks going in the wrong direction with a character design idea for NUMAN. It happens.