Copenhagen Mark Marking

Last year, designers Helen and Laura spent 3 days in Copenhagen and have recently led a workshop based on their inspiring trip.
They looked at mark making as a simple and effective way to create patterns, icons, letters etc.
Helen said “Everything in Copenhagen felt simple in design and colour so we wanted to recreate that in our workshops. Stripping back over-complicated and thought about design and letting designers create loose and spontaneous marks. It was a lot of fun and completely messy!”IMG_4816 IMG_5157 IMG_5171 IMG_5187 IMG_5170

The Eclipse

We all went outside to witness the partial eclipse earlier. It didn’t go as dark as we expected and the birds carried on tweeting, but it was a pretty cool thing to witness. Roll on 2090 for the total eclipse! Eclipseeclipse gathering

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

With just over a week to go before the doors open on the biggest showcase of Children’s Books, Illustrators and Publishers, we take a look at the three British illustrators selected for the Bologna Illustrators Exhibition.

Katie Harnett

Lovely linework, painterly, soft textures and considered colour palettes give Katie’s illustrations a really fresh look….

Jenny Duke

Jenny’s printed illustrations are full of great textures and simplicity with lovely, considered compositions.

Maisie Shearring

The muted palettes and inky lines give Maisie’s characters a really naive feel and we can’t help but notice LS Lowry’s influence on the last image. Lovely stuff!

The exhibition runs from the 30th March – 2nd April 2015.

 For a full list of the selected illustrators and more info on the Bologna Book Fair, check out the website here.

Friday Faves!

This week, designer Nicole shares with us her four favourite things…

1. A good book (Brave New World is one of my absolute favourites)

2. My reptilian friend, Mr Toots.

3. Cupcakes to feed my insatiable sweet tooth.

4. City breaks where there’s beautiful old architecture and museums.