Contender ready!

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We’re an ambitious lot, here at Baxter and Bailey. As a team, we believe in forward momentum. By which we mean: continuous development and improvement, collectively and as individuals. We constantly strive to challenge ourselves, to learn new skills and to improve existing ones. From the youngest, freshest designer to the most seasoned, grizzled director, we’re all pushing ourselves and looking for ways in which we can grow both creatively and also professionally within the wider industry. Which means that we’re especially thrilled that one of us – ace designer and longest standing team member Emma Grencis – has been singled out by the design sector for doing exactly that. Emma has just been awarded the inaugural Transform Magazine Young Contender of the Year 2018, one of only seven young designers nationwide to receive the accolade, which was established to recognise those making an outstanding contribution to the industry. Well done Emma and keep on avoiding that comfort zone!

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Young guns

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Calling all new design graduates. Our highly creative, D&AD and Design Week Award-winning agency needs YOU.

Junior Designer

We are looking for bright and courageous full time Junior Designer to join our team in Brighton. For this brilliant opportunity to kickstart your design career, working for clients including Goldsmiths University of London, the Royal Mail and Oxford University Press, you’ll need to be:

• passionate about design

• bursting with ideas and creativity

• naturally curious and an ace researcher

• informed about the world of design and current affairs

• a natural collaborator

• intelligent, articulate and approachable

• punctual and polite

• ready to work hard and have fun

Salary: £20k PA

Please email CVs/Portfolios by Friday 24th August 2018 to:

Please keep PDF attachments under 8MB. No Dropbox links, Google Docs or WeTransfer links, please.

Good luck!

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In the Director’s chair

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Exciting team news. We’re thrilled to announce that our senior designer Rory Brady has been appointed Design Director here at Baxter and Bailey. Rory has been a vital part of our agency since leaving his previous role with Hat-Trick Design in April 2016.

With a growing raft of clients in arts and culture, education, charity and design, Rory’s Design Director role will enable us to more effectively service current clients as well as new opportunities, ensuring that a brilliantly high creative benchmark is maintained.

With a further two new appointments planned for the summer of 2018 – including our new front end developer – a steady hand on the design tiller is vital for our studio. We can’t think of a better qualified designer to take that role than Rory. He’s a hugely talented designer and a lovely chap too. The fact that his surname begins with B had no bearing on our decision...

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Snow business

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Yes yes, we know it’s spring. But surely that doesn’t mean we can’t bring a little flurry of festive fun to this otherwise sunny and delightful June day, does it? This unseasonal cheer is due to the news that our 2017 studio Christmas card has picked up a Highly Commended in the 2018 Drum Design Awards. The B/snowman idea is something we’ve been trying to crack for ages, so it’s especially gratifying to see the end result awarded in this way.
Stop press!
News just in. Our simple snowman idea just picked up a very exciting Design Week Award at last nights Tower Of London ceremony. All of which reinforces our belief that beautiful, tactile, purposeful print has an important and unique place in the communications mix. Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow...

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Brizzle Kicks

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Our Creative Director Matt Baxter made the long and winding westbound pilgrimage from Brighton to Bristol this week at the invitation of the West of England Design Forum. WEDF had asked Matt to speak at the event Doing Good Design / Design Doing Good on Wednesday night at Bristol’s glorious harbourside Arnolfini arts house, alongside two other brilliant speakers: Sophie Gordon, Senior Copywriter at NSPCC, and Algy Batten, founder of The Art of Ping Pong. Whilst all three speakers shared a single theme – great design work which has a positive impact on the world – each brought a different and very personal approach and perspective to the subject. Matt shared Yes/No cards with the 200 or so designers, illustrators, art directors and developers in the audience and asked them to ponder a series of ethical design dilemmas, each one requiring a yes or no answer. The results were illuminating, funny and thoughtful. And good, of course.

Special thanks should go to Jamie and his team at Supple Studio for inviting Matt to speak, Emma from Taxi Studio for organising and herding, Alan at With Print in Bristol for the cards and posters (which looked beautiful) and to Ben McCluskey for the shots on the night.

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A pencil for writing

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We've just received some especially exciting post here at BB HQ. The hefty cardboard slipcase pictured above thunked onto the studio doormat today, containing a shiny new D&AD Writing for design graphite pencil. Space is currently being made on the awards shelf, which may need to be reinforced if our current run of awards success continues. This latest D&AD award – for the uninitiated, very much the Oscars of the design and advertising world – was for our brand identity work with Brighton Women’s Centre, which you can see on the site here. Thanks as ever to our brilliant wordsmith on this project, Kate Van der Borgh. Proof, we feel, that both words and pictures are at the heart of great design.

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We’re hiring!

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Front End Developer
Full-time (Flexible hours possible)
£26-30k per annum

Baxter and Bailey are looking to recruit a Front End Developer to join their small, award-winning design team in Brighton. If you have the relevant skills and experience alongside being bright, meticulous and fun to work with then we’d love to hear from you. For this brilliant opportunity to help us establish a brand new in-house digital capability within a well-respected and highly creative design agency, you’ll need to be:

• adept in HTML, CSS, Javascript and W3C web standards

• confident with WordPress and PHP

• experienced in using Git and SASS

• hungry to broaden your digital knowledge and experience

• an excellent communicator, in conversation and in writing

• a natural collaborator

• focused, motivating and persuasive

• cool under pressure with a great eye for detail

• passionate about the power of design to create a positive impact

• intelligent, articulate and fun to work with

In this newly established role, you’ll be working on digital aspects of a broad range of design disciplines but especially those of brand identity programmes, brand development, brand environments and exhibitions. You’ll be working with our existing roster of clients in sectors such as arts and culture, charity and not-for-profit, education and the built environment. You’ll help to ensure that our new digital offer matches our existing design expertise in terms of impact, effectiveness, purpose and award-winning creativity. You’ll have excellent digital knowledge and design interpretation abilities.

As part of your continued professional development, we’ll encourage you 
to invest half a day each week for self initiated research, trials and testing 
of new thinking and ideas. This may be related to a live project or 
may be driven by a personal desire to explore emerging technologies, platforms and concepts.

Please email your CV, including links to your best work and a covering letter expressing why you’d like to work with us to
by 6pm on Friday 25th May 2018.

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Alys Tomlinson wins Sony Photographer of the Year

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Congratulations to our friend, long-standing collaborator and sometime client Alys Tomlinson, who has been named Photographer of the Year in the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards.

Her intimate, sensitive and moving series of photographs entitled Ex-Voto were taken at pilgrimage sites in Lourdes (France), Ballyvourney (Ireland) and Grabark (Poland). Alys has returned to these sites over a number of years in the process of developing this project. In the most recent trips, she took a huge and very heavy Victorian single frame camera with her and has used it to magnificently bring together portraiture, the natural landscape and detailed stills to convey pilgrimage as a journey of discovery and sacrifice.

Hearty congratulations Alys on an outstanding achievement from all of us at BBHQ.

If you would like to see Alys’s winning work (and we highly recommend you do) along with other winning photographs, you still have time. The exhibition is at Somerset House in London until 6 May.

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Gold standard

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We’re getting a bit worried about the awards shelf here in the Baxter and Bailey studio. There’s a concern that the lovely timber ply isn’t quite sturdy enough to carry the weight of our growing haul of gongs. Creaking noises have been reported by various anxious members of the team. All of which made it especially worrying to come home from this week’s Transform Europe Awards 2018 clutching two new trophies: a bronze for our brand identity work for Threefold, and a (quite frankly amazing) gold for our Brighton Women’s Centre brand identity project. As you might imagine, we’re thrilled. And a bit worried about that shelf. Call us if you know a good carpenter...

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The future needs BrightSparks

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Over the past twelve months, Baxter and Bailey has proudly supported BrightSparks, an initiative created by the brilliant tech education innovators MakerClub. The aim of BrightSparks is to offer disadvantaged kids from our local community in Brighton and Hove the opportunity to access an imaginative, immersive and fun programme of creative learning centred around STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). It’s a place where ideas come to life and professionals teach kids to explore how technology can be used to solve real world problems and make the world a better place. Come on, what’s not to love?

“I think my favourite thing about MakerClub is the starter projects, when we get to invent ways of making the stuff around us better.”
BrightSpark, Aged 9

So far, 35 youngsters have been successfully placed into the programme. But master inventors aren’t made overnight. It takes time and perseverance (and a good number of circuit boards, hot glue guns, diodes and lolly sticks, too). Which is why we’re sticking with our commitment to BrightSparks and helping to support the next generation of creative genii. The future’s bright!

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