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Since moving our studio to Brighton a little over 12 months ago, we’ve worked hard to add some great south coast clients to our existing mix of London and internationally-based projects. So we’re thrilled to be able to reveal the results of our very first project with the University of Sussex: their 2017 Postgraduate Prospectus. We couldn’t be more pleased to be working with the University, so here’s to more Sussex-based collaborating. In addition to the sneak peak above, we’ll add a full case study to the Work section of our website very soon. Get ready, print fans: it has tip-ins, blind embosses and multiple paper stocks akimbo.

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The future’s bright

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It might actually be time. Time to break open the BB studio emergency sunnies (as pictured above). The reason for this drastic act of emergency eye-wear deployment? A dual celebration, that’s what. Firstly, it’s officially a year since we opened our new studio in Brighton, the city we now call home. And secondly, well... because it’s actually sunny at last. So here’s to our busy, growing studio and our busy, sunny city. Cheers!

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This weeks Team GB Olympics Gold in Rio for giant fish man Adam Peaty reminded us that we’d forgotten to trumpet our very own Gold in 2016. The poster above, designed for clients Leonard Cheshire Disability, bagged a prestigious Gold Award in this years Roses Creative Awards. Luckily for us, we didn’t need to train every morning from 5am in order to win our gold, unlike the mighty Mr Peaty. You can find out more about the award-winning project here.

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Wide screen design

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Design Week got in touch this week to ask BB Creative Director Matt a question: which designer would you like to see a documentary about? Here’s what Matt said:

I have two answers – firstly, I’d love to see a documentary made on the work of Ken Adam (or, to give the man his full title, Sir Kenneth Adam OBE). Can you imagine a more cinematic subject? The cavernous, Cold War-futuristic Bond sets he designed, back on the big screen; the War Room in Dr. Strangelove; he even designed the titular vehicle in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. On top of all that, he was one of only three German-born pilots in the wartime RAF and died this year at a ripe old 95. Cinematic gold, I’m sure you’ll agree. Secondly (and not strictly a documentary), can someone please make a dramatisation of Peter Saville’s mid-90s adventures? We could call it Peter Savile: The Pentagram Years. I’d like to see Steve Coogan in the title role and Toby Jones as John McConnell. A meeting (and parting) of great minds in London’s Westbourne Park with New Order on the soundtrack – five stars.

Click here to read what the rest of the canvassed designers thought. The amazing portrait above of Sir Ken is by Henry Bourne.

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Why Iraq? Why now?

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The publication of The Iraq Inquiry took us right back to 2003 and this really memorable piece of protest design by Alan Kitching. It ran in The Guardian newspaper as a full page advertisement and was undersigned by heavyweight designers from all disciplines. The invitation was simple. Cut out and make your own protest banner to take to the Anti War rally in London on 15 February 2003. Just over a month before war broke out on 20 March.

Over 750,000 people attended the London rally that day. Similar rallies ran across the UK and in as many as 60 countries and 600 cities around the world making it the largest protest event in human history.

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Hot shop

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The Cass is London Metropolitan University’s faculty of art, architecture and design. To coincide with their Summer Show, The Cass runs an annual series of workshops called Cass Hothouse. The intention of the workshops is to enable dialogue between design education and industry. Which is where we come in: we were thrilled to be invited to run a workshop as part of the 2016 Hothouse. Choosing The Truth About Brands as our workshop theme, BB Creative Director Matt ran a lively, collaborative session with students. Highlights included a mass rock/paper/scissors battle royale, an exposé of brand myths and a focus on the difference between brand and branding. The concluding debate saw Colonel Sanders sparring with Ronald McDonald. We can report that neither of the creepy but enduring brand icons emerged unscathed.

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A little bit of politics

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Like many others, we felt compelled to throw our hat into the ring and express our position during the weeks seismic political events here in the UK. As the typography above illustrates, our feelings on the Brexit question were clear: Baxter and Bailey were firmly for remain. And as the dust settles on the results of the referendum, we should probably now add a final line: incredulous.

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Lights alive!

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We’ve kept quiet about this one for a while. Schtum. Mum’s the word. Chatham House Rules. Not a dickie bird. But now that we can officially talk about it, you can’t shut us up. We’re properly thrilled to have been involved in The Illuminated River, an ambitious £20m plan to light up every major bridge across the River Thames. The architectural competition was announced this week and was immediately reported on by the London Evening Standard, Design Week, The Londonist and many more. We were commissioned by project leads The Rothschild Foundation and the Mayor of London to create a brand identity for the project. We’ve been busily applying our twinkly design solution to printed and digital brand communications for the past few weeks. There will be a fully enlightening case study here on the BB site soon.

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Regular BB blog visitors may recall our search for a new team member earlier this year. We’re happy to report that the search is over. We met loads of lovely and talented designers during our recruitment process and were ultimately thrilled to be able to welcome Rory Brady to the team last week. Rory joins us from Hat-trick Design where he was senior designer for six years, working on new brand identities for the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, Imperial War Museums, Prostate Cancer UK and the Henry Moore Foundation. Rory was also responsible for Royal Mail’s commemorative stamps for the centenary of the First World War. Welcome aboard, RB. Toot toot.

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Excellent organ of our industry Design Week got in touch with BB Creative Director Matt this week. They wanted to know what his favourite currency design is, in the wake of the recent redesign of the Scottish banknote. His response somehow managed to reference ancient telly curiosity The Adventure Game. Here’s what he had to say on the matter:

“Bear with me, because this is a bit of an odd one. My favourite ever currency design is the Drogna. This was the currency of choice in a BBC show called The Adventure Game, broadcast for 22 episodes between 1980 and 1986. Design Week’s more… mature readers (and I count myself among your number) may remember it.

The show featured a string of 80s ‘celebs’ stumbling through a series of fiendish puzzles in order to escape the planet Arg, where they were stranded. Still with me? It gets better. The show also featured Moira Stuart playing a dragon in human form, an Australian who only spoke backwards and a bad-tempered aspidistra plant called Uncle played by Kenny Baker.

The Drogna currency took the form of lovely big perspex discs printed with colourful graphic shapes: squares, hexagons and crosses. Its value was determined by multiplying the number of sides of the shape by the position of its colour in the rainbow. Try working that one out at the cashpoint.”

You can read the full article here.

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