You’re gonna need a bigger boat

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A very happy new year from all of us here at team BB. When we locked the studio doors at the end of 2016, we were packed to the rafters: the new addition of our latest recruit – ace middleweight designer Dixie – meant that our space was getting a little on the cosy side, to say the least. So late last year we made the decision to take on a second, equally-sized studio space next door to ours and to combine the two. As a result, we’ve reopened the studio doors this year onto a brand spanking new double sized studio, and it feels great. A mothership of marvellousness. An HQ of hard work. A double-sized design den. Do pop round: we’ve plenty of room.

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Uptown Top Ranking

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Whilst press attention is focussed US-wards, a little newsflash from closer to home. Baxter and Bailey has just been listed among the top nine design studios outside London. The ranking was the result of a poll of peers for Computer Arts magazine. We’re particularly thrilled that the nomination ranks us alongside design heroes such as Build, The Chase and Music. But why a top nine? Who knows. Perhaps nine is the new ten. In conclusion: we should move out of London more often...

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Four become five

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You may recall our recent recruitment drive, around five months ago. Well, we’re at it again. The good ship BB is picking up speed and needs more hands on deck. Could you help us grow from a fantastic four to a famous five? Here’s the role in detail:

We are looking for an ambitious Middleweight Designer to join our team in Brighton. For this great opportunity to work with us across a range of clients and sectors you’ll need:

• 3 – 4 years commercial experience in branding, campaigns, print and digital projects

• a proven track record in brilliantly creative visual identity

• a solid understanding of what makes good UI design and user experience

• excellent communication and presentation skills

• confident and meticulous project management skills

• a broad knowledge and interest in design, identity and creativity

• enthusiasm to work in an experienced, ambitious and compact team

• commitment to creative excellence

• a curious mind and sense of adventure

Salary: £28 – 32k PA dependent on experience.

Please email CVs/Portfolios to:

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You can’t handle the truth!

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Tall tales. Fibs. Untruths. Whoppers. We all lie now and again: from tiddling little white lies to Trump-esque humdingers. This is the premise of a newly launched project – and gallery exhibition – by our friends at writing collective 26 Writers. We were invited by the group to create a visual accompaniment to one of 26 new pieces of writing, all on the subject of lies. We were paired with Quietroom supremo Andy Hayes and chose to illustrate his tall tale – concerning a truth-stretching autobiography – with a pair of bespoke case-bound books. For last nights private view, we also created a visitors book for attendees to record their own lies. (Anonymously of course.) The exhibition – and accompanying website – is now live at London’s Free Word Centre (formerly the Guardian Newsroom). If you find yourself in Clerkenwell one lunchtime this week, you should pop in. You can always tell your boss that you were stuck in the queue at Pret...

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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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