Killer Bs

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We’re blithely blushing at the blooming brilliant news that our moving card (pictured above) has been shortlisted in the Writing For Design category in this years Drum Design Awards. It’s a genuine thrill to see our self-initiated piece – a mailer we sent to friends and clients to tell them about our new home at Studio 54B – being recognised by one of the most respected awards around. Special thanks to our collaborators on the project, the wonderful Reed Words.

We’re delighted to report that we won the top honour in the Writing for Design category! The winners were announced at The Drum Design Awards dinner at the Grosvenor Square Marriott on Thursday night last week, where our Matt took to the stage to collect our gong. His respectfully restrained but heartfelt fist pump says it all. Woot!

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D&AD Judging Wisdom

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D&AD is the design and advertising industries RADA, RIBA, Oscars® and UN combined. A D&AD Award is recognised globally as the ultimate creative accolade, entered and attended by the best from around the world. Which made it all the more thrilling for three members of BB – Matt, Dom and Emma – to be invited to attend D&AD Judging Wisdom last week. This was a unique opportunity for us to peek behind the scenes at this years D&AD Awards judging process: observing the winners and the nearly winners and understanding the rigorous judging process. A day wasn’t quite enough to take in the dazzling array of amazing work. A tantalising glimpse of this years best creative work.

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Collabology 2015

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Last night we swung by Somerset House to soak up the results of Collabology. This was a two-week workshop led by Professor Fred Deakin and saw students from across UAL, Falmouth School of Art and Manchester School of Art work together in groups to tackle briefs based around creating positive change in society, using digital collaborative tools. It was refreshing to see technology being used (seemingly) effortlessly throughout the project to genuinely assist interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary working. This is absolutely the way for creative education to go and we look forward to seeing how the Collabology project develops. But for now let’s give it up for Collabology 2015!

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Funny books

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Here’s a sneaky peak at some work-in-progress over at BB HQ. This Book is Funny! is a scheme dedicated to reviewing and promoting books for children by the funniest writers, illustrators and comics artists in the business today. It was conceived by author Alex Milway and is run by a a co-operative of authors, comics artists and illustrators, with support from publishers, libraries and schools worldwide. The scheme was hatched when Scholastic published revealing research which suggested that 70% of kids surveyed preferred books which made them laugh. Alex felt that a scheme to celebrate funny books would help to encourage children to read, particularly the 73% who said they’d read more if they could find books they liked. The Funny website is currently in beta mode, whilst the scheme gathers pace. Keep ’em peeled for our jolly logo appearing on kids books near you, soon.

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The Heart Index

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We were recently asked by Craig Atkinson and Grace Bond (of Sea Design and Bond & Coyne respectively) to contribute to their project The Heart Index. We were one of a number of design groups and illustrators asked to ‘visually interpret the heart’ in a medium of our choosing. You can see our heartfelt, musically honest submission above. We were also asked to write this short rationale to accompany our contribution:

For those of a certain age, the truest way to express the feelings of ones heart was via the medium of the mix tape or cassette compilation. These almost obsolete oblongs of brittle plastic and magnetic tape were once the repositories of heartfelt feeling the world over. Two sides and 90 minutes to reveal your musical heartbeat. Here’s ours, with love.

You can buy the resulting – and very beautiful – book via The Heart Index website.

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Workin’ nine to five

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Good to see our friend and former colleague Jamie Ellul – ex-partner at Magpie Studio, now founder of Supple Studio – talking in Design Week about flexibility. Specifically, he makes some interesting and thoughtful points about the way in which designers work and the often inflexible and unimaginative working practices of our creative industry. Knowing that we’re keen on flexibility here at BB, Jamie asked director Matt to contribute some thoughts. You can read the short, insightful piece here. Lovely typography above designed by Jamie. Presumably not on his DadDay.

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Kedgeree at 54B

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Every month at 54B, one lucky winner gets to prepare lunch for the whole office. Depending on the day, that’s 20–25 ravenous creative/digital types. This month Dom rustled up that rice classic, Kedgeree. He nostalgically recalled – “My Mum used to make kedge for our larger than average family. I’m one of eight you know! It was a real crowd pleaser back then, so I thought it was a safe bet”. 20–25 less ravenous creative/digital types have now confirmed this to be the case. With Indian cakes from Ambala on Brick Lane for desert, everyone piled on a further 600 calories and then headed back to their desks to rehydrate.

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Vox pop

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Following a recent Design Week interview with Pentagram New York partner Michael Bierut – in which he suggested that he really doesn’t like designing for other designers – we were asked by DW to name our least favourite audience. Here’s how Matt responded:

“Phee-yew. There have been some toughies over the years. But by far and away the toughest, most brutal audience group I’ve ever worked for are the under-eights. You want feedback? Try ‘That’s not very good’, ‘Can we draw now?’ and ‘Chris Riddell was here last week. He was good.’ You want an appraisal of your presentation style? Try ‘You look funny’, ‘How old are you?’ and ‘Why are you bald?’ You want a feeling of existential uncertainty? Try being called ‘Miss’. Give me designers any day. At least they don’t laugh at your glasses.”

You can read the other responses here.

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Look at Me!

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Red Nose Day 2015 is upon us, so we’ve joined forces with our friends at MultiAdaptor and signed up to their crack team at Red Logo Associates – essentially a hand-picked squad of elite designers rustling up red nose logos for the great and the good. All 100 red logo designs will be showcased and auctioned off at a fund raiser this evening in London’s fashionable east end. Our mission? To design a logo for Client Liaison Officer Sarah Mei. She’s a self confessed “volatile, loud and obsessive personality” (her words not ours, we hasten to add). Sometimes the first lightening bolt idea you have is the best, and with a surname like that we couldn’t hold back. A bit like Sarah, in fact.

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Extra curricular

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You may be familiar with our lovely clients, Quietroom. If so, you’ll know that they are a team of brilliant thinkers, writers and trainers. What you might not know, however, is that many Quietroomers have extra curricular creative lives. When not thinking, writing and training, their team get up to all sorts: singing, recording, scriptwriting.

So perhaps we should have been slightly less surprised when we started spotting Quietroom partner Vincent Franklin's face all over London. Look, there he is emblazoned across a huge poster campaign advertising Channel Four’s new series Cucumber. Thinking, writing, training and helming-a-massive-new-tv-show. Now that’s multitasking.

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