Friday, 30 April 2010

Daniel Lock arrives!

Now many of you may be reeling at the recent news of Ben Stott's departure from NB:Studio but there is yet another piece of news from the Bankside based studio. In a totally unrelated departure, Senior designer Daniel Lock is also leaving NB: Studio to pursue freelance work.

Over the last six years Daniel has been designer on several projects that I have worked on at NB:Studio including HOUSE magazine for Soho House (printed on Omnia, Redeem 100% Recycled and Concorde Pure Brilliance):

and a wide range of other projects including this D&AD awards promo poster (on Offenbach Bible 60gsm)
Now it's a little ironic being on this blog, that his new business cards are printed on a Dark Grey 700gsm board with a cord emboss from a paper merchant based in Hull, but I'm not bitter! (sadly, no prizes for guessing the paper range). But they have been very beautifully produced by Gavin Martin Associates using Holographic Foil.
Daniel is now actively looking for engagements, so you can find him on ...and don't forget to stick my commission cheque in the post!
Posted by Justin Hobson

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Coast Spring/Summer 2010 Collection

Here is yet another stunning look book for fashion retailer Coast. It's the Spring/Summer 2010 collection and it's just looks great!

The job is printed using a Dali (Neve) cover in 285gsm and with a StarFine Natural White 150gsm text.

The cover is unusual because the flaps of the 8pp cover fold onto the outside of the cover, creating the look of a spine in a three dimensional way (see pic below).

The publication is three-hole-sewn which gives the job a lovely quality and works very well with the "material" type feel of the Dali feltmarked board.

The images which are printed on the StarFine Natural White have worked very well and I guess it would have taken quite a lot of work to get them looking as good as this, but they really are exceptional.
Art Direction and Design is by Six Creative (
Print is by G&B Printers (
Photography is by Lachlan Bailey (

It is yet another lovely job for Coast. Beautifully photographed, designed and printed. An interesting thing to note is that this is not a combination of materials that many people would consider for a job like this and I guess (when it works!) this is what also makes the job special.
Posted by Justin Hobson

Tuesday, 27 April 2010


Nick Vincent set up design company Vincent in 2008 and the business is just coming up to it's second birthday. 
Nick has worked at some highly respected studios including NB:Studio, SAS and 300million before moving out of London with his family to his new base in Ashford in Kent. He recently did his website which I think works really well, because as a small company (especially based outside London) it can be difficult to know what approach and language to use on a website - I feel it's just right can judge for yourself !  
Posted by Justin Hobson

Monday, 26 April 2010

Central School of Speech and Drama

I just thought that this might be of interest, even though it's a type only, one colour job!
Studio8 have designed the new identity for The Central School of Speech and Drama based in Swiss Cottage (London NW3). The new identity was launched in February this year.

Studio8 created a new typeface for the identity and then worked with Bruno Maag at Dalton Maag to realise the font into a workable typeface.

The new typeface was then tested using a variety of different weights and by printing offset litho on a range of different papers (including some which weren't even ours!). I picked some of these "overs" up the other week - which are printed on Redeem 100% Recycled, 100gsm and I think they look rather good just as they are...

Posted by Justin Hobson 26.04.2013

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Links of London Christmas catalogue

I've just picked up some copies of this lovely promotion produced last Christmas for Links of London.

It is an A6 portrait format with a 4pp cover (240gsm) and a 16pp text (100gsm). It is produced on Redeem 100% Recycled which has a natural shade and feel to it but has reproduced the very detailed and exacting images superbly. The cover image is fantastic (in my opinion!)

Design and Art Direction is by Chris Bedson at Links of London.

Below are some of the spreads...

The promotion was accompanied by an additional 4pp card (Printed on Redeem 100% Recycled 315gsm) which had perforated tokens offering additional incentives for lapsed customers - very nicely done.
The job is very well printed and finished and was produced by The Midas Press in Farnborough which unfortunately went bankrupt in January this year [see my previous post]
Posted by Justin Hobson

Monday, 19 April 2010

Bright future with posters on Colorset Solar

I've just picked up these file copies of posters designed by Hat-Trick last year for a series of lectures at Norwich University of the Arts. They are printed on our Colorset Solar 270gsm and are A2 in size.
I think they speak for themselves...
Printed in single colour (black) by Boss print (
Posted by Justin Hobson

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Ash is in the news today!

Shock news today that a cloud of volcanic Ash has caused the cancellation of all BA domestic flights and brought flights at Gatwick and Heathrow to a virtual standstill.

I grabbed the opportunity to send an e-mail to confirm that although we have a paper called Colorset ASH, this hazard to aviation is nothing to do with Fenner Paper.

However, this morning, we created a "papery homage" in our sample room of what the volcano spewing out Colorset Ash 120gsm might look like...
Materials used are Colorset Suede 120gsm for the crater and Colorset Mango and Deep Orange for the lava with the volcanic cloud being made from Colorset Ash 120gsm.

If you want a copy of the current Colorset swatch, just blip me an e-mail.

Also, did you know, there really is a organisation called the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre? -amazing!
Posted by Justin Hobson

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Taking Time - Craft and the Slow Revolution

Here is a lovely collection of literature for a touring exhibition from Craftspace curated with Helen Carnac. The printed literature includes a catalogue, a poster, invitations and flyer cards.

The design of the exhibition and literature is by Hyperkit.

The catalogue is 165x240mm portrait with a 4pp cover and a 48pp text. The poster is A3 and the invitations A5. The literature and exhibition work using a two colour palette (which is also more cost effective) with four colour text in the brochure.

The paper used throughout is Redeem 100% Recycled with 240gsm and 130gsm for the catalogue and 315gsn for the invitations and cards. The "natural" shade of the paper works really well with the two colour palette.
Below are the poster and the invitations:
There are a couple of things that are worth pointing out. Firstly they customised an existing typeface to create a face with a calligraphic feel which lends itself to the theme of the exhibition. This typeface is employed across all printed material and also used in the exhibition signage. The other thing is the really nice little business card sized "Comments" card, so that people can leave comments at the exhibition - a really simple but effective idea.

...and thank you for the lovely note:

Monday, 12 April 2010

The Brunswick Review

This is a very interesting and a very different publication. The Brunswick Review is self published by the global Public Relations and Communications company Brunswick. They have a network of fifteen offices throughout the world. One way that they keep in touch with their clients is by producing this publication which is certainly anything but a "customer magazine". It is very well written and researched and has counts Mark Thompson and Sir Andrew Motion amongst it's guest contributors.
The design of the publication relies heavily (although not exclusively) on illustration which appears to have the effect of making it very readable, I know this because I have even found myself reading it!
The size of the publication is 280x216mm. It is has a 4pp cover and 102pp text. It is printed on Redeem 100% Recycled 240gsm and 100gsm.

In each issue, there is an "Arts" section [see spread below] highlighting the work of Brunswick Arts which is a seperate division of the Group based in London...
I think this is an excellent piece of literature which is hard to classify. It definitely isn't a newsletter, certainly not a magazine or a brochure. It is however, an extremely clever piece of communication.

It is edited by Tim Dickson.

The painstaking and excellent illustration choices, design and production is all by Johnston Works. ( and printing is by St Ives Westerham Press.
Posted by Justin Hobson

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Lincolnshire links with San Francisco!

Just had some very exciting news… Dowling Design and Art Direction (based in Newark) and Rob Duncan Design (based in San Francisco) have joined forces to become Dowling Duncan.

John and Rob, who both previously worked at Pentagram amongst other design companies, before setting up their own consultancies. Now they have joined forces which is an exciting move for both individuals.

I have written about John before (see other post on this blog) who also lectures part-time at Lincoln Uni. Good luck and best wishes to the all new Dowling Duncan.
Posted by Justin Hobson

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

It's Nice That #3 out now!

It's Nice That  - Issue 3 is out now!

Yes the eponymous It's Nice That, publication has hit the streets. Packed with the usual superbly selected content including interviews with Ken Garland and Tom Dixon amongst others, these guys are pulling in some amazingly big names.

The pre-order copies come with a fantastic silkscreen print (pictured below) designed by Dutch artist, Parra. Size is  (552x980mm) printed on Offenbach Bible 60gsm.
As normal there is too much good stuff to list here but it's great to see that Jasmine Raznahan ( who I have worked with over the years and who has now finished her MA at the RCA has a piece about her work on Page 81.
Production details are as previous issues with the text being on Redeem 100% Recycled 100gsm and Colorset 100% Recycled cover 270gsm in Indigo. Cover is Silkscreened one colour and die cut. Size is 210x275mm Portrait and this issue has 128pp text. Print is by Push ( - and below you can see a picture of the job being printed.
Design is by Alex Bec and Will Hudson in collaboration with Joseph Burrin.
And thanks to Alex and Will for the lovely note.
Posted by Justin Hobson

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Easter only comes one a year ... (with apologies to The Chase)

This is a superb April Fool that was sent out by The Chase. It comprises a Christmas card with a slip of paper inserted (photocopied and badly trimmed - deliberately of course) with a message (see below).

And of course the father Christmases were spelling out April Fool in semaphore. 

It's really clever and great to see that the creative juices are still wildly overflowing in Manchester. Creative Director on the project is Ben Casey.

Posted by Justin Hobson