We've recently been working on some great design projects which have taken us deep into the world of paper. Touch signals many things from emotional memories to the feeling of quality, and this creates another place the audience can connect with.
Early this month we were pleased to welcome Lucie to our team. Lucie came from France as part of the Erasmus programme through the ESAAT Roubaix university, where she is studying graphic design and will be with us for the next three months gaining valuable work experience. She's brought a breath of 'French air' with a passion for illustrations, which she has been practising since she was a kid.
This weekend saw the completion of ‘cities of hope'; a street art convention which lasted for nine days and brought more colour and awareness into Manchester. The project was developed by 'Vestige' a not-for-profit social justice organisation, involving nine international street artists and locally based charities to express and bring attention to nine global issues.
On a recent trip to London, we've been able to fit in possibly our final visit to the current Shad Thames Design Museum before it relocates to the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington this November.
A couple of months ago, we found ourselves once again in the Greek capital and for the first time at the 100% hotelshow. We have a lot of experience working with hotels, and we're always interested in anything new, so we didn't lose the opportunity for a visit.
Some inspiring characters come and go, and some last forever. Charles and Ray Eames are evidently the second. Pioneers of plastic and fibreglass moulding or exposing the benefits of shaping plywood for helping wounded soldiers avoid gangrene; the pair were a dynamic team who developed our modern perception of design and architecture and helped craft a better future for us all.
For all print collateral, the paper stock and print finish are as equally important as the design. Through the years and after experimenting with different printing techniques, we've learned what works and what doesn't.
Last month we found ourselves in Germany at the UniversumBremen; an exhibition centre that, in their words, cover all things "Technology, Human and Nature". What took us by surprise was the lack of 'do not touch' signs, often seen in museums. The number of interactive machines and devices was staggering. The machines were safe but gave the impression of danger; especially while sitting on an earthquake simulator or charging a 'lightning' machine.
We've been on the lookout for a new studio for a while, and we found our new home at Hope Mill. It's one of the earliest developments in Manchester's industrial region, starting its life out as a cotton mill in the early 1820’s. It's rough around the edges, and we love it.
At Aeroplane, inspiration takes many forms, from sand to soap! On a recent trip to Lisbon, which is renowned for its art, music and culture, we found ourselves inspired by many things, but also something unexpected. Tourist attractions can be ubiquitous, but on this occasion, we were hooked by some cosmic-like forms making their way over our heads… Enjoy.
Lisbon's streets are full of great typography created with various techniques such as wire, tile and paint. While wandering around, we fell in love with some unusual methods of communicating and couldn't help documenting a selection of signage. Here are some of our favourites.
Back in May we came up with many ideas from many angles to publicise the University of Salford’s postgraduate offerings; the winning idea was ‘Head and shoulders above the rest’. Visually our thoughts took us to a literal translation of someone being risen above others; this fired a memory of some great work of a Levitating girl we’d seen years previously.
You can't avoid street art in Athens even if you tried. Creative expression is all around: on large building walls, small corners, train carriages…generally everywhere! Local and global stories told through vibrant and colourful images bring the city's streets to life. Here are some examples that caught our eye on a recent visit.