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We Love Producing Logos

The heart of a visual brand is a logo. Most days we drive past an old engineering works. Now derelict, the Imperial Works of G.L.Murphy was established in Menston in 1930. Derelict since 2002, it [...]

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Starting a New Business

Or why pricing strategy and good customer service were the keys to starting a Wharfedale based graphic design start-up.   Many business blogs are client help pages: quick tips or product [...]

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Signs of Safety

Or how good design saves lives   Between 1957 and 1963 Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert produced a graphic scheme for Britain’s road signage, their uniform and effective approach replacing [...]

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Typesetting

Or what you don’t notice is most important   Typesetting is the art of ensuring that text layout is both aesthetically pleasing and supportive of the reading process. All print [...]

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In Kyoto

Or the use of foreign words in marketing   In Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, there is a way, known as The Philosophers’ Path, that follows a stream between the temples of Ginkaku-ji [...]

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Japonism

Or the excitement of meeting Japanese art   This is the first blog for a month – our excuse is a visit to Japan, where we absorbed ideas and inspirations from both historic and [...]

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The Hermit’s Cup

Or the origins of coffee   We sometimes forget that most human history is undocumented – not just the history that predates writing, but all the hopes, fears, ideas and experiences that [...]

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Design and the test of time

Or finding a relic of London in a bag   I recently acquired a bag of possessions that belonged to my grandfather. Amongst the photographs and the diary entries there was a fold-up pocket map [...]

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Colour

Or pity the poor designer   Only a few days ago we were tight in the embrace of the ‘Beast from the East’. Looking out of the office window, the hawthorn hedge was bare and stark against a [...]

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Etymology

Or what copywriters think about when they drink coffee   As a copywriter, I love etymology, or the origin and development of words. English is such a rich tongue because it is Germanic in [...]

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