I had a huge amount of fun making this early 90s style music video, from imagining the dodgy Channel 9 style low budget European TV show ‘Muzik Time!!’ and coming up with ridiculously cheesy graphics, to painstakingly mimicking the effect of an old VHS tape that’s been recorded over a few times. Credit to Luke Glover for shooting the video and Pete Cannon for producing the track.
Our client wanted a quirky logo that was reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’ Cat in the Hat, so we tried to do just that, and guess what? It worked. Here’s the original logo for Cirque Du Manc that we designed:
I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope. Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.
– Dr. Seuss
Pete Cannon is a producer and DJ who is in the process of skyrocketing to fame. The styles of music he is involved with are very varied, so he wanted a logo that didn’t fit in to any one of the visual languages associated with certain genres, but stood on it’s own, simple, clean and understated.
Pete is a friend as well as a client, and as such I’d like to encourage you to have yourself a little listen to some of his spectacularly good music below:
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Update: I wasn’t wrong when I said Pete was skyrocketing to fame… have you heard of Rizzle Kicks? Yeah, thought you might have – well Pete has produced a couple of tracks from their new album, one of which, Lost Generation, is currently charting! Here’s the video:
An up-and-coming genre-defying (they describe their music as “fizzed-up, synthed-up, sugar-coated, colour-coded FidgetPop-IndieRock”) Manchester band, E-Numbers, were looking to improve on their logo, so we gave them this.
A small but beautiful cafe & restaurant in Didsbury wanted a vintage feel to their new food menu, but didn’t want a total re-brand. We took the existing logo and colour scheme, dialed it down a touch, and put together a menu we feel matches the fusion of modern and boutique styles found at the eatery.
Between 2009 and 2011 we took on pro bono work designing an online magazine for Blank Media Collective, Blankpages. This soon became the largest single layout design project we had undertaken. Here is a small selection of the issues we put together.
Hover over the right hand side of each front cover to find clickable arrows you can use to flick through the issues. If you’re on an iPhone or iPad, this probably won’t work – sorry about that.
When Manchester bar and restaurant Dry201 updated their food menu, they wanted something new, clean and sophisticated to put out on the tables. We provided this:
In 2010, legendary Manchester bar, Dry201 opened a new club venue in their basement. To start off with, it was going to be called Below. At that time, we were commissioned to create the logo, below. (The name has since been changed to Dry Live).
We had a huge amount of fun creating eye-catching, quirky, and sometimes rather rude artwork for the various events and endeavours of legendary Manchester student pub, Ram & Shackle. We got to completely break the usual rules about brand consistency… in this case the only real consistency was the utter lack of consistency, which reflected the pub’s whole ethos and aesthetic, perfectly represented by the name: it was (is) indeed very ramshackle, and it’s this loveable cobbled-together vibe that the largely student clientele love so much. Here’s just a small sample of the work we produced over a three month period.