Well, 2011 has been a massive year for us. It only seems moments ago since we kicked things off at the beginning of May (the 9th to be exact) - where we cut the ribbon to our new studio and started Pixel One.
Since that day we’ve worked hard to promote what we stand for and what we’re all about, and we’re really happy that we’ve gone on to work on some amazing projects. One highlight has been branding and launching the Apprenticeships division of Wakefield College – an exciting scheme that’s getting young people into the working environment and securing jobs, which particularly important in this current climate.
We also helped double sales with the campaign we created for the Bunker 13 scare attraction at Magna Science Adventure Centre, a fun project that really opened up for some exciting imagery and Photoshop magic.
Another highlight was when we were featured in the September edition of Digital Arts magazine for our illustrated invitation that we did for the Hospice. We were also really happy to be featured 3 times on the Computer Arts Inspiration Blog in October, November and December – it’s always nice to see your work well received.
We’ve got some exciting plans for 2012, we’re going to be tinkering away at our own branding as well as going on to work on some fantastic campaigns for both local and national organisations, we can’t wait to crack on and raise the bar.
Watch this space as we’ll also be planning a big celebration for our 1 year birthday party some time at the end of April/May.
For now it’s a fair well to a truly special 2011, happy holidays and we’ll catch you in 2012.
We decided to have a go at #drawbatman that James Howard (@themooks) started on Twitter. Here’s our quick interpretation available as a screensaver.
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We’ve been working on the latest campaign for the Barnsley Hospice, smartening up the Hawaiian themed Midnight Walk – where thousands of women go on a fun filled journey through the night, walking 10 miles to raise money for the Hospice.
Above gives a sneaky peak of the direction we took with the campaign, including the character we created to front it. All the work will be rolled out at the beginning of 2012, once its out there we’ll show you more of the work that we’ve created for the campaign.
We’ve been beavering away lately on a few projects, and thought we’d drop a quick update on this particular one – which is for a great cause.
Coming to Yorkshire in March to raise money for the Sheffield Childrens Hospital is Scarytales, a live scare attraction housing popular Fairytale characters with a twist – Red Riding Hood isn’t so nice and you really shouldn’t follow that Yellow brick road in here.
The task was set – to come up with an identity that was visually striking for the horror attraction but steering well away from being gory.
We decided to go for a strong graphic approach to depict the various Fairytale and fantasy characters turned bad, with a variety of minimalistic illustrations coupled with some bespoke lettering for the Scarytales logotype. Above are two examples of the illustrations for the Childcatcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Red Riding Hood.
We thought we’d give a sneaky peak to help promote this fantastic event that so far Sheffield United & Sheffield Wednesday football clubs as well as the Yorkshire Post have pledged their support to. In the mean time we’re busy away working on the website and marketing for Scarytales – when the site is launched we’ll let you know so you can get all the info you need to help support this fantastic event.
Introducing Mr Monocle – The gentleman tailor providing some tremendous treats for your wardrobe.
We’ve always wanted to create our own clothing and this year we decided to finally bring the idea to life and gave birth to Mr Monocle!
The Limited Edition items are already proving popular – with even Shadow Arts Minister Dan Jarvis coming to check out the Mr! Above are a few examples of the designs with our Better Than The Average Bear tee and the Mr Of Hearts tee.
All the designs will be on sale firstly at the International Christingle market in Barnsley, Yorkshire from the 24th – 27th November, where handmade crafts from around the world are on sale – so if you’re around make sure you come and say hello to us guys! After that we’ll be launching the new Mr Monocle website where you’ll be able to get your hands on all the Mr’s Limited Edition treats as well as keep up to date with all the new products coming in 2012!
If you’d like to be the first to hear about new things from Mr Monocle, and get sneak previews of his new designs give him a follow on Twitter @mrmonocleuk
We recently built the holding page for Studio B3N, an exciting new animation force made up of Ben O’Brien (BenTheIllustrator), Ben Adam (Broken Antler) and Ben Mounsey (50′s Ben). We wanted to wish the guys well with their exciting new adventure, make sure you keep checking back to their website for future updates on what will be an amazing body of work.
You can follow Studio B3N on Twitter here.
Just a quick update to mention that we were featured on the Computer Arts Inspiration blog for our Kern prints! There’s some great talent on there including one of our favourites Aaron Miller - check him out!
You can see the rest of the featured people here
To celebrate our love for all things typographic, we’re giving away some of our Limited Edition Black & Gold Kern prints!
They were printed by the wizards at Whiteduck, who really worked their magic on these, hand pulling them onto some laaarvelly 270 gsm stock and with only 50 of these ever to exist, now is the time to snap one up!
All you have to do for a chance to win is follow us on Twitter, we’ll select at random the winners from new followers and the people who Retweet the tweets that mention the competition.
Lucky winners will be selected 1st of November.
Good luck guys!
We were delighted when we were asked to answer some Q&A’s For the Digital Arts ‘Design For Change’ feature regards our charity work, mainly focussed around the various projects we’ve completed for the Barnsley Hospice.
It’s a great feature focusing on creatives using their skills and talents to work on projects for a positive effect on things other than profit. We’ve worked on various projects that, in turn, have had a great effect on peoples lives after raising large amounts of cash to be spent in various ways to improve peoples lives. The feature also highlights projects that have been set up as a reaction to a crisis. One of our favourites is THE RENMEN PROJECT set up after the Haiti earthquake by Ben The Illustrator, which has had a great response in selling artwork to help raise money.
You can see more of the work that was featured HERE
It’s official. We’re launching our own clothing brand.
Hitting stores towards the end of 2011, we’ll be donning our monocles and tweed to bring you lovely people some tremendously tailored treats for your wardrobes.
Focused on good old fashioned Gent & Ladies vintage with a twist, Mr Monocle is an exciting platform for our Illustrations and ideas. Many of the T’s are limited runs too so when you own a Mr Monocle shirt, you really do own something quite special and unique.
Quite a few have trotted off the shelves already so keep your eyes peeled for people looking spiffing whilst they’re rocking the Monocle!