The Bread team recently visited the Royal Academy of Arts on Piccadilly in Central London to check out the new architectural show "Sensing Spaces". The Show features 7 architecture practices from across the globe such as Grafton Architects, Li Xiaodong and our favorite Kengo Kuma. It's great to see such modern installations juxtaposed against the Royal Academy's regal interiors. We haven't posted too many pictures as they do not do the work justice, you have to go see the show in person to get the full effect. The video above is from the shows curator, Kate Goodwin, who explains the show and it's intent. The show runs till the 6th April 2014.
For more information about the show see: Royal Academy Website
Last night we all headed to the Roxy Bar and Screen on Borough High Street to see the UK premiere of the 'Sign Painters' movie directed by Faythe Levine & Sam Macon.
The film documents the individual stories of various practioners, most of whom are fantastically watchable characters for one reason or another. A larger narrative is also uncovered about this artform and its fate over time, most notably the near extinction of traditional methods due to the developments in technology (stickers, vinyls etc...) and what is lost as a result.
Here are a few of our favourite quotes from the film;
"Drum-machines have no soul"
"On my gravestone it's going to say, he died for greater opacity"
"I-O-A-F-S" (It's only a fucking sign!)"
Check out the trailer above and if you happen to be in any of the places that are screening the film then we urge you to get tickets.
We are delighted for our good friends at The Line who were nominated for a Bafta today. We were lucky enough to be involved in the project and made the making of video which you can view above. Also if you haven't had a chance to watch the animation then we urge you to do so NOW!
Good luck guys - we're rooting for you!
We have some new work in the Pens & Needles show at the KK Outlet in Hoxton Square, London. The show opens at 7pm on Thursday 9th 2014. Come down and say hello if you are in the area!
YCN have been very good to us over the last few months. Feeding us, watering us and even giving us an award. They also asked if we would design the identity for the 2013/14 student awards - we said yes of course! The designs represent the variety of creative briefs that YCN release as well as an over-arching 'launching'concept.
Last month we were delighted to be involved with the Pop Up Fleas's maiden voyage to London. The Pop Up Flea is the brain child of Randy Goldberg and Michael Williams (founder of A Continuous Lean). The ever-changing collection of new and vintage menswear goods has been blossoming for the last few years in New York and so we jumped at the chance to help create the visual identity for the London event.
We were tasked with designing and painting various signage for the event including 2 massive shop windows all in spitting distance of Piccadilly Circus. The weekend flew by and as well as selling some limited edition Riso & Screen-prints we also met some lovely folk from Filson, Shynola, Levis Handcrafted and the like.
It was a pleasure to work with Randy and Michael and we were also grateful to be acquainted with J.P. Williams, Michiel van Wyngaarden, Craig White and James Bowthorpe to name but a few. We would strongly recommend that if you're lucky enough to be in New York in December that you check it out. You may leave with a lighter wallet but certainly not a heavy heart!
After a few too many shandy's at the YCN professional awards we agreed to present an award at the Student event. The Ceremony was held at the lavishly decked out Marriott Grosvenor Square, and once we'd got over our pre-speech nerves we had a lot of fun.
Nick Defty (pictured below) and the guys at YCN manage to strike the perfect balance when it comes to this event, celebrating the student's achievements but keeping the night fun and good-humoured. This year's student of the year award was designed by Philip Oakley. Massive congratulations to Chloe Sharp who was the lucky winner of this year's award.
We were absolutely over the moon to win a glittering YCN Professional Award last night. We were presented with a golden snowglobe for Design and Communication and our work is showcased in a commemorative Awards publication - beautifully art directed by Matt Willey.
A big thank you to Nick and all the guys at YCN for throwing a memorable dinner and party, hosted atop the sun filled roof at Shoreditch House last night - we had a blast!
'Paint the Town' is an initiative funded by the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (LBBD) to improve the appearance of Barking Town Centre.
Over the last few months we have been liaising with the good shop-owners of Barking and painting chosen participant's unloved and often dilapidated shutters.
The content and typographic aesthetic is inspired by throw-away advertising posters and promotional scrawling that we were inundated with when walking round Barking town centre. 'Amazing Deals', 'Best in...' and other such slogans lose their credibility when viewed on mass so by reinterpreting these words and phrases we hope that they might regain some of their intended meaning and have a positive impact.
We also wanted to champion brush stroke and marker scripts that are commonly used on this sort of promotional material. Deemed 'bad taste' by many – little thought goes into their selection. They are placed haphazardly and often squashed or distorted. The text and design is unconsidered but this can often result in interesting and unusual results and we wanted to reference this spontaneity and humour when painting the shutters.
The project is coming to a conclusion so look out for it on our website in its entirety very soon.
In the meantime you can find out more about the project HERE.
We were commissioned by London’s Southbank Centre to design and paint two typographic murals based on the poetry of Cheryl Moskowitz as part of the Festival of Neighborhood. The murals run along each side of the iconic walkway leading to the Hayward Gallery. Each mural measures 35 metres long and was hand-painted onto the concrete, 22 metres above the ground using two cherry pickers. Other artists in the project included ROA and Phlegm.
The CR Annual is a round-up of the best work of the year, as chosen by Creative Review's panel of judges. We were ecstatic when we found out that we featured not once but twice in the book. As well as featuring in the July section of the Annual we were also included in an article on the rise of nostalgic graphics or 'austerity' graphic design. A big thanks to the panel at CR. It was really great to get this recognition barely a year on from when Bread was formed by a few friends over a Sunday morning Coffee.