Design Manchester 17 is fast upon us, taking place from the 11 – 22 October and now in our fifth year we have been working tirelessly for the last 12 months to program over 50 events.
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We’ve worked on some crazy projects over the years from throwing a street party on Britain’s most famous street for adidas to building a major exhibition for the FA at Wembley and this one ranks amongst them.
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Graduates, you’ve spent 3 years busting your arses in University and now it’s time to fly. It’s time to get that email ready, you have Googled ‘Design Studios Manchester’ and now you’re armed with a list to send to. (more…)


2016 will be the subject of many a pub quiz for all the wrong reasons but putting negativity aside we have had an incredible year in the studio, growing our team, skills and client list.

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We’re featured in this months Creative Review, giving an insight into the making of Design Manchester, now in it’s fourth year and a firm fixture in the creative calendar.
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We’re really happy to see Deanna Halsall has been nominated for a major illustration award for the work we commissioned alongside The Royal Exchange Theatre.

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We’re proud to be a part of this years OFFSET festival who alongside Póg Mo Goal commissioned international and Irish designers to produce a series of match-day posters for the Republic of Ireland’s upcoming Euro 2016 campaign.

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A world first! Not many times as creatives we get the opportunity to say this but we’re extremely proud to have designed the world’s first exhibition dedicated to football gaming. Working closely with EA Sports and Sports Interactive the museum has created something not only unique but completely playable from retro consoles to art installations.  (more…)


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We’re proud to announce this years Design Manchester festival, of which we co-own and curate.

Design Manchester 15 will take place between 14-21 October, with a line-up of speakers from design, film, music, TV including

IDEO, Territory Studio, Ben Terrett, Hudson Powell, Fred Deakin and New Order’s Stephen Morris.

The theme for this year’s festival is Know How, and events for 2015 span the realms of Design How, Design Now, Film How, Music How and more, which together build a programme of talks, workshops, exhibitions, screenings, debates and a full weekend celebrating the love of print.

More information including the whole schedule will be released next week on designmcr.com


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We are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, talented graduate creative to work with our small but perfectly formed team here in Manchester.

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Out of the 17 public statues in Manchester, only one is of a woman. This disappointing (but utterly unsurprising) fact is at the heart of the Womanchester Statue Project, a campaign to raise money for a new statue of a woman significant to Manchester.

We were approached by city councillor Andrew Simcock to brand the campaign and create its online presence with help from our friends, OH Digital.  We work with a number of charities and wanted to bring our expertise to a cause we felt passionate about so two of our designers, Laura & Ellie, took this on as a personal project and spent time researching the women, imagery and creating hand-type.
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HOME, Manchester’s new £25 million arts centre officially opens this week with an event-packed weekend curated by Danny Boyle. Designed by Dutch architects Mecanoo, HOME is a partnership between the Cornerhouse Theatre & Library Theatre who merged three years ago to become one of the leading centres of contemporary theatre and cinema in the city.

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We’re incredibly proud to have won a Roses Creative Award for our work with the National Football Museum in the Use of Typography category.

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The Bruntwood Prize for Playwriting is the UK’s biggest national competition for playwriting. It searches for great new plays and great writers with the view to winning the prize and having your play produced and performed on a National stage.

We were approached by Sundae Communications, our long-time collaborators, to work alongside them to create a fully integrated campaign across print and digital which you can see examples of here.

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We’re proud and humbled to be nominated for a Roses award for our work on the The Greater Game Exhibition at the National Football Museum.

The exhibition’s subject matter is a mix of personal stories and artifacts that required a careful creative approach to reflect celebration but also great tragedy. We spent a lot of time researching hand type around that era and in particular the Imperial War Museum’s poster archive. This research led us to an incredible set of recruitment posters which formed the basis of our creative approach. We then painstakingly hand drew various letterforms from these posters to create new sets of digitised type.

With the campaign launching in December – and having to work alongside the usual marketing noise that brings – we wanted to create a strong call to action to reflect the subject matter. Using a mixture of traditional and digital platforms we distributed a three month campaign across the North West and so far the exhibition has enjoyed high visitor numbers.

The exhibition runs until 6th September and the awards take place on 14th May, fingers crossed!

View the project here


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Icon is one of the world’s leading architecture and design magazines.  We were asked to contribute to their ‘RETHINK’ section where international design studios tackle a problem, this is our response which was published in Feb 15.

As we hurtle towards the UK general election, all the main political parties are firing shots at each other, personalities are thrown into the spotlight and the proverbial mud is ready to be slung. Never before have we known a time where the general public are completely disillusioned with politics in the UK, attacks on personalities with cheap point scoring have become the norm rather than solid political policies.

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