Tuesday 20th February

Creativepool shortlist: achieved

After two successive years of winning Creativepool awards, The District have been shortlisted again in 2018. Will we score the hat-trick, completing the triumvirate of gold books artfully placed on Matt Bagnall’s bookshelf? You can help us by voting for our integrated campaign ‘Go’ for ofo (voting closes midnight on Friday 23rd Feb).

Thursday 1st February

Handed down over generations…

Creative Bloq asked us for some tips on using photography in designing annual reports. Check out our wisdom!

Thursday 18th January

Required reading

Eye magazine has posted a fascinating in-depth review of the work of designer Gordon House, who is currently the subject of an exhibition at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth. If this whets your appetite, our very own Matthew Bagnall is speaking at the Designing for Art event on Saturday 27th January about the process of creating the show’s identity plus other work for the creative arts sector.

Monday 4th December

“adds Bagnall”

Creativeboom know great design work when they see it. We’ve always said that. Once again they’ve come good, featuring our identity work for the Gordon House exhibition at the Broadway Gallery on Letchworth. Read about how our pared back but consistent typographic hierarchy minimises variation in type and embraces negative space, as well as some wise words from “Bagnall”.

Friday 24th November

A viewing most private

We enjoyed the hospitality of the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth last night for the private view of Gordon House: Paint to Print, an exhibition of art and print works by the renowned graphic designer. We sensed a kinship with the subject matter’s approach to typography, hierarchy and negative space which informed our work on the show’s identity and accompanying literature.

Thursday 23rd November

No spoilers ’til Mayday

We were invited to contribute a graphic for 1st May in the Fedrigoni calendar. Much smelling of paper ensued when the book arrived in the studio today. We’ll post our artwork up on 1st May, after all we wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for those who’ve bought the calendar.

Tuesday 18th July

Grilli Type heart The District

One of our favourite type foundries has clutched us close to their proverbial bosom and featured our work on their blog. Our invitation for the St John’s College Free Thinking campaign launch features Grilli Type’s GT Eesti in all its geometric, Soviet-occupied Estonia inspired glory.

Friday 12th May

And the Gold for Exhibition Design goes to…The District

– APPLAUSE – “Ahem. It was a tremendous honour to work on the Waterbeach Barracks Public Consultation brief and we’d like to thank Nigel, Tim, Becca, Andy and James at Urban&Civic for entrusting us with the task of carrying out their vision for this event. We’d like to thank everyone in the Design Team for your invaluable input: Jonathan, Steena and Iulia, Ron and Elliott, Ryan and Elouise, Julia and Darren, Cathy, James, Jamie – you turned our structural concepts into solid reality in no time at all, Spencer – your ability to deliver print in literally minutes is astounding. We’d like to thank the judges at the Roses Creative Awards. We’d like to recognise our amazing team at The District, especially Ed, Carrie-Anne and Stuart. We’d like to thank our families for their unwavering support, love and sufferance. Finally we’d like to share our thoughts on the political state of”– LOUD EXIT MUSIC PLAYS –

Friday 31st March

We won a Creativepool award

We eventually prised it out of Alun’s vice-like, and the Creativepool Annual now sits proudly in The District trophy cabinet. The Annual’s Interior category recognised our event design work for the Waterbeach Barracks Public Consultation. We’ll be sharing some images of the project soon.

Wednesday 1st February

A cornucopia of zoological delights

The Cambridge Museum of Zoology is being reimagined and relaunched as an amazing public resource in the heart of Cambridge city centre. Ahead of the museum’s August reopening we have developed a new identity, which utilises the ‘Z’ as a frame for an illustration of the museum’s astounding finback whale exhibit.

Wednesday 4th January

“…not exactly anatomically correct”

Design blog Creative Bloq shrewdly picked out our identity for Old Friends Brewery as one of six new startup logos of 2016. Among some rather back-handed compliments is praise for its “sense of offbeat fun that’s appropriate to a craft beer brand”.

Friday 23rd December

Newsletter! There is one!

We did it! High fives all round! With Christmas upon us, we’ve cranked out a December newsletter for your enjoyment over the festive period. And why not treat yourself to a free subscription as a special present to yourself?

Wednesday 21st December

When art and design collide

the very last time is a book written by artist Laurence Epps and designed by The District, which was produced to accompany his installation AGAIN at the British Ceramics Biennial. The ceramic coin embedded in the front cover could be inserted into the installation’s six player arcade coin pusher to enter into a wager with the artwork, or it could be retained as a keepsake.

Thursday 8th December

A modular place

The District have been appointed as the creative partner on a new development at the former Waterbeach barracks and airfield. Our first task has been to design a public consultation event to inform residents of the plans for the project. Our solution involved the development of a detailed cycle tour app; the careful articulation of key messages in print and online; the building of an extensive and modular exhibition; and trying to find an Allen key at 11.30pm on a Wednesday night.

Wednesday 30th November

Identity for NUA MA Degree Show

Norwich University of the Arts asked us to create an identity for the MA Degree Show. As a unifying element for the show’s materials, our marque takes the abbreviation MA from Master of Arts, interconnecting the letters to subtly reference the encouragement of interdisciplinary practice among all the MA courses. The Escher-esque undertone is not a reference to how difficult it is to find parking in Norwich city centre.