Helen Musselwhite - Molton Brown Christmas

Christmas came early for paper craftswoman Helen Musselwhite when Molton Brown got in touch back in April to discuss their 2017 Christmas campaign. The design team at Molton Brown commissioned Helen to create a series of scenes, which included The Albert Hall, Regents Street and Piccadilly Circus. 

Helen works with a range of photographers and stylists and on this occasion Molton Brown hired their trusted still-life snapper Ben Edwards and stylist Bianca Zehra. The paper sets were transported down to London and captured during a week-long photo/video shoot. 

Molton Brown used the assets across print, POS and also created some beautiful window displays. We're all very happy with the end results. 

Malika Favre - New Yorker Cover (The Roughs)

Earlier this month Malika Favre had the honour of contributing her 5th New Yorker Cover (6th if you count the infamous unused Hillary). We thought it would be interesting to show some of her roughs and unused concepts and asked Malika to share her process: 

"A month ago Francoise Mouly, art director for the New Yorker covers, asked me to work on ideas for an upcoming issue about Women in the tech industry. The brief as always was very open but also became a real challenge as soon as I started researching the subject. I went through all the articles that came out lately about women’s sharing their experience working in the tech industry starting with Susan Fowler describing her time at Uber and software engineer James Damore’s shocking manifesto. The more I was reading, the more depressed I was getting about the gender gap in that industry and how archaic the whole situation was.

I was lucky enough in my career as a designer never to work in an environment but unfortunately I feel I was the exception rather than the rule. I started thinking about sexual harassment and more generally toxic environments for women but very quickly decided that what the worlds need right now it something positive and forward thinking rather than an image showing the current state of the industry. My previous NY cover about female surgeons was a prime example of the impact that a positive image can have on people out there.

So I started sketching various ideas, most of which were showing women as the central hero but always keeping a second layer of narrative. The woman with the AR glasses for example is shown almost as a superhero but also stands in an almost defensive position, the girl coder sitting in the dark in another sketch is at the centre of the story but the overall mood also conveys a slight feeling of loneliness. The last sketch I did was the one with the little girls playing hopskotch. I believe that the situation won’t be sorted for my generation but I have hope for the next generation of girls so I started sketching a hopeful future. I chose a game that was usually associated to girl’s and gave it a twist, a hidden story that would change his meaning and get the point across. Today more and more girls are learning how to code and I want to believe they will change the face of this industry."

Burton Snowboard design by Helen Musselwhite

Many of our client's work on projects well in advance of their release. In fact it's not uncommon for us to be working on a Christmas campaign in March or April, but when Burton snowboards approached us in 2015... 2018 seemed like a very long way away. Yet here we are in September 2017 and the Burton Women's Genie Snowboard for 2018 has just been released... featuring artwork by our very own paper magician Helen Musselwhite.

Helen was invited to design a board and jumped at the chance (excuse the pun). She created a gorgeously detailed woodland image on one side and hand-cut 'Burton' lettering for the reverse. As you'll see from her work in progress shots, the artwork was created at 'real board' size and features a wonderful sense of depth due to her intricate layered style. The boards are on sale now... all we need now is some snow.  

Whale illustrations by Sarah Maycock

Sarah has been having a whale of a time painting a broad spectrum of whales for the Natural History Museum's Whales: beneath the Surface exhibition. Dive in and have a scroll through. 

Andrew Lyons - Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival

Copenhagen Cooking & Food Festival is an annual food festival that celebrates the Copenhagen gastro scene and Denmark as a food country. Local design agency Double Projects have developed a clever identity which revolves around a 'C' (formed with a spoon) and evolves every year via collaborations with artists and photographers. This year the agency chose Handsome Frank illustrator Andrew Lyons to partner the project and together they created a host of gastro themed illustrations to adorn the identity. The campaign is now live all across the city and surrounding area.