Happy St David’s Day
1 March 2017
Feeling a little analogue in the studio as we celebrate St David’s Day. Anyone else remember ruby lith tape?
Always interested in what’s happening on our doorstep, Designworld popped along to the old Cardiff Tramshed this weekend to take a look at the the plans which propose to transform this iconic building into a new creative hub for the city.
Originally built between 1900 and 1902 to store trams, the proposed venue will be able to host a wide range of events including live music, comedy, theatre, dance productions and exhibitions.
We loved being able to take a look inside the building which we’ve walked passed for many years on our way into the studio. Hopefully the proposed regeneration means we can enjoy it for many more years to come.
Today, it was with great delight that we received the first published copies of the book Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales. This has been the long-term project of joint Editors Peter Jones and Isabel Hitchman to produce the first illustrated book with profiles of visual and applied artists/makersin Wales over the last sixty years.
Designworld were brought on board in mid-2014 to design the overall style, page layouts and cover and produce the final artwork. It has been a mammoth – but thoroughly enjoyable – job to typeset English and Welsh language versions of the Dictionary with over 800 pages in each.
The Dictionary is a major academic reference work with profiles of nearly 1400 visual and applied artists working in traditional and new media in Wales over the last sixty years. The hard-back book has over 300 full colour illustrations and a scholarly introductory essay by artist and art historian Dr Ivor Davies.
Beautifully printed, bound and published in Wales by Gomer Press of Llandysul this really is a handsome edition and is something that we are very proud to be associated with. We’re now looking forward to attending the official book launch on March 26th at National Museum Wales, Cardiff.
“Many thanks again for your colossal work to make the Dictionary look so good”
The Dictionary can be purchased online direct from Gomer
Eschewing the traditional office shenanigans, our Christmas “party” this year was a trip to London to catch Designworld favourites Manic Street Preachers in Camden’s Roundhouse. Performing their seminal “Holy Bible” album in full might not be everybody’s idea of a joyous festive treat, but it was well worth the effort to see a band at the top of their game and revisiting their dark past with some gusto.
The traditional turkey and trimmings might have been replaced by some Diner specials washed down with Camden Lager, but there was also just time to explored the slightly more traditional festive delights of Covent Garden – giant Christmas baubles pictured below!
In addition to any requirements under the various statutory Acts and Measures, many of our Wales-based clients also now choose to use Welsh language and bilingual design in their publications voluntarily as it is recognised that using Welsh shows respect towards a distinct Welsh culture and identity. Also, from a business point of view, they can see what a difference it can make by attracting new customers and increasing loyalty, in addition to extending the target market and improving their brand, image and values.
Bilingual publications give the opportunity to state clearly what an organisation does in both languages but can also offer assurances to staff and customers in terms of the Welsh language services that are offered and can be expected. At Designworld, we have a lot of experience dealing with bilngual design and print. Whether it’s advising on the best way to lay out a document, the simultaneous production of two versions of the same document or arranging for translation, we have the know-how and can help.
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With some excitement, my son pointed out that Match of the Day magazine was encouraging readers to “Wear Your Rival’s Football Shirt to School” day in aid of Sport Relief. As he was on school trip that day and couldn’t do it, he suggested that we could do it in our office instead and he would give us the sponsor money! Now, for purely professional reasons (!) we draw the line at wearing each other’s football shirts, but hope that swapping mugs – one of which shows the number one team in Wales – for the day will be enough to raise some Sport Relief cash!
Happy St David’s Day to everyone for tomorrow. It was like a knee-high international day in Canton this morning as throngs wearing Welsh rugby shirts and other forms of traditional Welsh costume made their way to school. Didn’t see any brave souls wearing an actual grown-in-the-ground leek though, which is a shame. If you’ve forgotten to purchase your regalia, download our DIY Daff and make your own to show your pride in Wales.
CLICK HERE to download our DIY Daff. Print it out on your colour printer and then all you’ll need is a pair of scissors, some clear sticky tape and a couple of minutes and you’ll be able to join in the celebrations of our national day…
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