Some recent-ish news...


August 2018

Aphex Twin fan-thing — unofficial

We wanted to test a different glue and alignment process for bonding corrugated cardboard for a potential project... and also wanted to play around with the modified logo-form that's being used to market a new release by Aphex Twin.

This is in no way commerical work (at all!) related to the release, just a bit of ‘fan stuff’. Click on the image below for a silly wee animation (caution ~1Mb).

You can listen to samples from the album and buy it from Bleep.com. (unaffiliated link!)

 

July 2018

Bark Cloth Fans for José Hendo

One of our favourite clients is José who runs an eco-sustainable fashion house here in North London.

This is our third batch of fans for her, and we've finally taken a photo of them before they were packed to be sent off to Cologne — they're made from an interesting fabric material from Africa: beaten wood bark that becomes pliable and flexible and has a beautiful texture which laser-cuts cleanly and laser-etches with a wonderful dark contrast, suitable for graphic application. We're keen on this material and would like our other clients to know more about it!

You can read more about the production process for this material here: josehendo.com/barkcloth/

 

June 2018

BBC Russian World Cup Intro

We worked closely with BlinkInk and Attic Blue – two names synonymous with stupid-good animation and set-building for broadcast – helping design and laser-cut fundamental components for the 'Russian Stitching machine' seen at the beginning and end of the introduction to this year's coverage of the Russian World Cup.

This is going to be all over the telly for the next few months!


We've previously worked with BlinkInk on a number of projects, including John Lewis' much-beloved Hare & Bear advert a few years back:


We've also enjoyed a close working relationship with Attic Blue over the years, who are *fab* at building complex and beautiful sets at any number of scales, from human size to ... well, not-so-human size. A recent job for them was laser-cutting details which they then worked their magic on, creating a life-like scale building for an advert for Pilgrim's Cheese:




May 2018

GDPR blah blah

We don't maintain a database of email contacts, we don't have a mailing list or anything involving subscriptions – we only keep relevant email correspondence (ie. what you specifically send us for getting a job or quotation fulfilled) as required by British law and as is allowed (indeed, expected) under GDPR.

In fact, we've decided to take this opportunity to strip out our only tracking 'cookie', which was supplied by Google as is done on many (most!) websites. We only need to know what our traffic volume is and roughly where it comes from (eg. approximate geographical zones) which can be fulfilled by using traditional ye olde web statistics. These data are really none of Google's business, so we nixed them. We can't identify you from this information, so GDPR does not apply.

There are other more insidious forms of user-tracking including javascript packages (we use as little javascript as possible on this site) and fonts 'generously' hosted by the likes of Google. These are 'dark means' of user-tracking, and we don't use them.

You are not a product; We are not a product – we're all just humans trying to get along and do our thing. The sooner we can get back to having an open internet without egregious user tracking, superfluous advertising & walled gardens (looking at you, Facebook/Instagram) the better, as far as we're concerned.




May 2018

Photography promotional assets for Esteé Lauder's ‘Advanced Night Foil Repair’

This was an interesting job, for which we had to come up with a new and risky technique when our initial assumptions about how to accomplish it were defeated by a very finickity material.

The brief was to come up with some hand-held face-covering mask-type things to promote a foil-based face-care product from Esteé Lauder. We had initially expected to laser-cut 4mm acrylic, then some thin aluminium foil, then bond together. Bear in mind this was all a very last-minute request, phoned-in on a Friday evening, then started and completed next day, Saturday... .

Our initial plan was a terrible idea — anyone with an iota of common sense would quickly appreciate that aluminium foil will not simply stay flat and uncrinkled, especially when wedded to an adhesive layer to be accurately-positioned. Lesson learned!

We ended up delicately laser-cutting the Perspex's protective film to act as a mask, then spraying with an adhesive, then applying a mylar film (plastic being much more forgiving than foil), then delicately cutting that to form, THEN cutting the Perspex. Phew!

They came out exactly as the brief required in the end, although for a while there...!