Platform One

Contemporary Design with Traditional Values

Abergavenny Station reflects an age when the railways took you to all parts of Britain.  The trains were frequent and reliable; everybody could afford the fare; a journey was an adventure, in polished wood-trimmed carriages adorned with black and white photographs of exciting and distant places. Mighty steam locomotives proclaimed to the world the greatness of British engineering and design.

When, in 1984, David Evans moved his studio into offices at the station he was inspired to change the company name from David Evans Design Associates to Platform One.  Since the commencement of business in 1969, it has always applied traditional values.  Clients are treated with courtesy and personal service; every job is given the utmost care and attention to detail.  We pride ourselves on meeting deadlines and charging accessible fees.  Platform One is on a never-ending journey where we treat every day as an adventure and a new opportunity.

Supporting our High Street...

We've been working on this new SHOP LOCAL campaign for our home town.  It was recently launched on the screens at Monmouth Festival 2018. 

The new MDCTC SHOP LOCAL focuses on the demographic shoppers of our high street and is the first step in this campaign #mdctcshoplocal  #monmouthshire #buylocal #shoplocal .  New characters will be added as the campaign progresses.

 Screen advert for Monmouth Festival and A3 poster

Screen advert for Monmouth Festival and A3 poster

 Web Banner for social media

Web Banner for social media

 #MDCTCshoplocal campaign posters

#MDCTCshoplocal campaign posters

An inspirational teacher...

David's been busy, helping to organise the upcoming exhibition about his inspirational art teacher, Otto Maciag, and the pupils he inspired to careers in Art. The Exhibition is free to view and being staged from 30th May until 5th June at The Shire Hall in Monmouth.  

David/Platform One has designed all the panels for the exhibition in Shire Hall, Monmouth as well as the publicity material.

There is a complementary exhibition at the Nelson Museum in Monmouth.

 Otto Maciag

Otto Maciag

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Triangular Trail

The sun shone and Sir Roy Strong gave a memorable speech to formally open the Nelson Garden yesterday afternoon. The event marked the completion of their Heritage Lottery Fund Project 'A new life for the Nelson Garden in Monmouth'.

The Nelson Triangle Heritage Trail that we have been working on as part of the project was also launched. Leaflets will now be available locally.

Nelson Triangle
 Guests milling in the Nelson Garden behind one of the Interpretation panels we have produced for the Trust.

Guests milling in the Nelson Garden behind one of the Interpretation panels we have produced for the Trust.

 Sir Roy Strong getting ready to cut the ribbon with Helena Gerrish, Chairman of the Nelson Garden Preservation Trust.

Sir Roy Strong getting ready to cut the ribbon with Helena Gerrish, Chairman of the Nelson Garden Preservation Trust.

Garden of delight

We've just finished work on a small website for The Nelson Garden in Monmouth. Significant work has been carried out by the Garden Trust and volunteers with the financial assistance of the Heritage Lottery Fund.   This has also allowed for us to produce a heritage trail leaflet entitled  'The Nelson Triangle' which promotes the garden, The Nelson Museum and the Naval Temple on the Kymin at Monmouth.

This Georgian garden is one of Monmouth's hidden gems - and once hosted a visit by Admiral Nelson and Lady Emma Hamilton. For further information: http://www.nelsongarden.org.uk/

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SCHOOLS' SHOWCASE

For the second year running, we designed the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools exhibition stand at the Independent Schools Show in Battersea.  The Schools have had a recent rebrand and this was the latest project in the implementation process.

Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools, exhibition stand at Independent Schools Show 2017

Anniversary Musings...

Twenty years ago today I joined Platform One as a designer: three years later, I became a partner - one of the best decisions I've made.  

I am blessed to work with my best friend(s), some lovely clients and fantastic suppliers, many of whom I consider friends.  

During these years we have worked on some amazing projects throughout the UK and our foray into Abu Dhabi - a truly unforgettable experience.

Wow, has our industry changed during these years, not always for the better. When I joined, I brought the computer skills and trained David on the job. The studio still has samples of Letraset and camera-ready artwork, saved in the plan-chest for posterity. While 90% of our work has some computer aspect we still utilise our hand-drawing skills wherever possible.  

Our studio is filled with laughter throughout the day, but we are equally serious about the work we create. Most of all I'm proud to work with a hugely talented designer and genuinely nice man.  

David nurtured my talents, from my early days as a student on work experience, oversaw my work throughout my tenure in art college, and encouraged me during my other employment. So it was the most natural thing in the world when I joined him in the big adventure that is Platform One.  

Here's looking forward to the next twenty years and all the wonderful projects that will hopefully be on offer. Whatever the challenges we are sure to embrace them wholeheartedly.

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WELCOME TO WONDERFUL WIDECOMBE...

At the beginning of this year, we successfully tendered for an interpretation project at Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon. The project was funded by Moor than meets the eye – a landscape partnership that is helping people to explore Dartmoor’s past and preserve its future.

From the outset, it has been a most enjoyable exercise working with the team leaders and members of the local community, all of whom have been supportive of our proposals and tirelessly assisted in the supply of information, photographs and access to archive material.

Welcome to Widecombe

Our approach was, very largely, to develop Widecombe’s story against a background involving such characters as the village blacksmith and policeman; miners, writers and artists. The result is a series of graphic panels that start with a welcome in the car park by Uncle Tom Cobley – made famous in the song ‘Widecombe Fair’– continue in cafes, shops and inns; and conclude, in the magnificent church of St Pancras, with four displays that cover tin mining, wartime Widecombe, the history of the church and its fascinating roof bosses.

Platform One also designed and produced a visitors’ leaflet and map; post-mounted engraved roundels for children to follow a ‘rubbings’ trail; and we are currently developing a booklet that illustrates walks around the village and its immediate environs.

#moorthanmeetstheeye #widecombeonthemoor #dartmoor#dartmoornationalpark #widecombehistory #widecombefair#rugglestoneinn #waysidecafe #oldinnwidecombe #stpancraschurch#cathedralonthemoor #cafeonthegreen 

Uncle Tom Cobley, Old Smythy, Widecombe
The Old Inn - Widecombe in the moor
 Rubbing posts

Rubbing posts

 No sooner were they up then people were reading them!   History panels installed on moveable units in St Pancras Church, Widecombe.  Topics included Medieval roof Bosses, Widecombe at Wartime, Tin mining and The Cathedral in the Moor itself.  A popular addition to the Church, visitors can be seen pulling up a chair in front of the panels so they can enjoy reading them.

No sooner were they up then people were reading them! 

History panels installed on moveable units in St Pancras Church, Widecombe.  Topics included Medieval roof Bosses, Widecombe at Wartime, Tin mining and The Cathedral in the Moor itself.

A popular addition to the Church, visitors can be seen pulling up a chair in front of the panels so they can enjoy reading them.

 Widecombe Fair panel can be found in the Gift shop with a more extended panel housed at the Rugglestone Inn.

Widecombe Fair panel can be found in the Gift shop with a more extended panel housed at the Rugglestone Inn.

STREET OF RED...

We were going to showcase our work at Widecombe today until we received an exciting delivery at Platform One, the arrival of our ceramic poppies, for stage 2 of the Monmouth Poppy Trail.

There will be 20 poppies installed on buildings in Monnow Street, all with interesting tidbits relating to the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (M) during the First World War.

The poppies were manufactured for us by Cathryn Yeates, a ceramicist who is based in Monmouthshire.

A lovely way to go into the weekend.

#monmouth #poppytrail #monmouthwalkersarewelcome  #heritageinterpretation #RMRE

We'll share our Welcome to Widecombe early next week instead.

 Monmouth Poppy Trail, ceramic poppy

Monmouth Poppy Trail, ceramic poppy

PUTTING MONMOUTH ON THE MAP

The 2017 edition of Monmouth Town Maps have now been installed. Hoping our lovely advertisers get lots of extra trade from this Monmouth and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce initiative. 

Monmouth has lots of wonderful independent shops and businesses and is worth exploring for its hidden courtyards and pedestrian areas.

Monmouth Town Map 2017

FROM MARKET PLACE TO MEETING SPACE

St Thomas’ Church Hall, as part of its development and in homage to a much-loved vicar, has been renamed Ty Price .  The building will also be liveried with a new logo, designed by Platform One. The device features a family group incorporated with a shape based on the adjacent Market Cross (circa 1039) and reflecting the new role of the hall as a meeting place for the whole community.

Ty Price Logo - Platform One

BEST FOOT FORWARD

The first phase of the Poppy Trail a commemoration to the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (M) was installed over the weekend. Its highlight is the tableau of Steel Soldiers in the Regimental Garden of Remembrance.

The story of the RMRE, since its inception as a militia in 1539, with a special focus on the first World War, is told in a series of panels on the approach to and surrounds of Monmouth Castle and the Regimental Headquarters at Great Castle House.

If you ever visit Monmouth, it's worth walking up Castle Hill to the Remembrance Garden, a quiet tranquil spot to see the installation first-hand While there maybe pop into the Regimental Museum which is a hidden gem.

 First sight of the Poppy Trail...

First sight of the Poppy Trail...

 New signage for the RMONRE Regimental Museum to complement the Heritage Interpretation.

New signage for the RMONRE Regimental Museum to complement the Heritage Interpretation.

 The official starting point of the Poppy Trail.

The official starting point of the Poppy Trail.

 7 life-size steel soldiers stand as a poignant tribute in the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, Memorial Garden, behind Monmouth Castle.  The installation will change with the seasons, the weathering of the steel and the flowering and withering of the planted Poppies.

7 life-size steel soldiers stand as a poignant tribute in the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers, Memorial Garden, behind Monmouth Castle.  The installation will change with the seasons, the weathering of the steel and the flowering and withering of the planted Poppies.

 RMONRE and World War 1

RMONRE and World War 1

  Tired but happy after the installation!

 Tired but happy after the installation!

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE

New coffee shop Brew and Grind met with us to discuss a logo design, in readiness for their opening in early 2017.  They wanted a modern typographic device with a vintage feel.  We provided an initial selection of 12 visuals before whittling them down to a few preferred ideas, which were further developed to reach the final design, shown below.

 Approved logo for Brew and Grind coffee shop.

Approved logo for Brew and Grind coffee shop.

ART FOR TODAY

Contemporary Arts Society of Wales have used us to design their Annual Report and Newsletter since 2002.  The report showcases some of the best craft and artworks in Wales and the artists supported by CASW.  Last year's edition featured on the cover, a quirky ceramic by Masazumi Yamazaki perched atop a traditional Welsh dresser.

We've had the following Testimonial from CASW:  "Platform One make me feel as though we're their only client. David and Sher are a delight to deal with and they're always readily available, online, by phone and in person. They design two 12 page documents per year for the Contemporary Art Society for Wales and we're always impressed with the visual impact of the publications."  Andrew Taylor, Secretary CASW

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