Tales from the Plan Chest #2
In 1969 Geoff Hughes and David Evans gave their friends and families near apoplexy when they formed a design business. Geoff had ‘bought himself’ out of the Royal Navy where he had developed a huge interest and ability in photography and David had just graduated from art college. They had no commercial experience and not much money, but they had bags of optimism.
This year, the business will be 50 years old. In starting this series of blogs, we want to thank all our clients and suppliers who have supported us since the business was established. Its long life is also due to the contribution of the talented designers who have been part of the team along the way: Sue O’Brien, Judy Bradforth (née Legatte), Karen Mitchell, Kerry Counsell, Alison (Azi) Turner, Karen Roberts (née Sainsbury), Adrian Davies, John Smith and Sherren McCabe-Finlayson, who became a business partner in 2001.
We don't normally blow our own trumpet, our second award of the year...
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Senior Partner, David Evans started our design studio straight from college in 1969. We shall be reminiscing throughout our Golden Anniversary year, starting next week with a Blog series ‘Tales from the Plan Chest’, revisiting the highs and lows of 50 years as practising designers.
It's amazing what you can find on Ebay, unfortunately, it had sold by the time I came across it!
But, thanks to an extremely helpful coin/medal dealer in America, we now have pictures of a job that Platform One designed for the Royal Mint after winning a competition in 1988. This limited edition medal commemorates Gerald Of Wales.
Local chef extraordinaire Jeff Hall, and his wife Melanie, recently started a new outside catering company - Cariad Catering. Their service covers every kind of function, from bespoke afternoon teas to corporate events; dinner parties, intimate soirees and street food. If you’d like to know more, visit the website we’ve cooked up for them.
A book that David has just designed for the Lord of the Manor of Raglan. This is the fifth title we've laid out for Brinley Morgan who, with his wife Cheryl Morgan has devoted his time to documenting Raglan's rich and interesting history.
Monmouth’s high street is adorned with a series of banners showing the people and professions that have made Monmouth the town that it is today.
The completion of our project for Dartmoor National Park’s; Moor than meets the eye team, in Widecombe in the Moor, saw the printing of new Church and Walk booklets for the village.
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.
David was a busy bee this morning making a 2 foot high, 3d book for use in a shop window display. Life's never boring in our office 😀
We are thrilled to have been short-listed for the Best Rural Creative or Media-based Business category in the Rural Business Awards 2018 (Wales & Northern Ireland). #monmouth #monmouthshire#businessawards #49yearsofcreativity
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.
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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.
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/
We've been getting some lovely reviews for our Artfull Puffin range of cards...
The full range can be seen at www.artfullpuffin.co.uk or on Etsy just search for Artfull Puffin.
Also available in Monmouth from Rowan Tree Gifts and the Shire Hall.