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.

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

CHEEKY CAMPAIGN GETS TONGUES WAGGING!

ATC FLOORS AND DOORS commissioned us to refresh their image, starting with their advertising.   Their current strapline is 'Get laid in style' - with this in mind we came up with a series of adverts based on 'Comic Seaside Postcards'.  We developed our own illustrative style paying homage to Bamforth and Donald McGill.  So far we've developed 5 adverts which were turned into posters for County Shows.  According to ATC, the campaign is doing the trick and grabbing customers' attention!  We're looking forward to progressing the series.

ATC 'Hardwood Floor' Advert

ATC 'Hardwood Floor' Advert

ATC 'Hefty Pair' Advert

ATC 'Hefty Pair' Advert

ATC 'Knobs and Knockers' Advert

ATC 'Knobs and Knockers' Advert

ATC 'Little Kittie' Advert

ATC 'Little Kittie' Advert

ATC 'Babes in the Reclaimed Wood' Advert

ATC 'Babes in the Reclaimed Wood' Advert

BACK ON THE ROAD AGAIN...

Our latest graphic design job for the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools is a wrapped minibus. Following the success of the service bus we designed for them earlier in 2016, they have added this colourful addition to the roads of Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire.  Paul Weeks' Minibus will be seen twice daily during the week, travelling between Monmouth and Tockington.  All design and artwork was produced by Platform One (the sides were supplied as a complete file).  These were printed and then skillfully applied by Chillipepper Signs, Monmouth.

EXHIBITIONISTS...

We had a working weekend in London. On Friday evening we installed the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools' exhibition stand at the Independent Schools Show, Battersea 12 - 13th November 2016. We then dismantled it at the end of the Show and bought it back to Monmouth. Despite a late return we were still back in the office bright and breezy this morning!  

The approved sketches and a photograph in situ are pictured below to show our consistency from visual to finished product.

Gorgeous Artfull Puffin 2016

Our Artfull Puffin Christmas range is now available from online store Giftwrapped and Gorgeous https://www.giftwrappedandgorgeous.com/ArtfullPuffin-products with two lovely new designs for 2016.  

Artfull Puffin Christmas Snowman Card

Artfull Puffin Christmas Snowman Card

Artfull Puffin Christmas Robin Cards

Artfull Puffin Christmas Robin Cards

BABY TALK

We've just designed a leaflet for the New Baby Club at Agincourt School which starts in January 2017.  'Free stay and play' for babies and toddlers 0 - 3 years, from January 12th 2017.

AGINCOURT SCHOOL NEW BABY CLUB LEAFLET

AGINCOURT SCHOOL NEW BABY CLUB LEAFLET

LET US ALL EAT CAKE...

We will be holding a coffee morning from 10am - 1.30pm on Friday 14th October in order to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Charity. There will be cakes, buns, greetings cards, tea and coffee for sale!  

Proceeds made will go to Macmillan Cancer Care.  Please spread the word in order to get as many people involved and raise as much money as possible for such a good cause!

SHOWSTOPPER

Since the 17th century Monmouth has had a one day County Show.   Each year some 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at the stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye.  For the past 15 years or so, we have produced the graphics for the Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools' mobile exhibition unit, used at this and other local shows. 

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BACK TO THEIR ROOTS...

The village of Raglan in Monmouthshire, has a very proactive community.  Following a successful Kickstarter campaign we have just replaced the Raglan Town Map.  Visitors can now find their way easily throughout the Town or enjoy a walking trail to see its Historic buildings. 

ROLL-UP, ROLL-UP...

Theatr Ardudwy and Flying Bridge Theatre Company commissioned us to produce eye-catching roll-ups to advertise themselves while they were performing at Edinburgh Fringe.  

We had previously designed all of the 2016 promotional material for 'A Regular Little Houdini's' UK and USA Tours.  We'd thoroughly recommend seeing A Regular Little Houdini, if you ever see it advertised at a venue near you: it's a riveting one-man Show.

END OF TERM DEADLINES

It has been a busy time getting jobs finished for the end of term deadlines, especially for Haberdashers' Monmouth Schools. One project was the design of new bus graphics for which we created visuals and artwork.  The sides were printed in one continuous strip, which added a certain complexity (and nervousness) to the generation of our artwork: we needed to ensure accuracy to allow for figures leaning on the edge of the bus or running onto door panels.

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