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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Our very own pin up made it into the Monmouthshire Beacon this week... along with some of our recent work.
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.
We'll share our Welcome to Widecombe early next week instead.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.