Week 2: Select & Survey

What does the creative landscape look like in my immediate surroundings? I live in a remote part of West Wales… It’s really remote, the village I live in consists of a beach (i’m very lucky) about 10 houses, a campsite and a surf shop… not much in the way of a creative hub, yet, it is where I draw all my inspiration and a location I want to continue to live and work in. When looking for design practices in the county I was actually surprised to see many more than I had thought existed. The majority are individuals who have set up as freelancers and almost all offer print design, web design, illustration and social media work…

Design Practitioner #1: Dead sea design

www.deadseadesign.co.uk

Firstly, they come up first on Google Search, that’s pretty interesting I didn’t expect it. Dead sea design is owned by someone I know personally. He makes a full time living from design and advertises his services as a bit of an all rounder: Offering web/ print / brand design / illustration

What they say about themselves:

“Bring your project or business to life. From characters to brochures to websites. We can help get your idea off the ground.”“So you need a website, a leaflet or something illustrating? Maybe you have an idea which could become the next flappy birds? We’ve got loads of experience doing this stuff, give us a shout.”

Style

  1. Illustrative
  2. Fun
  3. Inspired by surf culture
  4. Individual

Type of work

  1. A varied mix of clients
  2. All of the work looks quite different

Design Practitioner #2: Monddi

When I was younger and wanting to be a graphic designer Monddi were my only reference of what that could be. They’re the oldest, and as far as I can tell, only design agency in Pembrokeshire. They are the goto for professional businesses in the area.

What they say about themselves:

We’re a creative design agency based in Pembrokeshire, serving Wales and beyond. Our enthusiastic team of professional designers and developers help to create design, web and print solutions for every industry, from artisan start-ups to established brands. ~ Since 1920

Style

  1. Modern / classic
  2. Professional
  3. High end
  4. They build a story with each project and offer something that is much more than just a logo.

Type of work

  1. Branding
  2. Lots of work with the hospitality sector
  3. Some work with Wales.gov

Design Practitioner #3: Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is a British writer and illustrator. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 and won it in 2019 for her illustration of The Lost Words, voted the most beautiful book of 2016 by UK booksellers. I have always admired Jackie’s work. I like that her work reflects her interests and passions, that she is a critically acclaimed artist and lives down the road from me… Although she is not a graphic designer I wanted to add her too my list as her way of working on projects that blend the natural environment, storytelling and a slight hint at politics really inspires me.

Design Practitioner #3: Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is a British writer and illustrator. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 and won it in 2019 for her illustration of The Lost Words, voted the most beautiful book of 2016 by UK booksellers. I have always admired Jackie’s work. I like that her work reflects her interests and passions, that she is a critically acclaimed artist and lives down the road from me… Although she is not a graphic designer I wanted to add her too my list as her way of working on projects that blend the natural environment, storytelling and a slight hint at politics really inspires me.

Design Practitioner #3: Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is a British writer and illustrator. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 and won it in 2019 for her illustration of The Lost Words, voted the most beautiful book of 2016 by UK booksellers. I have always admired Jackie’s work. I like that her work reflects her interests and passions, that she is a critically acclaimed artist and lives down the road from me… Although she is not a graphic designer I wanted to add her too my list as her way of working on projects that blend the natural environment, storytelling and a slight hint at politics really inspires me.

Design Practitioner #3: Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris is a British writer and illustrator. She was shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2016 and won it in 2019 for her illustration of The Lost Words, voted the most beautiful book of 2016 by UK booksellers. I have always admired Jackie’s work. I like that her work reflects her interests and passions, that she is a critically acclaimed artist and lives down the road from me… Although she is not a graphic designer I wanted to add her too my list as her way of working on projects that blend the natural environment, storytelling and a slight hint at politics really inspires me.

Style

  1. Illustrative
  2. Painting
  3. Professional

Design Production #1: Old Eltons

Old Eltons: https://www.oldeltonsclothing.com/

I’ve used Old Eltons for embroidery and screen print design. They’re a small team that have grown a business from a garage and now provide high quality screen printing and embroidery services.They offer competitive rates and give way more flexibility when working on a small scale production than other firms.

“Born from the garage with a desire to create and connect.”

What they offer:

  1. Print
  2. Embroidery
  3. Design [illustration & branding design]
  4. Photography
  5. Film

Style

  1. Illustrative
  2. Painting
  3. Professional

Design Production #1: Old Eltons

Old Eltons: https://www.oldeltonsclothing.com/

I’ve used Old Eltons for embroidery and screen print design. They’re a small team that have grown a business from a garage and now provide high quality screen printing and embroidery services.They offer competitive rates and give way more flexibility when working on a small scale production than other firms.

“Born from the garage with a desire to create and connect.”

What they offer:

  1. Print
  2. Embroidery
  3. Design [illustration & branding design]
  4. Photography
  5. Film

Design Production #2: Walden Arts Centre

Arts Space and Print Studio

Walden Arts Centre is a fairly new arts space and print studio in Cardigan, West Wales. They run courses in painting, drawing and printmaking for kids and adults. They are the only space in Pembrokeshire where you can access printmaking facilities.

Walden Arts is run by artists Elvira Rose Oddy and Spike Gascoigne, a couple who share a love of art and of nature. We hope that by opening this space we can share this enthusiasm with others. In a time when we seem increasingly detached from nature and from each other we hope to offer an opportunity to reconnect, both with our surroundings, and with our community. Our fully equipped print room and art studio offers a unique space and atmosphere that allows people to work on their own, but together. This provides a rare opportunity to share ideas and company while going on one’s own creative journey.

Design Production #3: Haverhub

This is a bit of a wildcard choice… They don’t really produce anything but they provide creative spaces which allows the fruition of design production and is absolutely vital in remote communities. I use Haverhub a lot as a space to work, to bump into people, to have meetings, to look at art… I think without it I may not have stayed in Pembrokeshire, which sounds a little drastic but it really has provided a space for me which has restored my faith in the fact that I can have a creatively rich life which living here.

Nestled in Haverfordwest’s historic Quay Street and Riverside quarter, Haverhub C.I.C. is a regeneration project firmly rooted in its town centre community. We are a not-for-profit social enterprise, set up to create a diverse venue for locals to meet, work, socialise and share talent.

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