Written by: ruth

A+: 100 years of graphic communication at Central Saint Martins


We recently curated and designed this exhibition which celebrates 100 years of graphic communication by women who studied or taught at Central Saint Martins. It generated a lot of interest, and interviews and blog posts can be found at Buzzfeed, Central Saint Martins, American Institute of Graphic ArtsIt’s Nice That, Johnson Banks, and Adrem Recruitment.

Coinciding with Women’s History Month, and international women’s day, the exhibition was based on Ruth’s ongoing research into the history of women in Britain in graphic design. It was on show to the public at Central Saint Martins from 23 February to 22 March 2016.

Many thanks are due to the team of CSM graduates and students who helped make the show happen:
Miho Aishima and Kat Garner for their invaluable work on curation and design. Thank you also to Amanda Choy, Clara Metter, Elky Li, Emilien Rabin, Lucy Budd and Syd Hausman.

More information on the designers in the exhibition can be found at http://graphicsukwomen.com/

Photo: Miho Aishima

category Exhibition Design, Print Design, Talks

Case Study: Nine Elms: putting culture and creativity at the heart of placemaking


Nine Elms on the Southbank are transforming the area around Battersea Power Station. Culture and creativity are at the heart of the change and the cultural strategy details how and where this is happening.

Nine Elms on the South Bank: A Cultural Place

Nine Elms on the South Bank: A Cultural Place

The brief

The brief was to communicate a high level of cultural ambition and the authentic cultural origins of the area; align the design with the Nine Elms brand but assert an emerging cultural aesthetic; and position the area as an attractive base for cultural organisations.


REG gathered a lot of information and content in the course of the design, carrying out picture research, historical delving, and fact-finding to create a cultural map. We interpreted the existing brand guidelines for Nine Elms (created by Saffron) to develop a distinct cultural aesthetic that complimented the corporate brand.

The design was inspired by many layers of Nine Elms history, and contemporary visual styles, as it’s a hub for modern art galleries. From this we generated a number of possible design ideas, and chose collage as a visual route for the design, creating collages for the cover and the page numbers. The main content of the pages was photography and text, so we carried the collage theme on by overlapping content with opaque triangles from the Nine Elms corporate identity.

We contributed to copywriting, generating the historical facts for the page numbers and the copy on the map page.

What we did

REG managed the print process, using a good quality cost-effective printer. We used copper staples in the binding to reflect the mix of the contemporary with traditional in the finish of the document.

Client feedback
The brochure arrived safely and it looks great.
Well done, good job.
Thank you Ruth for all your patience!
You’ve been a pleasure to work with.
Samantha Campbell, Nine Elms Marketing & Communications Manager

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Designing the cultural strategy document for Nine Elms on the Southbank


We designed the cultural strategy document for Nine Elms on the Southbank.

The brief was to develop the existing visual identity for Nine Elms on the Southbank (already designed by Saffron Consultants) into something that communicated culture as well as commerce.

We referred to the long and rich cultural history of the area, alongside the latest projects and developments.

More examples of our design for places are the Create Kings Cross annual report, and Accidental Holiday, an artwork by Artist Lottie Child.

category Identity Design, Print Design, Uncategorized

A leaflet for UP Projects

REG have designed a new UP Projects leaflet promoting their 11 live projects.


Alongside projects all over London – including the fabulous Floating Cinema – UP have a project at the Folkestone Triennial this year.


The leaflet opens to showcase the Folkestone project, and inside all the projects are listed with an indication of where they are in relation to one another.


The design makes the most of UP Projects visual identity colour palette – the very unmissable Pantone Orange, along with the simple square graphic from their logo.


The UP Projects visual identity was one of REG’s earliest cultural identity design commissions, and aimed to communicate the open and unrestricted “gallery without walls” philosophy of UP Projects.

category Exhibition Design, Identity Design, Print Design, Uncategorized, What's New

There was a print ad for web design in the Metro today

It was from Hibu, the multinational directories and internet services company.

I thought it was unusual to see an ad like that in the paper, and then thought about the differences in service between them and us:

• a closer relationship with the designer is possible with a small agency: a short communication chain, and a responsive and collaborative relationship.

• no limit on design revisions once the brief is agreed. We aim to give clients their perfect design.

• wider design support: the skills and experience to transfer the look and feel of the website to print materials, or even develop the visual identity itself.

Here are a few of the websites we’ve designed in collaboration with our clients:

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We also designed the visual identity for Mike Smith, Daniel Spring and Fluidity.

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category Identity Design, Website Design

Welcome to Happy Redoubt


We were very thrilled to design exhibition graphics for Welcome to Happy Redoubt; an exhibition by Juneau Projects which is on right now at King’s Cultural Institute at Somerset House.

Time Out put the exhibition in their ‘top 5 art exhibitions’ to see on its opening weekend. And we had a feeling from the start it was going to be great fun.

The exhibition turns the Inigo Rooms at Somerset House into an outpost of a post-apocalyptic world in the wake of a technological meltdown. Inspired by this world controlled by robots, where only basic technology is available to humans, we reproduced images of two of the robots using a DIY screen print effect. The typography had to stay within the guidelines of the Kings College brand, but we apocalypticised the King’s typeface it by turning it into a rubber stamp and force justifying the lines of type to reflect the staccato speaking voices of the robots.

You can meet the robots in their special promotional short film they have released on YouTube.

Welcome to Happy Redoubt is commissioned by King’s Cultural Institute in partnership with UP Projects.

category Exhibition Design, Print Design

A very sweet way to say thank you



A very sweet thank you note from one of our lovely clients, MyCake, whose website we’ve been working on. It came with a giant, head-sized chocolate!

Our brief was to redesign some of the pages so they were clearer to navigate and more friendly and consistent in appearance.  Here’s the new design.

category Website Design