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Offset 23 March 2012— 
You’ll know when you have been to a great talk – when an hour seems to pass in just a few minutes. That was the feeling for many of the fantastic speakers Nick and I sat through at last weeks Offset convention in Dublin. Actually, during the hilarious and fun ’Friends with you’ talk we were dancing in the aisle, shaking hands and hugging with complete strangers! Loved their attitude to life and work – What fun!
There was so much genius all in one place, Offset really has become a World Class conference, set in the beautiful Libeskind built Grand Canal Theatre. Check out the speakers and book your place for next year. Apart from the talks, I found Dublin an incredible place. Karl Toomey, Dubliner, talented freelancer and friend of NB made sure Nick and I visited every bar in Dublin. We met lots of his friends and had they Nick and I in constant state of giggles.
I must finish this little review with Johnny Kelly, one of the most talented people Nick and I have ever had the pleasure of working with - and the reason why we were in Dublin in the first place. Every job he showed got a round of applause. The making of ‘Back to the Start’ for Chipotle left me breathless.
Thank you Johnny, thank you Karl, thank you Offset and thank you Dublin.
Over and out.
Alan  Offset 23 March 2012— 
You’ll know when you have been to a great talk – when an hour seems to pass in just a few minutes. That was the feeling for many of the fantastic speakers Nick and I sat through at last weeks Offset convention in Dublin. Actually, during the hilarious and fun ’Friends with you’ talk we were dancing in the aisle, shaking hands and hugging with complete strangers! Loved their attitude to life and work – What fun!
There was so much genius all in one place, Offset really has become a World Class conference, set in the beautiful Libeskind built Grand Canal Theatre. Check out the speakers and book your place for next year. Apart from the talks, I found Dublin an incredible place. Karl Toomey, Dubliner, talented freelancer and friend of NB made sure Nick and I visited every bar in Dublin. We met lots of his friends and had they Nick and I in constant state of giggles.
I must finish this little review with Johnny Kelly, one of the most talented people Nick and I have ever had the pleasure of working with - and the reason why we were in Dublin in the first place. Every job he showed got a round of applause. The making of ‘Back to the Start’ for Chipotle left me breathless.
Thank you Johnny, thank you Karl, thank you Offset and thank you Dublin.
Over and out.
Alan  Offset 23 March 2012— 
You’ll know when you have been to a great talk – when an hour seems to pass in just a few minutes. That was the feeling for many of the fantastic speakers Nick and I sat through at last weeks Offset convention in Dublin. Actually, during the hilarious and fun ’Friends with you’ talk we were dancing in the aisle, shaking hands and hugging with complete strangers! Loved their attitude to life and work – What fun!
There was so much genius all in one place, Offset really has become a World Class conference, set in the beautiful Libeskind built Grand Canal Theatre. Check out the speakers and book your place for next year. Apart from the talks, I found Dublin an incredible place. Karl Toomey, Dubliner, talented freelancer and friend of NB made sure Nick and I visited every bar in Dublin. We met lots of his friends and had they Nick and I in constant state of giggles.
I must finish this little review with Johnny Kelly, one of the most talented people Nick and I have ever had the pleasure of working with - and the reason why we were in Dublin in the first place. Every job he showed got a round of applause. The making of ‘Back to the Start’ for Chipotle left me breathless.
Thank you Johnny, thank you Karl, thank you Offset and thank you Dublin.
Over and out.
Alan  Offset 23 March 2012— 
You’ll know when you have been to a great talk – when an hour seems to pass in just a few minutes. That was the feeling for many of the fantastic speakers Nick and I sat through at last weeks Offset convention in Dublin. Actually, during the hilarious and fun ’Friends with you’ talk we were dancing in the aisle, shaking hands and hugging with complete strangers! Loved their attitude to life and work – What fun!
There was so much genius all in one place, Offset really has become a World Class conference, set in the beautiful Libeskind built Grand Canal Theatre. Check out the speakers and book your place for next year. Apart from the talks, I found Dublin an incredible place. Karl Toomey, Dubliner, talented freelancer and friend of NB made sure Nick and I visited every bar in Dublin. We met lots of his friends and had they Nick and I in constant state of giggles.
I must finish this little review with Johnny Kelly, one of the most talented people Nick and I have ever had the pleasure of working with - and the reason why we were in Dublin in the first place. Every job he showed got a round of applause. The making of ‘Back to the Start’ for Chipotle left me breathless.
Thank you Johnny, thank you Karl, thank you Offset and thank you Dublin.
Over and out.
Alan 

Offset 
23 March 2012
— 

You’ll know when you have been to a great talk – when an hour seems to pass in just a few minutes. That was the feeling for many of the fantastic speakers Nick and I sat through at last weeks Offset convention in Dublin. Actually, during the hilarious and fun ’Friends with you’ talk we were dancing in the aisle, shaking hands and hugging with complete strangers! Loved their attitude to life and work – What fun!

There was so much genius all in one place, Offset really has become a World Class conference, set in the beautiful Libeskind built Grand Canal Theatre. Check out the speakers and book your place for next year. Apart from the talks, I found Dublin an incredible place. Karl Toomey, Dubliner, talented freelancer and friend of NB made sure Nick and I visited every bar in Dublin. We met lots of his friends and had they Nick and I in constant state of giggles.

I must finish this little review with Johnny Kelly, one of the most talented people Nick and I have ever had the pleasure of working with - and the reason why we were in Dublin in the first place. Every job he showed got a round of applause. The making of ‘Back to the Start’ for Chipotle left me breathless.

Thank you Johnny, thank you Karl, thank you Offset and thank you Dublin.

Over and out.

Alan 

Process Journal21 March 2012—
We’re featured in Edition 6 of Process Journal, an excellent quarterly design publication from the people at Published by Process. In this edition NB’s Nick is interviewed about the original Park House identity we designed for Land Securities.
We don’t want to give away the full interview, which examines everything from the typeface to the technology, but here is a short extract…
One application that we love in particular is a beautifully crafted wooden box that features a lined map, continuing the style of the ‘circle’ graphic. Can you tell us about this the purpose of this application, and how the imagery was applied to the box from a technical perspective?  
"The box contains marketing materials and its purpose is to reach and appeal to senior executives of large corporations so it has to exude quality and luxury. It took us a while to source the right wood veneers (Classic) and then laser-etch our Park House pattern (Modern). We had crazy time trying to get the burn right through the veneer, silk-screening a fine map inside the lid and sourcing the right strength micro-magnets for the closure."
To read the full interview, buy the magazine here.
  Process Journal21 March 2012—
We’re featured in Edition 6 of Process Journal, an excellent quarterly design publication from the people at Published by Process. In this edition NB’s Nick is interviewed about the original Park House identity we designed for Land Securities.
We don’t want to give away the full interview, which examines everything from the typeface to the technology, but here is a short extract…
One application that we love in particular is a beautifully crafted wooden box that features a lined map, continuing the style of the ‘circle’ graphic. Can you tell us about this the purpose of this application, and how the imagery was applied to the box from a technical perspective?  
"The box contains marketing materials and its purpose is to reach and appeal to senior executives of large corporations so it has to exude quality and luxury. It took us a while to source the right wood veneers (Classic) and then laser-etch our Park House pattern (Modern). We had crazy time trying to get the burn right through the veneer, silk-screening a fine map inside the lid and sourcing the right strength micro-magnets for the closure."
To read the full interview, buy the magazine here.
  Process Journal21 March 2012—
We’re featured in Edition 6 of Process Journal, an excellent quarterly design publication from the people at Published by Process. In this edition NB’s Nick is interviewed about the original Park House identity we designed for Land Securities.
We don’t want to give away the full interview, which examines everything from the typeface to the technology, but here is a short extract…
One application that we love in particular is a beautifully crafted wooden box that features a lined map, continuing the style of the ‘circle’ graphic. Can you tell us about this the purpose of this application, and how the imagery was applied to the box from a technical perspective?  
"The box contains marketing materials and its purpose is to reach and appeal to senior executives of large corporations so it has to exude quality and luxury. It took us a while to source the right wood veneers (Classic) and then laser-etch our Park House pattern (Modern). We had crazy time trying to get the burn right through the veneer, silk-screening a fine map inside the lid and sourcing the right strength micro-magnets for the closure."
To read the full interview, buy the magazine here.
 

Process Journal
21 March 2012

We’re featured in Edition 6 of Process Journal, an excellent quarterly design publication from the people at Published by Process. In this edition NB’s Nick is interviewed about the original Park House identity we designed for Land Securities.

We don’t want to give away the full interview, which examines everything from the typeface to the technology, but here is a short extract…

One application that we love in particular is a beautifully crafted wooden box that features a lined map, continuing the style of the ‘circle’ graphic. Can you tell us about this the purpose of this application, and how the imagery was applied to the box from a technical perspective?  

"The box contains marketing materials and its purpose is to reach and appeal to senior executives of large corporations so it has to exude quality and luxury. It took us a while to source the right wood veneers (Classic) and then laser-etch our Park House pattern (Modern). We had crazy time trying to get the burn right through the veneer, silk-screening a fine map inside the lid and sourcing the right strength micro-magnets for the closure."

To read the full interview, buy the magazine here.

 

The Big Rethink13 March 2012—
Last Thursday Nick, Alan and I went to The Economist’s Big Rethink 2012 to learn some more about ‘The Consumer’. Eight hours and twenty speakers later here are our Top 10 most interesting things we heard on the day (some of this isn’t rocket science but there’s no harm in stating the bleeding obvious sometimes) :
1. Tell a story and provide an experience, and a purchase is inevitable
2. Every museum has a permanent gallery space. It is their shop. It is an exhibition
3. Truth for the consumer is when a brand is somewhere in between please and thank you
4. Every good brand should have a bunch of people who don’t like it
5. Feedback is a gift – don’t be afraid to ask
6. Admitting fault is the most compelling thing a brand can do
7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
8. Rationality is not the same as intelligence
9. It’s impossible to impose the rules of science into real life (and so spreadsheets are useless) 
10. It’s OK to fail
Anoushka Rodda – Account Director
The Big Rethink13 March 2012—
Last Thursday Nick, Alan and I went to The Economist’s Big Rethink 2012 to learn some more about ‘The Consumer’. Eight hours and twenty speakers later here are our Top 10 most interesting things we heard on the day (some of this isn’t rocket science but there’s no harm in stating the bleeding obvious sometimes) :
1. Tell a story and provide an experience, and a purchase is inevitable
2. Every museum has a permanent gallery space. It is their shop. It is an exhibition
3. Truth for the consumer is when a brand is somewhere in between please and thank you
4. Every good brand should have a bunch of people who don’t like it
5. Feedback is a gift – don’t be afraid to ask
6. Admitting fault is the most compelling thing a brand can do
7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
8. Rationality is not the same as intelligence
9. It’s impossible to impose the rules of science into real life (and so spreadsheets are useless) 
10. It’s OK to fail
Anoushka Rodda – Account Director
The Big Rethink13 March 2012—
Last Thursday Nick, Alan and I went to The Economist’s Big Rethink 2012 to learn some more about ‘The Consumer’. Eight hours and twenty speakers later here are our Top 10 most interesting things we heard on the day (some of this isn’t rocket science but there’s no harm in stating the bleeding obvious sometimes) :
1. Tell a story and provide an experience, and a purchase is inevitable
2. Every museum has a permanent gallery space. It is their shop. It is an exhibition
3. Truth for the consumer is when a brand is somewhere in between please and thank you
4. Every good brand should have a bunch of people who don’t like it
5. Feedback is a gift – don’t be afraid to ask
6. Admitting fault is the most compelling thing a brand can do
7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
8. Rationality is not the same as intelligence
9. It’s impossible to impose the rules of science into real life (and so spreadsheets are useless) 
10. It’s OK to fail
Anoushka Rodda – Account Director

The Big Rethink
13 March 2012

Last Thursday Nick, Alan and I went to The Economist’s Big Rethink 2012 to learn some more about ‘The Consumer’. Eight hours and twenty speakers later here are our Top 10 most interesting things we heard on the day (some of this isn’t rocket science but there’s no harm in stating the bleeding obvious sometimes) :

1. Tell a story and provide an experience, and a purchase is inevitable

2. Every museum has a permanent gallery space. It is their shop. It is an exhibition

3. Truth for the consumer is when a brand is somewhere in between please and thank you

4. Every good brand should have a bunch of people who don’t like it

5. Feedback is a gift – don’t be afraid to ask

6. Admitting fault is the most compelling thing a brand can do

7. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is

8. Rationality is not the same as intelligence

9. It’s impossible to impose the rules of science into real life (and so spreadsheets are useless) 

10. It’s OK to fail

Anoushka Rodda – Account Director

Take Cover6 March 2012— 
As part of Design Weeks on going series of Voxpops, and to celebrate world book day – NB’s Alan was asked by Design Week, ‘What’s your favourite book cover design?’ You can read his answer below - or click here and read the full article.
‘What an impossible task, to name just one, so I’m going to say what comes to mind first – All of John McConnell’s Editions Payot and his early Penguins; anything David Pearson touches; some Derek Birdsall covers instantly stand out (To Kill a Mockingbird, for example). A cover that I am never bored with is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, for its sumptuous illustration, and because I love the story. However when I recently found this Penguin Modern Stories collection (1969-1973) in my favourite shop, the Oxfam book store in Ealing, I fell in love with them – David Pelham’s beautiful and timeless design appeals to my graphic sensibilities.’ Take Cover6 March 2012— 
As part of Design Weeks on going series of Voxpops, and to celebrate world book day – NB’s Alan was asked by Design Week, ‘What’s your favourite book cover design?’ You can read his answer below - or click here and read the full article.
‘What an impossible task, to name just one, so I’m going to say what comes to mind first – All of John McConnell’s Editions Payot and his early Penguins; anything David Pearson touches; some Derek Birdsall covers instantly stand out (To Kill a Mockingbird, for example). A cover that I am never bored with is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, for its sumptuous illustration, and because I love the story. However when I recently found this Penguin Modern Stories collection (1969-1973) in my favourite shop, the Oxfam book store in Ealing, I fell in love with them – David Pelham’s beautiful and timeless design appeals to my graphic sensibilities.’

Take Cover
6 March 2012
— 

As part of Design Weeks on going series of Voxpops, and to celebrate world book day – NB’s Alan was asked by Design Week, ‘What’s your favourite book cover design?’ You can read his answer below - or click here and read the full article.

‘What an impossible task, to name just one, so I’m going to say what comes to mind first – All of John McConnell’s Editions Payot and his early Penguins; anything David Pearson touches; some Derek Birdsall covers instantly stand out (To Kill a Mockingbird, for example). A cover that I am never bored with is Maurice Sendak’s Where the Wild Things Are, for its sumptuous illustration, and because I love the story. However when I recently found this Penguin Modern Stories collection (1969-1973) in my favourite shop, the Oxfam book store in Ealing, I fell in love with them – David Pelham’s beautiful and timeless design appeals to my graphic sensibilities.’

NB Collaborates with… Jean Jullien
2 February 2012
— 

Jean Jullien is a French illustrator who lives and works in London. We’ve long admired his work and jumped at the chance to collaborate with him on a couple of projects (like our ‘This Year…’ card - see below). Jean hails from Nantes and did a graphic design degree in Quimper before coming over to London. He graduated from Central St Martins in 2008 and from the Royal College of art in 2010. His practise ranges from illustration to photography, video, costumes, installations, books, posters and clothing to create a coherent yet eclectic body of work with a distinctive style.

What’s the best thing about collaborating?
Input and challenge.

What’s the worst thing about collaborating?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2C2W_O9BX4g

Apart from NB who would you most like to work with (dead or alive)?
Takeshi Kitano.

Who is the biggest influence on your career and work?
The internet.

What’s next for you?
www.jullienbrothers.com

If you had to get one person to do a portrait of you who would you get to do it?
Yann le Bec (we did this together).

Why London and not Paris?
Freedom.

Who or what is your favourite monster?
The Yéti is cool!

This year 201226 January 2012— 
2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.
When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here. This year 201226 January 2012— 
2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.
When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here. This year 201226 January 2012— 
2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.
When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here. This year 201226 January 2012— 
2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.
When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here. This year 201226 January 2012— 
2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.
When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here.

This year 2012
26 January 2012
— 

2012, as we all know, is the year the world ends. But rather than wallow in the misery of it all, we’ve devised a way to make our friends and clients ridiculously wealthy. We placed a multiple £1 bets with William Hill on the world ending in 2012.

When ‘it’ eventually happens each slip returns £1million. Every betting slip is accompanied by a limited edition print by either Andy Smith, Paul Davis, Dan Funderburgh or Jean Jullien. For more information about this project, and our other ‘This year…’ projects, click here.

The Year Ahead5 January 2012—
Here at NB we’re always looking forward, so it’s only natural that after wading through our inbox’s and putting up our new Stendig Vignelli calendar we started to chat about the year ahead for NB. We’re entering our 15th year of business and it’s a big one – some exciting projects lined up for our much loved clients, new and old.
We’re not just thinking about ourselves though, that would be rude. What does 2012 have in store for the wider world of branding and communication? With the Olympic games on the horizon will consumers finally reach breaking point, a saturation level after the incessant bombardment of Olympic tie-ins and special editions of everything, endorsed or otherwise?
There will be life after The Games, but what will it look like? Mind you, by the time the last firework in the closing ceremony fizzles into the clouds most businesses will be preparing their Christmas salvo.
Before all that of course we’ve got the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – 60 years of HRH and surely a prime opportunity for retailers and businesses to capitalise on. Whether it will spawn the same slew of illustrations, knick-knacks and things of beauty and humour from the design community as last year’s royal wedding remains to be seen.
On the subject of retail, December’s Portas Review highlighted the problems facing the High Street and perhaps an insight into it’s future, to quote Mary Portas; ‘…those who see high streets purely as a commercial retail mix need to think again.’ Interesting. The High Street could become a cross between The Tate Modern and Argos, with a Starbucks, obviously.
Will 2012 be the year of a revolutionary new product like Graphene or Sugru that changes our lives? Will 3D TV really take off? Will we keep everything in a cloud? Will we pay for biscuits with our mobiles?
As usual, there are more questions than answers. We’re looking forward to asking some more and answering a few in 2012. We wish you all a prosperous new year.

The Year Ahead
5 January 2012

Here at NB we’re always looking forward, so it’s only natural that after wading through our inbox’s and putting up our new Stendig Vignelli calendar we started to chat about the year ahead for NB. We’re entering our 15th year of business and it’s a big one – some exciting projects lined up for our much loved clients, new and old.

We’re not just thinking about ourselves though, that would be rude. What does 2012 have in store for the wider world of branding and communication? With the Olympic games on the horizon will consumers finally reach breaking point, a saturation level after the incessant bombardment of Olympic tie-ins and special editions of everything, endorsed or otherwise?

There will be life after The Games, but what will it look like? Mind you, by the time the last firework in the closing ceremony fizzles into the clouds most businesses will be preparing their Christmas salvo.

Before all that of course we’ve got the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee – 60 years of HRH and surely a prime opportunity for retailers and businesses to capitalise on. Whether it will spawn the same slew of illustrations, knick-knacks and things of beauty and humour from the design community as last year’s royal wedding remains to be seen.

On the subject of retail, December’s Portas Review highlighted the problems facing the High Street and perhaps an insight into it’s future, to quote Mary Portas; ‘…those who see high streets purely as a commercial retail mix need to think again.’ Interesting. The High Street could become a cross between The Tate Modern and Argos, with a Starbucks, obviously.

Will 2012 be the year of a revolutionary new product like Graphene or Sugru that changes our lives? Will 3D TV really take off? Will we keep everything in a cloud? Will we pay for biscuits with our mobiles?

As usual, there are more questions than answers. We’re looking forward to asking some more and answering a few in 2012. We wish you all a prosperous new year.

George22 December 2011—
We’re sad to see our George leave NB. He’s been a stalwart of the studio for the last 6 years. We’re losing a friend… but gaining a desk (not for long). 
All the best from your friends at NB. 
(Illustration by Damien Weighill)

George
22 December 2011

We’re sad to see our George leave NB. He’s been a stalwart of the studio for the last 6 years. We’re losing a friend… but gaining a desk (not for long). 

All the best from your friends at NB. 

(Illustration by Damien Weighill)