Eye Magazine

The work of David Preston Studio is featured in an Eye Magazine profile of design historian Ruth Artmontsky and the books she has published. David has designed many books for Artmonsky Arts, including Showing Off, Shipboard Style and Designing Woman. The first Artmonsky Arts book I worked on with David was Tuppance Plain, Penny Coloured, which covers 50 years of furniture advertising and selling. We are currently working together on another title.

The full Eye article can be seen here.

Chalk & Chat is an fully responsive, browser-based magazine written by the people behind the popular Good Schools Guides. The magazine aims ‘to be informative, entertaining and conversational, drawing on the in-depth expertise that The Good Schools Guide is fortunate to have built up over many years’.

This design project has been a collaboration with David Preston Studio, who has been working on the design of the printed Good School Guide books since 2013. The magazine is created using the digital publishing tool Instant Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Some images from a recent shoot at the Henny Swan, Great Henny. The Henny Swan is a lovely pub in an amazing setting – right next to the River Stour and surrounded by some beautiful countryside. It’s got a warm, cosy bar with an open fire that looks perfect for some winter drinks. The restaurant is a light and open space with some unusual quirky touches – I really love the different styles of oil lamps on every table. Previous work I have done for the Henny Swan included their branding, promotions and menu designs which can be seen here.

www.thehennyswan.co.uk

My 4 year-old son drew a nice, bold, zig-zag christmas tree and we turned it into a stamp to print lots of Christmas cards with.

I’ve been working on a redesign of the Thalatta website for the East Coast Sail Trust. The new version of the website is fully responsive (so will resize for mobiles and tablets) and is built in WordPress, which allows the client to easily update content themselves. The design is a bespoke one, rather than an ‘off-the-shelf’ WordPress theme. Over time I will be adding various plugins to the site, such as a button to allow people to donate via the website, and to subscribe to the ‘Friends of Thalatta’ membership.

Thalatta is a remarkable Thames Sailing Barge, built over 100 years ago but recently completely refurbished thanks to Lottery funding. She is based in Ipswich, and she can be booked by schools, youth organisations, charities or any group looking for an adventurous and very unique sailing experience!

www.thalatta.org.uk

 

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In 2006/2007 I worked as a middleweight designer at the multidisciplinary design agency The One Off. While I was there I worked with a team of 2D and 3D designers on the re-branding of Millie’s Cookies. My brief from the creative director was to create a logo that felt like a signature, and complemented the other brand elements that were being developed, such as the candy stripe packaging and pastel colour palette. I based the typography of the logo on Garamond Italic, then spend many hours painstakingly adjusting the weight of the lines, the arrangement and angle of the letters, and ensuring it all joined up and flowed properly from one character to another. It was one of my favourite projects to work on, as there is something pretty exciting about seeing your work transformed into a large illuminated 3D sign, instead of just the normal 2D applications of print or web. It was a surprise to see the logo recently pop-up on adverts for Iceland, and nice to see the original Millie’s lettering remains the same.

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Branding for a new carpet cleaning company. The work so far has included logo design, business cards, postcards and a simple, easily updated website which can be seen here.

To stand out from the DIY carpet cleaning options on the market place, the brand has been designed to feel slick, professional and scientific. The logo references the squares and lettering layout of the periodic table, as a subtle nod to the chemistry involved in professional carpet cleaning. The colours were chosen for the bright, fresh feel and to help appeal to the largely female customer base.