The second of three very special ensemble evening events in the Graphic District. This, our second night, features another mind-boggling line-up of amazing thinkers, designers and creative maestros who all know more than a thing or two about brilliant branding and ground-breaking advertising. No, we didn’t quite believe it when they all said they’d come either!
First out of the blocks is Jack Renwick – founder of Jack Renwick Studio. A straight-talking Glaswegian, she set-up her eponymous studio in 2012 (having previously been Creative Director at The Partners) quickly establishing it as serious contender in the world of branding and design. As if that wasn’t enough she also can surely lay claim to owning the rights to red and white stripes.
Next up is another straight-shooter – Trevor Beattie – a man who needs little introduction! (but we’re here so lets) Trevor devised the legendary ‘Hello Boys’ campaign for Wonderbra in the 90s as well as the FCUK brand, spent a decade as creative director and chairman of TBWA/London, producing award-winning work for clients as diverse as PlayStation and Playtex before launching BMB in 2005 alongside creative partner Bil Bungay. Trev is a proud Brummie, championing creativity outside of London and we’re delighted to have him back as part of BDF.
After the break, we’re knee deep in Jim Sutherland territory. In 2001 Jim co-founded Hat-trick Design, consistently one of the most awarded design agencies in the UK. He left in 2014 to set up Studio Sutherl&. You like stats? Here’s a few more… He’s designed over 50 stamps to date for Royal Mail, won over 150 professional awards, including 82 projects in D&AD, with 12 nominations and 4 yellow pencils: and 38 nominations in the Design Week Awards – twice Best in Show. He has judged D&AD 8 times (as Foreman of the Branding Jury in 2016) and in 2017, as if to prove a point, Studio Sutherl& won D&AD’s most awarded design agency, phew! Oh, and he’s also No.1 in the UK Studio Rankings. No big deal…
Topping off the evening is Marina Willer, a graphic designer and film-maker who (before joining Pentagram as Partner) was head creative director for Wolff Olins in London where she was responsible for major identity schemes including Tate, Southbank Centre, and more recently the new Oxfam brand identity. Marina was also part of the team that created the new brand for Macmillan Cancer support. Nominated for the AGI (Alliance Graphique Internationale) the most prestigious graphic design association in the world, she has recently ventured into feature-length film-making with Red Trees, a 90-minute-long documentary on the life of her Jewish father Alfred, who escaped Nazi rule during World War Two (available on Netflix!).