Ten Questions – 016 Kyle Bean

April 28th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

Brighton-based designer Kyle Bean is two things: 1. A conceptual, passionate and dedicated creative who has made a name for himself with thoughtful and beautifully crafted work for a number of high profile clients. 2. A really nice, down to earth bloke.

Since graduating from Brighton University in 2009 Kyle has gone on to complete freelance projects for Wallpaper*, The Financial Times, New York Times Magazine, Selfridges, Liberty, Diesel and Hermes. Whilst his work covers a range of disciplines and styles, his most recognisable projects involve 3D objects crafted from paper, cardboard, wood and… eggshells. With a great body of client work and personal projects under his belt, we thought we’d ask Kyle to answer our Ten Questions.

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The Republic Return

April 27th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

Last night we traveled to The Parfitt Gallery to attend the opening of ‘The Designers Republic Come Home To Croydon‘ – a solo exhibition of work by Ian Anderson shown in his childhood home town. The founder of the legendary Sheffield based studio was showing various pieces of work curated from the last 25 years.

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Ten Questions – 015 Ben The Illustrator

April 21st, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

For the latest installment of our Ten Questions series we got in touch with Cornwall based Ben The Illustrator. For over a decade Ben’s unique views of the world have been wrapped around cars, stretched along shop walls, solved problems, covered magazines, advertised fruit juice, satisfied clients, accompanied orchestras, adorned underwear and welcomed you at airports. Having worked with the likes of BBC, Cadbury’s, Girl Scouts of USA, Michelin, Honda and Land Rover amongst others, Ben has helped make the world look a better place. He likes to keep busy too. If you haven’t already seen he’s dreamt up a new way to market himself with bensseasonalbillboard.com, and recently oragnised www.therenmenproject.co.uk.

Ben kindly took time out of his busy day to answer our Ten Questions.

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Lunchtime Frisbee in the Park

April 20th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

Gold star

April 18th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

So it’s award season again. Well — least it is at the D&AD — the one we all know about and keep tabs on.

At some point as a hungry ‘n’ thirsty new design agency eager to succeed, you mention the word ‘AWARDS’ amongst yourselves. You only need chat for less than a minute though as straight away reality kicks in when you consider the entry fees and who you’re up against. You soon realise you’re punching above your weight and think to yourselves ‘…what’s the point of wasting the money?…’ and back to work you toddle.

Mat Dolphin is coming up for its second year in business soon so awards are definitely something we’ve discussed (and dismissed) in our small studio on more than one occasion. With a heavy dose of risk involved entering into the fray, we wanted to explore some of the merits, pitfalls and woes of being a small agency in a big award pond.

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Five Things 012

April 15th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

Once again we’re back with Five Things. Our regular selection of interesting bits and pieces we’ve come across over the course of the last week. We have another mixed bag of creative stuff for your perusal (as well as a shameless bit of self promotion…). Enjoy.

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Sharing is Caring – Part 2

April 6th, 2011 by Mat Dolphin

A while back we told you about some of the design blogs we look to for inspiration. The sites we check out on a regular basis barely skim the tip of the tip of the iceberg in terms of what’s out there and with this in mind we thought we’d share some more bloggy treats with you. The last set we looked at focused on specific design-related disciplines – this time we’re going to have a look at sites which, whilst covering a broad spectrum, are aimed squarely at the purist design geeks like us. All of these sites are quite different in what and how they blog, but all of them are a constant source of interest, inspiration and entertainment.

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