If you are a good little designer then you have no doubt been inspired for a long time now by the work of Michael C. Place and his studio Build. He is a well established brand in this tough business we find ourselves scraping away at and he has consistently put out solid work for so long now that he almost makes it look easy. Build has recently updated with more minimal and downright beautiful work for print, branding and web and like usual it is well worth a look.
These posters designed by Build were originally created and printed for now-defunct Australian magazine Refill. And now you can buy one of the leftovers. It’s a hot-looking item and apparently supplies are limited so get your hustle on.
Michael C Place and his wife have updated their website at Build. For the devout design fan Michael really needs no introduction as his work has been a strong influence on many designers over the years. His ‘keep it Helvetica’ approach has kept his work classic throughout his career and has kept him in the eye of many a client.
In case you do not know his story here is a little of his background from his new site:
“Michael C Place studied graphic design at Newcastle College from 1988—1990 and makes no secret of the fact that he left early to follow his dream of designing record sleeves. Michael worked first with Trevor Jackson in London before moving back up North to work with influential graphics studio The Designers Republic in Sheffield, where he worked for the best part of 9 years. Whilst there Michael produced some of the best-known & seminal works of tDR that, although always anonymous, became well-known amongst followers of the studio. In 2000 Michael took a break from the design world and went on a 10-month world trip with his wife Nicky, returning to set up Build in 2001. Michael features in the 2007 film ‘Helvetica-A Documentary Film’, has spoken at numerous conferences worldwide, & has several times been a judge at the prestigious D&AD global awards.
Michael is the Creative Director of Build.”
Photographer Timothy Saccenti has just updated his website which was designed by Build with some remarkable new images. The series for the The Diesel Gallery in Tokyo are sublime. There is some brilliant imagery on the new site and this will no doubt be sweeping the creative blogosphere.
Photographer Jason Tozer has a new website featuring new work. The other noteworthy press-bit is that the site was designed by Build and you can definitely see the typographical influence the moment the page loads.
Michael C. Place at Build has an idea for a set of A6 postcards matching actual historical events, births, deaths, scientific breakthroughs with their proper Pantone color. There is more information about the subject on the reverse side of the card. He used Wikipedia as a reference. I say print those bad boys up.
Michael C. Place has started an official blog for Build that you can view here.
According to design studio Build, the ‘Not For Commercial Use‘ project came about following “a drunken conversation about the possibilites of design in the hands of a sympathetic printer, and of print in the hands of an understanding designer.” The conversation occurred between Build’s Michael C. Place and Paul Hewitt of the print firm Generation Press.
Initially they decided to produce a set of postcards to give away to show their range of printing processes but then the idea evolved into free posters and guerrilla-style dissemination of the materials. So, they started pasting them up all over London, which eventually meant an extra hand being lent by longtime Generation Press collaborator Richard Bull of Yacht Associates. With the help of Rick Guest and Richard Carroll the entire process was documented and commemorated in a special stitch-bound A3 catalog.
So, here is the good part. You can win a set of all 5 posters. All you need do, is send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Just tell them how much you love them and that you would sell your soul for a well designed set of posters. I am not sure if they will ship to the U.S. since they are in England but it might be worth a shot.