We have been so busy recently working on some exciting projects and featuring at design shows, that we haven’t had the chance to update our blog!
We will be updating you all soon and revealing all we have been working on in the coming months, but for now – a sneak peak into what we’ve been doing at MinaLima Towers includes…
- Collaborating and providing graphics for the new John Green film which is due to be released soon…
- We are currently doing the graphic design for The Imitation Game feature film! Starring the gorgeous Kiera Knightley and Benedict Cumberbatch, due to be released in 2014 – watch this space!
- And we’ve been designing a range of packaging for Lush which we’re really excited about and can’t wait to share with you once it’s on the shelves
Keep posted for more updates!
In 3 week’s time we will be taking part in this year’s Design Junction, as part of the London Design Festival. It’s in its third year and is hosted in London’s 1960s Postal Sorting Office, which is between Tottenham Court Road and Holborn tubes.
The event will be showcasing the very best in furniture, lighting and product design from around the world. There will be a collection of renowned international brands, smaller cutting-edge labels, pop-up shops, large-scale installations, eateries, flash factories, seminars and screenings – all debuted across three floors of the impressive 120,000 sq ft industrial venue.
We are featuring with our very own pop up shop on the ground floor, exhibiting our full range of Printorium prints from the Harry Potter collection to the MinaLima range of nursery rhymes and book covers.
Our design which you can see below was inspired by Beck’s 1931 tube map, which is an example in itself of how accomplished design can be both beautiful and communicative. You can buy our Oyster Card holder design on TFL’s website here, get them before they’re gone!
Design Junction is on from Thurs 19th Sept – Sun 22nd Sept at The Sorting Office, 21-31 New Oxford Street, London WC1A 1BA. Find us at stand G20g. Register for your free tickets here.
Hello from MinaLima Towers! Apologies for our lack of blog posts recently, we have been very busy doing lots of exciting things!
In the last few months we have taken part in Clerkenwell Design Week, travelled to America to feature in LeakyCon 2013 in Portland, hosted a 2-week long Printorium exhibition, and we have just featured at LeakyCon London as well! Phew….
The MinaLima collection includes old English nursery rhyme prints, with a 1950s touch and a range of fictional book covers. See the full collection on our website!
In the newly released Harry Potter collection you will see some famous favourites such as the ‘Bellatrix Lestrange Wanted Poster’ which Helena Bonham Carter admired at our exhibition and a collection of Daily Prophet prints. See more on our website.
We have included some snapshots of what we’ve been up to over the last few months below – feast your eyes on the magic that has been happening
Somerset House recently hosted its annual graphic arts festival Pick Me Up, which ran from 18th – 28th April.
A few of us at MinaLima went along to see what new and inspiring graphic artists are in the spotlight at the moment!
The 11-day festival showcased work by illustrators, graphic novelists, cartoonists and graphic designers from around the world. It was a very creatively lead exhibition overall, with music, drinks and all sorts of activities to get involved in alongside the art on display.
There was quite a distinguished divide between graphic arts studios who were exhibiting their collections of work and individuals showcasing their own personal range of design. The larger collections were more commercially lead in comparison to the individual and one off pieces from the independent designers.
We have picked some of our favourite pieces from the festival below. It certainly did highlight the extraordinary talent that is out there amongst aspiring & established graphic artists. There are definitely quite a few to watch who I’m sure will shine even brighter in the coming years.
And talking of exhibitions… watch this space for 2 upcoming MinaLima exhibitions. Clue: the first one has something to do with Clerkenwell Design Week… hint hint, our last blog post!
Launched a few years ago, CDW has now established itself as the UK’s leading independent design festival, and a well recognized event internationally within the design industry.
Clerkenwell is a fitting location for this 3-day event, being a thriving hub of design in London. The exhibitor list includes a vast array of design disciplines, including graphic design, architecture, product design, ceramics, interior and textile design.
CDW boasts that they will have more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet during the 3-day event. There will be over 60 showrooms and we will be exhibiting our prints in one of them!
We’re looking forward to being part of this exciting design event and happy to be getting our name out there amongst a wider audience, not just for our association with the Harry Potter legacy, but also for our graphic design work itself.
If you’re planning on coming along, please pop in and visit us! We will have some new prints (and not only Harry Potter ones!) on display so hopefully it will be worth your while, and maybe you will be able to take home your own bit of Printorium graphic design magic!
The Printorium – stand V07 – The Farmiloe Building, 34, St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY – From 21st – 23rd May
World War Z, the latest Brad Pitt film, is due to be released in the coming months and we were lucky enough to work on it!
We produced some of the graphics used to dress the sets, including the plane and the ship which are featured in the trailer below. We were also thrilled that our very own WOOP Studios compilation print was used by the set designers to decorate the family kitchen scene, which can also be spotted in the trailer!
It was a brilliant project to be involved in, especially when we were on the set surrounded by actors dressed up as zombies…. And the highlight of course was meeting the lovely Brad Pitt.
We have a wonderful book in our collection that warrants a mention in this week’s blog. It’s all about Children’s books and mainly focuses on the cover artwork and how this has developed through the 20th Century.
Children’s book cover design varied greatly between the Victorian era and the 20th Century due to developments in book production and binding. Originally the cover design was produced on the cover itself, however as production moved into the 20th Century, designs began to feature on loose book jackets rather than directly on the cover.
The development of children’s books has come a long way in the 20th Century; in comparison to today they didn’t always hold such an important place in society.
Between 1940 and 1950, book production was affected after the Second World War as materials were in short supply. Paperbacks began to replace hardbacks and books took on smaller formats. Picture books for children at this time did start to emerge and flourish however.
Through the 60’s and 70’s children’s book production was improving, in both production and distribution. So more and more children were able to benefit from a vast array of books in libraries and bookshops, covering many topics and story lines.
The 80’s and 90’s were known as the ‘golden age’ of children’s books as they gained increasing importance and took centre stage due to authors and illustrators such as J.K.Rowling and Quentin Blake.
J.K.Rowling in particular changed the landscape and perception of children’s books for many around the world with the Harry Potter series. If she had never put pen to paper, we wouldn’t be doing what we are today at MinaLima!
‘Children’s Book Covers’ is written by Alan Powers and we definitely recommend taking a look!