Guest blog: Studio Twwo ‘Graphic design, collaboration & inspiration’
We are continuing our guest blog series where we invite members of our Creative Community to write about their businesses, recent projects and upcoming plans.
Here’s Dan, who founded Studio Twwo with his brother Jack, writing about some of their recent creative collaborations here at The Sharp Project and also what inspires them in their graphic design work:
Since moving into The Sharp Project in November 2016, we have collaborated with a wide range of tenants including Digital Ninjas, T3 Events and SharpFutures. The environment of co-working, ecology and space has definitely had a positive effect on our productivity and gratification from work.
We’ve enjoyed getting involved in the wider Manchester creative scene, which currently seems to be flourishing more than ever. For example, we recently worked with T3 Events on the ‘Castlefield Food Festival’ promotion and artwork prior to the weekend event, whilst also selling original illustrations and prints at the festival alongside other creative independent companies. We’ve also worked closely with Digital Ninjas on promoting their various summer festivals, including: BoltFest, FestWich, RockPrest & The Big Grill UK.
Manchester is an inspiring city to live and work; the industrial and social history, achievements, community-feel and general multiculturalism all contribute. Manchester has created a name for itself as being ahead of the curve, which attracts more of the same kind of people and perpetuates this status – it’s the only place we can envisage being based as a creative digital company!
Combining our broad skills and creativity, we have created a flexible, and versatile design studio with none of the detached attitude and overheads of a large design agency – meaning we can provide more personal, affordable and effective design solutions for our clients.
We’ve delivered many workshops over the past year, in collaboration with SharpFutures for a mixture of school pupils, charities and even teaching departments, including: GMYN, Young Manchester, St. Matthew’s RC, Great Places Housing Group, Factory Youth Zone, MCR: European Youth Capital and Connell Sixth Form. The workshops cover design theory and techniques for generating creative ideas combined with a branding exercise which we specifically tailor to the client. We’ve found this work to be surprisingly rewarding and enjoyable, making a nice change to working in the studio.
Artists and designers that we currently have an eye for, include; Malika Favre – a French designer who creates vector artworks with their beauty in the simplicity, style and colour palettes. Stanley Chow – a Manchester stalwart, who’s stamped his name all over this city with his unique portraits and urban landscapes. We’re also big fans of Keith Haring, Kate Moross and Emory Douglas – to name a few!
You can find out more about Studio Twwo via their website
Or keep up to date via @StudioTwwo