James Brook / Design

Dovecot Festival Banners

These are the two banners that I designed for Dovecot Gallery's 2015 Edinburgh Art Festival exhibitions: A Life in Colour, a celebration of the life and work of Scottish Borders based textile designer Bernat Klein; and Aggregations by Korean artist Kwang Young Chun. The exhibition ran from 31 August until 26 September; as you can see from the photographs, Edinburgh did not have a very sunny summer! There were two sets of banners, one outside Dovecot on Infirmary Street and another larger set with slightly different proportions on Chambers Street, near the National Museum of Scotland. Each exhibition title had its own typographic treatment while still fitting in with the general Dovecot identity that I have been developing. The typographic treatment on the banners was continued on posters, cards and invitations, which I also designed. More images to follow.

Dovecot What's On Guide

I was asked to redesign the Dovecot Gallery What's On Guide, building on the pared back identity that I had started to develop on Dovecot's invitations, posters and banners. This is the first piece of print that I have designed for Dovecot that uses Whitney, the typeface that appears in the Dovecot logo (which was not designed by me) rather than Callibri. I'm very proud of this design and delighted with the way it turned out - I've enjoyed spotting it around Edinburgh! This is the cover of the guide, which I photographed earlier in the summer when I was busy with other things; I didn't get a chance to photograph the inside pages. The guide is twelve pages plus cover which is cut away on the front to reveal half of a full bleed image of a detail from a work by the wonderful textile designer Bernat Klein. The guide was printed by Allander on Vision Superior 200gsm for the cover and 120gsm for the text pages. My original intention was to have a gloss UV varnish on the outside of the cover to create a contrast with the uncoated stock on the inside but it turned out to be too expensive. I think that, in the end, the guide works perfectly without the gloss: the white of the paper looks crisp and clean against the image and is also pleasing to touch; and the half cover adds another layer of visual appeal. I'm looking forward to designing the second guide for January-July 2016.

Platform Leaflet

This is the leaflet and logo I designed for Platform: 2015, a new Edinburgh Art Festival initiative 'intended to showcase Scottish artists at the early stages of their career'. Four artists – Antonia BaƱados, Ben Callaghan, Ross Hamilton Frew, and Jessica Ramm – were selected from an open call by artists Christine Borland and Craig Coulthard working with Edinburgh Art Festival Director, Sorcha Carey and curator Emily Gray.

Today is the final day of the Edinburgh Art Festival and your last chance to see Platform: 2015, the exhibition can be found at the Festival Kiosk, 9-11 Blair Street, Edinburgh EH1 1QR. Catch it while you can!

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