The Two Jonnys

22.01.18

AAI—Adopt An Intern / All About Incentives

 

Jonny N: Hello again, it’s nice to be with you, isn’t it Jonny?

Jonny J: Yes, it is, and in a packed programme tonight, we shall be talking to two graphic designers and asking ‘do your fonts really come from Monaco and Geneva?’

Jonny N: And ‘can the use of bad kerning ever be justified?’ So Jonny, you first came to see us almost a year ago, and I said to you ‘I really like the cut of your jib and I’d like to bring you in to work on a project with us.’

Jonny J: That’s right Jonny, but you were a bit rushed off your feet with one thing and another and because money is always tight in a small agency, you were unable to organise anything with me.

Jonny N: Indeed… and I also have a memory like a sieve.

Jonny J: Mmm–hmm, a bit rubbish, then?

Jonny N: Well… I, er…

Jonny J: So you must’ve been pleasantly surprised when the nice man from ‘Adopt An Intern’ got in touch to say that they would fund somebody for six weeks, giving you the chance to run the rule over them with a possible view to a full-time position?

Jonny N: I was delighted, Jonny, to say the very least. The signup and acceptance process was really straightforward and in the time it took to say ‘can’t you just turn him the other way round in Photoshop?’, we had everything done and dusted and you were in the studio, working on the old iMac next to the toilet!

Jonny J: (forces weak laugh) Ha-ha, yes. It was great…

Jonny N: Did you think it might lead to a full-time job or were you put off by the amount of foul language you heard in the studio.

Jonny J: No, I kinda hoped there would be an opening if I knuckled down and produced the goods, plus I wore earplugs most of the time, so the swearing wasn’t really an issue.

Jonny N: Ah, I couldn’t fathom why my constant requests for you to put the kettle on were met with complete inaction.

Jonny J: Oh yeah, I did wonder what it was you were saying to me!

Jonny N: Anyway, here we are… It’s all worked out jolly well, hasn’t it?

Jonny J: Yes, it has.

Jonny N: And you are now a much-valued member of the family. I don’t suppose there’s any chance of a cup of tea then?

Jonny J: Um…

Jonny N: Well that’s all we have time for this week. Next week we’ll talk to a typographer who suffered an Arial attack and can’t ‘face’ it anymore.

Jonny J: And we’ve just been told the police are desperately seeking an art director who steals the end of design blog posts. He is described as tall and balding with a very big…

Jonny N: That’s all we’ve got time for this evening, so it’s goodnight from me…

Jonny J: And it’s goodnight from him.

Both: Goodnight!

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Thanks, of course to The Two Ronnies and thanks to Tim Street at AAI. Below is some of the work that Jonny has produced with O Street in the last couple of months.

Attitude Sickness

10.01.18

When I arrived in Colorado, I thought I was good to go: thoroughly hydrated and ready to plow through the altitude sickness. And boy, was I wrong. After a few hours of throwing up my guts, I required some serious adjustments to get well.

While getting a hand from some seasoned Coloradans, I learned there was really a science to acclimatizing up in the mile high city. Eat these certain things, perform those certain actions, and you’ll get through it. Within a day or two I was physically feeling like myself again—but not mentally.

Moving to a new place, disoriented and homesick, I realised I’d gotten over altitude sickness only to be stricken by attitude sickness. I needed to get myself right, so I turned to the ways that got me acclimated to the altitude.

Hydration

We’re mostly made of water, and lots of it does us good in more ways than one. If you’re really dragging mentally, treat yourself to a day of heavy H2O consumption. You might be surprised that not just your body—but your brain—were begging for some oxygen from the liquid good stuff.

Routine

Steady bed and rising times, consistent recreation and exercise, and taking meals at regular times will get you through any rut. It’s also one of the most difficult things to do. Write your routine down. Tell someone about it. Don’t beat yourself up when you fail, just ride the wave and get back to it.

Train high, rest low

Mountain climbers employ this strategy to acclimatize. Climb, come down a bit to rest overnight, and day-by-day go incrementally higher until you’re at the top. You can do the same with sorting yourself out and getting things done: take a bite out of a big goal, come back down to a more comfortable level to recover, then go out and take a bigger bite.

Feed yourself

To recover from altitude sickness, I was given foods high in healthy fats, like avocados and nuts. Your brain also thrives on this good stuff and it gives you loads of energy, keeping you feeling full. Whether or not high fat foods work for you, avoid processed garbage—you are what you eat.

Prioritize

What really matters? Get a piece of paper and write down all the things demanding your time. Circle the ones that will really, truly help you get to where you need to be long term, and cross out the ones that don’t—banish those time-wasters from your life, and take that time to work on what matters.

A couple weeks later, I’m doing my best and feeling acclimated in more ways than one. Am I at the top of the mountain? Naw. But I did write this essay.
–Josh P

Here’s Jonny

18.12.17

O Street’s shopping spree continues, and this time we’ve added a Jonny Mowat to our toolkit.

Jonny is a serious busybody of a young designer—you’d think there was two of him—deftly crossing mediums and materials to explore new ways of designing.

In addition to fresh music taste, Jonny brings some serious motion graphics and 3D rendering skills to O Street. We’re chuffed to have him.

O Street is in America.

04.12.17

O Street are moving to the USA. We’re chuffed (very pleased) to announce a third location for our shop: Denver, Colorado — a place we’ve been in love with for a while.

As of today, our resident American Josh is back home and representing O Street at WeWork LoHi.

O Street was founded on the belief that the big agency structure was bloated and inefficient. Rather than growing up, we’re growing out, building a network of lean studios working as one.

It’s a massive opportunity for our creative team and an opportunity for US brands to work with a European design agency without a transatlantic flight. People of Colorado, we’re looking forward to bringing a little colour (color) to your day.

Ta (thanks).

Our Design Space

30.11.17

We were delighted when Computer Arts hosted us in their My Design Space feature, which you can find here.

No matter where we go, our flagship studio in Scotland’s grunge capital Glasgow will always be our beating heart. Our design space was long ago a general store, more recently a laundromat, and probably a couple other things in-between. Now it’s a design shop.

Like all things, we approach our space like a project: functional, efficient, and — importantly — interesting, damnit! We’re human creatures!

In addition to a well-stocked book shelf, the beautiful sign in the back is from an old Glasgow tram. Another favourite item, the bed & breakfast sign, was a gift from our pal and ace designer Kenna.

Our Beertimes parties are a chance to explore creative beer packaging, and the abstract figurative ones we created for beer x All the Young Nudes are some of our favourites.

This Cubs pennant is a bit redundant after they won the World Series in 2016, but we just don’t find new sports-related design as handsome as the good old stuff. This is something we’re exploring…

Even in the digital age, understanding traditional design technique is foundational. This type lens is mighty handy.

We don’t just make ideas—we make things. Sometimes those things are longboards. Life is good.

We like to joke that we’re just a bunch of failed musicians. Like all decent jokes, it’s funny because it’s true.

We’re going places, but our design space is where the heart is.