The sounds of a design studio

12.06.18

We pride ourselves on thoughtfully different design. While we create work that looks beautiful, the buck doesn’t stop there. To be an O Street project, you’ve got to have character.

 

 

So when we created a new showreel strutting our stuff, we decided to pay special attention to the soundtrack. Even though the product is visual, the sound is the backbone. It’s the underlying support system that keeps the whole thing chugging along. How could we do something different? …

…Enter Bessa.

The Scottish musician and occasional Boston-Red-Sox-hat-wearing lad joined us in our Glasgow studio to capture the sounds of our design process.

Here’s what you’l l hear in our soundtrack:
– Furious sketchy scribbling
– iMac keyboard mashing
– Commuter bike squeaking

– Google Hangout shouts of ‘Good morning!’ from our Denver studio
– Friday beers cracking
– Various O-shouts and hollers, likely font-related

And of course, there’s the squeaky arm of our waving cat Boshi.

Bessa took all these unique sounds and mixed them into an original track, making the sound behind of our reel more than just an off-the-shelf electronic tune. The result? A banger of a showreel that’s thoughtfully different—kind of like us.SaveSave

NTS all engines go

17.03.17

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credit: Hoskins Architects

O Street was invited down to the new digs of one of our favourite collaborators, National Theatre of Scotland . We loved the company (although stiff gin pours and BrewDog beers didn’t hurt). The building, designed by Hoskins Architects, embodies the NTS brand of being a ‘Theatre Without Walls’. It was a thrill to see this new engine of Scottish theatre at work.

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credit: Hoskins Architects

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We started in the bar, er, playroom, for some banter, and quickly moved on to explore the building.

The new NTS rehearsal room is one of the biggest in Scotland, and inspires cartwheels and bellowing vocals upon entry.

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credit: Hoskins Architects

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It was all eyes on the stunning costume department, which no longer operates from a small room and a parking lot.

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It was particularly exciting to get the low-down on how technicians set the mood and ‘paint’ with light.

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The props department was much more exciting than this, but leave it to a graphic designer to only take a photo of old oven dials.

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O Street was reunited with a leftover from our NTS collaboration Granite—always nice to see an old friend.

All told, NTS Rockvilla is a stunning display of creativity and production. Get down and see for yourself.

O Street Tracks – ‘Sleep’

06.05.16

Need something to listen to? O Street Tracks are back. Here’s a playlist suited for both zoning out and focusing on work. Or just drifting off.

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Give it a listen with a 12 second fade in/out for maximum transcendental mindlessness. Sweet dreams.