Instead of sinking time and money into a holiday card, we’re donating to the local foodbank and sharing with you the music that rode our brainwaves this year. Six designers, five tracks each. Our favourite music of 2017. Enjoy.
We’re headed off on our annual fam fishin’ trip this weekend and will be back in operation on Tuesday 5 September. What are we bringing? Well:
We’re looking for a new USA-based home for O Street. With a booming craft beer industry, burgeoning tech scene and tons of sun, Denver Colorado is a good bet. Here’s a few designerly things we got up to in the mile high city amid hangovers and altitude sickness.
You can’t beat grungy old type. Graphic leftovers from the industrial age are always a designer’s highlight in American cities, and Denver’s got them.
O Street supports the Tigers and Cubs, but we couldn’t argue with watching the sunset over the mountains from Coors Field. With rooftop tickets going for $15—and the Rockies doing great this year—it’s a steal.
Imbibe some craft
Craft beer is gaining traction in the UK, but Colorado has been the beating heart of the movement in the US for decades. The range of beers available are great research (that’s our excuse for all the taproom receipts) and it tastes good, too. We were treated to tours at New Belgium and Odell, learning a lot about craft production and packaging.
This was the scene from our window on a Wednesday. Sadly, we’d left the longboard in Glasgow.
Hit the Road
It’s a must with the mountains nearby—rent a car and head for the hills. Just take it easy on the 90’s movie quotes or you may bring the driver to tears.
Denver, especially the RiNo neighbourhood, is a treasure trove of street art and graffiti. Grab a kombucha for the road and soak in the colour.
The creative scene in Denver is a social one. We hustled over to a happy hour generously organised by RJ Owen of CreativeMornings Denver. There were beers, ax-throwers, and one of the voices behind the fantastic Sprint Podcast. Treat your ears and give it a listen!
Well, we wouldn’t be good graphic designers if we didn’t take photos of random signs. Digesting visual vernacular is second only to local eats when it comes to getting to know a new place.
Our take? Colorado is up to its ears in beer and culture—we’re in.
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.
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.
It was all eyes on the stunning costume department, which no longer operates from a small room and a parking lot.
It was particularly exciting to get the low-down on how technicians set the mood and ‘paint’ with light.
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.
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.
The Chicago Cubs won the World Series this week for the first time since 1908. O Street’s Chicago native has a few gems to school you on the team’s graphic history.
As a team that’s been known as the Cubs since 1903, they’ve seen some dandies when it comes to logos.
2. Wrigley Field
The Cubs are a constant reminder of a better time. A time when the powerful corporations that bought sports stadiums made bubble gum. The beautiful sign outside the field is a Chicago landmark.
3. The Scoreboard & ivy
In the outfield of Wrigley is a rare analogue scoreboard, operated by hand from within by very sweaty people. Below is a famous thicket of lush green ivy notorious for eating up baseballs.
4. These guys.
Look at these guys!
5. The W flag
Since 1937 the Cubs have flown a flag a simple white flag adorned with a blue W after every home victory to let commuters know the result of the game. The flag has become the universal symbol for Cubdom.
6. Pop culture
Ferris Bueller spends his days with the Cubs when we plays hooky. They’re Bill Murray’s team. Even while enduring a 108-year championship drought, the Lovable Losers were omnipresent in American pop culture.
7. The Ghost of Harry Caray
Long-time Cubs play-by-play announcer Harry Caray was famous for his tag lines (‘hey, hey!’), sputtering nonsense and being a late-night comedy victim. Shortly after his death in 1998, contemporary artist Ben Stone haunted a crowd of over 50,000 by floating his likeness over the field.
See you for another blog post when the Cubs win again in the year 2124. Hey, hey!
O Street’s annual fishing trip has yet again been pulled off without any human casualties. Please enjoy this visual report from the weekend.
The location was lovely Loch Fyne.
Tessa leaves a bucket of bodies in her wake.
We even made pals with a gaggle of water dogs.
Ashore, the weather was lovely.
There were curiosities to be found. As well as hangovers.
All-in-all it was a wonderful weekend of food, drink, games and good old-fashioned camaraderie. Until next year!