AB&Co Blog

Archive for the ‘Illustration’ Category

Ispiri Wheels Vintage Retro Symbol

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

Vintage retro style graphic for the Ispiri Wheels ‘Lifetime Structural Integrity Warranty’ logo. I’ve been wanting to do some vintage graphics for a while, more to follow soon..

Selini Certificates – Guilloche Anomaly

Posted on: December 15th, 2012 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

After a recent press pass for a highly detailed document we noticed a strange ‘banding’ effect appear from a Guilloché pattern in the design. Although this was made from uniform horizontal fine wavy lines, the finished piece appeared banded and uneven from a distance, suggesting the press was to blame. On close inspection the lines where actually printed perfectly.

After lots of head scratching we concluded this anomaly was down to minute tolerances between ink, water and paper combined with the pressure characteristics of the press.

Inevitably this job had to be cancelled and a different style of guilloche applied, we’ll post the final outcome when it’s finished.

We don’t like to make things easy!


Graffiti Art Research – Mad C

Posted on: April 6th, 2012 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

Whilst researching Graffiti art as part of a theme for a new brand I came across the work of German Graffiti Artist Mad C.
I particularly like the Urban & Graffiti Gallery ‘La Grille’.

See more of her work here: http://www.delicious-styles.com

Culshaw Bell new brand preview

Posted on: March 21st, 2012 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

Culshaw Bell’s existing reputation had been built upon the unique partnership of the founders who combine their skills as master craftsmen, interior designers and colour specialists.

They are passionate about their work and these highly skilled, creative and artistic people have produced some of the finest bespoke kitchens on the market today.

We wanted to harness their values making them central to the brand reposition.
We reinterpreted the founders’ signatures to culminate in their new identity that would reflect the unique qualities of the brand and partnership.

Great care was taken to make the identity look both natural and artistic, reflecting the brand’s values. The challenge was to use 2 different signatures that would balance aesthetically and yet feel individual at the same time.

Sketching with Selini

Posted on: January 20th, 2012 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

We have produced a series of ‘concept sketch style’ illustrations for Selini Bespoke Jewellery for their ongoing jewel creations.

Working with existing design sketches by jewellery designer Rob Girling we wanted to enhance these original concepts and use them as a theme throughout their marketing.

It’s been nice to dust off the old markers and pencils from my uni days and get stuck in!

The ‘Selini Crest’ brand reposition

Posted on: January 8th, 2012 by Adam Bestwick No Comments

We recently finished a brand reposition, the ‘Selini Crest’ for our client Selini Bespoke Jewellery. This identity was quite complex and took a lot of testing and experimentation to perfect.

Overall this project is a great case study to post on our blog and will give you a glimpse into the amount of work that goes into this type of project.

Over the coming months I’ll go through the various processes and challenges we faced in creating this new brand.

The image below is from a metallic ink test on uncoated paper: