February 23, 2018

Happy/Sad Tote Bags

Happy Face U+263A
Sad Face U+2639


How are you feeling today? We’ve designed a tote for that!

A limited run of our Happy Face/Sad Face totes, designed for TOYPSxDesigners Selection Tote Bag Project, are now available to buy at Colours May Vary — available online here, or in their Leeds store now!

If you haven’t managed to get a copy of our Happy/Sad Face tote yet, don’t worry as we’re giving two away!

To be in with a chance of winning, please tweet us @wearebuild with what makes you happy and/or what makes you sad!

Please submit your answers by 12pm on 7th March 2018. Winners will be informed later that day.

Please note! — Apologies to all of our overseas friends, but this competition is only open to UK residents only!

January 30, 2018

ADG Laus 2018

Build Founder/Creative Director, Michael C Place will be a graphic design judge at this years ADG-FAD Laus 2018 awards.

The ADG Laus Awards for Graphic Design and Visual Communication recognise the best projects five categories: Graphic Design, Digital, Advertising, Audio-Visual and Students.

See the full list of categories now.

Submission deadline is on 4th Feb 2018.

Let’s see what you’ve got world!

December 12, 2017

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from all at Build!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

We would like to say a massive thank you to all of our clients we’ve worked with this year. We’ve had an amazing year and we couldn’t have done it without you! A big thanks also to our peers, friends (new and old) and to everyone that has shared and supported our work in 2017— we really appreciate it.

Our studio will be closed from 15th December 2017 and will re-open on 3rd January 2018.

We wish everyone a restful and brilliant Christmas. Enjoy & see you again in 2018!


December 12, 2017

Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang (ID)

Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang — Wordmark
Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang — ID

Try saying this really fast…Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang. Again…Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang! It’s certainly the longest clients name we have ever worked with!

We’ve been busy (busy) designing a new identity for the amazing digital product specialist that is Mike Douglas, aka- Chop Chop Busy Busy Work Work Bang Bang.

Mike is a super-talented digital designer that has worked with global giants such as Google, Amazon and Spotify in the past.

The brief: ‘Create something that demonstrated self-assured experience, professional in communications and energetic in approach. No bullshit. No hype. No drama. Just great service, zero fuss.’

We worked closely with Mike on the new identity, with the development of a dynamic logo, accompanying patterns, and a punchy colour palette. We also designed a landing page (full website coming soon) which you can see here.

The full identity project will be launching on our new website very soon.

December 11, 2017

Crafted for Colours May Vary

Colours May Vary — Custom Wordmark
Colours May Vary — Custom Typeface (character set)
Colours May Vary — Custom Typeface
Colours May Vary — Printed Matter
Colours May Vary — Tote Bag

New work — Identity and printed matter for Leeds’ first (and best) creative lifestyle store and events space, Colours May Vary!

Run by the fantastic duo Andy & Becky, we designed an identity that aimed to reflect their personalities through colour, graphic shapes and forms, whilst also having a playful edge. As part of the new identity we created a bespoke typeface as well as printed matter such as tote bags, postcards, loyalty cards, vinyls, carrier bags and stickers. We also designed a number of digital marketing tools for social media and email newsletter templates.

Full project on our new site soon.

Website Design / Development: Hungry Sandwich Club 

Link— coloursmayvary.com

December 1, 2017

Make Believe

Build — Make Believe poster contribution

Our contribution (above) for the Make Believe project. Our poster is a nod to one of the greatest novels ever written- alluding to the magic and mystery created by L. Frank Baum in The Wizard of Oz.


Magpie presents Make Believe – a project which aims to raise funds for Radio Aire’s Cash for Kids- helping all children in Leeds get a gift for Christmas this year.

Ten of Leeds design studios have created a limited edition piece of work which can be purchased in the form of an A3 print, mug, coasters and greetings card. All works are inspired by different children’s literature quotes.

You can see all contributions to Make Believe at Leeds Kirkgate Market for the next couple of weeks.

Contributors include:

Lee Goater
Rabbit Hole
Something More
Thompson Brand Partners
TwentySix Digital

Do something good for Christmas & buy now!
Pre-orders are open until 15th Dec!


November 27, 2017

Prints for Christmas, 2017!

Build Animal A—Z Print, Pink edition
Build Animal A—Z Print, Pink edition (detail)
Build Animal A—Z Print, Mint edition
Build Animal A—Z Print, Mint edition (detail)
Build British Bird Chart (2017), Blue edition
Build British Bird Chart (2017), Blue edition (detail)

New open editions of our sold out ‘British Bird Chart’ and ‘Animal A-Z’ prints are now available for Christmas 2017 (above)!

Note— as this is an open edition prints will not be signed or numbered.

High quality digital print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag stock (matt). Illustration/Design by Build. Prints are sold unframed.

Size options available:
A1 — £95* — 594(w) x 841(h) mm.
A2 — £60* — 420(w) x 594(h) mm.
*All fees include postage & delivery to the UK only.

Orders will be accepted up until 5pm on the 15th December 2017.
To request an order, please email hello(at)studio.build with the subject: ‘ByBuild Shop Request’, telling us which print, colour way & size you’d like to order.

Please note! — Apologies to all our overseas friends, but this print run is only open to UK-based orders/deliveries.

November 22, 2017

#FriendsOfShaun — Christmas Cards

Our submission — Gremlins
All 12 Cards for Shaun

Forget Moz the Monster, do something for a good cause this Christmas and support #FriendsOfShaun!

Friends of Shaun is a group of creatives who worked with and miss Shaun Bloodworth— an amazing photographer, friend and all round good egg. Shaun passed away in 2016 after waiting for a liver that didn’t arrive in time.

For the second time the group has come together to create 12 exclusive cards based on Christmas films. All proceeds from the Christmas card sales will go to the transplant department at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

£10 per pack, with only 200 available.

Get yourself a pack here.

Full list of those involved-

David Bailey
The Designers Republic
Give Up Art
India Hobson
Jon Cannon
Nigel Barker
Pete McKee
Peter & Paul
Universal Everything


November 2, 2017

In The Making — Abu Dhabi

Exhibition Graphics by Build for 'In the Making'
In The Making — Abu Dhabi at Warehouse241
In The Making — Abu Dhabi at Warehouse241
In The Making — Abu Dhabi at Warehouse241
In The Making — Abu Dhabi at Warehouse241
In The Making — Abu Dhabi at Warehouse241

Identity and exhibition graphics for the touring leg of ‘In The Making’ by Abu Dhabi.

We were delighted to be asked to work alongside the Design Museum, Barber Osgerby and Universal Design Studio again to bring In The Making all the way to Abu Dhabi as part of the British Council’s ‘UK/UAE 2017’ Year of Creative Collaboration Program!

The exhibition will be shown at Warehouse241, Abu Dhabi from 8th November 2017 — 11th February 2018.

We designed all aspects of the branding for the show, working with the team design team at the Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation who helped out with the Arabic translations on everything from signage, caption blocks and visitor handouts. Two additional exhibits (a traditional Oud and an uncropped book) were included in the show and we produced graphics, additional signage and leaflets to sit alongside them.

Exhibition Space by Universal Design Studio
Identity/Graphic Design by Build
Arabic Design by Salama Bint Hamdan Al Nahyan Foundation
Creative Direction by Build
Photography by György Kőrössy / Graham Tooby


(1) In The Making, Dublin
(2) In The Making, London
(3) In The Making Limited Edition Book 

New work

October 20, 2017

Computer Arts — UK’s Top 50 Design Studios

Build voted no.24 in ‘The UK’s Top 50 Design Studios’

We are delighted to have been ranked no.24 in ‘The UK’s Top 50 Design Studios’ by Computer Arts! One of just six studios outside of London.

We are still getting our head around being back up north, and working with the likes of Google seems like a great validation that location doesn’t matter; doing good work is what it’s all about.

We’ve got some great projects which will be launching very soon, as well as a new website, which we can’t wait to show!

A big thank you to all of our peers who voted for us!
A big thank you to all of our clients!
A big thank you to the Build team!


October 11, 2017

Orgasm Addict Reframed

Orgasm Addict Reframed by Michael C Place

We were extremely proud to have been invited (alongside some really great designers) by Design Manchester and the legendary Malcolm Garrett to submit a personal graphic interpretation of the sleeve for Buzzcocks’ 1977 single Orgasm Addict. 

Malcolm’s brief — ‘Keep it simple. Fun. Bold. Square. Yellow and Blue.’

Referencing Malcolm’s original Buzzcocks’ work where he took what is usually something a record label would place no importance on (e.g. a catalogue number) and turn that element into the main ‘design element’, Michael (Build’s Creative Director) took the idea of the colour break-down and registration marks as the main design element. Stepping and repeating the marks are intended to reference the song.

All submissions will be exhibited throughout DM17 and will be displayed in some of Manchester’s most iconic buildings — including The Refuge at The Principal Hotel, the window of Fred Aldous, PLANT NOMA and the O2 Ritz Hotel during the Buzzcocks’ gig on 19th October in the City.

See all submissions for Orgasm Addict Reframed at DM17 here.

Michael C Place

September 27, 2017

One Year in Leeds!

Arjowiggins — Paper Wraps Stone
Leeds International Film Festival Poster
Generation Press — Litho Publication
Great Exhibition of the North Identity & design system
Nike — Track + Field ID
Nike — Jordan Breakfast Club ID
Plæy ID
Sonos— Internal Poster Campaign
Tej Chauhan — ID/Website
Stow Brothers — New Website
Timothy Saccenti — Website
Tulura — ID/Packaging
Virgin America — New City Illustrations/Animations

Today marks the day of our one year anniversary in Leeds — hip-hip-hooray!

As you may well know, we (Nicky and Michael) decided to move the studio back to the North of England in late-2015. Relocating home and work, finding a new studio space and still working on some great projects, it’s been a hectic year or so to say the least! But in September 2016 we finally settled into Tower Works, a redeveloped former steel pin factory built in the early 19th century with views of the Leeds/Liverpool canal (and three lovely resident swans) and Leeds City Centre.

The past 12 months here in Leeds have been really great. We’ve hired three members of staff, met some fantastic new people and worked on some exciting projects for new Northern clients. We were announced as lead-creatives for the UK’s biggest cultural event in 2018, the Great Exhibition of the North, started working with two local legends Colours May Vary and Plaey on new identity projects and worked with Leeds International Film Festival. Over the past year we’ve also added global names such as Google, Sonos and Arjowiggins to our client roster, as well as working with past clients such as Nike, Virgin America and Generation Press on new projects too.

We said it when we left London, but we truly believe that location does not affect or influence the calibre of brands and people we work with and we hope in the past year we have demonstrated that. We had a fantastic 15 years in London, it’s a truly amazing city – but the North of England is home, and we’re glad to be back!

Find out more about some of the work we’ve done since moving up North! —

Build Website (Coming Soon)
Colours May Vary (Coming Soon)
CRTPS (Coming Soon)
Design Museum (Coming Soon)
Engine (Coming Soon)
Leeds International Film Festival
Gary Hustwit
Generation Press
Great Exhibition of the North
Nike (Track + Field / Jordan Breakfast Club)
Sonos (Coming Soon)
Tej Chauhan
The Stow Brothers
Timothy Saccenti
Virgin America

Unlike London, the creative scene here is much smaller, there’s less design studios and people (in our experience) are extremely friendly and open, meaning there’s a real camaraderie between studios which makes it a great place to work. Leeds (and The North on a whole) is really evolving and that means there’s a lot of opportunities. You can really feel Leeds shifting from a digital city to an all-round creative one and it’s an exciting place to be in.

– – – –

When we made the decision to make the move up North we did so after a lot of discussion about the potential positives and negatives. One of those negatives was would we as a studio be able to get work once we weren’t based in London. The answer, I’m really happy to report is that we are still getting work. We obviously don’t know how much work we have missed out on due to not being in London (if any at all). The world and specifically the working world is shifting rapidly, how people perceive the workplace is changing. Technology has long enabled people to be able to communicate efficiently over long distances, meetings held remotely from people in different offices is commonplace. We have found that as long as the work you are doing is good then clients are happy to work with you regardless of location. It’s a modern world.

The design scene in the North of England is really thriving, of course there has always been great studios up here doing amazing work. More and more studios and individuals are giving up London for dare I say it…a better life? Our studio is in Leeds city centre, a really vibrant bustling city that has all the benefits that city life brings. Home is in the Wharfe Valley, 8 miles outside of Leeds in breathtaking countryside. Our (Nicky & I) work/life balance has changed immensely. We knew this would, but it was the studio side of things that we thought might be difficult. We have taken on 3 new team members, Ellie, Elena & Ethan. We’ve worked on some great projects, made some great new friends and met some amazing businesses…life in the North is definitely not grim.

—Michael C Place, Founder/Creative Director

We hope to continue forging new relationships both locally, nationally and internationally and welcome the opportunity to discuss any potential new projects or collaborations with businesses and design/creative studios.

If you are in the area and would like to pop by let us know — our door is always open :-)


September 15, 2017

Parallel Worlds @ the V&A Museum

WARNING! Contains flashing imagery!

Build founders, Nicky & Michael Place will be speaking at the V&A ’s Parallel Worlds conference on Saturday 30th September 2017.

Parallel Worlds is a day-long international conference dedicated to video game design and culture bringing together leading designers, artists, engineers and thinkers whose work is connected by the worlds we build through games and play.

Channelling their inner 90s selves, Nicky & Michael will be talking all things Wipeout — the game which fused technology, music and graphics and went on to shape the longstanding Wipeout series, as well as influencing the gaming landscape. Back in 1995, Nicky led the game development team at Psygnosis/Sony Playstation and Michael was part of the maverick design studio, The Designers Republic, the creative team behind the visuals, packaging and manual for the game.

See the full line-up for Parallel Worlds and buy a ticket now!


August 30, 2017

Tej Chauhan ID

Tej Chauhan - Numeral Set
Tej Chauhan - Website landing page
Tej Chauhan - Works overview page
Tej Chauhan - Project page

New branding work launching soon for London-based industrial designer, Tej Chauhan. We have developed a confident, strong typographic look for Tej, including a new website, print collateral, business and presentation templates.

Wallpaper* magazine had this to say about Tej and his studio — “Before setting up his eponymous practice in 2005, technological whizz-kid Tej Chauhan put in several years at Nokia, creating some of the company’s most memorable models. These days, his signature aesthetic has touched everything from kitchen tools and eyewear to televisions and door handles, making one of the most wide-ranging oeuvres around.”

Coming to our website very very soon!

Follow us here, here & here to be one of the first to see the project in full.

August 30, 2017

Stow Brothers **NEW** Website

“I never thought I would go out for a drink with an estate agent” — Michael C Place, 2013.

It’s been four years since Michael (Build’s CD) made that statement but it is something we still say to everyone when talking about the Stow Brothers. We’ve come a long way since then and we are now very happy to announce that their new website (designed by us) is now live!

Visit the new site here and see the past work we have done for the Stow Brothers herehere and here.

Design: Build

Website: TechnicWeb
Copywriting: Build

New work

August 30, 2017

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Debranded cigarette packaging by Build

We will be exhibiting at the Wellcome Collection in London at their newest exhibition, ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’, which kicks off on 7th September 2017.

The new exhibition explores the relationship between graphic design and health, considering the role of design in communicating healthcare messages through over 200 objects collected from around the world.

We will be displaying the cigarette packaging we designed specifically for ICON magazine back in 2011.

The project came about when ICON magazine asked us to respond to the Government’s decision to propose selling cigarettes in plain packaging to limit their appeal.

Lucienne Roberts and Rebecca Wright, founders of GraphicDesign& and organisers of the new exhibition, approached us last year to see if we would be interested in physically creating the cigarette packaging in response to their new exhibition. Delighted to be involved we accepted and you can now see our packaging in the flesh.

Find out more about ‘Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?’ at the Wellcome Collection.

7th Sept 2017 — 14th Jan 2018
Wellcome Collection,
183 Euston Road,

See the original article for ICON Magazine.