Rams Limited-Edition Poster

Limited-edition poster for Gary Hustwit's forthcoming documentary, Rams

Back in 2016 we were asked by the incredible Gary Hustwit to work with him on his forthcoming documentary, Rams. Fast-forward two years and our special limited-edition poster for the documentary is up for sale following a successful Kickstarter campaign by Gary!

There’s less than 100 still available of the numbered edition of 500.

The poster features outline drawings of some of Dieter Rams’ iconic work for Braun and Vitsoe.

27” x 39” offset printed on thick matte stock.

All sales will support the completion of the independent film.

Get one before they go!

Posters will be shipped w/c 2nd April 2018. Frame not included.



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Build New Website… Coming Soon!

Build new website- coming Spring '18

The countdown is officially on to the launch of our brand new website!

Much easier to use and navigate, the new website will include all of our new projects (including work you haven’t seen before)!

Big thanks to the amazing team at Engine for all of their hard work in building the new site!

We can’t wait to get it all up and running!

Build new website launch— Spring 2018.



Stow Brothers – E17 Office Refresh

Photography by Paula Smith
Photography by Paula Smith
Photography by Paula Smith
Photography by Paula Smith

Following the success of our two previous interior design projects for The Stow Brothers, we have completed a revamp of their very first office in Walthamstow.

Our director, Nicky has been working alongside the Stow Brothers and local craft-makers in the E17 community on bringing this whole project together and we are super pleased with how it has turned out!

Related Projects—

(1) E11 Interior Design 
(2) Stow Bros Branding / Interiors 
(3) Stow Bros Wetlands DM

New work



Inside ( )ut EP 1 - Front
Inside ( )ut EP 1 - Back
Inside ( )ut LP 1 - Gatefold front
Inside ( )ut LP 1 - Gatefold back
Inside ( )ut LP - Gatefold full set

New work for the new Aus Records imprint Inside Out!

A new regular series of releases, the first sees label owner Will Saul at the controls. Identity and artwork concept by Build.

With each release we ask the artist a set of questions, View, Object, Person & Memory. These then feed into the sleeve design, hopefully revealing a bit of personal insight about each artist. Each sleeve in the series will be completely different in design.

Inside Out will be released on 30th March 2018!

New work


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 open to UK residents only!


Winning answers below—>

@Sphynxcub: Great design, dogs and woods make me happy. My depression makes me sad and so does not being able to buy your bag because apparently I’m a victim of fraud and my cards have been stopped! Life is full of :-) / :-(

@rory_world: Shaking booty to new tunes :-) / Stains on new clothes :-(

Congratulations to both!


Thank you to all who got involved!

Some other answers we enjoyed are listed below—>

@krae_on: Happy when in mountains / Sad when anywhere under rainclouds

@zuzzaism: Anything can make me happy unless it’s mosquitoes. Mosquitoes don’t make me happy

@mark_kane: Good food & drink makes me happy. Late trains make me sad, especially if I’m going home.

@Paul4ndrew: I’m both happy and sad to be back home from New Zealand. Happy that I’m back in time to “possibly” win the tote bag. Sad because… not in New Zealand! Obvs!!

@nasosrop Leeds all dressed in white makes me happy!

@joannamansfield: Got my certification yesterday to say I am now an associate fellow of the HEA. I’m now qualified to teach our young designers. Happy :-)

@RedVienna: :-) My children, every day they make me smile / :-( Brexit, it is putting everybody in the poo, which stinks

@RogerT2:  The incoming beast from the east – Sad / Happy – The first shoots of daffodils in early spring

@_GumballFactory: Receiving vinyl records in the post makes me happy.

@Caroldoh1991: What makes me happy is coming home on a Friday after a hard week at work!

@mrohsee: What makes me sad is the fact I don’t have one of these bags

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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!


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!



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.


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


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!



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.


#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



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


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!



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