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.

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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 :-)



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!



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.


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


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.



Colours May Vary ID

Super graphics! — Temporary signage for CMV

We’re delighted to announce that we will be working with Colours May Vary on their new identity!

Colours May Vary is a fantastic creative book/lifestyle store and events space in Leeds run by two legends and lovely people — Becky & Andy!

We’ve only just started working on the identity, which we will show on our website later on in the year. But in the meantime the duo needed a temporary banner for outside of their store, so we decided to announce our collaboration in a massive way!

We hope you like it & stay tuned for the full project soon.


Plæy + Typeface + Icons

Plæy Icons — Expressions
Plæy — Custom Typeface

New work — (Typeface and expressive icons) for the talented furniture designer/maker Plæy [Matt Kelly].

We’ve been working with Matt developing his branding based on his ethos of playful, simple and modular projects and products.

Full project will be live on our website soon. In the meantime please check out Matt’s furniture work on Instagram here.

See more brand identity work for Plæy, here.


Paper Wraps Stone

Paper Wraps Stone slipcase + notebook
Paper Wraps Stone notebook spread detail
Paper Wraps Stone notebook spread detail


Created by the (dream) team:

Design: Build
Print production: Generation Press
Typeface: Corey Holms



To mark the launch of Paper Wraps Stone we’re giving away 5 copies!

To be in with a chance of winning a notebook share this blog post on Twitter quoting #Arjo_PaperWrapsStone and @wearebuild – you’ll also need to tell us briefly why you should win a copy.

Make sure you tweet before the 4th August and we will announce the 5 winners on 7th August.

View Paper Wraps Stone on our site here.

New work


#GetNorth in 2018!

Great Exhibition of The North logo by Build
Great Exhibition of The North logo lock ups by Build
Great Exhibition of The North identity system by Build
Great Exhibition of The North logo sting by Build

Did someone let the cat out of the bag…?

We’ve been keeping tight-lipped over the past few months but we can now reveal that we have been commissioned to create the brand identity for the UK’s biggest cultural event in 2018, the Great Exhibition of the North!

Since the start of the year we have been working alongside the brilliant team at the Newcastle Gateshead Initiative (NGI) to create an exciting and inclusive brand identity for the Great Exhibition of the North – the first event in the North of England of its size to celebrate the amazing art, culture, design and innovation in the region.

Since Michael and Nicky relocated the studio back (home) to Yorkshire last year, we have made it our mission, wherever possible to promote design, specifically graphic design, in the region. Being involved in such a prestigious event is something that we are extremely excited about and we hope we have created an identity that Northerners are proud of.

Opening next year on 22nd June 2018 for a 10 week period in NewcastleGateshead, The Great Exhibition of the North will celebrate the North of England as a powerhouse in the arts, design and innovative industries through a range of indoors and outdoor events. It will introduce three walking routes to NewcastleGateshead which will focus on arts, design and innovation that are inspired by a major exhibition hub at the Great Northern Museum: Hancock. Other important elements of the exhibition will include an opening and closing event, an entertaining and informative summer camp for families at Exhibition Park, and a Business Expo bringing together leading lights of Northern enterprise.

Throughout the next year we will be working alongside Northumberland creative agency Twentyseven, who have also been commissioned by NGI to create the campaign messaging for the exhibition. Together we will be encouraging everyone to #GetNorth in 2018 to see why we love our region so much.

The full project will be live on our website soon…

In the meantime, follow the Great Exhibition of the North here, here and here to keep up to date with news + events.


60 years of…

60th Anniversary Helvetica Typeface poster by Build


We were invited by the nice guys at Husmee to design a poster to celebrate the Helvetica typeface on its 60th anniversary.
Other studios involved include: Spin, BVD, Hey Studio and Husmee.

See them all here.



Brand Build(ing).

Save the date!

We will be holding a workshop at Torino Graphic Days 2017 on Saturday October 14th.

We haven’t really had a brand identity for the last few years so we have decided to invite students and designers to re-brand Build! We are looking to see your ideas on how you would approach this hypothetical design brief – you could put forward a simple logo or a piece of type, both or neither it’s completely up to you.

Come along with an open mind and do a little research before the workshop about our studio, our work and us – the people behind Build! All you need is a voice, brain, pen (or pencil), sketchbook, a computer and a point of view.

Tickets are now on sale.

If you can’t make the workshop but would still like to see us whilst we are in Torino, we will be holding a talk alongside Grilli Type on Sunday 15th October. Tickets will be on sale on the festival website soon. Sign up to their newsletter to keep updated.


Torino Graphic Days

12th – 15th October 2017

@ Toolbox Coworking

Via Agostino da Montefelto, 2
10134 Torino, Italy


Build Summer Internship

Attention All Graphic Design Graduates!

We are looking for an excellent, bright graphic design intern/graduate to work with us in our central Leeds studio for a 3-month period starting early June.

If you have a love of all things design, are looking for a challenge and aren’t afraid of getting stuck in we’d love to hear from you. You must have a good knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite.

We like balanced, nice people, not too-cool-for-school heads. Nervous types welcome.

If you are interested, please send a PDF portfolio of your work, which is no bigger than 5MB to folios [at] studio [dot] build with the subject ‘Build Summer Internship’ before 23rd May 2017. Also please tell us in a few words why you’d like to work with us this summer.

Interviews will be held on May 30th-31st & June 1st (Please note in your application if there are any dates you are not available during this time).

We are looking for people who are able to work with us 5 days a week, (or exceptional circumstances, 4) – and can get to Leeds easily- please don’t apply if you can’t.



CR Annual 2017

Build print for the 100th year anniversary of Johnston Typeface

Transport for London’s print series celebrating 100 years of the Johnston typeface has been included in the Creative Review Annual 2017.

We were approached by TFL last year as one of just 11 studios asked to design a print to celebrate the iconic sans serif typeface designed by Edward Johnston under the creative direction of Frank Pick. The face was revolutionary in unifying the visual output of the London Underground.

The print was produced as an exclusive and limited edition, alongside a poster version. The series launched at Clerkenwell Design Week in May 2016 and was also displayed at last year’s designjunction event.

A big thanks to Creative Review for covering the Johnston Typeface anniversary print series in The Annual – an awards scheme that aims to highlight stand-out work from around the world.

See the full article on Creative Review now.



Win a copy of the GP Litho Process Tool!


Earlier this year we were thrilled to announce that we had been working with our good friends, Generation Press on a series of publications to celebrate their in-house print processes.

The first publication to be released in the series was the Litho Process Tool, which showcases what the fourth generation at the company has built around the foundation of a process that is still at the core of the printing industry.

If you haven’t managed to get your hands on the publication yet, we’re giving away three copies!

To be in with a chance of winning, please answer the following question:

What is Litho short for?

All answers should be sent to: hello [at] studio [dot] build using ‘Build Litho Competition’ as your subject title. Please send your answers to us by Thursday 4th May 2017 and we will announce the winner on Friday 5th May 2017.



The Stow Brothers – E11 Office Fit-Out

Photography by Carmel King
Photography by Carmel King
Photography by Carmel King
Photography by Paula Smith
Photography by Paula Smith

Back in 2013, we designed the identity and interior for our favourite estate agent, The Stow Brothers. Four years later and they approached us again to design the fit-out of their second office in Wanstead, headed up by our co-founder, Nicky Place.

Featuring tons of plants and a wealth of local talent, Nicky wanted to create a new sophisticated feel for The Stow Brothers second office. It took a lot of time and involvement from every member of our team, but we are so pleased with the final result!

To read more about Nicky’s interior project, see her interview with Grafik Mag.

New work


Tulura ID & Packaging Design

Tulura Logotype
Tulura - Duo Packaging
Tulura - Duo Packaging
Tulura - Duo Label Design
Tulura - Duo Packaging

New work for Tulura, an organic skincare brand from New York.

Created by Eileen Feighny, a former professional model brought up in Korea, Tulura’s whole culture, formulations and positions are centered around her research, skincare education and personal belief of being kind to yourself, others and the planet.

As part of the on-going brand identity work, Build has also worked closely with Fred [Eileen’s Business Partner] on the packaging experience for Tulura’s debut Spring/Summer program, ‘The Duo’ which launches online on April 1st – initially delivering to just the US only.

The luxury two-step moisturizing program includes a powerful vitamin peptide serum as well as a seasonal blend of botanical oils using only functional ingredients – meaning no fillers, fragrances, synthetic emulsifiers and preservatives are added to the products.

See the full project on our site here.

To find out more about Tulura, please visit: www.tulura.com.

New work