January, 2014

Pens and Needles exhibition: dn&co’s digital embroidery

Custhom has curated a second exhibition of tactile posters to explore the use of digital embroidery as a unique and expressive form of drawing. We were invited to submit a 2D design for them to translate through stitch or mechanical drawing onto paper, using a ‘hacked’ digital embroidery machine.

The reductive nature of the Bauhaus symbols are a constant source of inspiration for our designers whose approach is modernist and minimal. Our poster is a tribute to the work of Sol LeWitt, whose artwork explored geometric forms, in a logical, sequential and progressive way. We particularly love the happy accidents and complex optical tricks LeWitt’s line paintings produced, something that we enjoyed seeing translated to thread.

Digital embroidery 645 x 490mm. 100% polyester thread onto GFSmith Colorplan Cool Grey 250gsm. 

Exhibition runs from January 9th to January 26th at KK Outlet, 42 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB.

You can purchase our poster here.

August, 2013

dn&co poster featured in Glory Glory exhibition and book

Glory Glory was a fantastic 1-day exhibition and book of large format typographic posters based on football chants, in aid of British Blind Sport, curated by Nick Blakeman, Alex Brown and Craig Oldham. We were delighted to be asked to contribute and to be featured in the selection at the exhibition. The project was later featured in one of Creative Review's Monographs and on various online journals.

Books from the exhibition are entirely sold out!

July, 2013

dn&co poster featured in Twenty Two exhibition

We were delighted to be invited to interpret the number 'two' along with a collection of other lovely design agencies in this exhibition celebrating Two Times Elliott's fifth anniversary. Such a simple brief led to so many wonderful interpretations. Ours, shown here being screen printed (photo © Two Times Elliott), takes inspiration from 2B and 2H pencils.

See more about exhibition here. Purchase our print here.

June, 2013

dn&co awarded best independent agency

We're delighted to be recognised in two awards by the architecture & built environment industry at the PMAs as the best independent design agency, and for our placemaking website for St James's London. Shame award ceremony photos are always cheesy.

June, 2013

dn&co launches newspaper

London's newest newspaper is launched. Our first foray into the publishing world, we have become editors, art directors and reporters on the ground. The St James's Correspondent quarterly newspaper is a celebration of fashion, art, food and culture in this lovely corner of London. You can pick it up in quality retailers, hotels, offices and occasionally spot it distributed at West End tube stations.

Click here for more information on this project, visit The Correspondent website, and follow The Correspondent Editor on Twitter.

April, 2013

3 D&AD awards for dn&co

Two of our projects have scooped 3 awards at this year's D&ADs. Moorgate Exchange bags two in the Integrated Graphics and Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics categories. Our extensive work on St James's London has also been recognised in the Integrated Graphics category. The awesome photo shown here (© D&AD) is of the huge judging venue.

February, 2013

dn&co featured in two new publications

Repeat business is our favourite form of flattery, but being recognised by the stars of the design world is a very close second. We are honoured to be featured in the D&AD annual for signage and wayfinding, and that our work for 200 Aldersgate is selected in one of Victionary’s latest sold out books: Black & White, New Monochrome Graphics.

December, 2012

Ping pong merrily on high – a party

This year has seen a lot of exciting projects go through dn&co, and with it a good deal of effort. We celebrated the year in our favourite way – with cocktails and mild competition in the private room of Bounce London. Our special invitation was printed on both sides of glassine paper, giving it an interesting multiplicity when folded down to our now classic mailout A6 size.

July, 2012

A6 series 003: Olympics 2012 temporary tattoos

Summer is here and everyone is looking bronzed, some still silver and a few artificially golden: what better way to support the London 2012 games than with a rule-bending but highly-celebratory temporary tattoo, featuring London’s architectural landmarks? We will be showing our solidarity for the games and sporting our transfers with pride. Limited production run of 500. *No Olympic sponsors or dn&co employees’ arms were harmed by the production or application of the tattoos.

April, 2012

Environmental graphics D&AD award for dn&co

We are really pleased to have received a D&AD in-book award for our studio environmental graphics, against the toughest competition in the world. If you’re ever on Wigmore Street, make sure to look up and see if you can spot us. In the meantime, we’re going to celebrate! More on the award here (login required).

December, 2011

Let it snow – more fun with post its

We had such fun with post-its in our windows back in July that we decided then and there to reprise the concept with a snowy theme for the holidays. We couldn’t have known then that the weather would be this mild, but we like the sentiment anyway. Happy holidays from all at dn&co.

November, 2011

AirW1 featured in Grafik blog

It’s always a lovely compliment to be featured in the design magazines – we know how high their standards are! Our identity and production work for AirW1 has been written up on Grafik’s blog. Praise included: “an increasingly rare example of a beautifully designed corporate brochure”. The bespoke Air Deco font will feature in the hard copy magazine too. We’ll keep you posted.

October, 2011

A6 series 002: new dn&co website

A while back we decided that our mailers would always be A6, and recently we began numbering the series. So, officially number 002 is our client mailout announcing the new website. The homepage is printed onto 40gsm bible paper – so thin that it gives it a translucency and ethereal feel that gets print closer to digital. It is also an odd shape that folds in a unique way down to A6. The QR code at the bottom was a last minute inspiration.

July, 2011

dn&co celebrates 5 years

We celebrated our 5th birthday by throwing a party in the new studio and announced our age via a giant helvetica 5 made from green post-its in the windows. Click here to view a film of the making of the big 5.

July, 2011

Our new studio in the West End

We’re settled into the new studio on Wigmore Street and have made it our own with a coat of paint, wall graphics, bespoke furniture, wall-mounted bike racks and running sheets from press runs mounted to birch ply. Come by to say hello. Click here to see more photos of the studio.

January, 2011

We’ve moved

We’ve just posted our change of address cards – black screen printed onto moving box cardboard. We first noticed that dn was ‘up’ when turned over when we set out our logotype. It took 5 years to find a good use for it.

June, 2010

New corporate identity for EA Shaw

We are delighted to have created a total rebrand for London estate agency EA Shaw. The brief was to create a relevant corporate identity that showed them as both contemporary and established, and showed off their various competencies. What resulted was a graphic icon based on a door, facade, or wall – totally relevant to their business – combined with a strapline to firmly underline they have been established since 1899. Our involvement ran from concept to all print materials, template design, signage, office graphics, corporate website, and the final induction of the new brand to the entire company (shown here). To see our work, click here.

June, 2010

A6 series 001: our world cup chart

We like the World Cup in our studio, and to celebrate we have created a very dn&co World Cup Chart to help our friends and clients track the matches. It folds down to a very handy A6 size.

April, 2010

dn&co work recognised by D&AD

We are delighted that our brochure design for wells&more has been awarded D&AD in book recognition. An original mechanic was used to show the reader highly graphical content on matt stock when flipped in one direction, and beautiful high gloss architectural photography when flipped the other way. This was achieved by trimming 5mm off every other page. The back&forth concept was the ultimate manifestation of the brand concept. Click here to see the project on the D&AD website (login required).

March, 2010

dn&co's invitation for 23 Savile Row featured in book

When 23 Savile Row needed a special invitation, we delivered by proposing a unique keepsake of a portland stone brick like the building’s facade. The event had 99% attendance – who could say no to that invitation? Victionary seem to agree and have featured the invitation in their book, By Invitation Only. See more of our work for 23 Savile Row.

April, 2009

dn&co wins best UK investment campaign for Aviva project

We are delighted our investment brochure on behalf of Aviva has been selected as the UK’s best this year.

May, 2008

dn&co wins best UK offices campaign

We are delighted to have taken home the top award for UK offices at the property marketing awards this year for our wells&more campaign for GPE. The project included naming, brand identity, book and brochure design, film, marketing suites, and other livery. To see a selection of the work, click here.

November, 2007

We’re 2! Let’s go bowling

We enjoyed a night out bowling with clients and friends in the private lanes and bar at All Star Lanes to celebrate a great second year at dn&co. We produced a unique invitation for the night using three die-cut holes to hint at the evening’s activity.

September, 2006

dn&co wins bentley international marketing award

We created the brand identity, stationery, website, advertising and various brochures for Alpine Homes International when they launched as a new company. It was great to then be recognised by the Bentley International Property Awards – 5 stars for agency marketing. The photo was too funny not to post.