David writes: "Whilst these days our work is distinctly multi-media, graphic design for print will always be my favourite expression of the art".
The basis of my training was typography and the disciplines of clarity and 'readability' will always be the major influencing factor in our work.
Many years ago the first studio in which I worked had a short poem pinned up on the wall which emcompassed pretty well everything I have subseqently learned to appreciate – regardless of whether it's in print or on the Web – I've even referred to it when teaching. I've always known its title as 'Type, said the Foreman…’ and you can read it here. I'd like to be able to credit the author but I've never been able to find out who he was!
Over the years I've undertaken commissions which cover just about every application required of a Graphic Designer, from corporate image development and logos to newsletters, to newspaper and magazine advertisements, brochures, reports, programmes, posters, leaflets, business stationery and, more recently, books and book jackets. It's been suggested that it might be easier if we told people what we don't do as, when it comes to graphics, I struggle to think of much that hasn't been across my drawing-board, or more recently appeared on my screen at one time or another!
We have extensive contacts in the print, publishing, signage and exhibition industries and we offer managed production services using a choice of reliable and cost-effective suppliers. Managed printing services are offered on the basis of introduction and direct billing – we do not sub-contract and then add mark-ups to suppliers' charges.
Where possible our policy is to support local suppliers in south-east Wales.