Fri 12 Jun 2015 (0) comments

Peace, pomegranates & packaging: The story behind our Plant for Peace logo

We’re very proud to have created the logo and brand identity for Plant for Peace recently. You can see it in all its glory featured on their range of mulberry & pomegranate peace bars, now on sale in all Holland & Barrett stores and the larger Waitrose supermarkets.

Plant for Peace has an interesting story, so I thought you might be interested. You can also read this rather splendid article in Digital Arts too.

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Fri 5 Jun 2015 (0) comments

The design freestyler

We’ve been lucky enough to have had a young designer called Michael Hindle work with us recently. He is in his third year at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston and was on work placement with us for three months.

It’s funny what you find out in the pub. We were chatting over a pint one day (hey, it was Friday and sunny) and it turns out Michael is one of the best Football Freestylers in the country, but decidedly humble about the fact.

For those who don’t know, Freestyle Football is a ball-based gymnastic artform – it’s about performing insane tricks with a football with all parts of your body. It needs immense dedication, incredible dexterity and a highly creative mind.

We were so interested about his hobby (which almost became his job), we got him to write a blog about it. Continue…

Tue 12 May 2015 (0) comments

A passion for paper

I love paper. Its versatility, texture, colours and potential. So can you imagine how I felt when I found out that Arjowiggins were hosting a pop-up at the Truman Brewery? Excited doesn’t cover it. Continue…

Wed 25 Feb 2015 (0) comments

The story of the Demi-John

We do a lot of research (really, it’s a lot!) when we start any new project. It’s the only real way of finding out everything we could possibly need to know or be inspired by before putting pen to paper or design mouse to computer. And over the years, we’ve discovered a lot of fascinating information – and it often seems a shame that some of this epic research goodness is left on the cutting room floor.

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Thu 8 Jan 2015 (0) comments

Guy Walks Into An Advertising Agency (Mad Men episode title)

Daunted. Excited. Nervous. Unsure. These are just a handful of emotions I felt as I arrived at Purple Creative, 117 Farringdon Road, London. I was about to embark on an idea I had conjured up around my 19th birthday, working as a copywriter in advertising.  Whether it was my addiction to Mad Men, or just pure naivety, I believed I could be successful in this industry, and now I had an opportunity to get a real taste of advertising life. As I walked through the doors for a two week placement, I can honestly say I was bricking it… Continue…

Mon 6 Oct 2014 (0) comments

Vertigo & volcanoes: when Purple Project Managers go rogue

Travel has always been something I’ve loved. From holidays with my family, to inter-railing around Eastern Europe with friends and a ‘World Challenge’ in Cambodia and Thailand, I’m very lucky that it’s played a part in my up-bringing. Luckier still, I’ve been able to continue visiting new places in my adult life – work has even given me the opportunity to visit clients in Scotland, France and the Czech Republic. But, I’d never satisfied a long-growing urge to take a travel break that would allow me to see different corners of the world all in one thrilling hit.

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Fri 15 Aug 2014 (0) comments

Making zombies: a music video

Our multi-talented Marc Crane (see previous graphic novel blog) has just made his first ever music video with new band Muertos. But, as you would expect, it’s not just any music video. Oh no. His music video involves severed limbs, lots of spurting blood and an army of grave-dodging, tendon-tearing, neck-nibbling zombies.

Here’s Marc’s write-up about the band, the shoot and his tips on making fake blood. When you watch the video, look out for Marc’s cameo as a picnicker who comes to a grisly end. Continue…

Tue 29 Jul 2014 (1) comment

Flavoured Scotch. Aberration or innovation?

With the launch of Ballantine’s Brasil, Bushmills Irish Honey, Fireball, Jim Beam Red Stag and others, we’ve been talking about flavoured Scotch a lot recently. And blimey, who knew that people would have such strong opinions about it?

It turns out there are two schools of thought in the Purple studio – one firmly in the ‘why are they messing with Scotch’ camp; while the other is in the ‘it’s the future of a traditional drink’ camp. Here, Gary Westlake, our Creative Director on the Glenfiddich Single Malt Scotch Whisky account argues his purist corner, while Steve Bewick, our Creative Director on the Grant’s Blended Scotch Whisky account, argues next generation innovation. Continue…

Thu 17 Jul 2014 (0) comments

The People of Purple Interviews: Sam Hewett

Welcome to our series of chats with the highly creative and passionate people of Purple. This month Sam Hewett talks to us about working for barristers, Glastonbury and being a social media stalker. Continue…

Tue 8 Jul 2014 (0) comments

Hard craft: creating the Pilsner Urquell Global Workshop

We’ve been organising a Global Workshop for Pilsner Urquell this month, everything from choosing the location and dressing the room to getting creative with the agenda and finding new ways to engage and involve the global audience. Continue…