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A 2019 wrap up

18 Dec 2019

We thought it would be a nice idea to pick a few projects that have either been a little out of the ordinary or have just been memorable for us over the last 12 months. As you may expect, it's an eclectic selection, but that's what keeps our weeks, months and years from getting repetitive.
 

Enjoy the round-up and we hope you have a lovely Christmas and Happy New Year. 

 

Emma's three from 2019

 

Osborne & Osborne

Mother and daughter team Fran and Rachael Osborne approached us to help them create a logo for their collaborative studio venture which opened in Portscatho, just down the road from us, earlier this year.
Fran, a ceramicist and Rachael, a metalsmith, wanted a logo that reflected the quality, style and simplicity of their designs. The elegant typeface with its imperfect edges and gold foil treatment give the brand a luxe feel whilst the ampersand and tight leading of the text give it a reflective quality that suggests togetherness. They were delighted with the result (and so were we).

 

 

Friends of Pendower

Pendower beach is one of our absolute favourite places. Just a few miles down the road from the studio, it’s our go-to place for an early morning swim in the summer or a break from the screen and a good old stomp across the sand. If you follow us on Instagram you’ll know we photograph it a lot! It’s a special place. There have been plans to re-develop the old pink hotel on the beach for many years but so far plans have been rejected. New plans include the development of 25 houses for sale which would completely change the landscape of Pendower forever - not to mention have potentially disastrous environmental consequences. And so when local action group Friends of Pendower got in touch to ask for help to produce a leaflet and website to help raise awareness of the proposed plans and to encourage local residents and those further afield to get involved - we were, of course, delighted to be a part of it. We even made a little film for their website to show how beautiful and unspoiled it really is - those blue skies and sparkly seas are a distant memory as I write this on a wet blustery December day!

 

 

 

Cornico Coffee

 

We have worked with Cornico Coffee since we started Design Room in 2010 and they have been through quite a transformation this year alone! Their background is in traditional rich roast Italian coffee but opening their very own roastery this year near Wadebridge has enabled them to experiment with roasts and blends to develop their own signature styles. We have worked with them to refresh their brand, moving away from the strong red that is often associated with Italian brands and adopting a lovely teal blue. We have developed packaging for a whole new range of products and we will be launching their shiny new e-commerce site in the new year.

 

 


 

Sal's three from 2019

 

It's really tough picking just three, it's been such an interesting, varied year, from trips down mines to royal visits, wine shop openings and of course a few feast nights at the Hidden Hut. However, I think these three illustrate why I love the medium of photography so much and the experiences that open up because of it.

 

South Crofty Mine / Cornwall Trade & Investment 

South Crofty looms large over the Pool landscape, I've driven past it countless times but never did I think I'd go down it. This commission for Cornwall TI took us way underground and whilst it was somewhat challenging from a photographic point of view, it was an experience that will stay with me for a long time, from the orange mud and water underfoot, to the absolute blackness, it was a fascinating place to be.

 

 

Da Bara Bakery

I photographed the range of products for Da Bara Bakery in the car park of an industrial estate, behind a shipping container on one of the coldest mornings of last winter. The light was beautiful though which is what matters. We also designed their promotional brochure for them which was kept fairly minimal, letting the imagery speak for itself. 

 

 

 

 

The Brave & Beautiful Breast Cancer Awareness Calendar

An amazing project to be involved in, taking portraits of breast cancer survivors around Cornwall and over on the Isles of Scilly for a calendar that is raising funds for the Mermaid Centre at Treliske and other breast cancer charities in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. You can read more about this project on a previous blog post

 

 

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Royal Visit to Cornwall

08 Aug 2019

It's not every day that you get asked to photograph a royal visit, so when local councillor James Mustoe asked me to photograph Charles and Camilla on their visit to Mevagissey, I thought it sounded like it might be an interesting experience. It was the Royal couple's first port of call on their three-day visit to Cornwall. I'll admit to being a little nervous, it's easy to let the sense of occasion get the better of you, the village was absolutely buzzing about the impending visit. I also felt a sense of responsibility in recording this event as for the local community and Mevagissey Museum, in other words, I wanted to get it right! 

I had access along with a small bundle of press photographers and was accompanied by Clarence House throughout who gently guided us so we were one step ahead of Charles and Camilla, close enough for decent images whilst never getting in the way. The weather was perfect, big blue skies and bright sun, although this brought problems of its own in the form of hard shadows and some tricky exposures (I know, I know, never happy).

 

Stepping back for a little perspective on this kind of event, it must be odd to have a pack photographers recording your every move, when even eating ice cream becomes a big deal. I know they're used to it, but still, I can't help but find it all very strange. But aside from that, I enjoyed the experience and I'd like to thanks James for the opportunity

 

~ Sal

 

Above: Charles and Camilla had a very warm welcome in Mevagissey

 

Above: Charles meeting Mike Roberts, chairman of the local parish council. Also pictured, Chief Constable Shaun Sawyer and Chief Executive of Cornwall Council, Kate Kennally.

 

Above: Local fisherman Rodney Ingram demonstrating his net-mending skills.

 

Above: Camilla visited She Sells for ice cream - she chose vanilla, of course.

 

Above: Charles, yarning with the locals on the quay. 

 

Above: There was a lot of excitement from Mevagissey Primary School. pupils.

 

Above: Camilla with Lord Lieutenant of Cornwall, Edward Bolitho

 

Above: Cheerio Charlie.

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