100 years of Graphic Design: Kemistry @ Protein Gallery

Back in November I posted about the Kickstarter campaign to ‘Keep Kemistry Alive’. I pledged £25 to support and enable Kemistry Gallery to celebrate 100 years of Graphic Design with an exhibition. As part of my Kickstarter reward, last night I attended the Private View as a ‘VIP’ with Sara as my plus 1.

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When we arrived at Protein there was already a bit of a queue – eager beavers! We peered through the windows for a sneak peek because we couldn’t wait to get in and see everything up close, and luckily we didn’t have to wait long…

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I don’t want to spoil the exhibition for you guys because I think you should all go and visit, but I’ve included some general shots and a few of my favourite pieces. Here’s Sara admiring the beautiful signed Malika Favre poster from the 2015 BAFTAs.

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We spotted Anthony Burrill’s poster which I remember hearing him talk about at St. Brides Library in 2012 – his famous phrase with a new Mexican twist: Work hard & be nice to people vs. Work hard & be cool with the people!

We were pretty impressed with this amazing heart shaped hand painted tube map of New York by Zero per zero.

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In the glass case we found some Abram Games development work, The Doves type (which has been big in the news recently – amazing story so check it out if you don’t know about it) and some letters from the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool.

Hw could you not like this James Joyce rainbow:

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The guys from Park Communications, who printed the exhibition catalogue, were on hand with some of their lovely printed books & magazines. Sara & I had a flick through the Ted Baker lookbook, the It’s Nice That book(which has blue edging – ohhhh it’s beautiful!) and the Kemistry catalogue but I decided that Jack would probably kill me if I bought another book home… ha But it looked really good!

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By this point the room had filled up, was feeling pretty warm and buzzing with people. There was a speech from one of the Kemistry guys (I can’t be sure which because I didn’t catch his name, oops) and a toast to the future of Kemistry!

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I really recommend that if you’re in London, you go to see the exhibition! There are some amazing pieces on display – get up close and personal with the map (you’ll see what I mean when you walk in). I’m really glad that I backed Kemistry on Kickstarter and am able to support the future of Graphic Design exhibitions. Thanks for a lovely evening Kemistry & Protein.

100 years of Graphic Design is now open at Protein in Shoreditch from tomorrow (7th) until the 15th March – for opening hours check the website. Kemistry are holding 3 talks next week to support the exhibition and I think they are sold out now, but lucky you if you’re going ha (I didn’t get a ticket – boo).

Let me know if you go to see the exhibition and which, if you can choose, is your favourite piece.

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