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.



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…


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.



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.



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:



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!


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!



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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