Graphic Design Companies of 2017: What Makes Them the Best?
by Jennifer Connell // 09.01.2018
Unveiling Graphic Design Companies in London
Many artists, clients, and critics have pondered the question of what makes for good graphic design companies. Is it creative thought, a commitment to excellence? Or is it the continuous stream of amazing thought-provoking production art which discerns the best?
We have posed this question to the internet today and the results speak for themselves.
Design Studio’s You Need to Know About
Highsnobiety. This online blog and print magazine has made waves in the fashion, art, music, and culture of the digital world. With a strong but firm influence on global sources for inspiration on fashion, sneakers, music art and lifestyle culture, their compliments carry weight. Rated by them one of the top graphic design companies in the United Kingdom:
“The human condition is such that motivation peaks and dips just like a wave, and we need both in order to function,” says Rob Gonzalez of London studio. “No peaks without dips.”
For us, the stand-out among graphic design companies London is the cover for the 2016 November issue of Computer Arts magazine. An amazing showcase for the third annual UK Design Studio ratings. The top 30, as voted for and most highly regarded by peers, is concealed beneath removable silver latex. With final rankings inside the magazine. Perhaps the perfect definition of the UK Top 30 awards ever for this graphic design company London.
“Founded in 2008 by Oliver Knight & Rory McGrath, OK-RM view design as a conversation.“ With the Fear and Love campaign, they represent a surreal landscape which draws a fine line between reality and fiction.
With brilliant and thought-provoking art direction, the studio engages collaboratively with artists, curators, editors, architects, designers, and institutions. They engage clients and associates in a process that communicates who they are and also clarifies what they are.
Recent commissions include visual identities for Manus x Machina (The Met, New York), the British Pavilion in Venice, Under the Same Sun (Guggenheim, New York). Their confluence of art and design also graces the halls of the new Design Museum in London. Aptly titled Fear and Love.
Led by the vision of Creative Directors Maxwell Osborne and DaoYi Chow and chief image Officer Hector Muelas, Commission have designed the new visual identity for the iconic New York fashion house DKNY.
From the logo to the visual spirit, Commission has re-imagined and realigned the whole brand. A dynamic shift into more creative and directional territory to create the contemporary uniform for moving forward.
Inspired by “What’s possible within these constraints”, Commission is involved with all sorts of interesting projects. With a vision that states “Good design stands at the crossroads of function and beauty. It engages, compels, and makes perfect sense. This is what we strive to give our clients at Commission” it is no wonder they stand out among graphic design companies London as the “agency to watch” by industry tastemakers.
It’s worth mentioning the prestigious Computer Arts’ annual award of the top UK design studios, as voted by their peers. Every year in the UK the Computer arts evaluate graphic design companies represented by 80 top designers, creative directors and studio founders from all across the UK in the third-annual UK Studio Rankings. The top 2 studios mentioned here. You can read further about the winners of the top 30 rankings here.
Thanks to a couple of high-profile rebrand projects, such as the Tate Museum, this studio has rocked to the top position in the popular peer’s choice of 2016. “North execute intelligent and thoughtful identities that stand the test of time, and seem to work with a considered creative conscience,” said one panelist. “Consistently on top of their game, creating pure-design that’s beautifully crafted,” said another.
Well established among other graphic design companies London, North was founded in 1995 and is situated in Clerkenwell, Central London. They have a staff compliment totaling 15 people.
“Unfaltering. Unbeatable. Unquestionable” is how our panel described Made Thought. It’s little surprise, then, that the studio remains in the top three after topping the list last year. Founded in 2000, with a staff complement of 25 this agency is situated in Fitzrovia, Central Londo. They have definitely made ripples in the creative advertising market. When asked by the magazine what their 016 highlights were the reply came immediately and proud. “We’ve spent nearly two years working on Stella McCartney’s new fragrance Pop, with packaging and POS, which was released in early summer. We’ve been exploring more green screen and CG techniques on the film and campaign work for Adidas StellaSport. Earlier in the year, we worked on Greenwich Peninsula’s Paper World in both a digital and physical manifestation, and explored new ideas on how to sell a new district and neighbourhood in London.” ~ Director Ben Parker
Although we mention a few select graphic design companies in the UK, there are many more agencies worthy of mention out there. As with everything, excellence and design are interchangeable concepts with modern creatives marrying different elements fluently in the language of art.
As David McFarline, one of the two Creative Directors of Commission points out, the fundamental difference between art and design is simple: constraints. “I don’t think we, as designers, could work without them. Art, on the other hand, should be free to be anything.”