2016 has been an immense challenge for everybody: a year when politics went truly silly and quite a few of our cultural heroes almost prophetically left the planet: David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, Victoria Wood, Gene Wilder… there can’t be anyone who didn’t lose someone they didn’t literally know but still felt like they’d experienced a loss. We won’t even start to discuss world events as we may say something we regret, but…
To paraphrase one of our thankfully still-living heroes, Neil Gaiman, there has never been a better time to ‘make good art.’ We celebrate the wonderful creative people we worked together with to create our own art and commerce in 2016, and look forward to a hugely promising 2017.
Here are some of the highlights of our working year…
Since our bold rebrand in 2015, One&Other magazine has been a true labour of love for us, serving as a showcase for the gathered talent of the city of York, from both current and former residents. The two issues we put out this year could not be more creatively different, from the sherbet-coloured Rebel Rebel Issue in May, made in memory of one of Earth’s Greatest Heroes(TM) David Bowie. The issue featured a cinematic road trip for our fashion shoot, in which two teens go on the run with a gun and a cool car.
Then in October we launched our winter edition The Outsider Issue, a nod to the French New Wave with its black and white photography, mondo graphic design colours and a spirit that celebrates those who operate outside the recognised fringes of society. The fashion shoot this time was a stark homage to odd beauty and simple chic.
We really got the chance to flex our cinematic muscles, working on such diverse film projects such as The Art Market on a documentary series meeting some of their artists, and at the completely opposite end of the filming spectrum with Hallowscream on a short horror film and series of promotions for their annual screamfest event.
We have worked with some excellent business and creative folk to produce a wide range of eyecatching design work, and two notable projects that we loved were with Dog & Bone Vintage on the design of their new city centre shop, and with vibrant band Patch & The Giant on the artwork for their first studio album with Absolute via Universal.
DOG & BONE VINTAGE
Working with our head designer, we created a series of iconic fonts and logos to Dog & Bone Vintage Nic Barker’s stylish specifications, complete with instore neon sign. We backed this up with a colourful launch day complete with vintage car and striking promotional material.
The London-based folk/anti-folk band wowed us recently at the York gig we hosted for their EP launch, and in 2017 Patch are back with their first studio album ‘All That We Had, We Stole,’ a jarring, arresting debut for which we were very honoured to create the CD artwork.
FILMYORK: THE YORK FILM OFFICE
Set up to recognise and support the burgeoning filmmaking scene in York, FilmYork.org launched in May with Mad As Birds Films a mission to create a database of local talent both in front of and behind the camera. Going into 2017, FilmYork aims to promote the region internationally, bringing the film industry to the city and nurturing existing talent with its walls.
THE CITY AT LARGE
We got the chance to become involved in various ways with York’s vast range of cultural events: with York Minster we glimpsed behind the scenes of the historical Mystery Plays; we got exclusive video sneak peeks at both of York’s glorious pantomimes as well as York Theatre Royal’s ingenious Sherlock Holmes production; we made a special Metropolis-themed rabbit for the Illuminating York citywide bunny trail; we created our first immersive art installation at The Art Market for musician Hwyl Nofio…
…and towards the end of the year we threw a magazine launch party in the old fire station, which will soon be knocked down: to be able to enjoy the historic building while it lasted made us very grateful… and feel a bit like Ghostbusters, we admit it.
So for us, 2016 was challenging but also amazing. None of us can predict what 2017 will bring, save to say we’ve already lined up a phenomenal series of projects throughout the year: it’s going to be a big one.
We thank everyone who’s worked with us this year and continues to support us: you are all what makes us who we are and continue to inspire us. Have a wonderful festive season and we’ll see you in 2017.
Team O&O x