Macroy Eccleston Smith, the director and founder of the vibrant Print Isn’t Dead magazine which is perceived to be a showcase of outstanding illustration and design work demonstrating and pursuing the boundaries of print in all forms.
People of Print is a daily source of inspiration for creatives who use print in their work. It is also a global community of artisans whose clients include V&A Museum, Levi’s and Pick Me Up along with other charities.
Now as someone who adores print – especially print in more forms than one, my ears definitely perked up during this talk. The companies online has been thriving since its birth in 2008, and serves as a library showing various designers, printer and illustrators, all who create work with ‘the purpose of educating and inspiring’ others. People of Print magazine which they self-publish followed later on in May 2013.
The growing success of the company however cannot be accredited to Macroy alone, the company have a solid group of printmakers, illustrators, graphic designers, art directors, developers and project managers that are housed not only in their London office but around the world as well. All of which he is very proud of.
For those who may be lost and without direction in their print journeys fear not; you’ll be pleased to know they have a consultation service for those in need of advice or assistance in bespoke screen prints for t-shirts and art prints alike.
All in all they’ve managed to create a vibrant and colourful community of creatives that work alongside brands, other companies and institutions to promote, network and put on events. All of this gives them a wealth of knowledge and for the work Smith showed us in his presentation along with the work on their website they definitely know what they’re doing.
After his talk there was a question and answer session supported by a free bag incentive to those brave enough to throw out challenging questions. He had me at free bag which I now wear with pride. All in all it was a good industry talk, I learnt quite a bit about the skill behind the art form though quite a few technical terms flew over my head on occasion.
Feel free to check out their website: http://www.peopleofprint.com/
This talk was delivered at the University of Bedfordshire