Misty Water Coloured Mondays:
Posted 21/05/2018

A double cover from the 2012 Creative Review Photography Annual, featuring shots by Tim Flach and Nadav Kander.
Posted 09/05/2018

The cover of this year's Creative Review Annual, featuring the best creative work of the year. Photography by Andrew Myers.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 30/04/2018

Seven years ago this month digital craftsman Alex Trochut made us this beautiful piece of type for the Creative Review 'Logos' issue, inspired by the Franco Grignani's Woolmark logo. Design by StudioPensom. Lettering by Alex Trochut.
Friday File
Posted 27/04/2018

Flicking through the lovely 5054 mag recently reminded me of another car mag and one of the best launches of the last decade: Intersection. Top notch design and art direction from Yorgo Tloupas, with some great detailing and and an innovative approach to graphics. All that and a stellar contributor list. Words by Douglas Coupland, pictures by Harri Peccinotti anyone? Launch issue pictured, 2006
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 25/04/2018

Here is a sneak preview of our latest editorial work: issue 2 of the BE journal, for the Built Environment Trust. The Wellbeing Issue.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 23/04/2018

Photograph by Christopher Griffith showing a shoeshiner's rag from the cover of The CR Photography Annual 2015. Design of the annual by StudioPensom.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 11/04/2018

We commissioned these lovely babies from the fantastic Rob Bailey of Outline Artists. Alas they weren't used, but we think they deserve to be shown.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 04/04/2018

'The Ring', Droitwich Canal's art trail, commissioned from Divya Scialo by StudioPensom for the forthcoming issue of The Canal & River Trust's Waterfront magazine.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 28/03/2018

Writer, comedian & broadcaster Robin Ince, commissioned from Alvaro Hidalgo by StudioPensom for the forthcoming issue of The Canal & River Trust's Waterfront magazine.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 26/03/2018

A beautiful Creative Review cover from March 2009, printed in spot Pantone gold. Illustration by Emily Forgot. Design by StudioPensom.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 21/03/2018

A sneak preview from the forthcoming issue of Waterfront magazine. Illustration by Dan Williams. Design by StudioPensom.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 19/03/2018

FACT:28. October/November 2008. Illustration by Paul Willoughby. Design by StudioPensom / Them
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 14/03/2018

We have been designing The Canal & River Trust's Waterfront magazine for Smoke Creatives for three years now. It's a great title to work on and very popular with the Trust's members. This is an image we commissioned recently by the wonderful James Boast.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 12/03/2018

This was one of my earliest covers for Creative Review, and one of my favourites from that period. It was published in 2008 and featured a montage by Peepshow's Miles Donovan of red and green spot inks on matte cover stock which overprinted to make the brown areas. The cover stars were the creative faces of the future, including Kate Moross, Roel Wouters and David O'Reilly to name but a few.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 07/03/2018

We designed this logo for the Welcome To The Underworld exhibition, on now at The Building Centre, London
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 21/02/2018

A sneak preview of Creative Review's February/March cover, The Humour Issue, designed by StudioPensom. Illustration by Pate on toast.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 14/02/2018

Joe Rampley created these peaceful illustrations for the Canal & River Trust, commissioned by StudioPensom for Smoke Creatives.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 07/02/2018

We designed this font inspired by wood joints for The Timber Transformer exhibition held at The Building Centre.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 05/02/2018

Florence + The Machine. StudioPensom designed three 12 inch records. Available to buy from The Vinyl Factory.
Misty Coloured Mondays
Posted 29/01/2018

Camp Bestival 2001 programme designed by us. Primal Scream were the closing act!
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 22/01/2018

Mutineers is the tenth studio album by English singer-songwriter David Gray, released on 17 June 2014. Design by StudioPensom. Photography by David Gray.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 15/01/2018

Amnesty International Booklet. Design by 'us' and Them. 2003.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 10/01/2018

We have just designed this 12" vinyl cover for the artist Eddie Peake entitled TO CORPSE. Photography by Pawel Ptak and Published by The Vinyl Factory.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 09/01/2018

Spreads and covers from Taxi, a reimagining of the stock catalogue as magazine for @GettyImages. Design by us and @designbythem, 2002.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 06/12/2017

Sneak peek of the new @CreativeReview Photography Annual cover. Photography by the fantastic Viviane Sassen, represented by @wefolk.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 04/12/2017

CreativeReview Promotional cards, 2008. By Peepshow (@PeepshowCOLL) and Craig Oldham (@officeOfCraig). Design by StudioPensom.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 22/11/2017

This is a cover of Canal & River Trust's Waterfront issue 6. Designed by us for Smoke Creatives Illustration by Ed Tuckwell.
Misty Watered Coloured Mondays
Posted 20/11/2017

FACT:02. Autumn 2003. Illustration by Miles Donovan (@PeepshowCOLL). Design by StudioPensom & Them (@Team_ThemDesign). Published by The Vinyl Factory (@TheVinylFactory)
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 15/11/2017

BE magazine #1 for The Built Environment Trust. Creative Director: Lewis Blackwell. Editor: John O'Reilly. Design: StudioPensom.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 13/11/2017

Mi Senti LP by Roisin Murphy. This project involved close creative collaboration with Murphy, resulting in the creation of a graphic typeface by StudioPensom, which was then turned into a large scale model by set builder Rachel Thomas and photographed by Jenny Van Sommers. Portrait photography by Ami Barwell.
Posted 10/11/2017

A selection of highly recommended typography books.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 08/11/2017

Making Wellbeing: From Birth To Death. Exhibition at The Building Centre, London. Client: The Built Environment Trust.
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 01/11/2017

Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 30/10/2017

3D & The Art of Massive Attack. A 400-page monograph of the work of Robert Del Naja, aka 3D, housed in a 12-inch screenprinted cardboard box, complete with etched record and glitter screenprints. Limited to 350 copies. Design by StudioPensom, Stephen Petch & Robert Del Naja, 2015.
Funtime Fridays
Posted 27/10/2017

" Like is not a big enough word"
Del Griffith, Planes, Trains & Automobiles

1: Hunters Of Heaven. Harumi
2: Planet Caravan. Black Sabbath
3: Get Thy Bearings. Donovan 4: Flight Two. Angelo & Eighteen
5: Why. Tomorrow
New Work Wednesdays
Posted 25/10/2017

Pages from the Camp Bestival Guide 2017, featuring illustrations by Rob Pybus. Design by StudioPensom.
Misty Water Coloured Mondays
Posted 23/10/2017

Creative Review cover November 2016. Collage illustration of style maven Patrick Grant, founder of the Community Clothing initiative, by the fantastic James Dawe. Design by StudioPensom.
Our Top Five Whiskies
Posted 19/10/2017

New Work Wednesdays
Posted 18/10/2017

Pages from the forthcoming issue of Creative Review, featuring Resh Sidhu, Tom Gauld and illustrations from Dan Williams.
From the archive
Posted 17/10/2017

This was one of our favourite projects from recent years. We helped bring to life some of Kim's SF ideas in this series of eerie planetscapes. Bonus point if anyone recognises who is casting the mysterious shadow on Open The House!

Top: It's All About You. Kim Ann Foxman. Firehouse records 2014. Bottom: Open The House 12-inch. Kim Ann Foxman. Firehouse records 2015. Copyright The Vinyl Factory.
New Work Update
Posted 13/10/2017

We have just completed a new magazine for the charity VSO (Voluntary Service Organisation).

Kin will be available quarterly for VSO members. Cover photography is by Alexia Webste, and Illustrations shown here are by Laura Cattaneo. Thanks to Smoke Creatives and StudioMM.
Graphic Design Intern Required
Posted 08/05/2017

StudioPensom is moving to a larger space and so we are looking for a Graphic Design intern for a three month period.

We are a very small team, so there'll be a real opportunity to get involved with some live projects, ranging from editorial to music design and whatever else we have on.

You will need to know your way around Adobe Creative Suite and have a decent grasp of design history. The rest can be picked up along the way, although some basic web experience would be useful.

Send your CV and a PDF of recent work to no later than 17/05/2017 please.
Massive Attack box set
Posted 01/10/2014

We finally got hold of copies of the boxset that we worked on with Robert Del Naja earlier this year.

3D & The Art Of Massive Attack is available in limited and standard editions from The Vinyl Factory now.
Roisin Murphy Mi Senti EP
Posted 30/09/2014

StudioPensom recently completed a new gatefold EP for Roisin Murphy, formerly of Moloko.

It was a fascinating project which took many twists and turns before we arrived at the final product.

The finished sleeve uses 3D typography designed by SP, which was then modelled, built and photographed by the super talented team of Rachel Thomas and Jenny Van Sommers.

Inside the gatefold, portrait photography was by Ami Barwell, and retouching was by Stephanie Colman and Katrin Straupe.

StudioPensom are delighted to collaborate with such a skilled team of people.
Creative Review November 2014 cover
Posted 30/09/2014

This is the cover for the latest edition of Creative Review, the November 2014 Fashion issue.

It features an illustration by the talented illustrator Jack Cunningham.
CR July issue sneak preview
Posted 19/06/2014

Here's the cover for next month's Creative Review, The Trends Issue, featuring photography by Arvida Bystrom.
Nokia Microsoft One book
Posted 19/05/2014

Earlier this year StudioPensom worked with The Church of London on a book to commemorate the merger of electronic titans Microsoft and Nokia.

We've finally received a printed copy back, and it looks magnificent, with a debossed gold leaf cover and dozens of excellent illustrations. For more detail about the book, see the Creative Review blog story here:
CR sneak preview
Posted 18/10/2013

It's not out till next week, but here's an exclusive sneak preview of Creative Review's wraparound November cover.

It's a shot of shop window cutouts used to promote The Sex Pistols' 1979 Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle film, and is taken from the archive of Brian Cooke, long-time house designer at Virgin Records, and the subject of our main feature celebrating 40 years of the Virgin label.

The magenta has been swapped for Pantone fluoro 806, so hopefully it's going to shine from the shelves. And who said punk's dead, eh?
Creative Review October cover
Posted 18/10/2013

October's Creative Review cover was a bit special. Here at StudioPensom we've been working with Robert Del Naja for the best part of a year on the definitive collection of his artworks, to be released by the Vinyl Factory later this month.

When Paul asked him if he'd be interested in working on a cover for Creative Review, Del Naja jumped at the chance, and here is the result; printed in Pantone 032 and black on to Curious Matter Andina Grey 270gsm, which makes for a wonderfully tactile issue.

As a fan of Massive Attack from way back, Paul has enjoyed being involved with this mammoth project very much.
Unused Centrefold layouts
Posted 18/10/2013

This is a set of unused openers created by StudioPensom and art director Stephen Petch of The Independent for photographer Andrew Hobbs' Centrefold magazine.

It's a pity but we're not proceeding with the project. There are some very talented photographers involved, and we wish them the best of luck for the new issue.
Disco Bloodbath update
Posted 18/10/2013

You can now buy one of StudioPensom's limited Risoprints, (plus much more excellent artwork from the 'Bump In The Night' exhibition), via the website of design studio Them.
Daily Inspiration
Posted 06/09/2013

World Cup 74. Dust wrapper, debossed cover and spread by the late, great, Willy Fleckhaus, art director of the legendary Twen.
Disco Bloodbath
Posted 27/08/2013

This week we were asked by our old friends Them Design to contribute to the launch of Disco Bloodbath's new album, Go Bump In The Night.

We contributed this image, which will form part of an exhibition of prints which will accompany the album promotion and be available to buy.

Visit to find out about buying prints or for more details.
Global Street Art
Posted 15/06/2013

StudioPensom is currently working with Global Street Art, the world's best online street art archive, to produce a 300-page book documenting the phenomenon of graffiti worldwide.

"The book will be about public space and the cities we choose to live in, says GSA founder Lee Bofkin. "By showing beautiful international examples of street art and graffiti, the aim is to imagine a more painted world.

If another visual order is possible, then so is another way of experiencing our cities and another way of living. The writing is on the wall."
Centrefold magazine
Posted 15/06/2013

StudioPensom is delighted to be working with Independent art director Stephen Petch on the next issue of the prestigious Centrefold Magazine.

Founded in 2003 by photographer Andrew G. Hobbs, Centrefold Magazine is a limited-edition, bi-annual A2 folding poster publication showcasing both established and emerging artists in the fashion, art and design industries.

Each issue is guest-edited by a different design team who commission photographers, stylists and artists who have captured their attention. The magazine is sent to leading creatives within the design, fashion and art industries to use for inspiration and reference, or simply to enjoy as a beautifully presented artwork.

Centrefold collaborates with top talents in the creative world including Mark Abrahams, Guy Aroch, David Bailey, Cindy Crawford, Jourdan Dunn, Hans Feurer, Anya Gallaccio and Kate Moss.