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Costume Graphics by Acme

One of our most popular requests this summer has been for costume design, although we can’t reveal all the ins and outs we can tell you that they include costumes for a music group, uniforms for a sci-fi movie and t-shirts for a Netflix series. In the meantime, we thought we would reflect on some of our archive favorites, the first on our list has to be ‘that’ Inbetweeners t-shirt. We receive plenty of unusual requests however this has to be up there, along with the array of slogan t-shirts we designed For Benidorm’s Kenneth, who’s crude slogan t-shirts have become synonymous with his outlandish character.

T-shirt design for The Inbetweeners Movie
T-shirt design for The Inbetweeners Movie

Last year we designed the logo worn by Zlatan Ibrahimovic throughout Visa’s global marketing campaign for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. We created a unique crest, drawing inspiration from traditional royal crests and Zlatan’s self-proclaimed ‘Lion’ nickname.

Logo designed for Visa
Crest designed for Visa

Creating logo design is a big part of what we do, for the National Geographic’s TV series Mars 2 we designed the Lukrum Industries logo.  Creating a Logo for T.V. and Film follows the same process as creating a logo for the real world, only with a faster turn around!

Logo design for National Geographic's series Mars
Logo design for National Geographic’s series Mars 2

 

Graphic Props for Channel 4’s `Year of the Rabbit’

We have been eagerly anticipating channel 4’s latest comedy Year of the Rabbit. This spoof police drama is set in Victorian times and stars Bafta winner Matt Berry as the unlikely East End detective. The Victorian-themed set required period graphics to set the scene and Acme graphics was on hand throughout production and filming, we created everything from matchboxes to signage.

Brick Man Posters and outline
Brick Man Posters and outline

The graphics we designed and made can be seen throughout the six-part series however, it’s episode two that showcases the majority of our hero designs. The episode centers on the case of the mysteries killer who takes the guise of the Brick Man. We received great visuals from one of the writers Andy Riley and used these as the starting point, every aspect of the hero posters was considered from the typography to the colours. As the plot develops, Brickman and subsequently the graphics take on a new sinister transformation. Additionally, we created supporting graphics including the human size Brick Man outline, set signage and vintage style photographs.

Victorian hero poster
Victorian hero Brick Man poster

Timewasters Hero Prop

Timewasters are back for a second season, this time around, the South London jazz band have time-traveled back to the 1950s. Acme was tasked with creating two hero props, the first showcased in Episode 4. This episode centers around Horace’s private diary that is found and published. We designed the prop book cover that is heavily featured throughout the episode.

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This book cover was inspired by sci-fi book covers of the era. Every aspect of the prop was considered including colour, composition and typography. The colour scheme is in keeping with the vibrant classic sci-fi covers of the 1950s, bearing in mind the presence of the atomic age, atoms feature in the background of our design.

Time Bender 1

Graphic Props for ‘QuickBooks’

The latest drop of QuickBook Adverts has arrived. Acme was tasked with creating a number of different props for a diverse range of workplace-related sets. This series of adverts required over 500 individual prints, including a graphically saturated tattoo shop. The need for neon art visuals has proved a popular request this year, this visual was inspired by Tracey Emin’s works of art.

print

The Dog Parlour required original, copyright-free Artwork that had a very specific colour palette. The Pop Art inspired prints used for QuickBooks are part of our own diverse library of artwork which is available for hire.

Graphic Props for ‘Inside No.9’ Halloween Special

On Saturday our latest crop of graphic props was showcased on ‘Inside No.9’s’ live Halloween special. The award-winning series famed for its dark humor produced a unique episode full of surprising twists and thrills.

The episode begins with Pemberton’s character returning home to Flat No.9. A number of Acme props and graphics were used in this sequence including all of the food packaging. Bread packaging is often a prop that art directors are wary of using; however, we have mastered the art of creating a realistic prop that would not look out of place at your local supermarket.

Bread-visual

Along with all the food packaging, we made a number of signs; everything from the brushed aluminium signage, to the large vinyl lettering.

 

Animated Computer and Phone Sequence For ‘The Innocents’

The change in weather has provided us with the perfect excuse to sit back, stay inside and watch all of the recent TV series that we have worked on. One of our latest  TV series The Innocents centres around around two love stuck teenagers Harry and June, so – unsurprisingly – popular social media apps are pivotal within the plot. We don’t want to give too much away, however episode fours cliffhanger ending features the use of a phone and computer sequence designed by Acme Graphics.

Shared View is a bespoke, interactive animated sequence inspired by YouTube designed in house by our team of graphic designers. We created all the fundamentals from scratch, everything from the logo to the avatars. The animated sequence is based on the detailed action from the script and timed so that it is easy for the actors to use, communicating via the ‘youtube’ style social media app on smart phone and desktop computer platforms and more.

The Innocents, Episode 4 Computer Sequence 

Acme Graphics – Shared Desktop Animation for Netflix

Episode 5 features the mobile phone application of Shared View, Acme created a native format that was compatible with multiple devices.

The Innocents, Episode 5 Phone Sequence

Graphics For Netflix

We have been eagerly anticipating the arrival of Netflix’s brand new supernatural thriller The Innocents, which follows the story of teenage lovers Harry (Percelle Ascott) and June (Sorcha Groundsell) who run away from their repressive families to live together, only to find themselves navigating a strange and dangerous new world. Despite the Innocents being a supernatural drama, Acme was tasked with making prop graphics that were relatable in today’s world.

Among the long list of graphics props made for The Innocents were the animated sequences. A notable one shown in episode two is the online poker game, we created everything from characters to the interface and interactive animated elements.

Interactive Animated Graphics

It’s been a busy month here at Acme, amid the graphic prop requests we have been making animated computer sequences for film and TV.  Having specialised in creating bespoke animations for mobiles, tablets and computers for many years, we have found ourselves creating them for a diverse range of productions.

We worked on the BBC’s adaptation of Zadie Smith’s acclaimed novel NW. NW tells the heart-breaking story of Natalie and Leah’s friendship and the different directions their lives have taken. Acme was tasked with creating all of the computer and tablet animations used by the actors, including a Facebook inspired screen graphic.

 This animation was created as an interactive animated sequence that required us to design everything from the logo and tools to the interface. Simulating such a well-known program as Facebook is a balancing act between creating something that is instantly relatable and that does not infringe any copyright laws. A program such as Facebook would usually take a significant time to design, however working within this industry requires us to work within a tight timeframe, within budget whilst creating a program that is both believable and accessible.

Behind the Scenes: Magazine Props

Behind the scenes of every newsagent, set are the countless graphic props. Acme was recently enlisted to recreate a variety of props used in the latest Eve Mattresses commercial. This devious commercial – directed by Madcow’s Greg Bray – tells the story of a couple who dupe an elderly woman out of her lottery winnings, the tagline being; ‘How do they sleep at night?’.

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The walls behind the shop owner are lined with over 100 magazines, designed, printed and mounted by Acme. Our extensive library of original Acme designed graphics allows us to easily create an authentic aesthetic for even the most graphically saturated sets.

Part of our extensive library of Acme designed magazines
Part of our extensive library of Acme designed magazines

Graphic Visuals for Oreo

We are often asked to create graphic visuals for agencies, bringing life to their creative concepts. Our latest work was for Oreo, we were briefed to recreate different Oreo packets with icing. Our visuals provided a creative template that was then recreated with real icing for the final shot in the advert.

We created a number of fun designs for different flavours, experimenting with techniques to mimic different styles of icing. This month, Oreo released the first in the series, the final shot being based on our ‘Birthday cake’ graphics.

Birthday cake visual created by us and recreated by Oreo
Birthday cake visual created by us and recreated by Oreo