The 5 to 9 book has been put together (outside the 9-5 hours of course) by a team including printers Taylor Brothers and C&J Adams and paper company GF Smith.
The WEDF book team approached designers across the region and asked them to share their personal projects.
WEDF says, ‘We were already well aware of the brilliant work that local designers were producing in their 9-5 jobs, but we wanted to see what they created outside these hours, without the constraints of brand guidelines and demands of their pay cheque.’
The results are a truly eclectic mix. There are unexpected talents – with design advisor Lynne Elvins showing her handmade pottery, and Mytton Williams brand strategist Matthew Watts displaying his painting Mum no. 1 (painted in his garden shed).
There are unlikely and challenging projects such as Bob Mytton’s JazzTypes posters – in which he aimed to create a poster a day about a jazz artist over 100 days.
And there are 5-9 projects that became 9-5 moneyspinners, like Northbank design director Simon Cryer’s abstract David Bowie images, which were spotted by the V&A and printed up as a series of posters to accompany the museum’s recent Bowie exhibition.
The limited-edition 5-9 book was designed by Dave North.