Ive developed a concept for my cafe and now after testing my idea, its important to see how it might look in real cafe setting. I found a few images of cafe’s with a style similar to what I have envisioned and used photoshop to add my own creations and manipulate the size and perspective to fit this real setting, This gives me a real idea of what my cafe might look like and helps to think more ideas of items for my cafe to further my branding concept.
As Ive developed my cafe idea, I decided to look at colours used in my illustrated characters and pick out certain colours and then create colour pallets. This was a pretty successful activity and gave me a wide range of colours and shades from a single selection. Because my cafe is going to have some brightly coloured illustrations. Ive decided to keep any colour in my text really simple to contrast my illustration style.
I started by pulling the yellow from my Harry Potter inspired illustration and then just looked at variations of the colour selection. I did the same with each illustration and created a series of these colour pallets that I can use when creating new illustrations and collections.
When I was growing up reading was (and still is) incredibly important, it’s a form of escapism, and taught me that through education, nothing is impossible. This is what I want other people to feel and I think this cafe could be a way doing it.
One of the key features of any business is a logo design, something that is recognisable, fun and conveys the themes of the business. My cafe is all about books, reading and improving literacy skills, whilst being in a warm, fun and bright environment. As I’ve explored logo designs for this Cafe / Social Enterprise I wanted it to have a direct link to the history of books and printed language so wanted to use letterpress to create some interesting designs.
Letterpress printing was the normal form of printing text from its invention by Johannes Gutenberg in the mid-15th century until the 19th century and remained in wide use for books and other uses until the second half of the 20th century. Letterpress printing remained the primary way to print and distribute information until the 20th century, when offset printing was developed, which largely supplanted its role in printing books and newspapers.
The history of letterpress and relief printing also relates back to my Cafe name ‘Jabberwocky’ as the first edition of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ was printed in 1871 by Macmillan Publishers and would have been created by using letterpress and manually printing each page.
Letterpress printing is a technique of relief printing using a printing press, a process by which many copies are produced by repeated direct impression of an inked, raised surface against sheets or a continuous roll of paper. A worker composes and locks movable type into the “bed” of a press, inks it, and presses paper against it to transfer the ink from the type which creates an impression on the paper.
To start my logo design I chose a few different type faces and printed each one multiple times, first starting with the full name ‘Jabberwocky’. I then cut into each sheet and rearranged the type to form interesting designs. Through this process I decided that I would focus on just the letter ‘J’. I then scanned my designs and put them into photoshop to further experiment with the text and to create lots of different logo designs. I then chose my strongest designs and looked at the colours until I created some pieces I’m happy with.
After scanning my favourite design and experimenting with colours, I immediately noticed that the ‘J’ on the right was not as strong and clear a print as the ‘J’ on the left so decided to isolate the ‘J’ on the left and just use this print going forward.
I then created lots of different deigns so that I would have a lot to compare and contrast as I picked the strongest designs to experiment with further. Aiming to create one or two designs which I feel convey my concept and are fun, bright, recognisable. It is also very important that the designs can be used across different types of media.
These are my strongest designs from this test, so I will experiment with these further and then review them again and pick the strongest designs from these to use.
The second brief for our studio is creating our own social enterprise and cafe, something which can fill a gap in the market, create an interesting, fun and colourful space and benefit the people around us.
The Cafe idea I have centres around literacy and reading. The National Literacy Trust UK found that 1 in 6 individuals in the UK struggle to read and write, a skill which could impact their future opportunities. The concept of my cafe is to have a space inspired by books, where individuals can step out of the hectic world and settle down with a book and a hot drink. I want to have different workshops in my space to help people of all ages improve their reading and writing. I also want my space to have authors and poets come in to talk about their work and help to inspire more individuals to pick up a pen and put their ideas on a page.
As part of my research I thought would have a look at what kind of reading cafe’s already exist in London and the UK and what makes each of these spaces special.
Rays Jazz Cafe in Foyles Book Store, Charing Cross Road
Rays Jazz Cafe is a great little spot in London’s West End, with a laid back vibe its a great place to listen to some mellow melodies and read a good book.
The Barbican Conservatory, Moorgate
Whilst not a conventional library, the Barbican Conservatory is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of London. There are few more creative places to pass time at than the Barbican. The Cafe in the centre of the Conservatory is a great place to unwind, where you can enjoy your book surrounded by a tropical haven of over 2,000 species of plants and trees.
London Review Bookshop, Holborn
One of London’s best-loved book shops doubles up as social space, with plenty of literary events and debates. Located within a stone’s throw of the British Museum, it is crammed with books, thoughts and inspiration without seeming overly intellectual. And the cake shop – touted as “the modern answer to London’s long-lost literary coffee-houses”
The British Museum reading room, Bloomsbury
Built in 1857, this beautiful centrepiece of The British Museum has inspired many – including Alfred Hitchcock, who used it as one of his sets for 1929 thriller Blackmail. Now used as an exhibition space, you’re still likely to find a quiet corner to read in amid very regal surroundings.
Canada Water Library, Southwark
Located in the old Surrey Commercial Docks in Canada Water is is the Canada Water Library. The space is dynamic with a spiral staircase leading up to a bright, airy top floor filled with books (and a cafe below). “Libraries still hold these magic realms of invention, realms of ideas,” says architect Piers Gough. Definitely worth stopping by with a good book in hand.