A few weeks back, you might remember us having introduced you to a chap called Ben Slater, who was runner up in our joint prize with the London Design Museum. Intrigued by his work, we subjected graphic designer and art director Ben to a gruelling interview before sending him off with his £500 voucher, so we thought it only fair that designer and printer Laura Service not get off any lighter before claiming her £1000 prize…
It’s all very well winning a competition somewhere online, but have either of you ever been to the Design Museum IRL and, if so, what did you like about it?
Yes, I managed to get down to see the Design of the Year Awards exhibition when I was visiting London earlier this year. What I love about the Design Museum is that not only do they always have great exhibitions on, but they also have interesting approaches to exhibition design.
By the same token, SAXOPRINT is an almost entirely internet-based operation: had you ever come across online printing services before the competition?
While I do sometimes worry about whether online services are as flexible as my local printer, I have used online print services as they are very convenient and fast. Nevertheless, I have to confess that I haven’t used SAXOPRINT before…
Always a first time for everything! Have you ever done your own printing instead?
I am the cofounder of ilka, a print web shop where I sell screen prints made by me and my business partner Lisa. I love the process of screen printing, from picking the perfect paper to mixing the exact shade of ink you have in your mind.
Is this a full-time job or do you have other projects going on?
I do some other work – I recently designed the labels for a new brand of rum, for example – but at the moment my major project is ilka. It has been so brilliant to see it grow and develop as a brand and it’s great because we get to work on more personal screen prints and client briefs.
If you could meet any designer, living or dead, who would it be and why?
I have so many heroes it’s hard to know where to begin… I think I subscribe to the ’never meet your heroes’ rhetoric, but if I had to choose one I think I’d go for Shoreditch’s finest, Morag Myerscough, who is part of the Super Group London.
And how do you yourself best like to work?
I like having a variety of projects to work on and usually, for me, that means spending my days on client work and my evenings on personal projects.
What about your favourite painting/photo?
My favourite painting is Dance by Matisse, while my favourite photo would have to be Woman in Wartime by Lee Miller.
And your top book, magazine, and record covers?
In terms of magazines, the covers for the Little White Lies movie mag blow my mind every time! As for records, my choice would probably be Little Creatures by Talking heads.
With books, it would be far more difficult to choose a favourite. I could literally sit looking at book covers all day! I recently designed my first book cover, too, for Silma Hill by Iain Maloney. That has been a definite career highlight thus far!
That’s a highlight indeed! Here’s an easier one: favourite colour and shape?
Yellow and a circle.
And what will you be using your voucher to do?
I am going to use it to print stuff for my own online print shop project, ilka.
Interested in finding out about Laura Service work? Visit her site www.lauraservice.co.uk or follow her on Twitter. Here are a few examples of the colourful, commadning screen printing work offered by ilka.