Made of Manchester, a poster design to celebrate our home city

At Think, we believe you should love your work. Well, we do. So much so, we spent 2 weeks coming up with a poster design that celebrated our home city, Manchester. As a proud Mancunian, our Creative Director spent the best part of 25 years studying and working in the city. Of course, as graphic designers, the self-imposed brief to come up with a poster that celebrated Manchester turned out to be a creative challenge.

Paul firmly believes that Manchester helped shape his life and career. Consequently, the idea of ‘Designed of Manchester’ was born. This led to various visual designs being put forward – from building blocks to elements. Ultimately, it was decided upon that a periodic table concept would be most suitable.The concept was eventually changed to ‘Made of Manchester.’

After a tonne of research and hours of relentless style and typography experiments, we created the ‘Made of Manchester’ poster. 114 items feature. The 7 areas consisted of sporting, Mancunians, architecture, music, culture and historical acts, innovations and discoveries. Each one contained various facts.

It’s important to understand that this poster design occurred when the business was formerly named Grogan Creative), but we did donate a framed poster for a charity art auction. The proceeds of which went towards the ‘We Love Manchester’ fund – the charity formed to help the victims of the recent bombing in Manchester. 76 artists and designers donated work and raised over £75,000 for the charity.

If you want a copy of the poster, buy one online today.



Written by

Paul Grogan

Creative Director

Award winning, and self-confessed typographic and graphic design perfectionist, Paul has 26 years experience in the industry and is our managing and creative director.

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