05 04 2017
The fourth event in the In Conversation calendar. We talk to the founder of Design studio Accept & Proceed — David Johnston and Film Director Kim Gehrig.
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One starting point. Two different career paths. Kim and David discuss their early career paths, and how they were pretty much left to their own devices while studying at Graphic Design at Central Saint Martins in the late nineties, winning D&AD Gold while interning and sticking self adhesive rats up all over London and Amsterdam.
Australian born Kim moved to London to study before taking up a role as Art Director at the highly acclaimed advertising agency Mother. After rising through the company she left to pursue her passion of film directing. Since making the jump Kim has become a coveted and celebrated director, known for her brilliantly crafted, witty and thoughtful style. Recent work includes her hugely successful ‘This Girl Can’ campaign for Sport England and the headline grabbing ‘Man on the Moon’ Christmas commercial for John Lewis.
“I met Jamie Johnston on a porn night at Central Saint Martins, it was put on by M.I.A.”
David's design career started with branding giants Interbrand. Going on to work for Nike at their European headquarters before setting up Accept & Proceed in 2007. This last decade he has cultivated an enviable roster of clients for the studio who now create global work for, amongst others Rapha, Google and Moleskine. Aside from running Accept & Proceed he is also founder of Today Studios, a workspace catering for creatives and built upon the foundations of his experience in running the award winning design studio.
“It’s often the outliers who don’t understand or care about the rules that change the game completely”
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