What better way to spend the bank holiday weekend than with fine photography, design… and a beer in the sun of course! This weekend I went along to Somerset House to view two exhibitions: the Sony World Photography Awards and the Pick Me Up Graphics Arts Festival.

This was the seventh year of the Pick Me Up Graphics Arts Festival and it continues to be successful and thought-provoking. Before we even entered the Embankment galleries, we knew we were in for a treat! Large vinyl panels of bold type adorned the entrance. The display of hundreds of typographical iterations of the alphabet were created by the public and used for this year’s visual identity. This type was included on all the publications and signage around Somerset House. It was interesting, inclusive, creative – and it worked! The way the creations were used in signposting was particularly impressive.

For me, the highlights of the festival included work by Zack Sachs, Camilla Perkins and George Douglas. However, it was a truly special treat to view the retrospective exhibition of Alan Kitching’s life and work. It showed an incredible body of work by a master craftsman. He is known for both bold and elegant work and the balance of his delicate compositions is truly inspirational. I also spent far too long staring at a letterhead of ‘to do’s’ given to Kitching on his first day at Watford School of Art; a simple but perfectly executed piece of design.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable and inspirational day, which makes me want to get doodling!