alexander carey


alexander carey


alexander carey


work

alexander carey


alexander carey


about

alex carey is a designer, maker, and independent publisher based in manchester, uk. with a specialty in design for the physical, his studio rigidly follows the rules laid out by the pioneers of swiss design... excepting when he chooses not to.

this website is an ever-changing organism going through a metamorphosis. it functions as an archive of projects, collection of images, and place to find out what projects this studio is or has been working on. the site is always being added to and is never complete, a living document.

this is not a portfolio. the images on this site do not necessarily reflect the work currently undertaken or represent the best work; they are merely images placed on a website. please use the contact form and ask for a portfolio if you are interested in working with our studio.

whilst getting an education as an undergraduate in mathematics, alex found himself spending more time designing posters for events and societies and creating cover art for literary magazines than he did studying his degree. completing his studies, he graduated from lancaster university with a master's degree in mathematics and statistics. with no intention of using this education formally and the notion that he wanted to design things, he moved to manchester. enrolling as a postgraduate at the manchester school of art he began learning... sort of.

having realised there is no secret to becoming a designer that you can learn from university alex decided to work it out for himself; dropped out of art school and continues to follow his own path. still learning from everyone he encounters in the world of design, including his old lecturers, just choosing not to be in a classroom.

alexander carey


alexander carey


contact

If you would like to work with us on a project, please send us a message using the form on this page; we'd love to hear from you.

we are protective of our time here at the studio. believing that the best thing that we can do for our creative output and therefore our clients' best interest is to spend as much time as possible working on the things we create.

this means that administrative tasks, although vital, take a backseat when it comes to our time. bear this in mind when sending us a message and please be patient with your expectations of a reply.

we ask that any correspondence not relating to hiring our studio are kept to the social media channels that we link below.

alexander carey


alexander carey


flash is a literary journal that publishes 3 issues a year. i worked with with them over the 2019/2020 run of publications to create cover designs that moved their journal in a new visual direction. having previously worked with illustrators who's delicate line work the new editorial team wanted to move away from they came to me for clear, simple, communicative design.

alexander carey


alexander carey


spending time on a small campus university meant that my senses were constantly bombarded with 'university society design language': busy, colourful in all the wrong ways, exotic type choices, and trying to communicate something; i just wasn't sure what. designs that looked like they were created by committee; except that the committee was held at the previous rave they advertised.

i worked with a small group within the university to create posters for their meetings that i felt would stand out in their simplicity and clarity.

alexander carey


alexander carey


poetry cafe was the first design work that I did. a maths student creating something on borrowed software and stolen time from my degree. my very first design for this poster did not have the copy set in this way; however a friend who worked in design looked at my initial work and pointed me towards swiss design informing me that my work looked 'kind of swiss'. I purchased two books on his recommendation: grid systems in graphic design by josef muller-brockmann and josef muller-brockmann pioneer of swiss graphic design by lars muller publishers, i never looked back.

the background colours and the stylised 'p' became the branding for this event and we used some variation of them in all social media posts and media linked to the event. the second poster was a variation I did for them shortly after.

alexander carey


alexander carey


vagina monolancs is the lancaster production of the, now famous, vagina monologues.

alexander carey


alexander carey


mesas is a numeric only typeface designed for use as room numbers in a hotel. these images come from the presentation file that was presented to showcase the completed concept.

alexander carey


alexander carey


logo created for St Wilfrid's.

alexander carey


alexander carey


news

July 2021

knoll house publishers

Alex Carey will be launching the publishing program of knoll house publishers with an upcoming collection of photography by Alex gray. this selection of photography is an exploration into the architecture, people, textures, and materiality that exist in the historic and grandiose European cit