News, updates & thoughts
We are Ensemble
As part of a shift in focus to creative agency Ensemble (co-founded by Steven Waring and Martin James Power), FROM PARTS UNKNOWN (the solo practice of Steven) will still operate, but with a focus on experimental work and commissions such as image-making, illustration and typography. If you wish to chat about a project, please get in touch.
Recent work: AMP
Brand identity work for an internal research and insight division of Havas Lynx.
Recent work: Circle Square
Under the Rainbow
A small sample of prints revisiting older work and framing within a reduced colour palette and format. Released soon.
Recent Work: Deloitte
Three large-scale wall pieces for Deloitte’s new London campus at New Street Square. The works are themed around ‘new landscapes’, with the brief asking for references to their recent North West merger. Each composition sits independently in 3 top floor office spaces.
Recent Work: Innovate UK
Graphic styling and illustration for the Design arm of the Knowledge Transfer Network demystifying Design Thinking. View here.
It's Good to Talk
Poster submission for a campaign on mental health and wellbeing in the workplace. The piece focused on the standard call and response at the start of most work email chains.
Recent Work: PRIDE
A 260-page book for Havas Lynx, celebrating their achievements, showcasing their beliefs and celebrating their culture.
We have moved studio spaces and can now be found at Studio 1.06, Jactin House, 24 Hood St. Manchester M4 6WX. If you are ever nearby, come say hello.
Prints and Propaganda
The FP U Shop is now open. It will be updated reguarly and expand beyond prints and typefaces into cards, mugs, coasters and t-shirts.
We have a desk free
...and are looking for interns with something to say. No tea making required – instead you will be working on projects for both FP U (the solo practice of Steven Waring) and Ensemble (the creative collective founded by Steven Waring and Martin James Power). If you are interested, send work to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bullet Quad – Free font download
A quick, experimental and intentionally naïve typeface looking at form and legibility using 3 basic shapes and a square 2x2 grid. The typeface comes as a basic character set with alternates glyphs. Available as a free download in the FP U Shop.
A 13-weight modular typeface system. Available as a £5 trial version in the FP U Shop.
Kayfabe – Type family
An experimental headline typeface influenced by 70's Americana, love, paranoia and psychedelia. Kayfabe comes in 4 styles — Block, Block Outline, Round and Round Outline and is availabe to buy in the FP U Shop.
Ephemera – A fixed width typeface
An experimental headline typeface with a range of glyphs and alternate characters, now available in the FP U Shop.
FP U on Behance
Instead of publishing in depth project overviews on this site, you can find more detailed project case studies plus archive work over on Behance.
Studio Playlist 2: When The Rain Came
A second collection of tracks by artists currently on loop. This theme: World influenced.
Studio Playlist 1: This Is An Exit
The first in a sporadic (loosely themed) collection of songs by artists that regularly get played in the studio. This round: Psych and fuzz.
After around 4 years of the first FP U site, welcome to a long overdue second issue. Designed to have a greater impetus on key projects, a focus on clarity and functionality, but most importantly flexibility to develop and morph over time. New (and some notable previous) projects are now being published on Behance in the form of more detailed case studies. The site will shortly grow to include other areas, including store, but most notably ‘LAB' – an area to show with transparency, ongoing, rejected and experimental work.