All posts by Nadja Guggi

Messrs. Dash & Dare is a creative studio based near Bath, UK, providing brand & marketing, graphic design & illustration and publishing solutions to clients large and small.

Caversham Court Gardens

Caversham Court Gardens: A Heritage Guide
Friends of Caversham Court Gardens

Caversham Court Gardens is a public garden on the bank of the river Thames near Caversham Bridge, Reading, for over 500 years the site of a private house.

This richly illustrated heritage guide reveals glimpses of the lives of its owners against a backdrop of local and national events as well as details of the architecture and landscaping of the house and garden.

Robert Gillmor: Birds, Blocks & Stamps

Birds, Blocks & Stamps: Post & Go Birds of Britain
Two Rivers Press

  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor


Robert Gillmor, one of the UK’s most prolific wildlife artists, has been commissioned by Royal Mail to produce a series of linocuts for four sets of Post & Go stamps featuring native birds of Britain.

Birds, Blocks & Stamps reproduces these prints together with Gillmor’s own account of the process by which his linocuts are made.

Visiting the artist at his Norfolk home to and seeing the studio where is all happens was the highlight of our summer.

  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor
  • Birds, Blocks & Stamps by Robert Gillmor

Keble College signage

  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage
  • Keble College signage

Keble College, Oxford, needed signage to direct external visitors in a way that respected its Grade 2 listed status, famous brickwork architecture and existing features and fittings – and that was sensitive to the fact that to most of its staff and students, Keble College is home.

Working with London signmakers The Signworks, we designed a modular signage system consisting of a wall-mounted back plate and a face place that dovetails on it.

The signs were spray-painted in a dark grey to match existing metalwork such as drain pipes and gates around the college grounds.

Rubbings of the brickwork taken at each sign location provided templates for custom-located fittings to align with the brick courses. The signs are easy to take down for maintenance, and holes and wall plugs are then covered with specially-painted caps that match the brick joints.

The World in Reading

The World in Reading
Reading Museum

  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide
  • The World in Reading museum guide

The World in Reading is a thematic introduction to the rich and diverse collection at Reading Museum. The brief for this museum guide was to convey the sense of inspiration and enjoyment that can be derived from studying and handling real objects, whether they relate to Reading’s local historical and natural environment or other cultures around the world.

The design combines a contemporary palette, clean sans serif and flexible grid to show off the collection at Reading. Juxtaposition of different image treatments provides variety of colour, texture, shape, and scale.

The cover illustrates the breadth of the Museum collection and provides ‘teasers’ which hint at the treasures to be discovered.