Make something good.

Have fun. Trust in the gut.


Chesapeake is the multidisciplinary design and development studio of David Abbott working in graphic design, branding, lettering and typography, website design and development as well as my own personal projects. My work naturally varies from project to project but is always spare, bold and simple. I write a monthly(ish) email newsletter called Old Gold focused on design and music with a little oddball thrown in for good measure.

I have always enjoyed how things work as much as how they look. I like to do the making as well as the visualising and it’s why I’m a designer and a developer. I guess it’s relatively unusual to do both, but it seems to me it should be more commonplace.

I studied art at university in Virginia, and printmaking here in Bristol. I helped set up Snap, a printmaking cooperative, shop and gallery and started Chesapeake in the spring of 2009. I live, love and work in Bristol. Everything I make is fuelled by music. I love typography, the sea and old-time music and sometimes write about these things over on my blog Signal and Noise.

Studio mates

I work out of The Forge. It’s jam-packed with lovely, creative people. If you’re in Bristol you should come and say hi.