Chesapeake is the multidisciplinary art and design studio of David Abbott working in graphic design, branding, lettering and typography, website design and development as well as my own odd-ball personal projects. My work naturally varies from project to project but is always spare, bold and simple. I write a monthly email newsletter called Old Gold focusing on design, music and oddball miscellany.
Design from art
I work primarily with creatives. I’m talking artists, galleries, arts organisations, writers, architects, restaurateurs. I come from an art background myself so have plenty of experience to draw upon when working with other creatives.
My approach involves a lot of listening. Getting to know you, your story, your ideas. I then make the simplest, most direct thing to give these ideas their best showing.
I studied art at university in Virginia, and printmaking here in Bristol. I co-founded 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 write about these things over on my blog Signal and Noise.