Calverts is a communications design, print and production house in Bethnal Green, east London.

We specialise in branding, content, web, publications and sustainable print.

Calverts service is 100% professional. Our approach and ethos are 100% co-operative.

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+44 (0)20 7739 1474
info@calverts.coop

9-10 The Oval
Bethnal Green
London E2 9DT

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History

Calverts North Star Press

Calverts has worked in three different London locations over 40 years - Clerkenwell from 1977 to 85, Shoreditch until 2001, and now Bethnal Green.

We specialise in branding, content, web, publications and sustainable print for corporate,  government and arts organisations such as the British Museum, Tate, Arup, 3i and the Royal College of Art. We are also London's leading art printers, working with students, gallerists, artists and the wider design community.

Calverts is a workers' co-operative. The co-op was founded in 1977 by ex-employees of IRAT Services (Institute for Research in Arts and Technology).

The firm's assets are owned in common. Members paid equally and participate in our management. Our trading surplus are reinvested in the co-operative or used for community aims.

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Clients say

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"We have never found a supplier so communicative and willing to work in a collaborative way to get the best possible result.
They really understand the environmental and social impact of all the processes they use, and are good at helping us find the most economical and sustainable way to produce work.”
Nat Hunter, Airside

"Calverts are the creative team I'd pick anytime, out of all the agencies I worked with. They have the skill of actually listening to a client and offering practical, high-quality solutions which somehow always fit in with deadlines.”
Suzanne Kendler, CFDG

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National Stationery Week

Next week, starting 24th April, is National Stationery Week, a campaign encouraging people to write or print on paper rather than on a screen.

A lot of the promotion around the campaign will be online (including this post), which is sort of ironic but nonetheless made me think of which samples from our print archive could best represent stationery - the tissue-like touch of Conqueror Cotton Connoisseur? Vineyard letterheads made from recycled grape pulp? Mermaid calling cards printed on seaweed paper?

I couldn't decide, so instead, to celebrate National Stationery Week here is an interesting letter from 1969, and every designer's perfect design brief:

For their album, Sticky Fingers, The Rolling Stones asked Andy Warhol to design a sleeve featuring a workable zip.

Jagger politely warns the the artist of production difficulties associated with complex sleeve design, advice that was then completely ignored by Warhol, who instead produced a cover that caused all manner of problems, including scratched copies of the record itself.


(Letter from Mick Jagger to Andy Warhol, dated April 21, 1969: Collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Reproduced with the permission of Mick Jagger.)


For more letters of note see http://www.lettersofnote.com