Bond & Coyne Drawing Workshop

Bond and Coyne are a brand design consultancy established in 2001 by Royal College of Art graduates Mike Bond and Martin Coyne. They provide strategy, shape content and deliver creative solutions for organisations that want to do things differently. They work with clients to solve day to day challenges driven by a straightforward approach to problem-solving. Their clients include the public and private sectors – Reuters, Harvey Nicholls, Arts University Bournemouth, Pearson, Breast Cancer Now, Kingston University and The Royal College of Art.

It was a great pleasure to be invited to visit the B&C studios in South London in November to lead a drawing workshop as part of their team development activities and programme. B&C led a visibility campaign and film for the RCA’s Graduate Diploma in Art and Design programme, and the workshop was a direct result of this relationship. 

The staff development workshop engaged the team in various non-traditional exercises using drawings to respond to touch as a starting point to investigate how individuals and groups can collect, respond, and disseminate primary information. The team engaged with touch-based drawing approaches routed in the traditions of the modern art school and paradigms like the Exquisite Corpse and other surrealist drawing games. Throughout the one-and-a-half-hour workshop, participants across the B&C team used various sources, including their faces and a range of objects. It was an excellent opportunity to observe synergies related to working practices and relationships, heightened and illustrated during the workshop with such a diverse and creative team. 

Bond and Coyne will continue to be involved with future educational and professional collaborations, new and exciting course delivery and development initiatives.