About Dani
Dani is a Manchester based graphic designer and founder of Dotto— an indie brand and design studio creating playful meaningful work. Dani brings together a love of colour, typography and graphic shapes to make work with feeling. Her clients are often arts and culture based organisations or businesses with a similar ethos and passion. Alongside her practice, Dani co-organises LWD Manchester, a series of events started in NYC by Jessica Walsh.
http://studiodotto.com
Current city: Manchester
Dani is a Manchester based graphic designer and founder of Dotto— an indie brand and design studio creating playful meaningful work. Dani brings together a love of colour, typography and graphic shapes to make work with feeling. Her clients are often arts and culture based organisations or businesses with a similar ethos and passion. Alongside her practice, Dani co-organises LWD Manchester, a series of events started in NYC by Jessica Walsh.
 
Ofr. is a bookshop and art space in Le Marais. What. A. Place. Stacked full of beautiful magazines, special edition art, design, fashion, photography and architecture books, with a bonus collection of vintage clothing in the back. My perfect shop. 
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After a long day exploring Paris, a huge plate of noodles is basically the dream. Le Chef Thai is small and cosy, although I think they have a downstairs too which we didn’t see. It’s really relaxed inside and filled with plants so there was a nice calming energy. The guy that served us was super-friendly and we all had an excellent feed for a reasonable price. Happy days.
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Café Breizh will hit the spot if you’re in the mood for a crêpe. Which in my case, is often. They’ve got them in spades, along with savoury galettes and buckets of cider. Mmmm. It was a popular spot so get in there early. The reason it made my favourites was the delicious (organic) fare. But more importantly (for me anyway) the lovely staff who brought my kid an extra plate with a sweet, for her toy ‘Doggle’. So Café Breizh—you’re ace. I would have taken some more useful pictures but I was distracted by the ‘Timbres Papiers Timbres’ tile typography outside.
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Zürich seemed to have exceptional pancakes. Yum. One place we sampled more of these fluffy goodies was in Café Lang – a beautiful haven of dark wood and tiles. It was also one of the places open on a Sunday morning which was extremely helpful. For this reason (plus the fact that its lovely) meant that it was pretty busy on a Sunday morning. We waited at the coffee bar with more espressos while we waited for a table. It might be an idea to book if you decide to go. I loved it here. The staff were really friendly, the food was delicious and they had super-swank toilets – which is always a bonus in my book.
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Zürich has embraced ‘shipping container chic’ with the utterly charming urban garden Frau Gerolds Garten. We stopped by for drinks in the early evening, and sipped as the sun went down. Lovely stuff. Positioned beside the railway, I got over-excited about the bundles of overhead wires, which ultimately inspired my Tiny Guide Zurich print. Mixed in with fairy lights, street art, cushions, greenery and a bath of plants (of course) this is a great place to hang out for relaxed food and drinks, and full of opportunities to test out your camera. 
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Spend a leisurely morning brunching at Restaurant Viadukt... aaaaah. We sampled some pretty awesome pancakes here while chain-drinking delicious espressos. 
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If you're anywhere near the Cathedral Quarter. and in search of a Guinness (or beverage of choice), Muriel’s Café Bar will call out to to you with a great big warm glow. A haven of velvet and neon, with a string of fancy pants adorning the ceiling (perfectly normal). This was a cosy, friendly bar, with an enviable liquor collection. We went back a couple of times during our stay. We didn't eat there but I think it does food too.
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A beautiful Victorian covered market. Coming from a city of super-hipster market types, this place was so refreshing. It's an actual real market, with a lovely buzzy friendly vibe and normal products and prices. We irritated the veg man by taking pictures of his swanky fruit, and browsed everything from nighties to massive scones. We passed some time drinking top-notch coffee and munching tasty cakes next to a bunch of old men who looked like they were having their daily catch up. Was a heart-warming kind of place, loved it.
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We found this beautiful store by accident while wandering around hilly Lisbon in the sunshine. A beautiful menagerie of vintage finds, curated designers, accessories and trinkets. Housed in a high-ceilinged, big windowed architectural treat. My perfect home (shop wise). I left with a Parisian summer dress in peacock tones, and a big smile. The staff were helpful and lovely, and coincidentally I had something in common with the gorgeous owner. We shared stories of graphic design and Leeds Art College—it really is a small world.
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Rick Banks, is a graphic designer, typographer, publisher and proud northerner. Working under the moniker of Face37 he has helped create some of the world's most loved brands, including EE, Triumph Motorcycles, AXA, British Heart Foundation and adidas. Specialising in brand, book and type design, his work has won numerous awards, including a yellow pencil from D&AD and a TDC from the Type Directors Club in Tokyo. He has been featured in the Creative Review Annual, as well as receiving recognition from the respected Creative Circle, Communication Arts, TDC (NY) and ISTD. His work has been published internationally, and exhibited in the London Design Museum and Ginza Graphic Gallery in Tokyo. His products, such as Type Trumps, have sold worldwide and can be found in respected design retailers around the world, from the Tate Modern in London to the Museum of Modern Art in New York. And his foundry, F37, has released fonts including Bella and Ginger, licensed by global brands such as Google, Selfridges and PepsiCo, with the foundry’s website winning awards for digital innovation in the process. Rick takes an active role in the design community, lecturing on branding and typography around the world, and judging various awards including the ‘Crafts for Design’ category for the 2017 D&AD awards. Even more important to him though is the role that design can play in bettering the world around him, having donated both his time and publishing proceeds towards worthwhile causes for the likes of the Football Foundation and Horwich St Mary’s.
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