Three years ago, we told the story of the eponymous founder of Tristan Palmer Studio; a company based in Worcestershire who, with the help of Creative Commission, rapidly expanded out from a predominantly local client base, to take on projects all over the world.
Tristan signed up with Creative Commission back in 2014, quickly winning an eye-catching first brief with Pendulum side-project Knife Party. “It was all done at very short notice,” he said in 2016, “and it wasn’t a huge gig, but it set a precedent, and we haven’t looked back.”
But, while Creative Commission can open up exciting new initial opportunities, can it help enable a business to keep growing over a number of years?
Well, who better to ask than Tristan, three years on from that catch-up, with his company’s CV now boasting work with Skepta, Rudimental’s label Major Toms, Hozier, Bring Me The Horizon and Phantoms.
“I initially signed up out of curiosity and subsequently wanted to apply for a few briefs over the following weeks, and here we are nearly six years later,” he says.
His company specialises in two types of projects — firstly, identity and creative direction projects, “where we’re able to get really stuck in from an early point in the process and help shape the long term direction of an artist, release series, or label”, and secondly, digital projects “where we are able to combine our background in solid design with innovative web development technologies to create unique websites and web-based experiences.”
‘Since we first joined, the business has grown around 40–50% year-on-year… CC has most definitely helped us on that journey.’
The latter type can range in scope: “It might be as simple as adding in subtle interactive details that haven’t been seen before; or it might be as complex as creating bespoke interactive 3D illustrations that a whole website is based upon,” while Tristan explains that, naturally, “the holy grail is when we get to do both of those things”.
His company boasts a hugely impressive rate of expansion.
“Since we first joined CC, the business has grown around 40–50% year-on-year. It’s difficult to quantify the specifics given as we were only a year into business when joining, but CC has most definitely helped us on that journey.”
The company has also developed a more international outlook project-wise, as well as relating to people networks, with Tristan saying two years ago that around 35% of their clients were local, with the rest further afield. Now, “the split is around 85–90% further afield (typically most projects come from London, LA or New York), with a few projects still coming through locally.”