28 July 2016 | Leeds

The Summer Party

  • Hacksaw Studio
  • Fred Aldous
  • Kristyna Baczynski
  • Ponderosa
  • Side by Side

Hey Gluggers! 

We're going back to our roots with an event showcasing the wonderful talents we have up North so we’ve gathered a line of speakers to talk about why the North is a great place to be living and doing business right now, cause you know what it’s not so Grim up North! 

Join us for an evening of great speakers from the local creative community, DJ sets from Architects of Paradise and Ninety Nine of course some beers kindly provided by our sponsors The Brunswick!

Line-up Overview: 

We've got a great line up for our It’s Not Grim Up North including the guys from Side by Side telling us about their Grimm &Co magical apothecary project down in Rotherham, Ponderosa telling us about the next chapter in the iconic Silvine story, Kyle from Hacksaw Studio to share a little about their journey so far, awarding winning illustrator Kristyna Baczynski the recently expanded to Leeds Fred Aldous!

We’re got one hell of a line up booked get ready for a roller coaster of inspiration from these guys; 

David Greasely - Creative Partner, Side By Side 

Oliver Booth - Designer and Partner, Side By Side 

Paul Walker - MD, Fred Aldous 

Kyle Wilkinson - Owner, HackSaw Studio

Kristyna Baczynski - Illustrator 

Paul Alexander - Co Founder & Group Creative Director, Ponderosa 

Karen Wood - Art Director, Ponderosa


Fred Aldous - Paul Walker MD


After trading in Manchester for almost 130 years Fred Aldous retail outlet for quality arts and crafts materials has crossed the Pennines to help people make anything in Leeds. Paul Walker, MD will be sharing a potted history from Fred Aldous beginnings back in 1886 to date and why they have made the move to branch out over into Leeds now. @FredAldous

Side by Side presents Grimm & Co - David Greasely and Oliver Booth




There are two sides to Grimm & Co - The Apothecary supplying sorcery services & unnatural products to magical beings and the Yorkshire charity: writing & mentoring centre for children & young people. Dave and Oliver from Side by Side will join us to share the reason they took this fee free contract to create something just a wee bit special in Rotherham.

“Yorkshire’s fantastical experience destination, an apothecary for magical beings with a secret story centre for children and young people.” @side_byside @grimmandco


HackSaw Studio -  Kyle Wilkinson




A small but perfectly formed design studio down in Sheffield generating world class creative across digital and the traditional media disciplines to provide an integrated approach that get you excited about marketing again. When Meadow Hall turned 25 last year, it was local boys Hacksaw they called into design the celebration graphics. Kyle Wilkinson founder of Hacksaw will be along to tell how he built an awarding studio in Sheffield and what plans lay ahead for Hacksaw.

Kyle Wilkinson is an award winning, multitasking designer working across branding, type, illustration and industrial design and is Creative Director and Partner of Top 40 UK design studio, Hacksaw. 

He was once described as “having the coolness of a true Yorkshireman” which is probably his greatest accolade. Kyle's work is renowned and awarded worldwide for its innovative and process driven approach, which has led to him working with the likes of Adobe, Time Inc, WIRED Magazine, Bosch and Monotype. @hacksawstudio

Kristyna Baczynski




Kristyna Baczynski is an illustrator, comic book artist and designer. Freelancing from her studio in Leeds she creates books, comics, zines, posters, apparel, stationery and more for a wide range of clients that has included Chipotle, Anorak, The Royal Shakespeare Company, IBM and Etsy. Her illustration work won her a Northern Design Award.

As well as creating her own comics (Hand me Down, A Measure Of Space, Vessel, Vantage), Kristyna has worked with publishers at home and internationally such as Fantagraphics, Image and Sequential. Her comics have been nominated for two British Comic Book Awards and an Eisner.

Kristyna is represented commercially by our fellow Glug Birmingham hosts WE ARE GOODNESS @kbaczynski

Ponderosa presents Silvine Originals - Paul Alexander and Karen Wood




Ponderosa will be joining us to talk through how they approached the Leeds based stationers Silvine with a view to make their long forgotten red books relevant for the 21st Century. A true British icon, reinvented - Silvine Originals have been sensitively redesigned, inspired by their British heritage. @Ponderosa_Group @SilvineOriginal