Established 11 years ago, Sheffield-based design studio dust has worked in a broad range of media, from embroidered book designs to installations, theatre set design and typography. Tellingly, the studio's three core members are old friends from university who met some 15 years ago, went their separate ways and then came back together to create dust. "From the very first time we started producing things as a group and influencing one another, it was very much the three of us against the world," explains founder Patrick Walker, "and that's been a strong defining factor of where we are now."

Walker met Alun Cocks and Pamela Bowman at Leeds Metropolitan University in the mid '90s, where they were all studying graphic art and design. He recalls it as not being a traditional communications course, with particular focus on craft and authorial practice (the voice of the artist taking centre stage), and soon the trio formed a tight-knit group. "We were spread across three consecutive years, with myself in the middle and Alun and Pam either side," says Walker.

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