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About us

Spoiler! No-one who works at Dorothy is called Dorothy. We are called Ali and Jim, Oli and Rach. And sometimes when we are really busy Sonny, Chaz and Maeve. We also work with other creatives like Malik, Tracy, Tom, Pete and Ian. And our four-legged friends Molly, Joni, Homer, River and Blue make the occasional Instagram appearance. But no Dorothy (yet).

Prior to setting up Dorothy we worked in an ad agency together before taking a leap of faith to see if we could make money out of our own ideas. We started selling our own designs in 2010 and quickly realised that this crazy notion might not be so crazy after all.

Our UK based studio now produces prints, products and artworks that are sold and exhibited internationally. We also work in collaboration with other brands like Tate Galleries, Barbican Centre, Design Museum, Moog, Liverpool FC and Google. Our work has been described by the press as ‘intricate and ingenious’, 'beautifully clever’ and 'terribly wicked’.

After all these years of designing and selling our own ideas it still blows our minds that people actually want to buy our work. So thanks to those that have. It makes us very happy.

You can get in touch with the owners, Ali and Jim here, unless you want to have a moan, in which case just message the Daily Mail.

Exhibitions & Installations

British Music Experience, Liverpool, 2020
Flop Art, KK Outlet, London 2020
ClubTogether, LightNight, SevenStore, Liverpool, 2019
Good Night: Energy Flash, Storage, Seoul, 2019
Nineteen Hundred and Eleven Party, LightNight, Liverpool, 2018
Under Arms: Fire & Forget 2, Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt, 2017
Planet of Sound, LightNight, Liverpool, 2017
Intellectual Junk Shop II, Archivist Gallery, London, 2016
Power Records, Kult Gallery, Singapore, 2016
Modern Love, KK Outlet and Urban Outfitters, 2016
Commute Nice London, KK Outlet, London, 2015
Intellectual Junk Shop, KK Outlet, London, 2014
Deadpan: The Art of the Expressionless, Whitdel Arts, Detroit, 2013
Democratic Promenade, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 2011
Dear Diary, Hoxton Hall, London, 2010
Bed Peace, Bluecoat Gallery, Liverpool, 2010
United Underground, Southbank Centre, London, 2009
Unmasking Corruption, Lazarides Gallery, London, 2009

Publications

The Design of Dissent: Socially and Politically Driven Graphics, Second Edition, Milton Glaser and Mirko Ilic, 2017
Musikkulturalisierung und Technik/Technologie, Alan Fabian and Johannes Ismael-Wendt, Olms Verlag, 2017
Visual Impact: Creative Dissent in the 21st Century, Liz McQuiston, Phaidon, 2016
Visible Signs, An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts, Third Edition, Dave Crow, Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015
Design With Thought, Alice Wang, Ecus Publishing House, June 2014
A Map of the World: The World According to Illustrators and Storytellers, Gestalten, 2013
Wicked! Design on the Edge of Bad Taste, Karen Bofinger, Birkhäuser, 2011
Visible Signs, An Introduction to Semiotics in the Visual Arts, First Edition, Dave Crow, AVA Publishing, 2010

Press Coverage