Design

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The Wheels (ahem) Tires are back in Motion

After an extended unscheduled break honing one’s hobbies and answering a toddler’s every whim,  it does indeed feel like I’m back in the exhibition hot seat, with the wheels firmly back in motion!

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Inspire Me – Tales From The Surface Design Show

As an exhibition designer it is undoubtedly important to visit the shows we design for. The Surface Design Show at London’s Business Design Centre is the only event in the UK that focuses on interior & exterior surfaces, bringing interior lighting & innovative materials to life.

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The Home of Our Delight – The Power of the Written Word

The­ written word has never been more elusive than in today’s fast paced, social media driven society. The poignancy of this fact is brought into sharp focus by the fantastic current exhibition at Rook Lane Chapel, The Home Of Our Delight in my home town of Frome.

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When Technology Bites! – Glass half full or half empty?

When a client enquires about the use of a new technology on their bespoke build exhibition stand to set them apart from their competitors and promote a new service or product, the gauntlet falls to us in the industry to research and present the latest developments in mobile technology that serve their needs. One great success story moving forward will undoubtedly be the continued rise in augmented reality devices to promote, delight, and inform the delegate in all manor of interesting & creative mediums.

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The London Routmaster: Good Design? The Unanswerable Question

Having officially studied design through school, college & university, and through my work in the industry, one thing is clear – you never stop learning. As Transport For London has learned, detailed in the article below, design is subversive and subjective, making it the perfect theme for discussion, admiration, opinion and conflict. ‘Good’ design is at the mercy of its surroundings, its environment if you like. Fashion plays a big part, and as we all know and understand, fashions come, linger, often out-stay their welcome and leave, in a sad trudge of embarrassment, resenting the new, shiny thing there to take its place.

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Venue Search – The Boring Details

Often in exhibitions the venue is the one thing you don’t choose. Be it the Excel Centre, London, RAI, Leeds or the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh – each come with their little idiosyncrasies and important things to remember from a stand design point of view. How level is the hall floor? How large are the shutter doors to the hall? At what heights are hanging structures allowed if any? Is the stand overlooked by an overhead balcony open to the public? Will the venue hall carpet clash with our skirting?!

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Exhibitions …And Now For Something Completely Different

As an exhibition designer – understandably, I love exhibitions. An exhibition hall is a special kind of place that, if budget, time and space allows – anything is possible.

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Events – The Power of Context

Events, events… What is an event?  Is it a scheduled yearly gathering, a one off jamboree or an unforeseen surprise to excite and engage? As with many things in life – context is king. The great thing is about an event is it can quite easily mean all of the above and a lot more.

When thinking about your event it’s always important to consider that events can be simple. With the mantra that context is king, flipping the context can result in an unscheduled and eye popping event. When a 70ft hippopotamus surfaces for an afternoon pootle down the Thames in central London, it will turn heads

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1st Prize – the kids are alright @ Birmingham NEC

It all started (for me at least) when Gavin Eddy business man, angel investor and all round good egg, asked me to help and advise a small group of talented 6th formers studying at Frome Community College. They had won the chance to exhibit their new product and business idea at Big Bang Fair 2015 hosted at the NEC, Birmingham in a 4 day extravaganza designed to showcase the talents of young scientists & engineers. We met on a handful of occasions and it soon became clear that the lads had some great ideas and a clear vision from the start.

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