ILLUMINATION illuminating brands http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home We are ILLUMINATION, previously LFH illuminating brands, an Award Winning London based Brand Design Agency Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:30:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.6 Glenmorangie ‘Unseen’ Experience http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/glenmorangie-unseen-experience/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/glenmorangie-unseen-experience/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:30:03 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3235 Trotting through Soho on a Thursday night and coming across a golden neon Glenmorangie icon in a window of an all else blacked out and mysterious bar, a doorman barred the door: “It’s the launch!”, he exclaimed, “The launch of what?” I enquired, “It’s a Glenmorangie cocktail bar experience! This is not the last you’ll see of me!” And it […]

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (V&A) http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty-va/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/alexander-mcqueen-savage-beauty-va/#comments Wed, 18 Mar 2015 14:32:44 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3227 Creative brilliance of a genius scale is a rare thing, but Lee Alexander McQueen had it in spades. Creating at a time when Britpop, the GBAs and modern dance were also creating breakthroughs, it’s difficult to define whether his work was in fact art, fashion, performance or a political statement. It was probably all the […]

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Business as Usual http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/business-as-usual/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/business-as-usual/#comments Thu, 12 Mar 2015 10:15:35 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3214 I was heading to The Book Club with a friend of mine for lunch and this time something had changed: a big ‘BUSINESS AS USUAL’ graffiti on the entrance glass windows had appeared. As you enter, you realise that they have created a small but well curated exhibition of some of the world’s finest sign-painting […]

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100 Years of Graphic Design http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/100-years-of-graphic-design/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/100-years-of-graphic-design/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 14:27:54 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3201 100 Years of Graphic Design is a 9 day long pop-up exhibition held at The Protein Studios in Shoreditch, curated by Kemistry Gallery. Kemistry has been supporting and showcasing the brightest emerging talents as well as classic masters. The Protein Studios are located in a large and bright converted space down an edgy side street […]

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Exchanges at the Frontier with Ray Dolan http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/exchanges-at-the-frontier-ray-dolan/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/exchanges-at-the-frontier-ray-dolan/#comments Mon, 02 Feb 2015 11:45:36 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3185 Neuroscience is the new word in researching the cognitive reactions and decisions we make through MRI-based brain patterns. Last week I went to a lecture at The Wellcome Trust Centre by Ray Dolan, a leading psychiatrist in the field and friend and advisor to Ian McKewan the writer.

 The lecture was on how we make […]

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Abram Games exhibition (The Jewish Museum London) http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/abram-games-exhibition-jewish-museum-london/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/abram-games-exhibition-jewish-museum-london/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 12:08:04 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3125 We took some time out to visit the Abram Games exhibition at the Jewish Museum London, tucked away in a quiet residential street in Camden. Self-taught Games was one of the 20th century’s most influential graphic designers and at heart had a very simple philosophy: maximum meaning, minimum means. Games’ clients included the United Nations, […]

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/merry-christmas-happy-new-year/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/merry-christmas-happy-new-year/#comments Wed, 07 Jan 2015 11:39:15 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3113 Thanks to all who made the Illumination Christmas card possible. Based on the idea of Art Attack’s “Big Art Attack”, we had fun creating our Christmas mural on the floor of the Illumination studio. We sprinkled our fairy dust (in other words, sugar and fake snow) and proceeded to make a jolly old mess! A few Spotify Christmas […]

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Bone Daddies Flesh & Buns http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/flesh-and-buns/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/flesh-and-buns/#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:30:07 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3028 Discovering what’s new on the food and drink scene is one of my passions. Going out on a school night is also a real treat, especially if it’s Monday! We went to Bone Daddies Flesh & Buns located in Covent Garden, which seems to be the hot ticket for foodies interested in Japanese and Korean […]

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The Art of Brick http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/art-brick/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/art-brick/#comments Mon, 08 Dec 2014 09:42:20 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2943 Last weekend I attended The Art of Brick exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery (just off Brick Lane). Much anticipated by both children and grown-up lovers of Lego around the world, The Art of Brick has been proclaimed by CNN as one of the ‘world’s 10 must-see exhibitions’. The Art of Brick is an exhibition by […]

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Baccarat: The legend of Crystal http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/baccarat-legend-crystal/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/baccarat-legend-crystal/#comments Fri, 05 Dec 2014 10:44:02 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3084 Back in the day, the international language of business and the upper classes was French, spoken for instance by the Tsars of the Russian court. It’s therefore not surprising that the most luxurious suppliers of fine goods for the landed gentry were often established in France. Baccarat is a great example, an exquisite supplier of […]

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Inspired by trends at the Food & Drink Innovation Network Event 2014 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/fdin-trends-event-2014/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/fdin-trends-event-2014/#comments Fri, 21 Nov 2014 10:29:40 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3017 The thing about trends is that nothing is certain and different trends can go on simultaneously: so which do you choose? Well, that was the chat amongst the audience at FDIN’s food and drink trend seminar in London last week. At Illumination we like to see trends generally for what they often are: creative inspiration as […]

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Bond in Motion exhibition (London Film Museum) http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/bond-motion-exhibition/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/bond-motion-exhibition/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:15:02 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2957 ‘Bond in Motion’ is the largest official collection of original James Bond vehicles, from one of the longest running film franchises in cinema history. James Bond was first introduced to us as the 007 agent in Dr No, played by Sean Connery and over half a century, 23 films and six Bonds later, there is […]

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The Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/umbrella-movement-hong-kong/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/umbrella-movement-hong-kong/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:37:01 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2973 One of our Senior Account Managers, Scott Hendry, is currently in Hong Kong and sent us these images from his travels that capture the Umbrella Movement; a protest for democracy led by students. The protest has been going on for over a month, with Beijing dismissing their idealistic dreams and labelling the students as foreign-led trouble makers. […]

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Remembrance Day Poppies http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/remembrance-day-poppies/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/remembrance-day-poppies/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 10:58:24 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=3004 For Remembrance Day, we wanted to share some of the beautiful pictures our illuminators collated over the past few weeks of the poppies at the Tower of London, from the day they were installed to a view from the Shard.

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House of Illustration – Quentin Blake http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/house-illustration/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/house-illustration/#comments Fri, 07 Nov 2014 15:06:41 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2935 Hidden away in King’s Cross’ Granary Square is the House of Illustration. It has just been the home to a glorious exhibition of Quentin Blake. The exhibition is set over two rooms – in one of them you can see preliminary sketches of Blake’s collaborations with certain authors, some of which have never been published. It was certainly a […]

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GraphicsRCA: 50 Years. http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/graphicsrca-50-years/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/graphicsrca-50-years/#comments Thu, 06 Nov 2014 12:49:39 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2983 On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to attend the 50 Years of Graphic Design exhibition as a guest of Chrissy Levett, our Creative Director and alumna of Royal College of Art’s Graphic Design and Communications course. I saw many familiar faces from the past, not just people both Chrissy and I know from many years […]

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The future of proofing, and a retro look at brands http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/the-future-of-proofing-museum-of-brands/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/the-future-of-proofing-museum-of-brands/#comments Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:53:43 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2914 I recently attended software proofing specialist GMG’s London event – ‘Future of Proofing’. GMG were showcasing some new initiatives in the print proofing market place. Whilst this was inspiring and very relevant to Illumination, GMG had chosen to host the event at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, tucked away in a quiet mews in Notting […]

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An inspiring afternoon at Harrington & Squires http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/harrington-squires/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/harrington-squires/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 16:00:00 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2827 Matt and I went to visit Harrington & Squires, a print making studio just up the road from Illumination. Run by Vicky Fullick & Chrissie Charlton; the latter being not only a previous colleague, but a good friend of Chrissy Levett, our Creative Director. They use both traditional letterpress printing as well as digital printing to […]

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Stereohype 2004-2014 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/stereohype-2004-2014/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/stereohype-2004-2014/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 13:02:06 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2900 Last week, London College of Communication hosted several events as part of the Inside Out Festival 2014, one of which was a lecture about 50 Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegan, which was really inspiring to hear about how his new book and exhibition came about. Whilst at LCC for the lecture above, the ‘Stereohype 2004 […]

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50 Years of Illustration http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/50-years-of-illustration/ http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/50-years-of-illustration/#comments Fri, 31 Oct 2014 09:44:49 +0000 http://www.illuminatingbrands.com/home/?p=2884 Last week Sharon (Design Director), Debbie (Senior Designer) and I went to a lecture at LCC here in London. A lecture by the Dean of LCC, Lawrence Zeegen, one of our Creative Conscience judges, illustrator, educator and accomplished author. Lawrence’s talk took us through his own personal journey, his early influences growing up in the sixties, from the […]

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