The Business Design Centre London
Creativity in Abundance
As anyone who knows me or has spoken to me may be aware, I can talk for England, maybe Wales too. So hyped up with caffeine I managed to talk to A LOT of people yesterday, and found out about their businesses, visual design ideas and fun projects they get to make and be involved with.
For me, it was companies like Minki Balinki, Riot of Colour, Planorama and Hello Flamingo that really stood out.
Each display was a perfect example of their expertise and skills. I particularly liked Riot of Colour’s stand, set out like a neat tool shed with each panel and tools made from a material they work with (wood, plastic,metal etc).
Key Visual Trends
There were some clear design trends seen during the show, the four most notable were……
Big Block Colour
The best results in this style are when you may have several props and products but all precisely the same shade. A very clever visual trick catches our eye first with the large block of colour, its then the brain will notice all the detail. Display Logic did a great job with this style and Planorama’s grocery sore was definitely one of my favourite’s, mixing charm, humour and efficiency into one brilliant display.
Oversized Objects, the next big thing.
Here is Kitty from Event Prop Hire, sitting with a giant bucket and spade, next to a huge melting ice cream. Oversized props, the next big thing.
Glitter, Lots of Glitter
Glitter Fabric and glitter covered items were sparkling all over the show , some were shimmering touches to to a prop but the most prominent glitter trend was full on block glitter. This was shown by either covering a prop, plinth or logo with glue or paint then buckets of lose glitter! The other method which is much neater is using glitter fabric.
Glitter fabric has a strong poly-cotton backing with a thick layer of glitter on the surface and can be cut into large scale or small intricate shapes that will stick easily onto walls, furniture and props. The range we have on line is just the tip of the iceberg, if you want a particular shade we can source this or even make it specially for you!
Of course the fantastic visual team at Hello Flamingo wholeheartedly represented the pretty pink bird, but there were several other viewings of this flamboyant creature.
Spotted on shirts, shimmering water holes, amongst twinkling trees and a giant walk on version. Visually, flamingos are both odd yet elegant creatures, perhaps this is why we all seem to be into them right now, but I’m sure the pink has something to do with it .
If you are planning a project which needs fabric of any kind then call us up to see where we can help. Of course we can supply a huge variety of fabric but did you know we can make bespoke items too? Our stitching service will make anything you need from one off items to large runs.