Ideas Factory

Ideas Factory Turns 30

We are celebrating our 30th birthday here at Ideas Factory! 

A great deal has changed since 1986 and the studio has seen it all. For over 30 years we have chosen independence and integrity over expansion and commercialism. To acknowledge this milestone we’ve created an online quiz. To play simply visit our virtual studio at and, with the help of clues from popular culture and the design world, correctly identify each of the five featured years – you might even win a Karlsson flip clock!

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BP Portrait Award 2016

Today I visited the BP Portrait Award Exhibition, held at the National Portrait Gallery. The Award, now in its 37th year, has become internationally prestigious with 2,557 entries from around the world.

Showcasing contemporary portraiture that remained loyal to timeless technique, the work in this exhibition beautifully and memorably captured the individuality and refinement of human form and expression.

The subtlety and purity of Clara Drummond’s 'Girl in a Liberty Dress' won her the first prize of the Portrait Award, but it was Laura Guake’s painting titled 'Petras' that really took me. The story behind the painting and the sheer scale of it, as well as the precision of the technique and execution of the final outcome was what made this painting really stand out.

The exhibition closes on the 4th of September and is an incredible one to visit if you can.

The Summer Exhibition

The Summer Exhibition of the Royal Academy is like an institution within the art world, and has been going since 1769. Put together this year by Richard Wilson, the exhibition displays over 1,100 works.

An array of innovative and exciting ideas were displayed through the beautifully executed outcomes, each created in mediums complementary to the styles of the artists work.

A piece that really stood out for me was titled ‘Migration’ and was a scene of galloping horses, each intricately laced in wires, which formed a structure depicting a forest landscape. The depth, detail and beauty of this piece was hugely captivating.

The Summer Exhibition is running up until the 21st of August and is worth a visit for a chance to catch a snapshot of the next generation of contemporary art.

What is Luxury?

We spent Friday afternoon at the V&A's current exhibition, 'What is Luxury?' Luxury is something our clients often reference when approaching us with new projects and this was a perfect opportunity to get to the roots of what that means. There was an array of wonderfully executed objects on show that demonstrated precision, attention to details and remarkable finishes.

One that really stood out was Studio Swine's Hair Highway (pictured), in which strands of Asian hair were laid out flat in a thin layer and coloured resin was poured over the top to give a tropical hardwood effect before being glued back together to create decorative items.

We left the exhibition with the same conclusion, luxury is not functional. It's a chance to show off skill and complex techniques and separates itself from the current trends of market demands. The exhibition runs until 27 September so try and make it while you can!

LCC Summer Show

Recently, we travelled up to Elephant & Castle on our annual trip to the LCC Summer Show.

The identity for this year's show was designed by Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir and is a typographic treat. You are greeted at the entrance by huge type, constructed from silver vinyl that quite literally mirrors the suns rays (provided you picked a day with weather like ours.)

As always we were blown away by the level of work exhibited, plus it is always exciting to see a few of our past interns exhibiting! Keep up the great work LCC, we’ll be back next year.