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From Peckham to the World!

This evening sees the third in the 2017 series of Xchanges exploring and debating The Value of Design all of which have taken place in partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers. Tonight we will explore the topic of Global Local, with local Peckham muralist and gallery artist, Remi Rough, and Merlin Entertainments, Europes largest entertainment company. Walk along the arches below Queens Road Peckham station, and amongst an eclectic mix of creative businesses you will find immersive production specialists Footprint. Established over 13 years ago, Co-founders (a Husband and Wife team) Danny and Agnes Lennon have built a fiercely ‘local’ company with a genuine global reach. Their team of skilled designers, craftspeople and technologists work with leading theatre, film, and TV companies and producers, creative agencies and designers, and a growing number of brands and retailers to bring bold, unique ideas to life. Over the years Footprint have seen many changes, not just in Peckham but in the creative sectors they work in.  “Every day brings new creative challenges and technical opportunities for the business. We are now are really able to deliver brilliant ideas in the way they should be”, Danny excitedly tells us. Footprint’s clients include the National Theatre, BBC, ITV, Secret Cinema, Merlin Entertainments, Liberty, and Baku international Islamic Games – each project building on Danny and the team’s experience and foundation in film and TV set production, and a huge opportunity that came with working on the London 2012 Opening and Closing Ceremonies. Footprint these days has a genuine global reach, and featured on a recent Netflix series, alongside international stage designer Es... read more

Footprint Xchange, Left Brain, Right Brain

Footprint Xchange, Left Brain, Right Brain. Highlights of another fabulous Xchange.   Footprint Xchange is series of enriching events exploring future thinking within innovative design and technology.   Design is at the centre of our lives…but is its true value recognised? Throughout 2017 Footprint Xchange is exploring and debating these provocations across a series of events. Partnering with leading thinkers from the world of advertising, theatre, immersive technology, retail and branding, Footprint Xchange is at the forefront of the debate. Great News for Design   “Left brain thinkers, tend to be logical and analytical, compared with right brain thinkers who use their imagination to inspire their creativity.” Stephen Miller, Design Council. With Design as one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, we need to ensure that the design process is properly recognised. Stephen Miller of the Design Council explained that although creativity and imagination drive design, its intrinsic value is often lost in a ‘Left Brain Economy’. He says, “Like ‘dark matter’, design, and the processes that support it can be invisible, but we know it’s there, it’s fundamental importance, and the impact it has.” Whilst it was acknowledged that many creative professions are currently not accurately categorised or fully understood by wider society, it is predicted that by 2020 businesses will be looking for employees who show 3 main skill characteristics, these being; Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, these being fundamental components of the creative professions we all work within. Stephen suggested that society will look to Designers and the creative industry as a whole to develop this sought after skillset. Stephen Miller, Design Council A closer look at ‘the dark... read more

The Value of Design, Jim Rokos

This guest blog article has been written by Multi-Award Winning Designer Jim Rokos. Footprint are in collaboration with Jim who will be speaking at our next Footprint Xchange event on 20th June at the Lyric Studios, Hammersmith. Make sure you reserve your space for this fantastic free event. Dyslexic Design was an exhibition curated by industrial designer Jim Rokos, which explored the connection between dyslexia and the creative industries. The project celebrated dyslexic designers’ work during the London Design Festival last year. Jim is passionate about challenging perceptions of dyslexia by accentuating its positive effects and close association with design.   Hunter Jacket: Gorilla – Rohan Chhabra An egg shaped wine decanter, a jacket that can take on the form of a gorilla, hand stitched illustrations that must be drawn backwards… These objects are designed by people with dyslexia. They are all among the treasures that were featured in a micro-exhibition that I curated last year at the London trade show designjunction, during the London Design Festival: Dyslexic Design illustrates that people with dyslexia aren’t suffering from a so-called learning disability. Instead, because their minds process information differently to most of us, their work is enriched, and possesses each designer’s own idiosyncratic style. It all began after the Christmas of 2015. I was driving back from seeing my cousins in Yorkshire. I tuned into LBC, a London-based national talk and phone-in radio station, which had invited listeners to call in and share personal stories about dyslexia. I was excited to hear what people would say, as I am dyslexic and had not heard much about it in the... read more

Footprint at the VM & Display Show

Footprint ‘Purveyor of Fine Retail Experiences’ We invite you to visit our immersive ‘One Stop Shop’ at the VM and Display Show, 5th-6th April 2017 at stand number H3/4 at the Business Design Centre in North London. Footprint are Designers and Makers based in South East London, who bring retail storytelling to life by curating immersive environments that can captivate and engage audiences in all sectors.     It’s an Edwardian ‘One Stop Shop’. In a theatrical twist that blends traditional high street values with tomorrow’s technology, Footprint has designed and built an Edwardian experience that places traditional values right next to cutting edge technological innovation.  The One Stop Shop means that Footprint has it all covered, curating the whole production under one roof – design, technical integration, production management and last but not least, top quality build and finish.     The Best of the Old with the Best of the New. Keeping the best of the old with the best of the new is all about putting the customer first as the retail landscape evolves around us. Footprint’s One Stop Shop presents up to the minute innovation, intertwined within a beautiful window display and in-store aesthetics of an Edwardian shop. You will see the latest technology working in the setting of traditional customer values, including Crystal Display Systems Ltd screen and Bare Conductive Electronics, creating a mesmerising experience that will surprise the senses.     Great Storytelling; Holding the Attention of a Restless Audience Footprint gets to the heart of the fine retail experience with great story telling which creates emotional and memorable connection. Footprint leads by... read more

Who are the Storytellers now? A great Xchange!

In case you missed this inspiring evening at The Lyric, here are some of the highlights…   ‘As designers, makers and producers we are the visual storytellers of our age’ Fiona Watt, Honorary Secretary of the Society of British Theatre Designers.   Facilitated by Fiona Watt, speakers Jim Whyte (Trends and Insights Specialist) and Tupac Martir (Creative Director and Founder of Satore Studio) explored the provocation, ‘Who Are the Storytellers Now?’ With a broadening gap between text and experience-based narratives (against a backdrop of emerging technologies), we explored how storytelling impacts on the world of brands, retailers and entertainment. ‘There is always a human need for storytelling.’ Jim Whyte, Trends Specialist.   Jim Whyte explored how the landscape in which traditional brands have told their stories is being heavily influenced by the digital world. However this presents it’s own challenges- particularly in connecting with and conveying empathy to their audiences. Effective storytelling needs to appeal to all the senses, with human engagement at its core. This is where ‘immersive experience’ now provides the perfect platform for brands and retailers to strengthen the dialogue with their customers. Brands are constantly having to think on their feet to find new ways to engage through effective storytelling, in order to remain relevant.   ‘Technology…what’s technology?  Nothing, unless it’s part of a good story’ Tupac Martir, Creative Director and Founder of Satore Studio.   Tupac Martir questioned how audiences respond to storytelling. We were reassured that no matter how technology may advance, effective storytelling is still all about human connection. Today, Artists create and research fresh ideas by using new technologies, giving us the chance to share our stories to a... read more

The Value of Design: Who are the Storytellers now?

FootprintXchange: ‘Who are the Storytellers now?’ is the first in a series of events where we will be exploring the Value of Design over the course of 2017. FootprintXchange is a hosted event with guest speakers, followed by discussion with the wider audience.  It offers an informal arena to meet and engage with fellow professionals from business and commerce, academia, and subsidised sectors.  Xchange focuses on subjects that impact our shared futures within the entertainment, theatre, retail, branding and events sectors, with discussions often leading to new, exciting collaborations and projects. In this session, we will explore the hot topic of who are the Storytellers now? Aside from sharing latest insights in immersive audience and brand experience, we will question whether technology enhances or hinders storytelling for artists, designers, producers, brands, and retailers. We are partnering with The Society of British Theatre Designers to bring you an engaging evening at Lyric Theatre Studio, Hammersmith on Tuesday 7th March 2017. Doors open 6.30pm.  The SBTD are a professional association supporting and celebrating the diverse range of design for performance made nationally and internationally by UK based designers. Our guest speakers for this event are: Tupac Martir, Visual Artist and Creative Director Tupac is a multimedia artist, visual designer and creative director, specialising in light, who has provided production design, visuals and lighting direction for Elton John, Sting, New York Festival of Light, Xu Bing at the V&A Museum and the Serpentine Gallery. Tupac is known for creating unique multidisciplinary productions from several art forms including two of his own ‘Nierka’ and ‘Looking Outside My Window’. Jim Whyte, Trends and Insights Specialist Jim is a futurist and trends expert who specialises in turning new technology... read more

Footprint Xchange presents

Another great evening of talk and debate from Footprint Xchange! Footprint Xchange is rapidly becoming a major debate forum for the theatre, events, experiential branding and commercial sectors. If you missed it…here are the highlights of our most recent Xchange on 360 degree filming and the virtual world. We were delighted to partner with Amelia Kallman of Engage Works, and Tom Watt, Director of Photography, at Camberwell Studios where we were joined by a brilliant audience from the world of theatre, film, museums, events and digital production. It’s clear that what people want is an increasing exposure to experience – virtual or augmented – whether it’s using 360 degree filming to tease our senses, or wearing VR headsets for a more complete sensory simulation. Tom spoke about the challenges to 360 filming – giving us an insight into lighting and adapting traditional skills to the new technology. Amelia explored the physical and mental impact of VR. The discussion that followed was fascinating – we even touched on how these new technologies can enhance empathy even as far as to stepping into the ‘paws’ of animals – or being Beyonce for a day. But is there a payback in a world where the rate of progress is outstripping regulation? The Q&A session opened up even more topics and the conversation could have gone on and on. We are hoping to continue with a similar event coming soon. We would like to thank The Broadsword Production Group for their event expertise and equipment. Footprint Xchange is a mechanism where we are always on the lookout for interesting and engaging speakers to partner with – to explore the impact of new... read more

The Value of Design

This guest blog article has been written by Fiona Watt, Honorary Secretary for the Society of British Theatre Designers. Footprint are in collaboration with Fiona and currently working towards our next Footprint Xchange event, which is coming soon! The Society of British Theatre Designers (SBTD) turned 40 in July 2015. Founded by designers, for designers, the first open meeting was held in November 1975 in Covent Garden and many of the topics of conversation in terms of supporting and celebrating the work of performance designers based in the UK remain strikingly resonant. We act as a hub for the sharing of information and communication between designer members at every stage of their career development. We are seen as the first point of communication in the UK by the international performance design community, and by national and international companies seeking professional designers. We provide important industry related information for our members and promote their work through our website as well as publishing a quarterly journal, sending regular e-newsletters by email, publishing the work of members on our website and organising training, seminars and regular informal networking events. Photograph © V&A Images: Make/Believe : UK Design for Performance, Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten. a site specific performance on  Aldeburgh beach.Set and Costume Designer :  Leslie Travers Thanks to the dedication of a small but passionately committed team, our 40th anniversary began with the opening of our latest exhibition, Make/Believe: UK Design for Performance 2011 – 2015 at the V&A. The respect and acknowledgement of our often ephemeral discipline by our National Museum of Art and Design over the past twelve years has... read more

The essence of Camberwell Studios

This guest blog article has been written by Andy Woodruff, Managing Director of Camberwell Studios in South East London. Footprint are in collaboration with Camberwell Studios and currently working towards our next Xchange event at the beginning of September. Camberwell Studios opened for business on Valentine’s Day in 2009 in the darkness of the 2008 Global Banking crisis fallout. Despite some initially hard times getting started Camberwell Studios has established itself as one of London’s best value independent film studios. We asked Andy Woodruff MD of the business about his customers and what changes he had seen over that period. Variety is the spice of life and new flavours are being found all the time. Our Studio 1 We started the studios partly as a reaction to our experiences trying to find a reliable soundproof green screen space to film in and partly because we believed the future of online was going to be video and there would eventually be an increase in demand. These types of shoots, normally a presenter against a green screen background, or interviews have been a mainstay of our smaller studios business. In the larger space, also green screen but not soundproof, we have hosted hundred and hundred of adverts, music videos, mainstream films pieces, art pieces, TV shows, animation and more. Clients range right across the spectrum from top Production Houses, Indie Filmmakers and an increasing number of small fleet of foot independent production companies and marketers learning how to do it themselves. It is all about content, content, content. These remain the main types of production we host but what I have noticed in... read more

Ed Joins Footprint

Ed Jeans has joined the Footprint team as a consultant Design Manager, working across the business in a creative, project management and client servicing capacity. Footprint will draw on Ed’s retail brand experience, to support their industry leading production design and implementation prowess. ”I have known Footprint for a while and always been excited by the bold, innovative approach that Danny, Agnes and the team take to each project” Ed tells us. “There’s clear market leading expertise and bold ambition in the business – all founded on a genuine humility that makes the Footprint offer truly unique. I know there’s much for us to explore together, and a synergy that I already feel will be dangerously good! I’m pleased to have had the chance to work with Footprint, and can’t wait to join the team” Danny Lennon, Footprint’s Co-Founder and Director says ‘”We are delighted to have Ed on board at this time of our evolution, as he will be able to enhance our production design offer with existing clients, as well as develop both our Blackbox studio concept and Modoola IOT furniture range”. Footprint have been creating sets, scenery, brand and retail experiences for the last 11 years, for clients such as Secret Cinema, Emma Brjunes, TRO, Cheil, Habitat, Asda, House of Peroni, Europcar, Crabtree & Evelyn, Top Shop, Regent St Christmas lights, The National Theatre and Les Enfants Terribles among many. With over 15 years’ experience in the creative industry working with leading brands and retailers, Ed is well versed in evolving distinct customer experiences throughout the world. Career highlights include rollout programs with Volkswagen and Virgin... read more