A show I always like to visit, even though I went to the Retail Design Expo I think I prefer this show as it more intimate and creative, a lot more of my previous contacts exhibit there so it’s a nice chance to network and catch up! It was great to see previous suppliers like VGL, DZD, VGC Colourlink, and Stylo producing some eye catching and creative displays.
I know my good friend Kerrie Kent designed the fabulous stand for VGC and what a great job she did, using on trend colours and textures such as copper with grey, marble and stone effect mixed with dufalite board. Well done Kerrie it looked brilliant! You can see more of Kerrie’s work as a Creative Consultant over on her website, and we’re hoping to collaborate on some projects soon so watch this space!
Nice to see familiar faces too, and good friends of mine exhibiting – such as Matt from Matt Wingfield Studios who I know from University, and Replica who’s team I worked with at Arcadia. It’s such a small world this VM and Display malarkey isn’t it. Everyone knows everyone in one way or another, but great for networking especially when you become a freelancer like me and need to pull on those contacts for work prospects.
I really like the Business Design centre as a venue, it’s a bit quirky, creative and feels less corporate. You also get to see different agencies and companies such as Lucky Fox, Planarama, and smaller independents upstairs who want to show off their talents and offerings but without having to fork out for a huge, expensive stand – such as Studio Xag, Studio Tait and VMG.
Got some nice freebies and collectables this time too, such as this fab print from Matt Wingfield and these lovely screen printed wood postcards from Harlequin, which aptly have the letter H on them, so they’ll go perfectly on my studio noticeboard!