News

New website for Speirs + Major

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
The nature of how the web is used and what we all expect from it has changed completely since we launched our last last website in 2004. Transparency and open access to information is now a necessity not a nice-to-have. For us, sharing our work, ideas and process is the best way to reveal what we do, how we think and what motivates our work with light.

Web designers Engage have done a great job in building the architecture of a website which fits the open and easy-to-use structure that we wanted. Their creative solutions have made the site easy to navigate enabling cross links around without getting lost. Graphically the styling and page layouts are beautifully simple and work well with the new Speirs + Major identity defined by Bibliothèque.


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New Speirs + Major identity and stationery

August 07 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Events
Changing a successful brand identity was a difficult but necessary change for us. The 'Speirs and Major Associates, Lighting Architects' identity has served us well for more than 10 years but we decided a new look would tell a more accurate story of the practice and the way our portfolio and thinking is developing. The three disciplines of our work shows the broad and wide-ranging interest we have in light. To express this as an identity was a challenge we set for Bibliothèque. The brief grew from a series of conversations with them about who we are and how wanted to express the qualities of light that we are interested in: light and dark, simplicity and a portfolio made of light.

Judge for yourself, we think it is terrific.

The tag line changes from 'Lighting Architects' to 'Designers working with light' which more accurately expresses the skills of the team and what we do.

Keith to speak at the ALD conference in Instanbul 25th October 2010

August 03 2010 — by Keith Bradshaw
Education | Events
Keith is one of a series of international speakers talking at the biannual ALD Conference on Architectural Lighting held in Instanbul. He will talk about the interplay between interior and exterior light composition when creating architectural lighting proposals. The day will finish with an informal Pecha Kucha event

RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010

July 30 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
An image of the Grand Mosque adorns this month's front cover of the RIAS Quarterly - the official journal of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland. Download the full article from here.
RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010
RIAS Quarterly Summer 2010

Bioluminescence in the Gippsland Lakes

July 23 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Photographer Phil Hart has taken these remarkable photos of bioluminescence in Australia’s Gippsland Lakes. On his blog he explains how this unusual phenomenon occurs. Apparently, it requires a chain of events - bushfires, storms and flash floods - to trigger a population explosion of this particular algae. At night the organisms produce a remarkable form of bioluminescence, the water glowing brightly wherever there is movement - in waves breaking on the shore, in ripples in the water and wherever people play in the water. You can see his photos and read his story here - definitely worth a look!
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Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.
Bioluminescence in waves lapping at a beach in this 1.5 hour exposure on the Gippsland Lakes, Australia.

Dieter Rams

July 16 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Mini interview by Gestalten tv with legendary industrial designer Dieter Rams. Dieter Rams has been the leading product designer of Braun. He is a big influence on Jonathan Ive's designs for Apple.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

July 14 2010 — by Benz Roos
Inspiration
Very interesting webpage from NASA about astronomy pictures incl. information about the pictures.
Astronomy Picture of The Day

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Sunset as seen from the International space station
Sunset as seen from the International space station

Jonathan Speirs to speak at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow

July 12 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Education
Jonathan Speirs has been invited to speak at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow on Friday 8 October.

Speirs + Major selected to work on New Campus Glasgow

July 12 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Appointments
Speirs + Major is pleased to announce its involvement in the winning scheme for New Campus Glasgow, a brand new ‘super campus’ formed from the amalgamation of three existing Glasgow colleges.

Our team, led by Atkins and including Imagination and Spence Associates, was selected by New Campus Glasgow Ltd to develop designs for the campus which will be built across two sites. We are responsible for developing the lighting vision as well as lighting concepts for the new buildings and public realm.

FX Design Magazine July 2010

July 07 2010 — by Jesse Lilley
Press
in this month's FX design magazine Jill Entwistle reviews the Grand Mosque and Infinity Bridge, both winners of awards presented by the International Association of Lighting Designers. See the online article here.
FX Magazine July 2010
FX Magazine July 2010
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