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Shadow…

October 30 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Inspiration
An integral part of the interplay between light and darkness is shadow. The six projects currently featured on the homepage all take into account this mysterious element, using shadow to communicate stories, change spaces and influence experiences. Click on them to find out more...
Copyright/ James Newton
Copyright/ James Newton

Moonlight Towers

October 21 2015 — by dave.morris
Inspiration
Earlier this year, I went on a road trip vacation through some of the southern United States. It's probably not for everyone, but one thing I was particularly keen on visiting was one of the antique streetlights - known locally as 'moonlight towers' - that are still dotted through Austin, Texas. If you've not heard of them before, I highly recommend following their story a little. These things are more than a hundred years old, they tower over the streets at more than fifteen storeys in height, and their history includes arc lamps, night time formal social gatherings, a film by Richard Linklater, and even something called the 'Servant Girl Annihilator'.
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Channel 4 rebrand

October 16 2015 — by dave.morris
Inspiration
I spotted an entry on the Brand New blog a few days ago about the new Channel 4 brand identity. This film, created by DBLG & SQUA to introduce the rebrand, is a masterpiece in confidence and a measure of just what a strong logo they're working with: You don't have to see the logo at all to recognise it.

Of course, we also have some history with this logo ourselves...
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Gasper & Son - A Documentary About Neon-Crafters in NYC

October 13 2015 — by dave.morris
Inspiration
We're big fans of craftsmanship and the hand-made, here, so it will come as no surprise at all that the tradition of neon sign crafting delights many of us. I was recently alerted to Gasper & Son, a documentary about a small neon business of the same name in New York City. The film was made last year by Freckless Productions, whose previous film about my favourite childhood novel, The Phantom Tolbooth, is also rather delightful. I've only seen the trailer for Gasper & Son so far, but you can watch the whole thing online for free:

www.gasperandson.com.

There is also a screening coming up in New York on Monday evening, so if you're nearby it might be worth investigating!

Night of Heritage Light

September 29 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events | Inspiration
We are delighted to be involved in creating the Night of Heritage Light .
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Satu + Benz participate in Wellcome Trust’s ‘Incredible Encounters with Light’ Event

May 07 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Events | Inspiration
Last weekend, Satu and Benz were involved with the Wellcome Trust's 'Incredible Encounters with Light', a series of talks "that promise to illuminate, sparkle and delight", as part of the wider 'On Light' event series, with events taking place from Friday night until the bank holiday Monday.
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Kerem gives talk to Brunel University

March 16 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Education | Inspiration
Kerem has given a talk to Brunel University Lighting Design Module students today.
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HALFLIFE Live Colour Indicator

February 27 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Events | Inspiration
HALFLIFE is an exponential light installation at the pedestrian tunnel under 1 Pancras Square, King's Cross launched on 6th March 2015. Starting in desaturated hues (white), HALFLIFE will, over the course of the installation, reveal 92,160 colours, as hues radiates anti-clockwise around the colour wheel, gradually deepening in saturation.
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HALFLIFE

February 19 2015 — by Karina Armburg Jennings
Inspiration
A preview of the exponential light installation, open from 6th March 2015.

Old, New, Dark, Blue - The Art of Lighting of Footbridges

July 17 2014 — by Mark Major
Education | Inspiration
Like the design and engineering of bridges, lighting design is both an art and a science; it aims to provide a creative solution to what is often perceived as a technical problem. In so far that any footbridge needs the application of artificial light during the hours of darkness, its illumination must be carefully considered. This is not only to meet the requirements for safety, security and accessibility but also to ensure that its form is properly revealed. There are also the considerations of the impact that any lighting equipment may have on the appearance of the bridge by day, access for maintenance, potential environmental impacts such as light pollution, capital and running costs – the list goes on. A successful lighting scheme might therefore be seen as one that successfully balances a number of design constraints to achieve an optimum solution. At the same time it is often the case that the very best designs also possess a little bit of ‘magic’ that help elevate the project to become a special experience - not only for the people using the bridge but also those viewing it from afar. This article briefly looks at the background, approach and key design criteria that are required to be considered when illuminating footbridges. It also touches on the way that changes in technology are allowing much greater integration of the lighting into the design of footbridges as long as provision is made for the light early within the design process. Finally it looked at some examples of how lighting has been applied through four cases studies – old, new, dark and blue.
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