Glug London: Thinking Big

Glug Events hosted another evening of great talks over at the Shoreditch Townhall.

The evening started with Professor Andrew Chitty, who leads the UK government’s most significant investments into the Creative Industries. Editor Eliza Williams, advertising industry legend Sir John Hegarty, Jaguar Director of Design Ian Callum, M&C Saatchi’s Worldwide Head of Culture & Inclusion Sereena Abbassi, Katherina Tudball Creative Director over at branding agency Superunion. 

For this instalment, I decided to book off half a day from work to be able to get to the event early, so I didn’t miss out on the amazing tech in the innovation lounge from 3.30pm.

The tech on the show was:

Cute Circuit – Sound Shirt Demonstration – You know the T-shirts in the markets that light up to the sounds around you this guy had an app that controlled the music displayed on the T-shirt. Reminded me of T-shirts sold in Cyber Punk in Camden.

Mativison – VR Gig experience – I was unable to see this one because I was volunteering and handing out the free beer (One for me one for you)! But if I were to create a VR experience, I would create a Rock Star experience. Where you’re on stage, but you also have 7.1 surrounds sound headphones so you can feel through sound and experience the atmosphere. But also what would be fantastic if you could smash up your guitar or any musical instrument for that matter. I wouldn’t recommend stage diving.

Maze Theory – VR gaming experience – This stand was next to me where I was handing out beer and the people who were working the position were both lovely. Unfortunately, because my hands were tied, I had to stay put, but I got to see the people experience the game themselves. They all looked like they enjoyed themselves. 

Last but not least Fontsmith ran a workshop called letter lab – Competing to win a year’s Adobe CC subscription fellow Gluggers had to create a letter and submit the design. Please see below some of the images from the event. Please note I do not own these images. 

About Fontsmith: Fontsmith is a leading boutique type foundry with a complete font design and production service. Founded in 1997 by Jason Smith and known for creating fonts with a distinctively human character, Fontsmith is a truly international team of designers working from a studio in central London.

UK Research & Innovation – Andrew Chitty

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is the national funding agency investing in science and research in the UK. Operating across the whole of the UK with a combined budget of more than £6 billion, UKRI brings together the 7 Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. Professor Andrew Chitty leads the UK government’s most significant investments in the creative industries.

The oppunitisty is excellent for creative innovators to get funding for their dream projects. It is interesting the tech that’s out there and the innovation and what technology can do for a society like practicing hospital surgery, education, games, and so much more. How we use and play with new technology is exciting. Above I talk about the VR experiences which were showing downstairs in the innovation lounge.

As mentioned, but if I were to create a VR experience, I would create a Rock Star experience. Where you’re on stage, but you also have 7.1 surround sound headphones so you can feel through sound and experience the atmosphere. But also what would be fantastic if you could smash up your guitar or any musical instrument for that matter. I think VR will grow to become the gaming experience of the future. But also they are creating unique experiences like being able to immerse yourself within museums, galleries, or visiting your holiday destination and much more.

Creative Review – Eliza Williams

Eliza is Managing Editor at Creative Review.

She speaks about the journey of Creative Review from start to now. She is also discussing the dynamic and turbulent world of design. Eliza spoke about how CR before the digital age and how it has developed into the online world. But with the difference between print and digital magazine is based on subscribers; however, with digital, it is more about clicks and to bring an audience in so the advertisers are happy. Creative Review has a Paywall which is ultimately a subscription service, so you’re able to see the articles that Creative Review post.

For more on Creative Review visit: Creative Review

Full talk of the evening below:


Jaguar – Ian Callum

Ian Callum is the Director of Design for Jaguar since 1999 and helped develop the DB9 and also awarded the title of Royal Designer for Industry from the RSA. He also received the highest accolade by the Charted Society of Designer lifetime achievement in design. He was named as the most influential person in UK design today by The Drum. Ian stated that he started designing cars from the age of 3.

Safe to say Ian Callum is a design genius. At the start of his talk, he mentions that he started off designing steering wheels and moved on from that because he found it boring. Well, if you want to get into designing cars start with steering wheels. Maybe that’s the key to Ian’s success.

Anyways he makes some interesting points about every design should be amazing and fascinating if not then it has not been designed properly. I do believe this to a certain extent. However, design can be very subjective, and what one might consider being amazing and fascinating could look like garbage to someone else. Just take 80’s architecture of mass-produced houses; someone must’ve thought they were great and built them all over the UK. But looking at them now is a complete eyesore, and I think the majority would agree.

Speaking about Jaguars next electric car or 4×4. Mentioning that the future of electronic car design will be a gift to car designers because of the freedom of design. He spoke about the electric skateboard and having the freedom to design because of there’s no clunky engine etc.

The Garage Soho – Sir John Hegarty

Sir John Hegarty has been a legend in the game of advertising for over a whopping six decades. He was a founding partner of Saatchi and Saatchi in 1970 and TBWA in 1973. He also founded the agency Bartle Bogle Hagarty (BBH) in 1982. That agency now has seven offices around the world. BBH has recently been in the news because they are getting taken over by France’s Publicis Groupe for a whopping value of £200million.

The Queen awarded him a Knighthood in 2007 as well as received many other accolades for his work over the decades.

He reminds me off a rockstar that’s full of charisma and can engage the crowd with his talking. Born and raised in North London. He said that creative people are outsiders. Which I think to me is a true statement. We do tend to look into the world and see it in a different light. I have felt like an outsider. I believe my upbringing has been somewhat different from others, and It’s shaped me to who I am today.

He talks about failers as not being a problem but learning from those failers and growing. He mentions that go for the opportunity and not the money, but I believe you need to have the right eye and trust your instincts, and you need to think that the chance will be correct.

His life journey has been amazing and if you haven’t yet go and watch the talk from the link: https://www.pscp.tv/glug/1lPKqoWPgreJb

Superunion – Katherina Tudball

Katherine is an award-winning designer with over 15 years of experience in the design world. She worked as a team with University colleague Julia Woollams at Johnson Banks for over a decade. In 2016 she joined The Partners and led an agency team called Superunion as a Creative Director.

Katherine starts by covering off 2 Topics Audience Commerical Project and Death Personal Project. With both projects overlapping.

Katherine’s work for the re-brand for BBC 2 was a great insight into Katherine’s creative process. The idents are so much fun and very first showing off a wide variety of designs to replicate the vast array of television series that BBC 2 has to offer. When you see the videos, they are beautiful and well executed. To be able to pull off this project was tough because she had to collaborate with many designers and put together the plan. It is excellent how each ident has a different mood for leading to each program. The process in which Katherine showed is beautiful and told such a beautiful story. It’s not just about the final results, but it’s about the journey.