• Herepaulsmithcg

    Here 2012: Sir Paul Smith (Picture: Cat Garcia)


We review Here, the fabulous creative symposium held last week in London

Posted by Rob Alderson,

Last Friday 500 people packed into the glorious surroundings of The Royal Geographical Society for our biggest ever event, Here. We decided not to overcomplicate things – invite great speakers, put them on stage and let their talents and insights do the rest, and the result was something pretty special – entertaining, informative and inspiring (even if we do say so ourselves!).

Design guru Eike König kicked off the day, sharing the values which underpin both his and Hort’s continued success (i.e 1. Have fun 2. Get paid…) and a few prints for good measure. He was followed by animator Grant Orchard who charted his (very recognisable) struggles to balance work, home life and personal projects before Sonya Dyakova took us through her tale from Soviet-era Siberia to beautiful art direction for the likes of Phaidon, frieze and the Bouroullec Brothers. Rounding off the morning session was photographer Giles Duley whose own story – of overcoming serious injuries sustained in Afghanistan – was subsumed by his extraordinary passion for photography and its power to act as an advocate for those without a voice.

  • C.g-img_10

    Here 2012: Eike König enjoying the day (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C.g-img_18

    Here 2012: Grant Orchard (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • L.p-img_15

    Here 2012: Sonya Dyakova (Picture: Lauren Michelle Pires)

  • C.g-img_16

    Here 2012: Giles Duley (Picture: Cat Garcia)

The second session of the day began with GTF’s Andy Stevens, who used his studio’s work with kvadrat as a case study to explore how they develop and finesse ideas from initial inspirations to finished pieces. He was followed by Quentin Jones who talked about breaking free from art school constraints to develop a singular style that has won her huge acclaim across fashion and publishing, and Quentin’s rapid, reactive approach contrasted neatly with filmmaker Carol Morley who spoke with empathy and enthusiasm about her painstaking work in breathing new life into stories she feels shouldn’t be forgotten.

Rounding off this session, brothers Job and Roel Wouters presented an innovative talk in which all the lines were spoken by the audience but it was still full of revelations into how they approach their respective practices.

  • C.g-img_7

    Here 2012: Andy Stevens (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C.g-img_25

    Here 2012: Quentin Jones (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C

    Here 2012: Carol Morley (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • L.p-img_13

    Here 2012: The audience enjoys Carol Morley’s talk (Picture: Lauren Michelle Pires)

  • C.g-img_21

    Here 2012: Job and Roel Wouters in their custom-made Here shirts (Picture: Cat Garcia)

After lunch we were treated to a maverick performance from jellymonger Sam Bompas on the theme of creative-risk taking. It’s fair to say there were a few surprises (including for us!) but few present could forget the nudity. Or the cocktail. After Sam, body architect Lucy McRae wowed the crowd with her jaw-dropping work pushing the creative potential of the human form and explained with wit and charm how her mind-bending projects came into being – she was followed by Tom Roope of The Rumpus Room who showed adroitly how creative agencies should embrace the brave new world of campaigns built around consumer participation.

Our closing speaker Sir Paul Smith performed a virtuoso talk full-to-bursting with insights into how his mind works, advice on channelling creativity, great visuals and a host of brilliant gags. Nobody there will forget the links between beach huts and sweaters in a hurry, that’s for sure!

Overall it was a tremendous day and we were blown away by the incredible feedback we received. But don’t worry if you missed out (or were too engrossed to take notes) – films of the talks will be available on the site in the coming weeks.

  • L

    Here 2012: Sam Bompas gets started (Picture: Lauren Michelle Pires)

  • C

    Here 2012: The audience show their appreciation for another talk (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C.g-img_22

    Here 2012: Lucy McRae (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C.g-img_27

    Here 2012: Tom Roope (Picture: Cat Garcia)

  • C.g-img_6

    Here 2012: The programmes (Picture: Cat Garcia)

Here would not have been possible without the fantastic support of our event partner Pantone, nor the generous sponsorship of WeTransfer, GF Smith, The London Graphic Centre and our media partner Eye magazine.


Posted by Rob Alderson

Editor-in-Chief Rob oversees editorial across all three It’s Nice That platforms; online, print and events. He has a background in newspaper journalism and a particular interest in art, advertising and photography. He is the main host of the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Events View Archive

  1. List

    The House of Peroni is back and as bold as ever, this time celebrating the dizzying cultural diversity of Rome, the birth place of Peroni Nastro Azzurro. Combining the worlds of food, drink, design and film, contemporary Rome has been brought to London for one month only via a transformed townhouse; a four-storey exploration of how Rome’s rich heritage is being interpreted by a new wave of creative talent in Italy.

  2. Kickstarter_list_image

    Few things fundamentally change the way the creative world works, which makes the rise and rise of crowdfunding site Kickstarter all the more remarkable. Now five years in, it’s one of those brands that’s become a verb and “to Kickstarter” is an increasingly common way of launching a project.

  3. List

    Back in the spring, The House of Peroni took over a central London townhouse with a celebration of the retro 1960s inspired creativity which so influenced Peroni’s founders. Next month it’s back and this time around it will be a feast of food, drink, art, design and fashion that reflects the cultural diversity of Rome.

  4. List

    As one of the most fundamental visual tools, creatives use colour in a multitude of ways. It’s Nice That is excited to be partnering with G . F Smith for three evenings exploring how an eclectic mix of visual practitioners think about colour and harness its power. They will take place across the UK and each evening will also feature an exclusive screening of the Colorplan film Bright Red. The exciting line-ups we have helped curate for the events are:

  5. List

    An elegant townhouse in central London has been transformed into a multi-storey, multi-sensory celebration of Italian style and culture. The House of Peroni, which opened last night, boasts a host of retro-inspired creativity – inspired by 1963, the year Peroni Nastro Azzurro was launched – and it brings to life a stylised version of la dolce vita.

  6. Main

    I love Pick Me Up, especially the private view. Fine cheese, meats, booze and the best illustration and graphic arts you can hope for under one roof. In its fifth year the festival seems to have graduated from being a trade fair at which members of the public could by prints and knick knacks they wanted to hang in their kitchen, to being a place that celebrates the true craft of the world’s youngest and most talented artists.

  7. List

    We’ve featured Brinkworth’s beautifully designed skate parks on the site before when they launched Nike’s BaySixty6, a community project under London’s Westway that invited people of all ages to pick up a deck and try their hand on the ramps. The initiative was such a success that Brinkworth have become something of an authority on skate park construction and have since been invited to create a temporary set-up at the Old Selfridges Hotel, located inside Selfridges department store.

  8. Main

    A lot of websites and magazines have technology and creative digital media as the forefront of their coverage. I never really got it before, until visiting Resonate festival in Belgrade last week when suddenly it dawned on me: turns out technology really is the future. Whoops!

  9. List

    It’s that time of the year – the YCN Professional Awards are now open for entries and once again competition is sure to be fierce as the freshest creative talent at work around the world battle it out for the prestigious prizes.

  10. Virginatlantic1

    Somewhere in the financial district of Manhattan, Virgin Atlantic are quite literally flying the flag for Britain with Fabergé’s second Big Egg Hunt, which follows the resounding success of the inaugural event in London two years ago. Over 250 eggs have taken residency across New York for the month of April, with familiar creative names such as Tracey Emin, Oliver Jeffers and Shantell Martin have all transformed the blank canvas of a shell provided.

  11. List

    What’s the only thing better than a celebration of Italian style and culture? A celebration of Italian style and culture with a retro twist, that’s what, and Londoners are in for that very treat next month with the return of The House of Peroni. Visitors stepping through the doors of 64 Lincoln’s Inn Fields in Holborn will be plunged into a world of all things italiano featuring food and drink, fashion and design.

  12. List

    Last weekend we were honoured to be invited to speak at Dublin’s OFFSET festival; a three-day feast of creative insight and inspiration. More than 2,000 people flocked to the Irish capital for talks, panel discussions and live interviews and it was amazing to be part of a line-up that included the likes of Jessica Walsh, Marian Bantjes, Marina Willer, Richard Turley, Mike Perry, Richard Mosse and Jon Burgerman.

  13. List

    Creative conferences come in all shapes and sizes and they all have different reputations, but Dublin’s Offset is renowned for its combination of great speakers and a super-fun informal line-up.