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Here 2013: Es Devlin

Es Devlin is a multi-award-winning international stage and costume designer whose stunning work spans a number of genres, from film and TV to music, dance and theatre. Es’ incredible portfolio includes designing for the major Opera Houses around the world, the MTV Europe Music Awards, and stage design for artists such as Kanye West, Lady Gaga, Muse, and Jay-Z. Es was also given the honour to design the set for the London Olympic Closing Ceremony in 2012. With consistently incredible visuals, Es is a force to be reckoned with.

At Here 2013 she spoke about how a random moment at a wedding set off a train of thought about her creative approach, taking us through some of her projects and considering how the digital age has changed the way we think.

Erik Kessels

The final speaker at Here 2013 was iconoclastic advertising legend Erik Kessels. The founder of kesselskramer took us through both some of his personal publishing projects and some unusual client work to give us an insight into his unique creative thinking.

Kate Moross

Longtime friend of It’s Nice That Kate Moross is a graphic artist and art director who is much sought-after by commercial and editorial clients alike. She spoke at Here about the “DIY Punk Ethos” and how the new rules of the game are opening up a world of opportunities for enterprising creatives.

Wayne Hemingway

Wayne Hemingway is one of the UK’s most famous designers with a 30-year career spanning fashion, architecture, graphics and festivals. He explained how by seizing opportunities at the right time he got to expand his design empire and why listening to your mum is always the best thing to do.

Stuart Wood

Stuart Wood is one of the founders of digital design collective rAndom International. At Here he charted the studio’s longstanding interest in human interaction, spoke about the challenges of balancing the artist and the coder inside him and gave us some insights into the wildly popular Rain Room at The Barbican.

Sarah Illenberger

By rethinking the traditional perceptions of her craft, 3D illustrator Sarah Illenberger has developed a weird and wonderful portfolio. She talked us through examples ranging from satirising the plastic surgery craze through fine art to representing “masculine measurements” in unexpected ways.

Mark Porter

Mark Porter is one of the most respected editorial designers working today. At Here 2013 he spoke about his unusual route into the industry, his design philosophy and how the fast-shifting digital age impacts on his profession, both in terms of challenges and opportunities.

Es Devlin

From Kanye West and Lady Gaga to the 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony, Es Devlin is the go-to stage and set designer for engaging, inspiring and jaw-dropping visual treatments. At Here 2013 she spoke about her creative approach and the changing nature of inspiration in the digital age.


Oscar Romagosa and Nicolás Méndez are part of uber-cool Barcelona-based directors’ collective CANADA. At Here they gave us the most meticulous insight into the way they work, focusing on their video for the Phoenix single Trying To Be Cool from the first doodles to the final, rip-roaring piece.

Nelly Ben Hayoun

At Here 2013 the inimitable French creative Nelly Ben Hayoun presented a whirlwind tour of her remarkable relationship with science, including making dark matter in her kitchen, building mini volcanoes in her lounge and creating an International Space Orchestra with NASA.

Rafaël Rozendaal

At Here 2013 digital and online art pioneer Rafaël Rozendaal gave us an insight into his past projects, why he finds working in this medium so exhilarating and why he also likes to experiment with work that combines the digital and the physical.