Brighten the Corners is Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou. But often it's Frank, Billy and Boz Temple-Morris. And sometimes Tim, Kristin or Stéphan join in.
But it started as Frank and Billy (and Julia, but that's another story). A German and a Greek-New Zealander, we met studying Graphic Design and set up after graduating from the Royal College of Art in London. We soon crossed paths with a Welsh-Iranian strategist named Boz, and a few projects later we moved into our Brixton studio. English, French, Bangladeshees and Germans pop by from time to time, to help out. Now we have a studio in Stuttgart as well.
To make things simpler we all speak English.
Our clients are pretty mixed as well. Over the years we've worked on several projects for the Goethe-Insitut, the British Council, the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Accenture, and Laurence King Publishing happily switching between public sector, corporate and cultural environments.
Although every job is different, our approach remains the same: we strongly believe that you have to think what it is you want to say, before you say it. So, design for us is never a stylistic undertaking, but rather a means of visualising thoughts and ideas. We have always enjoyed this creative process and love the attention to detail it involves.
We have won quite a few awards as well. Not just for posters, logos, programmes, websites and events we have designed, but most recently for the outcome of a university workshop we ran. And we like to keep our hands in many pies: we also self-publish and sell work on our online shop, while Frank teaches Graphic Design at the University of Darmstadt.
All along, we have resisted specialising, and remained a multi-disciplined studio. This is important to us, as it keeps us on our toes, and ensures we don't become 'those guys who only do annual reports' or something equally scary. We think that doing the same thing over and over leads to formulaic responses, and you can't design by formula.
Put simply, we believe that good design is clear and never loses sight of the message.
And we like to put things simply.