“Working in such an iconic place certainly makes you feel part of something much bigger… a part of history,” says aka’s Andrew, who joined the museum from art college, quickly becoming its head of design.
The role saw him join at a seminal time in the museum’s history and help launch the Sainsbury Wing, deliver several Renaissance exhibitions and form the first sponsorship team. It was a job that went way beyond graphic delivery, to include planning, delivering and funding complex and costly gallery refurbs and exhibitions involving many experts and teams.
“George Ortiz was one of the world’s greatest collectors of ancient art, with thousands of beautiful artefacts up to 4,000 years old. Having agreed to a temporary exhibition, we needed pre-exhibition photos of his collection in Geneva - but not everything went to plan! Our camera equipment didn’t board the plane so we had to reschedule the shoot, but it was worth the wait. Lifting the exquisite pieces from the vaults under his chateau was an extraordinary feeling – he really was a genius for picking out great works.”
“Everything you do at the palaces needs the Queen’s final approval,” says aka’s director, who has designed for Hampton Court, Kensington Palace and Banqueting House.
The publicity and exhibitions work included a royal wedding dress retrospective and re-enactment of an 18th century King’s feast replete with realistic replicas of food.
What do a portable dog bowl, lightweight bicycle and Dyson bladeless fan have in common? Patents aside, they all featured in Inventing the 21st Century, one of our many blockbuster shows for the British Library.