Many businesses invest in R&D, but we think it's curious that most design firms don't. We set upAt Abrahams, an occasional roving series in 2006 with Claire Curtice Publicists to not only learn from our peers but also, from clever people from other disciplines – the arts, science and business. The curated events explore the commercial application of creativity. Clickhere to see more (it's a Flash site).
Pecha Kucha London Design Museum
Mike Abrahams is happy to be invited to talk on design related topics and has spoken at a number of venues including the Design Museum, London Design Festival, the V&A, Open House London, Nokia and the Hub. He has been an assessor for the Chartered Society of Designers, served as a member of the Design Council's Design Skills Advisory Panel and since 2015 has judged artists books for the Koestler Awards.
Strategy workshops Curation and delivery
Every project starts with a familiarisation phase. It always includes meeting 'stakeholders' which can be over a cup of coffee, telephone interviews or online surveys. For Levitt Bernstein architects brand review we created an all-day bespoke hands-on workshop with teh partners to identify the issues, clarify the brief, confirm the vision and values of the organisation which gave us objective criteria to judge the work.
From 2005-2013, Mike Abrahams and designer Amanda Tatham curated Designer Breakfasts – monthly events for small creative design businesses around the theme of entrepreneurship. Over the years Designer Breakfasts have partnered with The British Library, Mccann Erickson, St Brides, BBH and London’s Design Museum. Films of the breakfast talks can be viewed here.
The King's Singers 'GOLD' album
“Mike Abrahams was inspirational in his design concept and the results are simply stunning!” Jonathan Howard, King's Singer
For the King's Singers 50th anniversary album there was no argument that it had to be called Gold. But how to depict that? Take the six musicians into an artist's studio and with subtle guidance invite them to sing while they make golden artworks in response to the different genres of their repertoire. The artworks were then used as the illustrations for their triple album and in a limited edition box set designed by Abrahams.