Brighten the Corners is a design studio in London and Aschaffenburg (close to Frankfurt/Main). We, Frank Philippin and Billy Kiosoglou, established the studio in 1999 after graduating with an MA in Graphic Design from the Royal College of Art and run it to this day. We cover all areas of Graphic Design, including book/editorial, logos, visual identities, posters, websites, stamps and (exhibition) signage.
We’ve won quite a few awards–the most prestigious being the Grand Prix at the TDC Tokyo Type Directors Club, the Design Museum London Designs of the Year Award, a Yellow Pencil at the D&AD Awards, a Gold Cube at the ADC Art Directors Club New York, a Gold Nail at the ADC Art Directors Club Germany and Certificates of Typographic Excellence at the TDC New York Type Directors Club. Here the full list: Designs of the Year Awards 2013, nominated in the category Graphic Design • Yellow Pencil 2013, Yellow Pencil Nomination 2014 and Wood Pencil 2016, 2013, 2010, 2007 and 2005 • Grand Prix in 2014, Grand Prix Nomination in 2013, Excellent Work/In-book Award in 2017, 2016, 2✕2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 and 2009 • Certificate of Typographic Excellence in 2014, 2013 and 2012 • Global Awards Gold Cube in 2013 and 2009, Global Awards Silver Cube in 2014 and Global Awards Bronze Cube in 2014 and 2011 • Golden Nail in 2013, Bronze Nail in 2014 and In-Book Award in 2009 • in 2014 • Silver in 2015 and in 2013 • shortlist in 2016, 2014 and 2005 • in 2002 and 2001 • Shortlist (Top 7) in 2013 • German Photo Book Award Shortlist in 2019
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Over the years, we’ve worked with many clients including Anish Kapoor (UK), Aram Store (UK), Bolles+Wilson Architects (D), British Council (UK), Bundesfinanzministerium (D), DAAD (UK/D), Disney (UK/US), Fraunhofer-Institut (D), Frieze (UK/D), Goethe-Institut (UK/D), ICA (UK), Italian Cultural Institute (UK), Laurence King Publishing (UK), Martin-Gropius-Bau (D), RIBA (UK), Skira Editore (IT), Steidl Publishing (D), Second Hand Records Stuttgart (D), Walther Koenig Publishing (D) and the Vitra Design Museum (D).
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We’ve also been teaching Graphic Design since 1998. Frank has been a professor of Communication Design at the Faculty of Design, Darmstadt University (D) since 2007, and Billy is an associate lecturer at UAL Camberwell College of Arts (UK) since 2014, and currently a visiting practitioner at Brunel University London.
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How we do things
• On good design • Having studied in an environment that valued originality and lateral thinking over style has informed our practise to this day and has greatly influenced the way we approach each design project. We still believe that concept-driven design leads to new ways of seeing and new ways of doing things. And therefore better design • On our approach • When we start work on a project, we try to get right to the heart of it and enjoy editing out all the unnecessary bits. Then we try to make work that is original, memorable, and direct • On beauty • It inevitably comes into what we do, but it’s not an objective in itself. We prefer to focus on the formation of a strong idea and how it translates into appropriate design (that’s the beautiful bit). Because looking for beauty doesn’t necessarily lead to beauty. Most of the times it leads to a momentarily stylish result that will age fast and ungracefully. Style is, by its nature, ephemeral. If, on the contrary, you put your faith in the idea and trust the design process, the outcome will have integrity, originality and longevity. We’re happy to look back at our portfolio from the past 18 years and see that most works stand the test of time • On doing it right • The deeper we’re involved in a project, the more you get out of us. We depend on respectful collaboration, not least because it will lead to work that surpasses expectations • On growing • We’ve kept our studio small, as we enjoy working on all stages of the process (including initial meetings, design presentations, design/layout, final artwork, and handling production). This means we personally handle a project from concept through to production, ensuring things don’t get lost in translation. When projects require more, we also have a reliable pool of writers, editors, architects, programmers, and artworkers, with whom we work to get the job done. With our experience and skills, you’ll get more than you pay for • On fees and free pitches • We’re not the cheapest designers – a bespoke approach and attention to detail never is – but you’re not paying for overheads. We don’t do free pitches. A commission is based on trust, a free pitch on lack of trust. Plus, they don’t work for anyone. When designers focus on securing a job, they aren’t exploring the countless possibilities of what that job could be • On specialising • We have always resisted it! We’re happy working with artists and corporates alike, with start-ups, organisations, architects and institutes. We also publish our own projects and teach Graphic Design.
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Before there was Brighten the Corners studio for design, there was , the album by Pavement. Although tracing the connection may seem difficult, the more persistent listener will find that repeated sessions of , or will offer invaluable insights.
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Jobs & Freelance
We don’t have any openings and we are not working with any freelancers at the moment. However, you can send us your portfolio and we will let you know if an opportunity to collaborate arises in the future: jobs(at)brightenthecorners(dot)com
Please email internships(at)brightenthecorners(dot)com
with your details and web links. We don't take on interns on a regular basis–so don’t get your hopes up too high that we will offer you a placement. Students who have done an internship with us so far (in order of ‘appearance’): , Kristin Schoch, Haruka Yamada,
Imprint & Copyright Notice (UK)
Billy Kiosoglou trades under the name of Brighten the Corners (UK). The website address is: https://brightenthecorners.com © 2019 Brighten the Corners. All rights reserved unless otherwise indicated, all materials on these pages are copyrighted. No part of these pages, either text or images may be used for any purpose other than personal use, unless explicit authorisation is given by Brighten the Corners. Therefore reproduction, modification, storage in a retrieval system or retransmission, in any form or by any means–electronic, mechanical or otherwise–for reasons other than personal use, is strictly prohibited without prior written permission.
Impressum & Copyright Hinweis (D)
Frank Philippin firmiert als Freiberufler unter dem Namen Brighten the Corners (D), Ust-IdNr. DE225564139. Die Webseitenadresse ist: https://brightenthecorners.com. © 2019 Brighten the Corners. Inhaltlich verantwortlich gemäss § 55 abs. 2 Rstv: Billy Kiosoglou und Frank Philippin. Haftungshinweis: trotz sorgfältiger inhaltlicher Kontrolle übernehmen wir keine Haftung für die Inhalte externer Links. Für den Inhalt der verlinkten Seiten sind ausschliesslich deren Betreiber verantwortlich. © 2018 Brighten the Corners (D). Die auf dieser Webseite wiedergegebenen Texte, Bilder und audiovisuellen Inhalte sowie das Layout und Design der Webseite sind urheberrechtlich geschützt und dürfen ohne vorherige Zustimmung des Rechteinhabers nicht zu anderen als rein privaten Zwecken verwendet werden. Insbesondere ist eine öffentliche Wiedergabe oder Veränderung der Inhalte unzulässig.
, 512 pages (March 2016), authors of a 120 page visual essay & designers of the book: Frank Philippin, Billy Kiosoglou (Brighten the Corners), publisher: Vitra Design Museum, ISBN 9783945852040 • , 256 pages (Feb 2013), authors & designers: Frank Philippin, Billy Kiosoglou (Brighten the Corners), publisher: Laurence King, ISBN 978-1856698986 • plus a Korean edition in 2014 ( published by ag books, ISBN 9788970597355) • and a Chinese edition in 2016 (, published by HuaZhong University of Science & Technology Press, ISBN 9787568007023) • (2008, ISBN 9783923107421) / Stanley & Marvin (2009, ISBN 978-0-9562202-0-2) / Susie & Edward (2009, ISBN 978-0-9562202-1-9), all paperback, 72 pages, authors and designers: Frank Philippin, Billy Kiosoglou (Brighten the Corners), published by Offizin Scheufele • , 104 pages (March 2008), author: Frank Philippin, publisher: Offizin Scheufele, ISBN 978-3-923107-45-2
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Featured in books (selection)
, issue #04 Arte/Art, created by , interview with John L Walters with the title ‘Feels Like Sculpture’, 76 pages (2015), publisher: Fedrigoni • , 512 pages (2013), authors: Charlotte and Peter Fiell, publisher: Carlton/Goodman Books (London), ISBN 978-1847960443 • , 272 pages (2013), publisher: Gestalten (Berlin), ISBN 978-3899554649 • , 264 pages (2012), publisher: It’s Nice That • , 148 pages (2011), publisher: MAGMA Brand Design (Karlsruhe/München), ISSN 1867-6510 • , 336 pages (2011), publisher: Harper Collins (New York), ISBN 978-0062004581 • , 700 pages (Sep 2010), publisher: Index Books (Barcelona), ISBN 978-8492643578 • , 292 pages (2010), publisher: Thames & Hudson (London), ISBN 978-4903233567 • , 230 pages (2010), publisher: Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing (Tokyo) • , 600 pages (2009), publisher: Harper Collins (New York), ISBN 0061704385 , 288 pages (2009), publisher: Page One Publishing, ISBN 9789812456571 • , 240 pages (2009), publisher: Laurence King (London), ISBN 9781856696289 • , 288 pages (2006), publisher: Victionary (Hong Kong), ISBN 9889822814 • , 508 pages (2006), publisher: Gestalten (Berlin), ISBN 3899551575 • , 264 pages (2006), publisher: Seibundo Shinkosha Publishing (Tokyo) • , 240 pages (Jan 2006), publisher: Gestalten (Berlin), ISBN 389955087 • , 288 pages (2004), publisher: Phaidon (London), ISBN 0714844535 • , 272 pages (2004), publisher: Harper Collins (New York), ISBN 1856693864 • , 304 pages (2003), publisher: RotoVision (London), ISBN 2880466989 • , 256 pages (2002), publisher: RotoVision (London), ISBN 2880465397 • , 208 pages (2002), publisher: Laurence King (London), ISBN 1856693112 • , 120 pages (2001), publisher: Bradbourne Publishing (Kent) • , 176 pages (2001), publisher: Thames & Hudson (London), ISBN 0500282978.
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Coimbra (PRT), ENED (National Conference for Design Students), 2016 • London (UK), Jewish Cultural Centre (The Book is Dead! Long Live the Book!), 2016 • Düsseldorf (D), Peter Behrens School of Arts (Filmwerkstatt Düsseldorf), 2016 • Potsdam (D), FH Potsdam Faculty of Design (Editorial Design), 2016 • Düsseldorf (D), Peter Behrens School of Arts (Jour Fixe), 2015 • Falmouth (UK), Falmouth University (Graphic Design Visiting Speaker Series), 2015 • London (UK), Typocircle (St Bride Library), 2015 • Tokyo (JP), Tokyo Type Directors Club (TDC Day Joshibi University of Art and Design), 2014 • Epsom (UK), University for the Creative Arts (UCA), 2014 • Xijing (CHN), Xijing Art College, 2013 • Chengdu (CHN), Chengdu Art College, 2013 • London (UK), Design Museum (PechaKucha X Design), 2013 • Darmstadt (D), Hochschule Darmstadt Faculty of Design (I used to be a design student book launch), 2013 • London (UK), University College of the Arts Camberwell (I used to be a design student book launch), 2013 • London (UK), Royal College of Art (Type talks), 2008 • London (UK), University College of the Arts Camberwell (BA Graphic Design Department), 2008 • Augsburg (D), Fachhochschule Augsburg (Design matters: forum for critical debate), 2007 • London (UK), Royal College of Art (Type talks), 2005 • London (UK), Royal College of Art (Together), 2003 • Brighton (UK), University of Brighton (Professional Practice Lecture), 2000 • Kingston (UK), Kingston University (Professional Practice Lecture), 2000 • London (UK), Helen Hamlyn Reseach Centre (Symposium), 2000 • London (UK), PIRA Conference, 2000 • London (UK), PSAG, 2000 • Kent (UK), Kent Institute of Art & Design (Professional Practice Lecture), 1999 • Reddich (UK), North East Worchestershire College (Professional Practice Lecture), 1999
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Tokyo (JPN) (Ginza Graphic Gallery) & Kyoto (JPN) (ddd gallery), TDC Exhibitions, 2016 • Singapore (The Substation Gallery), ‘I Have a Room with Everything Too’, 2016 • World wide touring exhibition, NY TDC60 on the Road, 2014–2015 • Beijing (CHN) (CAFA Art Museum), A dialogue on typography, 2015 • London (UK) (Stationers’ Hall), Fedrigoni Top Award exhibition, 2015 • Tokyo (JPN) (Ginza Graphic Gallery) & Osaka (JPN) (ddd gallery) & Concordia (USA) (The Concordia Art Center Gallery), TDC Exhibitions, 2014 • Stuttgart (D) (Rathaus Stuttgart), ADC Roadshow & Editorial, 2014 • New York (USA) (ADC Gallery), ADC Awards Exhibition, 2014 • Berlin (D) (do you read me?! Reading Room & Shop), ‘Editorial ist ausgezeichnet!’, 2014 • Tokyo (JPN) (Ginza Graphic Gallery) & Osaka (JPN) (ddd gallery) & Seoul (KOR) (Samwon Paper Gallery) & Shenzhen (CHN) (The OCT Art & Design Gallery), TDC Exhibitions, 2013 • Chengdu (CHN) (Chengdu Art College), 10 posters, 2013 • Parma (IT) (Bodoni Museum), Fedrigoni Top Award exhibition, 2013 • New York (USA) (The Cooper Union Gallery), TDC New York Exhibition, 2013 • London (UK) (Design Museum), Designs of the Year, 2013 • London (UK) (Royal College of Art), 10th Anniversary Exhibition Helen Hamlyn Centre, 2009 • Vancouver (CAN) (Emily Carr University), Common Threads Poster Exhibition, 2009 • London (UK) (Cork Street Gallery), DAHRA (Designers Against Human Rights Abuse), 2009 • Berlin (D) (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin), 100 Beste Poster, 2003 • London (UK) (Billboard und Publication in Duke St Hill), Change Your Life – Just and Frank, 2002 • Berlin (D) (Zentral- und Landesbibliothek Berlin), 100 Beste Poster, 2002 • London (UK) (The Old Jam Factory), Young Horses, 2001 • London (UK) (Hockney Gallery), Cow, 2001 • London (UK) (Entrance Gallery), Transit AV-installation, 1998 • London (UK) (Gallery No.10 London), Reflectaphors, 1996
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