Thursday, 24 February 2011

We are looking for.....a Design Intern

We are currently looking for a keen designer for a 1 to 3 month internship. We want someone who is passionate about design, eager and willing to get stuck in. You should be capable in all of the Creative Suite packages and be primarily interested in branding, print and web. We will pay for travel and a lunch allowance.

If that sounds like you, send a C.V. and examples of your work to

Unfortunately, due to high volumes of responses we may not be able to reply to everyone.

Monday, 14 February 2011

Meet the Team - Benedicte Van Boxel

Assembly Studios Appoints New Account Director for London Studio

Here at Assembly Studios, we're proud to announce the appointment of Benedicte van Boxel as Account Director for our London studio.

Meet the Team - Benedicte Van Boxel

What’s your favourite advertising / marketing campaign and why?
Compare the Meerkat : fantastic character and catch phrase. My kids use it: Simples! Aleksandr Orlov really makes the brand stand out and creates a connection between the brand and the customers. Irritating but so memorable!

What do you wish you had designed / invented?
I wish I had designed L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris, still one of my favourite buildings ever.

Any websites or design magazines you use for inspiration?
One of my favourite site is Mashable, it’s all about social media . I am quite fascinated by how social media has made people a force to be reckon with! Otherwise I am a big fan of the Sartorialist blog, amazing fashion pictures, real trend setters.

Is there a piece of technology you couldn’t live without?
My smartphone!

What’s the best job you’ve ever worked on?
Working on the travelling exhibition “les Grands Travaux” in Paris. The aim of the exhibition was to promote the major architectural projects commissioned by Miterrand in Paris (The Pyramid du Louvre, etc). I was at the time working in Paris, and the exhibition travelled to the RIBA in London. It was my first trip to London and I absolutely fell in love with the city!

Describe your perfect weekend?
Time with the children , a run, good food and a night out with my best friends.
What makes you laugh out loud?
Slapstick comedy.

If you had to sum yourself up in 140 characters twitter style, what would you say?
A fun and food loving gal who embraces life to the full.

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Friday, 11 February 2011

We are recruiting…Project Manager, Abu Dhabi

We are currently seeking a junior/middle weight project manager with 1-2 years experience, especially in identity, print, web and interactive, to work from our Abu Dhabi studio, alongside the UAE General Manager.

You will have an eye for detail and accuracy while being able to maintain a high level view of a project, team, department or company as required. You will have exceptional communication and organisational skills, experience within the creative industries and knowledge of computer programmes such as MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Project & Resource Management (MS Project, Focal Point), CRM (Salesforce) or similar.

The role is pivotal to both internal and external (client) project management. You will have a number of areas of responsibility, including account management (existing and incoming client account maintenance, pre-sales and after-sales), project management (of Abu Dhabi office jobs, including production quality, deadlines, profitability, invoicing and WIP reporting) and marketing management (including managing the database, promotional and campaign activity and all marketing collateral).

If you are excited by the prospect of supporting the growth of the company within the GCC regions and helping to establish our Abu Dhabi studio as both a market leader and a strategic international hub, then we want to hear from you!

For further information or to apply for the position, please email
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Thursday, 3 February 2011

CG Illustration and Animation

We have just finished a number of CGIs for our client, a Dutch real estate developer. We were able to pull in expertise from all our design teams for this project: CG Illustration, Animation, Web, Interactive, Identity and Print. Click here to watch the film.


Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Easy CG, Lemon Squeezy... Selecting the right agency to create creative CG illustrations

So, your design project’s moving along nicely and now you need to commission some CG work. As you will know all too well, there are an infinite number of different factors that come into play when selecting a company to use: budget, reputation, personality, location, turnaround times, and the list goes on…

But there are certain qualities that transcend the above and really separate a great CG house from an average one, regardless of size. Here are our hot tips on what to look for when selecting an agency to work with:

1) Do they ask a lot of questions?
To get a full picture of your needs and provide you with the best solution possible, you should be answering a lot of questions. Who is the target audience? What is the purpose of the illustration or animation? How does the product fit in with other marketing material? What are the required final deliverables? From this analysis a detailed brief and initial concepts can be produced. These may include boards to demonstrate the mood and pace of an animation, ideas on look and feel and descriptions of how the illustration/animation and cameras will tell the story. This initial stage provides the backbone to the whole production process.

2) Are they research hungry?
Do they undertake as much research as humanly possible in the available time? Are they knowledgeable about the project, your organisation, its target audience? In addition they should always be digging into new styles, history, art, film, advertising, editing. This research, no matter how abstract it may seem, can, and does, influence CG work in a great way. Research should not be restricted to a project, but be part of a CG Artist’s daily routine.

3) Are they experimental?
Do you see them experimenting with composition, story telling, treatment, edits, and colour palette? In this game, it’s critical to always try new things, push the boundaries and never rely on old, tried and tested routines which can quickly become stale. If the work is not constantly evolving, then you aren’t getting the best possible results for your design projects.

4) Do they collaborate?
It’s key to collaborate with people as much as possible, whether that is within in-house teams or by working with other experts outside of the company. Are they working with artists, photographers, musicians, film makers and editors? That’s how to deliver really incredible work for clients!

If the answers to the questions above are yes, congratulations - you've found yourself a top agency! If any of the answers are no, or you're not sure - give us a call on +44 (0)20 7426 2080 today to see how we can help you get the very best CG illustration and animation to represent your projects.