04 Nov 2016
The UK’s best design studios revealed
Earlier this year, the Computer Arts team polled almost 80 top designers, creative directors and studio founders from all across the UK to discover which industry peers they most revere, respect and in some cases envy, to produce the third-annual UK Studio Rankings.
As per last year, this is all about peer reputation – regardless of number of staff, operating budget or awards won. In short, the 30 world-class studios that made the list are there because their fellow designers think they should be.
Up two places, creative studio FIELD has welcomed Toyota, Diesel and Chivas to its client list this year. “We’ve had many highlights,” says Emma Nuttall, FIELD’s studio manager. “Our new studio space is homely and has space enough for our ping-pong table. The year started with a bang when we presented our new kinetic installation Spectra-3 at Kings Cross for Lumiere London. We’ve also had some new clients that we have to stay quiet on for the time being.”
Always on the lookout for creative talent, FIELD takes on a lot of freelance and short term contracts. “This way we can get to know staff and they can get to know us, and if it works out, people either become full-time or keep coming back.” According to Nuttall, the most exciting work was done this year by small and independent design studios and individuals talking directly to brands: “They’re much better at convincing a client of an outstanding idea,” she says.