Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Great British Design, Part Two: London 2012

Big Ben is breathtaking in person (Emilie Pallos)
Downing Street in Winter (Emilie Pallos)

From Hunter Wellies to the classic red and white livery of a Virgin Atlantic 747-400, we love all things British. When the International Olympic Committee announced London would be hosting the 2012 Summer Games, one word came to mind. Brilliant!

London is a beautiful city, rich in history, and surprisingly modern, too. Friends always speak longingly of Paris and Rome. We love London.

And in this world capital, classic design is everywhere. From pubs to department stores, street signs to Parliament, good design is prominent in British life. Except maybe Piccadilly Circus, where the glittery "Vegas Effect" is in full force. Take a twilight stroll down Regent Street right before Christmas. Magical.

Some of our favorites: motorcars (Austin Healey, MG, Lotus and black taxis), architecture (Westminster Abbey and Cloisters, the British Museum, the Royal Parks), Sainsbury's supermarket (where food packaging is gorgeous) and even candy wrappers (Polo mints). All are great British design.

The London Transport Museum in Covent Garden is a must-visit for everyone, especially designers. Best (and affordable) store in town for souvenirs: the Buckingham Palace Shop near the Queen's Gallery and Royal Mews.

At Emilie Pallos Graphic Design, our sense of design is classic, too. From websites to brochures and corporate identity, we help clients reach their perfect audience with the right words and imagery. Timeless, yet modern. For 2012 and beyond.

Contact Emilie today for a free consultation about your creative project at

Good design is good business.

A few items from our collection: English literature by E.M. Forster, a model plane, Hunter boots and flags