Neon Journal Silver Speaks logo for Journal post by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy


‘Silver Speaks’ international exhibition and symposium of contemporary silver, from the Contemporary British Silversmiths, branded by Neon.

Neon has created the branding for the forthcoming 2016 international silver exhibitions and talks, ‘Silver Speaks’, created by the industry body Contemporary British Silversmiths. Silver Speaks comprises a year long series of events and exhibitions focusing on contemporary silver. The main focus of these will be held at the V&A and The Goldsmiths’ Centre with satellite events during London Craft Week and London Fashion Week as well as other exclusive venues in London.

The event is directed by trade, craft and strategic consultant to Contemporary British Silversmiths, Karin Paynter, who is also expert silver adviser to London Craft Week. The event is being curated by acclaimed design critic, journalist and curator Corinne Julius.

Neon has previously worked with Karin at The Goldsmiths’ Company where she was part of the senior management team that delivered the Goldsmiths’ Company’s £18M project for the jewellery and silversmithing industry, The Goldsmiths’ Centre, also branded by Neon.

The title of the exhibition ‘Silver Speaks’ is neatly captured within the monogram ‘S’, which features two speech marks integrated within its form – and uses a combination of dark and light silver to subtly highlight the speech marks. The monogram ‘S’ is then juxtaposed with a contemporary sans serif logotype for the exhibition name ‘Silver Speaks’ featured in the dark silver to help integrate it as a unit with the monogram ‘S’.

The speech marks forming the monogram ‘S’ are also used as a visual language for posters and on-line in combination with silversmithing and dynamic words such as ‘Create’, ‘Make’, ‘Fashion’ and ‘Craft’.

The result is a clean, gently clever and elegant mark that not only brands the exhibition, but also gives it a dynamic, flexible and memorable visual language for posters, catalogues, on-line and importantly in small applications within social media.

Silver Speaks Poster featuring the word 'Create' and a silver bowl by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy

Silver Speaks Poster featuring the word 'Make' and a silver tea pot by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy

Silver Speaks Poster featuring the word 'Form' and a silver bowls by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy

Silver Speaks Poster featuring the word 'Fashion' and a silver bangle by Neon Design & Branding Consultancy

The current dates and venues for exhibitions:

8 March 2016 – 31 January 2017
Silver Speaks at the V&A
‘Create’ – Silver in Contemporary Life, Exhibition

4 -7 May 2016
Silver Speaks at London Craft Week

‘Make’ – public silversmithing workshop at the V&A [4 May]
‘Hold’ – handling session at The Goldsmiths’ Company [date tbc]

1 June – 11 August 2016
‘Form’ – Silver Speaks at The Goldsmiths’ Centre, Clerkenwell

10 June 2016
‘Silver Speaks’ – symposium at The Goldsmiths’ Centre (trade only)

11 June 2016
‘Silver Speaks’ – public symposium at the V&A on Silver in Contemporary Life

If you’d like to know more about this project, or if you have a project/pitch/roster review you’d like to discuss with us, we’d be absolutely delighted to hear from you.

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