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I Love Events Top Suppliers

8 Jul

Every now and then I’ll write a short post plugging top suppliers I’ve have had the pleasure of working with over the previous months. I really cannot tell you how useful it is to have a supplier recommended to me from other event planners, so I just keep on writing recommendations in the hope that I’m in some way helping my peers.

So, the last few months I’ve been doing quite a bit of on site work which means really seeing which suppliers pull out all the stops for you and which ones don’t.

The first supplier on my list has dealt with SO many phone calls from me with the most ridiculous requests at crazy times of the day or night and has always pulled it off no questions asked….

  1. Liquorice – Lyn Taylor has been my personal saviour on various projects. Essentially, Lyn comes from a lengthy background in procurement agency side (so totally understands the challenges we go through), and has incredible contacts all over the country and worldwide that provide event planners with anything that their project needs. Whether it’s last minute print you need sending half way across Europe, or it’s 200 bespoke acrylic badges made in 24 hours for a special client event, or making something completely new and bespoke – Lyn can help. Lyn knows all her contacts inside out, and negotiates great prices for her clients and can get excellent turn around times for those last minute requirements (or classic client changes to print just a few hours before going live!). Lyn has excellent production knowledge too – she knows how things are made and who makes them best; which helps; big time – Lyn works with you to deliver exactly what you want. Her company is called Liquorice because they do allsorts…. (geddit??!). All hail Lyn – the lifesaver. Email: lyn@liquorice-consulting.com Phone: 01206 736155
  1. Brentwood Radios – Brentwood supply event planners with robust, reliable and tested 2 way radios for live events. You can either hire or buy directly from them and they have a great selection of makes and models available, as well as high quality audio accessories, such as headsets and earpieces – and above all their prices are really good too.
  1. Crucial FX – Wowee these guys do some cool stuff. Crucial FX use the latest technology to create bespoke event experiences. They can provide special effects, 4D & 3D projection mapping, prototyping, and bespoke integration of social media into event technology and loads more. What I’ve found fantastic about CFX is that I went to them with a crazy idea and they provided a robust, clear, simply explained and above all, a cost effective solution for what we wanted to happen. Their work is beautifully executed, their team are all helpful and creative and they’re super helpful turning round proposals and costs in very short time scales. You can see some videos of their work here and here.

So thats my supplier round up for now! Enjoy 🙂

In other news, I Love Events featured in Leighman’s top 12 Information Event Management Blogs! Thanks Leighman’s! You can read the article here.

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3D Projection Mapping

1 Feb

3D projection mapping is super cool.

It’s become a huge trend throughout the events industry in the past few years as it’s a sensory phenomenon. An audience becomes infatuated with what they’re seeing as it appears as though they’re seeing a 3D stationary object moving in front of their eyes. Although it’s quite complicated (and expensive) to produce you get incredible results – unique, innovative and exciting.

Projection mapping works by mapping three-dimensional points (i.e. A building or item) to a two-dimensional plane. Essentially, you can turn any surface into a screen for an incredible display, making projection mapping something dynamic and interesting for brand activity. By using a specialist software, developers warp the projected image to make it fit perfectly with the object it’s projected onto. The result is an incredible sensory experience, giving the feeling that the object in front of you is moving/breaking/crumbling/anything your imagination can conjure!

I remember the first piece of projection mapping someone showed me. It was the Nokia Lumia 4D projection onto the Millbank Tower in Central London with live music from Deadmau5. Penguins showed me this and it made me get goosebumps (I posted it on my blog as SOON as I saw it!). Ever since there have been so many amazing projections produced – some even interactive. I love the way technology develops and provides new creative outlets for events. This is a great example of innovative use of new ideas and progressive technology.

Here’s my top five projection mapping projects I’ve seen! Enjoy!

  1. Nokia Lumia 4D Projection on the Millbank Tower – still my favourite 🙂
  2. Red Bull Skiiers Paradise – projected onto snow! Fab idea!
  3. Audi Car Design Awards – great shaped car, brilliantly put together
  4. Projection onto the Christ Rio – so iconic, wish I’d seen this live
  5. 360 degree projection onto a sculpture! Awesome!
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