Edward Appleyard heads up the London Symphony Orchestra’s brand and communications, most recently leading on the Orchestra’s major new visual identity which, through its design and brand agency Superunion, won over 30 national and international awards. Originally from Northern England, Edward has two degrees in Music and, despite playing the piano and graduating with a Masters in Composition, went on to follow a passion in how people engage with arts and culture. He has since led marketing and design teams in the education, venue and orchestral sectors, and was recently elected as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Edward’s work is underpinned by an acute instinct of audiences combined with a clear vision and determination to head in ambitious directions; this passion is fuelled by seeing the powerful impact that the arts and culture can have on people’s lives.
Stuart is a multi-award winning Creative Director, and leads Superunion UK’s creative team, working with clients that include BBC, Maybourne Hotel Group, Arte, British Land and Investec Asset Management.
Stuart’s work has been widely recognised by creative award wins at Cannes Lions, New York Art Directors Club, DBA Effectiveness, Design Week and the D&AD awards. He won Brand New’s Identity of the Year award for Tusk Trust, the African conservation charity, and collected over 30 design awards for the London Symphony Orchestra, including six awards at Art Director Club New York and Best in Book for Creative Review Annual. When not being judged himself, Stuart is heavily involved in mentoring and awards juries. He has judged the student and professional D&AD Awards several times and has been involved with educational programmes for D&AD at Ravensbourne College and the Design Symposium North.
Brand Talks is the new rapid talk format on the second conference day. After the keynote by London-based branding expert Michael Johnson (johnson banks), talks change in a 30-minute cycle. The final talk gives Thomas Müller, Head of Design and Innovation at Fjord with his summary “The End of Branding As We’ve Known It”. Moderator of the Brand Talks: TYPO programme director Jürgen Siebert.