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BERG in Fast Company’s list of the world’s 50 most innovative companies

I’m super proud to see BERG at #44 in Fast Company’s list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.

It’s an incredible list to be on! Apple, Facebook, Google and Amazon, Square and Twitter are all there — and to pick just a few of the others, Jawbone, Polyvore, and Kickstarter.


Little Printer gets a shout out — our product for the home that prints you a miniaturised personal newspaper, daily.

It also seems like BERG is the only design consultancy on the list. We spend 50% of our time collaborating with clients, people like Intel and the Guardian, prototyping and producing everything from cute toys that talk in augmented reality to the first magazine (and magazine platform) for the iPad.

We’re currently planning our work across March and April. If you’d like to work with us, inventing and innovating, do drop me a line. The email is

In the meantime here’s our profile in Fast Company’s list: #44 Berg – For wildly imagining the marriage of the digital and physical worlds.

Thanks FastCo, and thanks team!

BERG in Icon #99

We’re happy to report the work of the studio is featured in Icon #99 out this month, with an eight page piece written by deputy editor Will Wiles.


It’s in an issue focussing on Artificial Intelligence that also has a great article by our friend James Bridle on the architecture and psychogeography of server farms…

My favourite thing is the picture of (nearly) all of us on the steps behind the studio…


The cover however, has deployed the latest in anti-theft technology, by featuring three exhausted, stubbly ne’er-do-wells staring out at you…



SVK feature in Judge Dredd Megazine June 2011

As we get closer to shipping SVK, there’s a bit more appearing about it.

Matt ‘D’Israeli’ Brooker, our incredible artist and co-creator is interviewed in the pages of the Judge Dredd Megazine this month.

Alongside insights from the man himself about working with Warren, the technology and techniques he employed to illustrate SVK – there’s a bit of a scoop…

…in that there’s a sneak peak of his awesome cover art for SVK

SVK in Judge Dredd Megazine

Icon’s “Rethink”: turning receipts into ‘paper apps’

Icon magazine asked us to contribute to their monthly “Rethink” feature, where current and commonplace objects are re-imagined.

Icon #97 Rethink: redesigning the receipt

We continued some of the thinking from our “Media Surfaces” work with Dentsu, around how retail receipts could make the most of the information systems that modern point-of-sales machines are plugged into…

Icon #97 Rethink: redesigning the receipt

A little quote from our piece:

We’ve added semi-useful info-visualisation of the foods ordered based on “what the till knows” – sparklines, trends – and low-tech personalisation of information that might be useful to regulars. Customers can select events or news stories they are interested in by ticking a check box.

We think the humble receipt could be something like a paper “app” and be valuable in small and playful ways.

Icon #97 Rethink: redesigning the receipt

Read all about it in this month’s Icon #97, available at all good newsagents!

The Chairman’s Birthday

It’s Warren Ellis‘s birthday.


Warren and BERG are intertwingled. We’re working with him on SVK, and he’s a massive influence on our thinking. One of our patron-saints in the realm of sufficiently-advanced literature – alongside Gibson, Sterling, LeGuin, Ballard, Morrison, Moorcock and many others. He’s also been a great friend and supporter of our work.

You might not know however, as he points out in this interview at Den Of Geek, just what a pivotal role he played in the formation of BERG…

One of the organisations that I’ve discovered through your blog is BERG, the design consultancy firm. And you’re collaborating with them on a comic called SVK. I was wondering if there was anything else you could tell us about that.

I really can’t. You see, I didn’t know this whole thing was going to happen, because, if I did, I would have tried to move it, because I’m under NDA or instructions not to talk about pretty much everything I’m working on right now.

It is the worst possible time to be doing two or three hours of phoners. What’s there to say about SVK – Yeah, it’s a thriller comic I’m doing with my old mate, Matt Brooker (D’Israeli), who I did Lazarus Churchyard with back in the day. And BERG will be publishing it. And there is a weird visual aspect to it that I can’t talk about yet, but if it works it’s going to be really kind of unique.

Some of BERG’s projects have been quite fascinating, so it will be interesting to see what they do with the medium of comics.

Yeah, I’ve known them for years. I knew them when they were still Schulze and Webb. In fact, it was me who named the company BERG. That was my fault! [laughs]

Happy Birthday Chief, from all of us in the studio.


Jack Schulze and I were named in The One Thousand, the Evening Standard’s list of the 1,000 most influential Londoners!

Here we are (in the ‘new players’ list), and here (in New Media).

We went to their party last night, which had a great view over London, and was filled with interesting people and generous quantities of champagne.

It’s flattering (and super weird!) to be named, and wonderful to have recognised the beautiful, inventive and popular work the studio is putting out. You couldn’t ask for a better team.

If you’re visiting our site because of the article, please do watch our films and have a poke through our projects. You’ll find we’re a design studio and product invention company, and we like working with media and technology in really human ways.

Thank you Evening Standard!

BERG featured in UKTI/Monocle creative industries survey


We’re extremely happy to be included alongside friends and colleagues such as SixToStart, Poke and Dunne & Raby – as well as in the company of such established design industry heavyweights as SeymourPowell in the UK Trade & Investment “Creative Industries” supplement in November’s Monocle magazine.


BERG in this month’s Icon magazine

Will Wiles of Icon magazine interviewed me briefly for his article in the current (October) issue, on developments in augmented reality and impacts of architecture and urban design.

It’s a good overview aimed at a non-technical audience, and it’s great to see the discourse about AR in a design magazine rather than the usual more tech-oriented venues.

Also, gratifying to be quoted alongside our friends Eric Rodenbeck from Stamen and Usman Haque from Pachube/Haque Design+Research.

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