the London-based creative studio of Lionel Openshaw, who studied at Goldsmiths and Camberwell. Open Eye also brings together other creative professionals, tackling projects of almost any specialism or scale. With a background in print, identity and publishing, we create distinctive visual communications across diverse media.
We produce characterful and colourful solutions that answers the brief and connects with the audience. We believe that simple, clear, intelligible design needn’t be dull – personality gets your project noticed. We’re also attentive to detail because we understand how the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
We create accessible work packed with ideas, narrative and wit – conceptually rich first, fashionable second. We also enjoy developing content – such as copy writing and editing, or naming a new brand. This is underpinned by a keen interest in language, the written word and the relationship between visual and textual languages.
We aim to work with those who foster meaningful and challenging projects that we can believe in. Our clients are varied, from the cultural and non-profit sectors to new and established businesses. Our experience in the arts, and in cultural and social activism, enables us to create work from an informed and sympathetic perspective.
& font design
book covers & texts
magazines & journals
Web & mobile
“Open Eye are outstanding designers, with the particular ability to create distinct and memorable branding. That’s why I've been a regular client since 2004, first in education and more recently as a photojournalist. They are meticulous designers with high standards, and engage fully in a project, sharing their own ideas and adding value to an initial brief. They have worked successfully and flexibly with a wide range of clients and commissions, from youth projects to corporations. I have no hesitation in recommending them.”
Pete Pattisson, Photojournalist, The Guardian
“Working with Open Eye is a great experience. They are quick to grasp complex concepts and turn them into visuals. Their expertise is not only in graphic design, but also in the relationship between the written word and the image, and in coming up with creative ideas. In addition to excellent professional abilities, they are also great communicators and team members, keeping colleagues informed about developments in projects and including them in decision making. They understand problems and come up with workable, creative solutions.”
“Open Eye designed and part-edited an art catalogue for the exhibition Theresa Cha: A Portrait in Fragments. They created a beautiful catalogue with an inventive and versatile cover. They convinced by thinking outside the box and delivered a result that was both stunning and on budget.”
“Open Eye are exceptional designers – they really take the time to understand what you are trying to do and come up with creative ideas that are always spot on. I asked them to work on creating brands and logos. Open Eye captured the spirit of each idea and brought the concepts to life in a brilliant way – their work always gets a great response from others. It is well worth working with Open Eye. I would highly recommend them if you want top quality, thoughtful, creative design work.”