Our creative experts are hands-on and here to help you every step of the way to your project’s successful completion. With our proactive approach, design-led ethos and flexible resources we are ideally equipped for the challenges of communication in the 21st Century. Our clients trust us to advise them on how to get the best value from their budgets.
Rhod and John founded Vertigo in 2007 wanting to build on their years of experience in exhibition and museum design.
A fully integrated agency, we specialise in design, branding, museums and exhibition. We tailor our approach to your project using a combination of in-house resources that suit you best.
Rhod worked in Germany, Spain and Japan on commercial interiors for clients such as Deutsche Bank, Caja de Madrid Bank, Co-op Bank, Nissan and Jaguar before turning to museum interiors and display in the mid-nineties. He has conceived, designed and developed interpretive display designs for many regional and national museums including Royal Armouries, award-winning Sacrewell Mill, Erasmus Darwin House Museum and Much Wenlock Museum.
Rhod can fix anything, anywhere. He loves cheese and marmalade on toast and is a committed committee member of his local beer festival, raising money for local charities.
John has a wealth of experience in all aspects of graphic design and project management.
He has developed compelling and responsive concepts for Vertigo’s clients that engage and inspire. These range from corporate re-brands, literature and advertising to experience-focused schemes, interpretive exhibition and museum graphics. These include successful projects for; G7th – the capo company, The National Federation of Young Farmers, Grammer, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, HMS Trincomalee Exhibition at the Hartlepool Maritime Experience, Flying Dinosaurs exhibition at Leicester University and Abington Park Museum.
John has an unwavering affection for Lego. He’s no couch potato and he loves a challenge, like completing the 170-mile coast to coast on his bike and earning his black belt in Karate.
‘The secret to Vertigo's success I feel is their ability to work not just ‘for’ the client, which they do, taking care of all the necessary details of a design and build in a project with ease and calmness, but they aim to work ‘alongside’ the client, listening, discussing, suggesting and feeding into the process to make it so much more than it could have been from the off. To work with Vertigo is to feel part of that process and part of the team.’
‘This was the first job that we had given to Vertigo and involved the design and launch of a new product line. From day one we received excellent service, and were kept up to date with progress throughout the project. We were very impressed with the professionalism & attention to detail and look forward to working with them again in the future.`
“Right from the start of the process Vertigo provided solutions to complex issues not least making a 2D concept into a 3D reality. With both the Royal Armouries and Scholastic Books eager to make contributions big and small Vertigo had to ensure that sign off on design and build was accurate and timely this they did with professionalism and a sense of humour. With a marketing spend in access of £200,000 including TV advertising the exhibition needed to do what it said on the tin and underpin The Most Horrible Day Out in History. I am very glad I used Vertigo.”
“Vertigo have been our principal designers for many years now. They’ve produced all kinds of sales brochures and leaflets for our marketing department and their knowledge and attention to detail have always made our job much easier. They are thorough, easy to work with and always willing to take the time to discuss our requirements and understand the insurance markets.”
‘We regularly call on the services of Vertigo for support with design of our graphics and exhibitions. It’s rare to find a company who are so passionate and committed to ensure not only the best possible result, but also done with professionalism and efficiency. Nothing is too much trouble and I appreciate the open conversation and honesty of their opinions. Their overall package and service would be difficult to challenge – every bit of work has been excellent!’
‘From the initial consultation to installation, Vertigo were a joy to work with. They produced an exhibition which exceeded even our highest expectations – the quality of the design and the fabrication are both fantastic.’
“The University is really delighted at the quality of design that Vertigo crafted for its long term Exhibition on ‘Flying dinosaurs.’The aim was to produce a scientific exhibit that would appeal at all levels – from a group a primary school children to the inquisitive academic specialist. At every stage the design brief was professionally executed and the result is a wonderful tableau enjoyed by the community at large.”
"Vertigo faced many challenges, mostly because the water mill is grade II listed building. We were delighted with their robust project management skills. Since we re-opened we exceded our visitor numbers by 100,000. We really enjoyed working with Rhod and John and would be happy to do so again"
“Wonderful new exhibition stand.”
“We’re really pleased with the exhibition, it looks great and we’ve had some really fantastic feedback about the stand.“
“Museum on the Move is a challenge: You have to fit a lot into a small space and it has to stay in place when I drive too quickly down narrow bumpy lanes. Vertigo got on board with the concept from the very start working to create three exhibitions tailored to each County in the West Midlands. They drove the project forward with creativity and flare to deliver an excellent end result.“
“We have been working with Vertigo since 2010 and have been always delighted with their output. They have not only handled all the graphic design for product packaging, advertising and exhibition stands, but have also been intimately involved in the development of our branding strategy. We don’t consider them to be an outside agency, they are truly part of our team.”
"The University is really delighted at the quality of design that Vertigo crafted for its long term Exhibition on ‘Flying dinosaurs.’ At every stage the design brief was professionally executed and the result is a wonderful tableau enjoyed by the community at large."
‘Over the time I've been working with Vertigo I have asked them to undertake jobs in impossibly small places, impossibly short timescales and in highly designated places with a list of ‘can't do’s’ and they have turned them all around to produce high quality results, within the time and budget set. Initially in the East Midlands and now on Hadrian's Wall they have proven themselves able to work with complex partnerships to such a degree that they very often find their next contract is with one of those very partners, there can be no better recommendation than seeing and experiencing them at work. I would recommend them to anyone without hesitation.’
“Working with everyone at Vertigo Creative during 2018 was a joy. They understood the needs of the project and provided wonderful creative solutions to both the 3D and 2D design. I would gladly work with them again and highly recommend them.”