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The Set Designs of Adolphe Appia

In every industry, once in a long while, a genius comes along. Born in 1862, Swiss painter Adophe Appia was among the new wave of set designers to reject then-standard 2D perspective backdrops in favor of creating 3D pieces because “he believed that shade was as necessary as light to form a connection between the actor and the setting of the performance in time and space. Through the use of control of light intensity, colour and manipulation, Appia created a new perspective of scene design and stage lighting”. Read more…

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Merry Christmas to All from Decibel Management: Our End-of-Year Roundup

Christmas already? Good heavens. This year has flown by, as all years do, and as we see the new year rounding the bend, we’d like to take a moment to look back and salute the last 12 months. We’ve been working on a showreel of our top moments of 2014, which we’re super excited about posting, but in the meantime, a quick roundup of Decibel’s 2014 highlights. Read more…

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The 5 Most Christmassy Christmas Events the World Over

Santa-hats off to the event producers responsible for these huge holiday productions, which draw annual audiences in droves.

Radio City Christmas Spectacular, New York

With all that seasonal weather, ice-skating, window shopping and tree-lighting, New York is the epicenter of the American urban Christmas. It’s also home to the Radio City Music Hall and the world-famous Rockettes. Every holiday season, the Rockettes high-kick their way through dozens of seasonal dance numbers, drawing annual audiences of over 2 million. In terms of event planning, the Spectacular involves more work than your typical stage show: the beloved Radio City Music Hall is traditionally decorated from roof-to-foundation with eye-popping holiday cheer.

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Winter Festival of Lights, Niagara Falls, Canada

For visual wow-factor, the Canadian Winter Festival of Lights takes it home. From mid-November to mid-January, 1.5 million visitors walking or driving the show route enjoy hundreds of stand-alone Christmas light displays, backed by the year-round lights that are projected onto the thundering mists of Niagara Falls after dark.

Hyde Park Winder Wonderland, UK

The annual Winter Wonderland is a 6-week fair of fun and shopping complete with frozen ice-sculpture forests, a Snow Queen, amusement park rides, ice bars, Christmas Markets, and duh, Santa’s Village. This event gets our thumbs-up for their stress on sustainability: “Winter Wonderland will provide suitable facilities for visitors, traders and operators to recycle their waste and all site waste will be sorted off site to divide out recyclable and non-recyclable materials. Cooking oil will be recycled as bio-fuel. Power, lighting and water usage is kept to a minimum by careful planning.”

Cologne Christmas Market, Germany

The 4-week Cologne Christmas Market is actually seven distinct markets that spring up seasonally in the German city of Cologne, with the Cathedral-side market being the main attraction. Seeing 2 million visitors annually, the Cologne Christmas Market is one of the largest in the world. The wares are uber-Christmas as well, with vendors offering snow globes, music boxes, nutcrackers and bratwurst.

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Grand Opening of the Christmas Season in Rovaneimi, Finland

For those of you who’ve been living in a hole, Rovaniemi in Finland’s Lapland, is where the real Santa calls home. Though the location is undeniably Christmassy year-round, at the end of November the big man officially opens the season with a public address. Visitors can see the Northern Lights, hang out with reindeer, or stay in a snow hotel.

Image Sources: Niagara Falls lights picture Copyright CAA Festival of Lights, Santa giving opening address copyright Visit Rovaniemi

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Throwback Thursday: 5 Vintage Stage Designs & Sketches from the Good Ol’ Days

Stage design has come a long way in the last century. We dug through some cool online libraries and put together a collection of vintage sketches photographs showing stage setups and backdrops from the last few hundred years or so. Read more…

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Better Conference Badges: Best Practices for Usability

There’s a lot of chit-chat about website usability online today – “usability” essentially meaning “best practices for smooth usage by the largest number of people”. But websites and applications aren’t the only places the principles of usability are important. We stumbled across a super interesting post by Mike Davidson, head of design at Twitter, discussing some of his thoughts on the usability of conference name badge design. Mike isn’t alone in this assessment – the Wall Street Journal published a 2013 article about “badge snobs” – conference name tag aficionados that sneer at “Microsoft Word-produced name badges”. This sent us down a rabbit hole of nametag “best practice” articles, and we’ve collected some expert opinions on which little details matter when you’re designing badges for your next conference. Read more…

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