An Interview with Barbara Brass; Window Displays

Barbara is our resident window display guru, her keen eye for design and detail has resulted in our window outside the University Waterstones looking better than ever. In the office we are often baffled by the things Barbara can come up with, so we thought we would interview her to find out more…

So Barbara, what process do you go through when designing a window display? Firstly, it is key to determine what the window is promoting. Ffor example at the minute I am working on an Easter window display, I decided to focus and promote spring in the garden as the direct theme of the window. I then look for inspiration from the internet, social media such as pinterest, current trends in magazines and even films. From this I generate a mental or physical mood board, or simply print off a key image to work around and make notes. Sometimes I choose a prop and work around that bringing in other props to complement it.

How do you know how many props to put into the window? I am quite a spatial person, I can see a space and will know straight away if something will fit or not, ... read more

Posted On 03/03/2016
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Rosie's First Blog

So, this is my first blog as the Accommodation and Commercial Services Intern and I am very excited at what lies ahead! After an intense week in the office I have most definitely learned a lot. It appears that my role is split between both Event Durham and the Retail department and I will be using this blog to update you on all things Retail!  Monday; Monday started quite typically for an induction, in the office being inundated with information about how everything works. Being shown things like webpages, social media, staff rotas, ticketing systems, stock pages, to name only a few.  Quickly scribbling down notes and looking things up in Amelia’s wonderful handover meant that, luckily, I didn’t need to remember everything!  Tuesday; Firstly, we visited the Botanic Garden and despite it not necessarily being the nicest of weather we got a wonderful feel for the place. We had a show round of the beautiful stock they have available and helped tidy up the children’s toys (I really wasn’t a fan of the squishy insects!). The afternoon involved familiarising myself with the various people we work with and the various sites we use.  Wednesday; The morning started with trying to fit five large ... read more

Posted On 11/09/2015
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