Jonathan Kenyon and John Glasgow met at the London College of Printing in 2002. Each had a passion for printmaking – for the smell and feel of ink and for the unexpected discoveries revealed in the manual process. Above all, the pair worshipped visual impact and raw expression and applied this to their real passion: street art. They spent nights flyposting the streets with screenprints, making their mark in the world under the anonymous moniker of Vault49. It cemented a lifelong friendship and collaboration. Their enigmatic posters across London became something of a phenomenon and attracted the attention of global brands.
That’s where we started, and it remains our differentiator. As we scaled, we kept the name of our street art collective, and with it our founding spirit. Today, we blend ‘art studio’ with ‘design agency’ and ‘innovation lab’. Hands-on image-making sits alongside strategy and digital creation. Playfulness, hunger, curiosity, and adventure are woven into the fabric of our culture. We’ve made history for our clients and for ourselves. Vault49 was described as a ‘genre in their own right’ by WGSN in 2009, and we were the only design team included in its 10 most important graphic influencers of the decade.
We know now, there doesn’t need to be a compromise between creativity and commerciality. We’re proud to have worked with some of the world’s biggest brands and most exciting startups, and proved our authentic process works. As ever, we worship the unexpected. As ever, it’s about iconic mark-making. Beautiful work that stands out and connects with people.