Brighten The Corners publish the contents of their inbox

The Inbox poster series reproduces 10 years of emails sent to design studio Brighten The Corners, including the angry, the confused, the dull and the absurd…

Design studio Brighten the Corners has created a set of three posters entitled Inbox which showcase a selection from 10 years’ worth of incoming emails. And the posters don’t simply show off the positive or amusing ones messages – but also the angry, the confused, the dull and the absurd…

“We’ve always kept ‘good’ emails with the intention of doing something with them,” says BTC founder Frank Philippin, “but it was a recent email that read – Please let me know if you don’t get this – that made us decide to share our back catalogue with the world.”

Dating from 1999, the emails included on the posters include technical queries (Do you have an ISDN thing?), important verdicts (The museum committee has, unfortunately, decided that they don’t like the use of Magenta), overexcited feedback (The pictures are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!),  printers’ efficient responses (Message received and understood), and also daily disappointments such as ‘This poster does not meet our expectations at all’.

As well as an alternative documentation of Brighten The Corner’s last ten years in business, Inbox offers a glimpse into the practise of graphic design. “What I like the most about many of these emails,” says BTC partner Billy Kiosoglou, “is the haste with which they have been written and the dramatic backdrop in which it all seems to be taking place.”

It took BTC about a month to go through all their emails, saved on hard drives, DVDs, CDs as well as a few zip discs and floppies and it was an opportunity to remember all the ups and downs each project went through on the road to completion. “The interesting thing was to see how many ‘bad’ emails led to good projects,” says Philippin, “and, perhaps the other way round would sometimes be true also.”

“Heated exchanges are sometimes frutifull,” adds Kiosoglou. “As long as both sides are ‘fighting’ for a successful outcome, and not taking things personally, getting all fired up can be a healthy part of a design project”

Ultimately, a successful project is a successful collaboration, so the work turns out well, everyone is happy and all everything else is forgotten.

You can buy a set of the three A2 Inbox posters for £10 online at


  • Superb idea. Which I’d thought of it!

  • shaun Smith

    Absolutely brilliant!

  • Tony Clarkson

    Very nice, bought a set for Christmas.

  • my favourites: ‘mail us your phone number’ and ‘thanks for the prompt response, however we cant open the file’ brilliance irony of dealing with our current transition to digital media. Great idea.

  • What a fab and well executed idea, and hat’s off for bring the first to think of it!

  • Beverly

    Frank Philippin is a genius.

  • What a fantastic project — I’m fascinated with the exploring means of communication to create interesting pieces of design/art. Nicely done.

  • gopal

    lovely idea

  • spot on…

  • Evi-Ena

    What a great idea! Can’t wait to get the posters to start reading!

  • SJ

    Brilliant, well done guys!