Bureau for Visual Affairs

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About Us

Bureau for Visual Affairs is a digital design studio focussed on content driven user-experiences for the cultural and commercial sector.


Simon Piehl is one of the original founding partners, and heads up the company as Creative and Strategic Lead.

Simon Piehl

Simon studied typography and Visual Communication at the LCC when it was still known as the LCP. During and after his studies, he worked with Angus Hyland, whom he followed to Pentagram in the late nineties. Following his time there, he focussed on interactive media, working for Imagination ltd before heading Spin's digital department up to 2002.


Bureau for Visual Affairs unites key capabilities in a highly experienced and motivated team, starting from distilling a client's strategic requirements to building specification documentation through to developing the finished article.


The company had developed an articulated and iterative methodology that offers a high degree of collaboration with the client through a systematic and transparent process. By basing each project on agreed goals and rationale, the company is able to deliver complex projects in situations with fragmented stakeholder opinion.

What We Offer

BureauVA’s analytical and iterative process brings a high level of engagement to the process — leading to a strategically robust and well-rounded outcome.

Strategy and Scoping

A consultative phase to shape goals, strategy and planning framework.

Design and User Experience

Interaction design for websites, applications and interfaces.

Brand and Brand Integration

Development and adaptation of brand specifically for digital application.

Art Direction and Photography

Commission and development of photographic and video content.

Front-end build

HTML / Javascript development for websites and applications.

Content management

Concept and integration of content & editorial management functionality for websites.

Editorial & Content service

Development of editorial strategies and content.

Awards & Testimonials

“In our 5 years of collaboration, Bureau have kept Whistles at the cutting edge of digital design. With a shared vision for an ecommerce experience that fits a contemporary fashion brand, they have helped to bring our collection and content to a global audience, in a way that communicates exactly who we are. We love working with them.“

Jane Shepherdson
CEO Whistles

“The Bureau helped re-imagine the Ri’s online presence from the ground up, producing a beautiful responsive website to showcase the Ri’s charitable activity and driving increased user engagement through new events booking processes, online donations and membership purchasing.”

Rob Cawston
Ri Digital Manager