Kyle was approached by Google to create a series of background images for their new Google ‘Meet’ video conferencing application. He was asked to respond to themes such as ‘Connectivity’ and ‘Teamwork’ and so he devised a series of still life setups that would evoke these ideas. Kyle used a mixture of materials to construct each image and worked with Aaron Tilley to shoot the final setups. The images sit behind the Google Meet UI and each concept that he developed with the Google Team has a pair of images that sit side-by-side when using two screens to carry out a video call.
Kyle Bean is a UK illustrator, director, and set designer. He creates playful, concept-driven imagery for a variety of editorial and commercial projects as well as installations for fashion brands and events. Kyle’s work is usually characterized by a whimsical and meticulous reappropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques which often straddle the boundaries between illustration, sculpture, and animation. Kyle particularly enjoys problem solving and developing witty, yet completely coherent, solutions to project briefs.
Kyle’s work, be it for Google or Verizon, Kinfolk or the Financial Times, is tactile and constructed by Kyle himself or in collaboration with a team. “We’re so used to seeing things that are created entirely within in a computer,” he says, “My finished work can be quite polished and graphic, but I like that in the creation of something tangible you see the imperfections, how elements are combined, how materials are used. It creates an inherent humor, a story, that we can all relate to.”