Create the perfect exhibition in a week

Putting an exhibition together can be a race against time, whether you're polishing your final-year projects or juggling commercial commissions. There are plenty of practicalities to consider, but get the basics covered and you'll be better prepared to cope if something goes awry.

From graduate shows to commercial galleries, the underlying principles are the same. "Simple, good ideas displayed well. That's the most important thing you can do," says Mike Radcliffe, managing director of design recruitment agency Represent. "Show the kind of work you want to do and the kind of company you want to work for."

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