Through critical and narrative-driven work, HOT provides creative consultation, generating and implementing strategies, ideas and critical stories for culture and business in both physical and digital realms.
HOT is also a space of continuous research and experimentation, with a strong interest in our evolving visual and interactive cultures, the technologies that drive them, and the impact on the way we live.
HOT was founded by Michael Salu, an independent creative scholar, writer, director and artist, who brings wide-ranging creative and critical expertise and experience across disciplines.
As a designer and creative director, Salu has won awards from the likes of D&AD and Communication Arts.
As a writer of fiction, essay and criticism, Salu has published widely in literary and art publications and spoken on a variety of topics at places like 5x15.
As a creative and digital strategist, Salu has helped build a variety of brands and organisations across the cultural sector and has provided consultancy and strategy to media & culture businesses.
As an editor, he has helped platform a variety of critical ideas within art and literature.
As an interdisciplinary artist, he has developed a research-based practice driven by narrative.
For Salu, HOT serves as the perfect conduit to meet new clients; initiate and collaborate on original, thought-provoking projects; and create, publish and tell stories across digital mediums, physical spaces and film.
Clients & Collaborators
HOT has consulted for many organisations across a variety of projects, working from initial strategy to final execution. HOT has spoken at forums and received both press and awards for our work. Here are just a few of our past collaborators.
5x15 Talks The Ace Hotel American Suburb X Archivio Magazine Art Dubai The Association of Illustrators The Berlin Writing Prize Birmingham University The British Council Germany The Caine Prize Catapult Cassava Republic Coffee House Press
Communication Arts Curzon D&AD Entropy Magazine Falmouth University Freeman's Journal Garagisme Granta Grey Magazine The Great Wall Oakland Haus der Kulturen der Welt Hendrick's Gin The Hospital Club, London
The Initiative of Narrative Journalism, Amsterdam Island Records King Kong Magazine Kingston University The Lemon Tree House Maclehose Press Matches Fashion The New School Next Nature Nils Frahm Paralaxe Editions Penguin Random House
The Photographer's Gallery Piano Day Mr Porter Sleek Magazine Soft Skull Press The Southbank Centre The Royal College of Art The Royal Literary Fund TED x University of Wolverhampton Unseen Amsterdam Vinyl Me Please The Wellcome Collection Wildness Journal