On the 18th October we’ll be asking our speaker to improvise his talk based upon unknown items he takes out of a large box. In the past Eike König, Deutsche & Japaner, Mario Lombardo, Andreas Uebele und Peter Zizka have braved the unpredictable format and hope to invite international speakers to come to Germany soon.
Tickets 15 Euro / Early Birds 10 Euro 18th October 2013 – 7.00 pm Edelstall in Hanover, Germany
For those of you who have never heard of Out The Box, it’s a talk format where we ask talented speakers to come and chat about objects we place in a box infront of them. The speaker doesn’t have a clue as to what will be in the box providing the audience with a completely unpredictable, unscripted and unrehearsed impression of the speaker.
Details Friday 26th July 2013 @ 7pm Edelstall, Hannover, Germany 15 Euros / Early bird ticket 10 Euros Tickets: outtheboxzizka.eventbrite.com
At the beginning of May we attended London’s latest design conference POINT. Boasting some big names from the design world including, Erik Spiekermann, Morag Myerscough, Jonathan Barnbrook and video interviews from Alan Fletcher and Milton Glaser the bar was already being set pretty high. POINT took place over two days at Royal Institute of British Architects in London’s west end, the choice of venue (with it’s wooden panelled theatre walls, grand entrance stair cases and architectural-orientated bookshops) and list of speakers set an intellectual and academic tone to the conference.
With just one theatre for all the speakers there was a lot of speakers to get through in both days. For the most part this meant short 30 minute talks in order to stick to a tight formal schedule which kept talks concise and focused. Unfortunately this didn’t leave much time for questions both from the live audience or via Twitter. As both days progressed speakers towards the end of the day were given hour long slots which, for the like of Morag Myerscough and Matt Webb gave the audience a much deeper insight into their work.
For anyone who’s in Tokyo before 2nd June we recommend checking out 21_21 Design’s audio-visual exhibition Design Ah!. Run by the same people behind NHK’s educational program of the same name, Design Ah! is curated by the super-talented Taku Satoh, Yugo Nakamura and Keigo ‘Cornelius’ Oyamada.
The exhibition aims to encourage us all to think about design in our everyday life and to foster young design minds that can make sense of the data overload around us. Visitors can experience design through all sorts of cool audio-visual exhibits.
One of our favourites “Ah! in motion” by tha ltd gets you to dance around and watch how the ‘ah’ phonetic symbol that’s projected on to the wall in front of you changes shape to follow your movement.
It’s a fun exhibition put together with lots of creativity.
Last week FFFavourite Malika Favre treated us to an exclusive teaser of her latest saucy project Kama Sutra and today the website went live revealing the full scale of the project.
The Kama Sutra website will act as an archive for the project but also as a shop where you are able to purchase the whole alphabet as individual screenprints. Each Letter is a very limited edition of 25 high end screenprints in 4 colours, all printed with love by George Hurst.
You better be quick though if you want to grab a print as there will only be a limited amount of 10 prints of each letter online as the rest will be on show at Pick Me Up London from thursday 18th until the 28th of April.
We also had the chance to ask Malika a couple of questions about the project…
Hi Malika, can you tell us a little more about the new site for the Kama Sutra project?
What started with the Pick Me Up exhibition in mind soon became much more as I started thinking about how to archive the project online and possibly have the letters available to people outside the UK who couldn’t make it down to the exhibition.
My ex-Airside buddy [and FFF contributor], Guy Moorhouse of Futurefabric and the very talented guys from Present Perfect were up for the challenge so we decided to all collaborate in order to bring the project to life.
We hopped over to Dublin last weekend for Offset 2013; three days of talks and debates from a line-up of inspiring creatives. Even at first glance Offset feels a bit different from other design festivals. Its bold identity smacks you in the face challenging you to get stuck in, enthusiastically flouting the usually restrained style used for design events.
Based on this design aesthetic one could be forgiven for expecting a slightly chaotic event, but Offset is one of the best-organised events of its kind we’ve been to. On top of the seamless organisation and euphoric lack of queuing, it was fun, laid back and friendly. But above all, it felt tangibly creative. It’s easy to indulge in a bit of middle class navel gazing at these events, but this one didn’t allow any of that. It had a young, interesting buzz. It felt exciting. And the venue of the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, sitting on the Grand Canal Dock, is an architectural feast that looks different from every angle. Gorgeous inside and out, the venue itself added to the inspirational atmosphere.
There were two things about Offset that really stood out for me and enhanced my enjoyment of the overall event. The first was that the second room — rather than being used for the less well known speakers, was a discussion room. This created a great breathing space from the main stage, and added pace to the day.
The second thing was the variety of styles, disciplines and personalities of the speakers butting up against each other, creating great juxtapositions. As the content and style of each presentation was quite different, it brought fresh perspectives on familiar themes.
There weren’t as many big names on the bill as in previous years, but there were some serious heavyweights, including Bob Gill, Ben Boss, Vaughan Oliver, Oliviero Toscani and Louise Fili. Our highlights from this year are as follows:
Ireland’s Laureate for children’s literature Niamh Sharkey talked passionately about the fight to get to a place worth going, gave fascinating insight into character development from a simple hand drawn line through to a 3D TV character and inspired the importance of respecting, and working for, your audience. Read more
Pick me up is back at Somerset House next week, for an 11-day feast of graphic art, design and illustration. The festival of contemporary graphic arts features loads of great artists, illustrators and designers, across a broad range of styles, processes and materials. As well as the chance to peruse and purchase original and limited edition prints, there’s a schedule bursting with cool ways to get involved too, such as live printing, talks and workshops.
Studio Aardman will be hosting a Shaun the Sheep model-making workshop, Alan Kitching a letterpress workshop, and Print Club London will be taking up residency in the studio, inviting a jaw dropping list of collaborators to create original pieces and co-create on a handmade wallpaper design. Bob Gill, Genevieve Gauckler, Pure Evil, James Joyce, Margot Bowman, Serge Seidlitz, Fred Butler, Rose Stallard, Maggie Li & Hattie Stewart will be joining them, so keep you eyes peeled to see them live at work or even better, get stuck in.
Pick Me Up runs at Somerset House from 18 – 28 April 2013. It’s Open daily 10.00-18.00 with late nights on Thursdays and entry is £8 (concessions £6) or a festival pass sets you back £15, if you’re planning on seeing lots of talks. For full info see here or for the event listings click here or list of contributors here
Could you sum up in a few words what you do?
We are a graphic design agency that makes beautifully simple work.
Can you tell us a little about the team behind StudioMakgill?
We are currently four permanent staff with a rolling roster of freelancers and interns to help with the workload.
What spurred you on to start your own studio, and how did you make the leap?
This is actually the second agency I have run. I founded Red Design with a friend back in 1996. So the process of setting up StudioMakgill wasn’t scary to me. In between Red Design and StudioMakgill I spent four years working with some great agencies in London and this had really helped shape the kind of agency I wanted to run.
You’re based in Brighton, what influence do you think location has on a studio’s output?
The decision to be in Brighton is because I live down here and I want to have a decent quality of life with my family. StudioMakgill was very nearly based in London, but the thought of being a lifelong commuter was too depressing.
It presents some challenges, but I feel that you really don’t need to be London based to be recognised as a serious agency. I hope that we are proving that to be true.
How do you approach creating ‘beautifully simple work’?
I think firstly it isn’t a completely conscious process. It comes from a desire for and appreciation of simplicity. But there is a process which in itself is actually quite simple. We constantly ask ourselves what is important in a design. What can we get rid of before we compromise the meaning or integrity of that piece.
Do clients ever come to you with something specific in mind?
We don’t take on every project that comes to us. But a client with something in mind can either be a great thing or it can be potentially toxic.
It really depends on so many factors. It requires learning a lot about people and becoming a good judge of character. Experience has really helped here, though taking on the wrong client is a mistake that can still happen. Read more
Ever so often they host a night called 25 for 25. We had a chance to ask James at Two Times Elliott a few questions about the event…
Hi James, can you could tell us a little more about 25 for 25?
It’s a night where people come down with their designs and get to print 25 copies of their artwork for £25, so basically a pound a print. Its about raising awareness of the technique, aswell as being a platform to market our service as a risograph printer.
Its a great social evening too, where people exchange their prints as well as making some valuable new contacts. A fun evening all round.
LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a talk with the brilliant StudioMakgill. Taking place on Tuesday 16 April 2013 the talk will presented by founder and creative director Hamish Makgill talking about his work.
Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of screenprinted posters (hand screened by long-term collaborator and talented designer Dan Mather and paper provided by GF Smith) which are then given away on the night, first come first serve. So remember to get there early and bring a poster tube. There’ll also be a Q&A at the end of the talk with prizes up for grabs for questions so get thinking now.
Tickets are on sale via The Design Museum website £17 adults / £12 NUS / £8.50 Museum Members. Doors open at 7.30pm / 8.00pm start.
It’s also a great opportunity to announce and congratulate FormFiftyFive’s Emma Laura Jones and Sean Rees who have taken on the reigns of LongLunch and have help made this talk possible. In addition FFF’s Ryan R Thompson is helping to host LongLunch’s programme of Scottish talks with the next one scheduled for April 25 2013 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow with Ken Garland which should be amazing! Unfortunately the Ken Garland talk has now completely sold out.
We wish them all the best of luck and keep your eyes peeled for other talks coming in the coming months.
London’s latest design conference POINT, taking place in 2-3 May 2013, aims to explore the power and value of great design within communities and the power it has to change the rules.
Boasting an impressive list of speakers for it’s inaugural year including Erik Spiekermann, Morag Myerscough, Jonathan Barnbrook and film interviews from Milton Glaser and the late Alan Fletcher and will be chaired by inspiring practitioners including Patrick Baglee, Henrietta Thompson and Patrick Burgoyne. With a list of names offering such a wealth of experience we expect POINT will deliver on their aim.
POINT has also set itself the ambitious goal of being the sibling to Frieze and TED in an effort to increased awareness and credibility of design in the wider community. With that in mind the theme of the first POINT conference will be “Authenticity” presented over 25 lectures, screenings and performances and supported by curated online resource open to all at the POINT website.
POINT will be taking place over 2 days at RIBA in London’s West End and tickets are on sale through the POINT website.
Together with Edelstall we launched Out The Box last year, an experimental event format where we invite inspiring designers to talk about random object we place in a box before them. The speaker has no way of preparing themselves for the talk which means they have to think fast. In the past Eike König (HORT), Deutsche & Japaner and Mario Lombardo have all come to Hannover to have a shot. Each speaker reacted differently to the format, it amplified their personality & humor and lead to strange stories and hilarious discussions!
The 4th instalment sees Andreas Uebele of büro uebele take the stage. An agency active in all areas of visual communications, with the focus on visual identity, signage and wayfinding systems, corporate communications and exhibitions.
For more information und past und future events check out the Out The Box Page.
Curated by Leeds based designers Jay Cover (of Nous Vous) and Tom Pratt & Ollie Shaw (of Catalogue), the Catch-up Conference aims to provide a platform to discuss and learn more about illustration, design, art direction & self-publishing.
To do this they have invited Rob Lowe (Supermundane) and Alexander Lis to Leeds to showcase and talk about their work.
Both events will be situated in contemporary artist run space ‘Mexico’, a charming, clean, open, loft space based in Leeds city centre.
Saturday March 23rd; Rob Lowe (Supermundane) His experience includes six years as creative director of the highly popular & alternative children’s magazine ‘Anorak’, Art director for London Lifestyle magazine ‘Good For Nothing’ and currently Art directing for award winning food quarterly ‘Fire & Knives’. His experience image-making, designing, self-publishing & illustrating working with the likes of Penguin Books, V&A Museum, Wallpaper, Nokia, Orange & Apple, makes him a super insightful, interesting chap.
Saturday April 6th; Alexander Lis Alexs’ work is routed in Graphic Design, not only producing design work commercially but researching it and investigating it’s place within society as useful creative activity. He curates events, self-publishes objects, journals and commissions artwork from other artists. His forward thinking and innovative approach has seen him in the finals of the German Design Awards and he initiated the highly successful ‘After School Club’ a large scale design festival in Frankfurt.
Access to daytime events inc Talk & Roundtable (CUC goodies) are £5 for each day. Bargain!
The Cheltenham Design Festival, back for it’s second year from 11-14 April 2013, celebrates how original thought can change the world. The event brings creative thinkers together from many fields to debate and explore the future of design at a time when creativity matters more than ever. The festival provides a unique opportunity for the general public, professionals and students to engage with some of the world’s most innovative and forward-thinking creatives who influence our everyday lives in areas such as education, the environment, urban design, technology and business.
This years theme is Who cares about the future of design? and once again takes place at Cheltenham’s prestigious Parabola Arts Centre over a packed four days. Speakers include Alice Rawsthorn (Design Critic, International Herald Tribune, the global edition of the New York Times), Sir John Sorrell (Chairman, London Design Festival), David Hillman (award-winning), Fred Deakin (half of band Lemon Jelly, co-founder of design agency Airside), Adrian Shaughnessy (graphic designer, writer & tutor), Nat Hunter (Co-Director of Design, RSA), Bruce Duckworth (co-founder Turner Duckworth) and Neville Brody (Research Studios Creative Director and D&AD President) + many more…
“Creativity is undoubtedly part of our future. I want to try and encourage more people to consider some form of creative future.” – John Hegarty, founding partner, Bartle, Bogle & Hegarty and President, Cheltenham Design Festival.
With one of the best pricing structures of any design event (NUS day passes are only £10!) and the ability to purchase individual event tickets – not to mention free workshops – the CDF promises to be another success.