This is a great talk by James Victore about striving to do good design work that really matters. His work for the Department of Probation is a great example of taking a difficult project and making something truly great. He does use a few rude words in this video (…and all of the other ones).
“James Victore runs an independent design studio hell-bent on world domination. He is an author, designer, filmmaker and firestarter. He continually strives to make work that is sexy, strong and memorable; work that toes the line between the sacred and the profane. His paintings of expressionist designs can be seen on ceramics, surfboards, billboards and supermodels.”
This is a great Creative Mornings talk in Portland by Aaron Draplin from last year . Aaron explains his point of view on life as a graphic designer in a very unique way: ’a 50 point plan ruin yer career’. In case you offend easily there is quite a bit of swearing.
There’s also a good interview by Debbie Millman on the Design Matters Podcast:
Aaron Draplin is the force powering Draplin Design Compay in Portland, Oregon. Having made a name for himself with stand-out work for snowboarding companies and their like, he’s now courting more mainstream clients including Coal Headwear, Union Binding Co., Richmond Fontaine, Field Notes, Esquire, Nike, Wired, Timberline,Chunklet, Red Wing, Incase, Giro, Cobra Dogs, Megafaun, Ford Motor Co., Hughes Entertainment, Chuck Prophet, and even the Obama Administration. Born in the Midwest, and a graduate of the Minneapolis College of Art, Draplin has become an important voice in the world of graphic design while maintaining a sense of humor.
Everything is a Remix is a thought provoking video about IP, Copyright and Patents produced by Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based film maker. It’s an American take on IP and Patents but very much relates to the UK. Seeing how much the original concept of protecting inventors rights and promoting creative thinking has changed is a little scary. The opinion of how much the original concept has been abused by opportunist capitalists is quite an eye opener.
The belief in intellectual property has grown so dominant it’s pushed the original intent of copyrights and patents out of the public consciousness. But that original purpose is still right there in plain sight. The copyright act of 1790 is entitled “an Act for the encouragement of learning”. The Patent Act is “to promote the progress of useful Arts.”
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.
A great talk by Craig Mod at the 2011 Build Conference on how great design is born from nourishing habits.
“The best designer is an aware designer. The best design solutions are found by deconstructing problems as they arise in our own lives. What habits can we as designers form to provide us with a more objective clarity in answering these problems? How can we apply these solutions to existing products? When is it time to build new products? There is an intersection between the cultivation of habit, personal experience and design application – it is nourishing and magic and something we should all strive to evoke.”
This week we took part in the South East Design Forum design exhibition called Better Business by Design. The exhibition was all about highlighting the benefits that busiensses can take advantage of from employing good design throughout their business. Our submission was a case study showing the branding, print and web design carried out for Locutio Voice Technologies. The exhibition was attended by over 80 people on the opening night and on the whole was a great success.
Research shows that fewer than half of businesses in the South East believe design is integral to giving their business a competitive edge, yet at the same time three quarters of design-led business say they’ve gained a commercial advantage as a direct result of design. So where does your business fit? Progressing around the showcase you will be challenged to consider many areas of your business against showcased work; do you consider this within your business; could it be advantageous; where’s the benefit; could you pull in local colleagues to help discuss the issues and benefits?
Photography by: http://www.focard.co.uk/
Unfortunately Grafik magazine is no more. ‘The current owners of Adventures in Publishing (the company which publishes Grafik) have decided to liquidate the company, so unfortunately we are unable to print the magazine for the foreseeable future.’ It’s a shame that the magazine has had to stop but hopefully it will return.
I just caught up with the content on The 99% and enjoyed some of the videos I’d overlooked. If you’ve not visited the site before it’s a great source for inspiration, productivity and creativity from a very diverse group of professionals. The talk given by Michael Bierut last year was really interesting (video below the fold).
Third year students at The University for the Creative Arts are holding an online auction titled Beg, Steal or Borrow. The auction includes a great collection of design goodies that have been sourced by the students from notable designers and illustrators.
The money raised from the auction, which begins on 21st March and lasts for 10 days, will go towards funding the students end of year Graphic Communication degree show at the University and the D&AD New Blood show.
A great way to help support this years graduating students get some much needed industry exposure. Get bidding! http://www.graphicsfarnham.org/auction/
It turns out that The Designers Republic as they’ve been known for the last 23 years shut up shop a few days ago. It’s a great shame. Although it sounds like it’s au revoir rather than a final goodbye:
“It does feel like the end of an era but really it stopped being DR two or three years ago. DR will go forward after this with me [under the same name] – whether it will be with a new team and a new office I don’t know.” – Ian Anderson, tDR