Part of our #FridayFeature, we would love to share this awesome festival called: Birmingham Design Festival 2018. If you are around Birmingham, England, you should definitely check it out! There will be amazing speakers like Draplin, Tom Muller and Solo: A Star Wars Story – Talk & Screening. Over 4 days of celebrating the local, national and international design industry happening from June 7-10, just take a look at that venue. Props to everyone involved in this festival. In their words A celebration of the local, national and international design industry held over four days in June 2018 Birmingham Design Festival has announced its key headline events for the festival as it prepares for tickets to go on sale later this month. The much anticipated events will feature a host of world renowned designers, print-makers, graphic artists, advertising maestros, UI afficionados, illustrators and animators, and will be held in some of the city's most impressive and innovative venues across the festival's three Design Districts. As a celebration of the local, national and international design industry, the city's first Design Festival will take place from 7th to 10th June and full programme details can be found at http://birminghamdesignfestival.org.uk An Illuminating Celebration of Colour, Craft & Creativity! More Links Learn more about Birmingham Design Festival 2018 Birmingham Design Festival 2018 Future Interfaces The programme of designers and studios confirmed for the festival includes printmakers, illustrators, typesetters, animators, architects, UX aficionados, product designers, digital talent and good people changing the design industry from the top down and the bottom up. The full list of speakers can be viewed here: http://birminghamdesignfestival.org.uk/whats-on/speakers. Solo: A Star Wars Story – Talk & Screening Alongside these headline events the festival programme will feature workshops, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and screenings curated into three Design Districts across the four days. The Graphic district will be in the city centre, the Digital district in the Digbeth area of the city and the Product district will feature venues in the city's historic and unique Jewellery Quarter. The festival curators have taken great care to include both modern and historic venues across Birmingham, in order to showcase the innovative institutions and rich heritage the city has to offer. Each district will have a hub venue which will play host to a diverse programme of FREE talks featuring some of the world's most innovative, award winning creative studios including R/GA, Rosie Lee, B-Reel, Make, Gensler and DBLG. Tickets for these free events will also be available online on Saturday 21st April. More Links Learn more about Birmingham Design Festival 2018
We've shared a preview of OFFF Barcelona a couple weeks ago on Abduzeedo, 3 days conferences, workshops and performances that happened on April 6-8. We luckily had one of our friends who went to OFFF for us while she was travelling across Europe. Let's take a look at this lovely wrap-up by Hope Little where she sharing her notes and also her pictures as well. You should definitely check out her Instagram for the latest of her work/photography. OFFF is primarily a community for everyone that is related to design like designers, thinkers, developers, professionals, students and more. OFFF have seen artists such as Joshua Davis, Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Neville Brody, Kyle Cooper, The Mill and a lot more. It takes place annually in Barcelona for a three-day journey of conferences, workshops and performances. You can also catch OFFF when they tour around the world for the rest of the year. Hope's Notes Outro Studio Kicking-off the conference was multi-disciplinary, Outro a design studio based out of Barcelona, Spain. Doing everything from identity, illustration + animation to film and most recently; OFFF Barcelona 2017 branding campaign and book design. Outro created a visually stunning, sensorial experience not just for your eyes but for you to hear, taste, touch and smell. We don’t have to specialize in one thing when we can do everything Adam J. Kurtz NYC based designer, mixed media artist and recent author of 1 Page at a Time and Pick Me Up. Adam Kurtz gave us the inside scoop on ‘doing it yourself, and seeing how it goes’, how kickstarter can actually kickstart your projects and that anyone can do it, if he can. If i could leave you with any piece of advice today, it would be that fuck... If i can do it, you can fucking do it too. Furious Creators Thomas Weil & Quentin Weisbuch of Graphic Design & Art Direction studio, Furious covered the in’s and out’s behind the delicious project, Fat & Furious Burger that helped kick start their careers. Along with covering some of their other projects that center around design, culture, architecture and of course food. We believe less is more. Some Photos Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree Dynamic Duo, Leta Sobierajski & Wade Jeffree gave us the juicy details about the natural fruition of The Complements Project. From their love life to their sex life, Sobierajski & Jeffree give their insights on how they made a personal relationship into a healthy working relationship, and how passion projects can pave the way into real client work. Making is a part of thinking and feeling Velvet Spectrum Luke Choice, a.k.a Velvet Spectrum is a creative Studio focused on 3D design, type, and animation. Originally from Australia, Choice is now currently designing out of Los Angeles, CA. Luke talked us through the evolution of his past and present projects, inspiring collaborations with other artists and what’s next to come. ... it’s so much easier and much more fun to make balls bounce on real stairs… that should be a quote ...and in the words of the Great Shia Labeouf — … just do it. Make your dreams come true! Gary Baseman Gary Baseman, self proclaimed pervasive artist tells the story of his influential family heritage, upbringing, and many life experiences that have subconsciously shaped his art and career over the years. Continuously blurring the lines between what’s real and what’s fantasy, Baseman goes through the plethora of projects he’s undertaken, from his hit TV show: Teacher’s Pet, the process behind some of his publications for New York Times, Rolling Stones, Wall Street Journey, to list a few...along with his collaborations with COACH, ready-to-wear for Spring line and his latest documentary “Mythical Creatures”. I realized i had to define my art in my own title. So i used the word pervasive art, and pervasive in english means that’s its perceived everywhere and for me as an artist… I think we have an obligation and a need to work in all mediums, all mediums that have existed, all mediums new, and that we invent. To be able to get our message across... Final Words OFFF isn’t just all talk though, there was plenty of fun work-shop stations, pop-ups and mouth watering food trucks to choose from over the jammed packed, three day conference. OFFF 2017 Barcelona is definitely an experience to remember, a conference you can go to time and time again. A stimulating, sensorial experience crafted to continuously push you to learn, be inspired in your day-to-day life and a continuous reminder to keep evolving and pushing the limits of your work..Do what’s in your heart and stay true to your craft. Who know’s maybe you’ll be next on the OFFF stage. Miscellaneous including other talks
We would like to share a really awesome event that is coming up next week and it’s the OFFF Barcelona 2017. Our friends over OFFF have been cooking up 3 days of pure inspiration with many speakers coming from all over the globe. This year with the theme named: A Sensory Overload Experience where the attendees will experience with all five of their senses in results of an unforgettable experience. We will have one of our own Abduzeedos over OFFF to share stories and what is it like to attend OFFF. Be ready to see, hear, taste, touch and smell! OFFF Barcelona 2017 takes place this upcoming April 6th,7th, and 8th. For the 17th successful edition in a roll, OFFF will be hosting innovative international and national artists such as legendary designer Lance Wyman, GMUNK, talented duo Leta Sobierajski and Wade Jeffree, Vaughan Oliver, Imaginary Forces (with Karin Fong and Michelle Dougherty, famous Stranger Things main titles creator) and many more. This year’s Festival will also introduce a new stage "AND…" hosting three design events: Blanc, PlayRestart and WhyTalks by Mucho. With the exclusive premiere for the first time in Barcelona of Stefan Sagmeister’s The Happy Film, the Festival will be a great adventure indulging inspiring and fun activities, leaving the attendees an unforgettable experience. Video
This November 15th, our good friend James White from Signalnoise will be heading to Portland, Oregon for a speaking event, presented by Spaceman Design and AIGA Portland. Everything took place when James started his Gum Cards Initiative and Portland based designer Dave Hardy pledged on the fundraising as the Diamond Package. One of the prizes of the pledge was that James will be going to wherever your city and make a Design Renegade Talk. Portland was the winner! All Rights to Dave Hardy About the Event In order to reach our goals in the upside-down world of graphic design, you need to be a rogue. A misfit. A renegade. James White from the Signalnoise Studio has based his career on doing things outside of the ordinary, turning his back on boardrooms and creative briefs in order to chase his design dreams with vengeance and rock n’ roll. He will be telling his story while discussing personal projects built from love and ambition in his small home office in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. These led to him working with respected people all over the world, from his favourite metal band to film juggernaut Kevin Smith. James will talk about chasing your creative path, building your personal body of work, the value of supporting friends, and never forgetting the artist inside. Being “different” isn’t enough anymore. You need to be a renegade! For more information about Dave Hardy and AIGA Portland, you can visit their websites at SpaceManDesign.com and AIGA Portland at AigaPortland.org. Sample of James White's Works All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White All Rights to James White Links For more information - http://aigaportland.org To buy your tickets - http://aigapdx-signalnoise.eventbrite.com Spaceman Design - http://spacemandesign.com AIGA Portland - http://aigaportland.org
This year I will finally have the opportunity to go to the TRImarchiDG, probably the biggest graphic design event of Latin America. It will take place in Mar del Plata, Argentina from the 19th to the 21st of October. The latin american graphic design has finally found its meeting point. Year by year it has been taking shape into what today is known as the biggest design meeting of Latin America. We're talking about the sixth edition of TRImarchiDG. With humble beginnings, its first year gathered 400 people in an auditorium facing the ocean. Today we're waiting for more than 5000 people from all over Argentina, many american countries and even Europe. They will all get together from the 19th to the 21st of october in the Stadium Polideportivo of Mar del Plata, a city located 400kms south of Buenos Aires. I look forward to seeing some very good designers such as the guys from Büro Destruct, No Domain, Superstudio, Design-Tourist and many more. The complete list of speakers and all information about the event can be found at http://www.trimarchidg.net/ Anyway, if anyone is heading to TRImarchiDG and wants to meet up let me know. Also I would appreciate if anyone who's been there, has tips on things to do, places to go or anything else.