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London Design Festival : emerge Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009




Next up from the London Design Festival was the emerge exhibition held at the Rich Mix gallery space near Brick Lane. emerge is the new graduate showcase event run by the Design Festival and works were guest selected by Fraser Muggeridge. Alongside the exhibition, events including one run by Wieden+Kennedy are happening throughout next week as well the very first emerge design award, with the winner being revealed next friday. The exhibition itself had a nice layout displaying the graduate’s projects but I’m not too sure on the quality and production of some of the pieces. My favourite works were the emoticons canvas bags, the sculpture of ‘SHIT!‘ and some of the typographic posters which were part of a poster competition brief set by Pentagram for any graduate to participate in.

emerge is worth a look if your a student or graduate and the exhibition runs until the 27th of September. The event page can be found here.



London Design Festival : Typographica Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009




The annual London Design Festival officially opens today, but a few of the events have already opened up for visitors including the Typographica exhibition held at the Kemistry Gallery. If you don’t know already, Typographica was an eponymous groundbreaking and now legendary graphic design journal, which ran from 1949 to 1967. The exhibition is curated by Rick Poynor and by Mafalda Spencer, the daughter of Typographica’s founder, Herbert Spencer.

On display at the exhibition were large scale spreads detailing the journal’s content as well a series of full magazines on display. Some great vintage typographical design featured throughout the exhibition and even though the Kemistry Gallery is a small one, Typographica is definitely worth a visit in my opinion. It runs until the 31st of October so go check it out. The exhibition can be found online here. I have lots more London Design Festival events, exhibitions and a workshop scheduled in for the next week, so make sure to check back here for updates and check out the Design Festival’s website below for some really exciting events happening all around London.




Wieden+Kennedy London Work Crit

Posted in Everything Else, Talks/Lectures by Paul on September 5, 2009

I’ve been attempting to arrange a bit of time to go in and see someone at W+K London for a while now and so on Thursday I got to spend the morning talking to London’s head of design, Guy Featherstone. Many thanks to Guy for taking the time out to see me. We talked about what I’m about and about my year out, the design and advertising industry in general as well as the future of digital design. We went through my portfolio and Guy gave me some great advice for the future and how to improve my book and I’ll be staying in touch with Guy in the future.



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YCN ‘A’ Launch

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on September 5, 2009



On Wednesday evening I was invited to the ‘ALaunch at Village Underground by YCN. The A is the new physical award created by YCN for those commended annually for the design award they run as well as to be presented periodically to outstanding creatives, both established and upcoming. The launch show was very busy with a few faces that I recognised including the guys from THIS IS Studio so it was nice to catch up with them. A central projection screen displayed all winning work from this year YCN Awards, although I’m not sure how effective this was in displaying the work. Colourful paintbrush and sticky tape installations were also created specially for the event. Thanks to Sarah from YCN for the invite. You can see all about the ‘A’ here. All the photos of the night can be seen on YCN’s Flickr here.


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Little Music Break to Paris

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on September 5, 2009




This time last weekend, I was in Paris at the Rock en Seine music festival, being taken there courtesy of Eurostar as part of their new ‘Litte break, Big difference‘ campaign. I was over there doing the photography for Fried My Little Brain. Eurostar have teamed up with We Are Social, a social networking, media and communications agency for the new campaign which is all about taking time out from your usual schedule and doing something different that you usually wouldn’t do and just how quickly you can get to continental Europe with Eurostar to enjoy your break. Myself and 11 other music bloggers were whisked away for the crazy weekend in Paris.

With Oasis cancelling last minute, it was up to the Prodigy, Birdy Nam Nam, Vitalic, MGMT, Calvin Harris, The Offspring, Bloc Party, Madness, Metric, Les Petits Pois and many more to do the entertaining and we were not disappointed. Many thanks to Sarah, Sandrine and Camile from We Are Social for the weekend as well as a shout out to the other bloggers; Stereo Kill, Hush House, Cougar Microbes, Nialler9, My Chemical Toilet, Vice and Buzzin Music Blog. My photography on FMLB can be seen here. Be sure to check out all the links below.