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Tinkle those ivories

“As part of the Urban Fusion Programme, 30 pianos will mysteriously appear overnight in streets, parks and public spaces across Birmingham. Each piano will have a small plaque attached stating Play Me I’m Yours.”

Luke Jerram’s Street Pianos is going to take place from 10th to the 23rd of March and, according to the BBC website, they’re after some old joannas to use for the project.

It’s being organised by Fierce! and anybody with a piano in a playable condition that they’d like to get rid of for free should contact Fierce! (by Friday 29 February). Also, if you fancy suggesting a location for one of the pianos you can do, by calling the Fierce! office on 0121 244 8080.

The project’s website isn’t live as yet, but once it is you’ll be able to post your Street Piano stories, films and photos on it.

Sounds fun. Must brush up my skills ...

Ideas for good

Good 50x70 is a free-to-enter poster competition, the overall theme of which kind of reminds me of my final project at University, oh so many moons ago ...

Anyway, it struck me that this might be a good project for the design students out there – bulk out your portfolio, show potential employers how motivated you are with an extra-curricular project and contribute to a good cause, all in one fell swoop!

Here’s what it’s about:

“There are seven briefs from seven charities on seven issues that affect thousands of people around the world. All you have to do is pick a topic that inspires you and submit a poster on that theme. 210 posters will be selected by our jury of leading designers and exhibited around the world and published in a catalogue, but more importantly they’ll be presented to the charities for their use as a potential campaign.”

If you’re interested you’ve got ages – until midnight on 20th April 2008 – to submit your work. There are more details and info about how to enter on the Good 50x70 website.

And no, I can’t fathom why it’s called ‘Good 50x70’ either ... but no matter.

(via the prolific and interesting swissmiss)

Do not adjust your browser

We’ve kind of officially launched this site now and so far most people have had only positive things to say about it. We’ve actually had a lot of really good feedback from the people we’ve asked and it’s definitely making us address a few things that we hadn’t thought of. I think we’ve perhaps got a bit of work to do on driving people to use the sub menus a bit more and perhaps to drive people to the blogs (but if you’re reading this then i guess something’s working).

It’s not all been plain sailing. It would appear that we sent an e-flyer out today, to people (announcing the new site) which coincided with me making a fatal error with a bit of code resulting in a few miss-aligning page elements (as in a 400px gap between menu and content) - not very professional I know, but we soon resolved it and it’s a lesson in always expecting the unexpected when it comes to CSS, as well as testing, testing and further testing before launch.

Thanks to everybody that’s come back with comments, I know we were asking fairly pointed questions to you, but people seem to have really thought about the site functionality and usability, not just the aesthetics which is good to know.