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Commerce/Culture

Categories: Useful/interesting

"One route to success will be the ability to merge commerce with culture …"

A quote from the latest design trend report by David Carlson on the perennial topic of passive consumerism vs. meaningful experience. Interesting stuff. (And, I thought, vaguely related to Rui's post t'other day.)

Read the full report: Closed Wallets Closed Minds – Issue 14 / June 2011 (You can either read it online or download a pdf.)

Supercool, design and people

Categories: Superinterns

I always thought design could be a bit selfish sometimes by not filling in the gap between audience and our practice, or at least by not making an extra effort to. This had only one logical outcome: it favoured those who were part of our area and no one else.

If there is something I have learned at Supercool it is that you can create brilliant design work and still get the audience involved. This has shown me how design can be an excellent and creative way to reach the masses by awakening their critical spirit – which should be, anyway, the whole premise of our work.

For these reasons it has restored my faith in design as a social vehicle and for that I am very happy to have been part of the team – even if it was just for a few weeks – so … well done Supercool!

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Rui Ribeiro was a Superintern in Spring 2011

Showtime!

Categories: Events, Nice stuff

It's coming up to degree show time of year, which means we're being sent lots of lovely invitations from design schools all over the place.

They've all had care and thought put into them, but honourable mention must go to Nottingham Trent University's BA (Hons) Graphic Design combined degree show/D&AD New Blood exhibition invitation.

It has a great concept which encourages people to not only keep the invite but use it to leave feedback on the work; the design is first class and the finish just right. An exceptional piece – perhaps a jaunt to Nottingham's in order.

Dance, design and a living doll – Part I

Categories: Extra-curricular, Nice stuff

I've been invited to take part in a project called Pointe Blank.

I won't waffle on about it because it's undoubtedly explained much better than I'd ever manage over there on the Pointe Blank website; but the essence is to bring designers/illustrators together to each create a piece which conveys some of the story, themes and/or atmosphere of Birmingham Royal Ballet's production, Coppélia.

The above's a work-in-progress detail of my submission. I think I'm happy with it. So far …

The complete design – and everyone else's pieces – will be viewable at a launch event at Birmingham Hippodrome (home of BRB) on 13th June, as well as on the Pointe Blank website. (I'll pop my design here on the blog too.)