Friday, 22 October 2010

Waiting for Superman Infographics Trailer

As a massive fan of Infographics - this caught my eye recently and from start to finish it is a brilliant yet interactive piece of work that keeps you entertained and informed.
I really like the visual style and colours - both exciting and fresh. I am not sure how relevant the style is to the subject matter but it just shows you what a difference the aesthetic can do to improve and make people engage. Take a look!

A celebration ...

I would just like to celebrate some of my fellow peers from Design and Art Direction - The Mill Press and OWT. Over the past few weeks I have following their achievements and success - it is in need for a major celebration as I admire their hard work and determination to create something different. And they have!

The Mill Press
"Is an independent publisher and writing house, based in London and Manchester. Its purpose is to investigate and explore subjects of intrigue and ambiguity.Created by two sisters, this project encapsulates a lifetime of shared interests in art, design, writing and photography."

"A newly formed design collective based in Manchester. OWT is comprised of 5 young designers, Ste Beed, Jon Hannan, Katrina Currie, Sarah Stapleton and Ben Kither. The five of us graduated from the Manchester Metropolitan University Design and Art Direction course last year and have decided to come together and form a young, exciting team focussed on showcasing the best of Manchester talent."

They were recently featured on "Its Nice That" Blog.

I wish them - and everyone else a huge good luck for the future!
It is a very exciting time as they venture out in the world and it just shows what you can achieve if you put your mind to it.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

"Happy Inside" Campaign

The latest Ikea campaign by agency Mother, saw the release of over 100 cats into the Wembley Store. This had had a lot of coverage over the last few weeks - and I have to admit that on first viewing I had a Marmite moment ...

The concept ... amazing - a great connection between the cats and the feeling of home ... However ... Cats - I am not too keen on them roaming around jumping on things.
I don't own a cat and probably never will so I think that although Mother hit a huge target audience, I think they also alienated others because like Jack said from UHC - "I'm allergic to them".

But to say the least it is a fantastically shot advert - Ikea have put themselves at the heart of the home and it shows!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

The END.

This has been my home for the past four months - the end has come ... and although I have a lot to say, my feelings and emotion for the people who work here is more than I ever could have imagined. What a beautiful and inspirational place to have experienced.
Thank you ..

AND - An exploration of the city Art galleries

Manchester this weekend was taken over by the AND festival - the city was buzzing with music, theatre, film and exhibitions and I am glad to have experienced it.

I visited the Manchester Art Gallery for the 'Recorders' exhibition - by electronic artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, a fantastic and interactive experience with the installations as they responded to your pulse, voice and prints. See below image - the lights pulsed to the rhythm of your heart beat to create a surreal discotheque atmosphere that systematically erupted. Very interesting!!

Then I visited Cube Gallery - 'Designed Disorder', which radically proposes absurd and practical solutions into how we behave, mass consume, self meditate and travel, making the design of human experiences an altogether uncomfortable experience.
I blogged several weeks ago about the 'The Toaster Project', Thomas Thwaites, and it was incredible to see the real life objects that were used to create the experiment - it really does make you question have we forgotten how to make everyday items or is this proposition absurd?

Next was the Corner House - 'Unspooling', artists and cinema featuring 19 artists gathering work from the last decade that use or abandon the usual convention of cinema, such as celluloid, digital video, motion and time.

The images above correspond with the Artists work from the exhibition:

-Elizabeth McAlpine - Hyena Stomp, 2006, C-print on plexiglass.
-Stefan Zeyen - Farewell, 2009
-Ming Wong - Life and death in Venice, 2010
-Sheena Macrae - Odyssey, 2009
-Michael Borremans - The German, 2004-2007

It is definitely a must see - it is on till January so no rush!!

Papergirl Launch Party

Last Thursday saw the launch of the Papergirl Exhibition at Soup Kitchen - as part of UHC we entered the competition and it was great to see the work up and meet other artists and designers.
If you haven't seen it - it is a must see visit!!
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