Creative Cities Talk by Scott Burnham

October 16th, 2007

Went to a talk organised by DE07 event. Its entitled Creative Cities by Scott Burnham. I found him to be an enthusiastic speaker and in stark contrast to a talk I attended by Ben Drury (but I wont talk about that). Scott brought up issues relating to how a post-industrial city define itself. If they chose to define themselves as a ‘creative city’ – how then do we enable the public to be part of that creative dialogue? How do you get the public to reclaim public spaces and use them as creative outputs? His talk did not offer any practical answers to these question, merely some suggestions to how other artist have sought to address them through independent and fringe efforts. Some of the links that I found particularly exciting are:

Graffiti Research Lab
“Throwies LED”
(Check out their other projects as well)

Abstractor / Ji LEE
How to make abstract art…

Roadsworth
Playing havoc with road markings.
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You are Beautiful
Playful communication
(click on 1st row, the 5th down, with the fence cups)

Graphic Design Research Symposium

August 30th, 2007

I’ll be giving a presentation at the Graphic Design Research Symposium to be held at Nottingham Trent University. Its a free half day event designed to demystify the process of embarking on a research degree, and to encourage Doctoral research in graphic design and its related areas. It will be on the 12th of September, from 1.30pm to 5pm. Teal Triggs will be the keynote speaker while Joe Eastwood, Rob Hillier and myself will be presenting case studies of our PhD experiences. More information can be found in the event’s leaflet. If you would like to attend, email Rob Harland before the 5th of September.

Folded Square

August 30th, 2007

Just redesigned a site called Folded Square which sells award winning origami paper and modelling packs. My favourite origami model is the frog. Have a look at their unique 26 models here.