Sunday, 7 November 2010

Food Hub Logo design

This summer I designed a logo for the Manchester Creative Collective (MCC), Food Hub. 

Established in March 2009, MCC focuses on bringing together networks and community projects for mutually beneficial collaborations. The food hub itself creates 'growers co-ops' based on permaculture techniques. They  promote herbalism through educating the community on the endless health benefits of plants.

Triangular thinking.


Sent to you by Jessica via Google Reader:


via swissmiss by swissmiss on 11/3/10

Triangular Design Manifesto, by Conceptual Devices:

00_ Design should not be based on formal principles – but always on an idea of society.
01_ Designed forms represent possible social orders and a lot of their contradictions.
02_ Design is everything. Anything could be designed. Everyone is a designer.
03_ Design allows social innovations. Often it is not made by designers.
04_ Design has not scale. It could be small and have great impact.
05_ Design is not an innocent practice. Designers are wicked.
06_ Design should engage people and interact with them.
07_ Design is an interdisciplinary applied science.
08_ Design produces visual consciousness.
09_ Design is a triangular manifesto.
10_ Design makes you smile.
11_ This is the top.
12_ Enjoy!


Things you can do from here:


Sunday, 3 October 2010

Points of Transition – Anti-design Festival

Photography thanks to Marjo Loponen

—Michael Oswell
Today’s setup does not seek directly to answer these questions; rather it is an intuitive response to a given situation, a situation where economic meltdown is met with frantic attempts to maintain or reinstate the status quo, where educational and public sector institutions are ‘streamlined’, where designers as professionals are expected to play along, and those entering the profession are expected to play along for free.
As recent graduates we are plunged into a situation of considerable uncertainty often masked with the rubric of flexibility. We are literally in a point of transition between imperatives – the assessment criteria of education and the fundamentally profit-led requirements of business. Where we go from here is a matter of personal choice, yet it is rarely a choice made freely.
In recent years designers have transitioned from being a productive force to being a discrete consumer category. As such, today we are focussing on production processes - the core of what we do as designers. Various workshops; letterpress, screen-printing and digital stencil printing are today put to various uses by students and alumni of the LCC, often in configurations that fall outside the requirements of professional practice.

Nearly twenty years ago, Gilles Deleuze wrote that when one is faced with a new sociopolitical situation, ‘there is no need to fear or hope – only to look for new weapons’. The task here is less to find overt weapons than to attempt escape routes from the prescribed forms of practice that are presented to us by industry; to find from our points of transition, a new space in which to operate.

22nd September 2010
Anti-Design Festival
RADLAB Londonewcastle
28 Redchurch Street
London E2 7DP

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Opening night – Anti-design festival

Work from floor to ceiling, animal impressions through megaphones, children rolling paint, DJs in the back-room, red lights in the front. This was the most entertaining opening night I've been to in a long time!

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Fresh(ers) Workshop

Wonderful day running a silk screen-printing workshop in the red container outside LCC with Michael. Didn't realise I could be so patient!

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Sweeet Coffee!

Experimental flocking–coffee and sprinkles–with Marjo.



Sent to you by Jessica via Google Reader:


via It's Nice That by Alex on 24/08/10


A love letter is one of the oldest (and still most special) ways to make someone's heart flutter. But, what happens when words are no longer surprising or initmate enough? xyxx happens. In the originators own words, "xyxx is a living visual, open ended love letter between two slightly twisted lovers who would rather take pictures with their iphones than talk on them." They never, ever manipulate them on the computer, relying solely on the apps on their next-gen walkie-talkies to tweak and deliver.


Things you can do from here: