Saturday, 29 May 2010

Carry Hope Tote Bags

Geoff McFetridge for Gabriella Charter School

Christoph Niemann for Doctors Without Borders

HORT / Eike König for Amnesty International

James Joyce for Save the Children UK

Sawdust for British Heart Foundation

These Carry Hope Tote bags, and more, are available from My Design Shop. 100% of profit made on these bags goes straight to the designer's charity of choice. The competition was run in Print Magazine, with the winning design (above) for the British Heart Foundation, by Sawdust.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Goldsmiths Design Show 2010

This is a nice little promo for the up and coming design show from the Goldsmiths postgraduate design course. I think some kind of sneaky trickery with peanut butter is at play here!

The exhibition is part of the London Design Festival which is held between 18th - 26th September 2010. For more information please visit

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Esquire Student Design Competition

Esquire are currently running their first ever Student Design Challenge!

The competition revolves around gadgets and gizmos that help us in our daily lives. From the simplest corkscrew to a stunning lightbulb or even the humble electronic tin opener! All have been designed to serve a purpose - helping us to open pesky tins.

Esquire's competition challenge is for you to create the widget of the future! Design a brand new and original product that will effortlessly fit into men’s everyday routines making the toils of life that much easier to deal with.

Their competition is open to current BA and MA design students in the UK as well as designers that have graduated within the last two years. The competition is open to absolutely anything as long as it is original, practical and can, in principle, be manufactured.

A crack team of product addicts are on standby and will whittle down the entrants to a shortlist of 10 winning designs that will be featured in our November issue.


To enter contestants should email with a blueprint of your product concept along with a 250 word summary explaining how the design works and why it will improve men’s lives. Remeber to include your name, age, university course title and a contact phone number/email address on your entry.

All entries must be received by Tuesday 1st June. Good luck!!

Read more details on Esquire's website >

Friday, 14 May 2010

Kopparberg's new ad campaign 2010

Kopparberg have just launched a new ad campaign, running simultaneously across cinema, press, online and on the Find Kopparberg site.

The new campaign's concept revolves around discovery – that place you never knew existed, a great new band, an underground party or just a great night out. The whole notion of the campaign is summed up by the cinema ad, directed by acclaimed promos director Daniel Wolfe.

Kopparberg have also teamed up with Vice Magazine for a series of events called the Kopparberg Klash. This is designed to unearth the best new creative minds in the areas of photography, style, music and film, with a series of events celebrating the best new talent in each category.

More information on all of this, as well as a blog celebrating and sharing the latest cool stuff Kopparberg have found, is available on the campaign website at

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot: The Curve

Tickets: Free admission
Times: 27 February 2010 - 23 May 2010
Open daily 11am-8pm | Open late every Thu until 10pm

Trained as a musician and composer, French artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates works by drawing on the rhythms of daily life to produce sound in unexpected ways. His installation for The Curve will take the form of a walk-though aviary for a flock of zebra finches, furnished with electric guitars and other instruments and objects. As the birds go about their routine activities, perching on or feeding from the various pieces of equipment, they create a captivating, live soundscape.

This great exhibition is coming to it's end this month so hurry if you want to see it! See the Barbican website for more details.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010


I just stumbled across this website whilst flicking through a copy of the Contact Illustrators book. I Am Not an Artist was created by Johnny Kelly and Matthew Cooper for design agency Soon In Toyko. The cartoon strip shown above is about the life of a designer, for whom battling with the devil is a daily chore.

You have to visit the website to get the full effect of all the animations! Check it out at:

Monday, 10 May 2010

Modern Masters with Alastair Sooke

BBC One is currently half way through it's Modern Masters series, which aims to explain the work of the four founding fathers of modern art. Namely Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

The series has so far been a great success for Alastair Sooke who is new to presenting on the BBC. During each hour long installment of the series, Sooke investigates not only the works but the personality of each of the masters. Quizzical interviews with friends and partners ensue, along with a few impersonations and 'have a go' moments. The last episode on Henri Matisse saw Sooke cutting out shapes of coloured paper to create his own version of Matisse's Icarus.

Look out for the next episode, showing on BBC 2 Sunday 16th May at 9pm, and the final episode is on the 23rd or May 2010.

See the past episodes on the BBC >





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