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I took some photos at Latitude

Summer sun and cider in Suffolk, a festival overshadowed by the two attacks on girls over the weekend, but I had a blast at Latitude last weekend. If you’ve never been here’s a quick overview of how a festival works;

You que to park, que to get your wristband, que for the bar, que for a plate of chips, que for the loo, standing still watching bands (like being in a que), repeat for three days then que to leave again. It’s bloody fantastic.

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Free Range Exhibition

Last weekend I headed down to London to have a look-see at the Free Range Art & Design Show, located in and around the Old Truman Brewery on uber-trendy Brick Lane. I didn’t realize that there was just a handful of colleges exhibiting, but the format seemed to work a bit better than the New Blood (which I’ll definitely be returning to London for at the end of the month), allowing each course to take up whole rooms, or in the case of Middlesex, most of the top floor, rather than a single stand among hundreds. This gave each student’s work plenty of room to catch my attention, though I found myself visually overloaded, as I always seem to at these type of exhibitions (so many nice things!).

True to form I totally failed to do any of the work I did manage to photograph justice, but you know what, if you want to see it, get your arse down to Brick Lane and drink it in. The courses will be rotating every week for the rest of June, so there’s plenty of new stuff to look at.

I’ve also been totally biased towards my old college, the University for the Creative Arts at Maidstone, but they’ve put together a great show with the title of Design Market. They’ve also put together an impressive newspaper-style prospectus, which is a cut above your usual show brochure. Above you can see a really cracking book made by Peter Barnes, a lush investigation into the history of letterpress, with some beautiful photos and delicate typography. Being a type geek I was very impressed by this (kudos to Nath for the hand-modelling).

These series of photos by Sarah Winter show a selection of quotes from inspirational historical figures, not the most original idea, but really nicely executed.

I really enjoyed the scope of some of the projects on display, especially (I’m afraid to say) Goldsmith’s, who’ve really been pushing the boundries and definition of ‘design’. Check out Alex Kassian’s Design 4 Bees, a very topical investigation which I thought was very thoroughly executed.

A Designer’s Bookshelf

As has already been noted, I blimmin’ love books. Also this year I’ve been treating myself to a new design-related book every month. This image (have a click to see a larger version) shows my current design book shelf, although I don’t keep them organised by height order all the time, I just like the aesthetic this creates.

There’s actually a few missing as I tend to cycle having a couple at work for reference, so I might even do an updated post with the full selection. You can see I’ve got all three It’s Nice That journals, the almost compulsory No Logo, and a few gems like Ideas Have Legs, Bruno Munari’s Design as Art and Type, A Visual History of Typefaces and Graphic Styles.

My most recent purchase has been the info-porn that is Dave McCandless’ book Information is Beautiful, which I heartily recommend, not just for it’s lovely graphs, but for it’s playful, witty tone. Each and every page is crammed full “wow, I never knew that” moments.

So what’s next for my bookshelf? Maybe Adrian Shaughnessy’s new book, Graphic Design: A User’s Manual, or Elliot Jay Stock’s Sexy Web Design. Seriously tough call.

How about you o handsome reader? What’s on your bookshelf?

WebSource East conference

Last Friday I attended the Websource East conference with some of the guys from Soak at the rather nice halls of the Kings Centre in Norwich. The room was pretty busy as you can see and it was great to bump into some other designers I knew both former people from Soup and some guys from Spring in Southwold.  It seemed people had come from quite some distance for this, I met a couple of guys who had come across from Birmingham. There was a good buzz in the air especially with the bottomless tea and coffee urns and the promise of a ‘high quality buffet’ for lunch.
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Meanwhile back in Norfolk

So Happy New Year and all that guff, and it’s been awfully nice to have a break from the screen and get back once again to me rural roots. And true to form my parents have been busy leading the countryside life; they’ve only gone and got some chickens!

They’ve even gone for ex-battery hens, the whole shebang! As you can see when they first got them, these birds were in a bit of a sorry state.

Luckily they’re not the smartest of creatures and they’ve since recovered and grown full feathery wings.

Which means they can fly and need their wings snipped, to stop them getting over the fence. Not that they do much if they do escape, just stand around looking confused wondering how to get back in again.

The only problem is about a month after they got them, the chickens stopped laying and my folks haven’t had any eggs for weeks! If this carries on it’ll be chicken curry instead.

Soft and white and falling from the sky

Wow, has it ever been snowing! It’s been a while since we’ve seen snow like this. All wonderful and festive, just in time for Christmas. As you can see I managed to build the world’s tiniest snowman.

Now see here some people chipping away at blocks of ice in the shade of Norwich castle. With unusually good timing, Norwich City Council unveiled the Ice Sculpture Trail today, a series of really very good carvings each with a (sometimes tenuous) link to Norwich. For more information and pictures do clicky here.

A Christmas Miracle

When I saw a man sprinkling what I assumed was fake snow across the front steps of a rather posh office block on my walk to work this morning I was filled with Christmas cheer. Here, I thought, was a rare example of a company bringing a little festive spirit to their hard-working staff. Then someone pointed out to me that the company in question are a massive insurance firm and the ‘fake snow’ was simply salt being put on the steps by the health-and-safety people to stop employees falling over and sueing. “Believe what you like”, I replied, “it’s a Christmas miracle.”



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