Jyni Ong, wraps up the festival for it’s nice this “While each talk revealed design industry truths in their own way; some scary and others enlightening, this year’s Birmingham Design Festival packed a punch with thought-provoking content and approaches, tackling the ensuing issues that effect our discipline. Shedding light on the innovative West Midland’s design scene, this year’s series of events not only broadened our idea of Birmingham’s creative landscape but also hosted the talks and workshops with broader scope too.”
Sophie Elinor Brown was the latest speaker announced for the 2019 conference - I have waxed lyrical about her many talents here before. In this interview she discusses how she accidentally stumbled across typography, her process and passions. Learn more (and grab a ticket to hear Soph speak!) here.
It is a huge honor to have my work exhibited alongside those I admire! I would have loved to be there to see the show in person - by all accounts (Yes I have been obsessively following on twitter!) BDF 2019 sounds like an epic event and I look forward to checking it out in person some day.
Honored to have work included in the PHORM, Black & White exhibition opening the 2019 Birmingham Design Festival. Playing on the theme of Truth, it will consist of 50 graphic posters by designers both local and international. The art will be auctioned for charity.
Type designer and lecturer Barry Spencer has put together his first solo exhibition focusing on his unique, experimental and speculative approach to design and typographic practice called Type. Grid. Play. which will run from 03–28 June 2019 at LCI Melbourne.
I think the Better Letters events are phenomenal and am so excited to see they are selling the Mike Meyer’s workshop resources as merch. The poster series is fantastic but I am most excited by this A5 booklet showing stroke sequence and spacing for a variety of sign painting styles. The 12-page booklet contains: Block (upper and lower case); Thick & Thin; Casual; Slanted Casual; Script (upper and lower case). It also includes reference pages for spacing, shadows and convex bevels.
Ever since 2010, The Print Project "has been raising hell and the dead with its distinctive high quality letterpress printing from its base in the small northern town of Shipley. From posters that will poke you in the eye to finely crafted pieces of print that will knock your teeth out, the Yorkshire based outfit exclusively uses 500 year old printing technology killed off by commercial interests and given the kiss of life by our resident print maniacs" notes the website of TPP.
In awe of the powerful work included in the Present Tense: Wāhine Toi Aotearoa initiative, my submission was 'Reform Required’ calling for us to all do better, & to stop placing people in rigid silos of gender, faith and ethnicity to create space for everyone to succeed.
View online or RAMP Gallery, Kirikiriroa, April 30 – May 24, 2019
Thanks to Catherine Griffiths, Alice Connew & Katie Kerr for their sweat equity and intelligence propelling #designersspeak(up)
One of my favourite designers Luke Tonge talks about the freelancing life, helping others and co-founding Birmingham Design Festival. He is an inspiration, lovely dude and has abundant creative energy… this interview is a fantastic insight to how he does so much - so well, and what to expect from the 2019 Brumfest line up.
Birmingham Design Festival returns with programme of inspiring speakers from around the design world all speaking about Truth. Festival Coordinator Luke Tonge said, "In an age which has seen truth questioned and deception utilised in many areas, we’re more passionate than ever about truth… About finding honest insights and sharing them, about confronting difficult subjects head-on, and shining a light on topics which might be uncomfortable. We hope by setting truth as our central theme for BDF2019 we’ll be playing a small part in helping our corner of the creative industries become more transparent, helpful and genuine – a responsibility we all feel."