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THERE shortlisted for 4 awards!!

We're shortlisted for four great projects in the Design 100 - Sydney Awards. We need your help to get them over the line for the WIN. That's right, you get to vote! Read more.

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THERE shortlisted for 4 awards!!

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2016 SEGD Wayfinding MIAMI in Review

The sun, blue skies and palm trees of Miami set the scene for many learnings and take aways at this year's SEGD Wayfinding event. Justine Lesmana Investigates Read more.

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2016 SEGD Wayfinding MIAMI in Review

There’s nothing like getting away, having time out and a bit of travel to be inspired. And even more so, after having the opportunity to attend the annual SEGD Wayfinding event in Miami last month. 

Miami International Airport (MIA) was the setting for this year’s event, which included a full day of sessions with a focus on 'wayfinding' across a number of areas. From aviation to the workplace, education and healthcare. Nothing was missed.

The morning kick started with a key focus on aviation, in particular an insight to the ins and outs of Miami’s own airport remodel and development over the last 10 years, which is still ongoing to this day! But with 22 airlines, 44,000 million passengers a year, all aspects of the carpark to consider from roadway/highway, carpark, terminal to Ground Transportation it’s no wonder.



Joe Labozan (Labozan & Associates) and Richard Garcia (Miami Dade Aviation Department) took us through the journey and changes taken to improve the experience for the airport users that come from all around the world.

An expansive ribbon like digital piece welcomes international visitors to Miami creating a sense of place and community - lifting their spirits as they exit the security hall and transit to holiday mode through a visual experience. The mood and imagery is curated depending on the time of day with photography of beaches, water, boats and palm trees - celebrating Miami.



The new facilities of the North Terminal (1.2 miles long) includes a train that can take you from one end to the other as well as a multi-modal transportation centre, in which attendees were able to experience first hand as part of a walking tour on Day Two of the conference. It became quite apparent the large scale project that MIA is and the number of and types of signage, despite the fact they have an in-house signage fabrication facility. (Imagine have one of those!) One could say, that airports are very much like mini cities of their own.



From aviation we moved to wayfinding in education and workplace which gave a very different perspective of wayfinding that really got me thinking. Brittney Butler (VMDO) works primarily within the education sector and started her presentation by asking us if we remembered our first day at school, and admittedly mine are fuzzy on the edges and is definitely not like the first-day experiences of the schools she’s designed for, including Discovery Elementary & Buckingham Primary & Elementary (VA).



There was a distinct strong relationship between placemaking and wayfinding as she took us through these schools in how a user-focused, storyline based, placemaking approach to wayfinding goes beyond navigation and aligns with a larger vision of spacial interaction.



These projects are also unique due to the integrated process between the graphics and architecture / interior of the space that comes through from working closely within an architecture firm that gives them a cohesive theme and design. The kids of these school definitely have a different expectation of what wayfinding should do for you - high expectations are expected as they move to their workplace in the future.



Another highlight from the conference was definitely the time-travel journey Calori & Vanden-Eynden took us through. A look at the evolving technologies in signage from the past to now. From foam core, hand painting, to new forms of materials and methods such as 3D printing, digital and beacons.

The biggest takeaway for me from both the conference and travelling anew to cities, is the importance wayfinding is for people entering public spaces and the need to find their way around easily and intuitively which at times can be in highly stressful situations and locations. As well as the value and idea in creating a space that actively engages it’s users through storytelling, theming and placemaking with wayfinding whether it be at an airport, workplace, education or museum that craft and create your memories of place and time.

Posted by Justine Lesmana in Design, Environmental, , , Insights and Views.
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Painting from a New Perspective

The impossible is now a reality. As Google unveils the Tilt Brush the new app that is set to revolutionize the creative world. Read more.

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Painting from a New Perspective

Google’s recent launch of the painting application (App), Tilt Brush opens a new world for all creatives, the world of virtual reality.

Artists, architects and designers alike can put their brushes down and now with a swipe of a digital brush, mimicking gestures of painting, users wearing a connected HTC Vive headset can now paint life-sized, three dimensional strokes and walk through and around their sketches / creations in 3D as they draw. Ultimately, seeing a design from every conceivable angle and then share with other Tilt Brush users around the globe.
Google has demonstrated the app’s aptitude through it’s Lab at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris, where artists invited to participate in a residency. The drawing card for this app is definitely within the immersive space for installation designers. However it has the potential to drive and change many industries, such as fashion with designers having the ability to paint in textured fabrics, such as denim, silk, cotton and even leather.

Tilt Brush's virtual ‘palette’ allows the users to select brushes and colours similarly as you would in real life. One can even draw with not just fabrics, but also impossible materials such as fire, snow and stars.


Virtual reality is ultimately at the core of the painting app and has created something that anyone cause use, intuitively from artists to kids but also shows the transformative and powerfulness of virtual reality. It’s already seen as a key platform for installation in museum and gallery spaces. The Tilt Brush and it’s successors are likely to make an equal impact on the working lives of designers in the future. As interactivity means you can experiment with a lot of different option - design, materials, lighting, weather - very quickly. It’s easy to see how powerful virtual reality will be as the technology matures.

As a designer that uses a Wacom pen and tablet on a daily basis, for it’s intuitive nature. I’d love to get my hand on a Tilt Brush and am excited to see where this will take immersive design and virtual reality, especially as a designer that works within spaces.

For a closer look on the Tilt Brush, click here.

Posted by Justine Lesmana in Design, Environmental and .
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THERE welcomes The Dubai Mall as client

THERE is excited to have been successfully appointed to work on substantial signage masterplan upgrades for The Dubai Mall. Read more.

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THERE welcomes The Dubai Mall as client

THERE is excited to have been successfully appointed to work on substantial signage masterplan upgrades for The Dubai Mall.

 

The Dubai Mall is the largest mall in the world by total area. As the name suggests it is located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and is part of the 20-billion-dollar Downtown complex, made up of over 1,200 shops.

In 2011 it was the most visited building on the planet, attracting over 34 million visitors. 

THERE have been appointed to partner the client in undertaking masterplanning, signage audit and signage hierarchy extension across some newly built retail mall wings.

On the back of a strong client relationship THERE have also recently won a much larger signage project – more on that exciting news soon. Watch this space.

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The Field of Light

60,000 lightbulbs have been flown from Wiltshire, England to Uluru, Australia by British Artist Bruce Munro. Read more.

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The Field of Light

60,000 lightbulbs have been flown from Wiltshire, England to Uluru, Australia by British Artist Bruce Munro.

“The Rock” located at the centre of Australia is a work of art in itself - constantly changing colour from sunrise to sunset and reflecting various shadows and light across the blazing red landscape. For these reasons, the artist claims his installation is not trying to compete with nature. Rather, it is the pinnacle of decades of dreaming. 24 years ago after living in Sydney, a trip to Uluru changed Munro’s life. “I jotted this idea down in my sketchbook and didn’t think it would see the light of day. The sketch became the Field of Light.”

Powered by solar energy, the bulbs are also constantly changing and from afar look like a multicoloured blanket spread over a landscape. Visitors are encouraged to walk through the lights and create their own path as the bulbs are designed to be viewed at ground level. The work of art is reminiscent of the view captured from the window of a plane as you descend over a sprawling city. It has also been described as an Indigenous Australian dot painting and bright coral reef from a far.

The installation took 6 weeks, 40 people and thousands of man-hours to complete.

The Field of light is an example of an installation that is respectful to its surroundings. “That’s why it’s not bright – I purposefully toned it down. If you raise the light levels, you fight with the stars and moon.” As designers that work within the built environment, it is important that our creations enhance spaces whilst paying respect to the interior.

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A New Reality

Virtual Reality is presenting ever more potential for creative commercial application. How is your brand being experienced? Read more.

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A New Reality

Virtual reality is presenting ever more potential for creative commercial application. How is your brand being experienced?

2016 is fast becoming the year that Virtual Reality becomes, well, a reality.

Long gone are the days  of The Golden Calf and the cliched epitome of 1990’s tacky tech that was our first attempt at this immersive experience. Indeed, it has even moved beyond the expectations of 2015’s ultimate video gaming device. It has moved into a realm of enormous commercial potential where savvy companies are utilising Virtual Reality in increasingly creative ways to deliver brand experience.  

Most recently we have seen Ebay and Myer partner to create the future of retail experience. The world’s first Virtual Reality store has been released, where viewers are able to explore various departments through a VR device. It unites the two traditionally competitive realms of location based and online shopping into one cohesive user-centric and innovative collaboration, paving the way for an entirely new customer directed approach. 

We’re all very excited to continue following the VR tidal wave as it sweeps across into 2017 with exciting new potentials rising to the surface. Watch this space! 

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Volvo LifePaint

LifePaint is a wearable product that helps to make cyclists more visible at night. Read more.

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Volvo LifePaint

To promote how Volvo’s IntelliSafe system that protects both cyclists and pedestrians, they gave out special cans of spray paint in London bike shops.

Applying LifePaint on bikes or clothing makes them glow luminously when they’re in the path of a car’s headlights. LifePaint washes off, and will not damage the colour or the surface of your chosen material.

Volvo raised awareness of the product with a YouTube film, which has been watched more than 4.7 million times. It was reported that the cans were out of stock in 72 hours.

The reflective and street-like aesthetic of the paint gives the product some intrigue and credibility, which also possibly engaged a varied audience and raised awareness of road safety. A very successful and considered campaign!

Read more here

 

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Mesmerising Sci-fi Surrealism

We all love a good GIF, but these elaborate sci-fi inspired ones by digital artist and animator Carl Burton are beautifully cinematic and out of this world.  Read more.

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Mesmerising Sci-fi Surrealism

NYC-based Burton's personal experiments really raises the bar when it comes to the humble GIF. 

The compositions are amazingly atmospheric and reminiscent of eerie alien worlds from science fiction blockbusters. There's something so arresting and hypnotic, that they really lure you into an out of this world meditative trance. 

Burton creates these artfully complex GIFs primarily with Cinema4D, Photoshop and After Effects. Clearly requiring a bit more effort and skills than our usual still-frame GIF variety. 

Head over to Burton's website to see the full breadth of his talent and his tumblr for more GIF-tastic creations. 

(via Colossal

Posted by Jon Zhu in Art, Design, Play, Motion and Digital.
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Ink the line

With tattoos becoming more common and a fashionable expression these days, the aesthetic has evolved towards bespoke artistic stylisation. Read more.

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Ink the line

 

 

Having no inks of my own, I am seriously tempted after seeing these illustrative linear artworks by Berlin-based artist Mo Ganji. 

Each work uses one simple black line, with no more than a few dots as textural embellishments. His illustration style would be perfect to adorn any living room walls, but is made even more unique as tattoo art. 

This is a great example of blurred lines between tattoo art and contemporary illustration. You no longer have to settle for a (potentially upside down) chinese character but actually own a piece of art as ink. 

For any tattoo lovers, check out his website and Instagram for more inspiration. 

(via Colossal)

Posted by Jon Zhu in Art, Design and Fashion.
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