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THERE will be Street Art

THERE adds a little dynamic drama to its Sydney HQ workplace Read more.

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THERE will be Street Art

As part of our continued work with Sydney's local street artists, the THERE workplace has undergone a little make-over of its own.  

We partnered with local street artist/skater Brett Chan, intergrating his strong visual linear style with our existing razzle-dazzle inspired interior theme. The outcome is a bold, dramatic and dynamic arrival experience. 

Google to find out more about Brett Chan.

Posted by Paul Taboure in Art, Environmental, Interiors, News, Branding and Design.
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The Language of the Logo

Could you identify a popular logo in a foreign language? Read more.

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The Language of the Logo

Most consumers can easily identify the logos of leading brands on signs, products and even in neon lights. But how much does a logo lose its recognition when displayed another language? In an exhibition named ‘Chinatown’, Turkish artist Mehmet Gozetlik deconstructed a variety of popular Western-based logos and reinterpreted them in Chinese.

Ten of Mehmet Gozetlik’s artworks are displayed below.
How many you can identify? (Answers at the bottom)

1. Starbucks   2. NASA   3. MasterCard   4. Pepsi   5. Shell   6. Levis   7. 7-Eleven   8. Burger King   9. Converse All-Stars   10. Lego

Posted by Scott McNamara in Identity, Design and Art.
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Test your inner design nerd

Online games to test your design skills. Read more.

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Test your inner design nerd

The Method of Action site has a range games and tools to help test your design skills and have a bit of fun. The site creates some educational entertainment out of what can sometimes be taken for granted.

The site includes keyboard shortcuts and touchscreen compatibility which adds to the intuitive, enjoyable user experience. You can tell that there has been some time invested with the clean UI design and attention to detail.

The kerning game 'Kern Me' allows you to move a few of the letterforms around to achieve the correct kerning and gives you a score depending on how well you’ve done. It also superimposes your result over the correct kerning to see how you might be able to improve.

Even if you feel like your version is correct there is an option for you to share your version with the site's creator as feedback.

Also not only can you can test your kerning skills but can also test your control with the pen tool.
Happy keming ;)

Posted by Dave in Design, Digital, Play and Web.
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Tomas Saraceno

Tomas Saraceno: an Architect turned installation artist whose mind blowing work combines Architecture, Art and Science. Read more.

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Tomas Saraceno

Architect turned installation artist creates floating sculptures and interactive installations.

When I was visiting New York in 2012, I came across the work of Tomas Saraceno: an Architect turned installation artist whose mind blowing work combines Architecture, Art and Science.

His work explores materiality, natural structures and the potential of future living environments. By encouraging guests to enter and interact with one another other within his spaces, Saraceno’s dreamy installations encourage viewers to emerge themselves in another world.

Drawing inspiration from soap bubbles, spider webs and cloud formations, his conceptual projects are often constructed from inflatable and suspended materials that capture the imagination, and as a result are fun, interactive and breathtaking.

Saraceno has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions globally. Among his many exhibitions since the late 1990s, notable works include “In Orbit”, exhibited at the Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf (2013), “Cloud City”, a site-specific installation on the rooftop of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (2012) and “Cloud Cities” exhibited at Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (2011-12).

I was lucky to be a participant, of "Cloud City", walking through a series of large, interconnected modules constructed out of transparent and reflective materials.

The space captured and heightened snippets of the surrounding elements - other viewers, the sky, the New York skyline and Central Park, encouraging participants to travel through and discover other areas of the space.

Check out more of his beautiful work here

Posted by Christina Maricic in Environmental, Architecture, Art and Design.
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Northern Lights in Dutch Skies

Amazing light installation that makes reference to an aurora borealis by IJssel near Westervoort. Read more.

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Northern Lights in Dutch Skies

I’m always on the look out to see what a favourite designer of mine, Daan Roosegarde (founder of Studio Roosegarde) is working on or about to come out of the woodworks. And he doesn’t disappoint with his latest work titled ‘Waterlicht’ (Waterlight) a collaboration with Dutch water board Rhine and IJssel that premiered on the 25th February.

This light installation makes references to an aurora borealis located above a flood channel on Netherland’s River, IJssel near Westervoort. It’s dubbed by the studio as, “the northern lights of the Netherlands”, and once you’ve seen it you can see why - with it’s waving lines that spread across 1.6 hectares. 

However, from a distance in the surrounding dykes the blue LEDs give way to the moving motion of where water would be, if the defences were not in place. “Walking on the dyke the light lines are perceived as high water, once in the flood channel you find yourself in an underwater world,” said Roosegarde. It’s like a virtual flood. 

The light source, from the LEDs are projected through lenses to help focus the light which have been installed around the periphery of the area. They have been positioned so that the beams crisscross in midair as they move giving that illusion of the movement of water. 

What’s great about this work besides it’s beauty, is that it also brings to light that theNetherlands lies below sea level, giving way to what it could be like without its dykes. 

This piece of work, seen as invisible will look to be visible in the coming years at various locations within Netherlands.

Posted by Justine Lesmana in Art, News, Play, People, , Design and Environmental.
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Fonts to help find the way

Where form meets function. As wayfinding designers it is often difficult to pick the right fonts.  Read more.

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Fonts to help find the way

As wayfinding designers it is often difficult to pick the right fonts. In this day and age where we know about accessibility and legibility, there is often a push and pull between what is aesthetically pleasing and something that is purely functional. 

To answer this need, more and more we see fonts that are designed specifically for this function – FS Millibank is one such example. 

‘The driving force behind my thoughts was to design something more current and fresh without compromising legibility and clarity. A font with both personality and function, that’s versatile and large and small sizes, and effortless to read, but which also says something new. writes Stuart de Rozario – the font’s designer. 

This is no easy task. To help create a very functional wayfinding font we see additional factors come into play — factors that would not necessarily impact those creating a font just for print or screen. Characters are given features for extra definition – wide, open terminals & counters, distinctive forms, and generous shapes — which create a much more legible typeface. One that can hopefully be easily deciphered at speed. A lighter weight was also created specifically for illuminated signage, reducing the impact of the ‘glow’ effect when letters and type are illuminated. 

As much as legibility is important, it is also key here that the font has a nice form and enough character that it is distinguishable and beautiful. This is where the font is a real success. 

Also, to help matters even further, a set of 172 icons was created to sit beside the font. Definitely a winner in our mind. 

Check out the Microsite

Posted by Ali Ozden in Environmental, Design and .
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Bridging the gap between design and placmaking

When does a bridge stop being a bridge and start being a placemaking art installation linking two banks? Over 70 design unveiled for a new bridge across the London River Thames Read more.

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Bridging the gap between design and placmaking

Waterfalls, rainbow-coloured latticework and bright red cycle lanes feature among proposals for a new bridge across London's River Thames.

Many of the concepts show snaking and spiralling ramps to allow accessible ascent and descent from the bridge.

A shortlist of up to four designs will be selected next month by a jury including architect Graham Stirk of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, engineer Henry Bardsley, and council leaders from the London boroughs of Wandsworth and Lambeth. The winning scheme will then move towards a planning application.

 "To succeed this bridge must be two things at once. It must be a beautiful piece of architecture and a valuable new transport link.” said Wandsworth Council leader Ravi Govindia.

All 74 anonymous proposals are available to view online on the competition website.

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Architecture, Art, , , News and Environmental.
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Wireframes as Placemaking

UK Artist Benedict Radcliffe creates spectacular life size wireframe art Read more.

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Wireframes as Placemaking

Artist creates experiential life-size wireframes as surreal art 

Many moons ago, when I studying… I was lucky enough to be accepted to attend Glasgow School of Arts (GSA), in Scotland. Whilst I made the decision to decline the offer, (a visual communication degree in Nottingham was more inline with my career path) other students did emerge from Glasgow. Contemporary artist, Benedict Radcliffe was one such lad.

After graduating from the Mackintosh School of Architecture Radcliffe staged his first exhibition in the city, featuring his ‘modern Japanese classic’- a full size 3d wireframe Subaru Impreza, subsequently purchased by collector, David Roberts. As a result of the show, he received commissions from Comme des Garcons, Puma and Paul smith.

Radcliffe works across a wide spectrum of disciplines, creating everything from cars and bicycles to furniture and household objects, as well undertaking various architectural commissions and signature sculptural pieces for clients across the globe.

In the 2011 ‘the power of making’ show at the Victoria and Albert Museum his work featured alongside Thomas Heatherwick and Ron Arad.

Full size JS200 wireframe excavator in 10mm rod sits centre stage at a unique and permanent exhibition called ‘the story of JCD’ at jcb’s world hq at rocester charting the company’s links to industry back to the 1820s.

 

Being part of a passionate team creating branded experiences within the built environment I feel this kind experential art a real source of inspriation. Love it.

 

 

Posted by Paul Taboure in Art, Environmental, People, and Insights.
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Paul Taboure joins judging panel at 36th AWARD awards

THERE's ECD and founder Paul Taboure spent an exhilarating day yesterday reviewing, discussing & judging at this years AWARD award in Sydney Read more.

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Paul Taboure joins judging panel at 36th AWARD awards

I was fortunate enough to be invited to join the line-up of judges for the 36th AWARD Awards, under the Chairman of Judges, Dan Wieden (Wieden+Kennedy).

I had an amazing day out of the studio, and into a huge harbourside wharf shed where I spent the day  judging some of the very best of Australia's creative industry.

There was plenty of debate, discussion, and indeed envy, at the awesome work submitted.

 

 

 

AWARD is a non-political, non-profit organisation with but a single idea: the raising of standards in all creative areas. Its charter is to set standards of creative excellence, to promote this concept in the business arena and to educate and inspire the next creative generation.

AWARD is not a committee, a board or an institution. AWARD is a community. A community of like-minded and passionate individuals galvanised by the sole aim of raising creative standards in all forms of commercial communication.

I was involved in the design category and was joined by some of Australia's best creative talent…

A big thank you to host Chairman Jason Little for his kinldness, hospitality and guidance throughout the day.

Posted by Paul Taboure in , News, Design, People and Environmental.
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