The funny thing was that it wasn't until days after the posters were designed, printed, delivered and stuck up that it struck me...You see, I had the idea of a poster that was really an object before the venue was finalised, and it looked like it was going to be the Odeon. So it was all artworked and nearly ready to go when the venue changed and all I did was change the words.
Blimey, there's a lot going on in Belfast next week. Officially it's Design Week Ireland but I'm not sure if it's by design or coincidence that this is all happening. Here's a quick round-up:
Launch of the NI Design Alliance
With a presentation by Jonathan Sands, Elmwood
Tuesday 3 November
(Seems to be free)
Creative & Cultural Skills has been working with designers to establish a NI Design Alliance with the vision of promoting professional standards and developing skills that will keep NI design a step ahead in global markets. This is a significant development for the NI design industry and this launch presents a key opportunity for designers to hear first hand why this is important for business and how to get involved.
[Just in case you've been in a Rain Forrest for the last year or two] Objectified is a feature-length documentary about our complex relationship with manufactured objects and, by extension, the people who design them. It’s a look at the creativity at work behind everything from toothbrushes to tech gadgets. It’s about the designers who re-examine, re-evaluate and re-invent our manufactured environment on a daily basis. It’s about personal expression, identity, consumerism, and sustainability.
ICAD Best of 2008 Exhibition
Wed 4-Wed 11 November
University of Ulster, Belfast
The Institute of Creative Advertising & Design rewards creative excellence in the industry through its awards. The 2008 awards were particularly special, as they coincided with the 50th anniversary of the Institute. This exhibition represents those that reached exhibition standard in 2008, and illustrates the very high standards of creative excellence in this country.
(There's a pre-Airside drinks reception from 5.30pm)
[As if you didn't know] Airside is a specialized graphic design company based in London best known for their stylized and colourful animation and illustration work. Their clients include Coca Cola, Virgin, MTV, Orange, Live Earth the Pet Shop Boys & Lemon Jelly. As part of the fringe events at Build, Airside will present an evening lecture on the history of the studio and speak on their stunning & vast portfolio.
Created for obsessive-compulsive designers, Build is no ordinary web conference. From internationally renowned speakers to a jam-packed social calendar, Build is bringing the best of the web to Belfast’s Waterfront Studio on the 5th November. Speakers include Eric Meyer, Wilson Miner, Ryan Sims, Andy Budd, Mark Boulton and Tim Van Damme. [Some of whom I've actually heard of!]
The CR Blog posted their second extract from the brilliant Penguin by Illustrators yesterday. This time it's the bit about the amazing David Gentleman. My offering is much more humble with Pelicans designed by the prolific Romek Marber and Bruce Robertson. Marber's is quite subtle but makes great use of not white but blue space. Some might say Robertson's shows flagrant disregard for Marber's grid but I suspect he knew exactly what he was doing.
The first Penguin is uncredited even though it's clearly well considered. The other has been here before but I couldn't resist another copy of a Milton Glaser cover.