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  1. Being a D&AD judge #DandAD14


    It was truly an incredible honour to be a part of this year’s D&AD Craft for Design jury. D&AD has a reputation for being one of the most prestigious award shows in the industry. Annually, they invite experienced creative leaders to sit on the panel with some travelling for as long as 20 hours to be a part of the awards (and I thought my journey from North to West London was long). I had the opportunity to sit next to some very interesting people such as; Pablo Juncadella Creative Director at Mucho, Dom Roberts Co-founder & Creative Director at Mash Design, David Azurdia Creative Partner at Magpie Studio, Matthew Jones Creative Director at Accept and Proceed and Rod Longworth Creative Director at Human After All. There were people from all over the world, including Australia, Tokyo, Brazil and America.

    A typical day as a judge starts at around 8am and finishes at 6pm. The day consists of viewing entries within your category and looking for those that really stand out; the original, inspiring, relevant and well-executed ideas. At times it can be rather demanding, as you can imagine with a room full of creatives, as conflicts of interest often occur over certain pieces of work. However, if you truly believe in a piece you have to voice your opinion and express your reasoning as to why you think that piece of work deserves the vote.

    The D&AD space is filled with packaging, products, graphic design, posters, typography, books and print advertising work. I saw some really good pieces, some things that left me confused, some work that inspired me and simple ideas that made me think “I wished I'd done that”.

  2. The smell of retail

    Branding is a multi-sensual exercise. What you see and hear in the retail space is carefully crafted but the sense of smell is rarely utilised in quite the same way. Brands are having an increasingly difficult time differentiating themselves and winning consumer loyalty; can the right scent give a business the edge?

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  3. Meltdown


    James Lavelle’s Meltdown line-up revealed. Some great stuff.

  4. Hockney, Printmaker


    Last weekend, I popped down to the pleasant Dulwich Picture Gallery to see the Hockney exhibition. A good way to spend a Sunday, the exhibit comprises really fun, cheerful pieces from Hockney's etching and lithography collection. The pieces span over 60 years with numerous cheeky works from the early stages of his fruitful career.

  5. Secret 7″ 2014


    7 tracks from 7 artists: Black Sabbath, Roxy Music, Lorde, T.Rex, Elbow, Jake Bugg and Massive Attack. Each track is pressed to vinyl. Each vinyl has a unique sleeve designed by artists, designers and illustrators. This year involves the likes of Jake & Dinos Chapman, Paul Smith and Jeremy Deller. The exciting part is that it's a secret what track/ artist you’ve picked! (Although sometimes you can guess quite easily…) Each 7″ is £45 and this year all proceeds go to War Child, a charity that helps children affected by war. The 700 sleeves will be exhibited at Mother, Shoreditch, 12-13 April.

  6. Robert Henke: Lumière


    Robert Henke is a German sound artist who builds and operates machines that create sounds, shapes and structures. He is also responsible for groundbreaking techno productions under the Monolake moniker, which epitomises the ‘Berlin’ sound. In his new project, Lumière, Henke teaches lasers to dance. Three powerful white lasers draw rapid successions of abstract objects, seemingly floating in space, while the data used to draw the shapes is transformed into audible frequencies. Laser patterns and sonic treatments are performed as an improvised dialogue between the artist and the audiovisual machine, highlighting the piece as an exploration of synchronicity and divergence, using light and darkness, slow movements and sudden bursts of sound and motion within the performance. Henke controls the interaction of shape, colour and music from his computer, using laser beams to cut through the room to form intricate geometrical shapes – floating, ephemeral and divided by frequencies. He is the mediator between engineering science and audiovisual art, expanding the unique and exciting world of electronic music.

  7. UVA, Momentum


    The digital team took a lunchtime field trip to see the United Visual Artists exhibition, Momentum at the Barbican Centre.  The exhibition consists of 12 ceiling mounted mechanical light pendulums. The pendulums oscillate between various modalities of light emissions, from spotlights to halos. The light series has been programmed to move in sequence generating kinetic circular and wave formations. Abstract light works by Bauhaus artist, Lazlo Maholy-Nagy and expanded cinema artist, Anthony McCall come to mind. Momentum combines a score by musician, Mira Calix, giving the overall space a chimerical, contemplative tone. Undulating light is cast upon the wall to both obscure and define the boundaries of the space. Paradoxically, one feels both heavy and weightless in a space lacking a visible architectural framework. As theatrical lights occasionally illuminate fellow visitors in a dramatic chiaroscuro way, one floats in void space surrounded by elusive spectres.