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  1. Vilagrassa to Barcelona: day 5

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    At last, we made it to our final day, Vilagrassa to Barcelona. Again much like day 4, all the climbs are in the morning. We enter Barcelona by riding up the coast, sometimes right next to the beach, with our finish point at the Nou Camp Stadium. I’m thinking a cold beer or two might be in order, after all it is Friday!


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  2. China: A Country of Contrast

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    Next month our Shanghai office will be four years old. Working in this rapidly developing market is full of challenges, but is always exciting and inspiring.

    For those of us who haven’t made it over to visit yet, the brilliant photos Sam has taken during his time there are a great way to get a feel for life at D&P Shanghai... and beyond.

    Download some highlights here! (6.7 MB)
        


     
     
  3. Our student programme

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    Investing in tomorrow’s design talent

    We continue to show commitment to our investment in talent and every year we take on a number of placement students. We have run a successful programme with Nottingham Trent’s Interior Architecture degree course for around ten years and we have a great relationship with the university as a result. Our placement programme is an important part of our annual recruitment plan – we value fresh and enthusiastic thinking. We nurture talent, with a view to developing a long-term career at D&P for the individual. It’s a two-way street if that's the right expression – we both get something out of the process – we get an experienced graduate and they get a job!

    We invest time and money in our students, helping them become the best creative designers who can return to university for their final year armed with strong and relevant skills. Students are trained in all aspects of the design process: image research for brand positioning and the market; photographic surveys and site visits; material research; technical research; creative design opportunities; visualising concepts; producing technical drawings; visiting site when under construction… they pretty much get stuck right in. 

    The company provides software training in Vectorworks for CAD and Cinema 4D for visuals at the start of their placement, allowing them to contribute to their team’s work early on. Our students quickly become proficient in software and produce work of a high standard, presentable to clients.

    The majority of our students stay for around 12 months and then return as graduates the following year. Students graduate with relevant live project work in their portfolio and this positive cycle of developing and nurturing talent provides both a fantastic opportunity for the individuals and the business with a constant stream of expertise for the studio. Students are our life-blood; the more connected we are to design education, the better quality graduates we can attract. In addition to these long-term 3D placements we embrace the need for more impromptu shorter placements across all disciplines.


    Ros Scott, Managing Director

     
  4. Bilbao to Pamplona: day 1

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    Day 1 and we're off on our coast-to-coast Spanish ride. Today includes the most famous climb in the Basque region – the Urkiola. This ‘pops up’ after a 22 mile warm-up and lasts for just over 4 miles at an average climb of of 7.8%. I’ll be glad to get today out of the way!

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  5. Some really interesting stuff at Designersblock this weekend…

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    http://www.verydesignersblock.com

     
  6. Worth seeing at the Barbican…

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    Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60′s and 70′s exhibit www.barbican.org.uk
    £10 online or £12 on the door, runs until January 2013.

     
  7. A QR too far?

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    Just found this and thought I’d share with you all. ’Living’ QR headstones. Apply a timeless QR code to a deceased friend or relative’s grave to access information, pictures and videos of said friend or relative.