Crimes of Passion, Bristol by dantanda
March 30, 2009, 4:19 pm
Filed under: Culture, Things of Beauty | Tags: ,

I got cultured this weekend and went to the Crimes of Passion exhibition at the Royal West if England Academy, Bristol.

The installation was a public celebration of Bristol’s finest street artist, heres some interesting bits and pieces from inside….dsc00326

Silent HoboSilent Hobo




Stop Thief! by ethicalcreative
December 3, 2008, 11:26 am
Filed under: Banter, Culture, Studio, Things of Beauty

The giant advent calendar lit up, the Mayor spoke about the joys of Christmas and the numbers were ceremoniously pulled off under the watchful gaze of Santa…..

Giant Advent Calendar

The moment of truth

….. but then we spotted these two girlies below, gathering up the numbers as they were pulled from the building. We all appreciated the cheekiness!


Naughty naughty!

Flowered Up! by Mat
November 25, 2008, 5:39 pm
Filed under: Info, Studio, Things of Beauty

Our new stationery arrived recently, but we couldn’t see such things of beauty merely tossed aside after the original purpose we attached to them was fulfilled…

So we provided everyone with the instructions to turn the letterhead into beautiful flowers with which to adorn their workspace… Gala got busy with some in the studio and made a wonderful display I’m sure you’ll agree…

Very soon Gala will also be the star of a series of tutorials, right here on the blog, to show you how to make your own, but in the meantime why not call us or pop by and we might pass on a sheet or two if you ask nicely, you might get the full set if you comission some work ;0)

Remember this kids of the 80s? by Mat
November 19, 2008, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Culture, Studio, Things of Beauty

Look what I found in my local Scope outlet on the way to work! An icon of 1980s toy making and one of my (and Gala’s) earliest memories. Lauren and Jim have already got busy with the video camera so watch this space!

Genius Marketing by Mat
November 19, 2008, 1:57 pm
Filed under: Banter, Culture, Things of Beauty

Some fantastic marketing in that quintessential Victorian seaside style for Fentimans Ginger Beer, complete with hand contorting instructions. Check

HD Skateboarding + After Effects by dantanda
November 5, 2008, 10:47 am
Filed under: Culture, Plearning, Things of Beauty | Tags: ,

Ahhh, the joys of super slow mo skateboarding…

mixed with the joys of after effects flourishes.


Eindhoven Design City (or how I learned to stop wondering and love Philips) – This is not an advertisment. by Mat
October 31, 2008, 2:47 pm
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We (well Jim & Mat) took a well-earned few days of rest and inspiration recently when we made the journey to stay with an old friend (of Leicester extraction) and to visit Dutch Design Week 2008 in Eindhoven (Check it) and inspiring it truly was!

Philps Graff

If your Eindhoven knowledge is as lacking as ours used to be, then this is for you – Eindhoven is almost exactly 125km South of Amsterdam and is famously the home of Philips, infact the company pretty much gave birth to Eindhoven as it is today – Everything in Eindhoven is influenced in some way by Philips, which we think must be unique for a City its size – strange though this is, it’s strangely wonderful.  We Heart Eindhoven almost as much as We Heart Leicester!

Physical Graffiti

The week was essentially a city-wide celebration of design.  Shops had orange ‘frames’ in their windows behind which were placed student design work relevant to the shop itself; galleries gave their spaces over to local design work be it product, graphic or fashion work; local venues had design-related talks and seminars and special events in the evenings and of course the was the Design Academy degree-show – and what a show.  Our advice to any students reading this – before you exhibit at your degree show, get yourself to DDW 2009 and let yourself be inspired!

The Wheelchair Perfected

Even the taxis got the design treatment:

Taxi Art

Our personal highlights were:

The Design Academy Degree Galleries: <<That’s how to do a degree show.

Beautful Shelving

The Dutch Design Awards at the ‘GreenHuis’:

Dutch Design Awards

The Designhuis Exhibition:

OntwerpDuo's 'Joint' Table

Gro Design and TIM Modelmakers‘ Work:

GRO Design - Scoot GRO Design/TIM Modelmakers - Scoot

YKSI Winkel:

 YKSI Winkel

Away from the exhibitions, shows and museums, the inspiration was constantly in our faces – shop fronts, bicycles, crisp beer, graffiti, even the football stadium – it had a community vibe just like the old days of division 1.  For example – on our second day away we dropped into a little clothes shop called Dings – they had some wicked 3D cardboard letters in their window.  The gent in the shop welcomed us in and upon noticing our interest in the graphics publications he had for sale – ushered us out the back to an outbuilding where we were greeted with this:

Art in the back of Dings (Clothes Shop) Art in the back of Dings (Clothes Shop) Art in the back of Dings (Clothes Shop)

When’s the last time you dropped into your local purveyor of contemporary threads and found a live art expo going on in their back room?

The thing that really struck us is that in Eindhoven designers are revered.  Possibly this is becuase the city’s population have an inate feel for ‘ontwerp‘, it could have something to do with a natural passion for living well through innovation in the city.  Although for me, it seems it’s all about the first thing you see upon entering the City’s immaculate (and transistor radio shaped) train station – Philips – and the sense and simplicity that eminates from every Philips related building from Strijpe S to the deWitteDame and the way in which it somehow influences everything and everyone in its path.

If you’re interested in our crummy, amateurish photography from the DDW experience, there are lots more images here

Enjoy – Mat.