5 design things to look out for in March 2018

This month, you can visit design festival Offset in Dublin, and explore the work of the late German typographer Berthold Wolpe at a new exhibition in Suffolk.

Festival: Offset Dublin

What: Three-day design festival Offset Dublin has been running since 2009, and sees 2,500 attendees every year. This time round, visitors can expect to see talks by a wide variety of speakers, including Pentagram’s brother design duo Luke Powell and Jody Hudson-Powell, freelance illustrator Peter Donnelly, who has created folk-art inspired designs for the likes of Zizzi and Mcdonald’s, and The New York Times Magazine’s design director Gail Bichler. Design Week will be reporting live from the festival, so keep an eye out for exclusive interviews, news and round-ups coming out of the event. Read our preview of the event here.

When: 23-25 March 2018.

Where: Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Grand Canal Square, Docklands, Dublin 2, Ireland.

Info: Day tickets cost €50 (£44) for students and €95 (£84) for professionals, and three-day tickets cost €115 (£102) for students, €145 (£129) for recent graduates and €225 (£200) for professionals. For more info, head to the Offset site.


Book: Graphic Design For

What: A new book by Andy Cooke, creative director at studio Weather, Graphic Design For looks at the design discipline’s wide-ranging influence on the world around us. Divided up into seven theme-based chapters, the book highlights how graphics permeates everything from fine art and fashion to architecture and photography. Read our interview with Cooke here.

When: Published 5 March.

Info: The book is published by Prestel, and available to buy online for £24.99.


Exhibition: Berthold Wolpe – The Total Man

What: Celebrating the work of the celebrated German designer, calligrapher and typographer, this upcoming exhibition will showcase unseen, hand-drawn artwork, typeface designs and personal objects from Wolpe’s family archive. Highlights include his design for one of the UK’s most widely-used advertising typefaces, Albertus.

When: 23 March – 24 June 2018.

Where: Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk IP17 1SP.

Info: Entry is free. For more info, head here.


Event: Support Systems

© Gareth Gardner

What: The Design Museum’s annual Designers in Residence event, this one-day extravaganza brings together a line-up of speakers spanning design, architecture, science, film, food and performance. Topics on the agenda will include machine intelligence, homelessness and representations of nature through technology. Visitors can also expect various performances, screenings and workshops taking place throughout the day.

When: 12pm-6pm, 10 March 2018.

Where: Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London W8 6AG.

Info: Some events are free and others are ticketed. Booking is essential. For more info, head here.


Book: Album Art: New Music Graphics

What: Authored by the founder of US-based studio Bad People Good Things’ John Foster, Album Art takes a comprehensive look at today’s booming record sleeve market. The book features in-depth interviews with over 30 emerging and established creatives who are making some of the most exciting album art today, including Pentagram partner Paula Scher, Braulio Amado and Brian Roettinger. Read our piece on the book here, where Foster picks out five of his favourite featured album covers.

When: Published 8 March.

Info: The book is published by Thames & Hudson and costs £18.95. For more info and to pre-order it, head here.

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