5 design things to look out for in February

This month, you can hear a talk by SEA founder Bryan Edmondson and binge watch a new Netflix docu-series featuring graphic designer Paula Scher.

Documentary: Abstract: The Art of Design

What: Netflix’s new documentary series will look to go “beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design”, featuring interviews with designers from different sectors, such as Pentagram partner Paula Scher and Danish architect Bjarke Ingels. Keep an eye out on the Design Week site for our upcoming interview with one of the documentary’s executive producers, Dave O’Connor.

When: All episodes will be available from 10 February.

Where: Netflix.

Info: You can log in or sign up to Netflix here.

Exhibition: Poster Parade: Re-imagining historical posters


What: The London Transport Museum’s latest temporary display showcases 21 posters from its 5,000-strong, 110-year-old archive. The exhibition curators look to show how the Underground’s communications are often influenced by its own vast visual history. For example, the planet and London Underground roundel which feature in Man Ray’s famous “London Transport” poster from 1938 provided the inspiration for Trickett & Webb’s work from 1999 advocating “Simply Fashion by tube and bus”, with the two posters being displayed as a pair in the exhibition for comparison. Read our interview with the exhibition curator, Elizabeth Scott, here.

When: Until 27 April 2017.

Where: Mezzanine, Level 1 at London Transport Museum, Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB.

Info: The poster display and all of the Museum’s exhibitions can be seen as part of the admission price to London Transport Museum. Online tickets are priced at £16.00 for adults and £13.50 for concessions, on the door tickets are £17.50 for adults and £15.00 for concessions.

Talk: Design Talks

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What: Newcastle-based event organiser Design Event launches its Design Talks series this month, which will bring back established designers originally from the North-East back to the area to speak about their career paths. First up is Bryan Edmondson; Newcastle polytechnic alumni and SEA founder and creative director. Over the past 20 years Edmondson has worked with clients including Adidas and Porsche, as well as being nominated for the Design Museum’s Designs of the Year award in 2012.

When: 6-8pm, 15 February.

Where: Northern Design Centre, Hawks Road, Gateshead, NE8 3DF.

Info: Tickets are £7.50 or £6 for students. For more info, head to Design Event’s website.

Application: Designers in Residence 2017


What: The deadline to apply for the Design Museum’s annual Designer’s in Residence competition is fast approaching. It is open to “new and emerging design talent”, including those who have graduated from university within the last five years, or been working in a design or architecture practice for at least a year. This year applicants are being asked to respond to the overarching theme of “Support”. Four designers from different disciplines will then be chosen to work within the new Design Museum’s studio, both independently and together to exchange ideas.

When: The deadline is 9am, 6 February.

Where: The Design Museum website.

Info: Designers must provide a completed application form, and a visual presentation or images of their proposal. For more info and to access the application form, head to the Design Museum’s site.

Book: The Materials Sourcebook for Design Professionals


What: Written by Rob and Martin Thompson, this upcoming release from publisher Thames & Hudson is a one-stop resource for designers on the materials they use on a day-to-day basis, as well as developments in high-tech materials. Featuring stunning illustrations of the materials and a simple layout, the book is divided up into six main sections which at different design material groups ranging from iron to aluminium.

When: 2 February.

Where: Thames & Hudson’s website.

Info: Cover price is £60.

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