At the risk of sounding like a sports blogger, the build up to the Fifa World Cup has continued to dominate the week for many in design. The wall-charts, card albums, T-shirts, games and other collateral have emanated out of design studios at a rapid rate and many have found their way on to our desks at Design Week.
My personal thanks go to Moonpig for the T-shirt bearing the slogan ‘Lynda’s keeping everything crossed for England’. With no Arsenal player in the national team how could I be? But the gesture is appreciated. At least the red-and-white colourway has a familiar feel.
On a more serious note, the week has been one of anticipation in design for the myriad of graduate shows that are about to take over our diaries as we seek inspiration for the future – and with some design groups now steaming out of recession, the chance to hire fresh talent will be there.
Good luck to all students who are putting the final touches to their shows – and check out the piece in this week’s Design Week about how to get a job – Nail that post. Remember that potential employers have invariably been in the mini-hell you find yourselves in now as you gear up for that final showcase. Just be yourself and make the best of any opportunity to engage with visitors.
On the ‘official’ side it’s been a good week for design. On Wednesday former Education Secretary Estelle Morris – now a Labour peer – went live on the Beeb’s Today programme reiterating the case for Government to surround themselves more with people from the creative industries – www.designweek.co.uk/blog.
Meanwhile, the Design Council announced a plan to give £100 000 in grants to help individuals and organisations in design to extend existing initiatives. This direct engagement with the creative community is surely to the good and it will be interesting to see who seizes the opportunity. Get in there and give it a shot.
Of course, we are all holding our breath for the ‘emergency Budget’ scheduled for 22 June to see what implications it might have for design – and any further cuts the coalition Government has scheduled. At least the football might provide some diversion.