June 2011 Online

A still from The Itch of the Golden Nit

Crowdsourcing for kids

Crowdsourcing may have been a buzzword as of late, but you’d be hard pressed to find a community-generated project as endearing as new film The Itch of the Golden Nit. Created by Aardman Animations and the Tate Movie Project as part of the Cultural Olympiad, the 30-minute animated film has been created using drawings from […]

Still from The Ghost of a bird, by Keith Newstead in collaboration Ralph Steadman

Making in film

In a year where Design Week has campaigned for drawing and making to be a staple of design education, it seems we are not alone, with the Victoria & Albert Museum and Crafts Council teaming up for the Power of Making exhibition, which opens in September. The Crafts Council is currently on the hunt for […]

The Spin Cycle side-on

Spin cycle

A graduate product designer has combined a washing machine and a bicycle into a single product, which he believes will create a unique way of washing clothes in developing countries. Sheffield Hallam graduate Richard Hewitt says he was inspired to develop the Spin Cycle design after visiting an orphanage in central African country Burundi. He […]


Team A Go-Go works on youth centre

Liverpool-based consultancy Team A Go-Go is working on the interior design of youth centre The Fuse: Trafford Youth Village – which has been funded by the Big Lottery’s My Place scheme.

By Renhui Zhao

A bird in the hand

For new exhibition A Bird In the Hand, artist Renhui Zhao has created haunting photography and sculpture that explores the connection between humans and birds, told from the slightly unusual perspective of semi-fictional body The Institute of Critical Zoology. Using the avian world as a metaphor for the environment as a whole, Zhao reveals the […]


Found faces

Paul Gray, founder of Glasgow consultancy Suisse, has an obsession. Actually, he has a couple of obsessions, but more on that later – at the moment we’re just interested in his bizarre and rather endearing habit of photographing what he calls ‘found faces’. Found faces are natural arrangements of objects to create an (often smiling) […]

A still from the title sequence featuring character Jonathan Ames

Type on TV

What methods have you tried to get over crippling creative block? Walking in the country, meditating, firing ideas off supportive friends and colleagues perhaps, but probably not advertising yourself on Craigslist as a private detective and solving crimes Film Noir-style with your comic artist best friend and pot-smoking editor in tow. No? The latter, somewhat […]

Work In Progress, 2008 © Kid Acne

Kill your darlings

Known for his motley crew of bearded shoplifters, bondage dragons, northernisms, and a whole host of ‘stabby’ women, Sheffield-based street artist Kid Acne has captured the attention and smiles of Design Week for a while now. Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery will be hosting a retrospective of our Kid’s work, featuring some new commissions, including sculpture, photography, […]

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