November 2010 Online

Cut magazine

Cut the art cuts

Chancellor George Osbourne announced his Comprehensive Spending Review back in October, with the public sector being one of the hardest hit. The arts, particularly, is one sector that is buckling under the pressure as massive cuts are made across the UK. Fortunately, this month has seen the launch of Cut Magazine Campaign by art and […]

A still from the Dentsu and Berg film

Light painting

Disappointed by your local Christmas lights? A new app from advertising agency Dentsu could offer you an interesting alternative by allowing you to create illuminated 3D typography with an iPhone. The Penki app, named after the Japanese word for painting, allows users to create 3D illuminated messages and images, which can then be captured on […]

Tivoli Retail Store by BIG

The theory of patterns

From the structure of a black hole to the weave of a tea towel, patterns are integral to the fabric of the universe. Noticing that the relationship between architecture and patterns had not been addressed in almost 30 years, architect Paul Andersen and assistant professor in the Department of Architecture at Syracuse University David Salomon […]

Guus Van Leeuwen

Design excavation

Since our hairy ape-like ancestors started fashioning tools more than two million years ago, design has been at the heart of problem solving and the progress of human civilisation. It is this pre-historic heritage that exhibition Post Fossil: excavating 21st century creation, which opens at the Design Museum Holon in Israel in January, aims to […]

London G-Wiz at St Paul's

It’s electric

With Christmas rapidly approaching, just what do you get that eco-friendly, time-scarce, London-loving relative? Well, if you’ve got a spare £12 995, we have the solution. Multidisciplinary art and design collective Container Plus has redesigned the ‘Goin Green’ electric car, the G-Wiz, with a thoroughly Metropolitan twist. The limited edition design for the imaginatively named […]

Arjowiggins' environmental calculator

Champagne and paper

Travelling business class on the Eurostar to see the Arjowiggins Graphic Greenfield pulp mill in Chateau Thierry, France last week seemed like an opulent affair. Especially with the paper industry having to work harder than ever before to demonstrate its Green credentials. For those designers who remember the ‘good old days’, I’ve been told that […]

Untitled by James Joyce

All you need is love

Love might not be the first thing on your mind today what with below zero temperatures and tube strikes for those of us in London. But if you’re interested in swapping your Bah Humbug hat for a altogether more snugly one, then a pop-up exhibition in central London this week may well warm your cockles. […]

SARAH MAYCOCK, Kingston University, 2 illustrations from Luka and the Fire of Life

A novel project

Sir Salman Rushdie’s new children’s novel, Luka and the Fire of Life will be brought to life through the animations of four Kingston University students. Rushdie was part of a judging panel which invited ten students from the faculty of art, design and architecture to present ideas for the book. Luka and The Fire of […]

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Conference: Design for Europe – key learnings

Design for Europe: Powering Innovation was a one-day summit which took place in Tallinn Estonia this month, with industry experts discussing everything from education to skills development and business growth – we summarise the speakers’ key points on the value of design.