The guest speakers

A blog post to prove that I listened and thought about them.

Rapha, Alex Fergusson
Bike-wear brand with the mission of getting more people to cycle.
Really liked his work using Syrian war imagery. Case study of the Miami clubhouse was interesting as it went beyond graphic design and became space and experiential design through graphic design, but also the use of the industrial hand0held printer. A really elegant solution based on Miami. Moreover, engaging the customer in the process to create value and connection. Like Alexis Mark, he spoke of how things look different to outsiders, interesting because it’s new. But also used local artist/photographer to document colours of Miami, which led to dip-dyed product. Customisation seems very important.

They/he too combined exhibition as well as opening/workshop

Interesting that he notes how he is able to bring his vision/approach/work to Rapha, rather than have to adapt to Rapha’s style.

Alexis Mark (aka 6am is not a good time for lectures – at least for me)

A new, young, growing studio in Copenhagen that – as well as commercial work – uses their flexible space as a laboratory for graphic design that verges on the performative with installations and community engagement.

Book fair at a place called Otis, which I hear has some extraordinarily good professors. They thought that the LA sunshine has an effect on the practice of graphic design, which is an interesting thought. Used LA as outsiders, as an inspiration.

Open As Usual with Tom Carrol
A designer who after graduation felt a bit lost and decided to just keep busy.
Really likes spreadsheets. Developed a t-shirt store in East London. Influenced by experience in Japan, slowing things down, and wanted to create an informative retail space, as a counter-movement to fast fashion. He hopes to grow into an educational space. Labels were evidence of this as well.

Uses his design skills for a lot – or everything he does. Uses his design education and process to make decisions that go beyond an output that is traditional or expected design. Ideas and research…does it communicate and what is it communicating, so semiotics and symbols.

Bold Decisions – Mads Wildgaard
Looks a bit like what I would imagine Dieter Rams looked like when younger.
Sort of fell into type design after graduating just kept developing after graduation. He seems to imply that he uses found type examples to develop his own interpretation of them.

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