Category Archives: Inspiration

Emerging local artists

The IMA: Institute of Modern Art is inviting artists who are 6 years out of art school, who have not yet exhibited at IMA and who were born or are living in Queensland to submit their portfolios to be considered for showcasing at the 2012 Fresh Cut exhibit at the IMA. All you need to do is submit your portfolio by 28 March via:
• email [robert@ima.org.au]
• post [IMA, PO Box 2176, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
• or drop it off at the IMA office [420 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley BC QLD 4006]
Note: They will not be returned.

This annual exhibition has been running since 1997 and is a great platform for emerging artists to mingle and share their work and views.

Are you ready to put yourself out there? Hurry as you only have 7 days to enter!

Yours with Art Exhibitions,
Amber van Sloten

Semi-Permanent

Well designers, it’s that time of year again! Have you got your tickets for Semi-Permanent yet?

Semi-Permanent is a world leading design conference that to date has hosted 29 events in 9 cities, covering 5 countries, with over 200 speakers and 50,000 attendees. In 2012, Semi-Permanent celebrates ten years of events – that’s a decade full of stories and wisdom from industry idols.

The event covers all disciplines of design, including graphic design, film, fine art, illustration, web design, interaction design, photography, visual effects, animation, graffiti, motion graphics, stop motion, and architecture, and much more.

Find out more here.

Yours in keeping up-to-date,
Tanya.

Let’s adopt iPup

This is a unique and convenient case that delivers two solutions in one. It not only offers excellent protection for your iPhone 4/4S, but also can hold your credit cards/receipts.

An anti-scratch cover, it is made using UV-coated PET film to protect the magnetic strip on credit and debit cards to ensure that they last as long as the case does. In addition to the dog design, there are seven others including a duck, rabbit and parrot. People will receive one at random when it is ordered.

Find out more here.

Yours in making life easier,
Amber.

Interview: Andrew Apostola, Creative Director at Portable

We interviewed Portable’s Creative Director Andrew Apostola about Brisbane’s creativity, product design and challenges in design in the coming year.

What excites you most about Brisbane’s current design / creative industries?

We’ve been following the progress of the Edge over the past few years and have been really impressed by the space and the opportunities being made for creative professional to come together and engage. The first step to creativity is making a space available in your life for creativity to happen: Brisbane is definitely doing that.

What are the biggest challenges that face product designers in the coming 12 months?

At Portable we’ve been intrigued by the amount of data that is being aggregated around the world. An hour of video footage is uploaded to YouTube every second. That’s incredible. The same applies to the iTunes App Store and to web platforms in general. There is SO MUCH. How often do you try to find something interesting before giving up with nothing? So the challenge for product designers is going to be getting your product noticed. All the tools are there. Resources have never been more easy to attain.

What are the biggest road blocks you see that prevent us from achieving great design and delivering relevant products to consumers?

I’m a fan of Steve Blank who talks about the need for product designers to spend more time undergoing a customer discovery process than a design process. I think that understanding the core needs of users and customers is the biggest road block to most designers and design process. And when I say core, I mean keeping design to one or two key use-cases or stories that relate to your user and forgetting the rest.

What do you see as Brisbane’s biggest challenges to becoming a truly ‘creative city’?

Brisbane, you already are a creative city—stop beating yourself up so much! Go out there and find other creatives and talk about your ideas. That’s how incredible ideas and companies get founded, by encouraging people to mix. Maybe spend 2012 practicing saying to people, “I love your thinking, what can we work on?” and see what comes of it Brisbane.

You can follow Andrew on Twitter here

Portable will host Portable Presents Product Design 2012 next Tuesday. You can buy tickets here 

When in doubt, link

 

Hi February, where did you come from?!

This week has turned into a little whirlwind and rather than write a long-read or similar I thought I would share with you all the links I’ve been squirreling into my Instapaper (if you don’t have an account I highly recommend signing up. Takes all the stress of FOMO by saving articles to read later) to read over the weekend when the manic speed of this week drops a few notches.

I hope you find something of interest. Enjoy!

 

Children’s Art Centre Exhibitions

Having a 20 month old toddler, I know how challenging it can be coming up with new and exciting activities for kids… especially when it’s raining!

This said, I have to share with you my weekend visit to the Gallery of Modern Art (GOMA). They have a great interactive kids exhibition running at the moment called Yayoi Kusama: The obliteration room, 2002 (running 19 November 2011 – 11 March 2012). The obliteration room invites visitors to obliterate the completely white surfaces of a life sized Australian living room, re-created within the Gallery, with coloured adhesive dots.

I could not hazard a guess at how many thousands of dots there are already in the room!

Children's Art Centre Exhibitions

About the Artist: Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama is one of the most significant and influential artists working today. When she was a small girl she started seeing the world through a screen of tiny dots. They covered everything she saw – the walls, ceilings and even her own body. For 40 years she has made paintings, sculptures and photographs using dots to cover surfaces and fill rooms. Kusama calls this process ‘obliteration’, which means the complete destruction of every trace of something.

Check out the current kids exhibitions here.

Yours in creative kids entertainment,
Tanya.

Sacred Grounds is good

Sacred Grounds Organic Fairtrade coffee have launched a very cool campaign promoting their ‘good’ coffee. The concept is based around the idea that Sacred Grounds coffee is good, “so you don’t have to be”. The campaign uses a mix of clever copywriting with beautiful typography to produce a seductive and humorous outcome.

The success of this campaign (by The Campaign Palace) is largely due to Sacred Grounds taking a risk. Instead of sticking to safe, monotonous messages about the good qualities of fair-trade, they’ve added a risqué twist that adds fun and gives depth to the brand. They’ve even got away with using the word ‘be-atch’!

Love it?

Yours in ads,

Anya

 

Is Your New Year Looking Positive?

With the start of the new year, most of us like to take the time to reflect on the past year and what we will do to make this year better, all with the best intentions, whether it be with New Years’ resolutions or changing your mindset with a positive attitude.
Positivity is contagious.
Is your attitude so positive that others are catching it?
I came across these 7 simple insights  via It’s All About Women. It will completely change the way you feel right this minute and will impact the happiness of everyone around you, too.

Try them and see……










Yours in a Positive Attitude
Angie

The power of Apple iBooks

Imagine a classroom where all the books are located on the one device and reading them is a total interactive experience. We have come so far with technology in the last 10 years. Feeling a little old, I remember back to the days when I had to cart text books around, reading and then writing out notes on paper. At the time, I could never have imagined anything so different. The new Apple iBooks allows students to interact with what they are learning. Tapping into more of our senses, making learning, fun, interactive and most of all memorable.

Apple iBooks is also a great tool for writers, making laying out and publishing books incredibly easy with a very professional outcome.

I challenge you to view this video and not feel a little bit jealous of the experience we never got to experience in our school days.

Yours in exploring Apple iBooks.

Belinda