|20 November 2014 — Another French Students Visit|
Today another group of French students from La Martiniere Diderot in Lyon came to visit our studio. Always nice to have visitors from the other side of the channel. This time we treated them to (by French culinary standards probably terrible) British sausage rolls and only showed projects for French clients (of which we seem to have quite a few recently).
17 November 2014 — The Big Dutch Design Tour
Holger and his University colleague Sebastian just came back from a tour of the Netherlands. With 25 students they visited 12 design studios, the Sandberg Institute and the Stedelijk Museum. A massive thank you to everyone. Especially to Bas Koopmans, Lesley Moore, Maureen Mooren, Ruben Dornweerd (photo), Roosje Klap, De Designpolitie, Meeusontwerpt, Lava, Lust Lab, The Rodina, Team Thursday, 75B, and Liza from Studio Dumbar. Everyone we met was super nice, the work is amazing and Dutch designers seem to have educated their clients pretty well.
04 November 2014 — GraphicsRCA
Yesterday evening I went back to the RCA for the opening of the exhibition GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond. Brilliant evening. Never seen so many well known designers in one place. It was great to see so many old friends, former class mates and tutors. Felt like a big extended family gathering. The exhibition itself may receive some mixed reviews. On the one hand it was great to see that they did not just choose the work of those students who became big and famous after college, on the other hand it felt a bit like someone went down into the basement and took out everything he could find from some old cupboard. However, the RCA was always about the community of great designers and that community is definitely still there. (posted by Holger)
28 October 2014 — Meeting Friends in Tokyo
While in Tokyo Holger also met with good friend and fellow RCA graduate Miho Tanaka and her assistant Yusuke from Cocoroto to discuss possible collaborations.
28 October 2014 — Visiting Askul
Holger went to Japan where he met with one of our nicest regular clients Askul. The whole company recently moved to a brand new office building with amazing views over the Tokyo Bay area. It was nice to meet some of the people we only knew from emailing so far.
19 October 2014 — Company Blessing
Today Holger acquired a new Omamori, a company blessing from the shrine in Narita, Japan. According to the size of the company he went for one of the smaller ones. Our financial future for the next couple of years is secured.
10 October 2014 — Tom Everywhere
Wow, now they even have Tom Dixon lamps at our local pub. The gentrification of the East End is officially complete. Some may wonder why there are so many news concerning the pub in here – thats simply because we spent a lot of time there.
04 October 2014 — Auto Italia South East
Holger went to the opening of Polymyth x Miss Information exhibition at Auto Italia South East. Beside seeing the work of our friends Pinar&Viola, as well as Metahaven and Holly Herndon it was nice to meet 80s design icon April Greiman.
03 October 2014 — Big Scale Kerning
The new Mondrian Sea Containers Hotel designed by Tom Dixon has opened. We were responsible for the large letters (3.22 meters to be precise) on top of the building. So far we have only seen press photos. It seemed that the spacing between the E and A is too wide. Making mistakes (and learning from them) is part of a designers job, but not on this scale. So we checked the drawings, all correct. We checked on Google Street View, all fine. So must be the angle in the photo.
In our original proposal there were no letters on the roof at all. The lights on the windows were meant to be letters that move across the building like a fish swarm. Monospaced!
02 October 2014 — Claire and Dora at KK
Today we went to KK Outlet to see the work of ex Mind Design team member Claire. Check out her beautiful, poetic and understated identity for I am Dora.
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