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Proceed and be Bold! Poster Image

The Printing Museum has secured the rights to screen an acclaimed documentary about Amos Paul Kennedy, a letterpress poster printer from Chicago. Funds raised from the evening will help  preserve the Museum’s outstanding collection of printing equipment.  Proceed and Be Bold! joins Amos for a titillating retelling of his story, while examining the pretensions and provisions of the art world. The work of this self-proclaimed “Humble Negro Printer” raises emotionally-charged questions and reveals remarkable depth beneath the bold print. By learning the rules and then choosing to break them, Amos redefines what life (and letterpress printing) can be: exhilarating and subversive.  Wednesday 24th September 2014, 6pm, The Pit (12B09)Massey College of Creative Arts Building. Premium tickets: $30 (includes your own copy of the DVD), Standard tickets: $20, Massey students: $10. All Ticket Prices include a pre-theatre drink and snack. To reserve tickets: Please email [email protected]

I recently attended the SEGD conference in Atlanta which provided an excellent opportunity to meet and chat with the other chapter chairs. During the three intense days we exchanged anecdotes and observations about signs, wayfinding, wayshowing, typography and  experience design. We heard from leaders in the field, took part in site visits and workshops exploring this rapidly developing field of design. For my part within the Academic Summit I facilitated a workshop and discussion titled Collaborations and Cross-disciplinary Work … more on this in another post.





You can find a review of the conference here: https://segd.org/convergence-2014-segd-conference

Andreas Uebele told attendees, ‘I don’t believe in ideas. I only believe in process’
—Read our interview with Uebele—

Academic and design thinker/writer Per Mollerup told attendees that ‘The best environment is its own wayfinding’
—Read our interview with Mollerup—

Clifford Selbert, FSEGD, has designed some of the most iconic landmarks in the world—including the LAX Gateway—but in Abu Dhabi, his firm’s humble street sign is changing the world. He and colleague Will Ayers are directing a project that includes naming and signing more than 12,000 streets in Abu Dhabi city. The program will be expanded emirate-wide.
—Read the story here

And to end this post here is a collection of EGD related images from Atlanta that I took during a brief exploration of the city.


Images from Best of the Best, Designers Speak

Best of the Best Designers Speak, this Wednesday 14th May at City Gallery, Adam Auditorium, 101 Wakefield Street, Wellington.

The Best Design Awards are a major feature of the local design calendar and a selection of Graphic & Spatial winners are touring the country to offer first-hand insights into their projects: SPECIAL GROUP + ALL GOOD ORGANICS, INHOUSE DESIGN + SIMON DEVITT PHOTOGRAPHER, ALT GROUP and JASMAX + AUT. Predrinks start at 6:00pm., Presentations at 6:30pm. more info: http://dinz.org.nz/calendar/best-of-the-best-designers-speak

Bill Toomath, award winning New Zealand architect and head of the Wellington School of Design throughout the 1980s, passed away on 20th March 2014, aged 89. As a way to accurately refer back to Bill Toomath's architectural life and as a fundraising event to support The Mary Potter Hospice, the Toomath family invites you to a re-screening of Antonella and the Architect on Thursday 3rd April, 4pm at the Paramount Theatre, Courtenay Place. Entry donations will go to Mary Potter Hospice.

The 17th century portrait, St Jerome in his Study by Antonello da Messina, has intrigued Wellington architect Bill Toomath all his life, and in 2002 he designed and built a study for his house based on the painting. Toomath discusses this project, his architectural training and practice, and some of his clients. Time-lapse camera footage captures building progress, and the completed studio with replica desk emerges as a portrait of Toomath himself, and a tribute to architecture and ideas. 

Produced by Tony Hiles, the documentary is 1 hr 17 min in duration.


If you have not already done so there is still time to enter the 2014 SEGD Awards as the deadline has been extended to 21 February. This is your opportunity to be recognised amongst the best experiential graphic design in the world. Read more: http://segd.org/segd-global-design-awards


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