Peter, Heather and Karys headed down to OFFSET in Dublin for a weekend of inspiration, doodling, ideas and good food.
Speaker highlights included Iain Tait (Google Creative Lab, Wieden + Kennedy, Poke), who gave a huge mention to sugru and the hackable Fixer's Manifesto which we helped create. We blushed and giggled and then promptly refused to chat to him because we're shy and weird. He has also written about more sugru work we did here.
Hvass & Hannibal are a multi-disciplinary design studio from Copenhagen whose work we've admired for a long time. (Their Efterklang work - yum). They approach projects so collaboratively the work becomes seamless, which rings true a little bit for us. Their work is hands-on, geometric, beautiful and sometimes hilarious (sweaty man gym slogans for example).
We really enjoyed hearing Jonathan McHugh talk about his illustration process and insanely short deadlines for the Financial Times. In fact the day he was speaking he needed to submit work that afternoon, having received the brief that morning. Respect. This is him opening the FT to see his illustration in print the next day.
Best entrance award goes to Ben Newman who hula-hooped his way on stage to Jump by Van Halen, explaining it was the scariest thing he could think of doing, so he did it. Kudos. Stunning illustration work too.
JR 's talk was truly inspirational. He makes ballsy, thought provoking, barrier busting street art. We're just wondering if the Inside Out project could make it to Burma.
And Kate Moross, well, we would just love her to be our cool new best mate.
We also got to see The Creativity Hub launch The Extraordinaires Design Studio with some lovely looking awards for the best designs presented over the weekend.
Posted on 25.4.2013