Posted: 18 July 2011, 09:56 | In: Art

    It seems to always be the case, five glorious days of sunshine, Monday to Friday, then a wet weekend. Mr British Weather gives us nothing but blue sky whilst we’re all at work, then just as we’re planning our BBQ’s and trips to the park… Rain.

    So if the damp weekend has made you feel a little down, check out these excellent paintings by Leah Giberson. If the super bright images of caravans don’t make you feel more summer-y then all might just be lost.

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    Lakeside & Highfields

    15 July 2011, 14:07

    A little gem of a place on the outskirts of Nottingham, Lakeside Arts Centre sits on alongside Highfields Park and within The University of Nottingham campus.

    Despite my better half attending Nottingham Uni for the past 4 years as a post graduate, the first time I knew about the place was when we visited the Wheee! Festival earlier in the year. Perhaps because it’s tucked at the far end of a huge campus, she knew of it’s existence but had never ventured to see it.


    Slip, Slap, Slop

    14 July 2011, 10:01

    The good people over at Information is Beautiful have created a tidy info-graphic on sunscreen. Looking to answer the eternal question “How much sun screen should I wear” with the author describing himself as a ‘pale skinned geek’.

    The graphic is of the usual high quality the site produces, every time a new one comes out I’m inspired to produce my own on some subject or another, but time gets the better of me. I especially like the “What if it’s Cloudy” section.


    QR Codes

    13 July 2011, 11:46

    They are nothing new (first presented in 1997) but I’ve recently begun to see more and more QR codes about the place and actually using them. In the Quad exhibition I visited the other week, you could snap a photo of the QR code and get an audio guide of the exhibition. It’s a great development of the gallery audio guide, where you might usually have a headset and select the number relevant to the artwork you’re looking at.



    12 July 2011, 10:32

    If you’re in any way interested in new technology, you will have visited the TechCrunch site at some point I’m sure. Set up in 2005 this US based site offers news and analysis on all things tech, start-up profiles, product previews and web site analysis.

    TechCrunch quickly grew to become a very popular site with 4.5 million rss subscribers. The big and controversial news in September 2010 was that AOL was to purchase TechCrunch, which it did in January 2011.


    God's Eye View

    11 July 2011, 10:54

    A little bit of an oldie, but a goodie. The Glue Society is an independent collective of creatives from New York and Sydney who produce advertising, art and TV work.

    A good while back they produced some ‘God’s Eye View’ images of Bible scenes, an interpretation of Bible events as seen by Google Earth.


    Trendy Logo

    7 July 2011, 21:48

    Keeping an eye out on what companies and brands are doing is important to my practice but also something I enjoy. There are any number of sites and blogs around, some of which I follow.

    LogoLounge is one of those and each year they produce a Trends report, looking at themes and developments in the world of brand.


    I Love Print

    6 July 2011, 10:00

    I love the feel of a well produced bit of printing, a great quality paper or superbly bound booklet, criky I even like the smell of a freshly printed document.

    But I’m always aware that there is an impact on the environment. There are a number of so called green options on the printing table, but I always worry that it’s more green wash than eco pioneer. I’ve been reading around the subject a little as follows…


    Made by Amber Valley

    5 July 2011, 10:44

    Vince Cable will announce tomorrow, a Made By Britain campaign, to support the manufacturing sector of the UK, reminding people of some of the stuff we still make.

    Vince has challenged all 650 MP’s to come up with an outstanding product that’s made in the UK which will be added to an online ‘Crystal Palace’ exhibition with an interactive map.


    I don't like Cricket no...

    4 July 2011, 16:55

    Warm summer evenings and 20/20 cricket, just perfect. And that’s exactly what I got on Friday evening at The County Ground in Derby where Derbyshire Falcons took on local rivals Nottinghamshire Outlaws. The ground was jam packed with what I assume will be the season biggest crowd who were no doubt drawn by the good weather and the rivalry between the two East Midlands Cities (not that the passion runs as high as it does between the two football clubs, such hatred wouldn’t be cricket would it?)


    The End of Print?

    1 July 2011, 16:46

    It’s a question that’s been asked for a good few years now, with the increasing accessibility and availability of technological solutions to consume media that traditionally would be provided by newspapers, magazines and books, how long does print have to live?

    Over the last couple of weeks a number of news stories have moved the debate on a step, including the latest edition being the final one in print for industry magazine Design Week. Almost 25 years after it’s first edition the publication is going web only. There is naturally a lot of talk on the web about what it means for the UK design industry, of which DW has been a large part of for quarter of a decade.


    Swiss Tea

    28 June 2011, 15:49

    Belper doesn’t often get the opportunity to see any architecture action, it’s got plenty of fine industrial age buildings, the iconic North and East Mills and numerous 70’s, 80’s and 90’s facsimile housing estates.

    So a new design for the Swiss Tea Rooms in the river gardens is quite a story.

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    Eagle Press

    27 June 2011, 16:52

    We chose the summers hottest day to visit Crich Tramway Village on Sunday. Much excitement from Ella about travelling on the trams (and a bit from me too). As an added bonus they had a 1950’s special on so alongside the trams were some classic British and American cars and bikes, plus lots of music.


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Kieran did a terrific job with the Henmore Health branding and the solution expertly met the brief we provided. It was great to work with a professional brand designer who offered significant value for money and someone we would be happy to recommend.

Kieran understood the importance of embedding local culture in a brand that enjoys its heritage but is strong enough to venture anywhere. We are proud of Henmore Health, proud of the brand and proud to serve the people of Ashbourne where it was born. Few I think can capture this in graphic design the way Kieran has. Thank you.

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