Why London Design Festival 2015 is Absolutely Worth Visiting?
September is usually perceived as the end of the summer and the start of the autumn in most parts of Europe.
For Londoners and their city guests it is the month of celebration of the rising talent and a feast of creativity as a long established London Design festival is taking place.
Founded in 2003, this annual event promotes London as the creative capital of world and shows the UK’s world class design community.
This year, the festival will be held between 19 – 27 September and if you happen to be in London at this time there are certain events that are worth visiting.
There are about 380 events scheduled to happen during the festival and you are certain to find some interesting ones that will inspire you.
Here are some highlights of London Design Festival 2015:
Mexican Pavilion: You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well As By Reflection
Fascinated by the idea of the ‘cultural other’ and the multicultural influences that co-exist in both contemporary Mexico and the UK, celebrated Mexican architect Frida Escabedo has created You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection, a temporary pavilion for the John Madejski Garden.
You Know You Cannot See Yourself So Well as by Reflection was selected from four shortlisted proposals by Mexican architects and designers as part of Dual Year Mexico-United Kingdom 2015, a year-long celebration of Mexican culture in the UK and vice versa.Learn more
50th Anniversary of the British Road Sign
In 1965 the British Road Sign appeared on our streets, designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert. To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, MADE NORTH has brought together leading designers to create 50 signs installed across London, including the Design Museum, to poetically disrupt the everyday.
In 1965 one of the most ambitious and effective information design projects was launched in Britain. The British Road Sign appeared on our streets for the very first time 50 years ago and has occupied an important role in our lives ever since, from instructing us where to go and a safe speed to travel at, to making us aware of any hazards or road works. The signs designed by Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert standardised the road network, creating many of the signs we see today and produced two new typefaces: Transport and Motorway.Learn more
Ladybird by Design
An exhibition of over 120 original illustrations celebrating 100 years of Ladybird Books.
In celebration of 100 years of Ladybird, Ladybird by Design explores the evocative illustration and compelling design that made the books such a hit across generations of readers.
Ladybird by Design features iconic images from popular Ladybird series including People At Work, Shopping With Mother, and Key Words, as well as rare photographs and correspondence.
Currency & Cartography – 10 Years of Map Making by Justine Smith
The exhibition at The Map House is an anthology of 10 years of Money Maps by Justine Smith and the first time all her maps will be exhibited together. The collaborative exhibition with The Map House will showcase Justine Smith’s first ever London Map incorporating a new form of currency, gold leaf.Learn more
Better Bankside has commissioned three very different artists to bring colour and animation to Southwark St, London SE1. Colourful Crossings marks the first commissions made through the Avenue of Art initiative which will take art out of its traditional gallery contexts and transform public spaces.Learn more
Like me: Our bond with brands
Branding pioneer Lippincott, the creative consultancy behind the Coca-Cola ribbon, the Campbell’s soup label and the latest Starbucks siren, has curated an exhibition to examine the power of the bond between people and brands.
While Lippincott has been building some of the world’s best brands for more than 70 years, the landscape has evolved. Today, brand has become bigger than a name or a logo and more than a marketing gimmick. And contrary to common belief, the power dynamic between people and brands can be as much about ours over them as theirs over us. This interactive exhibition, exploring Starbucks, The Hunger Games, and everything in between, encourages visitors to ask: who’s branding who?Learn more
Signs & Signwriting in Bankside
‘Signs and Signwriting in Bankside’ offers the chance to: try your hand at painting letters with sign legend Mike Meyer; compare the signwriting traditions of the USA and UK through a cinematic double bill; and travel back in time to appreciate yesteryear’s signwriting in the form of ‘ghostsigns’.
Better Letters and Ghostsigns bring the traditional craft of signwriting to the Bankside Design District of the London Design Festival with workshops, screenings and a walk back in time. ‘Signs and Signwriting in Bankside’ offers the chance to: try your hand at painting letters with sign legend Mike Meyer; compare the signwriting traditions of the USA and UK through a cinematic double bill; and travel back in time to appreciate yesteryear’s signwriting in the form of ‘ghostsigns’.Learn more
Service design and design thinking in action
Join service design and digital consultancy Pancentric, as they host a three-day “Imagine tomorrow” jam with the Design Thinkers Group. Visitors can hear from experts talking about this new approach to innovation and get involved in answering the three big questions we’ll be tackling. Check website.Learn more
The Letter Rack
Stationery purveyors Present & Correct present The Letter Rack. A wall of envelopes, cards, labels and graphic ephemera. Pick and mix to create the perfect postal party! All ready for the postbox. No ticket required. Visit during opening times and make your selection.Learn more
Type Tasting: Interactive games & demos
Have you ever wondered what a font might smell or taste like? Or what your choice of font says about your personality? Join innovative type expert Sarah Hyndman to explore a series of multi-sensory games with type.Learn more
TSHIRTNOW / TSHIRTTHEN
Two exhibitions running concurrently. TSHIRTNOW asks 12 of the world’s leading artist and designers in the field of graphic T-shirt design to contribute a design produced exclusively for the exhibition. TSHIRTTHEN exhibits a selection of industry defining graphic T-shirts from the past 30 years.Learn more
Digital Design Weekend
The V&A Digital Design Weekend brings together artists, designers, engineers and scientists, celebrating the intersections of art, design and technology. The family friendly programme includes installations, workshops and performances, exploring civic design, sustainability and collaborative making.
The weekend will be showcasing a new performance from Japanese artist and technologist Daito Manabe with ICN, techno – explorer and futurologist Nelly Ben Hayoun’s new film “Disaster Playground”, Prix Ars Electronica winner Matthew Plummer-Fernandez and a live cinematic game from Invisible Flock.Learn more