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Embracing Design Back

I had the pleasure of attending the ‘We Can Create’ design symposium earlier this

year. Two days of local and international speakers left one inspired and energised

to return to base & get creating. There were a few speakers whose design work &

approach resonated with me – they are well worth looking up.


Rafael Rozendaal_Visual Artist, Brazil

With the internet as his canvas, Rafael’s work pushes the boundaries of design and

art. Like the great surrealists, his web canvas pushes the fundamentals of

perception. The work is fresh – appearing as an animated cartoon or painting, often

pairing motion play with moving light and spatial experiences. These works of art

have their own unique urls, which are then ‘sold’ to the art buyers on the premise

that they remain available on the www for viewing. Genius!

Some favourites were:,


Morag Myerscough_Environmental design, UK

Morag appeared on stage in a riot of colour – no surprises that her work continues

to express her obsession with it as a medium. A student of St Martins College & the Royal

College of Art, she delivers the unexpected – challenging preconceptions about the

urban environment with a playfulness that is liberating to watch. Her exhibition work

was particularly inspiring -from dressing ‘Alan Aldridge’ to Formula 1 exhibits, she

interprets the narrative through sound and sensual movement and playing on

object scale.


Thomas Roope_The Rumpus Room, UK

Concept is king, especially when paired with social media strategies that fuse the

real world with the possibilities of interactive. Thomas is clearly a clever creative

(remember the Trainspotting opening credits? -they’re his) and has since won a

myriad of A&D awards for his work with The Rumpus Room. The basis of many of

their ideas is to create something worthwhile to share – his Lily Allen clip for XBox

quickly became viral with millions sharing uploads. He delivered some wise advice

on mastery and the urge to get better at stuff and with work like that – I can’t wait to

see what follows.

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