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Decode at the V&A

Decode was a fantastic exhibition at the V&A last year. It helped me understand the potential of interactive technology – for me it was an important moment for inspiration in my ideas. Because of this exhibition I decided to volunteer at Kinetica Art Fair in February this year, which provided me with further ideas fodder.

Decode was curated in collaboration with onedotzero.
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Blanch and Shock at the illy pop up gallery

I met Blanch and Shock as they were packing up their workshop at the illy gallery when I visited. They made some of their liquid nitrogen frozen goodies just for me though.

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Arabeschi di Latte at the Studio Toogood new collection launch party

So, being a student looking for chances to make good contacts, I took the opportunity to help Arabeschi di Latte cater for Studio Toogood at their exclusive party. I knew next to nothing about the event when I agreed to participate, and having been at it, I still don’t know that much about it apart from the food side. I recognised a few faces but couldn’t place them, including someone who said he was a journalist… I invited lots of them to the Designersblock private view on Wednesday, perhaps I’ll find out who they are then.

The theme for the party was iridescence, which happens to be one of my favourite words. The food was almost iridescent. Here’s the menu:

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Curtain Call

We spotted Ron Arad on Sunday afternoon at his new installation at the Roundhouse. (He’s the one in the hat.)

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One-soldier toaster

This made me laugh.

This is a a one soldier toaster. It also does one fish finger.

By Matt House, recent graduate of Goldsmiths. He’s about to start at the RCA.

Also look at other things he’s done!

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You know those interactive screens with funny effects that are cool now?

They had one in the Science Museum recently, near the genetics exhibition. They’ve had them at the V&A during the fantastic DeCode exhibition and there was one at Kinetica Art Fair. You move and you watch a colourful you mirror your movements with a time delay, or watch yourself become three yous and gradually disappear, or your hands become monsters… there are all sorts of fun things people are doing with cameras and displays these days.

One company that makes these sorts of things is Quadratura, you should check them out.

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Big companies employ innovative designers

They get them to do lovely projects like this one:

By getting designers to do these sorts of projects, they can make good marketing campaigns, and potentially get some ideas for new directions in their business.

Some people say these designers are bought out by the big companies to ensure they don’t become competition, but I forget the argument for that. What do you think?

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