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Artist Of The Week- Jon Contino

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Jon Contino’s work combines the history of his native New York with contemporary street art, and the lost art of hand drawn lettering to form his own unique style. He has worked with brands ranging from small boutique start ups to major corporations such as Nike and Coca Cola. Make sure you check out Jon on twitter @joncontino  and his fantastic work on his site.

 

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Artist of the Week- D*Face

D*Face, a.k.a  Dean Stockton is a London based street artist who we are massively into here at Concept Cupboard. Check out some of his inspiring pieces below and follow him on twitter @DFaceOfficial

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7 Awesome Art Installations

Art installations have the power to inspire a community and can prompt people travelling miles and miles to see them. From complex, high-tech works through to the simplest constructions we love to see creativity brought to life and shared with other people. These are some of our favourites.

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Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work

Guest post written by Iona at Mercer Design.

Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way
to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the
only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found
it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart,
you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it
just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking
until you find it. Don’t settle.
Steve Jobs

I read this quote by the late Steve Jobs the other day, and felt blessed that I had found a career path which makes me happy. But did I always know I wanted to be a designer… eeer no!

I went through a succession of ideas from childhood to university…
these included being a nurse, doctor, marine biologist, film maker, actress, photographer… and the list goes on!

When it came to crunch time for university though, I still didn’t know what I wanted to do as a career but my mum offered some great advice. She said do what you think you will love, because even if you don’t end with a career at least you will have enjoyed the next 3 years not wasted them. I took this on board and followed my heart into design, not knowing where it would take me or even if it was the career I wanted.

This was a really good decision as by the end of the first year I knew design was the right career for me. I still have many other hobbies which interest me and I did work as an underwater videographer and travel writer in between design jobs too, but I know this is what I love the most.

I guess being a designer is exciting to me, no two days are the same. In the same way an actor or actress researches a role and may feel like they get the chance to work as different people; a designer gets to do the same. For each new client you must research the company and understand their business in order to create effective design. This can make you feel you have a career in several fields as you immerse yourself in different brands for different projects.

I think it is important to love what you do, and like Steve said ‘if you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle’. It may be very tough to find jobs at the moment, and you may have to do some where your heart is not in it… but don’t give up finding the career for you, it will benefit everyone as Aristotle puts it: ‘Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.’

 

 

10 Principles of Good Design – Dieter Rams

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Dieter Rams has been one of my favourite designers for a long time now. Part of the reason for this was finding and appreciating his 10 principles for good design. Here Dieter outlines a number of guidelines, and I would always interpret them as guidelines, when striving to achieve not just good, but great design.
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February’s Winner: Verity W

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February’s creative of the month goes to Verity. Congratulations!

We’ve been a big fan of Verity’s work since she joined Concept Cupboard last June. She recently won The “Lon Prop” brief & the project owner was not only blown away with the work she provided, but also her professionalism & speed. A job well done!
Some samples of Verity’s recent work:

Lonprop - Concept Cupboard

Onvestor - Concept Cupboard

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Must Listen Podcasts #1 : Creative

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Here at Concept Cupboard we’ve brought together some of our favourite podcasts covering design and creative. We’ve tried to provide a balance between the useful and entertaining so hopefully there is something for everyone in this list!

#1 – London’s Design Museum

An eclectic mix of content from interviews with creatives through to showcasing some of the very best in design. The best aspect of this podcast are the stories that are told by some very inspirational people and allow you to see the trail they took to where they find themselves today.

London’s Design Museum (iTunes)

#2 – InDesign Secrets

This rather upbeat blog brings (you guessed it) all things InDesign right to your ears. From general tips and tricks through to  covering some of the more obscure aspects of InDesign; this podcast can help you whether you’re a beginner or even a pro if you can get past their sometimes scatty broadcast. Their website is also worth a visit as well. (InDesign Website)

InDesign Secrets (iTunes)

#3 – Design Matters with Debbie Millman

Debbie plays host to a multitude of interviews with some of the best from industry-leading graphic designers, change agents, artists and writers. The show covers topics from the importance of branding through to  entrepreneurialism. Content from these discussions was informative and would even be of interest to those not from a creative background.

Design Matters (iTunes)

#4 – TED Talks (Various)

We always enjoy a TED talk here at Concept Cupboard but in terms of getting the most diverse and wide ranging of views and ideas on creativity you will struggle to find another resource that matches on this scale and quality. Follow this link through to their theme on ‘Design That Matters‘ to find a whole medley of video talks on the subject.

#5 – Cool Hunting (Video)

This video podcast series provides bite-size episodes featuring designers, artists and innovators that gives you the inside view of their processes and inspiration. Whilst brief, each podcast lasting no longer than 5 minutes usually, the quality of production and content is truly great.

Cool Hunting (iTunes)

Get Broadcasting!

Whilst most of these podcasts are featuring American designers and creatives maybe this is your opportunity to create you own British creative podcast! Get out there, get sharing and let us know if you decide to start up your very own creative podcast!

Teaming businesses up with students

Simon Devonshire talks to Concept Cupboard

Simon, co-founder of Concept Cupboard and SMB General Manager at O2, explains why we’ve teamed up businesses and students.

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