On Friday myself and Creative Director John Davison had the pleasure of attending Bit of Alright, billed as “an event about game design”. We weren’t sure what to expect, particularly as the whole thing took place on board the MS Stubnitz, a 1960s former herring storage boat in the East German fishing fleet. It was moored at Canary Wharf, adding further eccentricity to this very cool venue:
(so big it didn’t fit into the picture)
This year, the Communicator Awards received over 6000 entries and we are chuffed to have had our entry recognised.
The intention of the animation was to show the essence of our approach purely through simple forms, their properties, colours and movements. The rationale was also to convey the notion that as humans we see stories in everything – even inanimate shapes can be filled with character and meaning.
(A word of warning, this post is relatively long but if you get to the bottom there’s a Vimeo playlist of all our favourite bits of the festival!)
Team Kanoti’s John Bond and Laurie Rowan jetted off to overcast Berlin last month to eat Currywurst and attend the rather niche and spectacular Pictoplasma Contemporary Character design and Art Festival/Conference. Pictoplasma is a celebration of every interpretation of character design, that definition being broader than I had initially thought. Maybe it seems exhaustive to dedicate the whole program to such a specific element of design but when you consider the sheer volume and range of applications character design presides over in daily life, it’s truly extensive. Artists, illustrators, animators, designers, stitchers, crafters and doodlers were invited to exhibit, discuss, and collaborate with everything to do with character design for 5 days straight, to the point where when you close your eyes the network of veins and bacteria spots look like Jon Burgerman doodles.
The Old Market theatre in Hove was filled to the brim last Friday evening as people gathered for the 10th Glug event: a special ‘talks-only’ night featuring four talented speakers who came to share stories of their inspirations, successes and, perhaps most interestingly, some of their failures.
Starting off the talks was Tim Diacon, lead interaction designer for the award winning digital design agency Method. Immediately captivating the audience’s attention with his title slide ‘How not to set up a business,’ Tim began by telling us, with confidence and a great deal of humour, the story of a recent unsuccessful business venture.