DESIGNOON (design + afternoon)
is a discussion platform for design professionals.
Friendly and informal atmosphere ensured by small amount of people allows everyone to express his opinion on the selected topic. At least one specialist is invited for each session to discuss the topic with and ask as many questions as possible. The aim is to learn from each other, exchange our experiences, and spend a wonderful design afternoon among cool people.
DesigNoon runs once a month,
always on Fridays at 6pm.
With Jan Šabach we spoke mainly about graphic design, corporate identities, magazine and book design, and his interesting work experience in NY. We figured out there aren't any crucial differences between design work, clients or briefs in the US and Europe. Good to know!
To experience a little change among our discussion evenings we organised a structural graphic workshop with the artist and designer Andrea Šafaříková. The workshop started with a short lecture about Vladimír Boudník. We all felt like him during that evening, experimenting in the atelier Kreslírna. The art pieces are now exhibited in Hrivnák company spaces.
With the leading Czech graphic designer Lumír who creates mainly visual identities we spoke about what matters most to us in our work. It raised other interesting topics. For example connection of above mentioned 'matter' with responsibility, sense and reputation. When on price making theme we tried a little test and realised that price is only an infomation...
The cameraman Jan Drnek brought us evening full of film. He explained the film making process, we looked at and discussed few famous pieces behind the scenes, and we spoke about his work which includes for example a document Očima fotografky about Zuzana Mináčová - main photographer of the film festival in Karlovy Vary. Unfortunately Jan also showed us some of his cameraman equipment we can hardly live without from now on...
With the famous artist Roman Týc, a co-founder of artist group Ztohoven (Out of Shit) or independent space supporting decentralisation Paralelní Polis, we spoke about cryptoanarchy, bitcoins, hackactivism, art, economic cancer, paper furniture, porn and even weapons 3D printing. We left with many impulses to think about, and a few micro-bitcoins in our pockets...
Tereza Hanková and Roman Biričkai
The sixth year volume of Brand New conference in New York, organised by the founders of UnderConsideration (Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit) was amazing. Paula Scher, Philippe Apeloig, Gabor Schreier, Grand Army, Snask... we were there and brought you all the news and interest from the world of corporate identity and branding.
Commented walk around Prague with a former successful Creative Director Honza Badalec, yet 12 years homeless person. We focused on recyclation but not only in graphic or product design. We visited many interesting places including Klinika squat. I am recycled, says Honza about himself. It is a question if and how can human life be recycled...
Graphic designers Jan Kloss and Matěj Činčera from creative group Okolo invited us to their studio. They talked about their various interesting and multiple projects, including beautiful publications, exhibitions, but also their own beer!
A masterpiece was born! We expressed our artistic feelings by spray and created a collective work under the guidance of an illustrator and artist Martin Zach. We learned about and tested various kinds of sprays and jets. And we didn't spray on the wall only! Want to know more? Check our photo gallery.
Rostislav Vaněk and Tomáš Nedoma
All about graphic design, what was it like in the past and how is it today... Incredibly broad range of Rostislav Vaněk's works, as well as work of his students. How was the design created and what it communicates. While Tomáš Nedoma introduced their current typographic works. Very inspirational evening indeed!
The second part of a special edition with Canadian artist run in an unusual and surprising way. Jessica transformed the information collected during the first session into a Designer Manifesto. She also wrote a design brief and we were asked to create our own Manifesto. The brief showed beautiful contrast between making art and design.
The guru of commercial visual production, 3D and matte-painting who cooperates with large amount of advertising agencies and studios in Czech and abroad. We witnessed the reveal of his catchy visuals production process, and we couldn't miss the oportunity to ask the best way to mask hair... Cliché but we know it!
The last DesigNoon of this year was held in the opposite way. We didn't ask our guest but our guest - Canadian artist Jessica Serran - asked us. She explored the designer in Czech thoroughly and in depth, and she will transform our opinions and answers into a visual art. This unique project will continue in February...
Štěpán Soukup and František Kast, founders of bookstore and publisher PageFive, talked about their experiences with books publishing. They also introduced different kinds of printing techiques, book binding and papers. Most of all we were fascinated by the zipper binding, and the printing machine called risograph we all started to secretly desire.
Graphic designer Kamil Petr is fascinated by Ladislav Sutnar and he willingly shared his knowledge and findings about this famous Czechoslovak designer with us through his workshop. We were asked to create a book cover that had to be either unprecedented, or difficult, or stupid. The results were fantastic!
Štěpánka and Martin have rich experiences with clients such as Becherovka, Koli, GE Money, Danone, Staropramen or Robert Doms. On the wonderful work examples they revealed their working process, what were the biggest obstacles and challenges. We also learned how to for example create a bar code correctly.
illustrators Martin Zach and Tomáš Zach
The inspiration can be searched not only in illustration but also in talking about it. We've learned many interesting things and tricks from Martin and Tomáš, as well as we found how the illustration can help in graphic design. At the end we tried a small funny illustrational experiment.
Bára and Roman provided us with the insight into the world of calligraphy throught their works that we discussed long till the evening... We also had a chance to review various writing tools, including a tooth brush.
The first DesigNoon session covered very broad topic. Eventhough we didn’t avoid common questions such as what is the difference between graphic design and art, we've learned curiosities like that they have a printed design on dishes sponges in Japan.