Can't pay your fees? Then Jake and Dinos Chapman will pay your fines!
|In December of last year, the student protests made the headlines. Violence and outrage were the reactions of thousands of youngsters to the rise in tuition fees put forward by the Tories.
In perhaps their most controversial move ever, artists Jake and Dinos Chapman have launched a campaign with fellow artists and celebrities by which they will pay for any legal fees incurred by any of the students now facing legal action following the protests.
Read all about it here
The world's most widely used protest symbol.
|It's appeared on millions of mugs, T-shirts, rings and nose-studs. It's appeared on a US commemorative postage stamp saluting the 1960s. It also made an appearance on packets of Lucky Strike cigarettes. It helped define a generation of baby boomers.
The peace symbol has always represented hope and change for the better. It is recognised around the globe, crossing language and cultural barriers. Yet, most people have no idea where it came from, or what it means. John asks if it's supposed to represent a chicken's foot - or is there something more to it than that?
Read John's post
Royal Wedding Causes a Flurry of New Designs on Everyday Items
|29th April 2011 - the date that is in everyone's calendar. Unless you have been living under a rock for the last year or so, you will know that this marks the date the Prince William will marry Kate Middleton.
Most of us will use this as an excuse to leave the office for the day, arrange a celebration party or simply go out and enjoy the sun. However, some organisations have used the occasion to flog some celebratory memorabilia to make a quick buck.
What we're left with is a mess of ugly, lazy and garish designs that should have been left on the studio floor. Click the link below as we check out some of the worst offenders to celebrate the Royal wedding.
Click here to read the article
Clerkenwell Design Festival - May 2011
|We're excited to announce that the Clerkenwell Design Festival is close to kicking off next month. With over 60 showrooms and a multitude of architectural and creative practices, this cultural hub is the perfect location to host an international festival that celebrates all disciplines of design.
In 2010 the design community flocked to Clerkenwell with over 18000 registered, 2011 promises to be bigger and better!
You can register for FREE, and with over 150 events, a series of pop up exhibitions, installations, talks, performances, music and workshops, this showcase of cutting edge design is the hottest ticket in town.
To register and for more info, click here!
You Are Man (in need of article)?
|They're at it again, those craaaaazy French Connection people, with their slightly annoying advertising campaigns.
The Spring/Summer 2011 collection has recently been unveiled, with the slogans 'You are Man?' and 'You are Woman?' Now, first things first - try saying those phrases without sounding like a caveman.
Manage it? Then I bet you sounded like Manuel from Fawlty Towers instead. Read the rest of the [scathing] post here to find out what makes Ashley say, 'WTF, FCUK?'
Click here to read Ashley's blog
|In our last newsletter, we asked the question "When it comes to online portfolios, is less more or should you try to show case all of your skill sets?"
The results are as follows:
Show a small collection of best work - 40%
Show a wide range of favourite work - 40%
Select a few varying pieces - 20%
This week we ask "Freelancing Designer Vs Full Time Designer - Which is best?"
Click here to vote!
CP Spotlight - Mario Veltri
|There's no two ways about it, Mario Veltri has a stunning portfolio on Creativepool. After seeing his work on the site we had to get in touch to see the brains behind the beauty, and what better way to do it than via the CP Spotlight?
From Mario's interview with us, we learn of his values in the industry, what motivated him to make a career out of design and his favourite experiences along the way. It really is a unique and eye-opening interview.
So join us as we talk about transferring images from your mind onto paper, seeing the end of a piece of work before drawing the first line and breaking the stereotype of a "mad artist"
Read the interview here
Quora - What is the best piece of design ever?
|We continue to receive some great answers to the questions we are posting on Quora, in response to last week's question "What is the worst piece of design ever done?", we had a whole range of answers from toasters, to pull-out sofa beds to clamshell packaging.
If you would like to share your opinion on the worst piece of deisgn, click here to have your say. This week we are asking "What is the best piece of design ever done?", if you have something in mind that you think is brilliant, share it with us!
Click here to be heard!
Jack's off. The anatomy of a banned campaign.
|There are more than a few advertisements which deserve a ban for no other reason than they're awful (webuyanydotcom, webuyanycardotcom). But occasionally a campaign falls foul of the censors and has to be withdrawn. Usually this is for making unsubstantiated claims, but sometimes it rests on an issue of taste and decency.
Here Magnus Shaw reveals and discusses one such piece, which the Advertising Standards Authority have deemed too corrupting to run. Whether the work is actually shocking or the decision fair, you'll have to judge for yourself.
Read Magnus' article here