My dad found me a perfect little portable typewriter on Freecycle. So not only is it the traditional kind I wanted, it was also free! And it works. Only slight downside is, I'm in Falmouth and it is in MK. But I shall receive it at Christmas.
It's been a brilliant and jam-packed week for me. Weekend at Anna's, just south of London, and three full days of design studio visits (also, still staying at Anna's). There's a few highlights from those studios which I shall blog about this week. I also went home Thursday, 'til this morning, taking my friend Ellinor along with me. That was nice, did a tiny bit of Christmas shopping but loads more to do.
I will, possibly, have a typewriter waiting for me when I go home again in three weeks. Found one in an antique shop in Stony Stratford, just waiting for my dad to go back next weekend and make sure it's actually working!
This sums up a few bits from the week.
1. Fascinated with the tiny letterpress studio, Harrington & Squires. Undoubtedly the highlight of London. So I purchased a book, which they are in, along with loads of other great letterpress work.
2. The panda, along with the book, was purchased in an awesome shop that sold every kind of design magazine, and lots and lots of books. Also, other fun things such as the panda which came flat and you blow it up.
3. I have filled nearly half an A6 sketchbook with train drawings, design studio visit notes and also some ideas and sketches for my branding project. (Need to get a move of with that project…)
4. The ink was purchased in the stupidly expensive Hobby Craft of MK. I need to actually get some rubber stamps to use with it – or make something. All of the stamps in Hobby Craft were either tacky and painful to look at, or over priced. £3.99 for a 1.5cm smiley face? Really?
I've had a branding moodboard workshop, literally, all day today ('til 5pm). Working in groups, looking through magazines for images to represent the product/company we had been given. My group had a pharmacy, Pharmacare.
The best part was simply finding this brilliant illustration in one of the magazines:
We were told in this mornings lecture/presentation to look up Bruce Mau's manifesto, as we have to compile a short, 5 point manifesto of our own. I've just been reading through it and there are some excellent points in it, many infact. I will list a few here, but here's the full manifesto.
Written in 1998, the Incomplete Manifesto is an articulation of statements exemplifying Bruce Mau’s beliefs, strategies and motivations. Collectively, they are how we approach every project.
Incomplete Manifesto for Growth
2. Forget about good.
Good is a known quantity. Good is what we all agree on. Growth is not necessarily good. Growth is an exploration of unlit recesses that may or may not yield to our research. As long as you stick to good you'll never have real growth.
3. Process is more important than outcome.
When the outcome drives the process we will only ever go to where we've already been. If process drives outcome we may not know where we’re going, but we will know we want to be there.
A studio is a place of study. Use the necessity of production as an excuse to study. Everyone will benefit.
9. Begin anywhere.
John Cage tells us that not knowing where to begin is a common form of paralysis. His advice: begin anywhere.
14. Don’t be cool.
Cool is conservative fear dressed in black. Free yourself from limits
of this sort.
Intentionally left blank. Allow space for the ideas you haven’t had yet, and for the ideas of others.
18. Stay up late.
Strange things happen when you’ve gone too far, been up too long, worked too hard, and you're separated from the rest of the world.
20. Be careful to take risks.
Time is genetic. Today is the child of yesterday and the parent of tomorrow. The work you produce today will create your future.
29. Think with your mind.
Forget technology. Creativity is not device-dependent.
33. Take field trips.
The bandwidth of the world is greater than that of your TV set, or the Internet, or even a totally immersive, interactive, dynamically rendered, object-oriented, real-time, computer graphic–simulated environment.
People visiting the studio often comment on how much we laugh. Since I've become aware of this, I use it as a barometer of how comfortably we are expressing ourselves.
Growth is only possible as a product of history. Without memory, innovation is merely novelty. History gives growth a direction. But a memory is never perfect. Every memory is a degraded or composite image of a previous moment or event. That’s what makes us aware of its quality as a past and not a present. It means that every memory is new, a partial construct different from its source, and, as such, a potential for growth itself.