Friday, 9 December 2011

Here's the Heads Up #11

(Jim Field's apple from 50/50 Grow)

50/50 Grow, a digital orchard
The boys over at Studio Aad decided to plant a digital orchard in aid of UNICEF's East Africa appeal. The idea is simple: designers, photographers and illustrators contribute an image of an apple, and you can 'water' one of them by giving a €5 donation. In return you get a high-res version of the image(s) you've chosen (the one I picked, above, is currently my desktop wallpaper).

IAF Winter Sale,
The IAF has set up a virtual merch stand selling dvds, their publication for A Space for Learning (which recently won its printer Plus Print the 'Irish Small Printer of the Year' award) and maybe most notably the brick-book-bag designed by Conor & David for last year's Open House Dublin. And best of all, it's a brick-book-bargain :)

Until 20 January:
Surface Tension: The Future of Water, Science Gallery, TCD, Dublin 2
There's still a week to catch Science Gallery's investigation of The Future of Water through work by scientists, engineers, artists, designers and more. This exhibition is still on my 'to visit' list, particularly for the film by Still Films which follows artist Fergal McCarthy as he sees a new side of Dublin on a swim from one end of Dublin bay to another, not without also swimming the Liffey, the Grand Canal and a number of pools.

Until 21 January:
A la mesa! Design and Food, Instituto Cervantes, Foster Place, Dublin 2
The first of two back-to-back design exhibitions in the Instituto Cervantes, A la mesa! explores objects designed for the kitchen and dining room, showing the changes occuring in Spanish food and design in terms of shopping, preparing and serving. Just a few days later on the 26 January it will be followed up by Spanish Accent in Design, which maps Spain's extensive creative pool in terms of design, advertising and architecture.

Until 31 January:
OFFSET2012 Early Bird Tickets,
Ireland's premier creative festival returns to Grand Canal Theatre from 9 - 11 March 2011, featuring international speakers such as Pentagram's Michael Beirut and Stefan Sagmeister along with homegrown talent such as Rich Gilligan and Johnny Kelly (see Procrastination below, which might explain why this blog isn't updated more often). Though it's a little while to go for the event itself, you've only got until the end of the month to grab an early bird ticket. Don't say I didn't warn you...

(Procrastination via Johnny Kelly on Vimeo)