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It's September and time for Back To College, which for many of us means back to old tricks. But that's not all bad, because it means the London Design Festival is back for another year.
Running from 13th - 21st September across a variety of venues, the annual festival celebrates London as the design capital of the world, incorporating talks, workshops and exhibitions to inspire the design-enthusiasts out there. What's more, we are offering a design-themed Prize Draw alongside the festival, so enter here for the chance to win an Artograph LightPad and some other technical drawing goodies.
On the first weekend of the festival, the 13th and 14th September, the V&A will be hosting a Graphics Weekend that is totally free to attend. Visitors can learn how to build a career in graphic design, find out tips on studying design, grab advice on creating a portfolio, and join in with several illustration and design workshops run by The Concept Lounge. Here's a taster of what's on offer:
The Concept Lounge: The Mighty Pen
Drop in and see the illustrators creating a mural, featuring workshops and live drawing by Animaux Circus, Alice Bowsher, Rachel McGivern and Wai Wai Pang. Stop by and create your own artwork.
Animaux Circus: Dinner & Dreams
Design a colourful paper feast for the guest of your dreams with the Animaux Circus team: dream big!
Joy Parade: with Alice Bowsher, Rachel McGivern and Wai Wai Pang
Make banners, posters and portraits about WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY! Sorry, we got a little excited there. Join us to celebrate happiness in all it’s forms while exercising your own creative flair.
Studio Tuck-Tite & The Concept Lounge: Off The Press
Help compile giant pages for the London Design Festival Zeen, with Nobrow, Off Life and special guests from the world of graphic design, printmaking and illustration as your guides. The publication will be digitally disseminated throughout the festival so loads of people will see it!
Lord Whitney & The Concept Lounge: Playing Faces
Take a wonderfully absurd selfie with Lord Whitney's photo booth. Amy Lord and Rebekah Whitney will be creating eccentric portraits from whatever curious odds and ends they can find – so embrace those coat hangers, shuttlecocks and lampshades and say cheese.
The Concept Lounge
If that's not enough to wet your appetite, we caught up with Anjeli Placzek, Director of the Concept Lounge, to find out more about them and what's on offer.
Can you summarise what The Concept Lounge is all about?
The Concept Lounge is a creative consultancy that curates and produces exhibitions and events for the international design, graphics and illustration community. As a practice, The Concept Lounge takes an avid interest in the relationship between design, the individual and the community to explore how society and our environments mutually shape one another. By producing projects that allow designers and institutions the opportunity to promote and inform current practice, together we contribute towards the future of design and enterprise.
Why should people attend your Graphics Weekend at the London Design Festival - what's going on?
There's so much to do, so join us at the V&A London Design Festival’s Graphic weekend for two fun filled days of immersive activity, featuring workshops and live draws throughout, designed for beginners and those wishing to develop their practice in the world of illustration and graphics.
Stop by for an insight into publishing and to create artwork for the London Design Festival giant Zeen with Studio Tuck-tite, Nobrow, Off Life and special guest illustrators as they work with visitors to develop and publish content. Pop by on Sunday to take the ultimate selfie with Art Directors' Lord Whitney’s at their graphic inspired pop-up photobooth! Also Animaux Circus are hosting ‘Dinner & Dreams’ workshops, creating a curated banquet on Saturday, and guest artists lead the inspired Joy Parade workshops on Sunday.
If you could describe today's design industry in one word, what would it be?