Sweet Talk 18

February 8, 2007

Sweet Talk
Sweet Talk

Hey everybody in Copenhagen (and vicinity),

this might be short notice but tonight there’s going to be an event at Republikken on Vesterbrogade, if you want see and hear some nice work come and take part.
Sweet Talk is happening in Dublin, New York & Copenhagen.
Just to get an idea here are some pictures for you to view

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Here is what Richard Seabrooke from Sweet Talk has to say about it:

SweetTalk started over a year, and 17 editions, ago to encourage stimulating conversations about Design, Illustration, Motion Graphics, Fine Art, Animation, Photography and all those excellent disciplines in between that make up the fantastic creative world around us.

SweetTalk is about seeing the people LIVE onstage who practice these disciplines best… Pioneers, Legends and forthright thinkers. They are there so you can hear them firsthand in a relaxed, enthusiastic atmosphere,not a stuffy cold conference style format. People who attend get to make up their own minds on what the speakers have to say about their work and working process. We try as much as possible too not to tax the patrons, preferring to charge the minimum amount to cover costs and keep this going, something that has stood as we’ve moved out of Irish only editions to the UK, Scandinavia and now the States…
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Candy in association with Tiger Beer present Sweettalk 18, Copenhagen.

Admission: 75DKR. Tiger Beer reception from 7pm, first speaker 8pm.
Limited edition treats for early arrivers!

Bleed (Norway). http://www.bleed.no
Martin De Thurah (Denmark). http://www.dethurah.dk
Ingen Frygt (Denmark). http://www.ingenfrygt.dk

Hope to see you there
– Shaft


Google Earth on Speed

February 4, 2007

Have you ever used Google maps to look at those aeriel pictures, well then you’re going to love this. This site takes all the good, and available maps, and converts them in one place, and you can even choose between the different sources…looks sweet and the navigation is intuitive as well.


Lighning “S” of the Justice League of 1508

Design Observer + SpeakUp

January 18, 2007

The blog “Design Oberserver” was founded by heavy-weight designers, writers and thinkers from Pentagram: Michael Bierut, Jessica Helfand and Rick Poynor among others. It is one of the best places to look for intelligent discourse on graphical design and visual culture.

Another very good resource is “SpeakUp”, which is very much like Design Obeserver but with a slightly more humorous/light hearted angle to the articles. Here every designer can discuss what’s on their minds. If you want to have a small idea of how designers think you must check these blogs out and contribute, because without critical thought we will only amass mediocre solutions.

And talking about critical thought check these links out:


M-o-n-a-m-o-u-r Now defunct, but always good for creative inspiration
Asterik Studio
Zip Design

Janus Friis’ new project has gone Beta

January 17, 2007

Janus Friis’ newest project which was codenamed “Venice” launched yesterday under the name of Joost, pronounced juiced. Let us see if the people, who brought online telephony to the public, can do the same for online television. We can only wait and see what will happen.

– Lightning S

Gain Conference: Design and Business

November 27, 2006

A few weeks ago, 1508 had sent Ms Rix to New York to join a very interesting conference “AIGA Gain Conference” about design and business.

It really was an exciting conference. It’s major theme was how design makes a difference. A differentiating factor which makes a significant difference on the bottom line. This point of view towards the design business is not common – but really relevant!

Here are some highlights from the conference:

Tom KelleyA man called Tom
That man – Tom Kelley – really is something. Not only has he developed the well-known design company IDEO, but he has also written some really interesting books about design and innovation. The latest one is “The Ten Faces of Innovation”. You must read this one!

One of the main issues at the conference was sustainability. When will we Danish start thinking – seriously – about these things..? In the States, they are ahead of us in Denmark – and presumably in the rest of Europe.

Design changes business
A guy from The British Council, Harry Rich, presented a very interesting – and non-academic – report on how design makes a difference for the companies using design. The Council has through the last 5-6 years proceeded methodically with how the business use design as a strategic tool – and what the factual results are. They can document how companies who are investing in design create a better result on the bottom line – or a bigger return of investment.

Salat case

Selling by Design
The last – but absolutely best – speaker was Blair Enns. An expert on how to sell design – and most interesting how you can avoid to pitch. Enns was an oracle – and his models and ways of managing the selling process will soon reflect our business!

If you work in the field of design, then you have to join the conference next year. It was really something.

By the selling Ms Rix