Speaking about Data Vis at Future Cities Catapult

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Having successfully produced a series of case studies about design in innovation for the KTN’s Design SIG earlier in the year, I was commissioned to create a report about Design & Data Visualisation for the KTN’s members. This report was based on an event that I spoke at in October 2013 at NESTA.

For the launch of the report I wrote about the publication for the KTN site and I was also invited to speak, on May 6th, at the Future Cities Catapult at a Cross-Catapult Design Group Meeting which was used for sharing new ideas across industry.

I spoke about how the report is an introduction to the crucial role of design in data visualisation and all the ways it can be used to better communicate information in this digital age. I highlighted a few of the contemporary data visualisation practitioners who are showcased in the report.

By presenting case studies of their work the Design SIG aims to stimulate thinking on how design and data visualisation can support innovation and deliver sustainable economic, social and environmental benefits.

Speaking at Design Junction 2014

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I was kindly invited to speak about my work in September by Aidan Walker, curator of the Design Junction seminars. It’s always fun, if nerve wracking, to be asked to speak about what I’m doing with design storytelling and particularly with Creative Data.

I was especially pleased to be speaking at a mainstream London Design Festival event such as Design Junction, rather than a sustainability side show. I think it’s good news that curators like Aidan are programming a diverse range of speakers that use environmental design at the core of their work.

I was on stage alongside the NYC design firm UHURU who make beautiful furniture and interiors from sustainably sources materials. I think our different approaches contrasted nicely on the common theme of social and environmental awareness.

‘Why is Science Beautiful?’ workshop for the Met Office & British Library

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Lucy Rose and I, in the guise of our Creative Data partnership, had great fun designing and hosting the ‘Why Is Science Beautiful?’ workshop at the British Library this week. We created the event for the Met Office in the context of the ‘Beautiful Science’ exhibition, currently on show in the library.

This experimental one-day workshop on Monday 12th May was co-hosted by the British Library, the Met Office and Creative Data. The event invited attendees (15 Met Office scientists and 15 selected creatives) to take an exploratory journey into the creative potential of data and scientific practice.

Here’s the Storify of the event, which collates all the social media captures of the day.

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Good For Nothing – Occupy Blue Monday – Pop Up Festival

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There’s nothing better on a grey and miserable february weekend than to get together with a whole bunch of brilliantly energetic people and tackle an inspiring creative brief. This was my third GFN event and it was as exhilarating as ever. This time I chose to work on the Pop Up Festival of Stories. Collaborating with so many brilliant minds is exciting, but also it’s amazing how much you learn about running your own business while working on someone else’s. As a team we designed a fantastic array of new strategy tools and products for Pop Up. Hopefully these will help them fund their event in July 2012 and future engagement projects.

A little film about Occupy Blue Monday

Joining in the first Good for Nothing event in London.

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A new kind of freestyle creative collaborative event has been born under the title Good for Nothing. Due to the initiative, gumption and blagging skills of Tom Farrand, Tom Rowley and Dan Burgess (aka The Pipeline Project) GFN brought together an amazing bunch of creatives one weekend in chilly December to help develop communication, design and branding strategies for three amazing non-profits. I was delighted to work on the Global Generation brief: working with young people and businesses to create urban gardens. It was, all in all, an amazing, intense and very rewarding experience. I’m look forward to doing some more Good For Nothing sometime soon.

Designing Bioregional’s stand for the Start Garden Party

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We were delighted by the outcome of our exhibition design for Bioregional at Prince Charles’ Garden Party to Make A Difference in the palace gardens of London. It was a rather magnificent event and we were excited by the brief of helping to visualise the 10 principles of One Planet Living – here are the photos from the amazing installation on Flickr.