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The West of England Design Forum was formed in 2006 by a bunch of passionate designers and people working in the industry who wanted to create a place for designers, and those interested in design, to come together, be inspired and promote design.

Eight years on this is still our aim. Together we will grow a dynamic, connected and thriving local design community. To be involved, get in touch!

Bristol consultancy launches ‘The New Frontiers of Wearable Technology’

BRISTOL, UK – Award winning Bristol-based innovation and design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort, …

BRISTOL, UK – Award winning Bristol-based innovation and design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort, launches a new exploration project into Wearable Technology.

Kinnier Dufort has a long history of developing wearable technologies for their clients, long before the term ‘wearables’ became associated with gadgetry and the fitness ‘must have’ toys of today.  With all the activity in this area in the last 18 months Kinneir Dufort have seen their clients becoming increasingly interested in understanding the impact and opportunities that wearables present for their business.  

Rather than taking a short term approach, Kinneir Dufort are looking beyond the existing applications, to explore and map out the ‘New Frontiers of Wearable Technology’. 

To do this they are combining their award winning in-house expertise in research, innovation, design and technology.  The journey starts with an exploration into future applications, benefits and needs for wearable technology at the intersection of emerging consumer needs, technology potential and business opportunities.

“Kinneir Dufort wants to understand and uncover what is emerging in the short, mid and long term, and how it may become part of our daily live.  Kinneir Dufort aims to forecast future benefits and scenarios for consumers and the businesses that provide them. We shall identify and bring to life these future scenarios that could range from meaningful healthcare application, to the use of multi-sensory technology to enhance our everyday experiences.” Peter Fullagar, Head of Innovation

“In all this excitement and enthusiasm it is easy to get caught up in the now; focusing on the technology and design rather than benefits. Kinneir Dufort will be taking a step back from the ‘hype’ to understand the wider perspective and forecast the new frontier, developing a broader, more holistic perspective”.  Matt Dobson, Consumer Technologies Business Manager 

Kinneir Dufort believes this is the start of this new frontier, delivering a genuine difference to enable, enhance and inform the way we live. They are excited to look ahead, thinking strategically about the category, to understand what potential opportunities they can predict.

Follow Kinneir Dufort's investigations into future applications, needs and real benefits in this fast growing tech category.

Mr B & Friends Behance Portfolio Review Night

Mr B & Friends Behance Portfolio Review Night

Calling all up and coming creatives! Mr B & Friends, supported by WEDF, are organising a …

Calling all up and coming creatives! Mr B & Friends, supported by WEDF, are organising a Portfolio Review evening, in collaboration with Behance, on Thursday 6th November between 6-9pm. This inspirational event is a great opportunity for creatives, students and graduates to gain advice and have their work reviewed by industry leaders.

Hear a short talk from Kate Gorringe, Design Director at Mr B & Friends about succeeding in a creative career. This will be followed by portfolio reviews by leading professionals (see below link for full details) and accompanied by drinks and nibbles. The evening is planned to be informal and designed to help you with the skills to climb the creative ladder. If you'd like to attend, please bring along a short selection of your work either digitally or printed to be reviewed.

The event is on 6th November at Mr B & Friends Studio, 5 Palace Yard Mews, BA1 2NH. It's free to attend and runs from 6pm-9pm. For more information please call Jake on 01225 424 600 or visit meetup.com/BehanceReviews/Bath-GB/1198552.

 
Ink dot’s Mandala project reveal

Ink dot’s Mandala project reveal

A couple of months ago, when the weather was a little warmer, Ink dot set up a project to make a …

A couple of months ago, when the weather was a little warmer, Ink dot set up a project to make a collaborative “Mandala”. The idea was to make one image created by 18 different artists. Each artist would contribute their piece without seeing what the other artists had done. A big version of ‘consequences’ if you like.

In the spirit of school holidays, long days stretching ahead with lots of time to doodle, 18 illustrators, designers and mark makers applied to submit an artwork for the project.Working in total secrecy, artists from Bristol, Ireland and Sweden submitted their creation for the Ink dot mandala (a vast circle, made up of interconnecting dashes, dots and rings).

It is now time for the grand reveal!

None of the artists have seen the final image yet, so come along and join them for the launch. Come and see how all of the designs come together to create a wonderful, crazy image, flavoured by 18 different approaches and styles.

Prints will be available to purchase and any print sale profits will go to Kids Company, who provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.

Ink dot’s Mandala project reveal
Friday 24 October, 6pm - 7.30pm
The Kitchen Cafe, The Station, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2AG

Gloucestershire company are looking for a junior designer

Gloucestershire company are looking for a junior designer

La Hacienda are looking for an in-house Junior Artworker. The job is permanent and full-time with a …

La Hacienda are looking for an in-house Junior Artworker. The job is permanent and full-time with a starting salary of £18,500.

La Hacienda discover, design and deliver award winning products for the home and garden. Our area of expertise is outdoor heating and our products are sold by leading retailers worldwide.

In celebration of our 25th birthday we have totally refreshed our brand image to look clear and fresh. We now have brand new packaging, a new website, exhibition stand, and social media pages.

We want to find a positive, proactive and creative art-worker, who will grow with us as we build our brand internationally.

Key responsibilities include artwork creation for:
Packaging layouts
Brochures
Advertising
Social media pages
And photo retouching

Required skills (technical):
Mac based
Experience using Adobe: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop
Desired attributes
Eye for graphic details and creative composition
Take ownership of tasks and follow them through to completion
Polish and scrutinise work for errors, subjecting it to the highest standards of quality

Working environment:
Working in a team lead by the Brand Manager, alongside the Graphic Designer and Social Media Strategist
Brand new office
Countryside location (Great views!)
At the company head office in Gloucestershire

Benefits:
On the job training
Variety of projects
Free Parking
Health cash plan scheme

We are offering a competitive package working in a fun and relaxed environment, this is a great opportunity to be part of a growing, successful business which is recognised as the leader in it's sector. Take this chance to join a company with real momentum. Apply now by emailing your CV, cover letter and PDF portfolio (Max 5mb) to Jamie Cox, Brand Manager.

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