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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!

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ARTCRANK Bristol

ARTCRANK Bristol

The West of England Design Forum is thrilled to be partners on ARTCRANK BRS 2014.  ARTCRANK …

The West of England Design Forum is thrilled to be partners on ARTCRANK BRS 2014. 

ARTCRANK BRS 2014 will feature hand-made, bike-inspired posters created by UK artists. Limited edition, signed and numbered copies of all posters will be available for £35 each. Admission is free.


Call for Artists + Designers

We’re still in the process of selecting a venue and picking a date. But a poster show needs poster artists, so we’re starting there!

We are now accepting artist submissions for our 2014 show. Please note that we have a strict locals-only policy, and will only consider artists and designers who live and work in the greater Bristol area.

To be considered for the show, send three digital samples of previous art and design work (URLs, JPGs, PDFs, etc.) to us via email.

While we definitely look for experience with screen-printing, letterpress and other craft printing techniques, your samples do not need to be posters and/or bike-related — just work that shows your skills and style.

Please do not submit proposed/spec poster designs — only artists and designers who are selected for the show will be asked to create new work. We’ll share specific guidelines for the show with all prospective artists who submit work for consideration.

The Call For Artists + Designers closes on Saturday 9 August  — submit your samples today!

Please check back for updates, and follow ARTCRANK on TwitterFacebook and Instagram for the latest news. And if you’d like to see photos and videos from previous events, connect with us on Flickr and Vimeo as well. See you soon!

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The Power of Design

To design (verb) is to create or to devise. It is a process and a way of thinking. A design (noun) has form and function; it is the result of the process of designing. As a people-centred, problem-solving process, design is a strategic tool, and a way to address challenges facing both public and private organisations. 

Proctor + Stevenson are hiring!

Proctor + Stevenson are hiring!

Award winning integrated agency, Proctor + Stevenson are currently recruiting for an Account …

Award winning integrated agency, Proctor + Stevenson are currently recruiting for an Account Director, a Web QA Tester, a Business Development Exec and a part-time HR Manager.

Our internship programme, for both design and motion graphics graduates, also remains open for applications for 2014.

Based in Central Bristol, our offices are populated by a team of bright, creative and lively designers, developers and account handlers who are passionate about the web and embracing all of its latest technologies.

Web QA Tester, Salary – £20-25K per annum
We are recruiting for a Web QA Tester, with 2-4 years experience, to work on a variety of internet, intranet and multimedia projects. You will be responsible for all pre-launch website testing and Quality Assurance on sites that have been updated for maintenance. The QA Tester will be required to work on projects in a collaborative distributed environment with designers, developers, creative directors, and client project/account managers.

Part time HR Manager, Fixed Term Contract, Salary – £20-25K per annum
We are looking for a positive and motivated HR Manager to cover a fixed term contract, beginning in July 2014, up to September 2015.  Reporting to the Managing Director and Company secretary, your role will include all functions relating to recruitment, team relations and management. The role will require approximately 30 hours per week in the office, which may be split across 4 days or 5, to suit the right candidate.

If you believe you have what it takes to deliver the world-class service our clients demand of us, please send your CV and brief covering note to recruitment@proctors.co.uk, ensuring you list your name, followed by the position you are applying for, in the subject line.

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Making the City Playable Conference // 10-11 September 2014 // Bristol

Featuring Google Creative Lab's Tom Uglow, architect Usman Haque, artist Luke Jerram and Ogilvy's …

Featuring Google Creative Lab's Tom Uglow, architect Usman Haque, artist Luke Jerram and Ogilvy's Tara Austin, this two-day international conference will explore the theme of the 'Playable City', asking what it might mean for citizens, urban planners, tech giants, small companies, artists and designers in imagining and making the cities of the future.

Playable City is a people-centred counterpoint to the notion of the Smart City, challenging public narratives around technology-driven cities which often feature a fear of isolation, or the extinction of community and conversation.  

On 10 and 11 September, we will be bringing together a brilliant group of thinkers, makers, planners and civil disobedients to look at cities as playable places and ask the question: how do we make and unmake our future cities? 

Convened by the Watershed, Festival of Ideas and UWE Bristol's Digital Cultures Research Centre (DCRC), the conference will feature playful interventions, networking, debate and discussion, artist commissions and a cross-disciplinary academic strand.

As part of the conference we will unveil Shadowing by Jonathan Chomko and Matthew Rosier, the winning project of the 2014 Playable City Award. This brand-new artwork will give memory to Bristol's city street lights, enabling them to record and play back the shadows of those who pass underneath, inviting interaction between those who share a space.

For more information on the conference programme and speakers, visit Making the City Playable Conference.

20% off Vision tickets until 31 July

The deadline for the 20% early bird discount on Vision tickets is looming - available only until …

The deadline for the 20% early bird discount on Vision tickets is looming - available only until midnight on Thursday 31 July.

There's something for everyone at this year's Vision with an enviable line up of inspiring speakers from Google, Havas Media, Dyson, Contagious, R/GA and Zenith Optimedia, plus keynotes from Mark Borkowski, Alex Hunter and Ajit Jaokar.

Latest speakers include Natalie Horne who will be talking about 'Applying Behavioural Science to the Creative Process' and Georgia Malden of Contagious on 'Teaching New Technology Old Tricks'.

Don't miss out! Secure your 20% early bird discount today and look forward to two days of creative freedom.

Book now.