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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.



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 Monday 4 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!


James Dyson Award

Designed something that solves a problem? Enter the James Dyson Award for a chance to …

Designed something that solves a problem? Enter the James Dyson Award for a chance to win £30,000.

Time is running out to enter the James Dyson Award with just three weeks left. The award is open to current and recent design and engineering university students as part of the James Dyson Foundation's mission to celebrate and inspire the next generation of engineers.

Now is the time to upload your project to be in with a chance of securing the top prize. Remember, you must click submit in order to enter your project - drafts will not be considered.

To find out more information or to enter the Award visit Entries close on 7 August.


Architecture Centre seeks an exhibition designer

The Architecture Centre is seeking a designer to work with on the design and delivery a new …

The Architecture Centre is seeking a designer to work with on the design and delivery a new exhibition on the art of Bridge design. Funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering the exhibition will form the anchor of the Architecture Centre’s celebration of the 150 anniversary of the opening of Brunel’s world famous Clifton Suspension Bridge. The exhibition will be occupy the Architecture Centre’s Harbourside gallery for six weeks from October until mid-November 2014, before touring to at least 3 national venues in 2015.

If you are interested in discussing this opportunity with us, please send a short expression of interest on no more than one side of A4. The expression of interest should set out your knowledge of the Architecture Centre, your interest in this project, and include links to examples of your work.

A shortlist of 4-6 designers will then be sent a more detailed brief and budget details, and will be invited for an interview in Bristol.

Please send queries or completed expressions of interest to, including in the subject field – Bridge 150 Designer.

The deadline for expressions of interest is Monday 21 July.

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.

Business Development Executive, Salary – £20-25K per annum, plus commission
We are looking for a Business Development Executive with presence, intellect and enthusiasm to identify, approach and grow business within our portfolio. Reporting to the Business Development Director, your role will include all functions relating to new business and the delivery of targeted new business opportunities. In addition you will maintain and develop our ongoing marketing strategy that includes newsletters, web updates, building case studies, PR and social media.

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, ensuring you list your name, followed by the position you are applying for, in the subject line.


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