"Anstey Design and Technical teams are constantly looking for new ideas and techniques for our wallpapers. Every year we research the latest trends and colours at the London and Paris shows in order to develop cutting edge new products to present to our client base.
We have a specialist Technical Development Department which explores and combines novel inks, substrates, techniques and technology in order to constantly develop new and innovative products from our wide range of processes."
(Anstey Wallpaper Company Ltd.)
"BIAD's Research Summer School is now in its third year, and has established itself as a popular annual event that introduces researchers to current trends and issues in research.
This year's programme will feature the latest developments in research practice and consider how they apply to research in art and design. It will cover new approaches, such as digital and video research, and issues of current interest around publishing, the Research Excellence Framework, and the impact of art and design research beyond academia–including how research operates in the real world.
There will be plenty of opportunity to debate, both with the speakers and with colleagues and fellow researchers, and the programme will include opportunities for networking."
(Birmingham Institute of Art and Design, 2012 Summer School)
"whilst the application of design is multiplying exponentially, it is also loosing its validity as an authentic cultural icon. It has become synonymous with cloning the face of global culture itself, more often representing the uniformity of mass globalisation, rather than reflecting the facets of cultural difference and diversity.
The cultural attributes of difference and diversity have been fundamentally weakened, and like face that has undergone cosmetic surgery, the result is a facsimile vaguely familiar but disturbingly without a true sense of identity. It is everyone's and no one's, and belongs in no single place more than another. ...
Design has become omnipresent within Culture, as it has been adopted as a convenient badge to add value and market commodity, and to signify identity. Following Designer era of 1980's, the added value of design was replaced by design as cultural value, embodied in leading Brands of the 1990's. ...
in the 21st Century the task of capturing Culture has become more and more difficult in terms of expressing culture through the medium of design. Design increasingly struggles for a clear sense of definition, and one is left asking, what can Culture really mean today, if it is no longer tied to consumer lifestyle? We remain in a post–contemporary state where we require a redefinition of meaning, value and identity. ...
The uncertainty of a designed fusion Culture has replaced the certainty of traditional cultural monoculture. Which in turn has been diluted by an obsession with 'cultural materialism'. What remains of the original cultural sources are being plundered in order to restock our lack of creative DNA. The net result is an erosion of the remaining authentic sources, but also the creation of a 'cultural time lag' which has been generated by a convergence of trans–cultural fusions, hybridisation, and of recurrent cultural cross referencing."
(David Carlson on 21 Mar 21 2011, David Report)
Fig.1 paper sculptures made by Jennifer Collier [http://jennifercollier.co.uk/].
"Lofidelica is a personal blog that I've been running since 2005, initially via blogspot and later migrated to tumblr. In the beginnings, I used the blog to post weekly playlists, reviews and posts related to my radio shows at Kanal 103 in Skopje, Macedonia. Thus, you're likely to stumble across some playlists in the archives of this blog (10/2009–10/2010). The radio show stopped running in 2010 after I moved to the UK.
Today, I use the blog to assemble my writing and projects across different platforms, as an online portfolio. Besides music, I also blog and reblog anything that interests me in culture, design, semiotics, trends, insight, advertising, research etc."