Thursday was the final full day of Design Week Vancouver at Canada Place. The topics of discussion ranged from The Cultural Value of Art in Design to Global Design Procurement… so a bit of everything. Eyjafjallajokull (the volcano in Iceland) caused David Lancashire to send his presentation over the internet. The conference officially closed last night but there are still special events going on around the city. Today’s main one is an Education Roundtable (1 to 5) and Grad show preview (6 to 9) at Emily Carr.
Many more sketches and photos to see!
The amazing, time consuming, ornate and beautiful work of Marian Bentjes blew everyone away. She is based just off Vancouver, on Bowen, but makes images and content for clients worldwide.
Rod Roodenburg, of Ion Design and one of the Design Currency 2010 Co-Chairs had a question for Marian.
After a coffee break, Ian Grais, whose firm Rethink Communications (of Vancouver fame) did the branding for Design Week, spoke of how we, as designers need to use “stratecution” in the creation of ideas and content. Picture are some of the older media formats he is still attempting to retrieve images and sound from, to his kids bewilderment.
A local Vancouver designer, Tetsuya Shiba, brought a paper trimmer for his plethora of notes.
Frank Chimero from just down the road (Portland, OR) was on just before the lunch break and keep minds active with his Rules of Engagement talk.
A magazine and design lovers favorite, International Designers Network magazine was showing its stuff.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design also had a presence and supplied a good number of the hard-working volunteers.
Current is “an academic journal intent on demystifying the design process. As an established centre for research and innovation.” published by Emily Carr University.
Ali Gardiner and Ben Hulse were a part of the team that worked for years putting together all the visual communications and branding for this past Vancouver Olympics. An amazingly massive job of approvals, co-ordination and creativity.
The Global Design Procurement panel discussion had Blair Enns (who moderated), John Gleanson, Debbie Millman and Ali Gardiner talking about “money” and how it is very difficult to purchase design that will be right for the project.
Due to the volcano in Iceland, David Lancashire, presented his thoughts and work with Australia’s indigenous culture through the magic of the digital world.
Debra Sparrow, of the Musqueam nation spoke of her experience and reconnection with her people’s design culture and past.
The last talk was by Dr. Tony Golbsy Smith of Australia and was about Design’s Higher Calling to change thinking so innovation can happen.
Dave Mason was the MC for the conference and did a super job with his quick wit and snappy jabs.
Another form of notes and comments can be found at Design Week’s twitter.