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May 23, 2007

Richard Florida

The Rise of Design

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Design festivals are not only popping up, but growing fast, all over the world. Jude Stewart writes in Business Week about festivals from London to Belgrade and their effect on business, the design industry and community: 

Full Article: All the World's a Fair, "Are design fairs really effective in drumming up business, boosting education, and promoting awareness of tomorrow's next design capitals?"

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Two favorite excerpts:

Everyone, into the kitchen
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John Lippinkhof, general manager of Design Platform Eindhoven, organizers of Dutch Design Week every October. "It's not a commercial event. We ask designers to think about the design process... [and] the public gets invited into the kitchen." This self-organized event grew from a designers-only klatch 10 years ago to a weeklong public event in 2003, to 50,000 mostly Dutch participants in 2006, split equally among designers, the public, and industry groups like manufacturers and distributors.

 

Design = Hope in Belgrade?

By starting (and self-funding) a design fair, these designers hope to motivate manufacturers, expose young designers to design greats, promote design to policy wonks as an economic driver to develop consumers, elevate designers' incomes, and establish Serbia as a regional hub for graphic arts. It's exhilarating to think a design fair could push forward such an agenda.

"After Design Week, [manufacturers and printers realized] that design was... something to help their businesses," Vidakovic notes. "Before, there was no sense that hiring someone creative should have value."

"We've lived in isolation for so many years," Vidakovic continues. "Young people who are now 20, 22, the best years when you put on a backpack and travel—they've never left the country. It's probably hard to understand from New York, where everything's happening in front of you, [but] every single professional they can see in the flesh, talk to, get contact information from, start internships—it's heartbreaking. It's a matter of life or death for these kids."


London Design Festival

Belgrade Design Week

In addition to design festivals, we're seeing more and more design New_texico_logocompetitions. Through our work with the City of El Paso, TX we've been proud to support the El Paso-Ciudad Juarez Binational Arts & Cultural District Design Competition. Projects like this open doors for building on, investing in and engaging with the best and most authentic parts of place.

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LA SHORTS FEST

LA SHORTS FEST

CALL FOR ENTRIES

CREATIVE COMMERCIALS
Deadline: JULY 1, 2007 entry fee: $275
Submit online at www.lashortsfest.com
323-461-4400

The 11th annual Los Angeles International Short Film Festival is proud to announce the return of our creative commercial competition. Last years commercial competition was a big success- in all 53 of the finest commercials from top ad agencies around the world screened at the 2006 Festival. ADWEEK sponsored a panel discussion moderated by ADWEEK’S creative editor Eleftheria Parpis that included creative directors, commercial directors and producers discussing the possibilities and pitfalls found in advertising today. The winner of the competition was “Love Story” submitted by ad agency: The Furnace / Client: Herringbone.

The deadline for entry is July 1, 2007. Entry fee is $275 and the entry form and submission guidelines are available online at www.lashortsfest.com

“Commercials are short films in their own right and should be looked upon not only as a selling mechanism, but as works of art and be recognized and awarded as such!” –Robert Arentz, Executive Director, LA Shorts Fest

About Us
LA Shorts Fest is the largest short film festival in the world. The Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Festival winners in the primary categories are eligible for Academy nomination. The festival boasts an outstanding past record of 25 Academy Award-nominated films, including the last 8 Oscar winners. Through a variety of yearlong activities, LA Shorts Fest educates, entertains and honors those who have mastered the craft. The Festival has honored some of Hollywood’s legends of the past: Charles Chaplin, Harold Lloyd, and Robert Wise; along with actors Martin Landau, James Woods, Gary Oldman and directors Jan de Bont, Tim Burton, Bryan Singer and Paul Haggis. The Festival annually attracts more than 10,000 moviegoers, filmmakers and entertainment executives looking for the hottest new talent as well as brand name sponsors looking to connect with the trendsetters in Hollywood.

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