Immersive were approached by Foster and Partners to design an installation that deserved to represent the new Comcast Technology Centre. We had to create an installation that was refined yet strong enough to sit next to the work of Jenny Holtzer and Conrad Shawcross, with the added element of being an experiential installation that must actively excite and engage the people of Philadelphia in a unique and future-proof manner.
Future Lions winners’ quest for impact
Global student contest reveals generational focus on societal contribution
AKQA Future Lions, now in its 14th year, is the official student ideas competition for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. The 2019 competition encourages students to break through perceived limits, connecting brands with audiences in new ways. This year’s contest attracted over 1,000 entries from a record 444 schools, across 71 nations.
Despite the socially neutral brief entries from all over the world have consistently revealed a growing emphasis on ideas themed around societal progress, contribution and positive impact.
AKQA founder and CEO Ajaz Ahmed said: “The inspiration and motivations of the entrants demonstrate today’s youth is potentially the most powerful, but under-utilised, resource on Earth.”
This year winners are
Apple - Epilepsy Watch Out
Apple Watch is used to detect a seizure, and Siri then provides step-by-step instructions to guide bystanders - who may otherwise feel powerless or afraid - to assist the patient, thus showing the potential for wearable technology to help both the wearer and those around them.
Team: Arendse Rohland, Sarah Peen Andersen
School: Miami Ad School, Hamburg
Vodafone - UR Voice
A necklace device uses AI to recreate the voice of a patient that has lost their natural voice, and syncs this with the patient’s mouth movements and gestures, to recreate the patient’s full range of vocal expression and emotion.
Team: Amanda Sanromã, Gabriel Gonçalves, Lucas Y Justino, Matheus Valery
School: University Centre of Fine Arts, São Paulo
McDonald’s - Mcfive
Light-based disinfection technology is integrated into McDonald’s touch-screen service points, and customers are prompted to high-five the screen after ordering, which sterilises their hands before eating, in a simple and fun way.
Team: Da Hye Lee, Dong Hwi Jung, Lin Heo, Se Hun Oh, Seung Yeon Lee
School: Hongik University, Seoul
Miami Ad School is named Future Lions 2019 School of the Year, having provided the most shortlisted finalists, including Epilepsy Watch Out.
The three winning teams plus Miami Ad School were each awarded a Future Lions 2019 trophy, live on stage in the Debussy Theatre at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, on Tuesday 18th June. The creative community VSCO and emerging-technology magazine WIRED are the official partners for Future Lions 2019, and the award ceremony was hosted by VSCO chief marketing officer Tesa Aragones and AKQA managing partner Sam Kelly.
Last week it was a special moment for Polish design scene. To celebrate the heritage of Polish graphic design - The Capital City of Warsaw, European Design Awards, Element Talks and Polish Graphic Design Awards organised a number of creative events, where Designcollector was hearty invited and participated
123 Polish posters you don’t want to miss
Association of Polish Graphic Designers (@stgupl) invited guests to the European Design Festival 2019 Opening. The event took place in the building of the Poster Museum at Wilanów. Altogether it consisted of a ceremonial inauguration of the festival, a preview of the exhibition "123 Polish posters you don’t want miss"and afterparty in a beautiful garden belonging to the museum.
The exhibition running through June 31, aims to present 123 posters that have significantly influenced the development of visual communication in Poland and the world.
Element Talks 2019
Designcollector was honoured to be invited by European Design Festival and Adam Mickiewicz Institute to Element Talks conference that took a part in renovated Print House on outskirt of Warsaw.
Element Talks is the biggest conference for graphic designers in Poland which touches upon practical aspects of working in the creative sector. The watchword of this year’s edition is PORTFOLIO IS DEAD. The organisers want to ponder upon the portfolio and whether it still is a designer’s showcase. And we had a plenty chances to watch young attendees leaving no chance for speakers to escape without a decent amount of questions and answers. Designcollector also shared with the youngsters how we organised first ever Behance Portfolio Reviews, our own events at Digital Decade and shared the view on how to be prepared for a harsh reality of commercial world.
Exhibitions of Polish Artists
Apart from a huge Pride happening in Warsaw these days we had a chance to visit a number of Exhibitions organised by European Design Festival and Polish partners.
Karol Śliwka Retrospective
One of it was the largest monographic exhibition on Karol Śliwka, an outstanding graphic designer, the creator of over 400 logos that have been a part of Polish everyday life for the past sixty years, shaping the iconosphere of the public space. Sliwka was definitely an influencer for late Soviet graphic artists as we shared a similar part of history that times.
Graduation Show 2019
The exhibition we visited next presented 30 MA and BA projects by graduates of design studies from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary.
NACISK Festival of Art
Our favourite part of exhibitions roll (btw they were situated in Palace of Culture, infamous Soviet-era Moscow-like building) was a visit to NACISK Festival (@NACISK_fest) where we met our favourite illustrators Patryk Hardziej, Bartosz Kosowski and our new friend Ewelina Dymek
European Design Awards Ceremony
The latest point of our Warsaw visit was the Gala event at Nowy Teatr for announcing European Design Awards winners. Designcollector was invited to join Dionne van Dijk on scene to name the winner of Digital Category where Designcollector took a part as jury since 2013.
Warm evening ended with awarding more than 100 winners in each category including Gran Prise went to Russian award-winning agency Voskhod.
A characteristic feature of the EDA competition is the fact that it encompasses diverse areas of design: from prints, through branding, to webdesign. The jury is comprised of representatives of design media (editors, publishers and journalists) from all over the Europe which ensures objective and unbiased project selection.
Don’t miss your chance to enter European Design Awards 2020!
Ev Kozak is a Polish born, London based fashion illustrator who creates digital drawings on an iPad. Her artwork is a dialog between the old and the new - staying true to traditional forms of illustration and contextualising it within today’s world of technology. Ev’s illustrations oscillate between elongated, Giacometti-like silhouettes straight from the runway, as well as more abstract, minimal sketches often centered around one single line.
One of the latest Ev’s work was featured in Vogue as a part of New Cover challenge when artists from all over the world reimagine the portrait in their own styles.
“In an armour of scars, I fight the illusion of my fears. I’m a warrior.”
Warrior with a Crown is the first work co-directed by model Francesco Cuizza (Storm Management) and LA-based photographer and filmmaker JMP (Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert, XXXTentacion), in collaboration with jewellery designer Ugo Cacciatori.
Warrior with a Crown takes the viewer on the journey of becoming aware that fear and failure are but manmade illusions. The short film addresses how our need to conquer is just a fight with ourselves, with the journey itself becoming the real conquest.
Shot in Malibu (California) on the beach in the eerie early hours of the day, the film employs movement and an original choreography to unfold its narrative. As viewers we are presented with two different types of failures. The first brings a man to his knees, overwhelmed by his lack of experience and knowledge. But the second time failure does not fell the man; he has learnt from his mistakes and is able to stand once again, aware that he has become a warrior capable of withstanding the challenges of life.
OUTLINED is a design studio based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Passionate about typography and high quality prints they aim to combine those in timeless pieces of graphic art.
Signed & numbered limited edition giclée prints are available at various sizes with handmade frames at
Mr. and Mrs. Quan are celebrating their 50th Anniversary. We take a look into their past from early 1960’s and follow their marriage through seasons of struggles and joy.
Director: Stephen Bullen
Assistant director: Xuejing Xu
Abstracters Anonymous by Daniela Olejnikov is a project, series of posters based on trashy glitch art aesthetics, visual poetry, pop fiction movies. It deals with the themes of online anonymity, crime, abuse, secret cults, corporate terrorist groups and their hidden techniques of modern cybernetic psycho-terror methods within the bases of present psychological warfare.