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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007


  • The Big Ask

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Scanning the digital pages of The Guardian Newspaper this weekend, I came across a recently launched campaign entitled The Big Ask... Are European Governments Doing Enough About Climate Change?

    The Big Ask unites Friends of the Earth groups across Europe in a call for governments to commit to binding annual targets for cutting emissions. Around Europe people are asking their politicians to take responsibility for tackling dangerous climate change.

    The launch of the campaign this week, involved endorsement from Radiohead's Thom Yorke.

  • Sustainability Posters

    Environment, Communication Design

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    "Sustainability Posters by Marian Bantjes, Christoph Niemann and Paula Scher, which were commissioned by Winterhouse last year for Stora Enso sustainability initiative, have been accepted into the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum."

    Via. Winterhouse.

  • [the lack of...] Sustainable Graphic Design

    Environment, Communication Design

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    "I wish I could report that it [graphic design] was doing its bit. Trouble is, tap "sustainable graphic design" into Google and you get a thousand suggested links. But, tap "Helvetica Movie" in, and guess what, you get fifteen thousand. So in cyberspace at least, that makes people 15 times as interested in a move about typeface than how to design responsibly. Great."

  • The Messenger/Receiver House

    Poverty, Communication Design

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    The Messenger/Receiver House is a project by design students Chris Knox, Colm Keller and Bastian Bischoff, studying on the Master Programme in Design at HDK (The School of Design and Crafts at Göteborg University in Sweden).

    Conceived to collect and analyse public opinion about homelessness, the graphic and product design students created this eye-catching public exhibit. As MocoLoco reported, the future of the M/R House project looks to involve "smaller versions to be decorated by homeless people and well known creatives to be auctioned off to raise funds for organizations that deal with homelessness."

    Via. DirtyMouse

  • WAR DESIGN for Sustainable Futures

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Beautifully crafted reports, designed for IAG, by Australian based War Design. A great portfolio of work worthy of a look too.

  • Hippo Roller by Project H Design

    Aid, Industrial Design

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    A simple, but ethically effective initiative was launched this week from Emily Pilloton's NPO Project H Design.

    'The Hippo Roller is a simple rolling barrel device that allows the millions whose livelihoods depend on the daily fetching of water to more easily access and transport their daily water supply. The roller holds 3-4 days worth of water for a family of 7 [approx 5 times that of traditional methods].'

    Read more about the project and get involved in sponsoring one yourself at Project H Design!! What a marvellous initiative!

    Founded by Emily Pilloton, Project H Design is 'a charitable organization that supports, inspires, and delivers life-improving humanitarian product design solutions to global communities in need. We champion industrial design as a tool to address social issues, a vehicle for global life improvement, and a catalyst for individual and community empowerment.'

  • Good 50x70 is back for 2008!

    Communication, Communication Design

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    GOOD 50x70 is back for 2008! Good 50×70, the initiative that ‘promotes awareness amongst the creative community of the power they have to be a force for good,’ is back for its second year.

    Entrants are asked to design posters (on as many briefs as they wish) and the best submissions will be selected by a jury of graphic design luminaries [listed below] and given to the supporting seven charities to use for global campaigns. For 2008, seven briefs fall under the themes of: Child Mortality, Global Warming, Human Rights Violation, Hunting, STDs, War Victims and Water Scarcity.

    This year the scope of the competition has widened to include more charities (Unicef, WWF, Amnesty, Amref, Emergency, Greenpeace and Lila) providing briefs and a bigger jury of leading designers including Timo Berry, Bulent Erkmen, Cao Fang, Yossi Lemel, Alain Le Quernec, Chaz Maviyane-Davies, Armando Milani, Woody Pirtle, Gunter Rambow, Liza Ramalho, Dan Reisinger, Leonardo Sonnoli, Massimo Vignelli and Lourdes Zolezzi. The competition is further endorsed by AGI, ICOGRADA, BEDA, ADI and AIAP.

    Social communications nowadays is moving in two directions that rarely meet: on one side there are the occasional work that an agency donates to its social clients, often mixing different aims; and on the other side, really creative and innovative communication which tries to get free itself from the agency/client logic. The very meaning of our contest is to shake the current state of things by creating works...

  • Participle

    Community, Communication Design

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    Design Strategist Hillary Cottam launches her new design venture, Participle, this coming April.

    In 2005, Hilary Cottam won the title of Designer of the Year. Since which, the London Design Museum continue to pitch her 'radical design rethinking of the UK's schools, prison system and health service and her work as director of the Design Council’s experimental RED team, to be championing a more inspiring and efficient approach to design in the public sector. Hilary is currently setting up her latest initiative, Participle - a new social venture to design the next generation of public services.

    "Participle is a unique hybrid: bringing together systemic policy thinking and new ideas with project methodology which enables us to harness the broader creativity and latent solutions visible on the ground to service users, front line workers and communities: we call this methodology Transformation Design.

    Participle creates future services with and for the public. Most attempts at innovation and service improvement start within existing institutions and ask how they can be reformed. We start from the individual, unlocking a unique set of insights and motivations, which we then apply to the broad systemic problems we are seeking to answer."

    Participle is being set up by four prestigious directors; Hilary Cottam (award winning social entrepreneur), Colin Burns (former MD of IDEO London), Charles Leadbeater (internationally renowned thinker and innovator) and Hugo Manass...

  • White House REDUX

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    What if the White House, the ultimate architectural symbol of political power, were to be designed today?

    To celebrate the election of the 44th President of the United States of America, Storefront for Art and Architecture, in association with Control Group, challenge you to Redesign the White House. The best ideas will be featured in a month-long exhibition at Storefront for Art and Architecture in July 2008. All three winners will be flown to New York to collect their prizes at the opening party.

  • One Step Back, Two Steps Forward

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    In 2006, a pilot of the collaborative projects possible through the INDIGO: International Indigenous Design Network [previous post] was demonstrated when Monash University (Australia) and the University of Hartford (United States) created MIX06.

    MIX06 was a cultural exchange project that explored the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous culture within the context of national identity. Workshops, research, and collaborative teamwork took place in both countries and included indigenous participation. The workshop results can be found under the title: One Step Back, Two Steps Forward, an Icograda endorsed website. Quite inspiring results!

    + MIX06

“The best way to predict the future is to design it.” - Buckminster Fuller

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My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design