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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007


  • INDIGO: International Indigenous Design Network

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    The INDIGO: International Indigenous Design Network is a research initiative, which explores the role of indigenous visual culture within contemporary society and looks at its relationship to National identity.

    The issues and pressures facing indigenous cultures around the globe are similar. INDIGO's aim is to encourage and promote constructive exchange between the worlds’ indigenous communities. The objective is to help to elevate the profile of indigenous design by encouraging contemporary interpretation of traditional techniques and themes.

    A great collection of inspiring projects.

  • Public Service Thank You

    Community, Communication Design

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    In August 2007, ThinkPublic launched Public Service Thank You, a small movement to encourage appreciation and thanks to all the people doing great work in public service roles.

    ThinkPublic explain that the website and thank you cards "provide you with a way to say thank you to all the people doing amazing jobs, who sometimes we forget to thank. Great concept, definately worth bookmarking this one!

  • The Real Work Experience

    Community, Communication Design

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    Communication designers and its graduates, certainly have the creative ability to make significant change to society and public service, and yet I question why this is not sold to designers as a credible route to take post Graduation.

    Pitching the fact that only 23.2% of design graduates will find jobs in the creative industry itself, London based [public sector] design agency ThinkPublic, introduce The Real Work Experience.

    The real work experience aims to open design graduates' eyes to the opportunities of using their skills beyond the usual design roles and the possibility of working in the public sector. Concurrently, the programme aims to educate public sector bodies on the skills and value designers can bring to their organisations.

    This is one of the most inspiring and much awaited initiatives I have seen for a long time. The situation so many design graduates find themselves in is frightening, and yet there are so many possible avenues to vehicle our talents toward.

  • China Design Now

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Next month, the eagerly awaited exhibition China Design Now will open at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The microsite for the showcase is live, and offers an initial insight into what the expect.

    China Design Now explores China’s dreams and hopes over the last two decades, from individual designers to the nation as a whole. (V&A, 2008)

    The exhibition will be split into three unique sections:

    The V&A curators explain: This exhibition will take you on a journey along China’s coastal cities to experience the country’s creative landscape. The journey starts in the far south, where graphic designers in Shenzhen began to explore new directions in the early 1990s. Next we move up to Shanghai. Here consumerism and urban culture have combined to produce astonishing fashion and lifestyles. Finally, we travel to Beijing, where monumental architecture for the Olympic Games is transforming this ancient capital’s skyline.

    China Design Now will be open from 15 March - 13 July 2008.

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  • Free Love in the Park

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Reminded today of this beautiful work by Paula Scher and Lenny Naar [Pentagram]. Entitled Free Love in the Park this poster was designed for the 2007 New York Shakespeare Festival.

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    You were born in New Jersey. You’ve been there. You’ve never been there. You know it from movies. TV. Songs. Newspapers. You’ve Googled it. YouTubed it. Wikipediaed it. Flickred it. You’ve never even heard of it. So ask yourself: is it possible to make a photograph of New Jersey regardless of where you are in the world?.

    The Pierro Gallery and iheartphotograph.com invite photographers, designers, and artists of all kinds to participate in this global open call for work.

    A creative initiative, that certainly made me think twice about collaborative creativity this afternoon.

  • Designers into Schools Week [DiSW]

    Education, Communication Design

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    During 2002-2004, The UK Design Council initiative Designers into Schools, placed professional designers in secondary school Design & Technology classes across the UK. The initiative successfully matched 327 designers from across the range of creative disciplines with English secondary schools.

    Although, the Design Council has now suspended the administration of the initiative, (having fulfilled its initial brief to run for three successive years), the DiSW website and information is certainly inspiring.

    Linking the creative industry with education should, in my opinion, practice more initiatives like this. Nevertheless, this is yet another inspiring project from the UK Design Council!

  • When Everyone Becomes a ‘Designer’.

    Education, Communication Design

    I read and research everything I can and will continue to do so, but I question whether this will be enough to survive against a rising force.

    Deep down I know that the core principals I learn will provide sustenance and sustainability, but for every one of them that fails, a hundred will replace them. Will they overwhelm us? And if so, how will design, and our roles, be affected when everyone becomes a ‘designer’?

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  • Broken Link

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    On vacant urban walls, white posters await advertisements. The guys at Wooster Collective recently spotted this conceptual design, which cleverly co-opts the space by sticking on it, a "broken link" icon.

  • NewsMap

    Communication, Communication Design

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    NewsMap is a fantastic application that visually reflects the constantly changing landscape of the Google News news aggregator. Intelligently highlighting the headline stories, this is a must see for typographers and designers alike.

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

Contact Kate Andrews
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My Interests

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