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Kate Andrews

London, United Kingdom

Designer (Graphic Design)

Member since June 13, 2007

  • The Future of Visual Communication

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design


    To begin the group blog, I thought I would start by sharing some key resources and projects. The following list defines a selection of online portfolios and projects, that I feel everyone interested in Socially Conscious Visual Communication should definately experience.

    Socially Concious & Environmentally friendly designers/studios:

    Social Design Projects:

    Obviously, there are many more for this list.

  • Group Welcome

    Communication, Communication Design

    Welcome All,

    I hope this group can become valuable for all. Please join the group and feel free to share resources, events and news you hear of, and perhaps we can promote this future leading topic.

    By Kate Andrews

  • be+cause

    Environment, Fashion Design


    be+cause, is a socially conscious clothing line of women’s and men’s tops and accessories. The line officially started in 2005, by its founders, Erin Potts & Deyden Tethong, who have worked with social causes and a roster of talented artists and designers for more than a decade.

    be+cause really tells the story of Erin and Deyden: two young activists concerned about the world, but who rejected its never-have-fun lifestyle. Their insistence that you can do good while having a good time took them on an unbelievable journey that included working with the Beastie Boys and dozens of other musicians, co-founding the Tibetan Freedom Concerts, working with fashion icons like Marc Jacobs, Triple 5 Soul, and Built by Wendy, and finally making their own label. When asked why they set out to do all of this, they respond with a single word: because.

  • Difficult Content

    Communication, Communication Design


    What a wonderful collection of daring questions.

    Who Knew is an information design network devoted to 'difficult content' - ideas and issues that are commonly misunderstood and censored. Every 3 months, students graphically communicate texts considered complex, confusing and/or controversial - things that make us go, "Who knew?" Who Knew studies the interpretive power of graphics and typography in the access, efficiency and transparency of information.

  • 9Volt Battery LED Lamp

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design


    Richart Lawson’s in-demand 9Volt Battery LED Lamp has finally gone into mass production, and is available for purchase. This cleverly cute little Battery Lamp works by simply popping the tiny lamp on any 9-volt you have lying around the house. If you want the clever little lamp, you can simply purchase it at!

    Via Inhabitat - Thanks Evelyn.

  • Environmentally-Friendly Light Source

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Artist Stephen Hurrel and scientist Bob Farrell are developing an environmentally-friendly light source. Using flexible solar cells to power LEDs, they aim to generate light, which is then transmitted through dramatic panels made of recycled plastics and glass.

    Our panels could become the building blocks with which architects and others create a new generation of stunning but environmentally-friendly light installations.

    One of the first applications is expected to be a 'lamp' that would stand on a windowsill soaking up sunlight by day, powering the LEDs, and emit its own light at night. A state-of-the-art design aimed at the high end of the market, the lamp would be intended to make a striking eco-statement. Furthermore, because the panels are flexible - and obviously require no mains power - it is hoped they will be of interest to architects and designers looking for an eye-catching, cutting-edge but practical way of lighting public places and spaces.

    As development work continues to create a prototype, Stephen says: We are working to determine a formula that will result in the necessary scale, form and light quality. Once we have this confirmed, the possibilities are endless. As well as panels, our work could take the form of tubes or circles, for example, making the ideal building block for architects and others. In fact, we think it could offer an important new marker in the search for environmentally-friendly energy solutions.

    The project is supported by NESTA. See ...

  • Promoting sustainable timber for WWF

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Contemporary design work by Frameworks:

    At the World Timber Federation addressed by Prince Charles, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) wanted to promote awareness of timber products produced by sustainable forestry. Frameworks created an installation of a forest of identical planks four metres high, making the point through economical messaging that there is no visible difference between sustainable and unsustainable timber.

    A clean design with a clear intention.

  • Social Layers

    Communication, Communication Design


    Looking beyond the spelling errors, I was happy to stumble on this Social Design' site today. Social Design' is an art project covering the creative arenas of art, design and architecture. With a mapping styled aesthetic and focused projects, the site illustrates the limitless opportunities awaiting visual designers to use their skills within the world-changing arena that is Social Design.

    Social Design' examines the character and possibilities of the physical space, and through this also what meanings this space holds in relation to social constructions in society. Space is a hybrid of both architectonic and social dimensions, and out behaviours are thus determind by the spaces we occupt and the values we ascribe to it. Jesper N. Joergensen

  • The 11th Hour

    Environment, Communication Design


    Here is an exciting project I am awaiting; The 11th Hour is a documentary film produced and narrated by Leonardo DiCaprio and distributed by Warner Brothers. It features an interview with Bruce Mau as well as over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the state of the world and the state of humanity.

    It premiered as a special screening at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, and is planned for public release this fall.

  • Ideas Imagining the Future

    Community, Communication Design


    With thanks to Jim Shedden (Toronto, ON), who spoke of two fairly recent on-line essays from Bruce Mau. The first link took me very happily to Science plus Art to Change the World presented on CBC's Radio project This I Believe and the second to Ideas Imagining the Future from Walrus Magazine.

    Together, they neatly summarize Bruce's position on optimism, humanism and "design", in the sense that it's delineated in Massive Change. - Jim Shedden

    Do take a look at This I Believe, and spend some time reading the articles as there are some really interesting reads there for all of us. Other than Bruce's article, do read Maria Vamvalis' Children of Our Future.

“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