Product and Furniture Design
Well, the lovely chaps and chapettes at Dezeen have taken it upon themselves to write a piece on Dot to Date. Check it out here!
I've just put the finishing touches to the new Stop motion animation of Dot to Date. Check it out below and buy it here!
Dot to Date probably saw more of the London Design festival than most as it was taken around by the bubbly Emma Elizabeth of the designvlog.com. See it being lovingly put to good use at aroud 2:45
No need to say anything more, just pop along to our store.
Chuffed to bits is a phrase that comes to mind. Dot to Date was chosen by the LDA to show at the Shanghai Expo.
All the bits and peices have arrived for the new, bigger batch of Dot to Date for Christmas this year.
By our calculations it should take us about 4,500 minutes to assemble all the packs. Better get started then...should probably finish that Christmas cake too.
In the Sixth annual Hidden Art Award, Dot to Date is up for two awards, one for product development and one for most successful e-shop product, which is amazing as it has only been on the market for 3 months. So thanks to everyone who has bought one.
Dot to Date has been such a great success, selling out completely. If you missed your chance this year, don't worry, we'll be printing up another batch ready for Christmas next year. I can't believe I'm think about Christmas next year when we still have half a Christmas cake to eat.
Steven (www.secondshot.co.uk) and Ting get bonus points for getting the Doodle Off off to a fantastic start with this fantasic Independance Day alien invasion scene.
There are still pleanty of cards left, so, if you'd like to take part click here to drop me an email. Remeber to include your name and address and we'll send the cards out within a day or two.
Today was the day that our 500th Dot to Date was ordered so we're giving ourselves a pat on the back and eating cake and tea. That sadly means we've sold out for the moment, but if you hurry you can still buy Dot to Date from one of our stockists. Check them out here.
How creative can you get with Dot to Date? If you'd like to take part in the Dot to Date Send Away click here for details
This new little indie bookshop on Exmouth Market is the newest retailer of Dot to Date. Head on over there to check out their wicked cool range of Books and cards. If you're visiting Clerkenwell Takes on market day have a wander round and grabsome cake or cheese or pastries too.
The bookshop at the Royal institute of British Architects is now also selling Dot to Date alongside the swathes of wonderful achitectural and design publications. They've got a cafe there to so you can sit down and dot each day to the next however you like and have a cookie. Perfect.
Fabrications, the ethically led, contemporary textile and design shop run by Barley Massey is now stocking Dot to Date. So take a trip down (or up) to Broadway market, grab a sandwhich in Bouche and check out her Aladin's cave of fantastic crafty things.
Concrete Hermit is now also selling Dot to Date. They produce books, T-shirts and prints in collaboration with artists, so you know where to go for something original. They've also got a gallery showcasing the work of artists whose work fits in and around and between the fields of illustration, graphic design and fine art.
Dot to Date has sold well over 100 units in it's first month. It's exciting news so we thought we'd tell everyone. Now where's that celebratory orange juice.
The wonderful art and design orientated bookshop, Magma is now selling Dot to Date just in time for Christmas. Head on over to their stores, packed full to the brim of books, magazines and other unique products to have a look for yourselves.
Once again Innocent required some original, quirky and fun Veg art for their Veg pots and we were only too happy to oblige.
Dot to Date is all packed up and ready for it's photoshoot, launch and first orders. Who wants one?
That's it. The last development meeting. Here is a teaser of Dot to Date
It's been a good few months of tweaking and organisation inbetween doing my other bits and pieces but in the last couple of weeks it's all been signed off and I've just been to Calverts to pick up the postcards, which look awesome. It's just a matter of waiting for the boxes to arrive, collating all the postcards and then it'll be all ready to go.
After quite a bit of experimentation we came up with a box design that could transform into a picture frame, so you could proudly display your Dot to Date creations on your desk or wall. The only problem was finding a manufacture who was willi ng to make it for a good price and small-ish numbers. We finally found Easypack.uk.com so it's allmost ready to go, just a few design kinks to iron out with them along with perfecting the Dot to Date cards.
Papersamples are coming out of our ears but we've finally settled on a lovely 100% recycled paper from the London based www.paperback.coop. It's called Cairn Straw and is lovely and 'toothy'. We've also found our printers - www.calverts.coop helpful people who are happy to help and are, as it happens just down the road from Paperback.
Calendars are often pretty mundane things, so we've combined it with one of our favourite childhood activities, dot to dot. Dot each day to the next however you like with whatever you like.
The calender is received blank except for the numbered dots that are representative of each day. As the days, weeks and months go by the dots are joined by the user to reveal the London skyline.
The format provides a framework to be used and customised, coloured and scribbled on. As time goes on it becomes a more emotive, personal and unique object. Taking on the personality of the user, becoming more valuable in the process.
This September I'll be launching a product with Hidden Art under their Hidden Art Select brand. 6-8 Designer/Makers have passed the scrutiny of the judging panel and have been selected to design and manufacture a product for this years range.
The product is still in the development stage but It promises to be an original, quirky and curious take on an everyday object.
Another one of our pictures has found it's way onto the Innocent Veg Pot packaging. This time it's the turn of the Kissing Carrots.
Our tomato pacman pic (orginally a collaborative project with Holly Cocker for Innocent Drinks) unexpectedly re-appears in The Guardian this week.
The Richard Shed Studio has been kept busy with the Good Design Manifesto and the Design trail, also for 100% Design.
100 Designers, creatives and industry folk were asked for their response to the question 'what is good design?' Features and spaces were designed around the interior and exterior of Earls court which carried these quotes or emphisised the idea of topical discussion.
1140 Marmoleum stars, 4 litres of evostick and only 2 glue induced halucinations later, this years 100% Design awards are finished.
For the second year Richard Shed was invited to design the awards, this time sponsored by Forbo. Each award contains 76 water-jet cut marmoleum stars, all glued together at a 45º angle to show off each of the coloured layers.
I recently joined forces with Holly Cocker to take part in a competition set by Innocent Drinks. They needed some quirky, original photography for the packaging oftheir new Veg Pot. Look out for our retro gaming inspired, tomato pacman pic printed on the inside of the sleeve.
Work seems to be mounting as I've started to help Philippe Malouin (a friend of mine I met at Tom Dixon) with a few of his projects and Richard Shed is becoming busier with lots of work to do for 100%.
Phillipe has been invited by Traffic (the guys behind Intersections magazine) to take part in a travelling exhibition revolving around the new VW Scirocco and it's launch.
The last month or so have been taken up by personal projects and working with Richard Shed as a Junior Designer. One of those personal projects has been the London on Tap competition. Using this as a starting point, I'll be working with some industry folk over the next few weeks to perfect the carafe design to a producable standard and also explore the possibility of designing/producing matching tumblers.
An exciting 4 month internship with Tom Dixon ended. It was a rewarding finish to my time there to see Flame (a project I was heavily involved in) exhibited at Sudeley Castle.