Design Ventura

We had a fantastic studio outing to the Design Museum last week, running a design masterclass for some extremely sparky students from across the UK. Sneak peek below, and full story here!

 Photo ©Miles Willis/Design Museum

Photo ©Miles Willis/Design Museum

'Sketch' at Arup Associates

As part of the exhibition SKETCH, Peter Ayres of Beep Studio joined Mick Brundle (former Director of Arup Associates) and David Horgan for a happy (read: wine powered) judging session at Arup Associates.

To keep the competition lively, prizes were awarded in the following categories:

  • Imagination and Creativity
  • Detail and Technical
  • Expression and Story Telling  

The wide range of styles on display made the judging process extremely difficult.
After we had all selected a handful of favourites (and a handful of peanuts) we pooled our resources, downed our wine, and hammered out our thoughts.

And the winners are...

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Architectural control and freewheeling fantasy combine in this fantastic cityscape
Metropolis by Vinicius De Siqueira 
First Prize - Imagination and Creativity

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Complexity rendered with clarity in Thomas Pearson's drawing ‘Midland Goods Shed - Gable Façade 2013’, worthy winner of the 'Detail and Technical' category.

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Exuberant risk taking meets...um... restraint... in this stimulating drawing from Ruth Huntington, winner in the Expression and Storytelling category.

For an in-depth write up on the event, with a wider discussion of drawing, see David Horgan's excellent post on LinkedIn. Thanks to Arup Associates for the invitation!

Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards

Last night we attended a glittering, entertaining, and informative evening in central London for the 'Kantar Information is Beautiful Awards'. The awards 'celebrate awesomeness in data visualisation around the world'.

Beep Studio has long been friends with author David McCandless, and contributed graphics (including images of viruses and dictators moustaches) to his bestselling book 'Information is Beautiful'. Since then the IIB empire has grown, with a website, a sequel, TED talks, posters, and masterclasses in data visualisation. We're thrilled to be collaborating with such a forward thinking group, and had a thrilling evening among talented folk.

 Moritz Stefaner all agog at receiving his award for 'outstanding individual'.

Moritz Stefaner all agog at receiving his award for 'outstanding individual'.

The evening showcased a range of truly jaw dropping, mind expanding work, including this small selection:

'The network behind the cosmic web' by Kim Albrecht 

 Twinkling gorgeousness at shipmap.org by Kiln Digital

Twinkling gorgeousness at shipmap.org by Kiln Digital

 'Spies in the Skies' by BuzzFeed News - tracking surveillance drones in US cities

'Spies in the Skies' by BuzzFeed News - tracking surveillance drones in US cities

  Project UKKO  by Moritz Stafaner - seasonal wind predictions for the global energy sector

Project UKKO by Moritz Stafaner - seasonal wind predictions for the global energy sector

 Hauntingly beautiful maps of income inequality by  Herwig Scherabon

Hauntingly beautiful maps of income inequality by Herwig Scherabon

Read more about the awards and all the nominees here