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Designed in Plymouth showcased in London: Plymouth College of Art graduates at London Design Fair 2017

This September, graduates from Plymouth College of Art will be kickstarting their creative careers by showcasing their work at the internationally renowned London Design Fair, 21 to 24 September 2017, at Stand K11 in The Old Truman Brewery.

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Calling digital creatives: are you a pioneer?

The Wacom people – those who’ve been giving a helping hand to digital creatives for years – are running a competition where you can win one of their superb Cintiq HD drawing screens.

Take a look at the video to see what the Wacom Cintiq 22HD can offer digital creatives – a far cry from the grey slab that sat next to your keyboard back in the day.

The options to draw directly on the screen with the Cintiq range opens the door to creativity, and the HD screen is the best yet for top notch colours. Plus there’s all the flexibility you can think of for your screen canvas.

For the competition Wacom have joined forces with for a talent audition for the ‘Pioneers of Now’.

The competition is calling for you to submit a visual from your portrait or any past project from your portfolio, which you then need to ‘evolve’ with your own personal style.

The prizes on offer are the Cintiq 24HD for first, Cintiq 22HD for second, and finally the Cintiq 13HD.

To find out just what you’re missing out on with the Cintiq range click on the video, which will take you through to the Cintiq Wacom site where you can drool to your heart’s content. You’ll also find more details about the competition, which closes on July 31, 2013.

There’s also a section which asks ‘How can I test a Cintiq’? A useful piece of info if you’re looking to unleash your digital creativity.

Bang & Olfusen: crafting sound, creating style

Bang & Olfusen have been at the forefront of stylish sound for decades. Here’s a film about the creation of a unique surround sound system.

It’s part of a series of films which take glimpses behind how the design and sound icons come together.

There’s an art, and science, to the creating of Bang & Olufsen pieces, which have been handcrafted in Struer – a small town in the north western part of Denmark – since 1925 with ‘design and engineering as the key concepts of quality and sound experience’.

Each product is tirelessly created. The new BeoLit 14, for example, went through 2000 hours of sound engineering and 500 hours of designing, and underwent rigourous testing – including being exposed to temperatures of -100°C!

But it’s the beautiful design and rich sound that mark out Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen’s original vision for Bang & Olfusen.

The Bang & Olfusen techno and design boffins are facing up to the needs for tomorrow’s consumer, one of which is more sound in smaller sizes. Check out the movie to see the development of the delicate speakers, which can be fitted into any room and with the subwoofer. And see the wonderfully nicknamed Tower of Power – as it is referred to by its designers – which holds six independent amplifiers.

The handcrafted and uniquely shaped speakers of the BL14 will light up any room, and the design allows you to choose from a variety of colours to fit your home décor. Pick your colour and place the speakers anywhere you want: on the walls, on the ceiling, standing on the floor. It’s like having a sculpture for your sound which enhances your sound sculpture.

Bang & Olfusen are at the pinnacle of sound and design, with their systems integrated into cars such as Aston Martin and Audi A8, and they have worked with Universal Music to bring audiences the ultimate sound experience with Les Miserables. Together they created an exclusive 5.1 surround sound edition for the soundtrack album.

Bang & Olfusen offers a complete style for the epic sounds. Click through the film to find out more about their sound systems and other products, a highly distinctive and exclusive range of televisions, music systems, loudspeakers, telephones, and multimedia products that combine technological excellence with emotional appeal.

Plymouth Art Students design and sell unique hand-made Christmas gifts

Jessica Connelly
The work of Jessica Connelly at Design2Sell in Plymouth

Talented young artists and designers from the Plymouth College of Art are getting ready to sell their own hand-crafted products at the popular annual Design2Sell event. This year their products will not only go on sale at the college but also in Plymouth city centre.

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Craftsmanship and design in furniture from Shawstephens

Stalheim Stool

It’s exciting times for furniture design and craftsmanship business Shawstephens, which is based in Kingsbridge, Devon. Not only have they had a year of a varied mix of projects, ranging from a taller teak Stalheim stool (see above), to an impressive fitted library in walnut and leather, but they are also set to welcome an apprentice from South Devon College in September.

Plus the team has include with the UK’s top makers and designers in House and Garden magazine’s feature on ‘some of the country’s most talented designers and makers of bespoke furniture’.

Pop along to the Shawstephens site and take a look at the journal page to get a snapshot of the work in progress.