The final Nicer Tuesdays of the year took place last night and we were joined by six speakers who have all had particularly interesting and exciting years.
First up we heard from illustrator Malika Favre, who took us through her year in numbers, which included a staggering 86 projects and six long holidays. She focused in on her work on Fuerteventura for the lllustrated Journey project, although at first she admitted she dismissed the email as spam because: “It sounded too good to be true.” She showed us how she used hundreds of photos she took on the island as her starting point, extracting a colour palette and then using the recurring shapes in her images.
She was followed by Joe and Rich Luxton whose Tumblr of recreated family photos gained worldwide attention back in January. “We’d seen it done before but quite badly,” they said. “It’s all about finding the right details that we could match up and recreate.” They talked us through some of the creative challenges involved, such as art directing a half-blind dog and the perils of accidental orgasm faces, and showed us some of the reaction they got ranging from national newspapers to hilariously bizarre social media comments.
First up after the break was Jasmine Raznahan from NOON magazine. She took us through the story of the new title “through the crap photos on my iPhone” but that gave us a nicely intimate insight into how it came together. Jasmine talked about the challenges but also the things she loves about independent publishing. “It can just be full of stuff I think is genuinely interesting,” she said. “If you’ve got that creative freedom you might as well do something with it.”
The final speakers of the night were Beth Wilson and James Gilchrist, the founders of Graphic Design Festival Scotland which took place in October. They admitted they chose the name “because it sounded like a Government funded thing” and they showed us how they planned the whole enterprise – bringing together a host of international and domestic design talents – “sat in our kitchen with one computer and a few beers.” It was an inspiring example of the importance of making things happen, and a perfect note on which to end a year of Nicer Tuesdays.
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