Made Thought, Aidan Zamiri, Dada Projects and Olivia Twist: Tickets are now available for April’s Nicer Tuesdays!
In another real-life event at London’s Oval Space, four inspiring creatives will discuss their journeys, creative revolution, gender imbalance in CGI and finding a unique style.
After the excitement of last month’s first IRL event in ages, we’ve been itching to give you the low-down on April’s Nicer Tuesdays, which will once again be held at London’s Oval Space.
This time around, we’re welcoming branding studio Made Thought, director and photographer Aidan Zamiri, motion design studio Dada Projects and illustrator Olivia Twist. Each will highlight some of their key (and remarkable) projects of late, and discuss how they go about making their outstanding work. From how to stand out from the crowd; using music videos as a form of storytelling; increasing visibility for womxn in digital design; to developing a recognisable style; there’s truly something for all in the upcoming festivities.
As this is an 18+ event, please bring ID with you to the venue. If you are in need of disability access, please make yourself known to a member of the Oval Space team on the evening or email firstname.lastname@example.org so we can arrange assistance. And finally, continue on to learn more about our awe-inspiring panel of speakers for this month’s event.
In today’s world, what does it mean to challenge the design status quo? London and New York-based branding studio Made Thought might have the answer for you. Described as a “collective of like-minded strategists, writers, thinkers, inventors, makers, dreamers, mavericks, rebels, connectors, instigators and igniters”, the studio – originally founded by Ben Parker and Paul Austin – creates bold and brave designs for both big and small clients who must be open to change. The studio believes that a thriving future is all down to extraordinary creativity, which is why its referred to as a “super boutique” – tailoring its approach for brands like Stella McCartney, Adidas, Fred Perry, Tom Dixon, MoMa and Paul Smith among others. For this month’s Nicer Tuesdays, Made Thought will discuss the “Creative Revolution” and how brands can harness the power of creativity to make a difference.
FKA twigs is a force to be reckoned with, and so is her long-term collaborator. A director and photographer who works with a host of musicians and brands, Aidan will explain how he uses music video as a powerful form of storytelling. With a plethora of projects under his belt, Aidan will discuss the ideas and themes that go into a video, and how he creates visual worlds that are in tune with an artist's music. We'll also go behind the scenes of the filming, concept and narrative building of the new Caprisongs series made for the FKA twigs. Fun and energetic, the visuals see the musician galavanting around the city, dancing on the steps of Hackney Town Hall and being told off by grown ups. The videos are consistently ethereal yet equally a little strange (think the birth of a goat made by artist and ‘goat crafter’ Yaz Whitlock). For Nicer Tuesdays April, expect an inspiring talk about his journey as a director and photographer, plus the art of creating a story.
Dada Projects was founded by Christina Worner with one clear intention: to provide space for womxn in CGI. Responding to the gender imbalance in the industry, the female-led studio was set up as a “playground” to get more womxn inspired to work in the field. As such, the team aim and succeed with challenging conventions as they work across 3D design, animation, creative direction, production, new media, graphic design, motion, AR and more. The studio has thus far sunk its teeth into the commercial, cultural, fashion and tech sectors with work for Calvin Klein, Adidas and Balenciaga. For this month’s talk, Christina will not only discuss the empowering ethos behind Dada Projects, she will also enlighten us with the process behind one of her most recent projects: the rebrand for 121 Festival, a nature-rich, three-day electronic festival in New Zealand.
It’s not easy landing on a style of your own, yet this is something that illustrator Olivia has mastered completely. Her colourful, vibrant and sketchy aesthetic can be identified from miles off, having been inspired by lino, woodblock printing and her home town of east London. But it hasn’t always been this way. She was once told at a portfolio review in 2014 that her work was “great” but she’s a “visual chameleon”, morphing her aesthetic with every project. Deciding to find a look that felt “organic and distinctive”, Olivia resultantly carved out an illustrative style that’s now undeniably her own – one that’s immediately recognised to this day. In her talk, we’ll be hearing more about her journey to date, the importance of developing your own style, and how she came to find her unique voice in illustration.
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