New World: Sign up and take part in even more free virtual sessions
Everything you need to know about the next instalments of New World, our programme of hands-on virtual sessions in partnership with Today at Apple.
New World is a 12-week programme of free hands-on virtual sessions and Creative Guides taking place throughout February, March and April. Hosted by Today at Apple and It’s Nice That, these sessions will be focused on exploring the power of creativity to bring about change, fostering connection and collaboration, and learning new creative skills to rebuild a better world.
Last month, together with Today at Apple, we launched a 12-week-long programme of live Virtual Studio sessions and Creative Guides that will be running throughout the next three months. Led by some of the most exciting creatives in the world and spanning a broad range of disciplines, from graphic design to photography and collage, these sessions will be all about learning new creative skills in a collaborative and hands-on way.
Below you’ll find descriptions of the next live sessions and details of the creatives who are going to be leading them. Each session will follow a really straightforward format and will be focused on introducing you to a particular creative skill or technique that you can then go on to integrate into your own creative practice. These won’t be your standard webinar experiences either (we all know we’ve had enough of them) – instead, you’ll be tasked with rolling your sleeves up and taking part, testing out your skills and learning new techniques from genuine creative experts.
Under the title New World, each of the 25+ live sessions and Guides are focused on understanding the role that creativity can play in rebuilding a better world in 2021. Last year we saw the way that creatives around the world used their talents to further meaningful causes, bring people together, entertain and inform, and to foster a sense of community even when we were unable to meet our friends and families in person. Creativity can – and needs to – play a massive role in rebuilding the world post-pandemic, and creatives will have to work together and acquire new skills in order to do so.
So, have a look over the sessions listed below and click on the links to sign up to any that take your fancy. And remember: All of these sessions are completely free to sign up to and you can join as many of them as you like, so don’t hold back!
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Sameer Kulavoor is an artist based in Mumbai. His work lies at the intersection of art, graphic design and contemporary illustration and spans paintings, murals, books, zines, prints and objects. He is interested in why things look the way they do; constantly exploring and understanding the impact that time, culture, politics and socio-economic conditions have on our surroundings. In this age of visual overload, his work involves filtering, dissecting, documenting and defamiliarising commonly seen subjects through the act of drawing, painting and design.
In his Virtual Studio session, Sameer will tell us more about his process and how it leads to such multidisciplinary outcomes. He will also demonstrate how he documents the buildings, streets and residents of his native Mumbai and rearranges them in his work, before tasking participants with reimagining their own surroundings.
Sign up here for the session on Thursday 4 March
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Swedish illustrator and designer Sara Andreasson first entered the creative industry via engineering and furniture design, but now spends her time creating colourful illustrations for an array of clients from her home in London. Known for her bold graphic language, exaggerated proportions and expressive palette of colours, her works thematically discuss gender, sexuality and taboos.
Channelling these themes which are so prevalent in her work, in her Virtual Studio, Sara will discuss how she has built a reputation for depicting bodies that don’t conform to traditional beauty norms. She’ll discuss how and why she does this, before working with participants to create their own bold compositions.
Sign up here for the session on Monday 8 March
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Camila Falquez is a New-York based photographer. As a Colombian immigrant who grew up in Mexico City and Spain, Camila has developed her own visual and photographic language, channelling the feelings of longing in traditional fashion imagery into more inclusive pictures that speak to representation and social consciousness. Her work merges a personal form of surrealism with a distinctive colour palette and an empowering gaze.
While Camila’s output is always striking, the crux of her practice is in everything that happens before clicking the shutter and so this is what she’ll be focussing on in her Virtual Studio. She’ll be concentrating on her process for gathering together references and inspiration, guiding participants on how to moodboard their own dream photoshoot.
Sign up here for the session on Wednesday 10 March
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Bethany Mollenkof is a documentary photographer and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Her work uses a thoughtful approach to tell complex stories about gender, culture, identity and representation. In the past, she’s photographed the Appalachian towns of Jenkins-Neon and McRobert, documenting their declining African-American populations. In her ongoing series Birthing in Bama, she documents the people and health workers attempting to change the narrative of Alabama, a state where Black women are five times more likely to die during childbirth than white women.
In her Virtual Studio, Bethany will expand on how she uses interviews in her process to tell such meaningful stories. She’ll guide participants through an interview process that you can have with an important woman in your home, culminating in a portrait and a still-life photo representing that person. You’ll have an opportunity to share a meaningful quote from the interview, the portrait and the photo of the object in a beautiful triptych tribute to the special woman in your life.
Sign up here for the session on Thursday 11 March
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Studio Safar is a Beirut-based design and art direction agency headed up by creative directors Maya Moumne and Hatem Imam. “Safar” means “travel” in Arabic, and fittingly the duo works in an exploratory way, with projects spanning different media, from websites, visual identities and exhibitions to packaging, album artwork and publications. The small team doesn’t have a house style, but instead aims to take a unique approach to each project, drawing on a number of artistic and cultural influences.
Not bound by medium and with a lot to say, Maya and Hatem even have their own magazine, Journal Safar, and so their Virtual Studio will hone in on some elements of editorial design. Participants will be able to experiment with storytelling by combining image and text on a magazine cover, as well as hearing how Journal Safar came to be.
Sign up here for the session on Wednesday 17 March
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WWWesh Studio is a multidisciplinary creative studio based in Paris, headed up Pierrick Sancé and Antoine Jourdan. Their creative output is vast in concept and execution and the duo works on everything from concept to art direction to production, across a variety of physical and digital projects.
What does ring true across all of WWWesh’s projects though, is a use of technology to push the boundaries of design. In their Virtual Studio session, participants will have the chance to create their own flag to represent the New World they want to see, building upon a project the studio ran during 2020 in which it asked its followers to complete short, engaging creative briefs during lockdown.
Sign up here for the session on Wednesday 24 March
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Caterina Bianchini is a graphic designer who has carved out a niche through her experiential and high-energy design style. She began honing her craft at some of London’s top design studios, before launching her own branding studio, Nari, which to date has collaborated with high-profile clients and helped to form many new brands from across the art, music, fashion and cultural sectors.
At Studio Nari, Caterina and her team have created a fascinating and idiosyncratic process which guides all of their projects, and so she’ll be delving into exactly what that is during her Virtual Studio. She will also demonstrate how she uses typography in her own projects to express emotions, before setting participants a poster composition brief.
Sign up here for the session on Thursday 25 March
Reimagine your environment
The artist will demonstrate how he documents the buildings, streets and residents of his native Mumbai and rearranges them in his work. He will then task participants with reimagining their own surroundings, constructing new forms using ProCreate on iPad.
Thursday 4 March
Draw bodies to celebrate difference
The Swedish illustrator will discuss how she has built a reputation for depicting bodies that don’t conform to traditional beauty norms, before working with participants to create their own bold compositions.
Monday 8 March
Moodboard your dream shoot
The New York-based photographer, who has photographed everyone from Lil Nas to Kamala Harris, sheds light on her process for gathering together references and inspiration. Then participants will be tasked with moodboarding their dream photoshoot.
Wednesday 10 March
Make portraits with meaning and personality
For international women’s day, the Los Angeles-based photographer will guide participants through the process of interviewing an important woman in their life, before leading a session on how to take photos that represent and celebrate who they are.
Thursday 11 March
Craft powerful narratives through magazine cover design
Maya Moumne and Hatem Imam, founders of the studio and of Journal Safar, will discuss how they came to launch their own magazine. Participants will then experiment with text and image to design their own magazine cover.
Wednesday 17 March
Design a flag for the new era
The Paris-based multidisciplinary studio uses technology to push the boundaries of design. In this session, participants will have the chance to create their own flag to represent the new world they want to see.
Wednesday 24 March
Make type talk in an original poster
Caterina Bianchini, the studio’s founder, will demonstrate how she uses typography in her own projects to express emotions, before setting participants a poster composition brief.
Thursday 25 March