June was a month of scheming, planning, writing, making and building. We continue to do the whole 'blood, sweat and tears' bit, working with clients to rugby-tackle complex problems and forge beautiful things from sheer force-of-willpower. All while keeping the balance sheet happy, and the accountant off our back (we love you, really). Though tricky at the best of times, its super-rewarding to be in the process of developing a 'new kind of design practice', something we need to write about more. In the meantime, a quick glimpse of what happened in June. We hit the ground running at International Science Day, hopping across the North Sea to Turku, Finland, for a programme grounded in its role as European Capital of Culture 2011. I presented on the thinking and design process behind the 5th Dimensional Camera, marshalling Indian gods and monsters in support of her unique take on the (constested) 'many-worlds' interpretation. It was a great day, with some brilliant speakers (and the Finnish press agree).
Our optogenetics project 'Song of the Machine' was featured on the Fast Company Design blog, in a great piece by John Pavlus.
Having been working with Motiroti on the digital platform for WhatCounts, it was cool to see the exhibition kick-off with a brace of speeches and performances at the Rag Factory off Brick Lane.
In the studio, Carolina struggled to keep us 'up' and enthusiastic enough to impart some basic Spanish. Upside-down question marks a'plenty. Me gustas!
And there was cake. June was also the month of final-year degree shows. As a studio we visited the AA end-of-year show, trekking across a rain-sodden London to catch up with the students whose work we'd previously seen as guest critics for Unknown Fields. Later in the month, we rocked up to the RCA Show, and dragged our 'Quantum Internet' researcher to Central Saint Martins's graduating show, blinding him with graphic design, and leaving us hopeful and inspired. From the AA's Oliviu Lugojan-Ghenciu, GravityONE to the Solar Sinter Project by RCA's Markus Kayser:Also loved the awesome Urban Stargazing, Energy Pilots and Sea Chair projects.
We also had some friends to visit -- shoving chai at the likes of Nicolas Nova, Noah Raford, Chris Haughton and Rory Hyde! Lovely. For now, we'll leave you with Rory's presentation on potential futures for design practice, a sharp analaysis and the subject of much discussion and head-scratching within the studio.
July! How are you doing?