Well firstly I would like to apologise for my long absence on here, when I looked at the actual date of my last post I was a little shocked! The time since I graduated from my course has been amazingly hectic and I don’t know where the time has flown to. I have mostly been looking for work but alongside this I have been applying to design competitions to keep my design skills up and promote myself as a designer. One of the most exciting of these has been the Heineken Iconic Bar Design Challenge.
I applied for the competition online where you had to share 3 previous projects and explain what you thought you could bring to the project. I sent it off with lots of hope but not entirely convinced that I would hear back from them. I was then really surprised to find out that I had been selected as a finalist.
From that moment on it was chaotic the turn around was much quicker than I expected. On the Monday I was told that I would need to be in London for 2pm on the Friday to give my presentation in the Heineken Pop up Bar that was part of London Design Festival. I had to produce a presentation that summed up my initial ideas for the brief – to design a point of sale that promoted social design.
What made this more difficult was the format; it had to be set up in the Pecha Kucha format, and sent down to the organiser before hand. The Pecha Kucha format is 20 slides which are only shown for 20 seconds each; the timings move on automatically leaving no room for error.
I managed to sort in all and the full presentation can now be seen on my portfolio: www.behance.net/gallery/20128605/Heineken-Iconic-Bar-Challenge-Finalist-Presentation
The experience itself was amazing being at an event in the centre of London Design Festival was amazing on it’s own but over the day I met and had discussions with some amazing creative people.
One of the great excitements from me was meeting Rob Alderson from It’s Nice That. After listening to his opinion on the websites podcast Studio Audience for two years it was amazing to be able to talk to him and person and discuss art and design!
I also met Tom Dykhoff who has some brilliant opinions about urban design and our connection with architectural space which he expressed both in his own Pecha Kucha talk and our following discussion in the bar!!
I met so many other including the founder of Pecha Kucha and the head designer at Heineken, all while drinking posh Hoptails and Heineken from limited edition bottles. The pop up bar suited the atmosphere to a tee with it’s discussion booths and open layout which makes sense after all it was designed by a collaboration of designers from across the world.
I had an amazing time and hope that I will get chance to work with Heineken again soon!