Design Camp on Behance
September 7, 2007, 12:38 am
Filed under: Art, Art & Design, Design, Jewellery, Toronto

Freakin’ love Behance! So I set up a circle.

Network with like minded, best site on the web right now.

DesignCamp 1.0
August 19, 2007, 10:38 pm
Filed under: Art, Art & Design, Critical Thinking, Design, Jewellery, Production, Toronto

October 2nd 2007


DesignCamp is a variation of the ‘un-conference’ by groups like TorCamp for designers and makers.

We have a good number of people interested in the Design+Camp events, which means we need to set a venue and a date!
Venue & ‘Tickets’:
The inaugural event will be an intimate one, held at The Establishment’s studio: Suite 611, 21 Dundas Square.
In addition we’re happy to provide wine, cheese and beer to help ‘the creative process’. Out site:

Attendance will be limited to 10 people for our little space. The main objective is to stop talking about it and get an event under our belts, by setting a date we can truly measure the interest of community, and should the RSVP’s exceed that number we will reserve a larger venue (sadly we will not be able to BYOB to most venues).

We’ll keep the 1st event short with the opportunity to move on to a pub.

* Introduction to Design+Camp / Vision, and concept
* The Business of Art, a dicussion on our collective succeses and failures

* Special DesignCamp Invites

What Do I Bring?
We hope this event will grow into a presentation+critique format however for this 1st event we ask that you:

– Bring some samples of work & be prepared to introduce yourself/company
– Bring ideas, and be ready to contribute (the free booze should help)

7:00 – 7:20 Doors open meet and greet
7:20 – 7:45 Introductions and memberships

7:45 – 8:10 Introduction to Design+Camp / Vision, and concept a discussion
8:10 – 8:30 The Business of Art, a discussion on our collective successes and failures
8:30 – 9:00 Overtime.

Breathing life into a forgotten idea.
August 5, 2007, 12:45 am
Filed under: Art, Critical Thinking, Design, Jewellery, Toronto

Game on. It’s back. Facebook Group

Biomimicry & Design
April 8, 2006, 12:23 am
Filed under: Art & Design

A few years ago 'the nature of things' on CBC did a show on renewable resources and eco-friendly companies. They presented some of the innovative ideas from Interface Flooring Systems Inc. and how they used nature to design new products. Today the Globe had an article on Biomimicry and how some, including Interface Flooring, are applying the concepts to design.

Globe & Mail: Mother Nature, industrial designer

Article: Protecting Design
April 7, 2006, 11:54 pm
Filed under: Art & Design, Idea Theft

A Great Article in the Globe & Mail on protecting design: 'It glitters. It sparkles. It's art'

Pyrrha, a small but savvy jewellery firm, takes to the courts to protect its original designs — and livelihood — from counterfeits, ALEXANDRA GILL writes

Stealing Ideas
March 26, 2006, 6:53 pm
Filed under: Art & Design, Idea Theft, Takahashi Mirokami, Toronto


One of the challenges I have faced pitching this idea to designers is addressing their fear of idea theft. Although this is a serious concern I would like to throw this back at those people and say; “are your designs that innovative?”. There was a lot of concern @ the recent Harbourfront production lecture about the quality of the work being produced in this country, and I agree. We are set in a 1970’s closet craft makers’ mindset and we need to break away from it. The only way to beat idea theft is to either never sell your product or produce a quality design and move on to something even more innovative. The Japanese artist Takahashi Mirokami is the ultimate example of a designer whose work is so commercially rich it’s copied almost immediately after being put into production – and by then he’s already moved on to something else which creates consistent public demand for his work(s).

Moving forward I have no plans to moderate the event or create any rule sets; attendees have complete control over how much they wish to contribute until they feel more comfortable with the group.
Concerns/Comments? Feel free to post to the blog or email me

Intro to DesignCamp
March 23, 2006, 8:42 pm
Filed under: Art & Design, Toronto

Design Camp is a seed blog for a social experiment in Art & Design. Based on the popular BarCamp events; ‘Design Camp’ is a super-condensed free and interactive ‘un-conference’ where networking, open critiques, design presentations, ‘creativity death matches’, group troubleshooting, demonstrations and debate are all explored by designers, artists and makers.

More on: BarCamp & BarCamp Blog

Some of the ideas around ‘Design Camp’ are not new, but creating a free ,interactive, open format learning experience for art+design is. Forums, panels or events that centralize information are often expensive, require travel and limit time for 1 on 1 interactions. Design Camp eliminates the ‘conference’ format and nurtures a membership free open group environment that promotes the design community, ideas, creativity and collaboration.

The recently resurrected blog is open to comment/critique as is this Facebook group. As we develop agendas, announce presenters, activities and venues over the next few months we hope to have some feedback from the community.


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