Opinion by Richard Baird
Unfolded is a design and print festival that celebrates the creative work happening across Europe in the disciplines of design, printing and brand communication. This was held by and at The Gmund Paper Factory in Germany on the 9th November 2018. The event created a space for sharing ideas and fostering dialogue between creative individuals, providers of printing services, brand managers and experts from the business and agency scene. Unfolded also hosted lectures, keynote speakers and panels around brand strategy, materiality and sustainability. An exhibition, running in parallel to these events, showcased the latest developments within the industry.
The innovative dimension of the event, its desire to develop industry discourse, and the potential of design, material and print to synergise, is expressed in the delivery, presentation and form of the Unfolded invitation, created by London-based design studio Commission. This is initially marked by the impact of colour and type, volume and robustness, form and mechanism yet, and in contrast, is followed by the framing of a delicately micro-perforated and block foiled invitation.
BP&O will be part of a panel discussion at this year’s Czech Design Week. The event, Czech Design Beyond Boundaries, hosted by Design Disco, will take place at 7 pm on the 30/11 at Prague Congress Centre. Having spent some years working from Prague, BP&O will be offering an international perspective on topics such as the delineation between design and art and how Czech design is perceived from the outside as well as sharing the processes involved in the practice of writing about design for a global readership. The event is free for students, and hope that those studying in Prague and are readers of BP&O will consider coming along and speak of their own insights and experiences of design learning in the Czech Republic. More information is available here.