Total Design, total teamwork

For the staff of Total Design, an open plan office, team lunches and flat hierarchy created a special atmosphere, as its first employee recalls…

Japan relief efforts: Icograda’s response

Following our CR May piece on how design can help in times of crisis, Icograda’s Tokyo-based president elect, Leimei Julia Chiu, spoke to us about her involvement in the reconstruction efforts in Japan – and what designers can do to help

What can we do to help?

After the Japanese earthquake, the creative community rushed to offer its sympathy and support, but do visual communicators have more to offer the cause of disaster relief than fundraising posters? And how could such practical efforts be best implemented on the ground?

Icograda in Beijing

Icograda is to stage its biennial World Design Congress in Beijing this October. Speakers include Jan van Toorn, Sol Sender (of the Obama campaign), Troika and Michael Rock of 2×4

Warsaw’s Prize Posters

And you thought the poster was a dying art? Check out the winners of the 21st International Poster Biennale in Warsaw

Icograda Congress Report: Cuba Gráfica Show

CR’s Mark Sinclair is blogging from the Icograda World Design Congress in Havana. In this post, he visits the Cuba Gráfica exhibition, a retrospective of Cuban graphic design from 1959-2007 and talks to Eladio Rivadullo, the designer of the very first poster created for the Cuban revolution of 1959 (shown above).
In addition its seven day conference, the Icograda Congress boasts a range of satellite events and exhibitions. With Cuba hosting the Congress this year, many of the country’s designers have taken the opportunity to show some of their best work in a host of different venues around Havana. The largest show, Cuba Gráfica, was a comprehensive retrospective of Cuban visual communication design, and included examples of editorial and identity design, posters, websites, motion graphics, packaging and stamps from 1959 to 2007. Curated by Pepe Menendez, Pedro Contreras and Hector Villaverde, the exhibition is currently on show in the stunning setting of publishing house/gallery, Casa de las Americas, in the Vedado district of Havana. The opening night was popular with Icograda delegates and Cuban designers alike and I also had the pleasure of meeting a special guest, too – Eladio Rivadulla, the man behind the first poster ever designed for the Cuban revolution of 1959.

Icograda Congress Report: Design School, Cuban Style

All this week, CR’s Mark Sinclair will be blogging from the Icograda World Design Congress in Havana. In this first post, he attends an open day at the city’s Instituto Superior de Deseno Industrial, where (above) delegates were greeted by the students
El Instituto Superior de Deseno Industrial is Cuba’s one and only design school. Based in Havana, the ISDI is in the central part of the city, west of Habana Vieja, the old town, where most foreign visitors to the Cuban capital spend their time and tourist’s pesos.


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