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What’s On

CR’s pick of exhibitions, design events and creative activities for the week ahead, including London Design Fesitval, ICA Off-site: A Journey Through London Subculture: 1980s to Now, Astronomy Photographer of the Year Awards and exhibition, Studio Myerscough at the Library of Birmingham, Xerography exhibition at Firstsite in Colchester, Brighton Digital Festival, pop-up photo event Photoville NYC, and photojournalism festival Visa Pour l’Image in Perpignan, France.

Beacons Art & Music Festival

A blissful August weekend brought an attentively curated line-up of sights and sounds, to a glorious northern location, for the arty, musical haven of Beacons festival. With an atmosphere bursting with positive vibes and creative passion, it soon became clear that Beacons was the type of place where you are just as likely to have a chat with a stranger about the who’s who of 2013 need-to-know bands as you are about the what’s what of the latest and greatest design studios.

LDF and TfL’s Oyster card holders

Ten UK designers and studios have created limited edition Oyster card holders to celebrate this year’s London Design Festival and the Underground’s 150th birthday.

Look & Learn

If you want to add to your range of skills, or just have fun taking on a new challenge, UK universities and colleges have a wide range of options to choose from

In Bruges

Lettering artist Lieve Cornil is so passionate about the artform that three years ago she set up her own school to teach people calligraphy, graphic art and type design. Through Studio XII she aims to prove there’s a living to be made in lettering

Clichés of Brazil

Brazilian designer Gustavo Piqueira’s new book uses early 20th century printers’ ‘clichés’ to address stereotypical views of his country and its history.

Talent Spotters: UWS Creative Industries Practice

Over the course of this year’s degree show season, CR readers will be guest blogging reviews of shows up and down the UK (and beyond). Here, Gordon Beveridge of Traffic Design visits the University of the West of Scotland’s BA Creative Industries Practice (Graphic Design) show

Hamilton Wood Type

Two Rivers, Wisconsin is home to 11,000 people, 3000 acres of forest and six miles of unspoilt Lake Michigan shoreline. It is allegedly the birthplace of the ice cream sundae and the carp fishing capital in America. It is also the home to the world’s largest collection of wood type

The graphic art of Harry Potter

Since 2001, Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima have been immersed in a fantasy world – designing props, merchandise and memorabilia for the film adaptations of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter novels.