Up Close and Personal with Ryder Ripps

Just 13 days out from his talk at Semi-Permanent Wellington we wanted to get the scoop on what to expect from Ryder Ripps, the New-York-based Creative Director of OKFocus.

What can Semi-Permanenters expect from your talk?
My talk is going to consist of laments and musings about my experiences as an artist and designer. I hope attendees will be enthralled by my human/vulnerable and humorous lecture style. Please do not attend if you expect that I will give away my famous cookie recipe, because I won’t, stop asking.

What's street style CSS photography all about?
CSS Street Style is a one day workshop where attendees will practice writing CSS based on streetstyle photography. The class aims to provide students with a new and fun way to think about design, as it relates to personal style. So often code is thought of as very dry, lacking personality.. CSS Street Style is all about changing this.

Ramblings on the current state of design?
The greatest designs are the most unnoticed. Like a really really good door knob.. The greatest designers are the most anonymous. Like the designer of a really really good door knob.. The worst designs are self indulgent and loud, these are the types of designs I sometimes make to get work though.

Top 5 notable internet memes?
1. Real Nigga Hours
2. Smash The Like
3. Pepe
4. Rare Pepe
5. Very Rare Pepe

Future projects you're excited about?
Fixing global warming, ending greed, starting a family –– but not in that order.

Fun Fact.
Ripps is also a music producer, most recently with credits on Miley Cyrus’s last record.

Keep up-to-date with Ripps exhibition listings, new works and exclusive articles HERE.


TYPOMAD is back!

Madrid´s type festival fills the city´s agenda with two months of events and activities with this year’s theme «Testimonies»: what’s behind typeface design. Four venues, two days of conferences, three exhibitions, four workshops, three type safaris and much more.

It´s the one and only typography festival in Madrid. Typomad is the key to
spreading typographic culture in our city and supporting the design scene,
creating a living space for professionals, students and enthusiasts.
The main event of Typomad is the two day series of conferences in
Centro Cultural Conde Duque, where we bring together great figures of
our national and also the international scene with young and innovative
projects. Typomad is a participatory event, we organize an international
open call for experimental posters and also a national open call for young
projects for our conferences.
Our exhibitions have a clear educational focus, so all audiences can
enjoy them. We bring international exhibitions to Madrid, but also we
create related contents to the current year’s theme, in order to generate
debate and to share cutting edge projects and innovations. Every year we
organize workshops that will be interesting for the general public and also
for other cross-cutting disciplines such as journalism, digital applications
or calligraphy.

Chulotype is a non-profit association that works to promote typography.
Besides Typomad, we fill Madrid’s agenda with typographic events and
activities during the year, such as our monthly Aperitipo, workshops
and type safaris, guided visits that discover and rediscover the city and
its typographic history with a different point of view. We also promote
typographic culture through the Internet and we will be launching our
on-line publication shortly.



NZ Art Show Invites Artists to Apply for the Great New Zealand Art Experience

Birds Eye View of 2013

Birds Eye View of 2013

Exposure to around 10,000 art lovers and a chance to win $5,000 are two great reasons why New Zealand artists are urged to apply for the NZ Art Show 2014. But applicants better be quick because the closing date for the most popular exhibition categories looms closer.

The NZ Art Show, the largest curated sale of New Zealand art, is currently accepting artist applications for the 2014 show: applications for Single Artist Walls and Solo Panels close March 27.

The show dates are July 25 – 27 at TSB Bank Arena, Wellington, with a Gala Opening on July 24.

Carla Russell, the show’s Executive Director since 2005, encourages all New Zealand artists to view the show as a primary platform to showcase their art.

‘With the huge number of attendees coming through, it’s quite possibly the best audience any artist – emerging or otherwise - could hope for,’ says Russell.

The show has helped propel many part-time hobbyist artists to full-time careers and some artists have had their big break as a direct result of the show.

Jane Denton

Jane Denton

Now into its 11th year, the show has proven itself as a reputable art sale showcasing some of the finest emerging and established New Zealand artists. Every year the TSB Bank Arena buzzes into life over the three-day course of the show as around 10,000 art lovers marvel at the stunning artworks on offer.

The show makes it easy and affordable for any New Zealander to own a piece of original New Zealand art and has become one of the most popular places for art lovers looking for that something special to add to or start their collection. It features around 3,000 original artworks by some 300 artists; all art is for sale and the average price is around $650. There’s something for everyone and every budget.

Show Days: July 25 – 27, Fri - Sun
Gala Evening: July 24, Thursday
TSB Bank Arena, Queens Wharf, Wellington

More info www.artshow.co.nz

Event/Exhibition, Competition

TYPO San Francisco 2014 Prize Pack / Give Away

Threaded is proud to be a media partner for TYPO San Francisco 2014! To celebrate we have one ticket to the event and a printed & digital subscription to Threaded  [*Total prize value worth up to $770NZD] to give away to one lucky winner! 

*Flights, travel expenses and accommodation not included.

Wondering what the pulse is of the design community? Mark your calendars for TYPO San Francisco Rhythm, presented by FontShop, this April. Join a diverse and inspirational group of international and local creative speakers, professionals, faculty and students at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on April 10 & 11, 2014. With an emphasis on design, society, culture – with a little bit of kerning, the two-day conference adapts one of Europe’s most successful design events with a Bay Area twist.

Read more about the amazing line-up of speakers here.

Simply email a one-line explanation on 'why' you deserve to attend this event to win@threaded.co.nz by Friday 21.03.14. Winner drawn 4pm 21.03.14.


Moodbank - How do we feel and what is it worth?

A pop-up bank and art project will open in Wellington to record the mood of the occupants of the city. At an ATM-style mood machine people will be able to deposit their emotions instead of withdrawing cash. At the ‘Moodbank’ visitors will be invited to visualize and exchange how they feel.

When Wellington based artist, Vanessa Crowe, and, design lecturer, Dr. Sarah Elsie Baker came up with the concept for the Moodbank they wanted to explore the diverse emotional life of the city.

“Governments and businesses have come to see the value in finding out how happy we are, but we are interested in complex and contradictory moods. Sometimes we feel grumpy, rushed and excited at the same time” says Dr. Sarah Elsie Baker, Lecturer in Design Culture+Context at Victoria University.

The Moodbank will also document the collective mood of Wellington and allow people to consider how factors, such as whether it’s raining, the amount of traffic and who won the rugby, influence how we feel.

At the pop-up bank, individuals and groups will be invited to book appointments with the Mood Manager for a detailed visual mapping of their mood. Throughout the project the collective moods of Wellington will be displayed via posters, video and a customised stock market mood ticker, giving a unique insight into how the city feels.