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Come meet Debbie Millman on August 7th

During her visit in Bucharest this summer, Debbie will host a workshop for the participants admitted at Visual Playground and she’ll also amaze us all with an exciting public talk: How to design your creative life. About Debbie debbiemillman.com soundcloud.com/designmatters Debbie’s books are among the essentials that every graphic designer keeps in their shelf. She’s been an inspiration for decades and one of those people whose quotes we’d like to get tattooed somewhere special. Her podcast, Design Matters is the longest of its kind and has hosted over 300 creatives, writers, designers and entrepreneurs (like Seth Godin, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell etc.). If that’s not enough for you, we’ll just casually mention her solo exhibition at the Chicago Design Museum and watch...

projects we love

MATER: A tangible wonderland for architects and designers

There are few creative people in Bucharest who haven’t heard of NOD Makerspace. The first and largest of its kind in Romania, NOD is now working on expanding its impressive list of resources for the local creative community with MATER — the first material library in Romania and South-Eastern Europe. With a surface of 1000 m2 housed in a refurbished...

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Bits and pieces from the creative species: BLAU

BLAU (Adrian Diac & Paul Dersidan) Adrian Diac and Paul Dersidan know there is always something new to prospect, something unseen to discover, something that eventually will have a great impact. So they created BLAU: an open space and an independent agency that values creativity, friendship and sunny days.  http://blau.ro/   The best piece of advice you ever got and you’re happy to pay...

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DOR LIVE & LOUD

DoR Live is an event that translates the concept and the dynamics of a magazine on stage with the help of lots of creatives, artists and journalists. DoR (Decât o Revistă) is a Romanian quarterly magazine and one of our favorite publications because it reflects on and explains the ideas and obsessions of our country nowadays. DoR publishes stories...

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Visual Playground 2017: Registration is now open!

Visual Playground is opening its doors for the school’s fifth edition: this year, the 10 days of intensive workshops are coming our way with summer festival vibes. Until July 10th (at midnight), graphic designers and illustrators based in Romania can apply for the upcoming workshop marathon where they’ll be meeting a handful of internationally awarded and beloved tutors, each and...

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SPOOF: Adventures in a real world

SPOOF materialised within the Romanian art scene with a facebook page containing beautifully painted imagery and their engaging, short-story like descriptions. SPOOF materialised within the Romanian art scene with a facebook page containing beautifully painted imagery and their engaging, short-story like descriptions. The mysterious page made no reference to the author of the images or texts, but got a lot of traction early on and subsequently got everyone wondering who SPOOF actually was.  Ultimately, it was revealed to be the collaboration between Răzvan Dumitru, a self-described artist/architect and his friend Miruna Dumitrescu, a copywriter who likes to write short stories. Răzvan describes SPOOF as one of us, a boy with a life as complex and vivid as ours with a penchant for...

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Truths and dares from a graphic designer we love: Ovidiu Hrin

Ovidiu Hrin is the founder of the versatile graphic design studio Synopsis: and the curator of Typopassage Tm, an open-air typography micro-museum in Timișoara. He is one of the most appreciated graphic and poster designers in Romania, and also a member of AIGA (The American Institute of Graphic Artists), Type Directors Club NY and Graphis International. www.synopsismedia.com  http://cargocollective.com/ovidiuhrin  https://www.facebook.com/OvidiuHrinCalligraphy/  Ovidiu Hrin – The...

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Visual Playground Open Nights – 3 summer nights to remember

Visual Playground Open Nights – 3 summer nights to remember   3 conferences, 7 speakers, one huge love for graphic design and illustration: this year, the Visual Playground team welcomes all creatives to three special events where some of the most hunted visual artists will take the stage and talk about their creative journeys through time and space. VISUAL PLAYGROUND OPEN NIGHTS...

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REVDEPOV CALLIGRAPHY WORKSHOP

The fascination for beautiful and intricate letters takes over Bucharest this July with one amazing and not-to-be-missed calligraphy workshop. Revista pentru Povestiri organizes a calligraphy workshop that takes place once every two months and sometimes even more often. So far the workshop held by Georgian Constantin (Another Outsider) and Sorin Trăistaru (Bine Scris) reunited more than 270 people that...