Recommendations

Here’s some websites, blogs, people and things that I think are ace.

Designers

Charles & Ray Eames – I liked them before I knew who they were! My granny has a set of their House of Cards, I guess originals from the 50s, which I loved to play with as a kid.

Alvar Aalto – a wonderful designer and architect from Finland. One day I’d love a house that’s even a little bit as great as this.

Lucienne Day – such an innovative and influential designer, most famous for her work from my favourite period, the 1950s.

Peagreen – a fun, original design studio creating lovely surface designs, based in the UK.

Lisa Stickley – London-based designer with a gorgeous range of products.

Rachel Cave – beautiful colours in Rachel’s retro-inspired designs.

Design & Business Resources

Spoonflower – upload your designs and Spoonflower will print your own fabric! Plus weekly opportunities to win a competition with fun and silly briefs.

ACID – Anti-Copying in Design, raising awareness of Intellectual Property issues in design and sticking up for designers who have their work ripped off. Currently running a campaign to get UK high street retailers to make sure they buy work from original designers and not cheap imitations.

Own It – another IP resource, run the University of the Art in London. Lots of online resources.

IdeasTap – a resource for creative types, with advice, opportunities, networking etc etc. Some of it is aimed at ‘young people’ i.e. under 30 which makes me feel old!

The Design Trust – loads of business support and advice for designers and crafters.

Cockpit Arts – studios for designer-makers, and lots more including loads of business support and great open studio events. There is a Cockpit building near where I live in SE London, and last time I went we got free cake & booze. That’s what I call a good night out.

Kuler – a lovely site for putting together colour palettes. Upload a photo and you can pick the nicest colours on it then use the references to use the colours in your own work.

City Business Library – loads of free events at the CBL in the City of London. Learn about business planning, online marketing, finance etc etc.

British Library Business & IP Centre – more free events and advice on business and IP. Plus you can get a British Library card which made me feel very intellectual.

 

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