Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Launch2006 / SpaceRiders / Secco

June 21, 2006

Another windy day. I actually need my jacket today, but I Ieft it in my hotel room. Oh well, I can rough it.

Anyway, today I made some progress on the History of York logo. It feels good to be doing logo work again.





I also met a local photographer today who came to offer his services to SUMO. He brought in his book chock full of really nice portraiture. The work seemed top-notch and "sophisticated," but he left us with a pretty goofy calling card – a Matchbox Portfolio. It's definitely an easy way to leave your work behind, but I'm not quite sure how effective it is.



After work today, some of us went out to another design event. This time, it's a private opening party. Luckily, SUMO's "cool" enough to get invited (which means I'm cool by association).

Unfortunately, before we ventured out, Suzanne called. She had a flat tire. Luckily, Graham (with his paternal instinct kicking in) ran off and changed the tire. I offered to help, I didn't just hold the camera. Graham was done by the time we'd made it down the street. Seriously.



So, we continued onto the event called "Launch 2006." It's a collection of the region's hottest designers. The venue? An old fire station. What other place can you feature hot designers than in an old fire station (get it? Hot? Fire station? Funny, huh?)? The exhibition presented the latest in furniture, lighting and jewelry. Guests were able to buy products or commission work from the designers. The work was pretty nice. In fact, it was a pretty cool event. Great venue. Check it out.










We left this exhibition party for another event taking place at the Baltic. It's called "SpaceRiders" and was promoted as "the first ever collaboration between the cultures of art, architecture and the extreme talents of skateboarding, BMXing and trail biking." Apparently it was hosted by PSP (Playstation Portable) to promote a new game being launched later this summer.






Simply put, it sucked. Once we'd arrived, we saw this groundbreaking clash of cultures was nothing more than an exhibition space with skateboard videos being projected on the wall and stills of extreme sports hanging on the wall. If these pieces were done well, it could've been passable. Even some "performance art" would've been nice. Nope, just a room full of mostly teenagers, a DJ playing deafening music, and free drinks. There were supposed to be PSP demos, downloads, etc. All bull. Nothing but bowls of potato chips (crisps) and beer.




Free drinks still didn't keep us there. It was that bad.




So, back to the fire station.. to the crowd we know we liked.
Just more of the same. Mixture of business and pleasure – artsy and corporate.





Last stop? Secco. Apparently the guy who set up the Launch show was closing shop soon and let some of the "insiders" know where to go to meet for drinks or whatever.




That's all for you. See ya again tomorrow.

7 Comments:

Anonymous jason said...

great to see more work from you. i love the logo design.
glad you are getting to attend more 'artsy/designy' events.
The photographers matchbox doesn't seem that bad. I thought it was neat- easy/compact way to have give someone a collection of work.
anyway- glad stuff is still happening. see you in the U.S.A. soon.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Justin Gammon said...

Actually, the matchbox gets much worse. On the back, it reads: If this has lit your fire and you are burning to see more please feel free to strike up a conversation!

9:45 AM  
Anonymous jason said...

that's freaking terrible. cheesylicious.

9:46 AM  
Blogger Bob Gammon said...

Your right about the bottom of the Match box. Did the guy have on a Leisure suit by any chance. It sounds like some corny pickup line from the 70's Disco scene. Maybe his Dad and Mom helped him with that.

10:05 AM  
Blogger Bob Gammon said...

Your right about the bottom of the Match box. Did the guy have on a Leisure suit by any chance. It sounds like some corny pickup line from the 70's Disco scene. Maybe his Dad and Mom helped him with that.

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Mom said...

Before you leave England, do get a picture of yourself with the ENTIRE SUMO FAMILY (without your funny faces)sans Michael since he's in the US. Don't forget their addresses!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Mike Ledford said...

Matchbook... more like Spayson. Hey, if you don't already have a Nintedo DS, you should pick up one of the black DS Lites. They only have them in Europe (for now). The new Mario is great. Also, I finally got Guitar Hero. Let me know when you want to do a beach weekend/guitar off again.

1:46 PM  

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