Spending the weekend with Faithless, Muse, Stereophonics, Phoenix, Skunk Anansie, De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig, Crookers, Bloody Beetroots Deathcrew 77, La Roux, The xx, Midlake, Kyteman’s Hip Hop Orchestra, Greenday, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Paramore, Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Customs, LCD Soundsystem, The Specials, Jack Johson, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem, The Morning Benders, Balthazar, Rammstein, Pink, The Ting Tings, Gossip, Chanel Zero, Das Pop, Tayler Hawkins & The Coattail Riders, Booka Shade, Empire Of The Sun, Florence + The Machine, Porcupine Tree, Yeasayer, Temper Trap, Delphic, Pearl Jam, Arcade Fire, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Alice in Chains, The Black Keys, The Van Jets, Vitalic, The Black Box Revelation, Absynthe Minded, Dirty Projectors, Gomez, Shameboy and Sweet Coffee. Fuck yeah!
Yes I’m quoting the Paul Rand. We’re going into the last weekend of the Graphic Design Festival in Breda, and the organisation has tried to live up to Paul’s quote as much as possible. Most of this biannual festival takes place in public space, making it accessible for more than just the people in the industry.
So what’s this festival all about? I can’t tell you yet, because I’ll only be checking it out myself later today. One thing I definitely want to see are the Designer Toys XL. One of them is painted by a designer I recently discovered, the talented Louis Reith. Another expo I want to go to is O.K. Festival, which presents the presents “the energy and the visual explosion of strange, beautiful and original magazines.” Not only do I love magazines, I have been following the founder on Twitter for quite a while now and am happy I can finally check out his work. Last but not least I am also kind of curious about the Graphic Surprise so I will be passing that by, just like all the other exciting things that are going on.
A plus is that I have my flatmate and her boyfriend with me, who both are graphic design students. I´m looking forward to their take on things. I think GDF is a great initiative, but to make it a true festival it needs more workshops, moments of interaction and parties. If you want to check it out yourself you need to be quick, because the GDF ends tomorrow!
P.S. Paul Rand is also known for the following design quote that I love: “Design is so simple, that’s why it’s so complicated.”