This weekend I decided to take a break from the job hunt, do some networking and take a look around both The London Design Festival in Brick Lane and 100% Design trade show at Olympia.
Both shows were very busy, with tons of people and so many great and innovative designs and designers. Products ranging from lights to chairs, ceramics and posters all with their own unique features and selling points. Both these shows were really a celebration of what design is and great way to expose non-designers to the benefits of this.
As I was walking around 100% Design I soon realised that this was mostly a show aimed at home furnishings, furniture etc. but I spotted one small stall that had posters, tea towels and other products similar to an Etsy shop. I stopped and started to speak to the owner, a young woman who had finished her degree and was trying to make it on her own while working for a studio.
This was really an inspiring conversation for me because it showed me that even though she was busy working, she didn’t give up on her aspirations of creating her own designs. Also she was willing to advertise her designs and services at a fair that wasn’t even aimed at graphic design, it was that dedication that lit a fire under my ass.
It really made me think about this year and what I want to get out of it, answer= everything! so I’m going to try my hardest to do just that!