From Aug. 8-15, 2009, a gathering of graphic designers and artists – local and international, established and upcoming – will celebrate the emerging graphic design scene in the country.
Called Manila Design Week 2009, this is the first of its kind in the Philippines and every year from now on, for 7 days in August, Manila will be treated to a line-up of events with each day showcasing a different theme.
Anything graphic design, any medium, will be featured — print, publication design, web and motion graphics, photography, advertising, music and fashion.
Just to give you a flavor of this year’s 7-day event, here’s a rundown of the schedules. You can still catch the tail-end of this project.
August 8 Saturday / 4pm / Bonifacio High Street Grounds
An outdoor tarpaulin banner exhibit of 50 artworks along 5th Avenue and 11th Street in Bonifacio Global City. A live art show with murals painted by local design collectives. A Nokia/Mindstyle DIY recycling center offering free Ron English bags made out of recycled tarp in exchange for old phones. A concert with Up Dharma Down, Taken By Cars andTechy Romantics.
August 10 Monday / 8pm / Greenbelt 5 Gallery
Future Design, the student art exhibit, shall present over a hundred original artworks in the form of shirt designs from schools around the metro. The idea is to give the young talents a voice and a platform, hence the theme, MESSAGE FROM THE FUTURE. The winning shirt designs will be produced by Team Manila to be sold at the various Team Manila and Bratpack stores. A flashmob, open to anyone who wants to join and comes armed with markers and a white t-shirt to draw on, will get together at exactly 6:30 pm to mark the occasion by drawing, together.
August 12 Wednesday / 4pm-7pm / Greenbelt 3 My Cinema
An intimate and select gathering of designers, creatives, communicators and public figures that shall result in a plan to brand the Philippines in a relevant and positive way, both locally and overseas. Moderated by Robert Alejandro and facilitated by Angel Guerrero of Adobo Magazine, this conference shall launch the 20/20 project: a 20-point Manifesto written by Design Dialogue’s panelists and guests, and the 20-question Democreated Philippines project, supported by
Democreated Brand International. The 20/20 Project shall be open to the public after Design Dialogue.
August 13 Thursday / 9pm / Cubao Expo
To showcase how graphic design has helped the Filipino music industry, there will be a bloc party and music art showcase. The event starts at 9 and features a wide array of activities, in true bloc party style. There is a concert headlined by Sandwich and Pedicab, a music video retrospective by Furball, a motion graphics and animation reel, record swapping, album art exhibits and Nokia’s XpressMusicHeadQuarters at Pablo Gallery. The XMHQ is a place where people decide what they want to listen to. All you need is your music phone or mp3 player to download free music, free album art for your phone and drink for free at SilentDisco, held every hour on the hour to connect people through music, while dancing, without words.
August 14 Friday / 9pm / Team Manila Store /Jupiter Street
Manila Design Week 2009 ends its roster of activities with the fourth edition of Daily Grind Sessions. Expansions, a multimedia hiphop experiment pioneered
by Caliph8 and Mark Zero, will provide the sounds and visuals. The creative community comes together for this closing party and segue to our second partner event, Graphika Manila.
August 15 Saturday / 10am
Saturday, August 15 starts 10am at Graphika Manila, an international multimedia design conference brought to you by Nokia. This year’s guests include legendary graphic designer, Stefan Sagmeister, Industrial Light and Sound, Brand New School and local talent represented by Everywhere We Shoot, Inksurge and Adobo magazine. The after party will be held at Mag:net Café, B3 Bonifacio High Street, at 7PM onwards, where you get to hang out with the day’s roster of speakers, including Stefan Sagmeister.
This is a project brought by Team Manila, Bratpack, Ayala Malls and Nokia.