Inspiration Sessions

The 4Talent Inspiration Sessions are a series of events held in Birmingham where 15 attendees get to work with at least four top creative in their field for a day “sharing ideas, discussing working practices, and learning from the best in the business”. Here’s the current schedule. Click on the links for details. 23rd April: … [Read more…]

Ten4 Five

Issue 5 of Ten4 magazine, the creative industries publication produced in Birmingham, will be in the stores on Thursday. You can buy it from Borders or Virgin nationally or pick it up free at various outlets and bars in the city including the Custard Factory, Jibbering Records of Moseley and The IKON. Look for the … [Read more…]

Si Peplow

Simon Peplow is an illustrator and graduate from BIAD. His clients include Surburban Bliss Clothing, Pointer Footwear, Capsule, Plan B, Lodown, Sidewalk, Ten4, Polished T, Rant, Modart, Good For Nothing, Fused and The Illustrated Ape magazine. He’s recently been invited to exhibit at the Australian design expo Semi-Permanent. “My inspiration comes from a number of … [Read more…]

Comics Community Overview

The Birmingham Mail ran a feature recently on the comic book creative community in the area. It’s a bit of a surface scratching piece, plugging the Out Of The Bedroom show that just finished, but it does give a nice snapshot of a number of people who are actively doing stuff in the region so … [Read more…]


TAK! is a design studio, with an emphasis on website design, based in the Custard Factory who have a rather impressive portfolio. Their work for Thomas Tallis, a specialist art school, is up for a SXSW Award for the Tallis Talk service, a simple but effective IM-style forum in which staff and pupils can discuss … [Read more…]

Plus Design Festival announced

The Plus International Design Festival for 2007 was announced on the Ten4 blog yesterday. It runs from 17-21st October and is seeking participants. We are delighted to announce the launch of Plus 07, a unique design-led festival showcasing all that is innovative, pioneering, and novel in the world of international design. The festival will provide … [Read more…]

BIAD Postgrad Open Day

Tomorrow has a Postgrad Open Day at the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD) covering the departments of Visual Communication, Architecture, Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design, Theoretical and Historical Studies, Media and Communications and Art. This has been your absurdly-short-notice post for today. via D’log.

Out of the Bedroom

Stripsearch, the ongoing project to identify and support comic strip illustration talent in the West Midlands run by Hi8us, is currently touring an exhibition of work produced at workshops run by John McCrea. Out Of The Bedroom is currently showing in the Custard Factory Reception on Gibb St from 9am-6pm until Feb 9th. The following … [Read more…]