What Design Can Do, a conference as single-minded as its title suggests, took place a couple of weeks ago. Rather than viewing design as a superficial layer to prettify products and services, the event is used as a platform to cast design as a powerful force for driving positive change in the world. Nik Roope, Poke Executive Creative Director and co-founder, was there to give a talk. And now he’s right here to tell you all about it…
When our developer Chris Reeves wanted to play with the python wrapper for LibSpotify earlier this year, he spotted an opportunity to improve the way we do things and solve some of the common gripes people had in the office, as well as build something cool.
The Poke studio often showcases the work of many talented artists, designers and creatives. We’ve been privileged enough to play host to the work of Sarah Maycock, Peter Frank, Chrysa Koukoura and our most recent Poke studio artist in residence, illustrator Masha Karpushina.
Back in the UK and fully recovered from Hackney House Austin, Poke’s very own Nick Farnhill has provided us with the lowdown from some of the most exciting conversations from SXSW. From hardware start-ups, Google Glass, and innovative apps; Nick has provided us with an insider summary of the best in techy awesomeness and creativity from this years SXSW.
We’re a creative bunch at Poke, and like to make sure our office is full of inspiring visual things to keep us inspired and our minds ticking over with fresh ideas. We’re also the fortunate inhabitants of a great office space, which provides us with the opportunity to share it with emerging artists. That’s why if you’ve dropped by the Poke London reception in the past few weeks you’ll notice that we’ve been playing host to the work of Peter Franc; a photographer whose contemporary, colour prints pay homage to the abstract, looming beauty of Eastern European monuments. And Chrysa Koukoura; an illustrator whose intricate, delicate drawings are inspired by British wildlife.