Design Walk: Poles Apart

The City of Athens, Greece

Design Walk 2010: POLES APART
Open Graphic Design Studios

February 2010

Exhibition exploring fundamental questions in design methodology, shown across 13 participating studios in Athens’ Acropolis neighbourhood.

Exhibition

Double Decker transformed what had been an Open Studios weekend into an exhibition experience that combined design with the texture of the city. The challenge they issued was to create work inspired by the oppositions or contradictions arising from fundamental questions in design methodology with which every designer is faced, for example empty vs. full, word vs. image and regular vs. bold. The resulting exhibition provided designers with a public platform for artistic experimentation, and visitors with a fresh understanding of the graphic design process – and its curious contradictions.

Established in 2008, Design Walk offered the public the chance to familiarise themselves with the every-day work of participating design studios in the Acropolis area.

The concept of studios opening their doors to the public was one of the very few graphic design initiatives taking place at that time in Greece, making Design Walk even more significant.

After two successful Design Walks the question was how to expand and transform the project into an exhibition event that would continue to attract and engage existing and new audiences.

Participants

3 in a box,
 Bios, 
Designpark, 
StudioG, Geometry, I AM Design etc, 
Indyvisuals, Mums Design, Pi6, Poor Designers, Sereal Designers, The Design Shop,
 The Switch Place Identity

Curation

Double Decker

Creative Workshops at the Graphic Design Association

Dimitris Gazis (Busy Building)
Yiannis Kouroudis (k2design)

Media Partners

Best Radio, En Leuko, Radio, Don’t Panic, +design

Press Officer

Wiebke Morgan

Main Sponsor

Bombay Sapphire

Facts

5 day programme
17 exhibition venues around the Acropolis of Athens
40 contributing graphic designers
35 graphic design student volunteers
4,000 visitors and participants
134 international press articles
Exhibition publication prefaced by Ria Hawthorn of The Design Museum, London

Design Walk Map

Design Walk Map

Geometry

Geometry

Design Walk Identity

Design Walk Identity

Bios, Creative Discussion

Bios, Creative Discussion

Bios, Creative Discussion

Bios, Creative Discussion

Designpark

Designpark

G Design

G Design

I AM design

I AM design

Indyvisuals

Indyvisuals

Mums Design

Mums Design

Pi6

Pi6

Pi6

Pi6

Pi6

Pi6

Poor Designers

Poor Designers

Poor Designers

Poor Designers

Poor Designers

Poor Designers

Sereal Designers

Sereal Designers

The Design Shop

The Design Shop

The Design Shop

The Design Shop

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