Tuesday, November 15, 2005

DesignEdge at Suntec

DesignEdge was supposed to be a creative conference and exhibition, with an impressive line-up of speakers that included James Lavelle, Rostarr, Maharishi, UNKLE and The Designers Republic. And it cost US$20 (S$35) to get in per day, that is if one din already got the conf. pass at US$150 (S$250) for all 3 days, Thursday right thru to Saturday.

Anyhoo, it was a real disappointment.
Chief Alchemist, seemed to think so too.

The conference part was a real flop, with most of the presenters going up on stage ill-prepared, really sad. While the exhibition in most part only showcased design executions best suited only for toy figurines or skateboards, in general it reminded me of the kinda graduation show that fresh design grads would put up. And even then, they didn't have to put themselves down by going up on stage and reveal that they couldn't really express their creative ideas and concept properly. I'm not saying that all those who presented during the conf. were terrible, maybe it just the few ill-prepared presenters that caught my attention and I'm sure I was not the only one in the audience that noticed it.

DesignEdge was to be the platform that launched the "design festival" all over Singapore. It is good to know that efforts are in place to promote Singapore as a place for creative design ideas and processes, but Singapore is not ready for a design festival. I don't want to go into details, check out the participants involved in this supposed design festival.

It was a good thing I did not have to pay to get into DesignEdge.

Here's some pictures I took, while I spent a day there, hoping...

At 11.30am on Saturday,
this lady have had enough of the conf.

The creators from DevilRobot
brought down quite a bit of these ~
5sock 3color 2color

From RolitoBoy ~

It might had been better, if DesginEdge was more a display of talent/work and less talk.