London Design Festival: The Digital Arts pick

This year’s London Design Festival takes place from September 17-25, offering a chance to check out cutting-edge work across all forms of design from illustration to furniture making.

As usual, much of the festival is centred around the V&A, with many smaller shows taking place in galleries around Shoreditch. Highlights at the V&A include a series of lectures from Google’s design team and an interactive pattern design experience created by fashion store Beyond the Valley (below, top) -- plus a grand spiral sculpture outside the front of the museum by architects AL_A (below, bottom).

Unfortunately Neville Brody isn’t repeating his Anti-Design Festival from last year, but there’s still much to see around East London. At the Nobrow store you can see the Masks exhibition of prints (below, top) by Ben Newman (as featured in our guide to zine culture), while at the Kemistry Gallery you can see a retrospective of Pentagram-founder Alan Fletcher’s graphics work (below, bottom).

Emerge returns to showcase the best new graduate talent at the Real World Gallery, while on the South Bank the African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) will be celebrating black design talent (including work by Emamoke Ukeleghe, below).

One of the most intriguing exhibitions is Noma Bar’s Cut It Out at Outline Editions, for which the Israeli graphic designer has built a full-sized die-cut machine in the shape of the dog graphic on the cover of his book Negative Space. Based on a shoe-sole cutting machine from China, it can cut paper, rubber or wood up to 2cm thick into one of 10 different designs by Noma – so visitors can cut their own artworks, mixing materials in positive and negative space.

“Normally my digital illustrations are published in magazines or on book covers or as screenprints,” saya Noma. “Here my hand-drawings have become digital illustrations, then a die-cut template, which can then be put inside the machine to cut paper, plastic, wood and the like. It’s great to see the journey as my designs become objects.”

For more on Noma Bar's Cut It Out exhibition, see our full interview with him here.

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