PEN PLAN | PROJECTS
Since 2008 | Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth
The Pen Plan Project has evolved over three installations in different Australian cities. Devised as an experiential display for children, each one invited participants to imagine and create a place they'd never visited. The first Pen Plan in Brisbane used lengths of raw 2 x 4 timber to replicate the city. Then children were given pen and paints to design their Brisbane of the future onto what already exists.
Pen Plan Projects was inspired by an online project called Heads Upside down, Feet on the Ground.
Pen Plan Paris took the project in another direction. First, a typical Parisian apartment was constructed out of cardboard at Artplay in Melbourne. Then 450 children were given pens and paints and asked to express what they thought life in France was like through words and art. The results were colourfully surprising and illuminating.
Next, Pen Plan China popped up at the Awesome Art Festival in Perth. This time, a traditional Chinese pavilion home was constructed and children invited to record their interpretations of what life in China might be like.
The third chapter of Pen Plan Paris was held in Brisbane, with the format evolving again to suit the local audience. In this edition, standard 4 x 2 lengths of wood were transformed into the CBD of Brisbane and left as a completely blank canvas. Children were invited to think about what the future might hold for the city - new buildings going up, old ones being replaced, new areas being developed - and create these changes onto the existing landscape.
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The Pen Plan Projects were created in collaboration with March Studio.
2009 | Melbourne
In 2009 After Dark was opened as a place for after-show drinks and gatherings during the State of Design Conference. Located in a vast communal space at Aesop's Head Office in Fitzroy, March Studio's response was to transform it by creating a more intimate space. To achieve this they used a designer's staple tool - yellow trace paper. They spooled roll after roll across the room to bring in the ceiling and walls and create a more subdued, late-night vibe.
Our graphic treatment was dark, blurry and vaporous, in contrast to the muffled brightness of the nocturnal space.
With sponsorship from Absolut Vodka, we had the opportunity to play with lots of the iconic booze bottles. Each one became a terrarium, complete with bespoke labelling and displayed on lightboxes at the event.
Right Angle Studio
CBD Contracting Pty Ltd
2010 | Brisbane
Design Thinking in Action.
The Queensland government sponsored event Unlimited: Designing for the Asia Pacific was held in Brisbane in 2010.
The main exhibition, Make Change: Design Thinking, was curated by Fleur Watson and we participated by creating the event identity and graphic design.
The exhibition focused on 12 design solution case studies from around the Asia Pacific region.
Designing the movement of visitors through the exhibition was a key consideration. Following on from the interlinking theme of the exhibition, visitors could experience keyhole glimpses of following projects, leading them through the display.
Queensland State Government