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Ever wondered is it a good idea, Or a bad idea?

Ever wondered is it a good idea, Or a bad idea?

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Have you ever been in a meeting and an idea pops into your head but you’re too afraid to voice it for fear of looking stupid?

Or alternatively, have you ever been in a brain storming session and all eyes are on you to come up with that missing-link idea which will save the day? – But your braingoes blank. Don’t worry we ALL get mental blocks! But the question is, how do we unblock it?

Well here’s the secret, its simple… Don’t worry about being right. Lose your inhibitions and the fear of suggesting a ‘bad’ idea.

John Cleese explains it very well, ”High creativity is responding to situations without critical thought.”

Creative genius Paul Arden also provides some very good examples to overcome the dreaded mental block.

  1. Do the opposite of what the situation requires.
  2. Look out the window and whatever catches your eye, a birds, a television areal, an old man on crutches or whatever, make that the solution to your problem.

In conclusion, don’t let your inhibitions and fears hold back your creation! Every idea is relevant and can be the start of that missing-link idea! In the wise words of Kelly Jones ,”It only take a one match burn a thousand trees.”

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Welcome to the world little Ottis Keleher!

Welcome to the world little Ottis Keleher!

We are proud to welcome a new little designer to the All4design family. Our Marketing & Digital Designer, Kevin and his wife, Marie, welcomed their gorgeous little boy Ottis on 8th January 2016. A little brother for Ollie! We wish them all the best with their new bundle of joy! Extra strong coffee is now Kevin’s preferred tipple

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What should a designer wear to a meeting?

What should a designer wear to a meeting?

At All4design, we’re all about being bang on-trend and this is no different when it comes to our “fashion” sense! Though some would question just how “trendy” we really are! Straight or skinny, it’s all fun and games until you try and take the buggers off!!!!

But what is the right/acceptable dress code for a ‘Creative’ when attending a meeting? Does a smart tailored suit scream salesman? Does a t-shirt and baggy jeans label you a student? Are jeans, shirt and jacket an acceptable middle ground which ensure the designer maintains his or her identity but also says I’m professional, take me seriously? Does it matter all? Should the client see past the physical and simple judge you on your work, dedication and ability?

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60 Minute make over

60 Minute make over

At All4design we treat our studio like a never ending in-house make over project. At any minute we expect Peter Andre, followed by a ITV film crew to waltz in with colour samples and flock wallpaper.

We see our studio environment as a major influence on our design style and identity. We love to draw inspirations from outside sources and turn our studio into one big mood board. Sometimes we get it right… other times not, however, we love to explore and dissect trends and style which motivate and excite us.

Here’s an amazing example from architecture studio Suppose Design of upcycling and using reclaimed materials to create a truly bespoke and personal environment.

To create their workspace in the Japanese capital’s Shibuya ward, Suppose Design Office’s architects chose a palette of materials they sourced themselves. “When we had thought to create our new office, to chose usual materials in catalogues seemed different from our philosophy to create a space,” said the studio. “Materials in a catalogue are already designed by someone, and to chose them means borrowing the design from them. If we create a new idea of a space by rethinking its materials, a new space design may naturally take form,” the architects added.

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Aptekarsky Ogorod visual identity by Olsh & brothers

Aptekarsky Ogorod visual identity by Olsh & brothers

We owe it to William Morris, ‘that an ordinary dwelling has become a worthy object of the architect’s thought, and a chair, wallpaper, or a vase a worthy object of our imaginations.’ Or to Andy Warhol who stated an intention to produce a camouflage painting so large that it becomes the wall. Then again we also owe thanks to House Beautiful who gave its readers a thorough view of the wallpaper scene by devoting the 1954 March issue to ‘The Wonderful Ways of Wallpaper.’ Suggesting paper types with qualities to effect public taste (also known as flavor), by showcasing stylistically appropriate papers to refresh the modern home.





Popular for representing figures and historical symbols in the domestic home. Wallpaper (wall as paper, wall and paper) is a two dimensional decoration applied to architectural surfaces as a ‘makeshift’ ornamental device that perceptually alters an environment. Since its domestic popularization by William Morris, Wallpaper design has leaned on its’ mechanistic structure and optical devices found in art practice: from the Flat Pattern to Visual Deceit to Forced Perspective; casting aside the material honesty of the wall for sham and show.

Borrowing from Morris & Co’s Thistle Wallpaper, Big Will and Friends is an environment of images (wall as paper), a paviliion, and stage of ephemeral effects. Nearly a Shotgun House Big Will consists of three 7’x7’ Rooms arranged linearly with an opening to enter and exit. It sits uncomfortably large in an area taking up more space than it should. Hidden within is Little Will, an object and image that mimic’s its surroundings.



In a contemporary culture of excess and shifting values, Big Will and Friends calls for architects and artists to embrace the temporal qualities of domestic decor that value appearance over substance, and the ephemeral over the secure and lasting. Linking art, architecture, and pop culture the works suggests that the novel assembly of art and domestic décor perceptually structures space through the surfaces around us.

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