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Day of the unexpected Day of the unexpected
September 12th, 2011

Gah! We had another one of those weekends where there was too much to do, plus glorious weather on Saturday. Blessed with an unseasonable 27 degrees, and spectacular lightning shows at midnight, and a full moon … I had to choose between: a) All day mini-dance festival ZomersSwingFeest III in the Philips de Jongh Park […]


Charismatic crooners Charismatic crooners
June 19th, 2011

Humans love music because it moves us. It moves us to feel and do things that ordinary life sometimes doesn’t do, because we don’t pay enough attention. The genius of the Naked Song Festival, every year, is the brilliant programming that spans the full gamut of human emotions (well so it seems). This year I cried, laughed, nodded, admired and danced. And if you can do that in a span of 7 hours and feel like your heart is bursting with thanks, if you feel like your life is richer and that you are capable of so much more than you were before, then good programmers and artists will continue to be in the business of changing lives.


No frills festival is for winners No frills festival is for winners
June 10th, 2011

The Naked Song Festival 2011, Saturday 18 June at the Muziekgebouw Eindhoven, is all about singer-songwriters.
They’ll sing their poetry and weave melody into tales. They’ll make us laugh, cry and think a bit more. Maybe they’ll make us dance. This festival is all about song, that rich and versatile medium that requires no more and no less than the people who wrote them to perform them and an audience to make the songs come to life.
That’s why The Dossier is thrilled to be able to give away 2 tickets to some lucky reader…
Simply write to jane@thedossier.nl and tell me the story of why you should win the tickets.
Shall I see you there?


Get real: the online and offline worlds of design Get real: the online and offline worlds of design
May 30th, 2011

The other day daydreaming on Twitter, I came across a link for the “What Design Can Do” (WDCD) Conference. I snapped out of my reverie, because it seemed pretty interesting and relevant – you know, practical ways design can impact the world. I thought, yeah, I might go along to it. I got myself a press pass (by tweeting and then sending an email), but afterwards realised I’d double booked myself. Gah! I went back to my electronic Twitter world, and asked whether anyone was going to this conference – in-the-flesh. Klaas van der Veen (graphic designer and typographer) from Explanation Design replied to my tweet to say he would be there. Furthermore, he agreed to write up this real, in-your-face report.


No, seriously, what’s the Glass House? No, seriously, what’s the Glass House?
December 13th, 2010

I’ve been checking some websites for a crystal clear explanation of what the Glazenhuis is, in English, but so far haven’t really found it. See below for what I think it is. (I’ve not been able to find a backgrounder on the Glass House/Serious Request phenomenon by 3FM). What’s the point of all these names? Why so many? Is it for fame or for fortune?


Open Innovation for The Dossier Open Innovation for The Dossier
November 28th, 2010

Starting tomorrow, Open Innovation Week will reach all corners of the Netherlands, and Eindhoven will be no exception. The full week program has a range of useful meetups and information exchanges for those in the area of open innovation. However, is there anyone out there interested in writing a guest blog or sending me some text, tips, opinions or comments to make into a story to share with other readers? Could we try it as an experiment in the name of open innovation…?


Bright lights, big city Bright lights, big city
November 7th, 2010

I was absolutely gobsmacked when I went out for the first time on the first night of a Glow Festival in Eindhoven. The streets were teeming with souls. Kids, grannies, posses of girlfriends, family groups, full-blooded Eindhovenaren and the International community were all out, enjoying some art. The intensity and quality of city events seem to be gaining strength and popularity too – or is it just me? Take a look at some of the impressions of the evening, and if you’re in the area between now (7th today) and 13 November, Eindhoven is well worth a visit when the sun goes to sleep. Eindhoven, city of light indeed.


Still wondering whether Design can make sense of sustainable Business Still wondering whether Design can make sense of sustainable Business
October 27th, 2010

When you attend a session promising business, design and sustainability, you do come with expectations. I expected to see designers speak, perhaps with some charismatic businesspeople, and that what we’d be shown would be inspired concepts. It is after all Dutch Design Week! But the first two presentations were by a development manager, followed by a technical designer type who walked us through rather dry business cases. The third had a passionate salesman/designer at the forefront, but where was the real story under it all? What gave us reason to call this a sustainability seminar? Where were the aspirational images and concepts?


How design leads to understanding How design leads to understanding
October 24th, 2010

Anne Mieke Eggenkamp’s opening words to press at the Graduation Show Design Academy yesterday spoke of how the students of her institution are encouraged to treat design as a language to help them make sense of the world. This little video will give a taster to those who need convincing to go along – and a feel for what they’ve missed out on for those who can’t make it (or choose to pass on this one). Worth spending a bit of money on seeing how the designers of tomorrow are thinking. Though not a lot of it is truly new, much of it practical and above all very beautiful.
Design Academy Eindhoven, (deWitteDame), Emmasingel 14, 5611 AZ Eindhoven


Lowland design Lowland design
October 20th, 2010

There is a particular way of designing Dutchly. It’s not loud, it’s clever, it’s diverse, and if the programme I picked up today is anything to go by, it’s international world class standard (completely in English). The Dutch Design Week (DDW) 2010, 23 – 31 October in Eindhoven will be major and The Dossier will be giving its version of coverage throughout the coming days.


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