Some very graphic scenes from Manila Design Week 2010

International design icons, on-the-spot graffiti, graphic design battles + more.

Wall Lords International Graffiti Competition. Click for more photos of Wall Lords, Cut & Paste and the kickoff party of Manila Design Week 2010.

Now on its second year, Manila Design Week kicked things off with Graphika Manila on August 7 at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay. Born independently in 2005 and an MDW partner event since 2009, Graphika Manila is a crowd-drawing international multimedia design conference. Headlining the conference were Tara McPherson, dubbed the crown princess of poster art by ELLE magazine; Danny Yount, an Emmy-Award-winning graphic designer; Phunk Studio, dubbed the champion of Singapore’s graphic scene by Creative Review UK; Underground Logic, creative design and editorial house; Arnold (Ang Mundo ni Andong Agimat, Martial Law Babies) and Cynthia Arre (music packaging designs for the Eraserheads, Itchyworms, Sandwich and more), husband and wife art and design team; and RocketSheep Production.

Later that day at The Collective in Makati, eight Philippine graffiti crews battled it out in Wall Lords for the chance to represent the country in Wall Lords 2010 in Shanghai to be held this month. PSP won the grand prize, followed by UGK-FTC and then MSF.

Capping off the first day of MDW, the official launch party mixed music and art at The Collective. Local acts Sandwich, Imago, Pedicab, Chillitees, Gaijin, Us-2 Evil-0, Duster, DJ Euric, DJ Rye and The Diegos performed songs from albums that feature Tara McPherson’s works of art. A selection of McPherson’s works was on exhibit that night at the Vinyl on Vinyl Gallery inside The Collective. MDW organizer Team Manila with 123 Klan and Jeremyville presented an exhibit of Bronx Sneaker Art at the Manila Remix Store. Attracting artists, designers and art enthusiasts, the night was studded with personalities like Graphika Manila speaker Danny Yount, fashion designer Mich Dulce, directors Quark Henares and Jun Sabayton and radio host Saab Magalona, among others.


Promotional video of Manila Design Week 2010

In the design battle Cut & Paste on August 10 at The Collective, print and motion graphic designers created on-the-spot designs while DJs hit the turntable. The designers included Christian San Jose, Dan Matutina, Randell Centeno, Drew Europeo, Ritzh Sales, Ramon Vizmonte, Erickson Enriquez, Mark McLenard Medina, Edsel Abesamis, Carl Chua and Nelle Paredes. Providing the beats were Pasta Groove, Arbiewon, Skin Kadafi, Jeric and Magnficent.

Twenty-five of Manila’ style setters revealed bagfuls of secrets in the exhibit What’s in your Bag? on August 11 at Greenbelt 5 in Makati. Ornusa Cadness, KC Montero, Borgy Mantoco, Dyan Castillejo, Carlos Celdran, Tim Yap and more personalities shared the daily essentials in their bags as interpreted by lensmen Xander Angeles, Steve Tirona, Daniel Tan, JA Tadena and Revo Naval. Graphic designers Randell Centeno, Nico Puertollano, AJ Dimarucot, Ramon Vizmonte and Dan Matutina, plus the School of Fashion and the Arts and Make Up For Ever also collaborated for the exhibit.

Today, August 12, student artists and designers will take a stand in Digital Voice by creating graphic designs for a freedom wall at Glorietta 5. Afterwards, Power Mac Center and SHIFT (School of Intermedia, Film and Technology) will conduct seminars on poster design; Turbo Goth, Techy Romantics and Team Manila will perform; and online project Big SHIFT will be launched.

For the MDW finale, go to Cubao Expo in Quezon City on August 13 for a night of music and design tribute to ’70s Filipino rock in Manila Sound Vision. Mixing the old and the new, there will be a vinyl-inspired exhibit plus the launch of new music videos of Urbandub, Up Dharma Down, Greyhoundz, Sinosikat? and Razorback. Watch for performances by Imago, Techy Romantics, Caliph8, Sideshow, Gaijin, DJ Arbiewon, DJ Switch Trick, DJ Stolen Kisses and DJ Guadakomeda.

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Photos courtesy of Team Manila.

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