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Creative Barcelona – OFFF festival went off!

OFFF Festival
Written by Ana Petrusevski

OFFF invite you to put titles aside because “OFFF is made for the curious”. There is no straight up explanation of what ‘OFFF’ actually means or stands for.

So titles aside, OFFF Festival is in its 15th year of operation and has brought together creatives like Stefan Sagmeister, John Maeda, Neville Brody, Kyle Cooper, The Mill, Digital Kitchen, Ben Fry & Casey Reas, Rick Poynor, Erik Spiekermann and the list goes on.


Photo by Jeffrey via / CC BY-NC-ND

This year’s three-day festival was held between the 26th and 28th of May and amongst the featured were Atelier (an innovator in the field of design education in Barcelona), Golden Wolf (an award-winning animation production company) and local design agency Hey.

If you didn’t get a chance to take part then this is one festival to put in your calendar for next year. The three-day journey of conferences, workshops, activities, and performances is a true example of what Barcelona has to offer in creative and imaginative expression.

Here are a couple of (FOMO inducing) reasons to keep an eye out for next year’s event…

Workshop with Letters are My Friends Craprace

Curiosity was aroused for this workshop that had a by-line of “Build & style your own typographic ‘crap’ and win!” Now who wouldn’t be interested in giving this a go? Inspired by crab racing and with ingredients comprising of typography, technology and racing, participants were invited to tinker over a period of four hours. The invention/contraption was then put to it’s one and only test where it competed in an interactive audio-visual game-show. Don’t worry, it went over our heads too, that’s why you had to be there!!


Photo by uosltc via / CC BY

Guests like IDEO

IDEO (pronounced “eye-dee-oh”) is a pioneer for the human-centered, design-based approach. They have helped many organizations in the public and private sectors innovate and grow. Their methodology is taught across university campuses and corporates across the world.

Adobe presented alongside Dan Mumford

They took the crowd through their vision of what makes truly outstanding creative work while showcasing Dan’s evolution as a freelance illustrator. Dan works out of Studio100 in central London. From “Lord of the Rings: Return of the King” to “Halo 5” inspired artwork, Dan has become famous for his incredible illustrative techniques.

Have a look at their Instagram feed for updates on this year’s event.

About the author

Ana Petrusevski

Ana Petrusevski is an Australian writer living and working in Barcelona.

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