Archive for January, 2009

+Diverse Logo for Belfast Poets


Chew design recently designed a new logo for a Belfast group of poets.  The group which prides itself in its unique message, “Love Poetry, Hate Racism”.  The logo had to be simple and yet give the group an identity which would be easily recognised right away.  Chew Design went for a simple focus on words approach.  the logo speaks like a verse of a poem.  Black and white allows the design to stand out, making a stand on issues that affect us all today.

The group in Belfast have been so successful they now have contacts in many cities over the world, again highlighting the serious nature of their message.  Gordon Hewitt from the Belfast Poets and Love Poetry Hate Racism, whilst describing what the group aim for said:

“A few months ago we decided that we wanted to play a part in combating racism and racist attacks, something which Belfast had seen a fair bit of in recent years. We put a call to make the event international and the response has been fantastic. Now from our initial call nearly 40 cities are involved and we look like getting many more.”

“The reasoning behind the calling of this event was that Belfast in particular and Northern Ireland in general has been described as “the race hate capital of Europe,” and it was true that many racist attacks and racist acts have taken place here. But what was also true is that there has been a widespread campaign against racism and that has taken root in many communities.”

“Our view is that as poets we should be part of the offensive against the racists given that poetry is practised world-wide and that at its heart is the self expression of people wherever they come from. We also recognise that poetry crosses all manner of boundaries, from language to cultural differences to find common cause.”

“When we were touring Australia we performed alongside poets from many different countries and cultural backgrounds and learnt from all of them. We have been affected in the way we approach our writing through that experience.”

“Belfast has been known for many things but now we can say that we are putting the fight against racism on the map and encouraging this to be an international struggle.”


January 27 2009 | Xtra | Comments Off

+Marie Parke Art Website makes a splash



Chew Design recently completed work on Artist Marie Parke’s new website.  Designed to accompany her private exhibitions in and around Belfast, the design has been received well by both Marie and her clients.  Work is now easier to access and preview with an easy to use interactive gallery and contact page.

Marie often exhibits works in many private galleries around Belfast.  She gets commisions from such exhibitions but also views her new website as a means to increasing sales and revenue in the longer term.  Clients may only use the site to preview work but this gives them a taster and has them wanting more by the time the exhibition pops up.

Marie has exhibited in galleries along the Ormeau and Lisburn Roads.  She credits Chew Design for creating a “no fuss” website design,  a website that literally allows her artworks to breathe and be shown uncluttered.  This was the main issue of the brief explains Paul from Chew Design.  “Marie wanted the work shown in its best possible light but with a user friendly approach.  We created a site simple in design but with interactive features such as the gallery which uses a clever java script to produce full scale images of the artworks instantaneously”.

Look out for Marie Parke’s artworks in and around Belfast and visit the site for a preview.

January 20 2009 | Xtra | Comments Off

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