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12 October 2011

Live Drawing: Dave Bain & Loch Ness (Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone)

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Earlier this week Loch Ness and I took to the drawing boards at a forward-thinking event setting the future direction for Bristol's Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (BTQEZ).

The event at the Passenger Shed, Bristol Temple Meads was introduced by television presenter Kevin McCloud, and hosted by Council Leader Barbara Janke and Chair of the Local Enterprise Partnership, Colin Skellett. There was a lot of buzz, cameras and TV crews around capturing the action. I was told that we made an appearance on BBC Points West and other news programs that evening.

There were around 200 people present including architects, business people, creative industries and civic leaders, all giving their views on how Temple Quarter could become the location of choice for creative industries, and the infrastructure and spaces needed to achieve this.

Our challenge was to capture key themes discussed during this day-long event. 

We choose to structure our image around some large typography, which we sketched out while the opening speeches and statements were being made. The attendees were then led through a series of exercises designed to glean their thoughts about the project, in particular the background and context that would go into BTQEZ and the values and outcome of BTQEZ.

We focused on this notion of before and after (i.e. the background to outcome), and were helped by a crack-team of "storytellers" who collated the data coming in from the groups of people at the event. It was a fast-paced mission of jotting down key themes and then quickly brainstorming between us how best to represent that visually. We had already come up with an arrow structure for the background/context, which we placed our imagery into. In the same way, for the values and outcome, we created a loose structure of speech bubbles coming out of the central "logo/type".

All in all, this was a great challenge for both of us and involved a lot of quick thinking, as we had to have the image complete for the end of the day, so we could sum up verbally our impressions of the event by talking them through our illustration - all eyes were on us for a few minutes!