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Last Thursday I took the bus to Prague to see some friends and visit the Designblok exhibition. As usual Prague was lovely, although grey and rainy most of the time. I could have done without the rain, but grey and foggy kind of suits Prague.

This was my third year visiting Designblok and also the weakest of the three I’ve seen. What I have found most fun when visiting the exhibition in the past is the extremely creative design of the exhibition spaces, but this year seemed more bland and uninspired. Of course there were excellent exceptions, like a room with a floor covered in water for displaying jewelry made of salt crystals and rope, where the light was turned down low and you walked on planks to get through the room. Some of these pieces were shown at the Budapest design week last year and they where instant favorites of mine. Seeing them in the display created for Designblok was amazing. (You can see a picture I took in the Budapest exhibition of one of the necklaces here.)

Although the exhibitions weren’t as exciting as previous years, Designblok is always worth visiting if not only for the fantastic locations they choose for housing the exhibitions. Last year it was housed in a grand palace in the Old Town, a mid-18th century palace merged with an early 20th century modernist addition to the building, and in the house next to (or in?) a house where Franz Kafka used to live. This year one part was again housed in the Kafka house and the other two were in a palace just off the Charles Bridge which normally houses the AMoYa art museum and in an old cargo train station up in Žižkov. In my Flickr set from last year’s design excursion to Budapest, Brno and Prague you can see pictures from the fantastic AMoYa palace and the Designblok exhibition by the Kafka house.

While in Prague I also saw an exhibition of Czech photographer František Drtikol (1883-1961) at the Museum of Decorative Arts and The Blind Leading the Blind by Jake and Dino Chapman at the Rudolfinum Gallery.

The rest of the visit was spent just hanging out, walking long distances, biking (including a fantastic one-minute boat ride over the river where the captain wore a striped sweater along with a typical boating hat and his assistant was a perfect blue clad sailor), seeing “the guy on the horse” statue (Jan Žižka), admiring the view of Prague from various places, drinking beer and burčák, and having different types of cheese dishes. I also visited a very nice bar/café/bike-repair place with chalk drawings of Astrid Lindgren’s Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn on the wall behind the bar.


Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud

Finally finished Dream Psychology by Sigmund Freud after a marathon reading that stared Friday afternoon. Dream Psychology can be found on Project Gutenberg’s website. Read and download from here.

Free fonts

Link to a list of top 40 best free fonts:

http://www.creativebloq.com/graphic-design-tips/best-free-fonts-for-designers-1233380

Jan Švankmajer, the animator of Prague

Nekojiro Sou (Cat Soup) – Tatsuo Sato