The trend for storytelling is something we picked up on for our Kids Lifestyle Trend forecast for Autumn Winter 2010/11. We love the design references to Hans Christian Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, conversational textile prints and quirky stories. We’ve found these great examples of how storytelling is influencing design in general but also specifically kids design.
We love this kids game by The Small Object. To play, roll the dice which features images of objects, people or settings and tell a story based on the pictures that appear. Younger children can then circle the images on the Match and Write pad, whileolder children can write a story.
The Wonderland exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood in London also explores fairy tales, myths and folk tales from around the world. Featuring over 80 artworks, the exhibition includes depictions of much-loved European tales such as Hansel and Gretel by the Brothers Grimm and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling, as well as folklore from other continents. The varied cultural and geographical backgrounds of the 50 exhibiting artists are evident in the works shown, taking us to places of good and evil, quests and heroes, love and friendship. East London Printmakers is an independent collective of around 200 artist-printmakers based in Hackney. Until January 2010.
We’re greatly anticipating the release of Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland film due 5th March 2010 (USA). Click on the link to watch the trailer.
We also love the work of urban storytellers A Bit Crack whose popular Open Nights are for anyone who wants to share a yarn, tell a story, or just enjoy listening to others tell theirs. Products that engage consumers-particularly parents- through storytelling will be popular.