Brendan Dawes


Something Good: An exciting new two day design festival with initial line-up including Snask, Anthony Burrill and Wilfrid Wood.

Something Good is a new design festival taking over Bristol this October. Held over two days (6-7th October), this unique design festival will include a day of exciting and inspiring creative talks across various disciplines, a Real Good after party and a full day of creative workshops across the city on the Saturday.
In it’s inaugural year, Something Good is the first of it’s kind in Bristol and promises to focus on creativity and the magic of the creative process. 

On Friday 6th October, the iconic building St George plays host to a day of talks from a carefully curated team of creatives, working across different disciplines and mediums. The first wave line-up includes Snask, Anthony Burrill, Trapped in Suburbia, Brendan Dawes, Wilfrid Wood and Gavin Strange. Further additions to the line-up are due to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Throughout the day they’ll share stories and anecdotes of how they got to where they are today, how they tackle challenging creative briefs, where they find inspiration and how they keep themselves stimulated outside of commercial work. During downtime and breaks guests can expect food and drinks stalls, t-shirt printing, a pop-up shop and much more. 

Saturday 7th October is a chance for guests to get their hands dirty, with a series of hands-on workshops hosted by leading creatives, in venues across the city.  

Tickets for the festival go on sale at 10am on Friday 5th May 2017.

Something Good is being organised and curated by thread – a community interest company (CIC) that organises inspiring talks, workshops and get togethers for the creative community of Bristol and the South West. 


“I always had this impression that Bristol was full of white people with dreadlocks doing poi and making ‘trip hop’ in weed soaked basements, but based on my time at thread I discovered a super enthusiastic, switched on creative community of amazing people.” Mr Bingo

“London is guilty of dominating the design scene of the UK, but with events like thread this tide is changing. My experience of thread is a friendly crowd wanting to engage with all the speakers. I’d recommend checking it out whoever is speaking.”James Greenfield, Founder of Koto 


From interaction designer Brendan Dawes comes Cinema Redux, a software-cum-art-thingy that outputs the DNA of a film:

Created in 2004 and acquired for the MoMA permanent collection in 2008, Cinema Redux creates a single visual distillation of an entire movie; each row represents one minute of film time, comprised of 60 frames, each taken at one second intervals. The result is a unique fingerprint of an entire movie, born from taking many moments spread across time and bringing all of them together in one single moment to create something new.


Looking for a different kind of inspiration?

Check out this episode of Studio Life - documentary series showing how creative agencies tick. This episode features Beep Industries and magneticNorth and one of their directors - the super mega quirky Brendan Dawes. He talks about how he got into the art industries, how he comes up with ideas, how he got it all started and keeps it all going… and shows his odd/fun gadgets. He made me laugh so much, amazing!