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Benjamin Hopley
Graphic Design BA Hons

Kingston School of Art

Specialisms: Art Direction / Creative Direction / Graphic Design

Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

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Benjamin Hopley

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First Name: Benjamin

Last Name: Hopley

Specialisms: Art Direction / Creative Direction / Graphic Design

Sectors: Digital/Visual Communication/Film / Digital/Visual Communication/Film / Digital/Visual Communication/Film

My Location: Manchester, United Kingdom

University / College: Kingston School of Art

Course / Program Title: Graphic Design BA Hons


Living within a world faced with emerging problems and constant crisis (now more than ever), I am drawn to work that evokes humour, excites, intrigues and shocks; escapes from the chaotic or mundane nature of daily life. My interest in design is centred around the notion of playtime; a curious, light-hearted and hands on approach to problem solving, investigating, making and questioning. A desire not only to solve problems, but to do so in a way that is as unconventional as possible.

An aquaponic farm and bench all in one. Future Farm utilises fish excrement to grow new produce for the community in a circular economy. Future Farm has evolved from research findings into pioneering methods of growing and producing food in cities. Printed are a range of case studies which explore the themes of food, sustainability and the city. The case studies aim to initiate conversations about the large impact of the current food production systems on the planet. Passers-by are invited to feed the fish which acts as the system input in the aquaponic process. The fish excrement flows up the tube to the growbed where bacteria in a biofilter breaks everything down into organic nutrient solution, used to help grow the vegetables. The plants take the nutrients leaving clean water which is pumped back into the fish tank. Members of the community are then invited to harvest the fresh produce and take it home to cook with and enjoy. Existing documentaries and books can only do so much to educate. This interactive bench not only serves to educate through written information, but also gives the public a first-hand opportunity to encounter the future of farming within city spaces. From young to old, Future Farm aims to spread awareness about the rising issues the world faces and hopes to bring around positive change.