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Graphic Design

July Review

Posted by Will Hudson,

If not a little later than planned here is the latest review of some of the most interesting things to have found their way into the studio including a number of degree show catalogues and the very first It’s Nice That footwear.

5:1 – Graphic & Media Design Degree Show Catalogue 2009 (London College of Communication)

BA (Hons) Graphic & Media Design 09
The mamouth task of collating 200(ish) students work is not a desirable one, to then go and do something completely different and pull it off is more than applaudable. Rumour has it the final spec was a little over budget but appears to be worth every penny resulting in a conclusive, well designed catalogue archiving the work of 5 different pathways.
www.5to1show.com

In Three Word. The Arts Institute at Bournemouth Catalogue 2009

BA (Hons) Graphic Design 09. The Arts Institute at Bournemouth.
Not the easiest catalogue to open up and put back together but well worth the effort. In Three Words does exactly what it says on the tin, each student sums themselves up in three words on the reverse of a postcard. Occasionally resembling a calling card but more often than not a confident, clever, showcase.
www.inthreewords.co.uk
www.dayfold.com

Royal College of Art Show Two Catalogue 2009

Design by Happily Ever After
It always helps when putting together a catalogue that the work featured is well designed, considered and interesting, something the RCA consistently prides itself on. Printing a hefty A3 catalogue certainly reinforces the fact that this institution is bigger than most but in reality becomes quite cumbersome. Having said that it’s worth the extra effort to read and enjoy.
www.happily-ever-after.co.uk
www.rca.ac.uk

Royal College of Art Animation Showreel 2009.

Deisgn by David López Retamero / Adnan Lawson
Sitting through an entire animated showreel is one of those things that given the time I’d love to do, unfortunately I only managed to flick my way through the DVD and as such can’t really call this a proper review. However, the RCA is always going to produce a high caliber of animator and those looking for something will probabaly find it. Well packaging with an informative booklet it’s defiantly worth making the time for (as I intend to some time soon). Sarah Wickens and Tom Judd were the two that stood out from the brief time I did spend watching it.
www.rca.ac.uk/animation

miOriginals

Earlier last month were invite down to the Adidas Originals store in Covent Garden to check out miOriginals. Essentially you can now customise your favourite pair of ZX700 / Superstar / Gazelle / Forum or Stan Smith trainers. Naturally we decided to create the very limited edition It’s Nice That trainer. We’re going to see how sales go before opening them up as a series venture but if you’re interested you can check out mi Originals at the Adidas Originals stores in Covent Garden and Westfield shopping centre (both London).
shop.adidas.co.uk

Endless Possibilities

Illustration by Damien Weighill. Design by Blast. Published by Conqueror
There are some things that come through the post that you’d happily sit through most of the morning looking at. This is one of those. Nicely designed by London based studio Blast with quirky illustrations provided by Damien Weighill. The book promotes the creative potential of the current range of paper from Conqueror, it’s an interesting alternative to the familiar sample book.
www.conquerorpossibilities.com
www.damienweighill.com
www.blast.co.uk

Grid Index

Edited and designed by Carsten Nicolai. Published by Gestalten
Are you the kind of person who wants to look at an endless source of patterns and have them all available on CD for your own personal use? Lucky you, here it is. There’s obviously a little more to it than that, Grid Index is the first comprehensive visual lexicon of patterns and grid systems based on years of research by artist and musician Carsten Nicolai. Also check out the film on him here where he talks more about the book on Gestalten.tv.
www.carstennicolai.de
www.gestalten.com

Loops Journal

Edited by Lee Brackstone and Richard King. Design by Wallzo. Published by Faber & Faber/Domino Records
Faber & Faber and Domino Records have joined forces in producing an incredibly interesting piece of work, a biannual journal called Loops. The cover illustration by Mario Hugo is enough to get you to pick it up and when you then realise that the design and art direction is by Wallzo, with some bespoke type and a handful of David Shrigley illustrations throw in to good measure it is easy to understand why it’s that little bit harder to put down. It is of course not the design that makes this interesting (although it more than helps), the content is also as noteworthy and although at first glimpse it appears a little text heavy there’s enough time to wade your way through before Issue 2 is published in February.
www.loopsjournal.com
www.wallzo.com

Fig.It Out

Designed by Bark
London based Bark Design kindly sent us their recent self promotion newspaper. “A publication of themes, observations, sound and visual bites, notions and ideas.” You can request your copy now, check out their site.
www.barkdesign.net

Truckers

By Mary Richardson. From Mark Batty Publisher
Things I know nothing about (it’s a long list) always make me inquisitive and can often capture my imagination. I know nothing about trucks, but thanks to Mary Richardson and Mark Batty Publishing Truckers reveals the diesel-fueled lives of America’s true road warriors.
www.markbattypublisher.com

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Posted by Will Hudson

Will founded It’s Nice That in 2007 and is now director of the company. Once one of the main contributors to the site he has stepped back from writing as the business has expanded. He is a regular guest on the Studio Audience podcast.

Most Recent: Animation View Archive

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    Remember that really racy animation about loads of people getting it on by the seaside? Well the guy behind it – 2009 It’s Nice That Graduate and now BlinkInk director Joseph Mann – is back with a fantastic new animation which is just as well-made, but maybe features less pubic hair. This time around, Joe has helped put together a music video for a band called Police Dog Hogan, featuring a crowd of ne’er do wells in a scummy old boozer, watching the band perform. In true Young Ones style, we are taken below the floorboards to where the rats live, and watch as they begin drinking the beer sloshed on the floor by the humans above. Fantastic animation by Joe, and a pretty high-quality, entertaining music video for a song that is essentially a love letter to the West Country.

  2. Davidgalasse-skate-int-main-

    Fun little short here from animator Antonio Vicentini with a little help from Brazilian designer David Galasse. Using a load of fluoro squiggles and some very good animating skills, the duo has put together an informative film about the history of skateboarding. A lot of people make projects about skating, but hardly anyone can pull off a five-minute-long animation about it without showing anyone actually skateboarding. That’s why this works so well: they went for the relaxed, rebellious vibe rather than just showing someone jump down some steps in a barren shopping mall, and it’s way more interesting for it. David actually designed a typeface especially, but the rest of the visuals were just stolen off the internet – which is just the icing on the cake. Great voiceover, too.

  3. Wongping-doggylove-int

    You know what it’s like when you’re of that age, when even the sight of certain pieces of fruit and veg can turn you on faster than you can say “wet dream.” Cantonese animator Wong Ping decided to take all of the cosmic lust he felt as a teenage boy, and channel it all into one seriously hot animation made exclusively for NOWNESS. Watch as a teenage boy becomes intensely obsessed with a girl in his class whose bosom is on her back, until he can take it no longer and starts placing objects in-between and and top of them without her noticing. Things get racy, then racier, but because it’s produced in Wong’s happy, colourful style, seeing people have sex and jerk off in the toilet isn’t even that weird. You know what is weird, though? Wong Ping’s interview over on NOWNESS, in which he says the first time he had a crush on a classmate he “sniffed inside her school bag and tried to lick her books. I was ashamed of myself and have suppressed my emotions ever since.” Okay…

  4. Joebichard-petportrait-8-int

    Joe Bichard has made a live-action tale of a failing relationship for Pet Portrait’s new release Holy Hologram, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The video is populated by expression-free wooden puppets, dancing, slapping bass and having very passive aggressive conversations. The puppeteer band’s gestures are spot on, the dancing suitably lazy and the bathroom scene ties it all together with watery aplomb. The video is accompanied by subtitles narrating the demise of yellow puppet and blue puppet’s relationship. Somehow the tone of the conversation translates through their faces that exclusively feature pointy noses, and you kind of empathise with the characters as they jiggle away from each other into the night.

  5. Field-resonate-identity-int-list

    As a rule conference identities err on the side of blandness, encapsulating complex ideas and disciplines with typographic treatments that do nothing to capture the imagination of their attendees. In fact even the word conference fails to get the creative juices flowing. Which is why Field’s work for the 2015 edition of Serbian tech festival Resonate is such an unusual and exciting addition to the visual language of talks-based events.

  6. David-oreilly-adult-swim-list

    David OReilly has always been a genius; a rare breed of provocative animator able to make us feel an extraordinary range and depth of emotion as we watch his crudely-rendered geometric characters live their lives on screen. His batshit crazy early animation Octocat Adventures won us over years ago as soon as that sad little eight-legged feline started screaming at the top of a hill. Since then he’s released two breathtakingly beautiful short films – Please Say Something and The External World – consulted on feature films like The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Her and even directed and episode of Adventure Time.

  7. Mothcollective-ani-7-int_copy

    Locked-up boys making friends with forest spiders, factually incorrect celebrity biographies and the climate security agenda are just a few strings to Moth Collective’s bow. The London-based collective graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010, and its most recent project is Planet Under Pressure an animation produced for Global Canopy Programme, a think tank working to demonstrate the importance of safeguarding tropical forests.

  8. Christian-borstlap-de-bijenkorf-int-list

    I always get excited when Christian Borstlap gets in touch. The director of creative agency Part Of A Bigger Plan has never sent me anything I didn’t want to feature, whether that’s slick animations of Wallpaper*’s design awards sculpture tessellating and metamorphosing with geometric precision or some paper-cut dragons swimming down the Yangtze – he always does things well.

  9. Reffmercy-old-english-int-list

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  10. Adam_wells_breaching_the_seawall_1

    Modern Love, as with any love, can be a painful, difficult thing; but also one that can save us from loneliness, and make us feel safe when the world feels like a frightening place. It can make us see a new city in bright colours where before it was grey, and it can also crush us. These vacillations between fear and warmth, joy and pain, and a heart swelling and being later torn apart into nuts and bolts is explored beautifully in this animation by Adam Wells, which brings to life a story in The New York Times’ Modern Love series by Laurel Fantauzzo entitled Breaching the Seawall.

  11. Doug-hindson-disconnect-int8

    Maybe it’s because it’s January and yesterday was officially the most suicidal day of the year, but something about this animation really threw me. It was something to do with the throbbing pain in my thumbs from playing too much Candy Crush Soda Saga (in bed, on the train, in the bath) and that numb-eyed sensation that comes from scrolling through Twitter like a dead person, and refreshing Facebook without even knowing I’m doing it. Technology, as much affection we have for it, is a barrage of information that we don’t know how to handle – and the amount of time we engage with it is spiralling out of control.

  12. Menard-list

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  13. List

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