• Jf_9
  • Jf_10
  • Jf_1
  • Jf_5
  • Jf_3
  • Jf_4
  • Jf_7
  • Jf_6
  • Jf_11
  • Jf_2
  • Jf_8
  • Jf_12
  • Jf_14
  • Jf_15
Graphic Design

Graduates 2009: Jack Featherstone

Posted by Alex Bec,

It’s the first of June which means our Graduates 2009 feature is now live. Every day this month we’ll be posting an exciting young creative talent for you to feast your eyes on. First up is Jack Featherstone who’s been on our radar for a little while now and for good reason. He’s always managed to catch the eye and we took a little bit of time out to have a chat to him about his background and what he hopes to do now he’s graduated.

Throughout school Jack always loved drawing, but it wasn’t until he started skateboarding that he really began to learn what graphic design was. After leaving school he took a gap year to snowboard for 6 months in Canada. He quickly realised the snow bum lifestyle wasn’t really for him and enrolled on a foundation course at Falmouth College of Art. From there he studied graphic design at Chelsea and since then his passion for all things creative has grown into an obsession, helping him to focus his work and gain some exposure.

He was showcased in the current edition of the YCN book and commissioned to create a series of Russian dolls for the ‘World of YCN.’ For the past 6 months he’s also been helping Kate Moross with various projects including work for Simian Mobile Disco and Playstation. He’s currently working on his final major project which involves creating visuals, a viral/music video and graphic identity for the The Count And Sinden on Domino Records. He has also just been nominated for a student D&AD award.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

Looking back there were a lot of things that I aspired to be; an Olympic sprinter, SAS super soldier, pro snowboarder, war photographer… not too sure how I ended up with design, but I guess it’ll do!

In reflection, how bad was your work in the first year?

Of course when going over my work from the first year I cringe when certain projects pop up. But there is also some work that I’m quite proud of. Projects that allowed me to experiment and take risks. I like looking back over my work because it allows me to see my progression and understand the evolution of my creative process. But yes, I would like to think that it has improved.

If you could show a piece of your folio to one person, what piece would you choose, and who would you show it to?

Difficult question. I guess I would like to show some of my moving image work to guys like Hans Richter, Viking Eggeling and Jules Engel. As true pioneers of abstract filming making, a lot of their work was concerned with trying to find a visual music. Most of my moving image work is carried out in a similar vein, exploring the relationship between sound, harmony, colour and form. Either them or somebody like United Visual Artists, whom I respect a great deal. Hard to choose!

If you had your own business, who would you employ and why?

Maybe Larry David, just to keep me entertained. But not quite sure what kind of business him and I could run together.

If you’ve got any left, what will you spend the last of your student loan on?

I would like to say equipment, but in reality its going to go on festival tickets this summer I think.

Where will we find you in 12 months?

Hopefully working on projects that I’m passionate about and believe in. Maybe in my own studio, who knows!

Ab-300

Posted by Alex Bec

Alex is one of the directors of It’s Nice That who now oversees our sister creative agency INT Works. For several years he oversaw the Monday Morning Music Video feature until it came to an end in 2014.

Most Recent: Film View Archive

  1. Main

    If you’re slightly unhappy in your day-to-day job and secretly feel that perhaps you should be doing something a tad more creative, look away now. This film leads you up whitewashed stairs to a gargantuan, high-ceilinged New York studio, inhabited by two well-known artists, Ana Kras and Devendra Banhart. We’ve featured Ana’s work a few times on the site for her beautiful, simplistic, friendly furniture design and works on paper.

  2. List-3

    I’m happy to admit that after watching all three minutes and 47 seconds of Stevie Gee’s new music video for Archie Bronson Outfit, my computer desktop is littered with so many screenshots of boobs, beers and motorbikes in psychedelic hues that I can scarcely find anything else. And the thing is I don’t even mind.

  3. Main

    This is nuts. When you thought OK GO couldn’t do any better in one take than their last, famed effort then think again. The foursome are back with one of the most staggering efforts in the history of music videos, this time set in some sort of airport where the gang ride around on electronic unicycles popping umbrellas with about 1000 extras to form kaleidoscopic patterns when shot from above. The jaw dropping first few minutes is totally trumped in the last minute where the whole formation quadruples in size leaving you with your jaw resting on the desk in front of you. Unreal.

  4. List

    There are moments in life when Abba really seem to speak to us. Not just in how the band really seems to get how it feels to be seeing the winner smugly taking it all, or to be terribly grateful for the music, but in the literal sense that they’re actually talking to us. This nonsense is all now a reality thanks to the superb video for beatboxer Roy Kafri’s single Mayokero that’s been doing the internet rounds for a few days.

  5. List

    Some writers create page-turners; masters of narrative and plot that compel you to keep on reading. In some ways Joan Didion is the opposite, although her writing is no less compelling. When reading her work, its brilliance stops me dead over and over again, such is her ability to analyse a person, a place or a concept and then articulate her thoughts.

  6. List-2

    Peter Brookes is a demigod among political cartoonists. The septuagenarian is now in his 22nd year at The Times where he still produces a cartoon every day, distilling the frustrations, jibes and political unrest of the nation into one biting image to a looming and unmoveable deadline. This short film The Art of Satire examines Peter’s work in the contexts both of political cartooning and of The Times, who recognise Peter’s exceptional skill by allowing him to contradict the editorial direction of the paper in favour of following his own line.

  7. List

    New York-based artist Daniel Arsham is a figure with fingers in a lot of different conceptual pies, from installation works to short films. While architecture plays an important part in his work, so too do the paradoxes and oddities of human nature, and that’s what’s under the microscope here.

  8. List

    CANADA are the epitome of supercool; everything our favourite Barcelona-based filmmakers and producers touch turns to chic, so it’s time the rest of us just put down our on-trend moccasins, blacked-out sunglasses and tiny man-buns and just let them get on with it. What better way to retire our cool-hunting ways than to watch the collective’s latest short, Laberinto (Labyrinth), directed by Marc Oller, which sees the classic love story of a boy chasing an aloof girl played out sublimely.

  9. List

    In the design world, the brief plays many different roles – ubiquitous, all-important, loathed, misunderstood; it can be a starting point, a back-up and a battleground. And yet we don’t often hear that much about the brief and its place in the creative industry – enter design strategy firm Bassett & Partners. Posing the question “if every project starts with a brief, why aren’t there more projects that end up with exceptional results?” the San Francisco-based company have tried to rectify this imbalance with their interesting short film Briefly.

  10. List

    Guillermo Del Toro usually associates himself with the darker side of filmmaking, but the Mexican director and producer has just finished work on an altogether more upbeat and life-affirming movie. The Book Of Life follows the story of Manolo, a young man caught in the middle of a wager between two deities who must embark on an epic adventure in order to see the woman he loves again.

  11. List

    Gothenburg’s Goat are probably one of the most interesting bands out there at the moment. Their infectious fusion of world music, psych and heavy rock has captured the imagination of a now massive fan base, and their live performances are notoriously theatrical; the whole band costumed and gyrating like some kind of ancient Dionysian cult. Their music videos are pretty nuts too.

  12. Jw2list

    It actually takes a lot of hard work to make something seem effortlessly cool, but it helps if the raw ingredient you’re working with is, well, Jude Law. And your backdrop is the tranquil waters of the British Virgin Islands. This great new short for Johnnie Walker Blue Label opens with two men entering into a wager: if one wants to win the other’s vintage yacht, he’ll have to dance for it.

  13. Main

    We’ve been talking a lot recently about the gradual shift of the internet: websites becoming more advanced, successful blogs being abandoned left right and centre, artists adopting new ways of uploading and sharing music. What I’ve been curious about is the gradual change we’re going to witness in music videos. Gone are the hi-octane, fleshy, music videos that were rife a few years back, and it seems that increasingly bands are not as keen to peacock themselves around and taking a back seat is the cool thing to do. Maybe it’s also to do with the attention span thing that everyone goes on about, why would you want to watch a four-minute music video with a narrative that you won’t understand until you see the end when you can just watch a beautiful piece of ambient animation?