The legacy of London 2012 will be hotly debated over coming months but forget the UK’s new sense of identity, the embracing of volunteering or even world-class sporting facilities, for us there’s one clear winner. Grant Orchard’s Love Sport Game On animations have long been a great source of joy in their colourful, to-the-point celebrations of pursuits from ski-jumping to dominoes, but during the Olympics not only did Studio AKA re-release the original set but also four brand new films covering weightlifting, fencing, synchronised swimming and equestrian. Now even Seb Coe will admit that’s made it all worthwhile.
Grant’s Morning Stroll animation won a BAFTA, was nominated for an Oscar and remains one of the most oddly uplifting couple of minutes around. He’s always been a creative able to wrongfoot us – as this eyebrow-rasiingly naughty spot did in April – and it’s refreshing to see someone as good as he is willing and able to still take risks.
At Here Grant will be explain how he set about getting back the time to indulge in “pointless pursuits” which the increasing demands on his time ate into, all with the aid of “diagrams, bar charts and tacky slogans.” It promises to be an entertaining exploration of the line between professional and personal from a talent whose trajectory is so flipping upward it’s basically vertical.
Here is a one day creative symposium being held at London’s Royal Geographical Society on Friday September 21. For more information and tickets click here.
- Meet the speakers: Carl Burgess, Oscar Hudson, Mirka Laura Severa and Olivia Ahmad
- Varied, playful and slightly odd drawings from Japanese illustrator Summer House
- Thomas Colligan’s zine encourages us to appreciate the small things in life
- John Feely on capturing life in “remote” Mongolia and learning a new way of living
- Creative director David Lane tells us about redesigning frieze and creating campaigns for Hermés and Ally Capellino
- Photographer Zuza Krajewska's fragile portraits of Polish young offenders
- Grope Sans: a very rude typeface by Bompas & Parr
- Japanese graphic designer Ryu Mieno creates type-heavy works fizzing with energy
- The reductive and exacting work of graphic designer Laura Prim
- Why creative education for advertising is stuck in the dark ages
- Leipzig-based graphic designer Anja Kaiser takes us through her portfolio
- Nicolas Jaar releases Network, a book inspired by radio