Martin Parr, the infamous photographer and filmmaker, renowned for casting his affectionate eye on the rougher parts of human society made a series in collaboration with Multistory entitled Black Country back in 2011. The short films exploring the lives of people in the Midlands are now available to watch online, including this glorious 20-minute long documentary about a sweet manufacturers, Teddy Gray’s which is content with being one of the last big companies that still does not use computers.
So meet the elderly but very cheerful Betty and Teddy and their team of loyal co-workers who spend their days producing the sweets using the old methods practised since 1826. A little impractical it may be, but it somehow it works, and this documentary succeeds in making you feel very warm and squishy indeed. Parr, you’ve done it again.
- Anthony Burrill tells us about his numerous Etsy WORK HARD rip-offs
- Stina Löfgren’s instructional illustrations for practical lunges
- Scandinavian aesthetics and do-right design approach: the brand values of Nudie Jeans
- A beautiful portrait of the communities, theatre and blingy pants of South Yorkshire wrestling
- Back to basics with Davide Di Gennaro’s symbol-heavy design workshop identity
- “I wouldn’t recommend trying to make it as an illustrator to anyone”: straight-talking McBess
- Should illustrators be treated like designers?
- Jonathan Barnbrook talks us through designing David Bowie's new album artwork
- Colourful masses with a Memphis aesthetic in Mariano Pascual’s illustrated alphabet
- Grey London's thoughtful, powerful and innovative new campaign for Tate Britain
- Anthony Burrill on starting out and staying focussed
- Introducing French design studio plus mûrs and its beautiful poster designs