We’re getting close to the top ten now. I don’t know about you but my heart’s started to race and my palms are sweating. Do you feel it too, the irrepressible rush of excitement? Brace yourself now, this shizz is hotting up!
30 – Steven Klein: Brad Pitt for Interview Magazine (October 15)
These photos were created using a simple recipe: Brad Pitt is beautiful, Steven Klein is an excellent photographer. Combine the two in equal measure and you’ve got a stellar piece of editorial photography. Bosh.
29 – Tokyo Hotaru: 100,000 LEDs (May 14)
LEDs, like fireworks, possess the inexplicable ability to make the whole of mankind forget itself briefly and just go “Ooooooh!” Float 100,000 of them down a river in Tokyo and you can pretty much guarantee that the response will be HUGE. Which it was!
28 – Designing London 2012: The Wolff Olins Logo (August 8)
In our summer roundup of Olympic design we were slightly worried that people would be sick to death of the Wolff Olins logo and show no interest at all in our extolling of its virtues. But actually it turned out that this much-maligned little beauty looked great dotted around London’s streets and so you all read about it with great enthusiasm. Thanks for that!
27 – Terry Richardson: Barack Obama (November 9)
Whether you love him or hate him Terry Richardson has developed a style of photography that’s all his own. He’s photographed the great and the good of the fashion world, countless musicians and now the president of the United States of America. And hasn’t he made Barack look lovely? Just look at those ‘come hither’ eyes…
26 – Brinkworth: Rapha Cycle Club (August 20)
London’s not short of great places to hang out, but up until August this year it did lack an upmarket cycle club where you could go and watch non-stop road racing while getting your bike fixed and enjoying a cup of coffee. Not anymore though as Brinkworth have designed the stunning (trust me, I’ve been) Rapha Cycle Club.
25 – Designing London 2012: The Graphics of the Games (August 01)
In-depth feature on the comprehensive branding of London’s 2012 Olympic Games? Of course you read it in your thousands you cheeky bunch of design lovers, you!
24 – Andy Brown: Being Brave (June 6)
Even though we’ve looked at these images many hundreds of times since they hit the site in June (they were included in our Annual too so we’ve seen them on countless proofs) these before and after shots of children undergoing dental surgery haven’t lost any of their power. Incredible stuff from Andy Brown.
23 – IKEA: KNÄPPA Cardboard Camera (April 27)
When IKEA’s cardboard digital camera first hit the shelves we suggested it might change the way we take photos. We’re prepared to admit that it hasn’t (their meatballs are better), but it’s still a great idea executed with typical IKEA flair.
22 – Mark Zibert: Paralympic Advert (May 3)
The Paralympics were responsible for some of our favourite creative content this year and Mark Zibert’s advert for Canadian television is no exception. Shot in a single take it’s got everything you require from a great bit of film.
21 – Blommers and Schumm: Hector Magazine Portraits (September 13)
Blommers and Schumm have had a pretty stellar year creating some superlative editorial imagery. Their abstract erotica for Baron was an absolute knockout, but so too were these trippy portraits for Hector magazine. Be warned though, staring at them for too long seriously distorts your field of vision.
- Brian Griffin's haunting new photography book documents paths that led to the Holocaust
- Japanese designer Tadashi Ueda is back with some ambiguously playful posters
- Great design redressing scuzzy skate aesthetics for new totally rad boardsports mag
- Eric Shaw's abstract looped paintings start as digital sketches
- The Midlands folk who celebrate all-things American, shot beautifully by Tom Martin
- Matthew Brooks documents the eerie homes of mid-century Italian-Canadian immigrants
- A mind full of filthy ideas and creative brilliance: we visit Malika Favre
- The bizarre, twilight world of Berlin-based photographer Maxime Ballesteros
- Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam and Colophon create typeface that works with the Earth's tilt
- The Anonymous Sex Journal is back, and this issue is all about wanking
- 12-year-old accidentally punches a hole $1.5 million painting
- Ely Dagher’s hypnotic and erotic animated vignettes for Model 86’s EP (NSFW)