Archive

  1. List

    I like to see words put together nicely – it’s the liquidity of some words on a page or the dynamism of others that just gets me really excited. So it’s always welcome when a studio such as Lyon based Superscript² are so evidently into typography and careful layout it makes me say “oooh.” Everything about their work is thoughtful, clean and fits together extremely well. Their sharp design is often monochromatic too, giving not only the people they design for, but the studio, a strong visual identity. It’s the stacks of fonts they’ve designed collated on their website I enjoy looking through most though, as it’s clear this is where their true passion lies.

  2. Jenn-ackerman-lisr

    Trapped is a powerful photographic series and documentary by Jenn Ackerman that reports the disturbed worlds of people who are both a prisoner of the United States government and of their own state of mind.

  3. Doglist

    If your only exposure to south-west London is via Made in Chelsea (it’s a show where rich people sleep with each other and then moan about it in overpriced bars for our overseas readers), then get ray to have your world shattered come July. The Exhibitoin Road show is taking over the Kenisngtona nd Chelsea for the first nine days of the Olympic Games and there’s a wealth (pun intended) of great stuff to see and do with new arts commissions from Katie Paterson, Graeme Miller and Tomas Libertiny, sculptures housing bees, a bicycle orchestra and the chance to look round a particle accelerator.

  4. List

    My bedroom used to be covered in a lot of posters as a youngster and it’s only recently that I’ve realised how awfully designed they all were. To be fair though, my eight-year-old self didn’t really care about the type used on my Smash Hits poster of the Spice Girls – it was their cheeky attitude and sisterhood principles I was most interested in.

  5. List

    We should be more aware that recycling is something kids do naturally. The amount of toilet roll tubes and egg boxes that were upcycled into magnificent artworks when I was younger definitely (maybe) made a dent in our wastage as a society. And while my Art Attack days are behind me, I still marvel at those who are able to create something out of nothing.

  6. Cranetd

    “I’ve been writing to robot companies for the past five years,” sounds like the ramblings of a madman but it’s actually a line from this excellent film about the ever-tremendous Tom Dixon. Anyone who has been to The Dock – the designer’s riverside HQ – during London Design Festival knows how well he does these big public events, and during Salone last week he set up shop at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Our pals at Crane.tv were out there and produced this piece showcasing not only the impressive set-up but Tom’s ideas about technology, creativity and commerce.

  7. Mustafah-abdulaziz-list

    Mustafah Abdulaziz is surrounded by the same landscape, lit by the same saturating afternoon light as the rest of us, but sees things differently, capturing “the scene that strives to appear one way but looks to me another.” Memory Loss is about how people appear in an environment that is so familiar to them that they stop seeing and consequently, forget how they appear in it.

  8. Hwb

    We’ve written before about the unusual ways Leipzig-based label howitzweissbach promote their collections (bearded-women look-book anyone?) and so when we were sent their latest effort yesterday we were all eyes (is that a thing?) It’s a video they made in Paris last month and sees them foisting some fashionable films on the good people (and landmarks) of the French capital, but what I really like is the gorgeous, vintage aesthetic particularly in the latter half. For their next trick? Who knows…

  9. Gabriel-dawe-list

    Gabriel Dawe’s latest Plexus site-specific installation sees the artist accumulate thousands of strands of sewing threads, solidifying space in a vibrant, tangible spectrum of colour. The absolute precision of its making allows the viewer to perceive it from all manner of angles with the effect being somewhere between “material and the immaterial.”

  10. Listairdrop_edward-linnacre_ah24

    There’s obviously a place for – and a very good living to be made in – design that solves the small everyday issues like making car seats more comfortable or bus timetables more legible. But many designers harbour ambitions to tackle some of the world’s most intractable problems and The James Dyson Award rewards some of this kind of inspired idealism.

  11. Mark-mulroney-list

    Good news! Mark Mulroney’s collage and painted comic abstractions (that featured in issue eight of our magazine) – as funny as the viewer is suggestively minded, or else just nicely composed works of the cartoon variety – are now on show at London’s Galleries Goldstein.

  12. Dmlist

    In this Olympic year it was always going to be a hot favourite and sure enough Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch won the coveted Design of Year, it was announced tonight.

  13. Jamie-shovlin-list

    Since producing a flawed set of watercolours of the 49 books in the Fontana Modern Masters series published in the 1970s and 1980s, contemporary painter Jamie Shovlin noticed that 17 titles went unpublished. Intrigued, the artist has since approached these lost works and imagined what they might have potentially looked like. Tom Hunt of the Haunch of Venison described Shovlin’s conceptual framework as playing with the boundaries between truth and fiction, “often replying retrospectively a logic to an era or a concept that might not have been originally thought of.”

  14. Dimain

    From the sanded plywood tables to the endless stacks of multi-coloured paper, 99.9% of the objects at GF Smith’s Beauty in the Making exhibition are easy on the eye. We were particularly enraptured by the glossy red stools filling the coffee bar area, which instantly brought back memories of classrooms, bunsen burners and graph paper. Luckily for us, the incredibly talented and friendly stool-maker, David Irwin, was about for a chat…

  15. Readaloudlist

    Anyone else kind of bored by the book debate now? The one where someone says ebooks will kill off actual real life books because you can take loads on holiday easily, and then someone else says but they smell nice. Until someone has a new take on this I am banning it from being discussed (I may not have the power to do this but you never know).

  16. List

    So the end of the world is supposed to happen December 21 this year and while you may be more concerned about whether summer will actually get here first, Mexican design agency, Menosunocerouno, have created the Just in Case survival kit.

  17. List

    Gone are the days of double line bordered A5 posters made on Microsoft Word for the village hall’s annual production of Macbeth. Now we’re all about the the work of graphic designer Erich Brechbühl who’s been producing striking theatre posters for a number of years. Based in Switzerland, he uses text and colour to capture the essence of the play graphically – without any images it means Erich has the freedom to really play around. His portfolio is diverse but there’s a consistency in his bold approach and slick execution. Erich effectively proves that theatre posters can be just as exciting (if not more) than the show they’re advertising.

  18. List

    We’ve all found that one weird Hula Hoop in the bag where it’s not a hoop at all but rather an ironed out, flat piece of hula. We always say we’ll keep things like that and maybe send it to someone but we never do – we’re too hungry to be that proactive.

  19. Manuel-raeder-list

    In the simplest terms, the work of Manuel Raeder and his Berlin-based studio is communication design. Working collaboratively with a weighty list of content-cum-inspirational practitioners, artists, curators – “rappers, photocopiers” – and non-professionals, the largely print-based work decussates the ground separating the design from the content itself, “exploring the boundaries between exhibitions, ephemera, books, type design, editing and publishing to furniture design.” The results are therefore unique from project to project and as strong a piece of conceptual work as the content presented.

  20. Anilist

    There’s a particular breed of dull, derivative and/or formulaic animation (ani-meh-tion?) that we would file under the competent rather than exciting category, but thankfully the sterling chaps over at Animade are here to help. This brilliant series of tutorials gives a 15-second pointer as to how people can spruce up their basics to make them more enticing and engaging. Focussing on finished product rather than process, they nevertheless offer an insigthful slant on this medium.

  21. List

    These days we’re finding it increasingly difficult to realise when we’re full. Our gluttonous chops demand more and we make complaints like “that packet of crisps wasn’t even half-filled!” We’re disgusting basically. Addressing our mass consumption is Per Johansen’s latest series Mæt (Full), where plastic containers have been crammed full of everyday foods, alluding to our excessive greed and consumer mentality.

  22. List

    Finding the silver lining on that frayed, grey cloud definitely helps brighten the day – even better when it provides you with a project. Photographer William Miller had this happen to him after buying a polaroid camera at a yard sale. Every photo he took was warped from failing mechanisms and over-exposure, but fear not for the results of these chemical reactions are beautiful, psychedelic and random. Ruined Polaroids are like snapshots of abstract landscapes or unreal rock formations rich with colour and unrepeatable singularity. Here’s the photographer himself to tell us more about the process..

  23. Paradise-list

    Yes, Milan might be over, but the discourse about the role of design and art continues. The Royal College of Art students who have held an exhibition there for the last couple years have done so progressively, eschewing a merely promotional stake in the fair and opting instead to contribute to the debate. Their first publication to house these ideas, according to head of programme for design products,Tord Boontje, is “a starting point for further thought.”

  24. Jdlist

    Whatever the reason for it being built – and debates over what Stonehenge actually is still rage among academics – it remains one of England’s most recognisable sights. The mystery may help explain its endurance in our national consciousness, but whenever this happens, creatives cannot help muck around with such a legacy. Arguably the best scene of the superlative SpinalTap comes when the tiny model of the famous landmark is lowered onto the stage during their song about the druid-built wonder, Eddie Izzard has a section on it in his Dress to Kill show and now Jeremy Deller has created an inflatable version for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts.

  25. Anton-weflo-list

    Anton Weflö has updated his site and the new work is as bright and as great as we remember – only more! Playing effectively with tone and colour and fixed perspective, Anton creates indubitably happy illustrations. Filled with miscellaneous items of the everyday; shoes, swords, plants, sections of brick wall, etc, these are the visual taxonomies of someone who sees the good in everything.

  26. List

    Not only are the Swiss good at producing luxury time-tellers but they’re also very good at graphic design. Claudiabasel, a small studio of designers who met while studying at the HGK Basel, have been producing an impressive amount of work that differs from contemporary layouts and strong images to more traditional looking design with strong type and flat colours. It’s their diverse range of locally-based clients, like architecture schools, theatres and fashion designers, that have allowed them to continually experiment visually and try different forms. Even though not in my (very limiting) mother tongue, it’s all so striking that becomes completely irrelevant.

  27. Yt

    There’s a feeling that the obsession with “going viral” is starting to hamper the way brands approach some campaigns with many believing viral is an outcome rather than a strategy. But if there is any method to the madness than someone like Kevin Allocca, YouTube trends manager, should be able to give a few pointers. This TED talk he gave earlier this year may not be utterly groundbreaking for those particularly au fait with this kind of thing, but it’s still a fun and insightful seven minutes (and you get to see a clip of Rebecca Black’s Friday). Worth a watch. He also writes a good blog about which videos are blowing up YouTube and some potential explanations.

  28. Sumolist

    While it’s the only sport where being obese is encouraged, sumo wrestling is a supremely significant Japanese tradition. But modern society has slowly been digging its grubby mitts into those oversized nappies of theirs (not literally), with gambling, match fixing and organised crime becoming a more permanent aspect of the sport.

  29. Vaka-valo-list

    In Dream Diary Vaka Valo randomly adopts the ligne claire illustration and colour palate reserved for the clinically bleak how-to/airplane emergency guides, removing them from their explanatory contexts and fusing them to create new, totally obscure, narratives. For example, a construction manual interplays with a first-aid guide so that the blood poring out of Mrs A.N. Example’s nose flows seamlessly into a paint tin. They are strange, and not a little sinister, but then anyone who actually reads the aircraft safety card will be disturbed at the vacant (sometimes bemusedly happy) expressions on the illustrated faces and understand quickly the leap of imagination it took Vaka to create these “dreams.”

  30. Bs

    Sometimes an ad blows us with away through sheer effort and we’re wowed as much by the planning, time and expense as by the finished product. But at other times organisations show they appreciate that in the information-saturated shouting match the modern media landscape sometimes resembles, whispering can be the most effective way to get a message across. This short spot by Rethink Communications for the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia is incredibly communicative and moving, bringing the charity’s “Protect your Memories” campaign to life with simplicity and pathos. It reminded me of the first few minutes of Up in its less-is-more approach, which is just about the highest creative yardstick I can use.

  31. Preslist

    We seem to have been battered by coverage of the American presidential elections and they are still SEVEN months away, but the world is watching. Anything that helps us outsiders understand this faintly baffling process has a real value, none more so than those insights into the socio-cultural by-products of election campaigns.

  32. Gplist

    There’s a famous clip of Norwegian TV presenter Bjorge Lillelien chastising the English after his country saw off England in a football world Cup qualifier. “Lord Nelson! Lord Beaverbrook! Sir Winston Churchill! Sir Anthony Eden! Clement Attlee! Henry Cooper! Lady Diana! Maggie Thatcher – can you hear me, Maggie Thatcher? Your boys took one hell of a beating! Your boys took one hell of a beating!” Its curious mix of political grandees, a princess and a boxer combine to see it regularly voted the best bit of commentary of all time and ever since I have had a grudging admiration for Norway and Norwegians.

  33. Chelsea-list

    Arty attempts to spruce up building work can often be a bit cringeworthy in the UK but over on the other side of the pond they do it bigger and better (see also burgers and arguing in public).

  34. Paul-sahre-list

    Intrigued as to whose voice it was narrating the design work over on karlssonwilker’s portfolio site, I was reminded of the very established graphic work of Paul Sahre. Operating a small design studio “fondly” referred to as O.O.P.S (Office of Paul Sahre), a quick look will reveal a plethora of great book works, regular illustration spots, music visuals and a sense of humour. A closer look, will uncover a number of satellite sites for his dedicated sidelines which are occasionally random but absolutely worth your time.

  35. Silolist

    When people ask us what we look for in prospective employees one of the things we always say is a cultural knowledge as broad as it is deep and an insatiable hunger to sniff out the best creativity around. It takes us to some pretty leftfield corners of the web, such as the website of New Zealand theatre Silo.

  36. Kungmain

    Very good bottomless pit of work here by Portugese designer Valdemar Lamego (i.e K-ü-n-g Design) showcasing his praise-worthy ability to produce not just beautiful magazine spreads, but also fun typography and very cool book covers. K-ü-n-g is art director for the brilliant Parq magazine which, without his magic touch, could just be another fashion magazine, but is in fact brought to life by his very enviable skills and looks like a joyous publication. Fantástico!

  37. Tim-blare-list

    Like all good purveyors of fast (soul)food should, the Poetry Takeaway serves up made-to-order and digestible poems to the “hungry yet discerning literary consumer.” Among its rotating kitchen of poetry chefs is creator Tim Clare, a writer and stand-up poet who can be seen on his bio page comparing head-size to a ukulele which we must assume he also plays. Tim will be found touring in the next few months with his How To Be A Leader show – and so will the Poetry Takeaway! – but right now, we welcome him to our Bookshelf slot…

  38. Things-list

    Things is as things does, so Things illustrates, photographs, posterises, prints and publicises, profanes and protests and I’m not sure when or why the illieration started but Things does that too. And it looks damn good when it does it.

  39. Weekender-list

    Right everyone. Word association. What colour is Friday? What smell? What EU country? What 1980s pop duo? What material? What musical instrument? What medicine? What sound? What texture? What size? What potency? STOP! No wrong answers remember. Now take that list and send it everyone you know in the world. And that’s how we roll. Use a hammer to break glass, The Weekender is going off…

  40. Walead

    Los Angeles-based Walead Beshty, the artist famed for his Fed-Exed glass and copper cubes, is now showcasing an eerily beautiful selection of photographs at Piccadilly’s Thomas Dane Gallery.