1. 56th-studio-list

    Proving eclecticism and craftsmanship are not mutually exclusive, 56th Studio is a brand-new design outfit debuting three collections of unexpected furniture and products in Milan.

  2. Maglist

    Like a lot of mass-market design, magazine covers straddle an interesting line in terms of how they are perceived by design purists and how much they appeal to the average shelf-browser. The Professional Publishers Association (PPA) has just unveiled the nominations for its respected awards scheme and it’s interesting to see which 15 front pages the judges chose for the shortlist.

  3. Tedxsummit

    Representing the multiplicity of ideas and the people presenting them, TEDxSUMMIT have once again enlisted Amsterdam-based creative talents WE ARE Pi to illustrate the point perfectly (once again) with a human kaleidoscope.

  4. Robert-longo-list

    Robert Longo’s iconic charcoal drawing series Men in the Cities (1979) depicted businessmen and women in an ambiguous moment of flailing impact or ecstatic dance. These photos, Longo’s own, are somewhat demystifying in that respect but nonetheless striking as we see the choreography behind his subject matter; the artist directing his models to enact an instant when a bullet hits home and photographing them in free fall.

  5. Maplist

    My favourite thing about the internet is how it facilitates communities coming together around any number of specialist and obscure interests, so that whatever floats your boat you can easily find and connect with like-minded obsessives.

  6. Prinlist

    It’s all very well talking of “the importance of good design” but it’s a term often used and understood in wooly ways. So it’s always refreshing to see an organisation put their money where their mouth is and set out what they see as the fundamentals – all the more so if that organisation is part of, oh I don’t know, the British Government.

  7. Call-for-submissions-list

    A lot of the things you read now about students is all gloom and doom – hiked fees, a paucity of graduate jobs, people drinking so much they turn into pumpkins (I may not have read that one properly) but we know there’s much more to uni life than that. Across the world there’s lots of creative, interesting and inspirational young talents producing lots of exciting, innovative and tremendously accomplished work – and we want to hear from them. If you fancy tossing your hat into the ring to become our April student of the month, then we’d love to hear from you, all the details are below…

  8. Jeff-milstein-list

    Jeff Milstein’s 2005-2009 photographs of airplanes, divorced of their surroundings with under bellies exposed like some kind of entomological specimens rather than a hulking weight of airborne steel, are enjoying a year-long exhibition at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington. What better excuse to right a wrong (why didn’t we see these before???) and get them up on the site for you all to enjoy?

  9. Keith_haring-list

    We mentioned this at the beginning of the year as one of the shows to look out for and it is finally here (so someone buy my kidney quick and I can fly over). Keith Haring: 1978- 1982 at the Brooklyn Museum is the first large-scale show to creatively profile one of the most “iconic and innovative artists of the late twentieth century as his formidable talents emerged.”

  10. Jcmain

    Great show here from Brooklyn’s underdog Julia Chiang, whose laborious paintings – that are not dissimilar to colour-blindness tests –show a selection of everyday phrases that when applied in her delicate style, become noticeably more powerful. In a show that juxtaposes fragility and weakness with the enduring patience of strong-willed handiwork, Julia Chiang has created a show that definitely justifies a brief excursion to Paris.

  11. Vid

    Dear readers, I am not going to lie to you, there’s a very large, very nearly-naked man throughout this video. That may or may not be your cup-of-tea (I am not here to judge) but you probably are into clever, memorable and effective adverts and this is a real humdinger. Watch it until the end – the reveal (or not as the case may be) is beautiful, and then watch it again to revel in the craft that’s gone into it.

  12. Vm_list

    Perhaps predictably, Paris and New York are two of our favourite cities, filled as they are with some of the world’s greatest sights. For the last few years, New York-based designer (and Paris lover) Vahram Muratyan has been pitting the pair against each other via his blog, which features wonderfully colourful and graphically playful homages to each city. The visuals have just been published in book form, too – perfect for a coffee table in any city.

  13. Jonathan-frantini-list

    The strength of acrobats allows them to contort through space, seeming to defy gravity and a comprehensible level of grace that all other humanoids can only dream of. A performance is only as good as the years of practice put in and a single movement might be practiced a thousand times to resemble a contradictory act of effortlessness.

  14. List-cardboard-cathedral

    Since it was controversially declared that St John’s church – damaged during the largest of the earthquakes in New Zealand last year –would not be repaired, a replacement has now been announced. The “transitional church” – not expected to stand for more than 30 years – has been designed by architects Shigeru Ban who proposed a cathedral made of cardboard. It’s a technology the Japanese firm are confident using, with paper projects reaching back to 1989 including a library, theatre, emergency shelter environments and even a bridge. In Christchurch, the vast cardboard tubes, 20 feet at their apex, with wooden beams, concrete floor and geometric stain glass reflecting the triangular form of the building, will create an economic and acoustic space for worship, concerts and events.

  15. Titanic

    Back in 1997 you couldn’t move for mentions of Titanic as James Cameron’s blockbuster swept all in its path, but if you thought we’d hit saturation point, you were wrong. To mark the doomed ship’s centenary this week, everything from TV shows to tribute cruises (creepy) have hit the headlines and the mania has reached fever pith (Kate and Leo are back too in 3D). Amid all the madness though this film After the Flood produced for the BBC History website is a rare beacon of sanity – beautifully made, informative and restrained. The doyens of data visualisation have done it again.

  16. Psmain2

    Particularly talented set deisgner and creative director Petra Storrs has been lavishly decorating the creative world for many years now. So with a portfolio bursting at the seams with marvellous costumes, well-sourced props and fantastical sets, we have asked Petra to share with us the secrets of her craft…

  17. Ms_01

    “I wanted the masks to appear as if they were sculpted around the model,” says photographer Mathias Sterner, explaining his approach to shooting fledgeling fashion label Nor Autonom’s inaugural collection. “I wanted the model and the mask to became one object.”

  18. List-steve-nakamura

    My response thus far to fashion persuasions like Harajuku has mostly been confused blinking. Then Steve Nakamura, an art director living in Tokyo, sent us his artwork for the impossibly popular 19-year-old Japanese singer/Harajuku model/blogger, Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. The costumes, make-up and styling is totally extraordinary – playing up to the whole fusion blend of wide culture references, extreme features and voguing jestures – and not just about being “cute.”

  19. Bompaspar-list

    In the best pun I could think of, Bompas & Parr – food revolutionaries with a taste for historical recipes and presentation sui generis – are positively feeding us one of the most illuminating collections of Bookshelf yet. It’s gastronomically-themed, albeit with one slight (highly relevant) diversion as they take us through their latest literary-inspired project featuring a giant chocolate climbing wall and Peter Andre. Here they are, doing a much better job of introducing themselves…

  20. Thingssssss

    Things is a vision of brains, beauty and (probably) braun this week – and what a sight to behold! To get over our post-Bank Holiday blues and the April showers that have been plaguing our skies, we’ve gathered together some items that may look like black and white Kansas from the outside but are actually a colourful Oz on the inside. Impressive prints, a luxury biannual publication and even a surprise sculpture feature this week, so let’s tap our red shoes together and enjoy the ride…

  21. Weekender-list

    You know what we need? A new word. A word that in one fell swoop encapsulates what it means to be The Weekender. The wit, the wisdom, the taste, the beauty, the style and the modesty. The ceaseless striving for online excellence and the razor-sharp writing. The terrifying strength and the mesmerising shimmies. The delicate empathy and elegant verbosity. But how would we even begin to coin such an all-powerful word, I hear you ask? We will pick two words at random and splice them together, that’s how. And so, for you, equivabomination! Job’s a good ‘un, non? Ever onwards….

  22. Moth

    Inspiration comes in many shapes and forms but the wilderness around Dungeness nuclear power station on the Kent coast must be one of the ugliest sites at which to seek a creative spark. This nice video from our pals at follows the award-winning Moth Collective on their day-out by the seaside, with some animated fun along the way.

  23. Illuslist

    A funny feeling came over me when I saw the creations of New York based illustrator Tim Lahan. In the empowering words of Kylie Minogue: “It was love at first sight”. He had me with Still Life With Sex Tape’ a short zine focusing on the art of recreating a still-life image. Wiggly drawings made with palettes that may or may not have been inspired by Chewits sit among neat little logos for companies you immediately promise to buy into. Move your eyes around the rest of his drawings and faultless doodles for a while, you may find yourself getting kind of happy and feeling much the same way as me and Kylie.

  24. Judelisss

    The art of finger painting is a craft we pick up almost instinctively as children. No motor skills yet? Use what God gave you and cap your fingertips in garish poster paint that should worry any parent with a cream carpet. While most of us leave this pastime behind along with sole-lit trainers, American artist Judith Braun has embraced the medium on a monumental level.

  25. Slugabeds

    With one of the happiest songs you could ever wish to hear on a Friday comes this fruity, wiggly, pipey, bubbly, sexy video from Ninja Tune’s Slugabed. Watch as Slugabed himself turns a simple plastic cassette into a delicious fruit smoothie in a machine that could easily rival the getting-up-in-the-morning machine from Wallace & Gromit. Yes, that’s a big statement, but you’ll see it’s well deserved.

  26. Ecallist

    Gherkins, like politics and skinny jeans, tend to split opinion. Depending on which side of the delicious/disgusting divide you inhabit will determine your reaction to Cranchion by Joseph Gallix which is part of renowned Lausanne art/design school ECAL’s Milan showcase. Combining “the plebeian product and the vanity represented by the skull” Joseph has produced something undeiniably eye-catching.

  27. Marwha-list

    Before the written word there were pictures – even cavemen knew how to do a good doodle when necessary. And while we’re more civilised these days, a visual language is still very much present because let’s face it, it’s hard to forget our roots. Artist Mark Whalen is is inspired by indigenous folk art and the way our ancestors used narratives to describe their culture and era. Wanting to explore his own time and place in society, Whalen’s created his own modernised folk art in the form of illustrations that provide a surreal comment on human existence and our current social climate.

  28. Bllist

    Birmingham is a city that has had its share of bad press – enduring decades as the lazy punchline of a sneering Jeremy Clarkson style joke. But anyone lucky enough to have experienced Britain’s second city knows that recent years have witnessed a Renaissance in the Venice of the Midlands (it’s do with canals).

  29. Dhlist

    There’s something very peaceful about looking at the earth from a different angle. You can forget about the mundane things in life, like cornflakes and taxes, and appreciate what we’ve made of this world – both the good and the bad. Dan Holdsworth’s new project Transmissions: New Remote Earth Views has made me appreciate it even more. The Grand Canyon, Yosemite, Mount Shasta, Mount St. Helens, Salt Lake City and Park City appear snow-covered and deserted but really they’re digitally-rendered laser scans of the earth adapted from United States Geological Survey data (used mainly to track climate and land changes).

  30. List-karlssonwilker

    A good time well-spent on karlssonwilker’s new portfolio site confirms three things: 1. They are still making as varied and variegated work as we hoped they were. 2. They are still independent and excellently open about their practice (and having a director style commentary navigating you through and contextualising projects is totally great). 3. They have been very, very busy.

  31. Lp_01

    Rust, we were taught by parents frantically retrieving bicycles left carelessly out in the rain, is to be avoided at all costs. It’s ugly, they told us, and damaging – a stark sign of dilapidation easily avoided.

  32. Cwmain

    An impressive body of work here from this London-based design studio, who are an “independent design studio delivering art direction, branding, digital and editorial services to the fashion, luxury and media industries.”

  33. List-webby

    The main award season may have come and gone earlier this year in a flurry of breathless hype but it’s time to honour those who have done fantastic things online in the past 12 months. Now in its 16th year The Webbys may lack some of the gravitas of The Oscars or The Grammys, but they are a respected judge of who’s been brilliant in arguably the most significant cultural field of all.

  34. Bm

    Future Cinema (sister company to The Other Cinema) have become well-known for expanding films beyond the screen and bringing them to life through large-scale events, recreating scenes and settings to dizzying effect. They’ve done it again with a 360 degree live cinematic experience of Bugsy Malone that’s currently running in London.

  35. Temkin-list

    Never brilliant at the technical side of life I’ve become resigned to the fact that Microsoft Paint will be the only programme where I’ll be able to produce a piece of art- –and by art I mean a jagged, sad, visually-offensive picture vaguely resembling the dog it’s supposed to be. Which is why I’m always impressed by those who are digitally savvy and can produce beautiful work.

  36. Sk_01

    Director Sam Kristofski, charged with creating Opossum’s sun-infected Blue Meanies video, has used every trick in the contemporary book. There’s a pretty girl and there’s trees and crystals and weird-looking, skinny-jeaned characters in quasi-religious get-up. But there’s also a wonderfully trippy animated section in the video’s middle, and the girl really is pretty and, actually, taking into account the song’s summery psychadelic vibes, this video’s pretty much spot on…

  37. Guill-list

    When we think of vegetarianism, we think of a hearty baked butternut squash perhaps or a freshly tossed salad with tomatoes gleaming in the sun. But in Phuket, Thailand, a Vegetarian Festival occurs during the ninth month of the Chinese lunar year, that’s so extreme and beautiful it puts our Western veggies in a cool, dry place with our potatoes. During the festival, locals of Chinese extraction observe a strict vegan or vegetarian diet for ten days as part of a spiritual and physical cleansing process which is exhibited in a variety of street processions and public rituals.

  38. List-in-residence

    Wes Adams and Becca Abbe have joined forces to set up a studio called In Residence. Both designers fall under a similarly art-led practice, eschewing a standardised notion of what graphic design actually means and why the hell that would matter to the sort of work they like to make, including sculpture, photography, film and of course, printed matter.

  39. Ysn

    You know who’s arrogant? Google, that’s who. Under the passive-agressive cloak of pretending to help you, it’s always trying to finish your sentences and correct your spelling (“Did you mean…” Well yes, but that’s not the point.) But rather than shouting expletives at their screen, Luna Maurer, Jonathan Puckey and Roel Wouters at Studio Moniker used Google’s presumptive nature as the basis for this film. They typed in “How not to…”, saw what Google guessed they were going to ask and then turned it into the script with a proscriptive twist.

  40. List-rosie-sanders

    Botanical painting has a long and specific history, cataloguing plant species in excruciating detail, often abstracting them against a plain paper void away from their natural context. Moving away from this conventional approach to botanical art but continuing a tradition of valued documentation of flowers that has earned her five Royal Horticultural Gold Medals, artist Rosie Sanders creates contemporary and striking portraits of backlit blooms in the less than perfect phases of degeneration.