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  1. Eplist

    Thanks to Ron Burgundy, the term “big deal” has been undermined in recent years but it’s time to reclaim it because make no mistake, Emiliano Ponzi is a big deal. The Milan-based illustrator is a master of delicate yet powerfully descriptive drawings which have made him the go-to guy for a host of clients – think The New Yorker, Le Monde, The Guardian, Penguin, The Economist, Saatchi and Saatchi, you get the picture.

  2. Emiliano-ponzi

    “Nice hair!” is a classic phrase. “Have you had a haircut?” is even better. The difference in appearance after a mere haircut is pretty marvellous. James Jenkins, documenter of mundane weirdness, has taken a charming series of before-and-after shots of people at the barbers, competing in sports matches and even skydiving. His other projects include a fascinating insight into the Queen’s guard and a hilarious series of images documenting strange, British, ritualistic sporting events. See you at the Whittlesea Straw Bear Man Festival!

  3. List-elisa-strozyk

    Elisa Strozyk had us at Wooden Carpet, the beautifully crafted isometric floor covering made from hard wood, but we’ll take her Accordian Collection too. A designer with a penchant for surfaces and surprising manipulations of very traditional materials, this latest work created in collaboration with artist Sebastian Neeb, continues with Elisa’s affinity for creating unusual textiles.

  4. Dinet2

    It’s always good to know your dinner table dos and don’ts; no elbows, no talking with your mouth full, no taking food off other people’s forks, the usual. But do many of us know how to properly lay a table? And I’m not talking using a magazine as a place mat and a spork to save on washing-up. I’m talking, dinner party standard. No? Well neither do photographer Scott Newett and art director Sonia Rentsch, but they sure know how to make a still life series from it. Titled, Dinner Etiquette, crockery and all its cutlery cousins have never looked so sleek.

  5. Darren-bader

    It is important to let your gut trust the work of certain artists. And just as something in your gut would tell you to trust someone at a party confidently telling you to climb on to the roof with them and throw cactii from the chimneys, you must put your faith in Darren Bader. Bader creates debatable pieces of installation based only upon his certainty that the objects just “go together.” He is able to fill entire spaces with contrasting, incompatible paraphernalia whilst the doubting public look on, only then to be astounded at the magic he is making. You didn’t think Tahini could go well with buttons? Well think again…

  6. Button

    I know we’re all bored of flashmobs in adverts but this is a nice twist on the idea to promote the TNT Channel’s launch in Belgium. With the idea that they are injecting some much-needed drama into the humdrum reality of everyday life, they set up a red button in a sleepy square and waited for passers-by to push it. The gloriously over-the-top way in which events unfolds is great fun, although there may be suspicions about quite how organic the set-up really is.

  7. Yyyyyyyy

    Collaboration. A fine word for the creative community to adopt and nuture – it’s as though it was made for them to tuck nicely above their ears alongside their trusty pencil. A recent example of this comes from clothing label Yutaka Tajima, based in Sheffield, who have invited a whole host of illustrators, designers, artists and photographer to reinterpret their simple, geometric Y – an integral part of the brand.

  8. Nightshop-pov-list

    We’re going to be treated to all sorts of design gems in the build up to this years Milan furniture fair, and occasionally these products might even look like jewels. The P.O.V vase by NIGHTSHOP (Ward van Gemert and Adriaan van deer Ploeg) is an iridescent vessel with a perspective heavy design, changing colour as you move about it. Tasking themselves in creating “surprising products,” the vase more than qualifies.

  9. Me-marrionette-list

    To celebrate his upcoming exhibition in Brighton’s Ink-d Gallery, award-winning illustrator Graham Carter has teamed up with animator Simon Armstrong of TickTockRobot to create a lovely short, bringing the characters and landscapes of his static work to life. The show, Me, Marionette will feature much of the contemporary print-making and illustration that has made his name and this animation, titled Warrior, with its charmingly conceived characters, has got us pretty excited about what else will be on offer.

  10. Fbsmall

    When you watch Mad Men you are struck not just by the suits and the sexism but also by the happy-go-lucky approach to the actual ads they produce. It’s relentlessly shiny and upbeat full of promises about how your life WILL improve if you drive/smoke/drink what they tell you. Fast forward half a century and Don Draper would be aghast at this new campaign for Fernet-Branca bitters by Ogilvy. Rather than gloss over the life’s frustrations it revels in them and it’s massively effective in highlighting that contrary to what ad-land might have you believe, things are not always brilliant. A very good example of this kind of thing.

  11. Bh_1

    “As far as the Kosovo graphic design scene goes,” Bardhi Haliti explains, “there isn’t really one. Certainly there are some individuals doing interesting things, but I wouldn’t dare call it a scene!” Kosovo born and bred, Haliti studied in the US (he lived in New York, Maryland and Utah), before returning to Prishtina in 2009, where he designs good-looking, highly functional printed matter for a wealth of arts and culture sector clients.

  12. Kffront

    Lesser creatives than Karim Charlebois-Zariffa might rest on having the best name in the business and churn out pedestrian work in place of anything interesting safe in the knowledge all those syllables are going to raise an admiring eyebrow. But KC-Z continues to work across a range of disciplines with real flair and imagination as his latest site update proves. There’s a Mexican pimped BMX ad for a Russian telecoms company installed upside down and flipped in photography for maximum effect (quite the response to a brief to do anything that includes the firm’s trademark two blue dots). There’s a car-parts typeface for AOL and a remote-controlled book/car made in conjunction with Sagmeister for BMW.

  13. Maartlist

    At first, Maarten De Celaer’s newest project reminded me of multi-coloured, science lab mould growths – a slightly unpleasant reference but aesthetically fascinating. Using the sciences as inspiration, Maarten wanted the pieces in his Mutation Series to resemble transformations of cells, that have germinated into upholstered mutations because of a chemical or nuclear reaction. This approach to furniture design is rarely seen and it’s why Maarten’s project is featured at this year’s Milan Design Week. Achieved by carefully composing patterns with cut-offs of varying foam spheres which are applied to a basic structure, the entire piece then gets coated with a rubber or velvet-like finish. This is a direct challenge to classic upholstery, and I for one am welcoming it with open (and lab coat-protected) arms.

  14. Cel-list-porcelain-garden-detail

    Porcelain is such a delicate material that as an indelicate child I was often kept away from the pearlised slopes of a figurine, the voluptuous derriere of a vase, and the regal arch of a teapot handle. It’s because of this isolation that I can’t help but be entranced by anything porcelain now – even a toilet seat has sometimes rendered me speechless, but most recently, it’s been the work of Buenos Aires born, Cecilia Borghi that’s enchanted me.

  15. Tedfront

    What do all of us have, few of us share and some handle better than others? Yes, that’s right germs. But also secrets and that universal appeal helps explain the stratospheric popularity of Frank Warren’s PostSecret blog, where he invites people to submit their deepest darkest pearlers anonymously. He’s received hundreds of thousands of them to date ranging from the whimsical to the life-altering. As with the best examples of this kind of project it builds up to something much bigger than the sum of its parts – in this instance a fascinating study of people, their relationships and the ways in which they construct their own realities.

  16. Tow_1

    On August 15 2008, at the Beijing Olympics, Ethiopian long distance runner Tirunesh Dibaba won 10,000 metre gold. A week later she won the 5,000 metres, too. Until then no woman had won both races at the same Games, and only one woman had ever run the 10,000 metres faster. Dibaba’s achievement was undoubtedly huge – how many people win one Olympic medal, let alone two? – but her triumph was noteworthy for another reason: the now-26-year-old athlete was born in Bekoji, a rural Ethiopian town from which seven other Olympic medalists have also come running.

  17. Tv_01

    To celebrate Tate Modern’s ongoing Yayoi Kusama retrospective, creative partnership Hellicar and Lewis created ‘The Hello Cube’, a quietly complex, social media-savvy interactive installation inspired by the great Japanese artist’s work The Passing Winter.

  18. List-danielpalacios_waves

    Creating models so that we might see something invisible (like sound) is a fascinating and perpetuating phenomena between artists and scientists – both striving for physical representations so that we might better understand the thing beyond its theory. What Daniel Palacios’s Waves installation has done is create a beautiful explanation of how sound inhabits space, how the “chaos of infinite variables” that create noise might influence the sinusoidal waves conducted between two turbines connected by a length of rope.

  19. Crane2pawsmall

    You know why everyone loves coke floats? Because Coke is delicious and ice-cream is delicious but when you bring them together they create something day-changingly wonderful. As with refreshing beverages, so with online cultural content. We are thrilled today announce a link-up with Crane.tv, the finest purveyors of video this side, heck all sides of the Mississippi.

  20. Benoit-bodhuin-list

    benbenworld is Benoît Bodhuin, a graphic designer and “créateur de caractères” (of the typographic persuasion). His latest update is ZIGZAG, a fun font that aims to break the rhythm of reading by using a rotation of four varieties of each letter in the alphabet, all of which retain the same rounded, loose letter forms.

  21. Hux-list

    If every-day life is lacking drama for you – and let’s face it Tuesday probably is the most boring day of the week, even if The Hairy Bikers are on TV tonight – then inject some cinematic edge with these moody paintings by American artist Alec Huxley. Like screenshots or retro film posters, there’s a real sense of tension and darkness through the narratives created within each piece. Successfully applying filmic devices to his work, Huxley manages to blend the qualities of film into the static canvas through his use of shading, limited colour palettes, and layering of translucent figures in the foreground as though one scene’s blurring into the next in the surreal world he’s created.

  22. Calcfront

    “Math is beautiful. Arithmetic is simple. Rechner is both.” It may sound like the strapline of a particularly leftfield perfume advert but actually that’s what Colorado-based designers Todd Berger and Lucian Föhr say about their new app which creates the world’s first minimalist gesture-based calculator. Taking the touchscreen iTechnology we’ve all come to know and love, they’ve applied it to one of the world’s most basic products with stylish results. Certain swipes engage different mathematical functions (multiply, divide etc) and both in aesthetics and functionality this appears to be a significant milestone on the road to a time when this technology is ubiquitous.

  23. Vid1

    It seems to be a particularly rich time for fashion videos at the moment and this latest offering from Gia Coppola (niece of Sofia) is in no danger of bucking the trend. Created to promote the DVF URRENT/ELLIOTT Spring 2012 collaboration, it tells the tale of a young screenwriter in 1960s Hollywood, and above and beyond the beautifully tongue-in-cheek sense of time and place and the clever visual touches there’s also a cameo from Ray Liotta off of Goodfellas. Tips of the hat all round.

  24. Tobcol-list

    It’s understandable to be feeling blue (and bloated) after the Easter weekend. But turn that frown upside-down as photographer Tobias Colz has made blue, or rather cyan, look incredibly good in his latest project CyanCali.. By abstractly capturing the sights of California, the Hockney-esque cerulean skies of the west coast state are transformed into fresh, graphic shots of clean lines and striking contrasts. It’s the clarity of these images that really stands out as it’s pretty much like diving into a pool of slick, blazing azure – which incidentally is rinsing my bank holiday funk right away.

  25. Jw

    Kids being bad is not by any means a revolutionary way to make something instantly cool. From Hook to Lord of the Flies to the debatably brilliant Rock and Roll High School, this method is a tried and tested tag of rebelliousness which, when attached to something, makes people love it.

  26. Ps

    Peter Shire has famously avoided definition. But, come to think of it, how can you accurately define someone who’s as happy making sculptures as they are chairs, teapots and toys? Shire’s work is colourful, amusing and compositionally striking, and his workshop – a sprawling warehouse space in Echo Park, Los Angeles, where he grew up – is a veritable cabinet of curiosities.

  27. List-matt-brown

    Working up to his current spot as designer/prototyper in the Human Interface Device Prototyping group at Apple, multi-hyphenate creative Matthew Irvine Brown has left his mark in the design departments of Nokia, Last.fm and BERG. His personal projects site that runs parallel (and then cheerfully off in remarkably creative tangents) is full of interactive, experimental and quite brilliant projects (singing sock puppets anybody?): a three-fold theme pretty well exemplified in an ongoing demo-based initiative called Music for Shuffle.

  28. Main

    If, like me, you’ve ever uncontrollably tried to copy and paste something in real life, or move a real apple core to the trash folder on the desktop, then take a look at these paintings by Kon Trubkovich and see if your mind starts automatically figuring out the image behind the glitch. Mildy confusing but intensely satisfying, Kon’s portraits that ‘lack identity’ become all the more impressive when you realise they are created with oil paints and graphite – killer!

  29. List-rebecca-crompton

    When she’s not drawing obviously fictional characters whose appendages are ambiguously jointed and whose faces are sublimely happy (excellently so), a lot of Rebecca Crompton’s illustration looks like it’s some visual inventory of her immediate surroundings – good, honest observational drawing. Although granted, Rebecca must see the world in a different way to the rest of us.

  30. Lindell_list

    Uniformity, sharp lines and slightly bleak scenes are all characteristics of Patrik Lindell’s photography. It sounds terrible but actually it’s these components that become the strengths of his work. he works for a number of high-profile clients, but in his personal work Lindell uses the ordinary to inspire him, meaning we’re treated to patterns made from exteriors of buildings and harsh industrial landscapes in a graphic and measured approach. Ultimately Lindell makes the ugly, beautiful, and let’s face it, who wants conventional beauty now anyway? It’s so overrated…

  31. Yaya_listimage

    At any Sunday league football game there are certain phrases you always hear. “Let’s get at it lads!” “Offside?! Lino! Lino!” and perhaps more surprisingly “Has anyone got any tape?” Tape plays a pivotal role in amateur footy, from securing the nets to holding shin pads in place, so it seems appropriate that London design studio GBH has created PUMA’s new typeface out of gaffer tape.

  32. Roger-ballen-list

    Shadow Land is a new show, comprehensively revealing the extraordinary work of Roger Ballen. Revered for his contribution to contemporary photography and as one of the most important artists in the field of his generation, New York-born Ballen spent 30 years in South Africa, developing his style and documenting his surroundings, all in the consistent black and white and square format.

  33. List-achim-borchardt-humebookshelf

    In this, London’s very “olympic” year, the cultural games played out by the top galleries is quietly being lead by their curators. It’s a critical responsibility and so it makes sense that those behind the galleries programmes of big name retrospectives with their blockbusting four-hour-queues, are some very skilled and very qualified lot, not least, the Whitechapel Gallery’s chief curator, Achim Borchardt-Hume.

  34. Thfront

    It’s Easter so while we put the finishing flourishes on our Easter bonnets (ribbons are heavily present this year), we decided to unload our bountiful basket of Things. While inedible they’re definitely a feast for your eyes and this week there’s a right mix of goodies, so let’s get cracking!   

  35. Weekender-list

    Because it’s Easter, I think it’s about time we talked about religion. Me? I’m a respectheist. I respect ALL the major deities and some pretty minor ones too. The reason for my magnanimity is because I worship at the shrine of Sheryl Crow. Thanks to my committed Crow-mania, the It’s Nice That redesign has been very inspirational for me, because our Lady of Sheryl has wise words: “A change (change) would do you good.” She has little aphorisms like this for any occasion (All I want to do is have some fun” is another good one) but I’m not here to evangelise – each to their own. Let’s do this…

  36. Prades_list

    Pencil and paper – the first tools we were given as a child after crayons and play-doh. They’re pretty good, and even better when put in the hands of someone with an eye for detail and precision. Over the last few years, illustrator Simon Prades has been churning out amazingly-detailed and technical work in a way that makes my hands feel like they’ll never be able to achieve anything that good, ever. His portfolio is packed full of pencil drawings, ink work with slices of colour and etchings and it’s the concept in his latest project Our Books that caught our attention. Choosing six books that have a personal connection to his own family and friends, Prades has created a series of lovely pencil drawings that unite both of these elements.

  37. Ue_01

    In 2010 Julia Born designed A NOT B, a fantastically colourful book filled with Uta Eisenreich still-lifes. Inspired by non-verbal IQ tests, Eisenreich’s sets were constructed from a vast array of ubiquitous household items – apples, tea pots, hand-held mirrors, etc. – and displayed the artist’s penchant for games, language and symbolism. A NOT B, the book, originated from A NOT B, the exhibition, held at Amsterdam gallery Ellen de Bruijne Projects in 2009, in which the artist’s weird and often very funny objects could be experienced in real life.

  38. Rararararara

    Andy Rementer may be an artist, an illustrator and a gentleman. But more than all of that, he’s a joy-monger. If you can look at his work without smiling you’re probably dead inside. His new show at the Ship of Fools gallery in The Hague promises to be a bobby-dazzler, with a series of gouche portraits, plants and typography work. Nice indeed.

  39. Port

    The shortlist for this year’s BP Portrait Award has just been released after the judges whittled down more than 2,00 entries to a final four. It’s a strong selection as you’d expect but made especially intresting by the absence this year of an obvious favourite. The winners will be announced on June 19 and the exhibition runs from 21 June until 23 September.

  40. Alex-kisilevich-list

    Alex Kisilevich could easily be placed in the sculpture bin, what with his ability to carefully craft his subject matter in an effect not dissimilar to an installation or fine artist. But photography is Alex’s mainstay, a label that allows manipulation, ranging from the subtle to the deliberately abstract.