Archive

  1. Branding

    Some new print ventures are noteworthy for their groundbreaking ideas, taking on previously overlooked niche topics and hoping to attract readers through being the only place to indulge their enthusiasms. But others do something different and embrace big, well-worn themes in imaginative and innovative ways and that’s where the new Computer Arts Collection comes in. Published six times a year these thematic special editions cover graphic design, typography, illustration, branding, photography and advertising in turn featuring new talent, trends, in depth process pieces and studio guest editors. We spoke to CA editor Nick Carson about the new venture…

  2. List

    With the print industry flailing around like a boozy reveller in a deceptively deep fountain, you might think that publishers would be keen to snare buyers with cut-price offers. Not so over at Taschen where bigger is better as exemplified by their gorgeous new Marc Newson monograph, a 610-page behemoth, the special edition of which retails at a cool £3,500 (regular edition £650).

  3. Main

    Nothing is more infuriating than a small, unhelpful or non-existent caption to a piece of artwork or photograph. With that in mind, one of the most appealing features of renowned photojournalist Lynsey Addario is her consistent desire to tell the true story behind each and every scene she captures. So her magnificent, powerful collection of images – predominantly focusing on the role of women in war torn or third world countries – Lynsey is actually teaching you about what is going on.

  4. Image-atlas-list

    Taryn Simon, an artist and photographer now synonymous with her indexing of human and cultural genealogies and experience has teamed up with Aaron Schwartz, an author, analyst and tech creator of some of the most forward-thinking and open platforms for discussion and exchange of information.

  5. Main

    It’s clear when an illustrator has got something going on when they have a carrion plant (a tropical flower that gives off a smell of rotting meat to attract filthy flies and insects) just plopped right in the middle of a collection of images that are otherwise filled with swimming pools, ponytails and cacti.

  6. Patrick-dougherty-list

    North Carolina-based sculptor Patrick Dougherty weaves dreamlike sculptures out of woods, twigs, vines, and any such natural tree-derived materials available to him. The textural density and wavering structural curves tilt towards the surreal, with the sparseness of materials and shadowy window-cavities evoking the ruins of lost phantom civilisations, their dwellings mysterious and occasionally frozen in a fictional wind. On another level, their warping appearance makes them like animated houses – I’m reminded of the fortresses in The Supermario Bros, and there are playful architectural references in the construction of onion-domes, arches, and spires that remind us of the mimicery involved in building playhouses.

  7. Mendelsund-list

    If you’ve read any books in the last few years you’ll undoubtedly have come across the impressive design skills of Peter Mendelsund, associate art director at Knopf and Pantheon books. He’s designed the covers for hundreds of literature’s most high profile works, modern and classic, from Stieg Larsson’s blockbuster trilogy to Tolstoy’s War And Peace. Peter’s greatest skill lies in his ability to turn his hand to any literary work, extracting the core of the subject and representing it graphically and with thoroughly considered intent – he seems never to produce a jacket without having first digested the entirety of the work’s subject and its social and historical contexts.

  8. Shlist

    Modern life can be fairly exhausting. There’s Twitter to update and global warming to worry about and delicious crushed-ice coffee concoctions to consume.The idea of achieving some kind of harmony can seem like faint, quaint idealism frustrated by the frantic hurly-burly of 21st Century living.

  9. Advancednutrients-list

    When you hear the word “hydroponics” you probably think immediately of clinking bongs and thick smoke… not Pentagram, one of the world’s most renowned design studios. But prepare to be bizarrely surprised (and also pretty delighted) by the agency’s most recent work for Advanced Nutrients, the USA’s leading producer of hydroponic growth supplements.

  10. Crosson-clarke-carnachan-hut-on-sleds-list

    Let’s all go to the seaside. Seriously. And we’ll stay in amazing huts like these and when the holiday’s over… we’ll just take them back with us! Hut on Sleds, by New Zealand architecture firm Crosson Clarke Carnachan, is currently quite far away from where we live but with a tractor attached it’s pretty portable, and when there’s a will there’s a way, right? Built for a stretch of New Zealand beach that’s subject to coastal erosion, one of the primary challenges of the project involved responding to the changing conditions of the location. So… they put it on a pair of giant sleds. Brilliant.

  11. In

    Back in 2008, Jacques Floret was commissioned by fashion emperors A.P.C to illustrate their denim catalogue. Armed only with a trusty Bic pen, Jacques rose to the challenge and created some images of half-naked, half denim-clad youths in a tropical forest and was soon in high demand for his illustrative ability.

  12. Oclist

    All last week #savethesecret was trending on Twitter, a hashtag-plea for anyone involved in or lucky enough to have witnessed the dress rehearsals for Friday’s Olympic Opening Ceremony to maintain the mystery.

  13. Pulselist

    I don’t know if you’ve noticed but there’s LOADS of information online, most of which swirls around the digital hurly-burly without a by or leave. But fortunately ether are designers out there like Christian Ferrera and Jon McTaggart who have created Pulse, a project which turns digital information into a snazzy red graph using computre-programmed motors, small metal arms and some chord.

  14. Fukuda-list

    Long before Noma Bar cut out his first silhouette, Japanese designer Shigeo Fukuda was creating startlingly bare poster designs of logo-like simplicity, often bitingly satirical in their content and always expertly composed. Like Escher before him, Fukuda’s work experiments boldly with perspective, negative space and the visual and geometric interplay between elements on the page, often disorientating the viewer with its constructed depth and irregular visual planes. Unlike Escher however, his creations utilise a minimal, considered line occasionally punctuated with infill.

  15. Aalist

    Andrea D’Aquino describes herself as “an actual person with complexity and contradictions” who “reserves the right to be unpredictable, and to work in a wide variety of media.” Bold, bright work bursting with colour and imagination is her stock-in-trade, as she executes her eclectic ideas with consummate skill and craftsmanship. Having previously worked with Armani and The New York Times, her freelance career has given her the freedom to pursue her passions in sometimes unexpected directions. So if she wants to do some illustrations for baby clothes based on 1980s colloquialisms she can (and has!).

  16. Chris-ware-list

    It’s been a very long time since comics widened their scope beyond superheroes and science fiction for anyone to dismiss them as the creative property for only those interested in such stuff.

  17. Swayspace-list

    Brooklyn-based design studio and letterpress workshop Swayspace have been Vandercooking up a storm with their self-promotion material. Intending to show their potential clients just what they can conjure up with little more than a bit of ink and an old-fashioned piece of printing machinery, they’ve produced a delightful publication that demonstrates, along with extensive technical capabilities, a very sophisticated approach to design. As anyone familiar with Vandercook presses will know, achieving this type of clarity and carefully considered appearance isn’t easy, but Swayspace maintained happy mediums for ink levels and pressure to ensure an extremely high-quality finish. They also modified the original bright orange ink in order to bond more effectively with the blue elements; by adding a blue-ish grey colour to it, they ensured a rustier, more harmonious appearance.

  18. Blur21

    Today marks the 21st anniversary of Blur’s first ever album release, Leisure and has also sprung a subsequent collectors box set release cannily titled Blur 21 . So, for my usual Monday Morning Music Video slot it feels like sacrilege to dedicate the pixels to anyone else. I’ve wasted months, if not years of my life watching music videos and from the thousands that have entered my eyes, Blur’s always seem to leave a lasting impression. Triumphs include making a discarded milk carton huggable ( Coffee & TV ) to bathing with page 3 girls ( Country House ) and we’ve even run our own feature on their success back in February. But now, there’s a complete YouTube collection of their back catalogue, and a stonking exhibition of photographs at Londonnewcastle on Redchurch Street to boot. Use this week as an excuse to gorge yourself on as many as your boss will let you.

  19. Ladies-sing-the-blues-list

    Italian comics artist Paolo Parisi has recently spent some time away from his usual framed narratives, applying his capable hands to some wonderfully expressive portraits. Ladies Sing the Blues is a fairly self-explanatory body of work that features inkily rendered representations of some of the late, great women of early 20th Century R&B. It’s got Ella, Nina and Aretha, not to mention Billie, Bessie and Ma all immortalised in Paolo’s signature style.

  20. Max-fenton-list

    Max Fenton is stalwart of and evangelist for all sorts of reading and writing experiences, both on and off screen (particularly A Book Apart and Reading.am). He is also the online editor of The Believer magazine – a literary vehicle for very long essays and book reviews, a length absolutely justified by the overwhelming goodness of the content.

  21. Things-list

    This week our studio was reveling in the intense heat of London’s week of summer – at last! – stocking up on Mars ice-cream bars by the dozen and sunning ourselves wherever possible. And yes, also giving out yards (Irish expression!) about transport disruptions that sunshine that the holiday smell of sunscreen made only mildly more bearable. We also had our Grads 2012 event, which was very exciting and filled with brilliant work and a fantastic mix of all sorts of talented people. In the meantime, we’ve received a massive variety of tremendous Things – five of which we showcase here in all their vibrant, fun-loving, map-addled glory. Enjoy!

  22. Weekender-list

    There’s a thing going round at the moment, popular with advertisers and Twitter wags where you pretend you’re talking about the Olympics by saying something like “All eyes will be on east London tonight for an iconic event sure to attract thousands of fans” and then at the last moment you reveal that it wasn’t the Olympics at all by saying “…IT”S MY BIRTHDAY” or “DO THE LOTTERY” and everyone congratulates you for being hilarious and carries you shoulder-high through a joyous throng of well-wishers. So everyone ready? “I am sure you’ve been waiting for today for years but it’s finally here to put an end to the speculation and anticipation…” wait for it, “IT’S THE WEEKENDER!” Hahahaha, oh mercy!

  23. Metamorphoses-list

    This isn’t the first cinematic trailer/featurette a top gallery has produced for their “blockbuster” exhibition – for a while now, institutes have doubtless realised the potential viral power of such films for garnering interest from an audience who may not be in the same country, let alone the same city, as the gallery. The latest big-time show at London’s National Gallery is particularly well suited to a cineaste tastes as they present three definitive works by the Italian master Titian; his Metamorphosis paintings of Ovid’s Acteon and Diana.

  24. List

    Throughout the Olympics we’ll be taking a look at all the creative collateral, what it looks like and how it performs in the context of the games. First up as it wings its away to east London for its big moment tonight, we look at the torch that has travelled the length and breadth of the country in the past 70 days.

  25. Main

    If you’ve ever tried to draw a quick diagram for someone of how to get so somewhere close by, you’ll appreciate A) How hard it is to get things into proportion and B) The importance of words and symbols to help you along when spacial awareness fails you. Stephen Walter is a contemporary cartographer who spends his time creating maps that devour any meat off the bones of the city before regurgitating them back up again in the form of a ludicrously intricate tangle of illustration.

  26. List2

    Personal projects are often a great way for creatives to showcase their skills emancipated from the commercial restrictions which can sometimes hold them back in their day-to-day work. And designer/engineer/woodworker/metalworker Benedict Radcliffe has proved once and for all that if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing properly.

  27. Andreasengelbreckt-list

    Andreas Engelbreckt is a young Danish designer currently completing a Masters in visual communication at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. We were first drawn to his work having seen his Panneau typeface – a font that evokes the decorative letterforms of 1940s French typography – but quickly discovered an impressive body of work focussing on classic type design and branding projects. We got in touch with Andreas to find out a little bit more about his practise and have a good old snoop around his desk space.

  28. List

    Putput are a Swiss/Danish art group bent on twisting their viewers’ perceptions of the everyday and concealing the extraordinary within the ordinary. Inflorescence takes household cleaning paraphernalia and plants them amongst various potted flora, causing an instant double-take that forces the mind to reassess the nature of its stimuli. Popsicles does the same, but in a much more immediate way, replacing the frozen body of an ice lolly with a sponge scourer. The photographs are simple, look incredible, and might actually make you stop and think about the limits of your own perception. But mostly they look incredible.

  29. Main

    You may have come across images of renowned page-filler McBess drawing insanely complicated, and seemingly endless, monochrome scenes straight on to a wall. Well, if you were wondering who the smiley man drawing on the wall next to him was, it’s Ugo Gattoni – extraordinary artist and creator of jaw-dropping new publication for NoBrow. We chatted with Ugo about the making of Bicycle, his love for cycling, and his ping-pong style of collaboration with his good friend McBess.

  30. Lgmain

    After leaving a Brighton photography degree with a slightly bitter taste in her mouth, Lydia broke away from the conceptual constraints of university and began doing what she truly felt passionate about – taking spontaneous portraits of people she is either particularly close to, or who she feels have their own entirely unique style.

  31. Earth-as-art-list

    These images, with their vibrant swirls, abstracted forms, and occasionally eye-popping bursts of colour, look like paintings. You can imagine them leaning against the wall of a messy studio, or framed and debated upon within a slick white gallery space. But in actual fact, they’re photographs of where we all live. It’s been 40 years since NASA launched its first Landsat satellite – sent way out there to monitor and document the changes taking place across the planet. To celebrate four decades of earth-gazing, NASA and the U.S. Geographical Society selected and digitally coloured 120 images taken from these satellites, and put them up for public vote in their Earth as Art contest.

  32. Sabinabaumann-list

    Sabina Baumann has been making incredible work since before I was even born, embarking on her artistic career in 1987. Since then she’s mastered pretty much every medium out there, from elaborate sculptural processes and finessed ceramic work to scratchy crayon compositions and highly detailed pencil sketches. All of her creations have a surrealist flavour, transplanting iconic imagery and objects into ambiguous landscapes that combine to form highly anachronistic works, devoid of time and place.

  33. Aleksandra-mir-list

    Aleksandra Mir’s Triumph is a massive installation of trophies – 2,529, to be precise – from every genre of sport, dating from the 1970s. The project was inspired by the artist’s visit to the house of an ageing friend who had been a very successful athlete in his youth, and whose prowess was demonstrated in a shrine-like room dedicated to the prizes and photographs of his glory days. She was struck by the conflicting aspects of it all; the drama, speed and excitement of those victorious seconds, the sadness that they could never be returned to, and the sense that some day those much-anticipated and thrilling moments would be reduced to nothing more than a series of trophy-engravings and clippings.

  34. Javascript-review-list

    What I know about javascript wouldn’t fit on a pixel. In my small mind, programming is an abstract concept occupying the digital commons of an elite, highly trained, breed of humanoid whose hands are prosthetic illusions as they type meaninglessly on the keyboard, distracting us from the fact that their thoughts have a direct line to the ubiquitous Web lord.

  35. List

    We’re big fans of Studio Weave – their narrative-led design approach to architecture has resulted in some wonderful gems including furniture, follies, buildings and landscape interventions all richly embellished with stories. Their latest offering is this wonderful Paleys upon Pilers (palace on pillars) on the site of London’s historic Aldgate (literally a gate with rooms above in which Chaucer resided in the 14th Century – now that’s a good fact).

  36. Main2

    Here we have a very powerful musical comeback by Micachu and the Shapes, referred to by Charlie Porter as his “sudden new obsession” and “a right, clattering racket” on his blog. The band have have produced a total of ten music videos – in collaboration with director Chloe Hayward – all in one go to promote their new album Never.As well as having a consistent palette not unlike the one used in Rugrats, each video confirms the fact that Micachu is one of the most original music-makers around today and reminds us that it doesn’t take a huge budget and a tonne of people to make a pretty wonderful music video (or ten). You can find them all here or see our favourites below.

  37. Daniel-potential-list

    Oh boy, we love Daniel Brereton (aka Dan has Potential), everything he draws or paints or embroiders, as is the case of these wall-hanging wonders for Urban Outfitters, is a vivid illustrative delight.

  38. Timeslist

    Walking to work at the moment involves trying to slalom around the many camera crews currently pounding the streets of London, which isn’t a great surprise given that there’s an estimated 21,000 journalists here for the Olympics. The Times has tackled this coming together with this striking set of photographs from Greg White along with some accompanying videos. The idea is simple enough – to photograph the paper’s sports writers suited and booted taking part in various athletic events – but the execution is exceptional and the results strike just the right balance between sublime and ridiculous.

  39. Rvgmain

    I imagine that we have all also, at one time or another, been involved in some sort of gang – be it in the playground or maybe something a bit more post-pubescent and sinister. Either way, there’s a certain something about secret societies and clubs that is just deliciously enticing. LCF graduate and secret society fanatic Robert Ventura Gibson has burst onto the fashion scene and is currently the toast of the town with his outrageously beautiful menswear, inspired by Freemasons, Goosebumps, Illuminati, Filipino prison tattoos and Are You Afraid of The Dark. Robert kindly gave us an unbelievably intriguing in-depth interview, read on to find out the secrets of his collection…

  40. Berliac-list

    Argentinian-born Norway-based comics artist, Berliac creates illustrations and comics of earthy power, rendered swiftly and with immediacy as if carved directly into metal or monoprinted straight onto the pages of his books. Though my Spanish isn’t really up to much it’s fair to say his work deals heavily with the darker aspects of the human condition – desire, despair, fear and betrayal – drawing visual parallels between the love-making of a young couple and the thrashing of crocodiles, peppering his panels with yonic imagery. If you’re in the market for some visceral four-panel narratives look no further, Berliac is undoubtedly your man.