Archive

  1. Goitami

    Go Itami is by no means the only photographer who is seemingly unable to cease taking appreciative photos of strange elements in his surroundings and his beautiful girlfriend, but there is a certain unbridled purity and cleanliness to his photos that is a rare, and pleasing joy to behold. When browsing his portfolio, the odd mix of private images evokes an almost timid feeling of snooping.

  2. Kai-nodlund-list

    Kai Nodland’s illustrations are of the mystic persuasion. They have no little amount of charm with their intensively detailed, symbol-rich, cosmic-like compositions. They are also wonderful feats in mark making and exploration of media – from sketches to paintings the level of detail is a signifier of the artist’s evanescent imagination and wonder.

  3. Peter-crawley-list

    Peter Crawley’s a product designer, who also makes beautifully stitch-tastic graphic work on the side. We featured him on the site back in 2011, and his work – largely made using white watercolour paper, needles, and thread – has continued to go from strength to strength. Order Chaos is a recently hand-stitched project, the underlying concept of which will be extremely familiar to anyone who’s ever worked with a sewing box. With the letterforms themselves illustrating the meaning of each opposing word, we see neatly and evenly stitched lines juxtaposed with an absolute tangle of cotton and colour.

  4. Nikelist

    We were pretty sure it was coming, we just didn’t know what form it might take. But in the Olympic battle to grab consumers’ attention during the London Games, Nike have released this Find Your Greatness spot in an attempt to ambush the multi-million pound sponsorship deal their great rivals Adidas secured. There’s no express mention of the games or the proscribed buzzwords non-partners are being banned from using, and it is filmed in locations called London across the globe, from the USA to South Africa. Due to be released in 25 countries at the same time as the Opening Ceremony takes place, it’s cheeky, clever and boasts trademark production values – the question is whether it will survive the draconian commercial rules imposed around the event.

  5. Jackie-younglist

    Relays are fun aren’t they – the combination of team and individual, the frisson of terror when the baton slips from someone’s grasp and that moment when one team just puts a really fast guy/girl at the end and romps home to victory from well back in the field. So it’s great news that our friends up at KK Outlet are harnessing this pleasure in a cultural context with their new show Art Relay.

  6. Jorgeprimo-list

    It’s searingly hot outside our studio this morning – the sun’s beating down on the brickwork and creating a stifling atmosphere within these four walls that’s causing beads of perspiration to appear on foreheads and bare legs to stick uncomfortably to soft furnishings. Finally summer is here! So we can gripe about the heat in the same way we’ve griped about the rain for the past month.

  7. Beakus

    There’s a lesson here for all of us – if you think of something hilarious, make it into an animation immediately, because I guarantee that this short animation by Amael and Leo (in association with Beakus studio) is going to make you laugh, nay hold your attention, for longer than the actual Olympic games ever will. One of the best things about this short film is perhaps the brutal honesty at which Leo and Amael have conveyed the sheer amount of litter and chicken boxes present all over the streets and riverbanks of London. The other best bit? The expression on the face of the rat gormlessly holding up the fag-end – beautiful!

  8. Homepage_thumbnail_032

    We are thrilled to announce that the multitalented and hugely influential British designer Thomas Heatherwick will be delivering the closing keynote talk of Here, our one-day symposium. He will join a stellar line-up of over a dozen brilliant creatives from the UK and abroad speaking about their practice and process, as well as sharing their insights and expertise, in our biggest event to date.

  9. Guy-pascal-vallez-list-maybe-also

    Paris-based illustrator Guy-Pascal Vallez, also known as GAX, presents us with a host of surreal characters inhabiting all sorts of otherworldly space. Cloaked and occasionally masked, they are packed into dense medieval-style cities in huge numbers, or exist as sole occupants of dauntingly expansive landscapes.

  10. Ba-list

    You’ll doubtless be surprised to discover that The Book Cover Archive is an online archive of book covers and their designers. Tighten your slackened jaw, there’s more – the archive can be searched according to designer, title, author, photographer, illustrator, publisher, typeface and a handful of other taxonomic categories. The site is currently in its BETA stage and creators Ben Pieratt and Eric Jacobsen are welcoming the advice and suggestions of users as to how they might diversify and improve the usability and functionality of the archive. So break free from your laptop, gather your favourite dust jackets and then get straight back to that laptop to find out who it was that put together that Pride and Prejudice and Zombies cover you love so dearly and exactly what font they used on Zadie Smith’s White Teeth (it’s Trade Gothic).

  11. Bllist

    Maybe it’s just us, but in the race to release creative projects that strike a chord with the Olympic Games, it’s photographers who seem to be making most of the early running. Whether it’s contemporary portraits of competitors from the 1948 games, documenting London’s local sports scenes or just terrific action shots of athletes we’ve already been mighty impressed with the work on offer.

  12. Steve-miller-list

    Will x-ray pictures ever not be fascinating? Steve Miller takes familiar high-fashion items and subjects them to this trusted mode of invasive scrutiny, revealing some uncommon contents that make curious and aesthetic arrangements. These images, part of a series called Fashion Animals that also looks through the bodies of Brazilian creatures therefore comparing them to the exotic contrivance of a handbag or shoes, asks abstract questions about the superficiality of manufactured objects in graphically iconic fashion (no pun intended).

  13. Bjlist

    In the same way Commissioner Gordon can summon Batman using the Bat-Signal, we need a way of summoning Cassetteboy. Perhaps we could project an old C-90 tape into the sky above London every time an event comes to dominate public discourse and we all agree it needs its pomposity puncturing. Actually maybe we don’t need to call him, because he seems to step up just when he’s needed. With Olympic fever now ratcheting up Cassetteboy has just released his newest work – a spliced-up selection of London Mayor Boris Johnson welcoming visitors to London 2012, in a, well, alternative way. Dark in places, silly throughout, the “fluff-headed loon” makes for a perfect subject for Cassetteboy’s skills. And the final slogan: “Get some burgers or you’ll get eaten by bears” should definitely be adopted as the unofficial Games slogan. Cassetteboy, sir, we salute you, and we need you…

  14. Afom-list

    We’re pretty keen on the work of Aussie designers A Friend of Mine; their holistic approach to design has been yielding consistently great results for almost three years now and spans a range of disciplines, taking in retail design, branding, web design and even the occasional spot of weaving. It’s an admirable quality in a studio to approach each project with fresh eyes and an open approach to new media.

  15. Ewlist

    It’s no great revelation to state that public art can be fairly hit and miss but kudos to The Standard Hotel in New York who have shown exactly how you go about it. 1. Pick someone brilliant, like Erwin Wurm. 2. Let that someone brilliant do what they do best. 3. Stick the piece on show and wait for the plaudits to roll in. Unveiled yesterday, Big Kastenmann (translated as Big Boxman) is an 18-foot high headless aluminium surrealist sculpture, part-coated in dripping pink enamel paint. It’s actually a giant version of one of the artist’s pieces from 2010 but on this scale and in such a busy location, it takes on a whole new meaning, like a freeze-frame from a deliciously whimsical disaster movie.

  16. L%c3%a9o-caillard-list

    Paris-based photographer Léo Caillard has captured the beach huts of Miami with such vibrancy that we wish we could enter the images and hang out there for hours, paddling in the waters and lounging around on the sand. C’mon, Mary Poppins effect – London’s getting a bit hot these days!

  17. Lilli-carre-list

    Lilli Carré has all bases covered with her hugely applicable illustrative stylings. From editorial spots for top US magazines and papers (The Believer, The New Yorker, Best American Nonrequired Reading… you get my drift) to works on paper that begin to leave the page (literally) and a panoply of mini-narratives, from ten second loops of moving drawings to ingeniously crafted cartoons and animations, comics and graphic novels.

  18. Letmanmain2

    Back in 2009, Job Wouters and his brother Roel took part in It’s Nice That’s If You Could Collaborate exhibition, creating what would be one of the most memorable, and covetable, pieces on display, The Rainbowgun. Well-loved, and highly regarded worldwide as one of the most innovative contemporary typographers working today, Job Wouters has now teamed up with Gestalten to compile all of his work into one big book and despite the difficulties of squeezing on to pages works that can range from minuscule floor murals to enormous wall paintings, they’ve carried it off. The reckless abandon with which Job approaches hand-lettering and typography is demonstrated throughout the book, from the fabric designs he co-created for Dries van Noten to the piles of different papers covered in magnificent, off-the-cuff calligraphy.

  19. Coca-cola-beatbox---getty-5list

    Pernilla & Asif are used to creating some pretty mindbending experiences (room full of clouds anyone?) and the duo’s latest work, the Coca Cola Beatbox is predictably eye-catching. Situated in the Olympic Park, it’s described as “an experimental fusion of architecture, sport, music and technology that creates a stunning multi-sensory experience” and comprises 200 interlocked translucent air cushions. Visitors can “play” the different cushions through their gestures and movement and this remixes the Mark Ronson track which uses samples of five Olympic sports (whose creation was memorably captured in Kim Gehrig’s excellent documentary Beat).

  20. Is-list

    So you find yourself milling around at an executive event, let’s call it the launch of some kind of incredibly niche but dangerously cool digital product; there’s hotshots everywhere and the air is pregnant with the smell of champagne. You’re a jobbing young designer ravenous with ambition, and what’s this, you’re being approached by the editor of London’s most chic magazine. You exchange pleasantries and it turns out he’s seen your portfolio, he’s keen on your work and yes, he probably wants to employ you. At the end of the conversation he hands you his business card and you freeze. All you’ve got is a chewed biro and crinkled old post-it note in your pocket onto which you crudely scratch your telephone number before handing it over sheepishly. He will never, ever call you.

  21. Main

    Cast aside any, I mean any preconceptions you had about collages and take a look at these. When confused at why James had labelled this series of quiet, human-less photographs “collages”, we immediately wanted to get to the bottom of it and so asked him what on earth was going on. He reassured us that they were, in fact, collages, and that each image also took an extraordinary amount of time and effort to create – not surprising really, seeing as to the unknown viewer these would look merely like some arty photographs someone had taken when on a relatively rural walk.

  22. Ketellist

    We don’t often post stuff like this but when there’s chance to win $100,000 investment then we thought this just might be of interest. Ketel One vodka has launched a project to find “one original idea that champions the lifestyle of the modern gentleman” and which exemplifies “a higher standard of thinking and living.” Five projects will be taken forward to a public vote with one scooping the main prize so if you’re a designer with a killer idea and an intuitive understanding of the modern gentleman then we reckon it’s got to be worth a punt? Actor and philanthropist Ian Somerhalder, co founder of the Movember movement Adam Garone and actor Carlos Ponce will be on hand to help mentor the chosen few.

  23. Soglist

    In a world increasingly dominated by search engine algorithms and crowdmind suggestions, we’re all for a bit of old-fashioned curation. A new project from Saatchi Online, 100 Curators 100 Days, does exactly what it says on the tin, with a really interesting selection of curatorial talent picking 10 artists that excite and inspire them from the Saatchi Online collection. From New York to New Delhi, large institutions to cutting-edge biennales it’s an intriguing mix of cultural figures and a great platform on which to bring unrepresented artists to wider public attention. It’s only five days in and already there’s a host of great work to enjoy, so welcome to your new resource (for the next 95 days…)

  24. Main

    “Born in Westphalia, Germany, in one particularly cold winter, I was raised on french comics and ancient computer games in the outskirts of Bremen.” STOP right there Till Thomas, that’s just enough information to cement the fact that your work is going to be terrific. What more do we need from the man whose confident self-publishing skills are enough to make even the most productive of illustrators feel a little edgy?

  25. Svlist

    There’s certain words that make our ears prick up and whet our content appetites in greedy anticipation, and space would be pretty near the top of the list. Whether it’s illustrations for prototype space colonies or artists’ installations recreating extraterrestrial travel we’re all over it. But even confirmed final frontier fans there’s something truly epic about this video put together by Knate Myers. By stitchng together mind-blowing photos from the International Space Station and adding some stirring music (John Murphy’s Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor) he’s created just under four minutes of shock and awe (in a good way). Look out for the Northern Lights sequences in particular and help put your mundane frustrations in some kind of perspective…

  26. Main

    Going on the basis that you may struggle to trust a roast dinner festival in Japan (fun as it sounds) you can be safe in the knowledge that a poster exhibition from design-infused Switzerland is really going to cater for all of your graphic design needs. The Museum of Zurich is currently displaying twelve impeccably designed, Olympic-themed (naturally) posters, designed by 12 leading designers and studios: half British, half Swiss, at the House of Switzerland in London.

  27. Spencer-wilton-list

    It is one big universal truth that our immediate environments and those we share breathing space with will inform what we do and make. Not everyone can pick themselves up and transplant everything they know with foreign architecture, questionable cuisine and/or whole other languages, but Spencer Wilton has. For this travelling graphic designer, new landscapes brought out a different sort of work from him and, for some time now, he has been photographing his way about the place, producing images that appear to hold all the studied attention of his original occupation…

  28. Sicaf_mountain_list

    Studio AKA’s Dave Prosser has just released (literally this very morning) a new piece of personal work inspired by the city of Seoul, South Korea, funded by the Seoul International cartoon and Animation Festival. Dave’s trademark degraded vectors appear in a whole new (and surprisingly bold) colour palette for the usually monochromatic animator, reflecting the neon-clad facades of Seoul’s cityscape.

  29. Jolonghurst-list

    Jo Longhurst has a CV longer than my arm (which is long) that includes seemingly hundreds of group and solo shows across the world, reproductions in numerous books and even a cheeky PhD from the Royal College of Art. All of which leads us to believe she’s an incredibly talented woman and this suspicion is confirmed by the sheer beauty of her work and the meticulous attitude she takes towards her practice.

  30. Evan-nesbit

    Evan Nesbit is a mixed media artist living and working in Connecticut, creating large-scale woven works that are alive with colour and inherently tactile. Created using a mixture of acrylic, wool and masonry foam as well as traditional patchwork techniques Nesbit’s creations cry out to be touched, bursting forth from their wall fixtures out into space; at times taking organic forms that appear richly fertile, evoking both masculine and feminine sexuality despite being composed from materials largely associated with feminine craft.

  31. Lcfmain

    This week’s Monday Morning Music Video takes a slightly different tack, focussing as it does on fashion. It can be tempting, when creating a look book or catalogue for a degree show, to simultaneously cram everything in and do something completely wild and original in order to get noticed. Well, I think it’s pretty clear that LCF have pretty much smashed that theory out of the park with their slick promo video for their 2012 graduate collection. Stylish (naturally), fun, genuinely exciting and with a very watchable pace, this is the perfect video to showcase what looks like three years of very hard work for all involved.

  32. Suzimain

    Suzi Kemp is a London-based illustrator whose hilarious, fluoro-angst drawings are seemingly inspired by such much-loved characters as Adrian Mole and the teenage teddy boys of the 1960’s. Her tattoo-like drawings are infused with as much girl-power as they are magnificent puns and scraggy hands, which is why her selection of books is particularly wonderful. Intrigued? Read on…

  33. Things-list

    This week at “Things” we’ve got Swiss climbing walls, various smells, antennae, and a beautiful selection of photographic work. As well as various interpretations of Bart Simpson’s face, because why not. Enjoy!

  34. Weekender-list

    If I had a hammer. I’d hammer in the morning. I’d hammer in the evening. All over this laaaaaaaaaand. I’d hammer out danger. I’d hammer out a warning. I’d hammer out love between my brothers and my sisters. All over this laaaaaaaaand. Ok couple of quick things. Is a hammer really the best tool through which to show worldwide love? And why aren’t you hammeirng in the afternoon? Lazy. Here comes trouble…

  35. Summertimes-blues-list

    What is happiness, good people? Adam Buxton, dressed like an angry stick of rock with a beard and swimming cap, being directed by Garth Jennings to point at and avoid exploding sand moles in perfect synchronicity to music that sounds “like a cross between Rammstein and The Muppets.”

  36. Studio-audience-list

    You know how much we love to please your eyes but just recently we’ve been giving some love to your ears as well (this sounds weird. I’ll stop now).

  37. Escif-list

    Valencia street artist Escif has been transforming walls in all sorts of places, adding his figures, motifs, and commentary to surfaces and scales from Spain and Poland to San Francisco and Los Angeles. Much of his work has a beautiful ink-made, manuscript quality, which pleasantly jars with the open-air context, and yet draws attention to the similarities between that crumbling sand-coloured masonry and the fragile parchments on which such styles are found.

  38. List

    To put a positive spin on the miserable July we have had here in Britain, it has at least allowed us to indulge in two of our favourite national pastimes – weather chat and moaning. But it’s getting a bit silly now if we’re honest and so minds are starting to drift to faraway beach fantasies.

  39. Natrussell-list

    Not long ago we featured a man on the site who possessed such a mighty creative power that he moved us all deeply and it was generally acknowledged around the studio that he was an illustration sensation. His name was Nathaniel Russell. At that time he was preparing for a show in Paris that some friends of ours made an arduous 16 hour bus journey to attend, and by all accounts it was a most excellent show (we feel like damned fools for not getting on that bus with them).

  40. Mb

    More astonishing work here from the one and only Maisie Broadhead, the go-to set designer and photographer for historical photographic parodies. In this collaborative video with filmmaker Jack Cole, we see a sparse room gradually transformed into a very convincing Hall & Adamson photograph. Watch as the model, chomping sleepily on a banana, is dressed by Broadhead in period clothing, lit in an almost Vermeer-like way, and then placed behind a false wall and frame to actually become a photograph. The time-lapse video will be shown at the National Portrait Gallery alongside the original historic photograph it represents.