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  1. Sameer-kulavoor-list

    We were delighted when Mumbai-based illustrator Sameer Kulavoor’s beautiful publication, The Ghoda Cycle Project came freewheeling into our studio the other week. It’s a visual documentation of the many types of “ghoda” bicycles found across rural and urban India. The word “ghoda” means “stallion”; the name alludes to the sturdiness, heaviness, and durability of these vehicles that sustain businesses and livelihoods alike, and which become customised and personalised according to the needs and whims of each owner.

  2. Swan2list

    Of all the projects in some way connected to the Olympics, you’d have to go some way to find one more bizarre than Swandown. Artist Andrew Kotting and psychogeographer/writer Iain Sinclair spent four weeks on a swan pedalo travelling 160 miles from Hastings to the Olympic site as a “a dada performance…an artistically riotous response to the corporate spirit dominating london in Olympic Year.”

  3. Jeffreydell-list

    If you think you know screen-printing, think again – you ‘aint seen nothing until you’ve witnessed the skilful creations of squeegee-master Jeffrey Dell. Jeffrey knows more about printing through silk than anyone else we’ve come across; from complex gradients to precision registration, he’s got all bases covered. The problem with someone like that is picking out work to show from a portfolio in which excellent work is rife. Do you choose the monochromatic renderings of venetian cityscapes overrun with pitch-dark birds? Or how about the subtle single-panel frames of muted colours overlaid to stunning chromatic effect? In the end we just went for the vibrant images of cake composed from brightly coloured gradients and polka-dots. Call us simple but we’re pretty enamoured with these inky confections and their instant charm.

  4. Whmain

    Even if you’re not into incredibly innovative publications and eye-popping design, at least Ward is teaching you one thing – photographing things on a parquet floor is a one way ticket to visual paradise. A little bit on the elusive side, all we can really dig out from Ward’s website – which, by the way, is like an online version of a freshly tidied room – is that he has made some exceptionally original graphic design work for some impressive up and coming names. What really sets Ward aside from other designers is perhaps his ability to really go to town on making a simple poster or booklet as fun as possible, allowing ultimate audience interaction. For the best examples of this, have a look at his adjustable poster layouts for The Moving Picture Show and the gradually diminishing Batard theatre festival poster.

  5. Si-begg

    Motion designers ATYP have just produced a literally mind-blowing (you’ll see when you watch it) promo for electronic musician Si Begg’s latest single, Permission to Explode. It’s a powerful combination of hands-on traditional animation techniques and computer-generated imagery that has a familiar digital feel. However, the hand-rendered aspect to the project elevates it beyond a simple digital aesthetic, taking the transient waveforms of Begg’s glitchy compositions and rendering them physical with vibrant style. We caught up with ATYP to find out a little bit more about how the project came about.

  6. List

    Every morning on my way to work I pass some graffiti that reads “The King’s Munch…Let’s Punch Cops,” which I find almost transcendental in its nonsense. The point is making a point can be harder than it sounds, and the line between being genuinely thought-provoking and A-level Art cringe (“Kurt Cobain will f**k the bankers”) can be a fine one.

  7. Srlist

    I don’t use the word “breathtaking” enough but just you try and stop me because Ramin Bahrani’s video for the Sigur Rós’ Ég anda has left me gasping – and that’s very apt seeing as it features some recurring scenes of a fish out of water (but rest assured no fish were harmed). The bewitching film juxtaposes some intriguing animal shots with cityscapes and almost-abstract images of a carwash and a furnace and basically every shot is a standalone beauty to the huge credit of cinematographer Hunter Baker. Anyway, you’ll see what I mean – put your headphones in and submit to the brilliance (just remember to breathe).

  8. Main2

    There’s a reason why pub quiz machines ask you questions such as “Who came seventh in the 1976 Canadian Olympics?” – nobody knows, or cares. It’s harsh, but I think we can all agree that out of 12 runners in the much-anticipated Olympic 100m dash, nine of them are not going to be receiving a medal, or, for that matter, any kind of notoriety whatsoever. So that’s where London Underdogs step in – allowing the general public (primarily those who aren’t taking the Olympics that seriously) to cheer on the athletes that probably aren’t going for gold.

  9. Kristiina-lahde-list

    Kristiina Lahde’s work is preoccupied with measurement, regulation, and the possibilities for boundary-breaking that such systems present. Using material that traditionally provides and facilitates order, like measuring tapes, phone books, and rulers, the Canadian artist produces graphic works and sculptures that reconsider their original function and refresh them as something new and extraordinary. Her Beyond Measure series of works examines the role of measurement in our day-to-day lives; in the Metric system pieces, she takes one mode of structuring and regulating physical reality (inches and centimetres) and reconfigures them as abstracted cubes that nevertheless retain a sense of uniformity and consistency. Her 2009 bookwork, Compilation, meanwhile appears to play on the hive of information currently available to us, and perhaps ties the intentional graphic consistency of something as humdrum as a telephone book with the startlingly beautiful consistency of natural geometric forms. Wow.

  10. Manos4list

    Some portfolios grab you immediately, like an angry but stereotypical dog attacking a bewildered postman, but others work on you less directly, like a…ok I’m out of similes but you get the idea. Jose Enrique Montes Hernandez is an El Salvador-born, Montreal-based photographer whose work initially seems to be skilfully if recognisably on-trend. But within his portfolio are projects that wrongfoot you, such as this Manos series which is all about multiplicity and a disconcertingly unwavering focus on slightly different actions. There’s no explanation, no context and dates on his work all of which I feel rather adds to the enigmatic charm.

  11. Km-list

    Olympics, Olympics, Olympics. Everywhere you turn right now, there they are. Looming overhead in brightly-coloured flag form or shouting “Here we are!” at you from the side of a bus. The mania is inescapable, it’s coming for you (it’s got us already). But does anyone remember when we just had regular sport? Like last summer, we had tennis, not Olympic tennis, and athletics, not Olympic athletics. Just plain old sport, without giant metallic mascots.

  12. Fpe-gary-webb-list

    When I was growing up, there were apparently more golf courses in Ireland than playgrounds. At the age of seven my younger sister and I even resorted to improvising a see-saw out of a styrofoam surfboard and random cylindrical plastic thing we found in the shed. All this makes me massively appreciate a decent and fun playground structure, though my feelings are admittedly mixed with a dash of envy for the kids these things are actually designed for. Sigh.

  13. Ytlist

    With the Tour de France drawing to a climax we are exposed to cycling imagery on a daily basis at the moment but these illustrations by Korea’s Yang Tae are a world away from the action-packed photos of the gruelling contest across the Channel. Inspired by the Rapha Cycling Team, Yang has produced a series of prints that have a serene sense of simple pleasure, produced through a combination of his confidently simple style and delicate use of colour. One for that wonderful Venn Diagram overlap of cycling and creativity which we LOVE.

  14. Main

    Funny how something that could be so easily overlooked in the real world can whip around the internet and be witnessed by thousands faster than you can say “disused factory.” Alex Chinneck, the brains behind charming conceptual sculptures such as Self-Employed – a circular chimney blowing smoke back into itself, and Fighting Fire with Ice Cream – an enormous piece of chipboard that has been painstakingly coloured-in, has recently completed his latest and largest piece to date: Telling the Truth Through False Teeth. Chinneck has taken a disused warehouse in Hackney and removed all the windows, replacing them with identically smashed panes of glass, creating an almost kaleidoscopic, double-take inducing element of beauty to a building that was, previously, probably completely overlooked.

  15. Weblab-list

    This afternoon sees the Beta launch of Google and the Science Museum’s new collaborative project Chrome Web Lab, a giant interactive body of works that allow visitors and anyone with an internet connection to manipulate five unique experiments within the museum itself. These include a web-powered robotic orchestra, custom-built sketchbooks that draw digital images in sand and an interactive map of the world’s online data. Every project is brought to life using the web’s most recent upgrades (like HTML5) with the intention of enticing a new generation of potential developers into the digital realm.

  16. Paetzer

    Can we all just stop, stop for a minute and have a good, proper look at how talented this man is? I scarcely know where to begin. There was one point (whilst reading the comic strip about the crispy pommes frites) when I actually had to turn away because it was too good. Yep, you heard it, Paul Paetzel’s work is basically the illustration equivalent of the sun. One third of the Berlin-based illustration wunder-trio Biografiktion , Paul spends his days collaborating with the equally talented Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak on publications that they sell in their dangerously alluring online shop. Stop reading this and give yourself at least an hour on Paul’s blog, paying particular attention to the delicious sneak previews of his and Till’s upcoming book “Shokaki.” Very exciting.

  17. 2bears-list

    There’s a very immediate pleasure to watching Federico Vitetta’s new video for The 2 Bears’ Warm and Easy. You’ll find it difficult to avoid grinning from the offset. It’s basically just a big gang of skateboarders mucking about and miming along to the song (the lip-synching is at times abysmal) in various locations across Panama, Costa Rica and Nicaragua. But whatever, who cares, if it doesn’t brighten up your day then I’ll eat my baggy jeans and Supreme hat.

  18. Maya-wild-list

    Loving the excellent colour pencil stylings of musicians from illustrator Maya Wild. Her tribally motifs and deliberate 1990s party vibes have an almost fan art quality (only Maya happens to have a draftsmanship above and beyond the regular requirements of a fan artist) and she seems happily self aware of the familiar references and fashions that the style honours, using contemporary musicians and jazzy typography to bring it bang up to date – a quality that has been recognised by all sorts of brands and magazines (like Adidas, Dazed & Confused and Nylon) who all want a piece of her undoubtedly positive pop acumen.

  19. Shlist

    If you’re going to run a 90 second roadblock advert across 78 TV channels then you better make sure it’s an impressive piece – and my goodness did Channel 4 get it right last night. Their Meet the Superhumans promo for the upcoming paralympics was a sublime piece of of creative work, managing to be slick, stylish and inspirational all at once. Set to Public Enemy’s Harder Than You Think 4Creative’s team put together a film that had pace, punch and pathos and, if we’re honest, put many of the other Olympic ad campaigns to shame. It’s interesting to note that this is the second excellent spot connected to the paralympics after Mark Zibert’s extraordinary work for the Canadian paralympic team released earlier this year.

  20. Main2

    River Phoenix swinging from a rope in his garden, Julia Roberts squealing in the waves underneath a boardwalk; Jack Nicholson and Danny Devito drunk in a bar; Elizabeth Taylor giving us the middle finger…these are just a few examples of the kinds of photos Michael Tighe was taking from when he was just 18. In the early 1970s, Michael was shown the ropes by legendary Magnum photographers Arnold Newman and Philippe Halsman and soon began working for Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine.

  21. Nick-sheehy-other-list

    Tasmanian-born Nick Sheehy (also knows as Showchicken) has a background in bronze sculpture, and rediscovered his love of drawing when he moved to the UK where he is currently based. Using pencil, paper, and layers of colour, he draws us into vivid dream-like feathered worlds, where multi-eyed birds dress as jesters, examine constellations, confront enemies, exist within larger birds, and make tribal offerings.

  22. Eyal-gever-list-01

    In the meeting point between technology and art, Eyal Gever is holding fort. He is both developer of extraordinary digital systems that produce sublime hypothetical models, and sculptor of these simulations made real.

  23. List

    The studio-visit style feature has become an established feature of creatively minded websites and publications, so much so that Rick Poynor recently wrote an excellent piece exploring our apparent hunger for glimpses into others’ work spaces.

  24. Agslist

    Last year Art and Graft charmed our socks off with a short animation promoting Cornish autism charity Spectrum and so inspired were they by the organisation’s amazing work that they’ve been back – and this time they took some friends. They asked four of the best animators around – Mikey Please, Matthias Hoegg, Kristian Andrews and UFO – to create four portraits of individuals whose lives had been turned around by Spectrum (and they also made another piece themselves).

  25. Magicsweater-list

    The obscenely prolific Magic Sweater has returned with portfolio updates to thrill and repulse you in equal measure. Inside you’ll find updates from all your old friends, The Babyshitters Club, Atomic Bunny Bloodbath and of course the Poo-Lution Pals, not to mention some salacious images of Tintin’s longtime compatriot Captain Haddock and some provocatively hirsute gentlemen in budgie-smugglers. There’s so much goodness (and badness) to be had you’ll be left reeling in a flurry of vivid colours and sexy anthropomorphic bunnies. Wow!

  26. Minna

    Although these collages may look like locker-art from Richard Linklater’s Dazed & Confused or perhaps illicit clippings pilfered from 1970s suburban teenage girls diaries, they’re not. They are, however, heavily inspired by all of the above, and by anything remotely psychedelic, dreamy, pubescent, or retro. Their creator, Minna Gilligan, is a regular contributor to the gradually world-dominating Rookie Magazine: brainchild of pubescent truth-speaker and prodigy, Tavi Gevinson.

  27. Camillabengtsen-list

    Danish Graphic designer Camilla Bengtsen has a portfolio of seriously considered, beautifully communicative design that belies her young age. A graduate of the Danish School of Media and Journalism she’s already amassed a wealth of industry experience, and it really shows – her application of varying graphic styles is testament to a thoughtful approach to design that goes beyond fleeting trends.

  28. Abomblist

    The American state of Nevada is most famous as being the home of Las Vegas, the pleasure capital of the world, but its empty stretches of deserts die a darker history. These incredible LIFE pictures by Loomis Dean capture the aftermath of a 1955 nuclear test designed to find out what manner of destruction an atomic bomb could reap on everything from homes, to canned food.

  29. Pentringslist

    The bombardment has begun and you can’t move in London at the moment for mentions of you-know-which sporting event – I even saw a tampons advert which managed to shoehorn in a high jumper. But cynicism aside, these Typographic Tree Rings are real winners. Measuring 15 metres in diameter and made from phosphored bronze and stainless steel, the ten rings tell the story of the east London site which is about to be thrust into the worldwide limelight.

  30. Melnguyen-list

    Continuing our new feature of young creative types is Minneapolis resident Mel Win (Nguyen) a multidisciplinary artist with an incredibly engaging portfolio.

  31. Gourmand-list-01

    The Gourmand is a new magazine about food and the culture thereof. It is not gourmet; it isn’t precious or on-trend or uninteresting (in the way only those people tasked with trying to eat tiny leaning-tower-of-Pisa-style plates of food might find it interesting). A gourmand is a person who “takes pleasure and interest in food of all kinds” and the contents of this publication reflect that.

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    The portfolio of French duo Antoine & Manuel is essentially a weighty party bag of graphic design, graciously bestowed upon you before the party has even begun. As creators of some of the most inviting events posters to date – and not afraid to use coloured pencils and felt tips when the computer gets boring – these guys are leading the way in French graphic design.

  33. Nikdaum-list

    Sometimes you stumble across a portfolio so good it makes you wonder if it might be some sort of hoax. Has the person behind this beautiful body of work actually just trawled National Geographic and presented the work of ten photographers as their own? No, they have not, they’re just so good at what they do that your mind won’t let you believe it for fear of shrivelling with inadequacy.

  34. Muratmain

    Reducing much-loved objects to a fraction of their original size appeals to the human brain on an almost incomparable charm-level. If you’ve ever been reduced to tears while petting a falabella horse, been genuinely spellbound by Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland or waited impatiently by the bit where the caterers emerge at a wedding purely to snatch some miniature burgers then you’ll certainly love the work of Turkish illustrator, Murat Palta. For his final thesis, Murat mixed the visual style of oriental miniature paintings with the themes of contemporary Western cinema. Starting with Star Wars, Murat received such positive feedback that he then went on to recreate other cult films such as Pulp Fiction, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface and Kill Bill.

  35. Timmcdonagh-list

    It’s come to our attention that as a race, we humans are quite a nosy bunch; we like to snoop around and find things out, whether it’s our business or not (in fact even more so if it’s not). With that in mind we’ve decided to do some snooping for you, seeking out some of the finest new creative talent worldwide and asking them some probing questions about their life, their work and their daily routines. We’ll also be having a look at the spaces in which they work, from obsessively arranged desk setups to work benches covered in sawdust. And what are we dubbing this revealing new feature? Simple: Introducing. So without further ado…

  36. Road-and-rail-links-list

    Road and Rail Links Between Sheffield and Manchester is the latest book from Theo Simpson of Mass Observation and Adam Murray of Preston is my Paris. The duo, both concerned with the character and construction of our built landscape, have created a document of the distance between two cities that is “intent on encouraging discovery and investigation of the infrastructure and landscape it traverses.”

  37. Namsa_leuba_list

    These stunning shots for WAD Magazine are the work of Namsa Leuba, a Swiss-Guinean photographer currently living and working in Paris. Namsa’s practice focusses heavily on an African identity perceived through western eyes, appropriating the artefacts of Guinean culture and recontextualising them to fit a westernised perspective. Previous projects have seen her travel across the continent to photograph locals in subverted traditional dress, something that, on occasion, solicited “violent reactions from Guineans who viewed my procedures/practices as a form of sacrilege. Some were afraid and were struck with astonishment.”

  38. Jens-ulrich-list

    Berlin-based artist Jens Ullrich creates large-scale collages that make the careful elision between frozen-moment drama in sports photography and the inertia of classical looking sculptures.

  39. Maadonna-list

    We stumbled on to the Maadonna website not long ago and I for one was baffled and entertained by it in equal measure. It has the sort of random graphics and obscure responsive actions to your cursor that comes from some clever coding that I/we will not be able to name or understand anytime soon and, in short, we were intrigued.

  40. Dixon-baxi-list

    Branding agency DixonBaxi’s been busy creating a new identity for UKTV Yesterday, which is set to launch on July 24 as a design refresh for the history-focused channel. The notion of “entertainment inspired by history” sparked DixonBaxi to produce something that was vivid, immersive, and iconically strong.