Archive

  1. Sam-weller-list

    Sam Weller does interesting things with old craft technologies creating design solutions that use the simplicity of their forms and functions with new contexts and a new aesthetic appreciation. Such treatment raises them up to sculptural and even, strangely, musical status in his immediately pleasing furniture and product designs. Like his Holdfast shelving and tables that use deceptively humble clamping elements that support themselves using tension, or the quite brilliant Public Resonance. A project, also using clamps, that can be attached to street furniture and existing architecture of the everyday, channelling its vibrations and the literal resonance of a public space, and was inspired by “the spontaneity of street performers and the busking community.” Inventive, wonderful stuff (with lots of insightful makings-of insights to enjoy).

  2. Wendy-list

    This month, MoMA PS1 opens Wendy, the winning entry to its 2012 Young Architects Program. The entrants were expected to contribute a design for an outdoor recreational space in the MoMA PS1’s triangular entrance courtyard – a popular concert venue during the summer. The objective also involved making the most of available space and materials – and the winning entry, along with the finalists, approaches the brief in very distinctive ways.

  3. Sam-asbhy-list

    This week’s Bookshelf is a cinematic crop of alternative texts from designer and editor, Sam Ashby. We are well familiar with his creative consultancy especially when it comes to poster design for some of the coolest films from the last few years. As do we know about Little Joe, a regular magazine published from Sam’s studio about “queers and cinema, mostly” – what we don’t know is what he would save from the flames of the rapture (when it comes), that is, until now…

  4. Things-hero

    This week, we got zillions of super-awesome Things in all shapes and sizes. They just kept on coming – seriously, the basket where we keep them is overflowing as I type. So it was a struggle to whittle it down to five, but we did it just for you and here they are, in all their glory!…

  5. Weekender-list

    The Weekender is a simple creature with straightforward needs. Fed and watered a couple of times a day, a good brisk walk and a never-ending stream of whimsical, vaguely creative nonsense and he/she’s a happy boy/girl. But cage him/her in and he/she will come back harder, better, faster and stronger than you could ever imagine. Everyone clear, yeah? Yeah??? Good. Let’s do this…

  6. Podcast-list

    Inspired by the goings-on down on the south coast of France as adland’s finest descended on Cannes for the Lions, we decided it was time for the It’s Nice That podcast to take a look at all things advertising.

  7. List

    In films, life often plays out against the most spectacular backdrops, in front of breathtaking sweeping vistas or (if you’re an American director shooting in London) next to Big Ben. But the truth is we don’t live our lives in such spaces – for the most part they are set in far more prosaic locations. Son Emirali has captured the importance of the humdrum space with his wonderful new book Fosters Newsagents, a beautiful love letter to the corner shop near where he lives in south east London.

  8. Dannybrown-list

    Stop what you’re doing and pop some headphones over your ears, we’ve got some big news. Turns out there’s a proven scientific formula for the perfect music video and it goes thus – one killer tune, one unbelievably cute lip-synching kid and seven different outfits. Mix these three things together and the rest takes care of itself. Don’t believe us? Have a look at Greg Brunkalla’s latest offering for Detroit rhyme-smith Danny Brown. Boom! You can’t argue with science.

  9. The-human-type-list

    TED Talks are free and pretty bloody good if you didn’t already know and, over the last few years, this goodness has widened its free gamut to include the TED brand, methods and formats. As TEDGlobal’s director Bruno Giussani puts it: “The more you give away the more you get back.”

  10. Robin-chevalier-1

    Robin Chevalier’s illustrations caught our eye the other day, when his brightly coloured work accompanied this recent Economist article on the data available in urban environments. With playful use of pattern and outline, and a sharp evocation of city bustle set against buildings presented as measuring containers, the image readily engages potential readers. An exploration of Chevalier’s other editorial illustration work reveals the same vitality, and, with a background in printmaking, his work appears well-suited to print and online publication alike. There are nods to screenprinting, with appealingly uneven overlaps of colours and this, combined with humorous line-drawing, ensures there is a consistently child-like quality, offering a warm welcome into complicated subject matter.

  11. Lmhero2

    My grandparents were creatures of habit and would return to the same restaurant in the same small town for the anniversary lunch year after year. When I asked them why they were baffled by the question – “Because it does the best puddings.”

  12. Dancassaro_-_list

    Designer, illustrator and hand-lettering wunderkind Dan Cassaro (or Young Jerks, as he likes to be known) has been on our radar for some time now, ever since he picked up a much-coveted ADC Young Gun last September, but for some reason we’ve not shown his work on the site until now. Sorry Dan! Needless to say his inauguration into the ADC hall of fame was richly deserved as his portfolio testifies; project after project of carefully considered, immaculately-executed illustrative work for clients as varied as Deus ex Machina, an international custom cycle workshop, and the illustrators’ holy grail, The New York Times. When he’s not busy blowing minds with his vector skills, he still finds time to go back to basics, creating freehand murals and turning out gloriously inky screen prints from his one-man studio.

  13. Main

    Oh Part & Parcel, I can just imagine what it’s like to work for you. A nice little studio in New York, beers after work, antics on a roof terrace, a little shelf of comic books, good looking bearded friends asking if they can leave their bike in the studio for a bit (which, of course, they can). Okay, well who knows what it’s like in Part & Parcel but judging by their superb, growing selection of happy animations, videos, comics – life’s pretty good.

  14. Best-list

    We can’t really say much more about Luke Best than we already have. His work has been featured on the site repeatedly over the years either on its own, as part of Peepshow Collective, or for a whole host of other projects on which he’s collaborated. Why is this? Well, we think he’s bloody marvellous, and a massive update of work over on his agency Heart’s website proves we’re right. And the great thing is he’s only getting better, so expect this tradition of regular Luke Best posts to continue.

  15. Beatles-list-copy

    Imagine, if you can, a time before pop music as we know it; a world devoid of preened boy bands, borrowed tunes and press hype for glorified karaoke. Nice isn’t it? In 1964 that alien world actually existed and the only thing teens had to scream about was four boys from Merseyside sporting seriously questionable haircuts. They were at the very start of a journey that would become the stuff of legend, laying the foundations for nearly all the music that we know and love today. And at their side, crouched behind them, out at the beach and in their hotel room was Harry Benson, a Daily Express photographer lumbered with the task of documenting the rise and rise of Beatlemania as it spread through Europe and on to the US.

  16. Posterslist

    There was a lot of (loud) talk when the official posters for the 2012 games were not the efforts of the UKs finest graphic designers, but Vaughn Oliver and Jonathan Barnbrook have gone some way to right that wrong. Having dialled up Neville Brody, Alan Kitching, Marina Willer, Morag Myserscough along with top agencies like Graphic Thought Facility and Why Not Associates, the pair curated a selection of posters which will go on display next week at CSM’s Lethaby Gallery. Those invited to take part make for interesting insights into how our top designers are engaging with London’s big moment.

  17. Main1

    From the man that brought us the nostalgic flashback project entitled European tour bus graphics a few years back, here is another simple, yet brilliant new series of images based around the frames of paintings hung in the Louvre. Holland has been, like most of us, struck by the disturbing nature of the “content aware” tool on Photoshop, and has decided to take it to the one place where Photoshop is simply not permitted – one of the most famous galleries in the world housing some of the finest paintings known to man. The result? Trippy, lifelike photographs of classical frames housing what looks like the result of someone eating the frame and then getting violently ill. Unbelievable.

  18. Catarina-botelho-1

    Portuguese artist Catarina Botelho graduated in painting at the Faculdade de Belas-Artes in Lisbon, and since then has specialised in photography, producing strong, beautiful, and carefully composed images that are both intimate and familiar. Much of her work demonstrates her background in paint; The Time and Manner series, for example, features boldly coloured objects set against tiled backdrops that seem to reference pale, differently textured canvases. Her domestic interiors also demonstrate a keen affection for light and colour, where differently toned walls and fabrics are skillfully employed in the make-up of each scene.

  19. List

    Patience is a virtue I never really learned – people dawdling at self-service ticket machines is the quickest-fire way to make my blood boil – so I’m all the more wowed by anyone who can boast it by the bucketload.

  20. Carlo-van-de-roer-list

    And for his next trick, Carlo Van de Roer will photograph your aura. But this is no tepid magic show, lamely investing an illusion with about as much art as Paul Daniels (UK ref only I’m afraid).

  21. Snds

    Ambition is always risky – get it wrong and you can expect it via both barrels from those keen to point out the error of you overreaching yourself. But get it right and it can be transcendental and my goodness did Jonathan Santana and Xander Smith get it right for this year’s Saatchi and Saatchi New Directors’ Showcase unveiling event in Cannes. In front of an audience of 3,000 industry peers (no pressure then!), the duo masterminded an extraordinary sound and light show around the theme Meet Your Creator, which included choreographing 16 specially-made flying robots (by the genius team at K Mel Robotics) in an elaborate, enjoyably melodramatic sequence that few present are likely to forget. It’s testament to the power of their creation that even via Youtube, so often an underwhelming disseminator of live events, it’s five minutes of sheer brilliance. Sit back and enjoy.

  22. F

    A ridiculously large amount of people can’t bear to see objects placed too close to the edge of a surface, particularly if the objects are smashable and the floor is hard. Seeing a glass of water placed dangerously close to a laptop, or a backpack wearer laughing backwards into a teetering sculpture can conjure up a twitching in the fingers that not much else can. But when an artist comes along and slams that feeling – in the form of concrete and iron – down in front of our very eyes, something makes us want to look closer, for a little longer.

  23. Ryan-dunn-1

    Ryan Dunn, aka “Inane Systems”, uses furniture, photography and collage to furnish our minds with spatial challenges, possibilities, and realities.

  24. Strelka-press-list

    Strelka Press is a new, digital-first publishing initiative from the Strelka Institute in Russia publishing concrete (literal, figurative) notions to do with architecture and design and the city (all tenets of the institutes educational programme). In an interview with Design Observer, the editor of the press and design critic for The Guardian, Justin McGuirk emphasised the radical nature of their output as being “something more experimental, something potentially disruptive.” Being digital allows them an immediacy with their messages, free from the costly burden of a printed vehicle, “we’re much lighter on our feet,” he says.

  25. Aflist

    We diffident Brits have always been suspicious of brash foreign types who like to blow their own trumpets (We’ll decide for ourselves if your wall’s great or not thanks China!). So with a name like Bureau Spectacular, the Chicago-based architecture practice could have been setting themselves up for a fall ahead of their first show outside their homeland at London’s Architecture Foundation.

  26. List

    The key to curating any big exhibition is structure – clear enough to help users navigate the space but not so heavy-handed that they feel patronised or put upon. If you can create something that looks great then so much the better, and Fabio Novembre’s work on the Triennale Design Museum’s Grafica italiana show ticks all the right boxes.

  27. List

    We’re sorry to say we missed independent publishing fair About – by all accounts the lineup was stellar and included some of our indie publishing favourites (Lubok, Landfill and Museums Press). In our defence it was in Mainz, Germany, and that’s a hell of a long way to travel, even for great books. Thankfully we, and anyone else that couldn’t make it to mainland Europe, can take away a little piece of the About experience with one of these stunning flags, available to purchase from the website below.

  28. Homepage_thumbnail_web

    We are excited to announce more speakers for Here, our big creative symposium taking place this September in London’s beautiful Royal Geographical Society. Across the day, expect insights, inspirational talks, experiments and live elements from over a dozen brilliant creatives. For this fast paced festival of creativity, we’re bringing together digital innovators, prolific graphic designers, animators and illustrators, a daring photographer, a dazzling film director, a body-architect and a top-notch fashion legend, amongst others. 

  29. Gilesrevell-lead_image

    The flaccid carcass of a disemboweled fish is an unlikely subject choice when striving to create aesthetic beauty. It’s customary for our landlocked species to be at least a little phobic of our water-dwelling counterparts, owing both to their unappetising appearance and their putrid aroma. How refreshing then to be so drawn to the fishy still-lifes of photographer Giles Revell, commissioned for the most recent instalment of Port magazine (an edition entirely dedicated to food). But drawn we are, in spite of their milky eyes, slack jaws and explicitly visible intestines. So vivid are his images you can almost smell their salty tang in your nostrils. Bloody marvellous!

  30. Sharmila-banerjee-list

    Pleasantly surreal, textural comics and illustrations from Berlin-based image maker Sharmila Banerjee include the unexpected likes of Grace Jones, anthropomorphic characters, jungle-cum-duvet patterns, The Numskulls inspired portraits and pineapple party scenes. Sharmila is a prolific maker in these sorts of works and, as member of comics collective “The Treasure Fleet”: and small press publisher of Salmiak Comics (with “Martin Ernstsen”: ), hers is a name that I have successfully (finally) triangulated between the Tumblr-sphere, anthologies and comics festivals. I couldn’t be happier.

  31. Edvard-munch-3

    Edvard Munch and social networking – who’d have seen the connection? Well, Tate Modern have and in their new exhibition of Munch’s work, there is a large variety of snaps the artist took of himself; his face is usually turned away from the camera, like an aloof Facebook profile photo, and the curators speculate that these self-made shots are the first such images in photographic history.

  32. Applist

    Now don’t judge me here, but there are few phrases that strike as much fear into my heart as “contemporary dance” which conjures up images of intense, wild-eyed lycra bunnies trying to encapsulate “mendacity.” For two hours. With that in mind anything that can pierce the glazed safety mode the phrase induces is clearly doing something special, so three cheers for Pentagram’s Abbott Millet and his new iPad App Fifth Wall for performing arts magazine 2wice.

  33. Lego_lead

    Back in the good old days of yore children whiled away their afternoons in idol play, lost in their imaginations with nothing but bed sheets, twigs and a muddy pit at the back of the house as props for their elaborate role-playing. Kings waged wars, empires fell and everyone had to get cleaned up before tea. Then came Lego and the shape of play changed forever, so much so that those little coloured blocks and weekend afternoons will be linked in my mind forever.

  34. List

    We’re braced for an onslaught of Olympics-themed creative projects, from the sublime to the ridiculously tenuous, but social documentary photographer Katherine Green has produced what’s sure to be one of the best.

  35. Main

    If you’re the sort of person that gets seduced by a fancy invitation to a party then you must have been to the Old Blue Last pub on account of Liam Barrett producing the completely seductive posters promoting some of the nights there. I mean seriously, this guy; he could make a party in a cardboard box factory look enticing (although on second thoughts, that does sound quite fun). Bristol-based and involved in pretty much every illustration event going, Liam is part of a group of young illustrators who like nothing more than to produce smile-inducing prints and sketches all the live-long day. 120% fantastic.

  36. Dmmain

    Tokyo is more often than not captured with high-contrast colour photography to heighten the ubiquitous neon lights and bright colours. But what happens when you capture Tokyo in the gritty, black and white street photography usually synonymous with New York City? Well, look no further than the photography of Daido Moriyama – one of Japan’s leading documenters of urban life since the 1950s. Currently exhibiting at LACMA, Moriyama’s work transports you to a potentially unfamiliar city, filled with characters and creatures you would normally find in old movies and fiction. Through his images, Moriyama tries to convey a sense of ancient tradition mingling uncomfortably with – or clinging desperately on to – contemporary culture.

  37. Jessica-backhaus-2list

    Foam – the internationally reaching publishing and exhibiting platform that recognises the best photography, like, ever – has gone one more step for the collective good of all photo lovers with their online initiative, Foam For You. As well as an educational challenge about the principles of photography in Stop… Look… Click!, they have also been releasing “inspiration movies” that focus on one particular image-makers oeuvre by way of a single, descriptive term.

  38. 2_list

    It’s no secret that we’re pretty big fans of Brighton-based type designers Colophon. They wowed us in 2010 with the beautiful Aperçu font family, a face that fast become a favourite amongst a slew of trendy graphic designers, and have since produced an impressive array of fonts ranging from the ultra-modern to the tastefully vintage.

  39. Nightpeace

    With the London Olympics now just a few weeks away we are gearing up for the city to be feted in all its technicolour glory – as a vibrant and diverse counterpoint to its stereotypically traditional reputation. But in Eva Weber’s new film Night, Peace commissioned by Create and premiering at the Barbican tonight we see east London in the dead of night, quiet, still and undeniably beautiful. This exclusive clip gives a flavour of the meditative quality of Eva’s work, an unhurried, textured look at the city as it sleeps from a filmmaker whose previous work has included an oddly seductive look at cranes.

  40. Wimbledon-list

    How topical! Wimbledon is with us once more and in spite of whether the mercurial Gods will rain down their displeasure onto us or not, tennis will played.