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  1. Andy-baker-society-all-that-we_ve-become

    Take a look at Andy Baker’s animated black and white music video for Society’s All That We’ve Become. The shadowy, pen-and-pencil aesthetic is very suited to the narrative’s connotations of teenage angst, while the hand-drawn qualities – in particular, the texture of the rotating record – present the “craft” elements of the production alongside its overall high finish. The use of lighting in the work – the electronic glow from the television, for example – is particularly beautiful.

  2. Julie-mehretu-4

    Julie Mehretu’s surges of colour, line, and geometric form are pretty awesome. Her energetic combinations of painting, drawing, and digital layering processes reflect many aspects of our physical and virtual environments, and yet consistently and engagingly retains their visual abstraction.

  3. Sick

    New Zealand-born T.M.Addison is really into graphic design. It seems like he’s popping out a different typeface almost daily, which is really no bad thing. He first caught our eye with some monochrome, hairy eyeball infused letters he has designed for Alphabattle, an ongoing project at LetterCult, and has since wowed us with his huge collection of fantastic logo design, comic book work and typography. Addison is a great example of someone who’s really gone to town on his homework and gone on to showcase this with a hearty collection of work that oozes enthusiasm and passion.

  4. Animlist

    You know when something makes no sense at all and yet at the same time is completely comprehensible? Well that, one hundred times that, courtesy of Stockholm-based duo Kungen and Hertigen. Their Night Videos for MTV are surreal slices of stunningly-animated silliness, but like a dream it has its own narrative which somehow keeps the whole thing from tipping off the edge of sanity. I want to live in this world, I want horizontal hair, a square jaw and weird elongated arms. But life’s not fair so I will have to be content with watching this over and over again.

  5. Paul-herbst-list

    Paul Herbst takes some curious photos. The chicken is in the tank and we don’t know why, though someone in the studio is convinced there is a snake in there with it. The flash gives them an uncanny look of all the detail, all at once so that the content of the image is not necessarily immediate, and so (as with the “snake”) they are easy to read into. It happens that the strangeness of these images allow for theories that are stranger still. With a new book pending with Morel Books, we spoke briefly to Paul about why things are, how they could be and what it is…

  6. Ed

    If you’re not familiar with the work of Ed Templeton, go away, Google him for a bit, then come back. Maybe now is not the time to go into a full-scale rant about how spectacular this man is, but it’s relevant to point people in the direction of this beautiful film that Leica have produced, featuring a captivatingly candid interview with Templeton who, naturally, uses said camera to produce his world-famous, stripped back images.

  7. Admain

    Maybe it’s a case of this only looking good if you have an immaculate pastel wall and some really cool possessions, but who cares, it’s a sweet idea. Andrew Dawes has designed the solution for those who like to have a consistently clean floor or desk – simply suspend everything you own from a minimalist panel above your head and let it just hang there, looking cool. The best thing about this idea is that even the most ubiquitous and unglamorous of day-to-day items are suddenly transformed into hovering treasures. I guess just be careful when you start hanging up stuff like scissors or vials of poison. Check out Andrew’s other work too, he’s made a pretty cool book in the style of a hotdog. Nice one!

  8. Jblistbooher_immersion

    “Jason Booher designs book covers and other things.” This is the full extent of the information on Jason’s website and I for one admire his brevity, letting as it does his book design speak for itself. Unafraid to experiment but never jarring to the detriment of the literature he has been entrusted with, Jason has a super creative mind and a talent for realising his ideas in a portfolio packed with engaging and informative jacket design. Nuff said Jason.

  9. Raw-color-list

    It’s a relief to put names to projects and right now I’m feeling the same sense of euphoria as yesterday when the change in my pocket matched the price of a white chocolate kitkat exactly. Raw Color, an Eindhoven-based studio consisting of one Daniera ter Haar and one Christoph Brach, are responsible for a number of impossibly great projects and collaborations that I’ve seen spread out across the ether in a beguiling one-image-wins-prizes sort of way.

  10. Ulist

    Coming up with a name for anything can be a real trial, and something that seems confidently gamechanging one day can sound trite, ugly and ridiculous the next. Kudos then to Hadrien Lopez and Philippe Ortion whose Parisian design studio is called simply Untitled, following in the footsteps of many an indecisive/enigmatic artist.

  11. These-americans-list

    While the debate continues about what infinite-scrolling image aggregation is doing to our cultural landscape, there are still destination sites to which an extraordinary amount of people subscribe where they know they will garner rare insight and context. One such stopping off place is American Suburb X which, since 2008, has archived the “massively relevant oats, dramatically sifting present and rapidly unfolding future” in photographs, and it is quite something.

  12. Lv

    Louis Vuitton have been dipping their toes into the art world further and further in the last few years, and no one seems to mind –perhaps that’s because they seem to have a knack of commissioning the best people for the job every time. We’ve seen a fantastic Christian Bortslap animation, Michael Landy’s destructive in-store sculpture, and Julie Verhoeven collaborating with their design team.

  13. Aflist

    My finely-honed sense of right and wrong is traceable back to a brilliant illustrated book of Aesop’s Fables I pored over as a youngster, when my malleable young mind learned morals through the adventures of various animals. But if the mid-1980s has hitherto been my yardstick for Aesop aesthetica, I have to concede that these stunning illustrations by Takeo Takei may have just swooped into top spot. There’s a pared back delicacy to these drawings, (produced for a 1925 edition of the work) but they retain the sinister edge which is an integral part of Aesop’s genius. I could literally look at these all day.

  14. Vglist

    Imagine a time when vegetables could stop you in your tracks, when the very sight of a weird and wonderful foodstuff could cause you to gawp and gasp. You can’t can you – what with your Tesco-infused metropolitanism and your exotic-fruit snack packs.

  15. R

    You don’t get many people cutting up money what with the current (cue finger-apostrophes) “ECONOMIC CLIMATE”, but Rodrigo Torres is going for it, and the results are pretty spectacular. Like most of us, he’s realised how beautiful the patterns are that fill the banknotes of each country, and he has since set about collaging them together to make multi-layered scenes of ancient buildings, wild animals and the faces of those deemed worthy to be immortalised on cash. Beautiful!

  16. Erwin-wurm-one-minute-sculptures-3

    Vienna-based sculptor Erwin Wurm has a history of using whatever objects and materials are at hand. In the early days, it was because he couldn’t afford to buy them; his first sculptural works were therefore made of wood, because he lived above a wood shop, and the next batch were made using cans and buckets (because he had moved near a factory that produced them).

  17. Indiegame

    Released this week for your eyeballing pleasure is a uniquely approachable film (justifiably fêted about the festivals this year) about the specific yet impossibly creative world of game making. Indie Game: The Movie, independent by name, independent by nature is a documentary that follows the makers of Fez, Braid and Super Meat Boy – the autonomous (and frequently solitary) souls who spend an extreme amount of life on improving our gaming landscapes. We see them freak-out over finances, girls, girls and finances and the perpetual self-deprecation universal to all creatives and artists who have the balls to make something for the world they live in, even if they don’t get to enjoy it.

  18. Julien-pacaud-1

    French illustrator Julien Pacaud creates mesmerising fictional spaces that welcome the viewer with a stirring clash of the strange and the familiar. Trained in cinematography, Pacaud is heavily influenced by the enormous back catalague of images from film and television – which he routinely raids for his own collage-style compositions. He concentrates particularly on “retro” visuals from the 1900s to the 1970s, and this, in addition to a great fondness for Magritte and a strong taste for the geometric, produces scenes and environments that playfully evoke the fascinating mythology of a not-too-distant future.

  19. Main

    Usually associated with low-quality pastries and overpriced confectionary, the humble petrol station is a roadside staple in nearly every country in the world. Some architects have had a pop at redesigning the standard station layout, mainly in places like Beverly Hills or Texas, but really I think we can all agree that it’s kind of perfect the way it is. Photographer Sebastian Reiser agrees, and has begun a very pleasing project documenting standard-model, unembellished gas stations of the world. It’s early days so he hasn’t got many, but fingers crossed there’s many more of these Hopper-esque beauties to come.

  20. Tcolist

    Taking stock is actually more difficult than it sounds and opinion ca be split between those who see it as essential strategic thinking for any organisation, and those who worry it smacks a little of navel-gazing. But for top creative agency The Church of London, the opening of their new east London space 71a was the perfect opportunity to look at what they’re doing and what they’ve done. So much so that they called the inaugural exhibition What we’re doing; What we’ve done, featuring a collection of some of the best visuals from their Little White Lies and Huck titles.

  21. Nytlist

    First impressions, as all our mums told us, should not be trusted but as we grow up we learn they are completely unavoidable. So the design team at The New York Times magazine doesn’t take it lightly when they decide to create a new contents page for their special editions, but they are convinced it’s an important and worthwhile exercise.

  22. Main

    We sort of all suspect deep down that David Shrigley is probably an excellent draftsman, and we can kind of imagine that Caravaggio was a great cartoonist. With that in mind, it comes as no surprise that Kouhei Ashino, responsible for the ludicrously delightful images below, is also able to produce incredibly detailed illustrations of Japanese life (see his website). That’s all very well, but who needs pictures of real-life when he’s giving us such wonderful drawings of contemptuous crocodiles, and troublesome monkeys? Luckily for us, Kouhei divides his time between his two methods of working equally, so there are enough of his scratchy, pencil-jungle images to keep you cheery all day.

  23. Michael-jantzen-list

    These aren’t happy glitches from our friend Google Maps, these are Deconstructing the Churches by Michael Jantzen. Working in the hypothetical and art-based architecture realm, Michael’s work explores and fragments existing realities using a simple rotation device to brilliant and destabilising effect. Why he’s chosen churches specifically I’m not quite sure, but we can all make up our own minds and I’m going to go with profane photoshop.

  24. Icinori-list

    Icinori is the publishing studio of illustrators Mayumi Otero and Raphael Urwiller and theirs is an operation of the most worthy – make books, sell books, fund next project. It means they keep costs down and their independence, with the content of the books, of course, being subject only to the restrictions of their own illustrative fancies.

  25. Gplist

    With many companies still struggling to get to grips with the vicissitudes of the social media world, stories abound of brands that have tried and failed to harness the power of the people, finding that their good intentions were turned back on them with the full force of the Twitterati. I don’t even know what level of meta we are getting to then when a protest group creates its own fake social campaign meltdown, but that’s what’s happened with this extraordinary effort orchestrated by Greenpeace.

  26. Forhire

    The streets of India are pretty notorious. If you’ve ever been rammed in a ten-lane highway with about four million other vehicles ranging from mopeds with families of ten crammed on the back, to actual elephants, then you’ll know it’s pretty hairy stuff.

  27. Synchrodogs-list

    “Small cities need no fashion” they say, and what’s more, “the moment you try to make everybody like you is the moment of your art-suicide.” Bold words spoken to Urban Outfitters by Ukranian photography duo Roman Noven and Tania Shcheglova, so it would be a sad thing if their images lacked that intensity of individuality. Really then I should thank them for my happy morning thus far. Thanks, Synchrodogs (that’s their pseudonym, not my pet name).

  28. Viklist

    Anyone with even a passing interest in graphic design will know that more and more studios are trying to create something people can interact with. Stultified and over-saturated by the mass of visual information with which the digital age bombards us, we are crying out to rediscover the joys of tactility (or so the received wisdom goes). And by maximising the hands-on potential of print, designers can reconnect us with these pleasures and at the same time help secure the future of this much-loved medium. It’s an interesting cultural current and the new Viction:ary publication entitled (appropriately enough) Hands On showcases means of “of establishing dynamic dialogues between print matters and individuals in real life” from the likes of Ariane Spanier, Bas Koopmans and Sagmeister Inc. Whether it’s inviting people to blow up a letter, solve a puzzle, erect a forest or play a sound this work is testament to the enduring power of real-time, real-life interaction. Take that computers! (I didn’t mean it, don’t crash…)

  29. Christian-montenegro-un-artista-del-trapecio-list

    A recent South American edition of Franz Kafka’s Un Artista del Trapecio (English title: First Sorrow ), which concerns a successful but lonely trapeze artist, showcases a talented illustrator at the top of his game.

  30. Zoe

    Nice to see Zoë Taylor choosing to channel the fem-vibes of strong women such as Madonna (post-virgin, pre-cowboy hat), Virginia Woolf and Grace Darling in these dark, inky illustrations. Okay, there is one picture of a man, and it’s great, but the images of women are much more frequent and so much more powerful. Sinister, stern, and tweed-bedecked, you can just imagine these characters twitching lace curtains on quiet roads, or slipping arsenic into their husbands’ supper.

  31. Daniel-gordon-list

    If Daniel Gordon’s current work in the Saatchi Gallery’s exhibition, Out of Focus is anything to go by, we’re supposed to consider these works as photographs and for all intents and purposes they are. But the incredibly involved montage of images within the frame, the unrecognisable surfaces – sometimes with a glitchy trace of their online origins that clashes wonderfully with the sharp relief of a real object – coupled with the use of lighting and props and composition, means they’re more like sculpture, or at the least, 3D collage.

  32. Ball-nogues-yucca-crater

    Last October, this structure was filled with saltwater; you could climb up the curved outer walls, survey the reflective ripples, and jump right in – escaping the desert heat for a refreshing swim. The interior surfaces even had brightly coloured rock-climbing holds, so you could perch yourself at various points in the structure – either to practice diving from different angles or perhaps just take a break. It was a welcoming, man-made oasis in an arid landscape, fifteen miles from human civilisation.

  33. Lclist

    If I’m honest I’ve never really got jazz and I’ve got no plans to live in the northwest but if I did, and I was, then I would definitely enrol at The Northern School of Jazz. Not beceause of anything to do with the school’s jazz philosophy (is that even a thing?) but because of the new identity created by Manchester studio Loose Collective. Inspired by the 1960s Blue Note era it’s built around a deceptively simple musical based-logo which works effortlessly across the usual range of stationery, flyers, business cards etc. It’s also really memorable, thus nailing the major prerequisite of any good identity.

  34. List

    Guess who’s back, back again, guess who’s back, tell a friend! Excuse the Eminesque-intro but it only seems right to use early 2000s rap by way of introducing Ian Stevenson’s new show in Newcastle.

  35. Listhl_img_shl_full-product

    Not many graphic designers enjoy near-universal acclaim but the late great Herb Lubalin falls into that category.Now his humungous talent is being celebrated in a new monograph from Unit Editions, tracing his career from his early days in the Mad Men era advertising hothouse of New York in the 1950s and 1960s through to becoming “one of the world’s most influential typographers and graphic designers.”

  36. Colin-doyle-list

    “I often feel like I am in over my head” says Colin Doyle of our image-saturated culture, “as if my actions, my existence, and my work are of little importance.” But then Colin’s photographs might fall quite aesthetically into the aggregators ambit, and could very well be described as Tumblr-friendly works, full of the ambiguity of objects regularly encountered but rarely seen in such sculptural contexts. They concentrate on a moment that breaks the commonplace of the thing – the shatter in the glass, the murk of close weather obscuring buildings, the desiccating mango, etc – and in doing so the artist comes to terms with his self-perceived “insignificance,” the “randomness, and the perception of reality.”

  37. List

    That awkward moment when you wake up and your enchanted baton has turned a grove of trees into a flock of birds. Ok, no us neither, but if your having trouble picturing what that might look like then let Laëtitia Devernay sort you out. Her illustrations for The Conductor last night took the top prize at the V&A illustration awards with the judges parsing her “utterly engaging” and “meticulously-executed” drawings.

  38. Pierre-dubois-list

    Switzerland-based, ink-happy Pierre(PierrePierre) Dubois has a monochrome but broad visual currency of iterative short, sharp lines and painted fills. These marks make up drawings that describe spectacularly but not quite in the reportage way – it’s a style that might otherwise be restricted to offhand observations in sketchbooks, but these are stand-alone works with a remarkable quality of detail. In particular, I can’t get over his landscape view of things, the clear-line way of working creates a pretty fascinating marked surface that all at once flattens and adds depth to the image.

  39. Post

    American artist Victoria Haven evidently loves geometry. Her composite shapes and web-like, skeletal works take the form of paintings, photography and sculpture. They remind me of abstract landscapes or imaginative geology formed out of strips of tape, thick painterly lines of ink and watercolour, or solid steel struts. Playing with perspective, she manipulates 2D and 3D space to create elegantly simple but bold pieces that float in space, and are, well pretty captivating. I find myself trying to follow the lines, and untangle the puzzle of interlocking shapes. Each time I look at them, I almost see a new combination of projecting and retreating surfaces.

  40. Rainer-kohlberger-detail

    Berlin-based artist and designer Rainer Kohlberger knows a thing or two about digital design. The clean flat colour fields and neatly arranged gridworks on his website attest to his expertise in the area, and with a solid education in multimedia from the University of Applied Sciences in Salzburg, and with teaching stints in algorithmic media creation and audiovisual design, he’s well placed to produce work that is not only technically proficient, but visually and intellectually arresting.