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  1. List

    This year’s Pavilion for the Serpentine Gallery has gained much attention and rightly so because this sub-erranean structure designed by Ai Weiwei and Herzog & de Meuron is a cool and sophisticated addition to the Serpentine.

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    Long gone are the days where ceramics meant those terrible grey figurines that cost an obscene amount of money so beloved of certain family members. It’s time to make way for a new kind of porcelain wonder, so welcome CadCam Tableware from product designers Minale-Maeda.

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    The power of a good show is to make visitors of all levels of expertise feel as though they’ve gained a secret drip of knowledgeable nectar or nugget of understanding. That’s exactly what happens at the Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary exhibition on at the V&A now, which gives us wonderfully detailed access to Thomas Heatherwick’s workshop and all the wisdom that dances inside.

  4. Tdlist

    Typography fetishists – assemble! The New York based Type Directors Club has revealed the winners of its communication design, typeface design and title design awards and as ever it’s a fountain of font-based fabulousness (our words, not theirs). With over 1,600 entries from 33 countries (although 52% from the USA) it’s a mammoth task to whittle down to some semblance of winners and in all well over 200 projects were garlanded.

  5. Moca-land-art-list

    This week saw the opening of Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974 at The Geffin Contemporary; the first “historical-thematic” of its kind to deal with Land Art and its exciting emergence in the 1960s. The exhibition is justifiably broad and is being accompanied by a brilliant online catalogue to help contextualise the works by the various and ambitious artists.

  6. Aclist

    Now you know how much we love the Danish-born, New York-based photo-artist Asger Carlsen, but it was a shock to find we had never really celebrated his intensely brilliant Wrong series on the site in any great depth. Fortunately now is the perfect time to revisit this project as it’s set to open in Cologne gallery Ruttowski68 next week. If you’re a longtime fan then take a few moments to remind yourself of his matchless talent to create funny, arresting images that stay with you like a lovesick guy following his ex round a nightclub. And if you’ve never come across Asger before, get ready for you life to get measurably better.

  7. Grandmas

    Barring only “the dog ate my homework” or the classic dental appointment, the excuse of a death in the family (usually of the elderly female variety) has been utilised through time to get out of only the most boring, or most terrifying situations – often in the workplace. In this clever little advert, we see Grandma having a little bit of a tough time (getting pumped full of machine gun bullets, or peering into a car where a bomb-layer is detonating his handiwork) which is primarily the reason why this would never grace television sets in the UK. It seems the guys in Buenos Aires, where this ad was made, have got a bit more of a relaxed way of looking at the world and we like.

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    We’ve got some very tasty new announcements for Here, our one-day, fast-paced festival of creativity. We are very pleased to announce that Andy Stevens of legendary graphic design studio Graphic Thought Facility will deliver some design words of wisdom, followed by insights from in-demand, multi-faceted illustrator Quentin Jones, and talented brothers Job (Letman) and Roel Wouters will take to the stage to present an exciting exploration of their combined talents: from striking typography to interactive design, film and ideas generation. Adding to the mix of inspirational talks, expect some experimental antics from the one and only Bompas & Parr.

  9. Tedlist2

    Prepared to be stopped in your tracks because this is off the hook. James Théophane has just uploaded these incredible videos of a project he did on behalf of Clemenger BBDO Sydney for the city’s recent TEDX event. By rigging the auditorium with microphones he created Mimeisthai, a generative speech recognition trending engine.During the breaks it captured snippets of conversation and fed them into a data visualisation machine which measured differentials like tone, location and intensity, creating an interactive sound cloud that reflects the topics and ideas gaining momentum in the space. Is this a brave new era for social media, saving people the trouble of toiling over 140 characters? Maybe, maybe not but either way it’s fascinating, ambitious and undeniably beautiful. I would suggest watching the making of below before the main event above and there’s some more detail over on James’ blog.

  10. Erik-marinovich-list

    Let us all now direct our collective attention to the bay area and the ineffable delight that is Erik Marinovich’s new website. Before I gush something terrible about his lettering/design work, let us first acknowledge the San Franciscan’s co-founding status of Friends of Type (previously enthused about here) and one half of the studio Titlecase made whole by fellow letterer Jessica “Daily Drop Cap” Hische.

  11. Golf

    We’ve seen them build a chocolate climbing wall (scaled by Peter Andre), we’ve listened to them explain the surprisingly logical reasoning behind exploding wedding cakes (no one ever eats it anyway), and we’ve even been mildly drugged by them with seductive rags of ether. So naturally when we heard that London’s favourite culinary wizards, Bompas and Parr, were taking over the Selfridges roof for the second time – the first being their plight to flood the roof with an emerald green boating lake – and creating a crazy golf course made entirely of cake, we were excited.

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    We’re used to seeing people from bygone eras generally sitting about, wearing black, riding horses (not smiling horses, though), signing agreements, cutting down ludicrously mammoth trees…you get the picture. But get these pictures! Have you ever seen a Tumblr with a clearer aim, pulled off with such perfection? The concept here is straightforward – whatever preconceptions you had about anything pre 1960 being boring, throw out of the window, and rest your eyes on a collection of pictures exposing just how weird the olden days really were. Kangaroos bowling? Sure. But the best ones are surely the images of the reckless – and perhaps drunken – twenty-somethings on anti-prohibition protests in the streets of America. That’s the spirit!

  13. Dextro-list

    In an perpetuating series of beautiful and abstract stills, animations, films and applied graphics, Dextro – an original internet artist – has been using the most basic of visual tropes even the earliest web-ready computer could offer; generative algorithms, boid-like figurations and specific pixel display. And with them he has created some of the most extraordinary images that are analogous of so many things in the real world, like waves and light and sand dunes and other poetic commonalities and it’s ongoing! If you haven’t come across this work before, though you’re likely to have seen his imitators, then now is the time to let the almost meditative cumulative artworks remind you of how freaky-cool technology was/is/will be.

  14. Camsup

    Fillmmakers long ago hit on a formula for charity appeal videos, particularly those featuring kids and/or underprivileged countries – ladle on the pathos, pull on the heart strings and wait for the cash to roll in. That’s why it’s so refreshing to see a different take from Mathieu Cuvelier, Lucy Crook and The Viral Factory who challenged a class of uber-cute Cambodian kids to say Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as part of a fundraising promo for About Asia Schools. Obviously some people will find it cloyingly twee but if you’re in need of a lift, you could do a lot worse than watch on. And check out the eyebrow/nostril control of the two lads at the end…

  15. Atlist

    It was the project we picked out from Clerkenwell Design Week right back at the initial press briefing and now we can show you Aberrant Architecture’s Small Coal-Man’s Tiny Travelling Theatre in all its glory.

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    We all say we’ll do these little side projects we conjure up in our heads but usually it just ends in us saying things like: “I’ll build that table when I’ve finished this drawing of it” or “I just don’t know what wool to use” or “It’s still raining, I want to paint blue skies!” Marius Roosendaal is perhaps a little more productive though, setting out to “make something cool everyday” and while he may not have done it everyday, I’m willing to glaze over this because the posters he has produced are beautifully designed. Geometric shapes with wonderful hushed hues of purply-reds and blue-greens, there’s a simple sophistication to these that will continue to distract me from crocheting that pair of slippers I started in January.

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    The words “magical”, “crazy” and “manic” conjure up images of some sort of sorcerer in a Disney film, but it’s merely a brief description of the wonderful portfolio from illustrator and graphic designer, Zansky. Based in São Paulo, his work makes you dive head first into a world full of bright and lively scribbled animals, sweeps of colour and detailed patterns that have a folksy air about them. Using printing processes such as silkscreen, letterpress and engraving, it’s also the craft and handmade feel in Zansky’s work that shines through and draws you in even more.

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    Like a fruit salad of clothing I am really digging these images from clothing brand Agi&Sam, formed of Agape Mdumulla and Sam Cotton. Banana brights, plum hazes and apple greens form the basis of many of their collections with a retro 1990s streetwear/hip hop vibe combined with tapered trousers and soft tailoring. They’ve achieved the difficult balance of being wearable, but being unique enough to get people’s attention so everything works and clashes brilliantly. Agi&Sam’s lookbook emulates the sense of fun their clothes have with an eclectic mix of models, that eschew the “blue steel” look with a firm hand, combined with a clean set of block colours and minimal props. This is menswear with a smile on its face and I for one welcome it.

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    The best thing about some photographs is the disbelief that the situation depicted ever even happened. How can photos of snakes, eggs, E.T-like light spilling through trees, hotdogs and abstractly sandy skin be so casual? How did the photographer get himself into these strange, alien situations? Makes your own life seem pretty dull.

  20. Doeller-and-satter-lead

    Graphic designers who work with arty or poetic content will always tend toward creating something ambiguous but Frankfurt-based duo Doeller & Satter (Sandra Doeller and Michael Satter) handle it with a real brevity of typographic composition, a keen and bright use of colour, formatted for traditional printed matter but with a consistent contemporary edge.

  21. Shlist

    There’s a lot of big events to look forward to this summer (two of them have even been combined into grating new portmanteau “Jubilympics” by some sections of the media) but for my money it’s all about the trampolining World Cup series in Taiyuan City this weekend. What’s that? never heard of it? Ok well neither had I but I have now thanks to this quite astonishing short film from Steve Harries premiered over on Nowness this morning. Five professional trampoliners performing up to 7.5 metres in the air were shot from above against a bank of six mirrors. The result as you will see are exquisite, a beguiling, beautiful study of power, grace and movement. Outstanding.

  22. Dave-cooper-list

    Dave Cooper is a fine cartoonist with an oil-painter’s palette and a sophisticatedly puerile sense of humour. He appears to specialise in characters with glassy, lilly-pad pupils that reflect an eternal window, women with excellent constitutions and fleshy parts (breasts, buttocks, eyeballs) that act independently from the rest of their body, anthropomorphs and crowd scenes.

  23. Calder-in-india-list

    In his letter responding to an invite from the estimable Sarabhai family to stay with them in Ahmedabad, Alexander Calder wrote “It is very cold here, and so we will be delighted to come where it is warmer, but the great delight is to see India, and to meet you and your family. Cordially Sandy.”

  24. Kwjz

    When it was announced that Romain Gavras was going to direct the video for Jay-Z and Kanye West’s Church in the Wild, most people were expecting something quite epic, and the French director certainly didn’t disappoint with five minutes of terrific, melodramatic all-out action. It begins with the lighting of a Molotov cocktail before descending into all-out war between police and protesters, played out against a backdrop of classical sculptures. But as day turns to night the tide seems to turn and we are left with the impression that worlds can, and maybe will be changed. A message of hope to anyone who feels society needs a to change direction, or a furiously fun extended urban battle scene? Both probably…

  25. Kblist

    They say there are only two things in life that are certain – death and taxes. Well it might be time to add a third one to that list (even at risk of skewing a pithy aphorism) – so it’ll be death and taxes and Kyle Bean’s updates being tremendous. The splendidly-talented Brighton graduate has been at it again with the newest additions to his portfolio continuing his lust for excellence in everything he does. Pick of the bunch is a dazzling model satirising the bird flu panic for Scientific American but a paper heart for Men’s Health, an upside down house for Lloyds and a world made of footprints for Nature magazine all confirm what we already knew – Kyle Bean is brilliant.

  26. Main

    Fashion look books haven’t always been this way; only a few years ago it was common practice to present your work as clearly as possible without much embellishment or theme. In the same way that graphic design has been entirely altered due to the rolling affect of the internet and the constant – and rapid – changing of trends, the fashion world too has also been hit with the need to be as up-to-date and original as possible in order to push to the front of the Tumblr queue. The slapdash, zine-like quality of a lot of look books now is just more proof that with the image-saturation we are exposed to all day, more and more people are reverting back to old ways, or startlingly new methods, in an attempt to avoid the seemingly confused present.

  27. Kate-morrell-list

    Kate Morrell is part artist, part archeologist with her concern for artefacts and appropriated histories. Her latest, a book entitled Alpine Spoilers, is a selective amalgamation of the final words of mountaineering memoirs held in The Armitt Library (who commissioned the work), deftly drawing “the aesthetic canons of romanticism and the real possible outcomes of pain and death” into a weighted finale.

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    As a teenager the mother daughter relationship can be an intense one. At times you wish she got your humour more, “I’m not being rude –it’s funny!” and understood that most of the time when you say you’re fine, obviously it means the world is ending. But then there’s times when you’re on the same side and need guidance from her, like assistance in predicaments such as: “Can you sneak me out so Dad doesn’t see how short my skirt is?”

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    There’s only so many places that can get away with creating a cat calendar and make it better than the ones you see shimmying into your eyeline when panic buying for Christmas and that place is Studio Lin (studio of Alex Lin). Featured way back in 2009, they’ve not only designed the best feline calendar I’ve come across but also their much enlarged portfolio showcases a wealth of clean, typographical-based design that oozes style, clarity and care for the people they do work for.

  30. Tblist

    We’re massive fans of Thomas Brown’s clever, conceptual photography, which tends to take intelligent ideas and use them to cease something beautiful to look at. His newest work, a collaboration with the equally tremendous Sarah May is Memorial a series examining the darker moments of the creative process, “an expression of hope, celebration and beauty.”

  31. List

    Scott King is the laureate of the New Labour/Loaded culture, undermining Britain’s millennnial self-confidence to show us that beneath the Cool Britannia gloss, we’re a culture that knows neither what we’re doing or where we’re going.

  32. Pingit

    Being funny is not easy, particularly when there’s an ulterior motive to the giggle-mongering so it’s well worth flagging up when adverts get it right in this respect. For those reasons it makes sense to showcase this brilliant BBH spot for the Barclays Pingit app (directed by Becky martin) even though it’s been around for a few weeks – cute kid becomes menacing debt collector is a formula that could backfire but this young man nails it, and the reactions of the target and his co-workers add up to something really great. Interestingly it’s currently being used as an ad on YouTube and more than oner commenter has pointed out it’s the first promo they didn’t skip at the earliest opportunity. “Don’t touch me Steve…”

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    Fantastically multifarious portfolio here from Tracy Ma, whose work happily skips and leaps across the boundaries of graphic design and illustration landing her somewhere in the middle of being an art director. You’d be inclined to think that this was perhaps the portfolio of an agency representing a host of different designers due to its consistently fluctuating style, but that’s just Tracy. Sometimes collaborating with friends and photographers, her friendly and appealing knack for illustration always wins through, letting her work speak volumes about how exciting and smile-inducing graphic design can be – even when your’e being commissioned by -Businessweek.

  34. Mmlist

    Even for a control freak like myself, there’s something tremendously enjoyable about being befuddled on seeing a creative project. Hungarian photographer/art director Mate Moro has a portfolio full of intriguing projects, none more so that Filled Field, a series of unlikely or surprising shots saturated in a becalming rich red. With an expert eye for composition that takes heed of the technical as well as the emotional impact, Mate is someone we’re keen to see more of.

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    It’s a wonderful feeling when you find out something new about this crazy place we call earth. The existence of ferrofluid is today’s new thing for me – a magnetic solution with a similar viscosity to motor oil. This doesn’t sound that interesting, but when watercolours are added to this unusual substance and placed into a magnetic field the reaction is beautiful.

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    These intriguing polymer clay sculptures are part of an on-going series by Melbourne-based artist Matt Hinkley. Colourful and weird, the irregular shaped fragments float in front of walls, demanding closer inspection. Exhibited from inconspicuous white fittings, they appear like small, intricate pieces of retro ceramic or the soles of wacky shoes worn in Saved by the Bell.

  37. Stephan-walter-list

    Gracing the cover of the latest issue of Varoom is the Zurich-based illustrator and/or graphic designer (graphic illustrator?) Stephan Walter. Though it’s his process that makes him hard to pin-down – vector drawings constructed in 3D because sometimes 2D just isn’t enough – his tech-knowledge base is more akin to an architect or engineer with the level of detail he can achieve in each work.

  38. Main

    Fashion photography can more often than not concentrate on the unearthly beautiful humans and clothes alone, which is fine – it gets the job done and everyone’s a winner. But sometimes a photographer can come along and shake things up with a knack for impeccable location-spotting as well as being able to shoot both interesting and dynamic shots of the models themselves. Horst Diekgerdes manages to find locations so enthralling that his shoots could either be entire spreads of magazines, or stills from films that no one would dare to make. I don’t know about you, but I really like the idea of him coaxing a model into a tree, or starting violent water fights just to get the shot he needs.

  39. Sara

    One of Print Magazine’s 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists in 2011, designer Sara Cwynar is proving herself to be mighty popular in the design and visual arts world. A young and self proclaimed graphic designer and artist, Sara’s work is the toast of many a trendy blog with her vivid colours, readily-viewable mood boards and open passion for all things magic. The combination of the dreamy things that inspire her, combined with her very impressive and professional knowledge of layout – see The New York Times Magazine, where she works – makes her a curious rarity, and definitely one to watch.

  40. Jeppe-hein-7

    Given the opportunity and such inexplicably good weather that we’re enjoying euro-side, the coast is a necessary destination and in particular, the Belgian coast where the fourth edition of the Triennial of Contemporary Art (Beaufort04) is taking place.