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  1. Slist005

    Truth be told it’s getting harder and harder to pique my interest in anything skateboarding related. So saturated is the internet with photographs, films and other projects based on thrill-seeking of the four-wheeled-board-based variety that it takes something truly original to batter through the grey drapes of my banalisation.

  2. List

    If no one can find anything about you on the internet, then you’re pretty much a nobody. It’s so easy to get on it – just join Facebook, start a Tumblr or write a Harry Potter fanfiction and there you are, gleaming in bold type on the Google results page. But there are exceptions to this rule as street artist Faif demonstrates by having great, insightful work but very little about him in cyberspace which, when writing about him makes it very difficult. We know he’s male and from Barcelona, his works are mainly on the street and that’s about it.

  3. Paul-bernhard-list

    Here is a portfolio with an emphasis on printable material presented on a smart, colour-changing website that proves Paul Bernhard has the new-tradition for graphic design nailed; which is to say it works as well online as it does offline no matter what medium it was designed for.

  4. Fflist

    So you’re into infographics? Get with the programme granddad. Everyone knows it’s all about infotography now, as proved in the excellent Fat or Fiction website, “breaking down nutritional information bite by bite.” A collaboration between designers Anna Brooks, Christina Winkless and David Paul Rosser it takes a new approach to this vector dominated artform and helps convey important information in a clear, concise and stomach-rumbly kind of way. Want to see which cheese is worst, which chocolate bar packs the most calorific punch or want a reason to drink more Jagermiester? Then this is the project for you and the site is really beautifully designed too with a clean crisp navigation which dovetails with the project on show. Top work all round, now when’s it lunchtime?

  5. List

    Rarely the most exiting thing you’ll ever be given, the pamphlet has built a bad rep for itself – even the name has an underwhelming ring. But you haven’t seen these bad boys designed by Hey, a studio based in Barcelona that’s definitely more than a casual greeting.

  6. J20

    Getting animals to boost an ad campaign is a tactic that dates back to prehistoric days (maybe) so it’s all the more noteworthy when you see it done well. The new J2O spot from BBH features a group of dogs turning up at a cats’ party and diffusing the predictable tension with the beverage in question. It’s the little touches that raise this above the rest – the smooching dog having his tummy tickled and the cat surreptitiously scooping a goldfish from its bowl. As a big departure for the brand, BBH had to get this right and it’s a well-executed if ever so slightly creepy effort.

  7. Telist

    For the first solo show at Margate’s stunning Turner Contemporary, who else but Emin? But if the return of the town’s most famous daughter is predictable, the show is anything but. Her sculpture The Vanishing Lake – which features a stained Union jack in a battered, rusted metal bath is meant to symbolise “fecundity leaving – the girl is never coming back” but it could equally act as the epitaph of the synonymous-with-shock Tracey Emin era.

  8. Feist

    We’re just hanging out, it’s late, I’ve picked up my guitar and then bang! I’ve got an audience who are completely entranced by what I’m playing; silent and still apart from two super-cool slo-mo dancers. So, with my buddy Keith Megna I made it into a video for my latest track and I hope you like it (that’s what I imagine Feist would say if she was writing this).

  9. Smithslist

    One summer when I worked in a pub I had a colleague who never expressed one iota of joy or enthusiasm about anything. That is until the day a Smiths song came on the radio and she almost lost it, regaling me for the rest of the day about her all-consuming lust/love for Morissey and the various times she saw the band live in the 1980s.

  10. Main

    Some truly first-rate photographs here by Nicolas Coulomb but if you’re here looking for uncommonly good looking boys and girls, then you’re in the wrong place. Nicolas is all about the men, and you can see why. His ability to take a man (I say man, I mean model) and photograph them so well that they are almost camouflaged into their surroundings is a fine skill in itself. What’s really impressive though, is his palette: watch as he combines the skin tone, garments and architecture surrounding each chiselled model into a set of colours that work so well together it’s almost as if he’s painted it. See his full collection of masculine portraits here or look out for his work in Novembre magazine.

  11. Emiliano-ponzo-list

    For illustrators like Milan-based Emiliano Ponzi, working with the written word is a mainstay of creativity. For him in particular, the creating editorial illustration for the upper echelons of objective journalism cannot be as simple a task his work lets us assume; indeed, communicating complex notions is rare with such “judicious use of line” and such immediate graphic effect as Emiliano achieves. Surely, this ability to visualise concepts must arrive from an understanding of words unattainable to us mere non-illustrators? Who knows but perhaps his selection of five books for our Bookshelf feature might shed some light?

  12. Things-list

    The sun casts a mysterious shadow on this week’s Things as colour-wise it’s not so much a tropical parrot, more a curious magpie. Fear not though because Things has become the lens to a wonderful, insightful camera with visuals reigning supreme and text taking a mini-break – it’s far too hot to actually read anyway. We’ve got photography, a lovely print, a compact little zine and even a map of our fine capital, so point and click at this beautiful array of Things. And if your eyes have had enough, give your ears a treat by downloading the third Studio Audience podcast.

  13. Weekender-list

    Mein Gott es ist hot. London is wilting under the sun and we are not terrifically happy about it, I saw a tiny baby (sex indeterminate) today bawling in pure p*ssed-off self-indulgence. That little guy/girl spoke for us all. But never fear, The Weekender is here to offer some games that make heatwaves fun. What about Too Hot or Not, whereby you and an opponent try and guess how uncomfortable passers-by are feeling? Or Bamboozle the Pervs, whereby any time you see a man wolfwhistling at a passing lady, run up to them and drop a stick at their feet from your mouth. Stick with us kiddos and you’ll do just fine. Speaking of which…

  14. Fact

    “No fact too small. No celebrity too big. Fact Checkers Unit from SWAG Magazine will stop at nothing to check the most bizarre of facts.” Err, okay, sure. James Franco has been spotted on the subway in his third trimester so the fact checkers try desperately to work out why (and how) this could be. Now on it’s sixth episode, Fact Checkers is sponsored by Samsung (who may or may not want you to buy a Galaxy Note) so, of course, the supporting role is played by a mobile device. But hey, who cares, this is a terrific addition to the series, a real corker of an advert and I think I speak for most of us when I say I’d watch Franco no matter what he was being paid to pedal. Happy Friday!

  15. Bmmain

    Brendan Munroe once sent us a comic book he made called Islands and to this day there is a shared opinion in the studio that it is one of the most beautiful things we have ever received. A self-professed artist rather than illustrator, Brendan’s work is a humble mixture of tenderness and scientific curiosity, whisking us briefly out of the norm and into a world where couples clutch at each other in the sea and the Large Hadron Collider is broken down to a series of aesthetically pleasing marks. Most recently, Brendan has contributed a piece of work to accompany Jennifer Egan’s tweeted novel, which you can see here on The New Yorker.

  16. List

    The Olympics is only a few months away and you can already feel the growing testiness from commuters, their rush hour veins pulsing with dread and fear. With the ensuing craziness hitting the capital, an influx of promotional material and olympic tributes are sure to engulf us. So to remind us how this kind of design can be done (to perfection) is Otl Aicher; pioneer of graphic design during the 20th Century and creator of the visual identity for the 1972 Munich Olympics – which, luckily for us, has been collated by seemingly anonymous gatherers.

  17. List

    Black and white is still cool; as much as yellow is happy, blue is chilled out and purple? Well purple’s up for anything. This classic pairing still does it for me, even more so in photographs. But what about paintings that look like black and white photographs I hear you ask? I like them too, having been convinced by David Lyle’s excellent reproductions of old photographs with a twist of modern playfulness popped in there.

  18. Benn-fiess-list

    I’m going to go ahead and assume that all other places of work foster the same strange fascination myself and my colleagues have with each other’s lunches. Our editor, for example, inexplicably eats two of everything, one of the directors goes through a lot of pate and the other day someone from design ate burger and chips in a wrap. For me though, it’s all about the vessel. I thought I’d found it, the perfect container – an enamel tiffin with compartments and carry handle – but then the internet presented me with Utilitarian Ceramic by Ben Fiess and I was left wanting.

  19. Andrew-groves

    Illustrator Andrew Groves is an in-demand guy with clients like Google, GQ and Reebok queuing up to make use of his use skills. But this is no rent-a-brief stooge ready to churn out whatever’s deemed the in-thing for the highest bidder, this is a creative mind which seemingly kind of does what it wants. Recurring motifs include the outdoors, tree stumps, magic and strange little men and there’s just the right mix of charm and weirdness which keeps his work fresh and interesting.

  20. Mit

    Solving a crossword is pretty satisfying, but solving a problem that has niggled at the dinner table of mankind since 1837 is nothing short of revolutionary. So where to begin in describing the utter genius behind the recent Massachusetts Institute of Technology breakthrough? Well, for two months a team of mechanical engineers and scientists, led by MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith, have been holed up in a lab trying to find a way to eradicate the problem of wastage in condiments bottles; and they’ve done it. The solution? LiquiGlide, a non-toxic coating that can line the inside of the bottle to make the liquid inside slide out with complete ease leaving nothing behind.

  21. Takeshi-sagu-list

    The term psychedelia translates as “soul-manifesting” – a quite lovely notion of aesthetic potential. Lovelier still is Sakuramadelica, an ongoing photography project from Takeshi Suga whose woozy chromatic shots of sakura – ornamental cherry blossoms – fill the screen with the saturated colours of summer and spring and all things good in the world.

  22. Manuel-birnbacher-list

    Manuel Birnbacher’s practice is a curious amalgam of smart, contemporary graphic design and strangely compulsive art-like-work (see the throbbing rock on his homepage). A portfolio like this is an open and well-spoken answer to some nasally voiced questions about the parameters of applied design and when it turns into “art” or Art or art.

  23. Listy

    Girls just wanna have fun right? Well apparently furniture designers want the same, or at least Dutch designer Lucas Maasen does. He has a range of projects that flirt with the boundaries of the way we perceive objects, playing with how they’re presented to us or the way they’re created – he personifies the beloved if overused phrase, “thinking outside the box.”

  24. Uslist

    As a precocious show-off of a child I would often try to make my mum laugh by “conducting” along to Classic Fm (NB a cake tester makes an excellent baton). There’s something beguiling about the whole performance of classical music, the drama, the incredible skill and the intensity combine to create something epic, and thanks to a new installation at The Science Museum you can immerse yourself right in the epicentre of an orchestra.

  25. Video

    Remember Quentin Dupieux? He made Rubber the film about a tyre rolling around and causing chaos. He also performs sweaty and brilliant music under the name of Mr.Oizo (pronounced ‘wazo’). Well, hold on to your hat, because this French musician/director has just released one of the best trailers I have ever seen for a film that looks set to leave you either blown away or just slightly confused. Or both. Wrong isn’t out until August, but you can catch his 13 minute online premiere of Wrong Cops (not connected to Wrong and starring a barely recognisable Marilyn Manson) here in about two hours.

  26. Wlist

    For this year’s Handmade Issue, Wallpaper* has commissioned 27 covers from a host of top creative talent. Anthony Burrill, Margaret Calvert, Rob Ryan, James Joyce, Ian Wright, Quentin Jones, Alan Kitching, Apfel, Hort, Supermundane – you get the picture, it’s a veritable who’s who of some of the best creative brains in the business. A perfect way to waste a few minutes of this wiltingly-hot day, there’s also some nice making-of videos if you’ve the time and the inclination.

  27. Nnlist

    Like most organisations, graphic design studios can get on a roll, a perfect coming together of talent and timing that takes on a momentum all of its own. I reckon that’s exactly what’s happening over in Switzerland where Neo Neo, led by Thuy-An Hoang and Xavier Erni, is producing a string of impressive projects for an eclectic roster of clients. Whether it’s Playmobil-inspired invites for children’s museum workshops, art direction, posters and a publication for the Geneva Film Festival or invites for the city’s Vietnamese New Year celebrations, Neo Neo finds imaginative solutions to any design challenge put in front of them.

  28. Florence

    The words “magic touch” get bandied about a little too much sometimes, but when a woman as ludicrously creative as Florence Tetier comes along, I guess it’s kind of forgivable. Florence is editor-in-chief and art director of the Swiss arts publication Novembre Magazine but also manages to be a great draughtsman, make fantastic collages, design entire magazines, take photographs and create some impressive set designs at the same time. No big deal.

  29. List

    It doesn’t happen often, but in the candid words of Kylie Minogue, it was love at first sight. As soon as I saw the terrifyingly vacant, buck-toothed stare of the woman in the image below, my heart melted. Then, after the initial and compulsory click and drag, I looked into the rest of Stine Belden Røed’s work and found the rest of it a little less weird, but definitely amazing. It’s always good to see someone clinging on to the pencil for dear life and flying the flag for those of us who still believe that a gig poster needs to be no more than a sweet drawing and some slapdash collage.

  30. Tclist

    Hey there. How’s your day going? Just ok? Well stick this in your downbeat pipe and breathe in the beauty because this is wonderful. We’ve flagged up the excellent Spitalfields Life blog before but they’ve gone to stunning new heights with this collection of 18th century traders’ cards and adverts. Anyone who’s read American Psycho knows the many connotations which can be attached to the humble business card but this was a simpler time when a linen draper could put a picture of a massive fish on their card for no apparent reason. Collected from the Bishopsgate Institute’s archives this is a fascinating glimpse into graphic design’s distant past with certain tricks echoing down the ages. Oh and it includes William Hogarth’s business card. And exhale…

  31. List2

    Embroidery is pretty hot right now. Knitting is in knots and crochet is unravelling at how cool embroidery’s gotten. But wait, it’s just got a little bit slicker with the help of Sydney-based, twin sister studio Maricor/Maricar who have taken their embroidery skills and applied it to the equally glamorous world of typography to create wonderfully textured works of bright, swooping letters and even some pattern work too. There’s more than just needlework going on here though with real considered design and composition making it all the more impressive.

  32. Es

    I was lamenting the proliferation of dreary making-of videos recently, wondering why they seem to swing from the sublime to ridiculous and suggesting that if there’s nothing else to say, it’s better to say nothing at all. They’ve become an unthinking part of too many projects, but anyone thinking of making one could do a lot worse than watch this example of it done very, very right. We’ve wanged on loads about Mikey Please and his BAFTA-winning animation The Eagleman Stag but this is a genuinely interesting insight into how it came together, crucially encompassing concepts and process. It’s a pleasure to spend seven minutes in the company of Mikey’s definite but lightly-worn brilliance.

  33. Rllist

    It was right back in 2007 when we first started thumping any tub we could find to alert people to the talent of Supermundane, aka Rob Lowe. He has won a legion of admirers for his hyper-detailed, hyper-rewarding works but his new show at Kemistry Gallery sees his work go in an interesting new direction. Details is a collection produced by taking tiny areas of his drawings and simplifying them down to pure line and colour. Not only that, it will be exhibited as a Rob Lowe show rather than Supermundane, so we caught up with him to find out how and why this exciitng new project came about…

  34. 3

    We admire anyone who can actually make things but it gets more interesting when these inventions do something even cleverer than make our lives easier, like using external elements around us and employing them into the process. Take Mischer’Traxler, a Vienna-based studio made up of Katharina Mischer and Thomas Traxler who develop and design products, furniture and installations (among other things) that push concepts and innovative thinking to the limit. As a result their projects are experimental, with an emphasis on the physical process and combine both craft and technology together in the wonderfully simple but refined mix.

  35. Nishijima-list

    I very recently came across the perfect example to hold up when trying to explain just how good woodblock printing can be and in comparison, how Katsuyuki Nishijima makes the efforts by some other artists look like potato prints.

  36. Wide-open-school-list

    The Wide Open School is just that, an inclusive and experimental programme for public learning. The Hayward Gallery is hosting it as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival of the World, and they have gathered an estimable faculty of some of the UK’s most contemporary artists – Martin Creed, Tracy Emin, Jeremy Deller, Gillian Wearing, Michael Landy, Bob and Roberta Smith for example – as well as another 94 artists hailing from more than 40 countries.

  37. Main

    Cheeky, gritty, cheesy, shameless – not all words you’d associate with the sort of uninhibited joy that comes from viewing these saucy illustrations by Theo Gennotsakis. Much like the strange appeal of the spray-painted babes you see on fairground rides, or the airbrush mountain scenes lining the sides of holiday coaches, there’s a certain cheapness in Theo’s creations that immediately draws you in. Whilst working for years as an art director for companies such as Nike, Hermes, Adidas and Chanel, Theo kept up his personal work and now boasts a stunningly pastel-infused portfolio that he uses to reel in potential collaborators, welcoming them into his world which, in his words, is ’kitsch, funny and surprising…"

  38. Cgmain

    It seems too much of a coincidence, what with Baz Lurhman’s Great Gatsby on its way, that a disused petrol station in a run-down King’s Cross street has been transformed into an impossibly chic dining space by architecture studio Carmody Groarke. Exciting rumours of old petrol-pumps being transformed into prosecco fountains are flying around, along with tales of the Donald Urquhart murals that decorate the interior of the King’s Cross Filling Station.

  39. Crsw

    We’ve long been fans of architecture practice Studio Weave (they were in Issue Six of our magazine) and the way in which they use stories as the starting points to their ambitious projects. Lucky for us, and you, that our pals over at Crane.tv have been into see Je An and Maria Smith and find out about their narrative approach and their new project restoring the St Pancras Church Garden, an undeveloped pocket right in the heart of the City of London with a fascinating history. Lovely stuff.

  40. List

    David Benjamin Sherry’s photographs from his new project Astral first remind me of Rainbow Dust, the hideously delicious sour sugar crystals that came in a long tube mixed with Solero lollies. More beautiful of course, he’s created colourful, monochromatic topographical landscapes that crumble in a spectrum of rocky fluorescents.