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    Like a happy dog having its tummy tickled, certain creatives know seem to know just how to get me on-side. Illustrator Jean Jullien has long had that ability and what do you know – he’s only gone and done it again. His new project is a 24-page “collection of visual games based on minimalism and silhouettes” and my goodness they’re great – taking in everything from gun sights to wells, jungles to the cinema. here’s also a meta-shadow-puppet creation which hurts you’re head if you think about it too much, but that’s the only downside to the work.Woof woof Jean, woof woof indeed.

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    Tudo Bom Todo Bem. Alex and myself have recently returned from Sao Paulo where we ran a five day workshop with Mesa & Cadeira (Table & Chairs). Hosted in the impressive Weiden + Kennedy offices and following in the rather large footsteps of Anthony Burrill and Andy Cameron, our workshop ran during evenings and weekends with 16 like-minded individuals centred around curation, editing and publishing content.

    During our five day workshop we were also lucky enough to work with some of the keenest minds in the city, and collaboratively set ourselves a mission – to make people fall in love with Sao Paulo. The content that followed has exceeded our expectations, and the passion and personality every single person bought to their contribution was typical of a city that despite reputation, has proved to be the most welcoming we’ve ever visited.

  3. Edward-burtynsky-list

    The Photographers’ Gallery was the first independent space of its kind in Britain, so understandably its reopening in a new, tailored home is important to a very large and dedicated audience.

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    When Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch was named the Design Museum’s Design of the Year last month, the judges said that the inherent pressure of designing the Olympics made their creation all the more remarkable. Some briefs are so iconic that the intensity of the scrutiny makes them almost thankless, and illustrating The Beatles must be right up there.

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    In the last of our catch-ups with The Graduates 2011, we check-in with Bruce Usher, a fully-fledged designer in London’s Inventory studio, and Scott Taylor who has embraced his inner filmmaker to great effect.

  6. Ehlist

    There’s a scene in Friends when he Chandler tells Monica he wants to call their baby Hemingway as he’s his favourite author – when pushed of course he can’t name a single Hemingway title. It’s a clever joke because Hemingway has become a byword for a certain kind of cool, the hard-drinking, hard-fishing, Cuba-dwelling template to which many would-be writers aspire. Of course it wasn’t always like this though and aged just 20 he joined The Toronto Star as a reporter, going to become the paper’s European correspondent even though his editors deemed him “too big for his britches.”

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    Like a moth to a rainbow flame, I’m drawn to anything brightly coloured. I only flirt with colour though, compliment it, give furtive glances, have gentle brushes with it, because I’m not ready to fully commit to a colour-drenched life. As a result my day-to-day life remains fairly grey and beige.

  8. Dh

    When you look through this series, after signalling to your face to wrinkle your nose, the next thing your brain might do is remind you that “someone’s got to do it.” Derek Henderson’s portraits of slaughterhouse workers in New Zealand are inspired by his young friends in the 1970s working there to earn some extra cash, and the almost absurd nature of what they were doing as a Saturday job. Henderson has now taken the current employees out of the workplace – in some cases it seems, immediately after a shift – and photographed them as a friendly reminder to the world that this is actually someone’s day job.

  9. Lissst

    Tribal and robotic, are rarely two words that go hand-in-hand but somehow illustrator Raymond Lemstra manages to succeed in fusing the traditional with the futuristic in his mask and character designs. Soft, dulled colours blend with rounded squares and fine angles, these illustrations are subtle and steer clear of becoming paraodies of tiki wood carvings or totem poles rather they breathe new life into them. Throughout his work there’s a real sense of personality to each of his designs even when it’s a completely symmetrical, unmoving mask. It’s the detail and composition that enables Raymond to give them quirks and character, strengthening his pieces and making you dig that line work even more.

  10. Killian

    Visual wizard is not a term used lightly, but it seems appropriate here as this guy is seriously raising the bar for young art directors and graphic designers right now. The Gerrit Rietveld Academie – which is pretty much an active volcano that vomits out hundreds of incredibly talented people every year – was the establishment that educated Killian, and taught him the art of making something look A) very cool and B) ahead of its time.

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    People want different tinges from a haircut experience, over and above the fewer follicle fundamentals. I am a big fan of my barber because he’s quick and quiet, no small talk, no gaffing, in, chop, out (email me if you what his name). But I understand there are others who look for a little more atmosphere, for whom the choice of stylist is far more involved than mine. And so to Slovenia, where wonderfully-named duo Kitsch-Nitsch have overseen the interior decoration for the new YMS salon, a trendy offshoot of the Mič Styling chain. It’s an immersive wonderland of colour and vibrancy and I imagine will become quiet the destination for the hipster Slovene to be seen.

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    Trucks are great, but they can be awfully clunky and ungraceful. If only someone were to completely alter their structure and make them delicate works of art… Oh wait, Belgian artist Wim Delvoye has done just that and completely blown my mind in the process.

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    We’re not able to give you much background history for Wroclaw’s Slawek Czajkowski, but who needs the finer details when you’ve got copulating aliens, Satanic voyeurs and entire epic tales to distract you? Czaijkowski is in an element of his own when it comes to filling a canvas with one-frame narratives featuring characters you’d be more likely to find in some of the weirder episodes of The X Files.

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    We all appreciate someone who makes our world look a little brighter, and Berlin-based Matthias Heiderich does just that. The interesting thing about his knock-you-off-your-seat architectural photographs is not just the candy-striped colours of the buildings that he has a strong knack for picking out, but perhaps the dramatic change of tone as you switch from one of his projects to the next. In an almost comical fashion we are one minute admiring a set of artificially rainbowed warehouse structures and then, unnervingly, with one click we are then dropped into a misty and deserted basketball court, or beside a terrifyingly soviet concrete building. Three cheers for Matthias though, as with each set of photographs, no matter how disparate, they are all equally breathtaking, and we are big fans.

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    I’ve been really into football since I was about five, but no matter what other interests I have developed since it’s the only thing some people relate with me (I get on average four football-themed birthday cards a year). So I can empathise with the people behind Cotton Project, a super hip São Paulo-based label aiming to show the world there’s more to Brazil than samba, bikini-clad beach babes and the beautiful game.

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    Most model car kits come with a sheet of stickers that can be applied to the side of a shabbily-glued “super” car. Their space-saving arrangement is incidentally aesthetic, even more so when it’s just the sticky net that always ends up on the back of your jumper. Channelling this abstract recall of childhood imagery is Blair Thurman who has created, from neon, the outlines of these random compositions at their most simple. Strange, still, that they look “go-faster” even when hung on the gallery wall. The almost tribalistic quality of it has all sorts of allusions to underground and popular American culture and Thurman’s re-appropriation of a graphic vernacular hardly seen in a gallery space and craft is undeniable.

  17. Cannes-list

    The Cannes Film Festival seems like the most glamorous event on the film calendar – you pretty much have to be either super-cool or super-rich to go, and as I am neither (yet) I instead try to recreate the feeling of being there at home. I tan-up, wear white (for some riviera chic) and surround myself with popcorn and croissants (gotta keep it French) while re-watching the trailers again and again. The novelty wears off after about nine and a half minutes, because I’m in my living room not the south of France but still.

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    Now, there are some publications that can’t be whimsical in their copy, they must stick to the facts and be rationally straightforward. I’m talking about the science, financial and business magazine guys who have to communicate ideas in an orderly fashion so as not to end up making things up. Once in a while though they like to jazz those articles up a bit with some fun illustrations and here I usher in the work of Mitch Blunt who’s done a lot of this type of work for clients such as Bloomsburg Businessweek, Modus Magazine and FT Weekend as well as whole host of other publications both the factual and culturally creative.

  19. Paul-elliman-list

    Ecstatic Alphabets / Heaps of Language at New York’s Museum of Modern Art has brought together 12 contemporary practitioners and an estimable spectrum of key 20th Century artists who do as the Dadaists do and eschew rational structures of language, form, sound – taking language, in particular typography, and “freeing it from its communicative and descriptive duties.”

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    Putting shopping-precinct-lurking kids in designer clothes is by no means revolutionary, but have you seen these photos? Jamie Hawkesworth, part of the treasure trove that is M.A.P photographers agency, has a unique portfolio of work that primarily documents the quintessential parts of Britain we all know and love, but don’t necessarily shout about. Cue repetitive town-centres, drizzly seasides and the ever ungraceful, dirty-laundy-on-show activity of moving house.

  21. Ozlist

    Few books have seeped into our collective cultural consciousness more than The Wizard of Oz so it takes some effort to breathe new life into it. However Dublin-based duo Sadhbh Doherty and Clare Geraghty, aka Harmless Creatures, have done just that with these costumes for the Dorothy’s three companions, The Lion, The Tin Man and The Scarecrow. It’s definitely the Lion made out of old VHS tape (perhaps a comment on the popularity of the film version?) that floats our boat the most but the others are interesting too, nicely unsettling and flawlessly executed. We’re certainly not in Kansas any more.

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    When something looks like it’s been done on a computer but it’s actually been created by hand I’m instantly impressed and it’s even better when that work is actually really good (rather than just those weird painted replicas of Johnny Depp or David Beckham you see on the market sometimes).

  23. Eglist

    I don’t know about you but I’ve never really got cruises – the idea of spending a couple of weeks cooped up with some people you’ve never met just doesn’t appeal no matter how many amenities/buffets there are. It appears that Argentine-born, Brooklyn-based photographer Emiliano Granado shares my bewilderment, but unlike me he’s done something about it and spent five days aboard the Explorer of the Seas shooting the ship and its curious inhabitants.

  24. Kindness

    Clash Magazine called him “a well-dressed spaghetti strand” and The Fly referred to him as a “willfully mysterious cocktail-quaffer”, but you can be sure that after this remarkable video hits the general public, Adam Bainbridge (or Kindness when he’s feeling musical) will be forever regarded as “the man who had that sweet video with the amazing kid and the drum machine.” All hail the work of Adam himself and Dan Brereton who have constructed one of the finest and most original music videos of 2012.

  25. David-galasse-list

    David Galasse looks like he does it all and does it really well. His bright, wonderfully applicable graphic design doesn’t follow the trend bent but instead does a fantastic job of creating truly personal identities, printed collateral, web/mobile/app design, animation etc.

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    I can’t help feel that the 18th Century got a lot of things right, you know apart from rampant xenophobia, social injustice and polio. You get the sense they knew how to have fun, and nowhere is this more obvious that the tradition of pleasure gardens, social spaces designed to dazzle, titillate and amuse everyone from aristocrats to grubby chimney sweep types. So kudos to the team bringing pleasure back (to paraphrase Mr Timberlake) with the London Pleasure Gardens in the east end due to open next month.

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    If someone were to illustrate my life – and yes, someone may ask one day – then I’d want it to be done by Justin Mezzell who’s made me swoon with his nifty (but cool) illustrations. Creating numerous posters, infographics, and an array of editorial work his portfolio is a brilliant example of getting things right. The retro feel combined with grainy textures and warm colours come together in a melting pot of creative cheese fondue that I just want to dip my tiny fork into. Forget the celery and chunks of mystery meat I just want illustrative gruyère!

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    Once in a blue moon you come across an artist whose back catalogue of work hits you so hard that it makes you a little dizzy. If Nathaniel’s work was personified into a group of people, what a weird bunch they would be – a shy kid kid kicking pebbles about, a woman falling in love with a boat, an old couple being blown out of canons, groups of overly-tall men huddled around a stray dog.

  29. Prlist

    When searching for the best graphic design around, a visit to the Project Projects website is rarely a fruitless one. One of the most recent works to be uploaded is this tremendous catalogue for the Anne Tyng retrospective at the Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia and Graham Foundation in Chicago.

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    In the Medley Tour, an exhibition now on show at London’s Hauser & Wirth, Berlin-based artist Andreas Hofer aka Andy Hope 1930, suggests a world populated by superheroes but this is not comic art. It’s not sequential story-telling and it’s not immediately accessible as fine art either, however, the clue is always in the name and Andy Hope 1930 adopted his because he associates “the year 1930 with both the rise of the comic book to a mass medium, and the abandonment of suprematism and Russian constructivism” – both of which are primary signifiers in his work, albeit, somewhat mixed up a là food processor.

  31. Comet

    It’s hard isn’t it, when you’re having one of those days where you feel like you can’t do anything right and even though you’re surrounded by a sea of charismatic commuters you still can’t help but feel alone… And then you hear a song or something on TV and it makes you cry because it’s like, “ugh this is sooo my life!” No? Well even if you’re not having one of those days today you’ll still be able to identify with this sweet animation from George Shelbourn called Comet that tells the tale of a lost little comet, stuck on a strange planet and unable to fly away.

  32. Main

    Many dare to bridge the gap between hand-rendered illustration and commissioned design pieces, but none so deftly as the delightful Linda Linko, a Finnish illustrator who has designed some of the most eye-catchingly original posters we’ve seen in a while. Her choice of canvas, a huge and bright scroll-like sheet of paper, combined with her deep black, hand-rendered typography (exclaiming excitement-inducing words such as ‘NYE Dinner’ and ‘Cosmic Boogie’) are probably the coolest promotional visuals you could ever have to promote your event.

  33. Katie-peterson-list

    Katie Paterson is hugely capable of realising complex concepts in the most lyrically simplistic ways. Early on in her career there was a single lightbulb suspended in a dark room, the light it emitted was strange and totally unlike the yellow bleach of a regular lamp. Light bulb to Simulate Moonlight took the spectral measurements of lunar illumination and working closely with lighting specialists, Katie created enough of them to last one person a lifetime of moonlight.

  34. Msmain

    Some photographers rely on a stylist to bring a certain panache to a shot, others prefer to pick beautiful subjects who can do it themselves – no problem. Marco Scozzaro has the rare ability to pluck nonchalantly stylish men out of the hustle and bustle of the world and photograph them to make them almost God-like.

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    With the imminent arrival of all things in Olympic here in London comes a raft of cultural and creative projects launching to coincide with the games. As you’d expect they range from the fascinating and fabulous to those with, shall we say, less obvious merit. We’re only concerned with the cream of the crop though and it was just over 12 months ago when we interviewed the team behind Fantastic Factology. The brainchild of The Klassnik Corporation, Riitta Ikonen and We Made That, FF brings a little mental wow-factor to this celebration of muscle by installing community-sourced facts on a series of benches around the Olympic Park.

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    Generally I’ve always been a girly girl. I went through the tomboy phase of fluorescent Kappa popper joggers, but who didn’t really? One of my favourite places as a child was the aisle in Toys R Us where all the dolls, Barbies, Sindys, My Little Ponies and anything else ‘for girls’ sat there gleaming in all that glossy pink and purple packaging. It used to make me so happy, which is perhaps why I find myself smiling at the work of Spanish graphic designer Marta Cerda Alimbau, whose work is an array of well-executed, lovely looking design with a palette of proud lavenders and punchy magentas with sprinklings of pastels and green hues that can’t help but transport me back to that aisle.

  37. P-gagarin-fjodorlist

    Talk to some people about typography and their little faces glaze over, a mixture of bemused boredom and slight fear playing across their emotions. But they don’t know what we know and it’s up to us converts to explain how fonts can be fascinating. A good place to point them to would be the new Novo Typo typefoundry just launched by Amsterdam graphic design studio Atelier van Wageningen.

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    If, like me, you’re not too familiar with the Central Eastern European photography scene, then you might not have yet come across Rafal Milach until now. Not only has he has captured a wonderful cross-section of people, and place, his work offers a fascinating insight into the culture and conditions of Russian speaking countries and the CEE regions. From stark, pantry landscapes depicting harsh climates to abstract still lifes or intimate, portraits and snatched moments, it’s easy to see why he’s exhibited internationally and won several awards for his striking photographs.

  39. Brlist

    The Occupy Protests which started in NYC and spread around the world are remembered as a socio-economic snapping of patience, when people’s anger with the way of the world boiled over in a visceral, bitter and noisy few months. But photographer Ben Roberts’ Occupied Spaces series takes a different tack, focussing on tents used by the protestors at the two London sites by St Paul’s and in Finsbury Square. Devoid of people we are left to take in the prosaic details, the quiet behind-the-scenes worlds away from the mainstream media’s incessant glare. But they also make you wonder where everyone is, and the mind starts to make certain assumptions in line with your views on the movement.

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    Part three of our catch-up with The Graduates 2011. This time it’s Mike Guppy, who besides doing a placement with our very own INT Works has co-founded a design studio, Krystina Naylor who was selected as a Saatchi Gallery New Sensation earlier this year and Hannah Shipley who is forging ahead with her own design work and placements.