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    Here’s a fun fact to definitely not make you feel old: The Lion King came out 19 years ago. Since then, in my own humble opinion, the quality of Disney’s productions hasn’t quite reached a similar standard. Until, that is, today when we came across this utterly mesmerising short film entitled Paperman straight from Walt Disney Studios themselves. The way they capture you is by no means groundbreaking, but is a surefire way to get you all weepy and slushy on a Wednesday morning.

  2. Ze-list

    Perhaps I’m blinded by my lust for one of nature’s most delicious substances but this new identity for Maya Sunny Honey, a range of raw, organic bee products, pretty much hits the nail on the head as far as branding goes. The logotype itself is a fairly tried and tested formula of contemporary sans-serif on a white background, but the attention to detail throughout the rest of the brand collateral is where Zé Studio’s skill really shines through. Considered photography alongside a range of bespoke jars, packaging and wooden sampling spoons (they look better than they sound) all combine to create a charming identity that only exacerbates my appetite for bees’ polleny treats.

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    This is unbelievable. Photographer Jon Crispin has visited the remains of an old psychiatric hospital, formerly known as The Willard Asylum for the Chronic Insane, and has discovered hundreds of old suitcases belonging to its former patients. Packed with trinkets ranging from letters to ornaments to photographs, these images tell the stories of every person who was committed to this famous psychiatric hospital back in the late 1800’s.

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    Starter for ten – what do these images show? If you said the nests of sociable weaver birds built around telephone poles in the southern Kalahari region, then give yourself a pat on the back (you liar!). This intriguing series Assimilation is the work of South African photographer Dillon Marsh, a huge talent whose work explores the symbiotic relationship between society and the landscapes in which it sits.

  5. Marra-list

    Benjamin Marra produces comic tales of nocturnal, urban action, intense emotion and extreme violence featuring bikini-clad girls with gun-holder suspenders, testosterone-pumped guys and bloodthirsty beasts. His characters’ anatomy is idiosyncratic, and their angular movements a tad awkward, but there’s an infectious energy to Marra’s drawings that’s near impossible to resist.

  6. Lotus-list

    When you’re the manufacturer of the world’s only torsional ultrasonic scalpel for use in keyhole surgery (it cuts by transferring high intensity ultrasonic vibration into the body’s soft tissue and speeds coagulation of the blood in case you were curious) you’d think the product would more or less sell itself. And who needs a brand and identity for a product you don’t even have to market?

  7. Watercycle-list

    Ain’t it grand when people collaborate? Yeah it is. Especially when those collaborators have niche skills that unite to produce something bigger than the sum of their parts. Photographer Chris Turner, animator Jess Deacon and paper sculptor extraordinaire Helen Friel have just finished work on a beautiful piece of animation that tells the story of the modern water cycle through the medium of an ingeniously animated pop-up book. Unlike the water cycle of my own childhood, this one travels in reverse, from the kitchen tap right back to stormy dark rainclouds, and illustrates this pre-school geography staple with real flair, gently reminding us of the intricacies of a process we so often take for granted.

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    David Janes sent us a small book of a green pop-up paper house. Complete with building instructions and a watercolour of several emerald houses dwarfing London, it’s a nice way to showcase his skills in artwork, mock-ups, guidelines and visual trickery.

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    Shakespeare’s Globe next to the Thames is famous for many reasons, but it’s fair to say that digital networking events would not be the first thing to spring to mind. So when the iconic theatre launched its first such event Interface recently, it turned to a graphic designer with the abilities to marry these seemingly incongruous worlds. Patrick Fry, once of this parish, created a striking identity combining geometric coloured patterns and clean white space for a look that manages to be both contemporary and characterful. Interesting enough on their own, as a set the pamphlets really come together, a nice nod to the ideas behind the event they are promoting.

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    We love Camille Lavaud. Her French illustrations are the love child of old Toulouse-Lautrec posters and 1950’s gangster B-movies. We posted about her work a while back, praising her for throwing herself into all manners of illustration including fashion and banner-making. Now Camille’s back with a series of posters which will will knock your chaussettes off faster than you can say hand drawn type. The combination of her eclectic colour palette and almost hurried style is perfect for this new series, and is a good sign that she’s got much more where that came from. Keep it coming, Camille!

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    Follow singer Nick Cave and director John Hillcoat on a somewhat seedy journey into what looks like the Reeperbahn or on of the more dimly lit alleyways of Amsterdam’s red light district. In this new and slightly NSFW music video for Nick Cave’s Jubilee Street, director John Hillcoat transforms Ray Winstone into a rather distressingly sad older gentlemen calling on ladies of the night for a good time.

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    As The Daily Mail website scoops a design effectiveness award, editor Rob Alderson looks at its strengths and asks whether its controversial style means it doesn’t get the design credit it deserves. As always, you can join the debate below…

  13. Bl-list

    London-based ceramicist Billy Lloyd has been making quite a name for himself since setting up his own studio in 2011. A graduate of Camberwell College of Art, Billy spent five years following education honing his craft through apprenticeships with local practitioners, improving his throwing skills and refining his design sensibilities. As a result his aesthetic is immensely polished for a relatively young designer, each piece handled with masterful care and attention.

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    And so to South Africa where I was dazzled and delighted to come across the breathtaking worlds created by Inus Pretorius. Based in Pretoria, I like to think that he has taken the name of his hometown like the heroes of English myths and legends, but it could all just be a lovely coincidence. His work though is anything but coincidental, full of meticulously crafted characters and objects which build up into jaw-droppingly detailed scenes. Take just two of his recent posters – at first glance the eye can’t really settle, flitting from one scene to another trying to take it all in. But zoom in on various sections and you fully appreciated the richness of Inus’ work and the many narratives he packs in to every inch of his illustrations.

  15. Stoemp-list

    Belgian designers Stoëmp specialise in limited-run, hand-crafted pieces of print that utilise only the slowest, most intricate processes available to contemporary designers. This means they’re pretty adept at dealing with screen and letterpress, taking great pride in creating packaging and ephemera that makes the most of these tactile techniques. Take this recent piece of vinyl packaging for Cupp Cave’s Dice Pool for example; inspired by Bryan Christopher Baker and executed by Dimitri Runkkari, the entire cover design is created by letter-pressing plastic dice to create a beautifully vivid geometric pattern. Simple, effective and very, very cool.

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    Ari Seth Cohen will go down in the internet history books for making the style blog that championed the beautiful and extraordinarily stylish women of New York City. The flamboyant, impeccably dressed ladies that graced the pages of Advanced Style have become the muse to a whole host of designers and artists inspired by these women’s unfaltering lust for life. Fashion designer Karen Walker is no exception, and has enlisted Ari to help her get these women to model her new line of rather spectacular sunglasses. The result is magnificent — I mean how often is it that you look forward to being old and get an urge to buy sunglasses at the same time?

  17. 4panel-list

    Once upon a time four panel strips were rife. But the thinning of newspapers brought the thinning of the back page funnies. Longer comics and graphic novels have their own strengths, but the self-contained, consistently sized strip has a satisfying pleasure all it’s own. Shorter comics have for a while now found a growing home online, and, excitingly, we’ve just discovered a place dedicated to the four panel kind.

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    Us Londoners were greeted this morning with a bitterly cold, spiteful wet snow that didn’t even have the good grace to settle and give us a day off work. But thankfully John Tierney’s paintings whisked me away from the grizzly February morning to the sun-kissed streets of Los Angeles. Until recently John was a criminology professor but since retiring he has dedicated his time to his paintings, going from the darkest recesses of human behaviour to the searingly bright boulevards of LA and the surreal moonscapes of the Joshua Tree National Park.

  19. Theride-list

    Whenever The Ride journal comes through the letterbox I get a palpable sense of excitement about what I’m going to find inside. As a design lover, illustration fanatic and interminable bike-bore it’s got more or less everything I require from a publication; even the advertising makes me salivate. But it’s the personal stories that keep me coming back to this generous piece of print, and the offerings in Issue 7 are as good as you’ll find anywhere. With a confessional from Olympic hero Bradley Wiggins, an account of the haphazard nature of the 1967 Tour de France as well as a phenomenal amount of illustration from the likes of Jack Hughes, Kate Moross, Sergio Membrillas and photography from the incredible Emily Maye, it’s hard to see what more the Diprose brothers could pack in to 200 pages. Even if you don’t give two hoots about cycling (and there’s plenty who don’t) the imagery alone warrants picking up a copy. Just don’t blame us if it provokes an unhealthy new obsession with the sport.

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    Dom Sylvester Houédard was a Benedictine monk, scholar, concrete poet and pivot in the post war avante-garde. Since his death twenty years ago, Houédard’s varied, experimental work has barely left the hands of private collectors. The publication of Notes from a Cosmic Typewriter: The Life and Work of Dom Sylvester Houédard, edited by Nicola Simpson, seeks to reintroduce this maverick to a wider audience.

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    We always knew that we needed a big name to close our first ever creative symposium Here and they don’t come much bigger than fashion designer Sir Paul Smith. In an honest, funny and insightful talk he spoke about his early days, the lessons he has learned and the way in which he looks at the world around for him for inspiration. It was a tour de force of a talk and a huge privilege to see one of the design world’s true luminaries up close and personal. Today we are delighted to release Sir Paul’s talk for the first time as part of our countdown to this year’s event.

  22. Wno-list

    The biggest problem with opera is accessibility. Visiting the opera is an exclusive event in your social calendar for which you’ll need to iron your whitest shirt, press your tuxedo or don the most spectacular dress you can lay your hands on. You’ll also need to set aside some budget for champagne; opera doesn’t happen without champagne. Opera’s like the wealthy, stuck-up cousin of musicals, or at least that seems to be the perception. In actual fact it’s as gritty, filthy and exciting as your favourite soap or drama, spanning the whole range of human emotions and dealing with a myriad gripping story lines.

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    Every few months I remember to check back in with the brilliant Bela Borsodi and always find something on the New Yorker’s portfolio that I love. On this occasion it was this extraordinary shoot for Document magazine, fusing real-life models with some weird and wonderful illustrated adornments to produce a series which is by turns, funny, intriguing, silly and stylish. Sometimes it takes a few seconds to work out what exactly your eyes are seeing, but the cumulative effect of the photographs confirms how much I like Bela’s work, and that I should develop a more strategic approach to keeping up-do-date with his new projects.

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    It’s common knowledge that music video budgets have been tight for some time now. So, when presented with such an unabashed exploration of techniques, scenes, and casting all in four and a half minutes you have to stand up and take note. Having only graduated from The Norwegian Film School in 2010, director André Chocron has created something beyond his years that I’m sure will do the band wonders in the PR game. Hell, even if it’s not your cup of tea – where else will you find a video with underwater dancers followed by skateboarding businessmen?

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    There’s always something interesting about artistic processes in which the creative cedes control, and especially so when that creative is a major art world figure like Gerhard Richter. A gorgeous new book presents his November series in its entirety, an intriguing series that came about when he was decanting some black Edding marker-pen ink. Some of it dripped onto nearby paper and he was fascinated by the patterns it made, not just on the top sheet but on those it soaked underneath as well.

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    Here are some of the Things that dropped into It’s Nice That’s hands this week. From the deepest, bluest oceans to activists in Australia, from Kingston fabric to Portland paper to Dutch illustration, Things went to great lengths to deliver these goods. Go on, have a look.

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    You may have been reading some particularly hilarious articles on Vice recently, and you may or may not have noticed that some of the sharpest, wittiest and generally most honest come from a girl named Bertie Brandes. Originally a writer, Bertie is now publisher of a magazine called The Mushpit which she co-runs with Charlotte Roberts.

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    Word up pod fans, it’s been too long! Since the last time we heard from you we lost some friends, well, hell me and Snoop are dipping again…no, wait, that was Dr Dre not us. Since the last time Studio Audience checked in we’ve had Christmas, New year and the whole of January and maybe you thought we’d disappeared. Well like a popular soap opera character we are back from the abyss with Series Three. We’ve shaken things up a bit but still aim to deliver you 22 minutes of art and design news, views and nonsense every ruddy week. So kick back, pour yourself a gin n juice and enjoy…

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    The best baddie in cinematic history is not Darth Vader or Blofeld, oh no, it’s Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore. Just as you’re about ready to mentally kill the actor that plays Shooter purely because of his character, this bit of dialogue happens that suddenly makes you realise he’s not worth your time. Happy and Shooter are arguing and Shooter goes “Just stay out of my way… or you’ll pay! Listen to what I say!” only for Happy to reply “Hey, why don’t I just go eat some hay, make things out of clay, lay by the bay? I just may! Whaddya say?” which is basically the best comeback line in history. Take the feeling of that triumphant moment, times it by eleven, and that’s how good The Weekender is.

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    We’ve obviously seen this kind of thing before, but Philip Karlberg’s still-life faces for Pay Ex are still utterly charming. Through the simple arrangement of everyday objects, Philip creates a set of oddly expressive visages which speak volumes about our capacity for apophenia – the willingness to see human characteristics in inanimate objects. Proof that once again if you hire the right kind of creative, there is no such thing as a hack topic or approach.

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    Another cracker here from the Layzell Bros who are quickly becoming the go-to guys for anything humorous and animated — before we even see one of their videos I know it’s already my new favourite. Chicks with Cheeks is pretty self explanatory; it’s a celebration of girls with natural, fleshy pouches on either their faces or behinds. Silly, short, colourful and hilarious — is there anything else you could possibly want from your animation? More please Layzell Bros, more!

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    On Monday we launched our new project with Represent Recruitment looking at which factors, both physical and cultural, contribute to the perfect creative environment. There’s been lots of wisdom and insights from the five agencies we’ve focussed on this week, kicking off with Pentragram partner Angus Hyland who pointed to the partner structure as a key strength of their setup. “I think the atelier culture means we can have an overall Pentagram culture as well as strong individual voices,” he said, but he also praised the fact that with 65 staff in 16,000 square feet in their west London offices this “surfeit of space” was a “key ingredient” for a productive and harmonious workplace.

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    Tracey Emin has had some pretty spectacular milestones in her career, but her newest show is a real head-turner for the Margate girl made good. The digital art platform s(edition) is displaying six of her neon works on 15 of the biggest billboards in New York’s iconic Times Square. For three minutes every night at 11:57pm, the screens will spell out Tracey’s messages on the giant screens, a fleeting moving exhibition in one of the busiest public spaces in Manhattan.

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    Last night was the opening night of Jean Jullien’s spectacular new show at East London’s Kemistry Gallery. We know because we were there, fighting through a huge crowd to catch a glimpse of his latest series entitled Allo?. From what we can gather, Allo? is supposed to sound more like a French person answering the telephone as opposed to a cockney marketplace greeting. The telephone plays a big part in this series of no less than 59 large images on display in the gallery (does Jean ever sleep?) all based around the grim presence of technology in our lives.

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    Carrie Louise is a set designer who not only rocks the first-name-as-a-surname thing, but also creates some stupendously cool set designs. Working with big name photographers like Dean Chalkley and Patrice De Villiers as well as pursuing some great personal work, the Brighton University graduate has a fantastic eye for composition and colour. Don’t believe me? Check out her opulent still-lifes for Harrods, where the the tables groan under their greedy loads in a superb homage to the Flemish masters of yesteryear. She can also do silly and surreal without being “wacky” (a treacherous line to tiptoe for contemporary creatives) and she turns her talents to film and events for the likes of Secret Cinema too. Splendid on every level.

  36. Markbramley-list

    British photographer Mark Bramley spends most of his working life taking ultra-polished photographs of speedy vehicles gliding towards the sunset. He’s got a natural eye for light that’s put to excellent use in his shimmering shots of evening sunlight bouncing from iridescent sports cars. But he’s also got an excellent eye for space, a talent that can be seen in an incredible body of landscape photographs that encompass everything from vacant airfields to the underside of motorway bridges and a glowing billboard in the snow. Put this man in a wide, open space and he’ll capture it with ease. Truly magnificent stuff!

  37. Marionbalac-list

    French illustrator Marion Balac has got some serious pencil skills on her. The 28-year old Paris resident creates enormous graphite compositions, thick with detail, that are full of dense vegetation and punctuated by large spaces of pure white paper. These homogenous masses seem to creep through the forests like strange ectoplasmic entities. We don’t know what they are, but we really like them.

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    Making one drawing a day is a common project to get yourself into the habit of regular illustration after a period of anti-creativity (I’m looking at you, Christmas). Shishi Yamazaki has taken this process a step further with her creepy, romantic series of masks — one drawn every day for an ongoing period of time. Abstract, lucid and seriously intriguing, this is the sort of project we love. It’s a simple idea with a surprising and beautiful result! If you’re into Studio Ghibli films or just good animation, check out some of her videos too. This is one seriously talented girl.

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    It’s been a long old while since we’ve checked in with Northern Irish Brooklynite Oliver Jeffers, but in the four years since we last spoke it’s safe to say he’s been exceptionally busy. Those of you familiar with Oliver’s work undoubtedly know him for his charming children’s illustration; some of the most detailed and engaging stuff out there for kids today.

  40. List-wallinger

    For the uninitiated the Tube can look like an inexplicable maze. But once you grasp Harry Beck’s iconic map, those chaotic lines form a manageable labyrinth. So goes the thinking behind London Underground’s biggest ever art commission: 270 permanent, unique artworks by Mark Wallinger soon to grace the walls of every Tube station.