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    Last autumn we were thrilled to bring together a top notch line-up of speakers from across the art and design world for our inaugural creative symposium Here. For the lucky 500 who managed to get tickets they were treated to a day of wit and wisdom, insights and inspiration, and now we are ready to release the films of the talks. So whether you were there and want to relive your favourites, or if you’re coming at it afresh, there’s sure to be something to whet your creative appetite.

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    This year to celebrate Heineken’s 140th anniversary, the beer brand has thrown open its archives as part of the Remix our Future campaign. People are challenged to take one of the beer’s old adverts and create a new version ripe for the 21st Century, and while some of the efforts so far are pretty impressive, the real joy from a design point of view comes from the old visuals themselves. From weird illustrations to slightly sexist 1960s affairs, muted arty efforts to brash ads for the 1980s US market, it’s a tremendous collection of images and an interesting study in how a brand’s visual languages evolves over time.

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    Remember about halfway through last year there were reports of seeing strange hacked cars parked in Paris? Rumour had it that they were something to do with Michel Gondry’s latest project, but no one knew for sure. Now though, with the release of this goosebump-inducing trailer, we can know for sure that they were something to do with Gondry, and that we should be very, very excited about what is about to hit cinemas in the UK.

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    On Friday we were lucky enough to be visited by the fantastic D.A.D.D.Y (Design, Animaton, Design, Design, Yay) all the way from Dublin, and were spellbound. Every piece of their work whether a hard-hitting Red Cross campaign, one of their stunning self-written short films, or in this case a music video – is soaked in good humour and ingenious technique.

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    Sometimes as the December days darken the creative world seems to slide into a slight pre-Christmas torpor and new work is rather few and far between. But the pay-off for this undoubtedly comes in January when the New Year’s Resolutions kick into overdrive and the world and his wife update their sites with super new projects. The latest to invite us to feast on his recent work was illustrator Melvin Galapon who enjoyed a top 2012 with a host of interesting and eye-catching projects. Not only is Melvin a really skilled image-maker, he is also terrifically versatile; so alongside prints and textile designs there are also idents for Spine TV, 3D projections and installations. Mix in Melvin’s openness to collaboration with the likes of Von and you’ve got a creative who is well on course to match the heights he hit last year.

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    Women and fruit are often placed together in art, whether it be the oranges in Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère or the suggestive cucumbers and satsumas present in Sarah Lucas’ Au Naturel — there’s something strange and beautiful that just kind of works when you combine the two. These photographs by artist Heidi Voet combine images of naked women taken from Chinese magazines with pieces of strategically placed fruits and vegetable, and make for a really stunning series.

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    Independent Swiss font foundry Grilli Type haven’t been around for all that long, and they’ve not produced an enormous number of fonts either. Currently their output stands at three different families that reside on a fairly sparse website. But what they lack in numbers they make up for in quality, and their small collection of fonts, created in the Swiss tradition, are impeccably crafted and supremely utilitarian, featuring classic design sensibilities paired with a contemporary aesthetic. There’s no doubt that these guys know exactly what they’re doing and we’re excited to see them doing even more of it.

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    Emma Orlow makes up one half of “The Do Not Enter Diaries”, a website that allows teenagers to show display their bedrooms in Vimeo clips. Already praised by The New York Times and Rookie, Emma and Emily are an inspirational duo who are a pillar of the current teenage online revolution. Emma’s book choices are hilarious, passionate and very cool. I’ve pre-ordered the Suze Rotolo book on Amazon already.

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    This week – like most weeks – a myriad of terrific things came through the door of It’s Nice That. Scroll below to discover well packaged queer cinema, mauled hands and apple cores, cosplay, clean planners and a very sweet orange and blue intro.

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    Hey little boy, watcha got there? Kind sir it’s The Weekender I’ve found. Did you find it in the sandy ground? No, I found it strapped onto the back of a daily art and culture website, lurking. Oh. What does it do? I’m not sure yet, but it seems to enjoy regaling people with tales of the week that was, and making them laugh in a guilty way. Not a full-blown guttural laugh, but a kind of embarrassed, knowing snigger. Sounds good yeah? YEAH! YEEAAAAAAHHHHH!

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    We love coming across creatives who explore their chosen artistic medium in a variety of ways and New York based photographer Clément Pascal is a real inspiration in that regard. Born as his biography tells us " in Paris, in the glorious ‘80s when graffiti was in its prime" Clement’s photographic career began in Dakar and he has also worked in Cairo before settling in The Big Apple. His portfolio includes portraits, reportage and fashion work but I am particularly drawn to his Studio Visits. Clément has that enviable ability to document artists like Landon Metz and Evan Robarts in a way that captures the crucial triumvirate of personality, process and finished products – ignoring or missing any part of this trio can really compromise this kind of project as Clément clearly understands.

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    You’ve got to admire Nous Vous (not just for having the best name and some of the best talent in the business) for releasing such an enormous amount of new work at once. It’s nice when people release dribs and drabs here and there, drawing by drawing, poster by poster —but for Nous Vous just to rock up on Twitter and casually mention they have over 50 new images to show off is pretty impressive, and very exciting.

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    Texan photographer Delaney Allen has one of the most bewitching photographic portfolios we’ve ever laid eyes on. Thick with rich landscapes and shots of turbulent seas, interspersed with abstract close-ups that give little clue to their construction, Delaney manages to transform everything he scrutinises into strangely familiar but equally distant scenes. See that shimmering cosmos above? That’s just glitter on cloth. And that frothy cream mid-spill? That’s a section of rough coastline. We like nothing more than to be deceived by immaculate images and Delaney has turned that trick into a fine art.

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    Polish creative Izabela Kaczmarek-Szurek –who works under the enigmatic name Formallina – is a multi-talented woman with a portfolio which includes painting, illustration, art direction, textile design, posters and typography design. But because it’s Friday there was really only one place to start. Her Extreme Knitting calendar is a selection of 12 of her heroes rendered in mighty impressive crochet with the portraits used on some very natty products. Hulk Hogan cushion anyone? George Michael bikini? Then there’s Britney, Bowie, Beckham (Victoria, not David), Joan Collins Kate Moss, John Travolta, Sty Stallone, Princess Diana, Paris Hilton and who I think is former Polish president Lech Wałęsa. The calendar earned her third place in a competition run by GRAFFEX magazine but she’s top of our knitted calendar pops for sure. Well worth checking out the rest of her work too.

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    What did you Instagram yesterday? A pint of craft beer in a sunlit pub? Your friend’s pretty average dog? Yeah me too. Prepare to be ashamed when you see the genuinely beautiful Instagram photos of one of our favourite photographers, Jennilee Marigomen. Updated every half an hour on her site, this feed is just more proof that she is a truly spectacular photographer. The way she can make rain on a window, or even a doorknob seem absolutely sublime is a lesson to all of us casual photographers in that we may think that our over-filtered photos of our eggs Benedict are seriously beautiful, but come on, who are we kidding?

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    The last time we featured the brilliant Annie Collinge on the site she took us on an extraordinary journey to meet the real-life mermaids of a Florida theme park. The New York-based Brit is back with some new work which in essence is a more straightforward proposition – a portrait project featuring the artist and illustrator Julie Verhoeven. But as you might expect, in Annie’s talented hands this project becomes a thing of weird and wonderful glory. Think dolls, foot gloves, golden hands, face paints and what look like two boob-shaped sponges. It’s bonkers, barmy and brilliant. Oh and how about an excellent Ali-G inspired title to round things off? The project’s called Me, Julie. Simply splendid.

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    When I first started art college I approached a number of the compulsory workshops that defined my first year of study, with the lacklustre attitude of a grumpy teen. Woodwork and ceramics sessions were wasted because it just seemed more exciting to muck about and spend the evening in the pub like a lazy oaf. So I’ve got HUGE respect for Jose Miguel Mendez, a young student from LCC who’s managed to produce this little beauty of an animation as his first foray into stop-motion – and it was part of a compulsory college workshop! I’m not saying this is the most polished piece of film you’ll lay eyes on today, but respect is due to a man who’s clearly channeled a whole lot of energy into learning a new skill, and learning it really, really well.

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    When Superman swooped onto the front cover of Action Comics #1 in June 1938 he transformed the world on and off the page forever. The next decade was hijacked by dozens of masked and caped saviours in tights, many of whom are still ubiquitous in art and pop culture today.

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    Joe Dixon’s tender video for the new Black Books’ song The Big Idea shows a romantic evening between a lonely man and his painted thumb. Having created his date’s perfect skin tone, big blue eyes and cascading golden locks, we follow the man and his hand’s coy conversation. They enjoy a Lady and the Tramp-inspired dinner for two, with the spaghetti carefully slurped between a red lipped finger and thumb. Then, after a shared (and impressively exhaled) cigarette by the fire, the couple twirl to a Roy Orbison track. But as his shadow plays across the floral wallpaper, a woman’s shadow joins the man’s.

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    Remember ages ago we posted an animation of a duck pounding on the chest of a goddess to make her lactate? Well, we did. That was just a taster of the portfolio of Jack Cunningham. With his healthy mix of animation and illustration, both equal in their hilarity and friendly aesthetic, Jack’s creations work magnificently as still images or wiggling ones. On that note, Check out his animation of a kettle boiling, have you ever seen and heard something so satisfying and smooth? I doubt it. Check out his Vimeo page over your lunch as well, there’s a showreel from his University days that is almost too impressive.

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    Hands up if you winced at the photo of the sawed-in-half iMac? (That’s sad isn’t it). There’s a certain name for the anxious feeling you get if you see a mug too close to the edge of a table, but I don’t know what it is. Call it a hunch, but something about these coldly-lit photographs of odd objects on worn surfaces give you a chilly anxiety that something isn’t quite right in the room they inhabit.

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    It’s hard to say whether Jacob Stead’s illustrations are fun and friendly or deeply sinister. On the one hand his work features the kind of jovial goings on you’d expect to find at a summer festival; hippies on tandems, tattooing and woodland walks all give his work an approachable feel. But then there’s the witch-hunters, tarot inspired imagery and the decapitated boar that serves as his website’s masthead that makes us think maybe there’s something demonic lurking within this Bristol-based illustrator.

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    Ah, Tetris. The primary coloured, geometric video game that happily whiled away so many primary school hours. If you’re good at it, it can give you an early taster of a job well done. It’s just a shame the same compartmentalizing technique can’t be used for all the 3D stuff that gathers when you grow up.

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    See that sans-serif dotted around on our website? That’s Aperçu, a font designed by the inimitable Colophon Foundry, and probably one of the most recognisable faces around right now. We’re massive fans of Ant and Ed, the guys behind the type – heck we use their letters every day of the week – so we were pretty excited to hear about their show in Amsterdam that started just before the festive season.

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    When Sergio Calderón and Céli Lee joined forces to create The Unlimited Dream Company last year we knew that two such prodigious talents were likely to produce some excellent work. But Epoch 4 , the pair’s new computer-generated short to promote Noemi Klein’s new jewellery collection is utterly spellbinding. Separated into three “memory fragments” the film is inspired by the weird netherworld which exists at the bottom of the ocean, where extraordinary organic shapes thrive in the watery gloom and doom. But the duo also see it as “an abstract tale set on the surreal space of the memory, a timeless journey through the imagination.” Either way, such masterful digital work deserves a few minutes of your time.

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    Art history is a cool subject, don’t get me wrong, but it hasn’t really had a cooler moment than the release of the latest issue of 032c magazine. Picture, if you will, Britain’s favourite wunderkind photographer Alasdair Mclellan, darling of the modelling world Edie Campbell and super stylist Joe McKenna all hanging out together in a beautiful gallery for a shoot entitled Approaches to the History of Art. Alisdair’s lens follows Edie as she wanders around, casually peering at Old Masters like an aloof, 1990s art student with a a backpack full of sketchbooks, a Leica and some study notes. Such a brilliant idea, so beautifully shot. Lets’ hope Alisdair, Edie, and Joe are thrown together again soon.

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    When we came across Nothing Specific, a strange thing happened. The site, made up of the photography of Christopher Gray, is restrained to the point of enigmatic, but disappear into one of his portholes and one needs no explanation.

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    Today Juergen Teller’s first solo UK exhibition in a decade has opened at London’s ICA. The show, called Woo celebrates the last 20 years of Juergen’s career at the forefront of fashion photography, and his more recent journey into more project-based and personal artistic work. Spanning three rooms — one entirely collaged with Juergen’s magazine spreads that is described by members of staff as “Juergen’s brain” — the show is an interesting combination of some of his most personal shots, with some of his most fascinating commissioned pieces. An intimate, cherubic photograph of his daughter Lola at a young age is hung close to Juergen’s infamous photograph of Victoria Beckham seemingly being swallowed by a shopping bag.

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    We all know that lasers are cool. Statistically speaking they’re cooler than David Hasselhoff, Madonna and ice put together. Yessir. But what about threads posing as lasers? Just how cool are they exactly? It’s not a question that had ever crossed our minds until we saw the work of Jeongmoon Choi, a Korean artist who uses UV lighting and coloured thread to create striking installations. By shining UV rays onto geometrically arranged luminous threads Jeongmoon transforms galleries into spaces that resemble retro gaming grids and complex light shows. Tron fans take note, this is the fine artist for you!

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    This week assistant editor James Cartwright takes on the thorny issue of rebrands, and asks whether in the current climate of online criticism, some designers are choosing to play it safe by going back to the future. Remember you can add your views below!

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    I know you’re all busy but take some time out to watch George Belfield’s sumptuous new video for Richard Hawley’s Don’t Stare at the Sun – I promise you won’t regret it. It comprises a series of long lingering shots of the backs of people’s heads in various locations – from river banks to nightclubs, dingy flats to football pitches – which create a real sense of unease. The guilty voyeuristic feeling is heightened by the camera’s stubborn refusal to cut away, although sometimes a slight movement reveals an tantalising detail. The film almost feels like a photo-essay and each gorgeous shot is packed with narrative possibility and details which may or may not mean anything. A real masterclass from Mr Belfield!

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    Just as word is creeping out about Wes Anderson’s new project (which is expected out in 2014), Focus Features are still celebrating his spectacular 2012 release, Moonrise Kingdom. As award-season approaches, they’ve cleverly released this magnificent annotated script of the entire movie to hopefully spur their chances of getting Best Original Screenplay. Any Wes fans out there will be delighted to see sketched storyboards, hilariously-detailed stage directions and photos of him advising the cast on their characters during filming. If this example of the sheer detail that goes into his productions doesn’t make you want to watch every single one of his films back-to-back tonight, I don’t know what will. God those kids are cute.

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    Animator and illustrator Tom Rainford only graduated from Winchester Art School a couple of years ago, but the showreel he sent in whirled us away with its original characters, confident colours and lovely rhythms. After sharpening his craft for a year at London animation studio Art & Graft Tom’s wisely headed to the countryside to make animation magic far from the madding crowd.

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    Tres Tipos Gráficos is the commercial moniker of Madrid graphic designers Alberto Salván, Nicolás Reyners, Luis Vassallo and Izaskun Pérez. Together they collaborate on a range of weighty commercial projects, including the redesign of Spanish cycling giant Orbea’s logo, some seriously tasty rum packaging and a restrained, classic identity for international arts agency Calabuch to name a select few.

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    Matthew Stone is more than just an artist, he’s a shaman, a tour de force, a happening and something of a legend. Or so reads his artists bio. Matthew has created a cult status for himself in London since graduating from Camberwell College of Art in 2004 with a degree in painting. But make no mistake, he’s not really a painter. Between 2005 and 2008 Matthew spearheaded the South London arts collective ! WOWOW !, running riot across the capital with a barrage of squat parties, gallery shows and performances, provoking the interests of Dazed and Confused and i-D; the poster boy for London’s art scene.

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    Love this. Boy goes to a thrash gig in search of a good time, feels a bit left out so walks home, gets turned into a werewolf by the full moon and then returns to the gig to casually slash someone’s face and start shredding on the lead singer’s guitar. The first-hand detail of those beer bottles all over the venue floor, the band’s name on the drumkit (“Suck Hard”) and the band t-shirts of the sweaty, longhaired fans are what make this little story so enjoyable. Apart from recognising how talented she is, we don’t actually know too much more about Angela Dalinger apart from the fact that she is 28 years old, and her real name is Sandra Wichmann (which she hates).

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    London boasts a plethora of good design events but the POINT conference which takes place in May comes onto the scene with a real heavyweight pedigree. The brainchild of designers Robin Richmond, Tim Fendley and Georgia Fendley, this year’s inaugural event in London brings together 40 speakers plus film screenings and workshops based around the theme “authenticity.”

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    Good things come to those who wait and so it is with great expectations that we’ve pounced on the first teaser film for this much-anticipated new project from the ever-innovative Nelly Ben Hayoun. We’ve been aware of the French artist’s moves to form the International Space Orchestra, using staff at the NASA Ames Research Center and the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute (SETI), for some time. But only now do we get our first look at the film which documents the deliciously barmy sounding project.

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    Well done Ana Kraš, you’re not only one of the most beautiful women I have ever, ever seen, and the wife to Devendra Banhart – you’re also extraordinarily talented. It’s not often that a product designer invents something so unique and brilliant that it can just keep being produced and photographed and never lose it’s charm, but Ana has totally just knocked that theory out of the park. Her big woven lanterns, or ‘Bonbons’, are cool, fun, colourful, friendly and well made; a theme that runs consistently throughout all of her other creations.

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    They’ll strain your eyes and give you sea sickness, but J Powers Bowman’s imaginary worlds are completely worth it. Illustrating endless variations on hatching and stippling, the elusive Californian’s extraordinarily intricate drawings of utopian cityscapes, seascapes and landscapes seem to be built up freehand from what look like a million black and white patterns.