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    Did I just dream that? For eight minutes and 15 seconds? Well it certainty felt like it. A two part track directed and edited by Gordon Hendrick and Hunter Steinman, it is the best eight minutes (and 15 seconds) I’ve ever spent. With no real narrative attached, you float from night time to dawn to night time again through a flow of incredibly endearing snapshots of ordinary life. The warm strokes of the synthesiser transforms into a medley of strings mirrored by psychedelic graphics, which then cleverly morphs into a man’s face. Gotta love the kid who gets pulled away from being soaked – looks like he is having a whale of a time. Ordinary is beautiful. Fact.

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    When Wallpaper produce something slick, you can guarantee it’ll be the slickest thing out there; these folks are consummate professionals. So when they needed to create a promotional video for their 2013 Design Awards they turned to the master of seamless, polished film, Mr Tom Darracott to turn out a one-and-a-half minute sashay through each of their chosen categories. It’s a surprisingly stirring piece of promotional footage that piqued my curiosity for areas of commercial design that I usually consider to be well outside my field of interest. Grooming products? You’ve opened my eyes!

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    We all know the Star Wars theme tune (dum, dum, dum, dum-dum-dum etc.). Imagine its dramatic affect, but in still form. This has been achieved by Noell Osvald and her collection of photo manipulations. Don’t think you are going to scroll down and see a load of Chubakas though, instead Noell has created a surreal world injected with a dark yet playful atmosphere. In this world, Noell believes colour is a deterrent, and its absence allows us to feast our eyes on the utter brilliance of composition.

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    Glasgow-based illustrator, animator and all-round creative Lesley Barnes creates great sprawling illustrations that take inspiration from contemporary fashion, mid-century design and every facet of mythological narrative; from the ancient Greeks to The Brothers Grimm. Lesley’s got a knack for creating engagingly complex imagery from layered geometric patterns and hand-drawn characters that are brought together with textural finishes, mimicking traditional print techniques. Entirely self-taught following a degree in English Literature, we can only assume that Lesley spent her entire childhood honing her craft before unleashing it upon the commercial world; the higher education simply adding the finishing touches to an already accomplished narrative eye.

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    One of the things that strikes you when browsing the portfolio of photographer Tom Cockram is how exceptionally good he is at capturing men. From farmers to teenage bands to Hacienda enthusiasts, Tom’s candid portraits of men from all over the world are equally touching. Some of his best series are created when he simply concentrates on men living in different countries, Holland, France and Italy in particular. These men, despite their aesthetic differences, are almost always smiling, suggesting that Tom is a bit of a charmer as well as a fantastic photographer. Hats off to you, sir.

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    Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman – who work collectively as Supermarché – crashed into the collective creative consciousness with their extraordinary 2010 documentary Catfish. The duo also worked on the latter offerings in the Paranormal Activity franchise but it’s in the short film section of their website that we found this utter gem. Despite being one of the most significant artistic figures living and working today, John Baldessari is not easy to describe or define, until now. This six-minute film, produced for the Los Angeles County Musuem of Art’s inaugural Art + Film gala, is an extraordinary introduction to the man and his work. It touches on everything from his rules of making art to his dog Giotto, from his decision to cremate all his paintings to the fact he needs an extra peephole because he’s so tall. Funny, inspiring, informative, sweet and brilliantly-paced, what more could you want from an artistic short film? Narrated by Tom Waits? Ok, sure, you’ve got it…

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    British Summer Time is a curious thing. I think it’s something to do with farmers, but the net result is that on the weekend after next, everyone in the UK turns their clocks back by an hour at a preordained time. Of course the weather itself is a little less easily manipulated, and it’s unlikely that the sun will suddenly decide to get off its behind and come and give us a summer at last.

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    Back in 2009, Mark Weaver took part in ‘Make Something Cool Every Day’ and the resulting collection really is marvellous. Mark has gone from strength to strength since then and his editorial illustrations show off his finesse. Taking pictures from old magazines like National Geographic, it is like Mark has given them another chance at life, and a better one! The one for FADER is especially brilliant, I think Jesus would have preferred living in New York.

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    It almost goes without saying that during the so-called War on Terror, certain things went on that in retrospect should make us pretty uncomfortable. Control Orders arguably fit into this bracket, legal restrictions for suspected terrorist sympathisers who could be held in their homes without charge or trial.

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    What you may have known about Django Django is that they’re a great Britsh indie rock outfit who met in Scotland. What you almost definitely didn’t know if that they’re obsessed with the infamous Indian Well of Death riders in Allahabad. So, the guys pitched up at Noisey HQ, cap in hand and asked if they’d help them film their latest video with this odd obsession as the backdrop. As always (being a Vice channel) the video content is the kind of stuff to make any online platform green with envy and is the perfect accompaniment for a blinding record. Good vibes all round.

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    Ring the bells, fly the flags and light the beacons from sea to shining sea good people of the internet, because have we got news for you. There’s been whispers, rumours and speculation, lies, damn lies and statistics but today is the day when we present our brand new magazine.

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    Still-life photographer Thomas Brown is a colossal creative talent who has wowed us with everything form editorial excellence to, well, exploding umbrellas. And as he proved with his recent forays into film directing, he’s a man not content to rest on his laurels. As he took the Mazda6 round the test track he spoke honestly about how he developed his look and why he likes to be out of his comfort zone..

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    In just a few years Maggie Li has established a formidable reputation as an editorial illustrator who can bring wit, charm and clarity of communication to almost any brief. With a strong signature style, we felt she was a perfect first for our Defy Convention videos with Mazda6, so we interviewed her as she took on the test track. Here’s the insights she shared with us at 70mph…

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    The last five days have brought us a lovely collection of things, with hints of rock and roll, cardboard boxes and punctuation. It’s going to be a tasty one.

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    What would you expect the editor-in-chief of Dazed and Confused, one of the world’s coolest magazines to have on his bookshelf? Some big, clunky fashion titles? Some sort of bicycle book? A map of Hackney? Well you’re wrong. The very lovely Tim Noakes has kindly shared with us his selection of seriously fascinating books, a photo of his very cute son in their very nice living room, and some stories about Wu-Tang that will blow your balls off. Take it away, Tim!

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    Since copy and pasting the lyrics to The Spice Girls’ Mama a few weeks back, I kind of can’t resist doing it again. Instead of writing some quirky intro using my BRAIN i’m just going to copy and paste a quirky intro using my INTERNET. Without further ado, here’s a snippet of the lyrics to The Sugababes’ 2005 hit, Push The Button (they are back together, after all)

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    ustwo™ are one of the most original and boundary-pushing digital design agencies working today with a great mix of client work and self-initiated projects such as Whale Trail and the recent photography app Rando. As he sped the Mazda6 round a Surrey test track, creative director David Mingay – a self-confessed petrol head – told us about how the studio strives to stay ahead of the game and saved the life of a suicidal squirrel…

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    South Korean fine artist, RISD graduate and Associate Professor at the Department of Visual Art, University of Kansas, Yoonmi Nam, creates exquisitely delicate sumi ink drawings of deconstructed pieces of architecture that are utterly breathtaking. Taking her Kansas surroundings as inspiration, Yoonmi rips apart the structures that populate her locale, using the broken masses as “a metaphor to communicate transience and impermanence, and perhaps our desire for permanence and immortality.” Whether they’re a visceral journey into our subconscious or a representation of our own fleeting nature on the planet, it’s Yoonmi’s undeniable skill as a draughtsman that brings these images to life with enviable complexity.

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    Graphic designer and all-round conceptual thinker Eric Hu already has more success under his belt than most 24-year-olds (and I’m speaking from the front line of 24 here). A graduate of Art Center College of Design, Pasadena and a very nearly-graduate of Yale’s prestigious MFA programme, not to mention one of the youngest recipients of an ADC Young Gun award, it’s fair to say that Eric’s got a pretty solid understanding of his chosen field and the ability to practice it with real flair.

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    No one can resist the lure of bubble wrap. Popping those little beauties is most definitely the best thing ever, but for Bradley Hart, bubble wrap has taken over his life. Through a time-consuming process of injecting individual bubbles with acrylic paint, Bradley has created a series of realistic portraits and street scenes. The paint that escapes from those little bubbles imprint themselves onto a canvas to create rain washed looking versions called Impressions. The portrait of modern icon Steve Jobs took some 150 hours injecting more than 16,000 bubbles with 89 different colours. Wow. Feel some sympathy for the guy, the sacred act of popping bubble wrap will never be the same again.

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    Your ears want to love you, they really do, but what with your loud pop music and your loud discotheques and your clumsy ear hygiene regime you are NOT making it easy for them. Never fear though, because we have just the thing to rebuild trust between you and your lug holes – it’s the new Studio Audience podcast! And, to treat you all, we welcome back the inimitable Liv Siddall who is on scintillating form, with a couple of rants and an early mention of a painting pony.

    Download this week’s episode via iTunes here or stream live off the web here.

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    What better way to kick off the weekend than to marvel at the wonder of animals. Dressed like humans. Known for his love of Weimaraners, the legendary William Wegman has teamed up with high fashion label ACNE to create their spring 2013 campaign. Jonny Johansson, creative director for ACNE, told Grazia Daily: “I’m a big fan of William Wegman’s work, its beauty, witty humour and intelligence but also what it says about identity and culture. I always thought it would be interesting to work on a project together. The outcome is beyond all expectation.”

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    French artist Elisabeth Lecourt has made, by hand, a collection of apparel meticulously folded from geographical maps. From a 14th Century map of Sir Francis Drake’s voyage to a diagram of rivers and mountains around the world, Elisabeth decided to work with maps because of their poetic charm, because even though they look specific, their information can sometimes be wrong. Calling them, “a portrait of people through their clothes, like a blue-print of their soul,” they are meaningful works of art that explore themes of sensitivity and vulnerability. If only you could wear them…

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    Aperture magazine is pretty epic. Founded by Ansel Adams among others and known to contain work from some of the most famous photographers in history including the one and only Diane Arbus, this publication has always been recognised as the photographic publication. A redesign is never an easy task, but it seems that Aperture commissioned just the right guys to do it — London’s very own A2/SW/HK, a design studio with a very nice portfolio indeed. Classic in design, contemporary in content, this magazine has entered a whole new era, and it looks to be spectacular. Available to buy now!

  25. Akiyoshi-list

    Technically this isn’t art or design, it’s science, pure and simple; psychology to be precise. But we’re prepared to bend the rules a little here, because the one thing you can’t deny is that these mind-blowing visual illusions are insanely creative. Produced by Akiyoshi Kitaoka, a psychology professor at the Ritsumaikan University in Kyoto, Japan, who specialises in visual perception, these experimental images are intended to reveal quirks in the mechanical and cognitive systems that contribute to our personal perceptions of the world. It’s mind-bending stuff, so take care, if you’re susceptible to dizziness then the following pictures might not be your thing.

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    Our editor Rob Alderson summed up the work of Nicolas Polli quite nicely when he said of the image of the person in the red raincoat submerged in a wet hedge that he had “never been able to smell a photograph so strongly.” There is just something juicy about Nicolas’ style – the contrast between a handgun on a cheap leather car seat and the dewy, early morning feel of his outdoor photography give a rather stark indication of his talents. Not just a one-trick Tumblr pony, Nicolas has shown his sheer ability in his still-life work; those images of the paper falling softly on the tabletop — oooh.

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    Second up in our series of Defy Convention videos in association with Mazda is the amazingly innovative illustrator Hattie Stewart. We’ve long been in love with Hattie’s joyously iconoclastic style and we felt she was the perfect person to pop in the new Mazda6 and chat about her approach to creativity. When we found she only had a provisional driving licence, that just made us all the more excited…

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    Bee-autiful work here from Germany’s finest illustration and design studio and shop – Human Empire. Regular contributors to the weekly Die Zeit, these guys are illustrating round the clock leading to a fun-filled portfolio containing a lot of things with smiley faces on. There was a time when a lot of design studios had a shop full of artsy goodies to go with them, but it seems to occur less and less now, so thank goodness Human Empire are still flying the flag for super sweet and cute merch. Check out all the record sleeves they’ve done too, what a talented bunch.

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    It’s hard to find a new take on the centuries-old practice of artists honing their craft through life drawing, but this film by Wriggles & Robins is really nicely done. Commissioned to help promote the life-drawing classes at east London’s Book Club, the duo created this short and sweet stop-motion in which the model is drawn and then dances across various easels. An exquisite reminder of the beauty of both life drawing and filmmaking – sign us up!

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    We already knew that Emiliano Granado was an excellent photographer – we fell in love with his satirical look at cruise ships almost a year ago – but what we weren’t aware of at the time was how incredibly diverse his work is. In a portfolio packed full of flawless imagery, the breadth of subject matter on display is phenomenal, incorporating everything from teams of ghost-hunters on the search for poltergeists, behind-the-scenes shots of beauty pageants, professional cycling events and a hauntingly poignant series documenting his father’s terminal battle with cancer. To say that Emiliano is an exceptional photographer barely seems to do this work justice.

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    The success of Visual Editions – whose latest offering Kapow! has been nominated in the graphics category of Designs of the Year – reflects an increasing interest in so-called “multimodal texts.” Using innovative design as part of the reading experience is nothing new, but seems to have taken on greater significance in a literary landscape at least in part defined by digital. A new blog from designer Alberto Hernandez and editor María Serrano is a brilliant reference for anyone interested in this field, showcasing interesting examples but also trying to explain their contemporary relevance.

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    We find it very depressing indeed when we come across an artist whose work captivates us completely only to find they’ve recently passed away. Given his exceptional skill, 50-year-career, and unprecedented influence on contemporary illustration and graphic design we probably should’ve known about Ken Price prior to his death last year, but no matter, we’ll try and make up for it now.

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    “There’s old music, there’s new music, and then there’s David Bowie” reads a quote in the David Bowie is exhibition – it came from his record company back in the day. Keep that in mind while you work out how you’re going to get tickets to the most exciting show ever to occur at London’s V&A (in our humble opinion).

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    Please answer yes or no to the following questions. 1.Do you like art and design? 2. Do you like and/or trust It’s Nice That? 3. Do you enjoy going to arts and design shows (either for cultural edification or to impress potential dates on internet dating sites)? If you answered a series of yeses Meg Ryan-style then have we got news for you.

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    Anyone else worried that digital is taking over? Alena Jascanka is, and her move to scrap digital is a daring one, but has worked fantastically. Equipped with a Nikon FM and a Pentax ME (bought on Ebay for £20), she has created a unique style which has lead to an impressive portfolio including work for Vogue, Vice Style, I Love Fake and Dazed Digital.

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    Not only does Will Bryant create cool geometric furniture, he also produces awesome vinyl covers. Especially this one for Dent May’s 2012 LP2 Do Things, an album packed full of summery good vibes. Recorded at the Cats Purring Dude Ranch (what a name), the photographs on the sleeve are taken from their Tumblr: no cats here! The tropicália inspired lettering and psychedelic patterns are reminiscent of the season that doesn’t last long enough. Armed with an armadillo, a disposable camera and inflatables, Dent wanted to create a “sentimental” energy – and Will hits the nail on the head.

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    Interviews with creatives are always worthwhile but too often the subjects can reel off the same old answers to predictable questions. So when Mazda came to us and offered us a day on a test track in their new Mazda6, we had an idea. Why not get five creatives and get them speeding round said test track while we interview them about their creative craft? Seeing as the Mazda6 launch campaign is based on the theme “Defy Convention” we chose five talents who are known for pushing the boundaries and doing things a little differently. The brilliant Andrew Telling helped make our plans a reality and we’ll be releasing the films over the next five days. First up, here’s the inimitable Mr Bingo talking us through his approach to risk-taking and what he learned from cross-dressing…

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    The fine fellows at Oak design studio have just launched their new website and as ever it offers us the perfect excuse to immerse ourselves in their excellent work. Oak pride themselves on “obtaining the highest production values” and this is manifest across both their printed, film and digital output. I’m really into their work for the brilliant Green Soccer Journal documenting a Swiss football club’s demolition party at their old stadium but there’s great work at every turn, such as their identities of human rights’ film specialists RWF World and explorer David Hempelman Adams. And I know we always bang on about this but even if you have the best work in the world, a design studio with an ugly or hard-to-use website is always going to struggle. Oak clearly agree, and the new site is very impressive in its own right too.

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    Despite first appearances, what you’re looking at here isn’t the set of a big-budget sci-fi extravaganza, or a digital rendering of a future city; its origins are more modest than that. These fluorescent tunnels and geometric textures in fact belong to the winding depths of Munich’s U-Bahn (that’s the Underground, Subway or Metro to any non-German speakers out there) as catalogued by photographer Nick Frank. With a keen eye, some expensive equipment and a little bit of digital wizardry, Nick has transformed the otherwise tawdry and inhospitable environments of underground transport into an altogether more exciting affair that glistens invitingly – without the physical minefield of 10,000 frantic commuters.

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    These days everything comes packaged – often to a rather ridiculous extent. Using the net of a carton as inspiration, Esther Stewart has created a series of intricate and colourful wall installations for Rearview gallery. Based in Melbourne, Esther majored in sculpture and spatial practise. Cartons is an exploration of the constructed world around us, and she says her art “occupies a space between the functional and the purely aesthetic object.” I am never going to look at my cereal box in the same way again.