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    At last week’s LSN Global trend briefing, the Future Laboratory team spoke about Generation I, the current under-10s who have grown up with technology and who expect to be able to hack and reform their products to their own needs. For a large majority of the rest of us, we’re playing catch-up with things like coding, but that’s where initiatives like Steer come in.

  2. Opinion-list

    This week, fresh from her visit to Reykjavik’s Design March, assistant editor Liv Siddall shares some thoughts on Iceland’s creative community, and suggests that we could maybe learn a thing or two. As ever, you can add your thoughts using the discussion thread below.

  3. List

    From today the very best the design world had to offer over the past 12 months has gone on show at London’s Design Museum, ranging from The Shard to BERG’s pocket-sized Little Printer. The annual Designs of The Year showcase pits 99 projects across seven categories – architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphics, product and transport – and then crowns an overall winner which in the past have included Barber Osgerby’s Olympic Torch and Shepard Fairey’s Obama poster.

  4. Sidney-list

    Sidney Rogers is a British creative at Mother New York, an ad agency with a reputation for doing things pretty differently. As a result it’s not all that surprising that he spends a lot of his free time working on self-initiated projects (presumably designed to keep his mind agile) that have literally no relevance to his day-job. Aside from a time-consuming set of illustrations of pens on paper, hyper-real drawings of ballpoints and fine liners, he’s also created a series of portraits depicting a close friend squatting in various prime locations across the city of Paris. The aptly titled Squatting In Paris is a ridiculous journey across the city of love that made us laugh for its unashamed daftness. Great work Sidney!

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    Picture this – the film Se7en is coming to a close and Morgan Freeman is beginning to open a mystery box… and out pops a cake! Andrés Lozano manages to turn this emotionally-charged ending on its head in his own tongue-in-cheek style. Based in Madrid, Andrés mostly takes his inspiration from popular culture, recreating scenes such as the famous dance in Pulp Fiction, or Wallace & Gromit having a grand day out in space. Andrés confesses he is “slightly obsessed with impossible architectures and film noir.” Why not have a ramp/walkway/seating morphed into one? Exactly – Andrés’ talent may not lie in logistics but he sure can draw.

  6. Slg-list

    Californian artist Pae White has just arrived at Peckham’s South London Gallery with an installation made up of a 48 kilometre network of threads. Characterised by its transient nature, Pae’s work is often constructed from fragile materials that are utilised en masse to build large-scale sculptural works. Previous installations have include gold-lined popcorn kernels suspended from transparent thread and tapestries of billowing smoke plumes.

  7. List

    If someone asked me to create an advert that shows off the fact that a new phone is water-proof, I’d film myself throwing it in the sea/a canal and take a long, well-deserved lunch. That’s why nobody asks me these kind of things. But when Sony Xperia and O2 wanted to show off their new product, they went to some people who knew exactly what they were doing, and created three ace, fun and great-looking promo films. They are directed by Thomas Brown – of whose still-life work we are long time fans – with art directors Jason and Joris at VCCP and director of photography Mattias Nyberg (who previously worked on the brilliantly phallic PETA spot and this beautiful gymnast film).

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    Set in the grand home of Lord Frederic Leighton, Studio Sitting: Photographing Royal Academicians is a new photographic exhibition of contemporary artists alongside their Victorian counterparts. Anne Purkiss, an established portrait photographer, captured these images over a 25-year period and the series includes well-known academicians, such as Dame Elizabeth Frink, David Hockney and Sir Peter Blake. It’s as if Anne casually walked into their studio and photographed them on impulse. Each photograph encapsulates the artist so magnificently, either during their projects or with their works displayed around them. What is also interesting is the similarity between the portraits today and the ones taken over 100 years ago. This reiterates the commemoration artists began to receive in Leighton’s era and how this has continued into the twenty-first century.

  9. List

    According to their website, for Melbourne studio Elenberg Fraser, “architecture is what happens when we are faced with an impossible problem.” And it certainly seems they’re not content with taking the easy way out, as their jaw-dropping 33 Mackenzie Street apartment block testifies. They describe it as “a vertical village that follows a story of ascendance and transcendence…inspired by the ancient myths of the angel Metatron” while the lobby space takes its visual cues from the story of Pandora’s Box, where “inifnite mirrors create rage sensation of a body suspended in space.” I’t’s not necessarily somewhere I’d choose to live – facing up to metaphysics and myths every time I got him could prove tiring after a few weeks – but there’s no denying this is an extraordinary, immersive project which combines technical skill with some mind-boggling, if unusual ideas.

  10. Main

    At first glance you may think that these lovely brushstrokes were the work of a rather twee illustrator, but spend a while with Montreal’s Katty Maurey’s illustrations and you’ll soon realise that’s not the case at all. Bones, children, cigarettes and dark corners are just some examples of the creepy, almost chilling subjects of her work, but there’s naturally some fun, naive illustration and beautifully-designed book covers thrown in for good measure. The skin tones on the drawing of the hand stubbing out that cigarette are pretty unreal. Nice one, Katty.

  11. Bbcdnalist

    I’d love to say I jump at the chance of being educated, but really anything that would take me longer than five minutes to digest goes in one ear and out the other. If you are like me, then look no further. Brought to you by the BBC, Will Samuel and Territory Studio have created a bite-size chunk of knowledge which outlines the basic structure of DNA and the repercussions of our understanding of genetic engineering. Using simple graphics, Will harks back to school textbooks while keeping it engaging with a consistent flow of insights. Now excuse me while I go genetically modify my cat…

  12. Sotm-list

    Oh hi there students, how’s things with you? We just wanted to check in to remind you that it’s March now, which means that pretty soon we’re going to be looking for our March students of the month – and when I say soon, what I really mean is right this minute! So if you’ve got some new work that you’re seriously proud of, or even some old work that you just want us to shout about for you then get sending it in, because we want to see it.

  13. Viewz-list

    Remember in childhood science classes there was that experiment where you all stood in a circle and held hands, formed a circuit and then lit a tiny LED in a ping-pong ball with the minute current that passes through your bodies? It was the one thing that completely blew my mind as a six-year-old scientist, but rather than do anything with the information I’d just been given, I forgot about it. Which is where J.Viewz and I clearly differ, because he held on to the magic of that technology and developed it into something bigger and better.

  14. List

    Summer might seem like a long way away as the interminable grey skies make themselves at home once again over London, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t dare to dream people. So start getting in the mood with this gorgeous-looking campaign for ice-cream brand Frozen Dutch. Art director Mr. Boonstra commissioned the excellent Wynne Veen to photograph their nine new flavours and then asked writer Zack McDonald to create some short stories based around how they tasted. The results are stylish, striking and make us salivate. Winners all round.

  15. Gauld-list

    With 2012’s Goliath receiving widespread critical success in Canada and the US, Tom Gauld has been slowly but surely chipping away at the North American market, securing his position as one of the world’s great cartoonists in the nation that consumes his medium more than any other. Though Goliath was Tom’s first full-length graphic novel, he’s been famous on this side of the Atlantic for a number of years now, not for long-form pieces of illustrated narrative but for short, sharp, three-panel stories.

  16. List

    Young graphic designer Jonathan Roberts reached out to let us know that he’d just launched a new website and what we found made us sit up and take notice. Jonathan has a really solid portfolio, with printed work which shows a good understanding of current trends without slavishly imitating them and he also engages in some interesting research work which is sure to feed back into his commissioned projects.

  17. Okrmlist

    We don’t really need much excuse to write about OK-RM, one of our absolute favourite London design studios, but this week they’ve given us one by redesigning their website and updating it with a host of new work. Concertedly small, the creative partnership of Oliver Knight and Rory McGrath produces a huge amount of work given the size of operation they spearhead, tackling everything from the branding and identity of Moscow’s Strelka Institute to the recent regular art direction of Kaleidoscope magazine, a visually striking arts and culture publication. We’re always delighted to see Oliver and Rory going strong and this updated body of work clearly demonstrates the skill behind their continued success.

  18. List

    You love a dance-off, we love a dance-off, heck everyone in the world loves a dance-off truth be told. But this is a dance-off with a difference and is a fitting launch for the Diesel + Edun Studio Africa project we got all excited about last week.

  19. D'orazio-list

    Illustrator Sam D’Orazio is to gouache what Robert Crumb is to pen and ink; a surreal, perverse creator of strange landscapes populated by grotesque versions of ourselves, all swollen-bodied and mentally unhinged. His characters represent some of the darkest and most confusing aspects of our day-to-day lives, haphazardly coming to terms with the situations they find themselves in; sometimes with unpredictably violent results.

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    Our brand new intern bowled up at It’s Nice That HQ this morning, ready, willing and able to write the heck out of some top art and design over the next ten weeks. So we are delighted introduce Holly Wilkins – everyone this is Holly, Holly meet everyone. Read on to find out about what she learned about living in Los Angeles, what really goes well with peanut butter and which Power Ranger she most wanted to be…

  21. List

    In a skillset Venn diagram, the overlay between those who are great at chess and those who excel at boxing wouldn’t seem particularly fertile. But chess boxing – in which competitors alternate between six rounds of chess and five of fighting – has been going from strength to strength since the first proper bout took place in 2003. First invented by Enki Bilal in his 1992 comic book Froid Équateur, this strange hybrid of mental and physical challenge has now been played in various countries around the world, and photographer Laura Pannack has turned her prodigious talents onto this bizarre corner of the sporting world.

  22. Dalby-list

    If the internet can be praised for one thing alone, it has to be the way it’s raised the profile of the animal kingdom. Before we got ourselves online there were creatures like the platypus and the lemur that lived their lives in complete obscurity. Now, thanks to universal connectivity, we can enjoy these rare beasts in their natural habitat from the comfort of our desks, and laugh at their bug-eyed stares and furry beaks.

  23. List

    I remember vividly the thrill of Wayne in Wayne’s World addressing me, the humble cinema-goer, directly and wondering whether anyone had ever dared do such thing before. Of course it turned out there’s a venerable tradition of breaking the fourth wall on the silver screen, and in homage to this practice Leigh Singer has created an eight minute, 54-film super cut of characters addressing the audience. Ranging from 1902 until the present day, and talking in everything from Monty Python to Goodfellas, Woody Allen to Hot Tub Time Machine, it’s a really compelling look at the different ways in which this has happened across the decades. The only downside – no Wayne’s World

  24. List

    Science, we keep being told, is the new rock and roll, and trend forecasters LSN Global believe our culture’s thirst for these ideas is only going to accelerate. An apt time then to come across the work of Alejandro Guijarro, a photographer who graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2010 and has been putting together his ongoing Momentum series ever since.

  25. Sledge

    If I needed any more tempting to drop everything and jump on a flight to New York, The Museum of the Moving Image have just given me a great reason. The smart people over in Queens have been putting together Spectacle – the first ever museum exhibition to celebrate “the art and history of the music video”, which opens early next month. The romp through the last 35 years of vids will showcase over 300 videos, artifacts, and interactive installations – and of course (my personal all-time favourite) Peter Gabriel’s Seldgehammer for your Monday Morning pleasure.

  26. List

    Anyone familiar with the work of Eike Konig’s brilliant Berlin-based studio HORT knows they’re up there with the best of them. But even by their own sky-high standards this art direction for the first collaboration between techno musicians Marc Romboy and Ken Ishii is fantastic. Working across a special edition vinyl box set, CD, digital releases, a poster and apparel, HORT worked with photographer Michael Kohls to produce this striking visual language.

  27. Things-list

    This week Things finds it’s form shooting other things from the treetops of it’s Beano-reading youth, loves illustrated haikus about disappointing sex, finds fun in a girls’ mag and likes three lovely, very different, well-printed posters. Go on, have a gander.

  28. Main

    Could you get a much cooler scenario than two young brothers getting their brains together to melt down years of eating sugary cereal in front of cartoons as kids into an actual career involving animating videos for Adam Buxton and making gloriously juvenile illustrations? I can’t. Paul and Matt Layzell have been blowing our minds with their hilarious videos and drawings for a few years now, so we were curious to see which books inspired them to become the fine young men they are today. With minimal squabbling they have chosen six books, and boy are you in for a treat…

  29. Weekender-list

    If The Weekender had a hammer, he’d hammer in the morning, he’d hammer in the evening, he’d hammer out danger, he’d hammer out a warning, between his brothers and his sisters all over this land. But The Weekender has made some questionable financial investments at the recommendation of some shady mobsters and now he doesn’t have a hammer at all. In fact The Weekender doesn’t have anything anymore (thanks bailiffs!) except an internet connection and a knackered Dell laptop that he uses to scour the web for all sorts of hilarious jollity. Want to see what he’s found this week? Yeah you do. Course you do. There’s literally nothing else better to spend your time on right now…

  30. Einar-list

    Norwegian photographer Einar Aslaksen knows how to handle his camera. Commissioned constantly for editorial shoots in which the clarity of imagery is essential, Einar regularly finds himself on the road capturing everything from the weather-beaten faces of polar explorers to glamour models and comedians cavorting out for spreads in FHM. Part of his charm is the stylistic diversity he brings to his work; there’s no house style here, nor a tendency to default to particular photographic tricks – he’s just got the knack for capturing great images, something he believes to be “90% hard work with 10% magic.”

  31. List

    As it’s Friday, thoughts are turning to how to make the most of these two glorious days of freedom about to be unleashed on us – but wouldn’t it be great if you were just given a bonus day off on the condition you use it to do something you love? That’s the charming premise behind Camper’s new campaign which has kicked off with a series of videos featuring the brand’s employees – from store staff to accountants – kicking back and doing something they’re passionate about.

  32. Sign-painters

    “I want to make signs that turn into art,” a seasoned sign painter says in Faythe Levine and Sam Macon’s new documentary. Elegant, hand-painted signs on walls and shops were once ubiquitous and the craft was studied. But though you can still see traces on old bricks around town, traditional signs are nowadays hard to come by.

  33. Noa-list

    We’ve got nothing but respect for young creatives who try to reshape the world in their own image; maybe improving it a little along the way. So we’re mighty impressed with Noa Snir, Israeli illustrator and recent graduate of Bezalel academy in Jerusalem, who’s taken on the mammoth task of illustrating Arabian Nights, arguably one of the most visceral folk texts in literary history, as her final graduation project.

  34. List

    If you’ve never treated yourself to our Studio Audience podcast then this is a fine week to start. Three guests, 25 minutes, and discussions about superpowers, supermarkets and superstar artists-cum-musicians. Served straight to your ears, you can’t afford to not have this in your life. Give it a go, for me yeah?

  35. List

    This week I was lucky enough to go to The Future Laboroatory’s LSN Global Trend Briefing in London where one of the sessions focussed on the rise of the i Generation. These are the children who have grown up with technology as something constant and ubiquitous in their lives, and amid the fascinating insights and LSN ‘s love for a portmanteau (sharenting anyone?) they played this video created by Soulpancake featuring their regular character Kid President. Now I know there’s something a bit light entertainment about kids behaving in adult ways but cast aside your misgivings because this is BRILLIANT. Really nicely shot, undoubtedly uplifting and with some absolutely killer lines (“Not cool Robert Frost”) it’s no surprise this has been viewed 14 million times. Believe me this will get you pumped up and ready for the weekend and remember – “What will be your Space Jam?”

  36. Main

    This. Is. Great. Courtesy of Sara from It’s What I’m Into is this superb collection of photographs taken in the Bobson Photography Studio in South Africa during the early 1960s. Characters from all walks of life entered the studio in order to have portraits made of themselves, often to send to relatives in postcard format. Seeing the clothing and hairstyles of early 1960s South Africa in such frank and honest glory has been a real treat for us today, finding out exactly which cameras they used at the studio (a Yashica Matt 120mm and a Rolliflex 120mm) is just a bonus.

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    Everyone likes glitch art, and we all love a funny photo from the olden days — put them together and you get something pretty spectacular. These glitched collages by Gordan Shark (cool name) aren’t just boshed out on Photoshop, heavens no, these are cut out manually with scissors and stuck down with glue! The love and care put into them mingled with the fact you can see the cutting marks proves how imperfections can make a fairly straightforward idea sing. That’s right, get off your computer and go and find some pens. NOW.

  38. List

    There’s something oddly pleasant about being bamboozled – a certain thrill in not quite being able to work out what the heck’s going on. That’s how I feel looking at Damien O’Mara’s photographs which present suited and booted and figures in a variety of unlikely locations – next to a power plant say or scaling a fence by an airport runway. They’re immediately odd but much more than visual one-liners, composed in such a way to suggest various narrative threads but committing to none. It’s no surprise to learn that the Australian artist is a filmmaker as well as a photographer as there’s a definite cinematic quality to his images – even the long thin dimensions of the works echo the silver screen.

  39. Felipe-list

    Usually when great minds come together to collaborate the results are groundbreaking, progressive and so much more accomplished than a single mind could achieve if left to its own devices. Not so with the recent union of Mirko Borsche, illustrator Moritz Wiegand and Sabine Magnet who have recently finished work on the most useless yet brilliant piece of print we’ve ever come across.

  40. Woodcum-htec-list

    Woodcum’s Flickr stream is an unusual jumble of surreal nostalgia in drawings, collages and appropriated photos. But it’s the young Russian’s illustrations that took our fancy with their lovely line work, faded colours, and worn and grainy textures.