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    We’ve been banging the drum for the graphics side of the London Design Festival throughout the week and today’s focus is on two of the most exciting offerings. Listen below to Graham McCallum of Kemistry Gallery talking about the jaw-dropping Milton Glaser and Seymour Chwast show and illustrator Rob Hunter talks past, present and future.

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    There’s a lot more to Italian illustrator Giacomo Bagnara than initially meets the eye. Like Dutch cartoon genius Joost Swarte, Giacomo’s interest in drawing goes beyond simply making pictures; he’s got architectural training up to the eyeballs and could happily turn out a stylish building should he so wish. But he’s currently channelling his creative efforts into producing beautiful pieces of two dimensional imagery, using his professionally trained eye to create work that’s geometrically precise and arranged with an architect’s eye for detail.

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    “Public murals often serve to reinforce a sense of unity amongst groups of people by celebrating the heritage of a place and the diversity of its residents” artist Ruth Angel Edwards explained as she presented her vast painting Life in a Peaceful New World where seven people stand, squat, hold buckets and work staple guns, saws and cement. They are strong and colourful, their faces animated by emotion woven into the canvas by a mastered palette. They are a collective.

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    You can more or less guarantee that everything associated with luxurious food magazine The Gourmand will have an aesthetic that’s equally sophisticated, but these shots for Black Isle Bakery by photographer Lena Emery take the biscuit (yes, pun intended). The bakery, run by Ruth Barry, has taken up residence at KK Outlet for the duration of The Gourmand’s September exhibition to provide the finest tea and cake your discerning palate has ever enjoyed, and to celebrate they’ve launched a new website designed by OK-RM, who also art directed the shoot. These Van Eyck-style renderings of earthy chestnut mushrooms and fresh salmon rolls have got us salivating unreservedly, the arrangements of food on carefully considered backdrops bringing a physicality to something as intangible as flavour.

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    It’s interesting to see the different ways people choose to document their lives. J. Alfred Prufrock measured out his with coffee spoons, hoarders love to read back through old diaries, this man peels the skin off his feet and keeps it in labelled jars (apologies in advance). One day, though, as Justin Bairamian was digging through the boxes and cases in his grandfather’s attic, he stumbled across a suitcase full to the brim with matchbooks; another very charming way to record a life.

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    Hey magazine types! Planning a redesign of your title soon? Well The New Yorker have set a new standard in how to talk about it with this short but fascinating video. Art director Wyatt Mitchell explains how, a bid to modernise the magazine but retain its visual character, they have gone back to the future looking at the first ever issues and redrawing the Irvin typeface. Not only does Wyatt explain very succinctly what changes he and his team have instituted, the film is also full of great retro visuals including the initial illustration of a French aristocrat on whom the monocled mascot of the magazine is based. Excellent stuff, and if this is indeed just the start of a wider redesign then we hope the videos keep on coming.

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    Hot on the heels of the London Design Festival, Nicer Tuesdays returns to Shoreditch Studios next week to explore how London has been an inspiration for creative practices and projects. With this in mind, we’ve invited some fascinating speakers who have taken the city as subject and canvas in unique ways.

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    Today’s offerings from The London Design Festival centre around the launch of the stunning new book celebrating Danish textile firm Kvadrat. Much respected among the creative community but sometimes little known in the wider world, the beautiful book designed by Graphic Thought Facility and overseen by the legendary Peter Saville shows just why the firm is so highly regarded, by dint of their excellent collaborations with the likes of Tord Boontje, the Bouroullec Brothers and Olafur Eliasson. Below you can here an extended interview with Peter Saville and with several of those who have contributed.

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    This week editor-in-chef Rob Alderson welcomes the London Design Festival’s renewed focus on graphics but argues this is just the first step on a much longer journey. As ever you can add your thoughts using the discussion thread below…

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    Ahh Norway, the beautiful blustery land of delicious fish and exceptional gene pools. As London Design Festival takes it’s hold on the UK’s capital, some of Norway’s most talented designers are arriving to exhibit their work to the members of the public at the Old Truman Brewery. Excitingly, this is the tenth year that Norway have exhibited at LDF and subsequently they have put together an absolute corker of a show with the help of talented curators Henrietta Thompson and Benedicte Sunde.

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    There’s nothing like a photographer with an instantly recognisable style for a dose of mid-week inspiration, and Czech Republic-based photographer Michal Pudelka has just that. His very beautiful, almost eerily perfect shots have more than a hint of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides about them, with their subjects dressed in matching outfits and posed in girlband-esque stances – look too long and you get the impression that he might have dumped a whole bottle of irony in with the developing fluid in his darkroom.

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    This is the bookshelf of the editor of my favourite fashion magazine Oyster Magazine. Zac Bayly has sent us his top five most inspirational tomes all the way from Australia! Oh, the beauty of the internet. As well as editing the good ship Oyster, Zac has written for other fashion powerhouses such as Dazed & Confused, Candy, Wonderland_, Love, and has even interviewed the likes of Thom Yorke – yikes! And he’s only 24 years old! Let’s see which books have inpspired him along the way…

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    Artist Daniel Ginns is fresh out of a degree in illustration at Camberwell, but as it turns out he’s a dab hand with a camera too. His series Rothko Walls records the walls in and around London which used to boast graffiti, and now display only the “free-floating geometric shapes” which remain after it has been badly concealed by a halfhearted paint-job. The new layer of paint is often “only a slightly different shade of colour from that of the original wall,” he explains, “creating imagery that could be considered reminiscent of the abstract expressionist painter Mark Rothko.”

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    Oh, an intricate pencil drawing of the cast of the Fresh Prince of Bel Air having a party in their unmistakable, 90s, LA mansion? You really don’t get much better than that on a Wednesday morning, do you? Unless you’ve just done it then walked out of your new lover’s house to find a tenner on the pavement. Joephin Ritschel has been on the site before when we found she had been quietly making hilarious pencil comics about Mulder and Scully in her spare time and swiftly moved to top place in my favourites folder. Since then she has been creating her one-of-a-kind pencil creations for the likes of The New York Times and Wrap magazine. The fact that other people appreciate Josephin’s weirdness is nothing less than joyous. Josephin, you’ve made our day.

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    Brazilian designer Felipe Rocha was born in São Paulo, Brazil, where he drew pictures and designed things until 2012. Then he received a request to relocate to Treviso in Italy to offer his services to Benneton’s much-respected creative laboratory Fabrica, and, more importantly, to help art direct their magnificent publication Colors.

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    Refreshing to see a portfolio like that of the magically named Patch Keyes. His whole body of work tells us a story of a labourer whose work tells a story of his own self. Through meticulous print and enviable draughtsmanship, Patch depicts hallucinogens, bad dreams and exotic animals. A founding member of Puck Collective, Patch is no stranger to the modern illustration world, which is perhaps why his old-fashioned-with-a-twist method of working is so appealing. From portraits to logos, to just downright trippy imagery – Patch is your man.

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    In the first issue of our Printed Pages magazine we heralded the great graphic design work coming out of Barcelona and the Catalan city’s rich seam of visual talent shows no signs of letting up. Raimon Guirado is a 23-year-old recent graduate who is putting together an impressive portfolio of work which combines rock solid skills with the right amount of flair. We were particularly taken by his work on Fauno which describes itself as a “black fanzine” documenting the darker aspect of contemporary urban culture around the globe, and his typefaces based on 19th Century woodcut alphabets. One to keep an eye on for sure.

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    Every year by dint of their size and the publicity machines behind them certain LDF projects get more attention than others. But to really appreciate the festival in all its glory, it make sense to seek out some of the hidden gems which always help make LDF what it is. So today we are looking at a show inspired by abandoned shoes, one which celebrates London in graphic novels and a Mexico/London-inspired exhibition form the award-winning Bethan Laura Wood.

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    If you spent as much of your youth reading too much into MSN statuses and deciding what your Hotmail username represented you as a person (or just made you look that bit more mysterious) then this film is for you. Strangely, I actually don’t think this short film will appeal to anyone who wasn’t a teenager in the age of social media as the angst, panic and sheer helplessness just won’t be as palpable.

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    Independent design company meets independent art prize and it is a thing of beauty. Recently commissioned to create the 2013 Berlin Art Prize, the brilliant Berlin based designers HelloMe mastered an identity, creating flyers, posters, stickers and two websites for an award encouraging and celebrating independent creativity. Combining an iconic logo set in sharp typography a visual language has been created; it’s message, that independent creativity is experimental, can be considered from an upside down approach but whichever way you look at it, it’s something pretty spectacular.

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    There are a lot of still life photographers creating images of products in ways which seem to fade eerily into one another, so when we stumble upon somebody who is doing it in a particularly innovative way we tend to grab hold of them with both of our metaphorical hands. Victoria Ling is one such photographer, who injects her images with colour and a sleek, finished deliberateness which is often easily mislaid by other photographers in the process of working to a brief. We particularly like her Domestic Still Life project, which is highly stylised and yet still very simple, in a way which appeals to our own uncomplicated sensibility.

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    It’s only been a few months since we last talked about the work of the wonderful Oliver Jeffers. And, well, we couldn’t resist it. He’s back again. This time with an exhibition at Lazarides Rathbone art gallery, London showing off his fantastic collecting of surreal paintings. Slipping reality they play with dreamscapes, matching traditionally painted 18th century landscapes with sinking skyscrapers and aeroplanes as great boats tip over cascading waterfalls; or portraits dipped, frame included, losing half of the image as other paintings appear to have been played with, faces blotted out by recklessly applied paint. Teasing the delicate balance that is the everyday, Jeffers paintings hold onto their mystery and we cannot wait to see where else they might take us.

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    Hipster rock anthems, what would phone adverts be without them these days, hm? It doesn’t seem that hard to make a catchy pub stereo fodder these days, perhaps because everyone can make music in their own bedroom and there are videos like this that give arguably entirely truthful advice on how to write a song. Not just any song, though, these are instructions on how to write a hipster song. Clapping? Tick. Lyrics about childhood? Tick? We have BuzzFeed to thank for a lot of things in life, but this cynical how-to video takes the biscuit. Everybody say “hey!”

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    Back in the 60s when the whole world seemed to be going through puberty, Jerry de Wilde was spending his time taking his camera to the most magical events the world had to offer. Hendrix concerts, enormous festivals, love-ins, communes, tie-dye workshops, you name it – Jerry was there photographing things that, in his absence, would perhaps never be recorded. He’s been shooting the same spectacular, vivid photography ever since, and has taught his very talented daughter Autumn the same skills. The photos below are all taken by Jerry, in the magical period of time that was the 60s. He has very, very kindly agreed to answer some questions for us, all of which you can read below. What an honour to speak to a man so immersed in a culture long gone.

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    Excited though we may be about the veritable extravaganza of fantastic art and design which is London Design Festival beginning this week, we couldn’t allow ourselves to let the capital’s equally deserved celebration of Britain’s creativity, London Fashion Week, slip by unnoticed. Today will see the final round of shows from the five day fashion marathon, so as fashion’s elite escape on the Eurostar leaving a fine veil of lost sequins and discarded freebies scattered across Somerset House’s courtyard we thought it was the perfect time to bring you a round-up of our five favourite offerings from Britain’s much applauded fashion designers. Without further ado then, here they are…

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    So evolution is a fascinating thing, linking us to monkeys and fish, making our ears get smaller, our bodies taller and somehow causing us to have nearly identical DNA to bananas. For illustrator Benjamin Phillips however it has allowed him to think about the uniqueness of humans; how though we might all see through eyes, smell through small holes in our face and hear through two holes in our heads, our experiences amount to different memories, stories and people as a whole. Through our individual experiences we evolve into different people.

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    Some parts of the world (I’m looking at you, Norway) don’t get much sun in the winter time. Some get none at all. It may come as surprise but some of the inhabitants of the darker parts of the world have actually immigrated as refugees from hot countries that are drenched in sunlight day after day. Norwegian artists Lisa Pacini and Christine Istad decided to work on a collaborative project to bring the sun to the places and the people that saw so little of it.

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    You can always trust the guys at Colophon to produce a delicious piece of print each time they release a new typeface, and the launch of ARCHIVE is no exception. The Brighton-based font foundry have just produced this beautiful specimen package that brings together their timeless type in a set of books and posters that are as lovingly designed as the type itself. Stocks of this tasty package are good a the moment, but as with everything Colophon print on paper, we don’t think they’ll last long.

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    Perfectly sinister and atmospheric new video here from the beautiful song-machine that is Laura Marling. A lot of her past videos have tried and failed to capture her ethereal nature and songwriting capabilities through the medium of film – in part because she used to refuse to be in the videos until Rambling Man. It seems Laura’s retreated back into her Los Angeles shell and left the directors to their own devices once more, but the results are rather spectacular. In a dark, short film set in the grounds of a terrifying abandoned hotel we are beckoned into a menacing love story that is a contemporary dance version of Tess of the d’Urbervillles with a lot more slow-mo. Perfect.

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    It’s forever a mystery to me why so many illustrators keep their best work for their Flickr pages only, it seems to me like wearing your best clothes to the darkness of the cinema. Perhaps, though, it’s because Flickr is still both the black market and the Roman forum of illustration, the place where illustrators trade their real wares rather than just official webpage fodder they have been forced to make for clients. To me, Israeli illustrator Ellakookoo is a classic example of this. One look at her official website suggests a slightly twee illustrator with an apt “kooky” nature. A deeper delve into her Flickr account however, paints a totally different picture: one of true talent, wit and satire and a style that is developing impossibly quickly into a true pillar of the illustration world.

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    Ryan McGinness is a New York-based artist who creates enormous, intricate, kaleidoscopic images and similarly detailed three-dimensional sculptures from hundreds of individual elements, largely inspired by graphic artwork, public signage and contemporary iconography.

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    I didn’t know exactly who Conan O’Brien was really until last night. Turns out this flame-haired funny man helped create the The Simpsons with a bunch of other super-intelligent and hilarious men back in the day. Conan’s wry humour is the magic behind countless episodes, perhaps most notably the monorail episode, which he says in this film was inspired by, well, riding on a monorail.

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    I am just going to put this out there – Richie Culver is a good looking man. His bearded face gazed out at commuters across the capital after a painting of him by his friend Alan Coulson was chosen as the main press image for the BP Portrait Award last year and you can see why. The man has also been featured in Vogue Mr Porter_ and i-D and modelled for Adrien Sauvage. But Richie is also an accomplished artist in his own right, working across painting, collage and photography and his new show The Four Letter Word has recently opened at the Skur 2 Gallery in Norway. We tracked him down to help kick off our week…

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    And so the London Design Festival rolls around for another ten days celebrating and showcasing the city’s design pedigree in various ways. The event has its detractors but rather than sniping from the sidelines it makes sense to put some time and effort in to discover the best bits of what – because of its size – offers something for everyone.

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    Now that summer’s done and dusted you probably need something to look forward that’s not Christmas. While we can’t offer you a beach break in the Antibes or a North American road trip, we do have the next best thing; the Autumn issue of Printed Pages! Actually, you don’t need to put a date in the diary either because it’s arrived this very minute and you can buy it in shops RIGHT NOW. We’re pretty excited about this little guy, not just because of the delicious cover stock and exemplary choice of spot colours within, but because of the brilliant people we got to work with and speak to while we were putting it together.

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    Very powerful collection of new work here from the ominously-named MVM, or Magnus Voll Mathiassen for long. Magnus dominated our homepage back in the day with his tantalising fingernail project that swiftly made it into our favourite section. His new work is similarly great, spanning record sleeves and contributions to the illustrious Secret 7" to create what is now a primarily music-based portfolio. Magnus’ smooth, wiggly lines and no-holes-barred block colours are all you need to make your band/EP/record label look sweet, so now you know who to call in time for that difficult second album.

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    The world of work can be a minefield. What’s the acceptable number of kisses on a professional email? How many of your workmates are you obliged to make tea for at any given time? When do I have to wear trousers? Luckily though Sausalito-based ad agency Division of Labor are riding to their rescue with their series of, um, alternative advisory maxims. At first they used to hang the posters in the windows of their offices but now they have collected some of the best together in a handy little tome with the blunt but brilliant title Stop Tweeting Boring Sh*t.

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    It’s September! The month of new school shoes, new stationery and, it would seem, new websites. Like the cool older brother it is, Fantastic Man today ushered its sister magazine, The Gentlewoman, into the spotlight. And to accompany the new issue of the magazine followed the launch of The Gentlewoman’s website, which has just been given an incredibly elegant makeover by designer Denny Backhaus.

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    There’s nothing I like more than a completely inexplicable music video, and this is from the top drawer. Even though I’ve sat through it four or five times now, I’ve still no idea why all of these snippets of moving image have been spliced together, I still also have no idea who is behind the madness, but you know what, I don’t think I care.

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    Sorry for the slight delay on bringing you this week’s podcast but we would modestly suggest it’s worth the wait. Here’s your Studio Audience bingo card for this episode: 1. Use of the word “lampoon.” 2. A strangely Blairite description of David Shrigley. 3. The second use of the word “lampoon.” 4. An allusion to an infamous bottle-based Bog Brother incident. 5. A bizarre drug-art metaphor. Enjoy!