When Harry Butt (of Butt Studio) was briefed by Warner Music to create an interpretation of Elderbrook’s latest single Capricorn to the theme of “opposites attract” he decided on a process, not a visual, to do so. Created in collaboration with designer, illustrator and animator Nicole Ginelli, the video is split in two: the left half created by Harry and the right by Nicole. The result is a video which truly encapsulates the song’s concept, each side working with and against each other.
To be honest with you, there was a moment when we came across illustrator Jiye Kim, as part of last year’s Graduates, where members of our team were jumping up and down with excitement. A year later, and since relocating from London back to her home of Seoul, Jiye’s practice has expanded considerably, from the tiniest detailed comic strips into more free-flowing illustrative figures; but with all the charm that made us fall head over heels for her in the first place.
Based in London, Books From the Future is the collaborative practice of Joshua Trees and Yvan Martinez. The duo work at the intersection of research, education and publishing, using BFTF as a means to explore the models used to structure contemporary art and design education that are “no longer relevant yet have become so institutionalised and internalised that alternatives can seem wildly idealistic and unrealistic by comparison.”
Simen Røyseland fell into graphic design a bit later than most, finishing his BA after he’d turned 30. What began as a passion for doodling on high school textbooks became something more, and now the self-professed “easily-bored guy” is producing work that is witty, profound and comical.
Graphic design studio Dorothy has designed a map documenting the exhaustive history of dance music and rave culture atop a circuit diagram of Roland’s legendary TB-303 bass synthesizer, a piece of musical kit responsible for the launching, alien wobble of acid house’s low-end spasms.
Stefan Sagmeister of New York City-based studio Sagmeister & Walsh doesn’t need too much introduction. The studio’s work has graced the covers of magazines across the US and around the world, with Stefan and Jessica’s [Walsh] personal projects – like The Happy Show and 40 Days of Dating pulling in as much attention as their work with big clients, proving their commitment to having fun with and creatively exploring graphic design.
Girma Berta is a self-taught photographer who shoots his images on an iPhone. His vibrant, painterly work documents his hometown, Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa. The artist has been working as a graphic designer for some time while painting on the side, and both those mediums have seeped into his photographic work. In his project Moving Shadows I + II, we see masterful, cut-out individuals isolated stylishly on a bold and colourful background.
Rob Slater, one half of design studio Flat-e joined us at Nicer Tuesdays July to talk through his studio’s practice, particularly focusing on its new work visually interpreting Daniel Avery’s record, Song for Alpha.
Most of us love a cold refreshing pint down the pub of an evening. From east end boozers to A-road behemoths, we’ve all got our locals, our regulars, our haunts, the pubs that pop up in our dreams. Now imagine that pub was nestled off-grid in a Cornish forest, powered by a waterfall. Amazing, right?
Natalia Poniatowska employs photography to convey the emotions, truths and challenges of modern reality