The Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) has launched a series of 15 short gif animations by various Japanese and international artists to celebrate the bullet train or Shinkansen. The Art of Shinkansen project heralds the iconic trains’ perpetual movement, innovative technology and impeccable service, specifically the original line joining Tokyo and Osaka, in an eclectic range of animated artworks spanning illustration styles and subject matter.
A long-established and highly respected staple of the newsstands, National Geographic, has been redesigned for its May issue. Released on 24 April, the rethink of the magazine and “the most significant overhaul of content and design since 2000,” builds upon the magazine’s successes, creating even more exploratory visual storytelling. Debuting new paper stock, design, updated sections and specially created typefaces, the redesign is revealed at a time when the publication has a particularly strong reputation and readership.
In the past 40 years, South Korea has experienced rapid changes in both its society and culture. Since the beginning of the 1980s, there has been a significant shift towards high-tech and computer industries, impacting how the nation’s people work, where they live but also how they spend their free time. For South Korean photographer, Seung-Gu Kim, these changes have provided him with a subject to focus his lens on.
In two extracts from his new book, Oh Sh*t What Now? Craig Oldham shares his top tips for graphic designers just starting out. One: seek out criticism; and two: learn how to talk about your work.
A celebration of the best book, editorial and student illustrations published over the last year, the V&A illustration awards are a major date in the calendar of any illustrator. Today sees the announcement of the award’s shortlist, which is both wide in scope and ambitious in imagination. From a dystopian interpretation of the Vatican to a moving depiction of cyber-bullying, this year’s shortlist is just as sharp and impressive as ever.
In a televised interview with Paul Rand in 1991 the designer was asked, “What does the world need with graphic design, what does it do for us? To the average person it may seem a kind of… fussy little concern with moving words around, pictures around, what good does it do us?” Paul responds that he’s been thinking about this for many years: “Up to rather recently, I sort of concluded that we were not very important. Or you can put it another way – there used to be a guy in my agency days, he would say, ‘how is it possible to make so much and do so little?’”
Julian Glander is no stranger to It’s Nice That. We’ve written about his gifs, his 360-degree videos, and even his favourite books. Despite all this great stuff, we’re still managing to find new bits and bobs to bang on about.
Global hotel search engine Trivago has rebranded with a new logo and identity.
Finnish photographer, Osma Harvilahti has a knack for encapsulating the aura of a place within his photographs. Having previously documented Morocco and Kenya, it’s Japan that caught his eye in his most recent series, Fish.
Pentagram has rebranded London’s dogs and cats charity Battersea, introducing a “family” of watercolour illustrated characters as its icons. Led by partners Marina Willer and Naresh Ramchandani, the rebrand of the renowned charity includes it dropping the “dogs and cats home” from its name, and introducing a tagline “Here for every dog and cat”. The identity intends to visualise the charity’s commitment to unconditionally care for all the animals that come through its doors.