Okuyama Taiki is a Japanese graphic designer incorporating a sense of liveliness and fun into his creative practice. While running a novelty book store in Tokyo that was free (a rather foreign concept over here) Okuyama became interested in the values of exchange that led to a career in design. The book store became a place “to share new values, form new communities and create new creations”, explains Okuyama. This attitude translates over to his designs that frequently take on multiple meanings in their visual communication. Okuyama’s projects depend on what is peaking the designer’s interests at that time, recently delving into the disciplines of art, music and agriculture.
“I think I’ve always wanted to make games more than I’ve wanted to play them," says games designer Jenny Jiao Hsia. "Growing up, I watched my dad and younger brother play a lot of Guild Wars and Age of Mythology together. Their pastime drove my mom nuts: sometimes she would threaten to break their computers because they would stay up late to play the game. So that’s how I saw video games for a long time – as a waste of time.”
David Hockney’s Portrait of an Artist (Pool with Two Figures) is a nice painting. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that it is a really nice painting. It is also the most valuable artwork made by a living artist, having been sold for a staggering $90.3m at a sale in New York last night (15 November).
The world’s second largest rainforest, second only to the Amazon, is the Congo Basin. Known to ecologists as “the world’s second lung”, the Congo Basin stretches across 500 million acres, spanning six nations, and is home to some of the most biodiverse species today. Congo Tales, a new book published by Random House, raises awareness around the ecological importance that this African rainforest provides.
A low and mournful hum is the noise we make most mornings upon waking. It is also the sound that prize-winning Welsh multidisciplinary Cerith Wyn Evans’ prize-winning Composition For 37 Flutes has been described as producing.
Cornelius de Bill Baboul’s latest project sees the Berlin-based artist ask and answer a simple question. What, he wondered, would happen if you let white flowers sit and stew in half-filled bottles of the sort of lurid energy drinks that men with seriously swollen arms clutch to their heavily-developed chests at the gym?
Imagining photographer Luke Boland perched atop gigantic and populated environments with his camera in hand is a nice image. Viewers can easily imagine this – not that he features in the photographs himself – but because of the vast expanse captured in his photographs and the numerous locations his work sees him journey to. From Nevada’s Hoover Dam to Hong Kong’s residential area of Lai King, Luke’s photographs show us the world at face value but also communicate how it logistically functions. Though his lens, the photographer manages to encompass manufacturing, shipping, energy, housing and how populations generally spend their time day-to-day.
Illustrator and artist Christoph Niemann was in the Berlin suburb of Wannsee yesterday afternoon unveiling a colourful tiled mural in a pedestrian tunnel. Two 40-metre works run along the walls of the tunnel, which leads into the local train station, and depict scenes from Wannsee’s past and present.
David Lane is an art director known for multiple magazine titles such as Freize and The Gourmand which he co-founded. But other than these publications taking up David’s time, his studio Lane & Associates also looks after the art direction (which even he admits “is a broad term”) for advertising campaigns from high fashion brands to musicians too. David Lane is very busy.
For Ben Parker and Paul Austin, the founders of London-based design agency Made Thought, a brand should consider its identity as the “current coat you’re putting on”. In turn, Made Thought’s process of creating an identity is akin to designing a tailored winter coat.