Despite having not yet graduated, illustrator Hollie Fuller has a distinctive, playful style which caught our attention for all its endearing charm. Characters, although part of different scenes, very much inhabit the same world and share one thing in common: their protruding ears.
“We don’t have a specific design style we apply to every project,” says Ljubljana-based creative studio Ljudje. “We remove the clutter, focus on the essence and choose the most suitable language for the challenge that’s ahead of us.” A team of designers, artists, strategists and writers, Ljudje was tasked with designing the identity for the 26th edition of the Ljubljana Design Biennale, called BIO 26, concerned with the current crisis of information.
London-based filmmaker Ellen Evans’ latest film – an instant Vimeo staff pick and a short worthy of the many accolades it’s already received – zooms into the fascinating, and tiny, world of miniaturists.
Every year, the team at D&AD brings together 250 of the world’s best designers, advertisers, and creatives. Together it looks at around 25,000 pieces of work and from that work it generates some seriously searing insights into the creative industry.
One of the USA’s best-known art schools is taking a stand against the “rampant gun violence” that continues to plague America.
“With commissions I find I am always looking for something specific, so to contrast with that, I do these trips. This means I can just go and make images of whatever I find unusual or out of place,” says Cape Town-based photographer Kent Andreasen. “Some of the photos will become memories or postcards that I can look back to as a reminder of the experience. It returns me to the simplicity of why I like photography, rather than just focusing on the outcome of the images.”
Tomek Popakul’s animated short Acid Rain has been storming the festival circuit, turning heads with its noisy animation style, spot-on observations and powerful use of an original (and pretty eerie) score. In many ways it’s a classic coming of age film, but in many ways it’s really not. We meet our protagonist as she’s running away from home and takes a shine to a bad boy – a guy with cool trainers and a sleazy pencil moustache who she finds playing chicken on some railings above a motorway. An innocuous-seeming visit to his granny’s house turns out to be a magic mushroom picking session, and in no time at all, he’s given her an undercut, they’re breaking into abandoned houses to set stuff on fire, smuggling drugs across borders in his rave-mobile, and heading to free parties in the woods complete with some proper rave goblins and a lot of psychedelic puke. It’s all whirlwind, heat and flash and (avoiding spoilers) things do not end well.
After a three year absence, FKA twigs returns with a brand new single, accompanied by a video directed by long-term Bjork-collaborator, Andrew Thomas Huang.
The Nihang, taking their name from a Persian word meaning crocodile, are a Sikh warrior order originating from India. Traditionally constituting an important part of the Sikh Empire’s armed forces, their role in modern society is mainly ceremonial – though they are still duty-bound to protect the public against crime. Known for their striking uniforms, which have remained unchanged for over 300 years, their attire consists of an electric blue robe, high turbans adorned with military symbols, and an assortment of weapons including swords, spears and daggers.
“I always want my illustrations to be like a punch in the retina of the viewer”, says Baptiste Virot on his visually-explosive illustrations. As one half of the French-Korean publishing house Animal Press, that he operates with his girlfriend Jinhee Han, Baptiste produces a wealth of Risographed comics, digital illustrations and all sorts of other commissions simultaneously; explaining why we’ve written about his colourful work a couple of times previously.
“The character is already there”: Andrea Artemisio builds narrative, attitude and tone in his photographs