Sat in a meeting in late 2017, feeling lost and unsure, photographer Kris Graves decided it was time for a change. Formulating the idea of a photo book collection that consisted of work made by artists in different cities, he sent the initial emails out that very evening. “Everyone said yes and we started work immediately,” reminisces Kris.
No, it wasn’t just a weird fever dream: Pentagram partner Yuri Suzuki really did release a warehouse-ready protest record all about Brexit, and now you can finally buy it on an EU-blue slab of vinyl.
When it comes to mainstream film poster design, we often think of the same old design tropes that see big cutouts of the protagonists’ head in the foreground, surrounded by bold text, and a collage of some other characters’ heads photoshopped against an atmospheric backdrop. It’s a formula that works for any genre and style, and one we’ve seen again and again, plastered on billboards or on the sides of buses so often that they all kind of merge into one amalgamation of “Hollywood”.
“Animation for me, is so powerful that it could break the border of reality and surreality,” says Berlin-based animator Cheng-Hsu Chung. “It transforms normality into abnormality, deconstructs people’s concepts about how things should perform, and allows them to construct their own perspectives of the world.” Prior to making this assessment, Cheng began experimenting with the medium during his studies at Taipei National University of the Arts, only to find his style of work “didn’t fit in with the traditional animation methods” being taught at the time.
Carly Ayres is a writer and creative director. Until recently, she was the partner of HAWRAF, an interactive design and development studio based in New York that has since closed. Below, Carly details the formation of the studio, its growth and the reasons it decided to close.
Works from Wham singer George Michael’s personal art collection fetched just over £11 million at auction this weekend gone.
Although now based in New York City, graphic designer and art director Adam Ridgeway grew up in “one of the most isolated cities of the world: Perth, Western Australia”. It’s an upbringing that now imbues his work with the same feeling of isolation and seclusion he experienced in his younger years.
Prague’s graphic design scene, while ever-expanding, is also distinguished. It has a long history with the medium with schools like UMPRUM educating generation after generation of designers since its inception in 1885. But in recent years, the area’s style, which includes experimental letterings, bold uses of colour and elements like 3D rendering is ever prevalent. One designer with a firm stake in this scene is Jiri Mocek.
Born in Iran in 1980, nearly ten years later artist Farshad Farzankia would leave his hometown of Tehran to seek refuge in Denmark. Building a new life in Copenhagen with his family, he soon found himself drawn to various mediums of art and eventually settled on one as his own discipline – painting.
“The character is already there”: Andrea Artemisio builds narrative, attitude and tone in his photographs