16 June 2009

Smoke and mirrors

Smoke and mirrors

john l. walters

Poke’s digital agency map for Super Contemporary at the Design Museum
It’s like a very simple video warfare game, chronologically controlled by one knob. As you enter the third quarter of 2001, writes John L. Walters, Razorfish explodes,

15 June 2009

Up against the wall

Up against the wall

the production department

Layouts of the forthcoming Eye magazine on the studio wall
While we’re working on the magazine we stick layouts on the meeting room wall, to get a sense of the structure of the issue. The theme of the centre well of Eye 72, out later in June, is illustration – in particular ‘The designer as illustrator’. For more details, sign up for the editor’s newsletter, which we’ll be sending out later this week.

12 June 2009

Coins, cars and condoms

Coins, cars and condoms

the events department

Matt Dent’s reverse design for UK coinage wins one of four black pencils
Delicious food, plenty of drink, scintillating company and 54 winners. The 2009 D&AD Awards went by at a cracking pace, accompanied by NB Studio’s neat ‘white gloves’ graphics and video interstitials.

11 June 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

D&AD Awards 2009

Avoid the Roundhouse crush. Watch the ceremony live on your laptop
You can watch tonight’s D&AD Awards in the comfort of your own home (or while you’re working late) by clicking on the link below (you have to register first).

11 June 2009

Beyond our Ken

Beyond our Ken

andrew robertson

Celebrating Ken Briggs’ colourful career at the National Theatre
Graphic designer Ken Briggs is one of the great Kens of 1960s London, writes Andrew Robertson. Possibly not quite as celebrated (or notorious) as Ken Garland, Ken Tynan, Kenneth Williams or Ken ‘Civilisation’ Clark, but always admired and appreciated by other designers for his characteristically British take on Modernism.

10 June 2009

Design, music and lyrics

Design, music and lyrics

the picture department

Afrobeat and the art of Lemi Ghariokwu at Rich Mix
LP sleeve designer Storm Thorgerson once said that he based his covers on his clients’ lyrics. Nigerian designer Ghariokwu Lemi takes a similar approach in his celebrated covers for Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti.

4 June 2009

Corporate identity set in concrete

Corporate identity set in concrete

jessica jenkins

How Zlín did for the city what Basel did for the page
If the name Zlín, a town in Czech Moravia, rings a bell, it is probably for its international film festival, writes Jessica Jenkins. Less known, yet far more influential, is its achievement as the twentieth century’s most successful experiment in social spatial engineering.

1 June 2009

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

Paul Davis wakes up in Brighton

liz farrelly

Make drawings, shag, drink . . . it makes me think just how short life is.
On first viewing, Paul Davis’s current exhibition of word drawings felt a tad bleak, during a sunny Friday afternoon wind-up to a Bank Holiday weekend, writes Liz Farrelly.

28 May 2009

TypoBerlin Day Three

TypoBerlin Day Three

jan middendorp

Jan Middendorp goes into Space and returns to (Sol) Sender
Time for a roundup of TypoBerlin 09, the fourteenth edition of Europe’s largest yearly conference on type, graphic design and related matters, reports Jan Middendorp.

26 May 2009

Cheesy, but in a good way

Cheesy, but in a good way

liz farrelly

Somers Town gives product placement a monochrome makeover
Now that the annual hullabaloo of D&AD has kicked off (nominations announced; awards dinner, 11 June), it’s all too easy to forget that for the majority of the populace, outside the industries of ‘persuasion’, advertising is a shadowy concern, writes Liz Farrelly.
 
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