Malika Favre’s Bafta Brochure Illustrations

February 6, 2015#

These are some really striking minimal illustrations with lovely twists for the British Academy film awards ceremony. The illustrations are by the French illustrator Malika Favre and feature the five nominees for best film. You can pick up a limited edition print from baftaprints.org.

My approach to illustration is about paring things down as much as possible. I try and get to the essence of my subject by using as few lines and colours as it needs to convey the core of the idea.

Visit: http://www.malikafavre.com/
Shop: http://baftaprints.org/product-category/limited-edition-prints/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/malikafavre

Lost Destination by Stephen Millership

November 15, 2014#

These are really nice modern interpretations of traditional tourist posters themed around brutalist architecture.  A joint project by Dorothy and illustrator Stephen Millership. It’s difficult to pick a favourite but the Tricorn definitely makes me feel nostalgic.

Destination is a new series of illustrated prints that celebrate the unique but often forgotten beauty of some of our favourite brutalist buildings and structures from the 60’s and early 70’s. It was a fantastic brief, working in a traditional travel poster style but with a modern twist. I was given free reign on the illustrations and choice of some of the locations. Also, to see my work printed as large Litho print posters exactly the same process as the original  travel posters was a real bonus. – Stephen Millership

Visit: http://www.wearedorothy.com/ Visit: http://www.stephenmillership.com/ Shop: https://www.wearedorothy.com/shop/category/lost-destination

The Circle – Jessica Hische

August 6, 2014#

After recently reading The Circle by Dave Eggers I noticed the credit for the cover design and realised why I’d picked up the book in the first place. The cover is beautifully designed by Jessica Hische. The look in terms of colour, typography and finish are very modern but it has a slightly retro sci-fi feel that brings to mind Lost and the Dharma Initiative. A nice diversion to go and have a browse of Jessica’s lovely typographic work.

After working with Dave Eggers on Hologram for the King I was pumped to be brought on board to design his new book,The Circle. It was especially fun to design this cover, as I’ve spent the last two years living in San Francisco surrounded by the tech industry (my husband works for Facebook) and the story is set in an influential social media company. I also had to design a logo for the fictitious company, The Circle, and was inspired by the interweaving connectivity of social media sites and also knots that once tight are difficult to untie.

Visit: http://jessicahische.is/

Mark Seaton: N. Ireland Series

December 31, 2013#

During a recent trip to the Giant’s Causeway I discovered the illustration work of Mark Seaton. His digital artwork has a beautiful pen and ink aesthetic with a modern twist. The use of colour is also very atmospheric. He also has a design studio based in Belfast.

In my final year, one of my projects was called ‘A Grand Day Out’. I chose the North Coast as my subject, and literally went on ‘A Grand Day Out’. As part of my research I collected current postcards, photographs and paintings of the North Coast. I found the material to be quite traditional, and that there was very little contemporary work out there. The style of work is something that I’ve been developing over the last 7 years and I felt it suited the project.

After graduation I had two exhibitions in London, and as a result of these I had work featured in The Big Book of Contemporary Illustration and Design Week. I decided to move home in October 2008 to develop the Northern Ireland series, using the Grand Day Out project as a basis for the range.

Visit: http://markseaton.co.uk/
Visit: http://www.markseatondesign.com/

The Magic Is in The Process

November 12, 2013#

This is a great video about Sugru Inventor Jane ni Dhulchaointigh who recounts the journey from having a crazy idea to the creation and launch of her own product. NSFW in terms of the F word.

“Or, as Jane puts it: the six-year process of going from “hmm” to “yay” via “eureka” and “wow.” Her takeaway? It’s not about focusing on the end goal or product, it’s about enjoying the beauty and the magic that happens in the process of creation.”

Video: http://99u.com/videos/17813/jane-ni-dhulchaointigh-the-magic-is-in-the-process
Interview: http://thegreatdiscontent.com/jane-ni-dhulchaointigh
Twitter: https://twitter.com/sugru
Sugru: http://sugru.com/



August 22, 2013#

This is a great insight into working in the creative industry with views from some really inspirational designers, illustrators, directors and musicians. It asked these individuals about struggles with being creative in the industry and how to deal with things that may seem out of your control.

“The themes we decided to focus on were those of creativity, relationships, the pursuit of financial profit, and the many directions you can intentionally or unintentionally find yourself taking. We hope the short provides direction in helping others pursue their own creative and personal goals by hearing first hand experiences. Thank you to everyone involved for your transparency and willingness to be involved.”

Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/70642037
Visit: http://letsgoeskimo.com/
Via: swissmiss

Making the Leadenhall Building

July 3, 2013#

Paul Raftery and Dan Lowe have been working on a new time-lapse video documentumenting the construction of “the Cheesegrater”, a 225-metre skyscraper by Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners in the City of London. This project follows their successful project covering the build of the Shard.

“The movie by Raftery and Lowe frames the first six months of a year-long project to record the final stages of construction. Work on the buildingpreviously stalled for over two years when developer British Land experienced financial difficulties but has been progressing steadily since the start of 2011.”

Visit: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/06/19/movie-leadenhall-building-rogers-stirk-harbour-partners/
Visit: http://www.rafphoto.com/
Visit: http://danlowe.tv/
Visit: http://www.richardrogers.co.uk/render.aspx?siteID=1&navIDs=1,4,25,361,366
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/67882670

Chris Glass – Wire & Twine

June 28, 2013#

This is a funny and informative Creative Mornings talk by Chris Glass, a Cincinnati based graphic designer. He talks about his childhood, his long passion for drawing and making things. He also gives some good tips on being a creative person.

He has worked with organizations throughout the area and beyond in his 19 years, helping visualize ideas, sites, applications and products for Artworks, Adobe, The Breeders, Cincinnati Opera, Cincinnati Parks, The National Outdoor Leadership School, The Smithsonian, Sun Microsystems, Spark People, Sprint, Tattly and the U.S. Government.

Vist: http://chrisglass.com/
Visit: http://wireandtwine.com/
Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/68301043#
Via: http://www.swiss-miss.com/

Mary Rose Museum

June 4, 2013#

The brutally stunning new museum housing the Tudor warship the Mary Rose opened at the weekend in an ‘elliptical timber-clad building’ designed by London office Wilkinson Eyre Architects. Set in the historic dockyard of Portsmouth, the Mary Rose Museum displays part of the ship that served the navy of King Henry VIII for 33 years before spending 437 years undiscovered at the bottom of the sea.

Wilkinson Eyre Architects designed the museum with a stained black exterior, intended to reference traditional English boat sheds, and a disc-shaped metal roof that curves up over its elliptical body.  The starboard section of the ship’s hull is housed in a temperature-controlled chamber at the heart of the building and can be viewed through internal windows on three different storeys. The interiors, by London firm Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will, were designed to recreate the dark and claustrophobic atmosphere found below a ship’s deck.”

Visit: http://www.maryrose.org/
Via article:  http://www.dezeen.com/2013/05/30/mary-rose-museum-by-wilkinson-eyre-architects-and-pringle-brandon-perkinswill/

Urban Outlaw

May 31, 2013#

This is a really well shot documentary directed by Tamir Moscovici about Magnus Walker, an LA based car customiser who is extremely passionate about Porsche 911’s.

‘URBAN OUTLAW is a portrait of Magnus Walker, the rebel Porsche customizer who turned a hobby into an obsession, and an obsession into a successful business. From a workshop in downtown Los Angeles, Magnus obsessively harvests fragments from donor 911s, grafting them onto vintage frames to create one-off automobiles with the spirit of Ferdinand Porsche but an ethos entirely his own.’

Video: https://vimeo.com/44410797
Visit: http://mosmedia.ca
Visit: http://magnuswalker911.blogspot.co.uk/