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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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.”
Via article: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/05/30/mary-rose-museum-by-wilkinson-eyre-architects-and-pringle-brandon-perkinswill/
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.’
This video from Offset 2012 is an interesting look into the working process of Winchester based graphic designer Olly Moss. He talks about his career and the creative process involved with creating poster artworks for a number of big Hollywood films. Not only does he discuss his successful projects but he also goes through a number of jobs that didn’t come out as intended. There’s also a look at his debut exhibition in LA at Gallery 1988.
“Best known for his re-imaginings of film posters, Moss makes images that are true to the heart of the movie, but filtered through a worldview that assumes intelligence and a wry understanding of pop culture from the audience. Clever and a little retro, Moss’s work makes the art slaves in Hollywood marketing departments weep with envy at his brilliance. It’s not only fan boys who’ve taken note. Sony, Lucasfilm, Apple, Penguin Books, Nike, Mondo Tees, Studio Ghibli – Moss counts them among his client list.”
We’ve recently helped London based digital production studio INK develop a new website to put a focus on the fidelity of their work. A key aim was to put the artwork center stage regardless of what device is being used to view the site. The final HTML CMS based website uses responsive styling to change the user experience dependent on screen resolution.
‘INK makes creative use of its digital tools to deliver beautiful and bespoke images and film. Our idea is to deliver work that feels hand-crafted, made for a particular client, with the same attention to detail and sophistication expected of the leading brands we love to work with.’