Looking through Gianmarco Magnani’s website there are a number of new illustrations on show. Including a great Akira print that we’re going to have to get hold of. There’s also a brilliant set of desktop wallpapers hidden away in the info page. It’s just a shame they’re not slightly higher resolution, but that’s understandable as the same artworks are available for purchase in the store.
My work is composed by almost a 70% design and 30% typography, so sometimes the handmade typography looks great but digitally you can get fine details that would take me many days to achieve with a pencil. Furthermore, digitally you have the opportunity to see your work up close and get many details which will make a whole piece looks quite worked. But there are some things that I never will change as the warmth of the stroke of a pencil or the feel of touching a sheet of paper.
This morning we were lucky to have the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay go straight past our office on Petersfield High Street. Despite the drizzle there was a massive turnout and a good time had by the runners and spectators. Luckily the flame didn’t go out!
Last week we spent the day at Goodwood Festival of Speed, near Chichester, enjoying the morning of rain and afternoon of brilliant sunshine. We shot photography of the hill climb practice, paddocks and exhibitions. A major highlight was the display of Lotus cars in front of the house, including the massive sculpture by Gerry Judah. You can see more of the photos on Flickr.
Alongside this central theme, the 2012 Festival celebrated the past, present and future achievements of Lotus as this pioneering British race and sports car manufacturer marks a number of important anniversaries in 2012. Inspired by the incomparable Colin Chapman, this small British company utilised unparalleled technical ingenuity to dominate all levels of motor sport, from club racing to Formula 1, creating a glorious and enduring legacy. A spectacular collection of winning Lotus cars, from F1, Indycars, saloons and sports cars, were a key attraction at this year’s Festival.
Midnight Marauder is a Los Angeles based designer who is producing a series of great ‘fake’ Criterion film posters and DVD jackets. Apparently there are going to be prints available to buy soon. It’s an interesting mixture of different classic films (and some recent releases) with fresh approaches to the film branding that is often completely different to the original material released by the production companies.
Marauder’s work covers a lot of ground but focus on science fiction horror films and classic, good films that would be worthy of the Criterion treatment. His work ties extreme fandom with a great eye for graphic design. We’ve written about graphic design and movie posters before and what Marauder does is tie this sense of what the movie is with distilling it down to perfect representatives of the film. As you go through his work, you can tell that the truly fan made posters, products driven from an allegiance and love for a film.
Our local expert in architectural photography Paul Raftery has collaborated with director Dan Lowe to create a timelapse film showing the final weeks of construction of The Shard tower in London. It was shot over many long days during the early months of 2012, from locations spanning from Greenwich Park to Hampstead Heath.
The way the building sits in the London landscape and responses to the ever-changing London weather became a central theme, to the extent that we decided that we would frame The Shard centrally in every shot so as to emphasise its form and shape.
My work shooting architecture meant I had a pretty good idea of the best viewpoints and in some cases access to high points in London already arranged. That was a great help – but still the process was painstaking! Slowly through many hours of shooting and waiting for the right weather we started to get some workable footage.
Dishonored is a stealth-action-FPS hybrid that is currently being developed by Arkane Studios in France. It looks to be a very atmospheric game that borrows from the worlds and aesthetics of Deus Ex, Half Life 2, Thief and Bioshock 2 to create something truly unique. The above gallery contains concept artworks that hint at what the finished game will be like.
Dishonored casts you as a supernatural assassin driven by revenge. You are Corvo, the once-trusted bodyguard of the beloved Empress. Framed for her murder, you become an infamous assassin, known only by the disturbing mask that has become your calling card. In a time of uncertainty, when the city is besieged by plague and ruled by a corrupt government armed with strange technologies, dark forces bestow supernatural abilities upon you.
The below videos reveal a little more of what the story and the world of Dunwall will be like. It looks like a retro-futuristic Victorian England with steampunk and cyberpunk influences. One hell of a mash-up that looks like it will really work.
Everything is a Remix is a thought provoking video about IP, Copyright and Patents produced by Kirby Ferguson, a New York-based film maker. It’s an American take on IP and Patents but very much relates to the UK. Seeing how much the original concept of protecting inventors rights and promoting creative thinking has changed is a little scary. The opinion of how much the original concept has been abused by opportunist capitalists is quite an eye opener.
The belief in intellectual property has grown so dominant it’s pushed the original intent of copyrights and patents out of the public consciousness. But that original purpose is still right there in plain sight. The copyright act of 1790 is entitled “an Act for the encouragement of learning”. The Patent Act is “to promote the progress of useful Arts.”
Our system of law doesn’t acknowledge the derivative nature of creativity. Instead, ideas are regarded as property, as unique and original lots with distinct boundaries. But ideas aren’t so tidy. They’re layered, they’re interwoven, they’re tangled. And when the system conflicts with the reality… the system starts to fail.
We have been working closely with Victoria Lambert to develop her new journalism website Under the Scope. Today the website has launched alongside the publication of news articles and videos. The above video is a short introduction of what the website is all about. Work included the development of branding for Under the Scope, video graphics and the design and build of a CMS based website integrated with social media.
“UndertheScope.co.uk combines researched, thoughtful articles and blogs by award-winning health journalist Victoria Lambert with contributions from medics, parliamentarians, psychologists, young journalists and great writers. Tackled with forensic zeal, issues covered range from pure medicine to the health of our society.”
A great talk by Craig Mod at the 2011 Build Conference on how great design is born from nourishing habits.
“The best designer is an aware designer. The best design solutions are found by deconstructing problems as they arise in our own lives. What habits can we as designers form to provide us with a more objective clarity in answering these problems? How can we apply these solutions to existing products? When is it time to build new products? There is an intersection between the cultivation of habit, personal experience and design application – it is nourishing and magic and something we should all strive to evoke.”
Non-Format is one of our favorite design studios. Comprising Kjell Ekhorn (Norwegian) and Jon Forss (British), Non-Format has a very innovative approach to typography and illustrative deconstructed graphic design. Clients includeas Nike, Coca Cola and The New York Times who have all had great success using the studio’s award winning and highly acclaimed design talent. Non-Format is based in Oslo, Norway and Minneapolis, USA. This video filmed for Adobe gives a brief view of their working life. Continue Reading