Category Archives: Illustration

The Handmade

This year, for Handmade 2012, design and interiors magazine Wallpaper* asked all their graphic designer and illustrator friends (pretty much a who’s who of some of the best creative brains in the business) to design a series of covers for the August issue. They also called out to the Twittersphere, inviting readers to give creative direction by asking them to name their preferred cover star and tweet them a brief.

The result is a grand edit of 30 works of art, created by the likes of Alan Kitching, Quentin Jones, Anthony Burrill, Tom Hingston, Rob Ryan and James Joyce, to name just a few.  If you’re quick you can still get your hands on a copy..


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Wondering Around Wandering

Wondering Around Wandering is a new project by Mike Perry, a New York based designer and interdisciplinary artist.  His aim is to host a  3 month, free community exhibition and event space in Brooklyn, with workshops, screenings, gatherings, open discussions and much more.  He wants to offer a space that will be an evolving environment, where visitors will be able to freely explore and create their own unique experience. Continue reading

Artist Interview: Here & Now talks to Prince Hat

Swedish designer Prince Hat, aka Patrik Svensson, has very kindly taken time out from his busy schedule to talk to us at Here & Now (a brand new feature on the blog).  The designer and illustrator is well known for his simple yet clever approach to graphic design and illustration, working with clients such as The Telegraph Magazine, Wired UK, ICON Magazine, New Scientist and GQ Australia.  Fresh from his signage project for Jashanmal Books in Dubai, here’s what he had to say..

Where do you live and work?
I live and work in Stockholm, Sweden.

Tell us a bit about your background, how did you become interested in illustration and design?

I never drew or anything as a kid, but I’ve been what you may call a voyeur or observer for as long as I can remember, which means I always had a fascination for how things and people and every little thing around me appear and look like. I did some pretentious design on my family’s first PC when I was 14 or so. I downloaded rare Nirvana b-sides and designed my own record sleeves, made home printed t-shirts etc. Internet was just a slow baby back then, and I remember taking hour-long naps in the middle of the night on the couch while a song was downloading next to me. Occassionally, my dad woke up from the computer buzzing and asked me what the hell was going on.

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OPEN studios

The artist’s function in society is not just that of a decorator, but as a vital participant.  The artist and businessman should cultivate every opportunity to teach and supplement one another, to co-operate with one another, just as the nations of the world must do – Walter Paepcke, 1946.

OPEN is a studio space in De Beauvoir Town, East London, dedicated to supporting the work of designers in a shared studio environment with hands-on print facilities.  Founded in 2010 by independent practitioners Holly Wales, Hugh Frost, Robert Evens, David Callow and Loren Filis, the idea was to create a space in which to build the practices of illustrators, educators, designers, publisher and printers, in an environment which would provide support to both creative work and independent businesses.

This year has seen the departure of founding members Holly, Bobby and David, and along with it the illustration and education focus. OPEN is now looking to rent desks to creatives from a much wider background as the studio finds it’s new feet.  Current members include Damien Weighill, James Dawe, Nancy Straughan, and Rob Hunter.

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Wayne’s World

Wayne Pate is an artist and freelance illustrator who works and lives in Brooklyn, New York.  Taking inspiration from Picasso and Matisse, he works with mixed mediums to create clear and simple designs, as well as screenprints, limited edition block prints and paper collages.  He also keeps an interesting visual journal which you can view here.  Represented by Art Department, his whimsical style has attracted many well-known clients including Creative Review, Jack Spade and Elle Decor.

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People of Print

Currently on at at KK Outlet in East London is ‘What’s Next‘, a project that looks to uncover what young people think about economy, equality, education and digital politics. Each week a different art collective, group of hackers, printers and photographers take over the gallery space and create work in response to a  a specific topic.

This week’s theme is Education, with talks, and live screenprinting and letterpress workshops run by the lovely people from  Peckham Print Studio, Studio Mothership and People of Print.  They’re offering the opportunity to get involved and create your own print, with prices starting from £5.00 (for those of you a bit short of cash they’re accepting potted plants as alternative payment!).  They’re hosting a free education discussion panel this evening (everyone welcome) with speakers including Lawrence Zeegen (Dean of Design at LCC), Michael Slavinsky (Brilliant Club) and Lucy Inkster (UpRising) – not to be missed!

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HIGH 5!

 

High 5 is a brand new project from Ben Dodgson and Chris Lees of Design Supremo, celebrating 5 years of their contemporary online art gallery by showcasing the work of 5 outstanding creatives.

Ian Anderson, Andy Smith, Natsko Seki, Paul Farrell and Stephen Kenny are the 5 artists who have been invited to take part in the project, each given the same brief – to design a one colour, A2 poster based on the theme ‘High 5’. The prints are available for £65 each (edition of 25), numbered and signed by the artist.

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RareKind Print Sale

Just opened in Soho’s Marshall street is a new pop-up shop from RareKind London.  It’s open for the next two weeks, and prints are avalailable to buy from £10 (you get an additional 10% discount of you follow them on Twitter) – bargain!

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Mind The Map

Mind the Map: inspiring art, design and cartography is a new exhibition about the inspiration, history and creativity behind London transport maps.  The largest of it’s kind, the collection explores themes of journeys, identity and publicity, and includes previously unseen historic material and exciting new artworks by leading artists including Stephen Walter, Susan Stockwell, Jeremy Wood and Claire Brewster.

The Underground, London Transport and its successor Transport for London, have produced outstanding maps for over 100 years that have not only shaped the city, they have inspired the world.  Mind the Map looks at the impact maps have had on our understanding of London and how they influence the way we navigate and engage with our surroundings.

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Work Hard and Be Nice to People

Anthony Burrill is an independent designer whose persuasive, up-beat illustration and design has been commissioned by clients around the world from New York, to London to Tokyo.  Working across a range of media, including posters, moving image and three-dimensional work, he combines an instinctive handling of colour and composition with a witty approach to words.  He regularly collaborates with musicians and animators to make films, music promos and animations, using his distinctive visual vocabulary and passion for fusing sound and image.

Printmaking is an important part of Anthony’s practice and his open edition, woodblock prints with slogans including  “It All Makes Sense”  have become mantras for the design community and beyond.  “Work Hard and Be Nice to People”  is not only the slogan behind one of his most celebrated posters, but also the secret of his own success.

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