Olympic Design

As olympic fever rises to an all time high, many of you (like us!) have probably already had enough of the hype and just want to escape before it’s even started.  However there’s lots more than just sporting events taking place this summer, including the London 2012 Festival, a cultural programme of events and exhibitions to celebrate the very best of British artistic talent.

To celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games, London 2012 has commissioned twelve leading contemporary artists to create a series of limited edition and poster prints.  Showing at Tate Britain until 21st September, the exhibition features specially commissioned prints from Martin Creed, Anthea Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Chris Ofili, Bridget Riley, Rachel Whiteread, Fiona Banner, Michael Craig-Martin, Tracey Emin, Gary Hume, Sarah Morris and Bob and Roberta Smith.

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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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Peter Blake


Happy Birthday to British pop artist Sir Peter Blake who turned 80 this week.  The godfather of the British pop art scene famously produced the iconic Beatles’ ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ album cover, and his work is represented in major collections throughout the world.   He has produced collage, sculpture, engraving and printmaking, as well as commercial art in the form of graphics, making him one of the best-known British artists of his generation.

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations is a typographic experiment designed to explore the relationship between graphic design, typography and the reading of a page through approaches to a much-loved text.

Brought to you by GraphicDesign&, the book reveals the power typography has to influence and affect the way we interpret a text.  Page 1: Great Expectations collects the responses of 70 international graphic designers when given the same brief – to design and lay out the first page of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.  The text was chosen in part because it directly references lettering as Pip searches for clues about his family from the letterforms inscribed on their tombstone.

The brief encouraged the 70 contributors to explore, challenge or celebrate the conventions of book typography, with each layout accompanied by a short rationale explaining the designer’s decision-making process.  Contributors include A Practice for Everyday LifePhil BainesCartlidge LeveneTony Chambers / Wallpaper*,William Drenttel and Jessica HelfandKarlssonWilkerLuke Hayman / PentagramMorag Myerscough, and Sam Winston.

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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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The Forty Story

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A clever short film from Pentogram celebrating forty years of their iconic designs.  Using the brands they’ve worked, the film tells the story of a boy called Pentogram and how his life has been tracked by forty years of design.

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Stereotype Design

New Yorker Mike Joyce founded Stereotype Design in 1997, a graphic design studio developing projects for commercial, cultural and corporate clients, including designing album covers for artists such as Iggy Pop, The Lemonheads and Aretha Franklin.  Stereotype’s work has been featured by over 40 publications including Print Magazine’s “30 under 30”, and exhibited in the Art Directors Club’s first Young Guns show.

In 2012, Joyce launched Swissted, a personal project combining his love of Swiss Moderism and punk rock by redesigning vintage punk and indie rock show flyers into ‘International Typographic Style’ posters.  Each design is typeset in Berthold Akzidenz- Grotesk Medium, all lowercase, and every one of the shows actually happened.   You can now buy over 200 designs (available in three different sizes) on the website

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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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