Tag Archives: graphic design

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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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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The Brief

How to say the most with the least – a new show by Anthony Burrill in collaboration with Mesa&Cadeira – opened on Thursday at Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch.

Mesa&Cadeira (Table & Chair in Portuguese) is a company specialising in creative workshops, who believe ‘the only way to learn something is through doing it’.  In March this year, British graphic artist Anthony Burrill was invited to lead a six day workshop in São Paulo, attended by 12 local designers, writers and art directors, and focused on how to say the most with the least, an equation Anthony has mastered during his 20 year career working across a range of media, for clients like Wallpaper*, London Underground and Colette in Paris.  The group worked together on a simple brief: to produce a collection of phrases that best expressed their individual life philosophy.

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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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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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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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How To…

There is no more ridiculed literary genre than the self-help book.  It wasn’t always like this.  For two thousand years in the history of the west, the self-help book stood as a pinnacle of literary achievement.  The assumption behind this long tradition was that the words of others can benefit us not only by giving us practical advice, but also – and more subtly – by recasting our private confusions and grief into eloquent communal sentences.  

With the growing secularisation of society, it is presumed that the modern individual should manage the business of living and dying by relying on sheer common sense, a good accountant, a sympathetic doctor and hearty doses of faith in science.  As citizens of the future we aren’t supposed to need lectures on how to stay calm and free of anxiety. 

But we need self-help books like never before  – The School of Life

The School of Life has just launched a series of six intelligent self-help books, put together by some of the leading minds in the field, examining some of the great issues of life – work, sex, money, emotional maturity, digital life and changing the world.  The quirky covers are designed by Marcia Mihotich, and like the books themselves are a refreshing approach to the self-help genre.  Bright colours and simple shapes make the playful design instantly recognisable and easy to read.

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2012

Clerkenwell Design Week returns for it’s third installment tomorrow, promising to confirm the area’s reputation as an international creative hub . Boasting over 60 showrooms, a wealth of creative agencies and more architects per square mile than you’d think possible, it’s quickly becoming one of the most important events in the design calendar.

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Typoholic

A lovely new book  from the team at Victionary, Typoholic celebrates modern typography at it’s most playful.  Featuring 288 colourful pages of custom types, from digital to real life installations, it offers a thorough review of modern type-making.

Separated in to two parts, the first Typoholic Font to Form, focuses on type-related projects, while the second Typoholic A to Z, is a collection of contemporary illustrated typefaces.  The book examines a diverse range of sculptural, illustrated and photographically created letterforms and alphabets as they in appear in graphic identities, art projects, advertising and much more.

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Bold & Beautiful

Book cover designs by graphic designer Klas Ernflo – created in 2007 for a series of books about classicical art, they were eventually rejected by the publisher.  The bold, minimal design is a refreshing approach to a more traditional subject matter.

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