Tag 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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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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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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Fathoms Deep

Last night saw the launch of Fathoms Deep at The Hayward Gallery, a new exhibition and shop curated by Zombie Collective.  The show which runs until 3rd June in the gallery’s ‘This Is Not A Pop-up’ space, makes the most of it’s riverside location by taking over the space with a ‘nautical themed spectacular‘.  Yesterday’s opening attracted a huge crowd (enough to break the air con!) who were treated to El Famoso hand-illustrating a large scale seaside attraction, music by skiffle band The Severed Limb and the applying of nautical tattoos!

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Print Pattern

New pattern design by Spanish illustrator Monica Muñoz, created for the SS12 collection at Moniquilla.

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