10 Latest news articles
- Music Videos of the Month
- New type
- New manifesto from David Shrigley (in the form of a book)
- New illustration: Chad McCail, Ian McDonnell, Kristjana Williams & more
- Illustrating a Heart of Darkness
- Honda goes interactive in new ad campaign
- Bagpuss, the marmalade cat
- The crafty one: CR November issue
- Introducing CR Club
Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 30th of October 2014 04:40:00 PM
It's been a great month for music videos, with this round up featuring promos for Roy Kafri, Kasabian, Panda Bear, Bambooman, Murlo, Keaton Henson, and OK Go. First up though, a slice of animated brilliance for Sebastien Tellier...
Tellier is known for his distinctive Gallic style, which comes through even in cartoon form in this video for new track Love. The promo stars a nudey Tellier wandering through a Garden of Eden, and is directed by artist Valentine Reinhardt, who also painted the cover for his new album, L'Aventura. Production company: Division.
This new video for Mayokero by Roy Kafri is by Vania Heymann, the director behind last year's excellent interactive Bob Dylan video. Heymann makes great use of old record covers for this new piece ? not a new idea in itself perhaps, but brilliantly executed here.
Director Ninian Doff created this dystopian tale for Kasabian's new track Stevie. Production company: Pulse Films.
Panda Bear's video for Mr Noah by directing collective AB/CD/CD is strangely gripping, even though it's hard to know quite what's going on and the swirling camera might make you feel a bit sick. Production company: Partizan.
A couple of more abstract pieces for you now: firstly, the video for Bambooman's Clasp, which is directed by Mark Prendergast and features some lovely use of bouncy rubber balls.
This mysterious video mixes classical imagery (rendered in CGI form) with shiny, liquidy graphics. Impressively, it is created by the musician himself, Murlo, and is for his track Into The Mist.
Director Jo Read More»
Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 24th of October 2014 05:46:00 PM
This month?s pick of new type designs, projects and events includes new releases from foundries Klim and Blackletra, a lovely letterpress printed newspaper and an exhibition exploring type and manual printing methods from Fraser Muggeridge...
First up, though, is Berlin type foundry and design studio Schick Toikka?s latest release, Spot Mono. Available in four weights with an extended icon set, its design is inspired by contemporary Japanese display typefaces and classic typewriter faces such as Courier.
Images via Schick Toikka
Shick Toikka has produced some great typefaces this year ? including a bespoke design for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York ? and this is no exception. To promote its release, the studio has also produced a three-colour risograph printed specimen book (limited to 100 copies). Buy it at schick-toikka.com
Blackletra founder Daniel Sabino's last font release was the angular graphic script Haltrix - featured in Gareth Hague's article on type trends in our July issue (which you can read here). His latest type family, Gandur, is the result of an investigation into two ideas: "the intersection of geometry and calligraphy, and the morphological differences between Blackletter and Roman."
"The design began by adhering to a strict hexagonal grid but during its development, slowly moved from a purely geometric to a more pen-based design. This is especially true in the heaviest weights," explains Sabino.
For details, see blackletra.com
New Zealand type foundry Klim's latest release, Domaine Sans, is an elegant family of text and display typefaces. The design began with an exploration into sans serifs with contrast and follows the release of Domaine; a Latin serif based on a custom logotype which Klim founder Kris Sowersby designed for wine brand Hardys.
"Sans-serif typefaces with contrast are not very common these days," explains Sowersby on the Klim blog. "I suspect the spectre of Optima inhibits their use. I think Optima is a wonderful typeface?it?s the first cogent typeface with contrast, in my opinion?but anecdotal evidence suggests that amongst graphic designers it?s still quite divisive," he adds.
Domaine Sans Display was featured before its release in New York magazine's Spring Fashion 2014 issue, pictured below, which inspired Sowersby to work with Dave Foster on a Fine version with extra thin hairlines. It's a beautifully crafted design and you can read more about its development here, or buy it here.
Spread from the Spring Fashion issue of New York magazine, 2014. Image via klim.co.nz
Fraser Muggeridge - Mimeographica Alphabetica
Graphic designer Fraser Muggeridge's new exhibition at London's Whitechapel Gallery, open until 30 November, features a striking abstract alphabet display (below), created by overlaying and duplicating stencils. The show explores manual printing techniques and is part of a collaboration with secondary school students from Welling School in Kent. Also on display are two mimeograph printing machines, vintage stencil sets and manuals from Muggeridge's personal collection.
On October 30, Muggeridge is hosting a workshop at the exhibition, followed by a talk from designer Eric Kindel on the history of stencilled texts. For details or to book tickets, see whitechapelgallery.org
Extra Condensed is a beautifully produced letterpress newspaper from London printing studio Counter Press, described as an "occasional publication of work, musings and typographic meanderings."
The first issue is eight pages long and printed in black and flourescent orange in an edition of 150. Each page was designed, typeset and printed by hand using wood and metal type. Buy a copy from 27 October at thecounterpress.co.uk
Gratuitous Type - issue 4
The fourth issue of Elana Schlenker's Gratuitous Type - described as "a pamphlet of typographic smut" - features interviews with Claire Huss, Read More»
Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 27th of October 2014 01:30:00 PM
The arrival of a new book from David Shrigley is always a pleasant way to begin the week: titled Weak Messages Create Bad Situations, this latest tome from the artist is published by Canongate and features over 400 new drawings. As you might imagine, it is rather amusing...
Shrigley has found fame both within the art world and beyond for his witty yet surreal drawings, sculptures and installations. Humour is central to his art, making him an unusual proposition in galleries and museums, where chuckles are often hard to find. He has been hugely successful in these realms despite this, with a major retrospective at the Hayward Gallery in London in 2012 proving immensely popular. The release of this book precedes another significant retrospective in November, this time held at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne.
There are several books of Shrigley's work in existence, and print is the perfect format to view his drawings, which will initially make you laugh out loud, before you notice the dark profundity that lies behind the humour. The printed page was also apparently the first medium Shrigley chose for sharing his work, by creating booklets on a Xerox machine and selling them in the pubs around Glasgow, where he studied at Glasgow School of Art and still lives.
This new book comes in the form of a manfiesto, opening with the statement: "It is my duty to represent the world as I see it." Shrigley then divides the drawings into eight chapters, where he takes on topics as varied as politics, the arts, and insects. According to the press release, the book proposes to be an antidote to the views of the "feeble-minded" people running the country who "don't know what the hell is going on". In this Shrigley is in good company, arriving at a time when extremist views appear to be particularly in vogue. Unlike some others however, Shrigley's manifesto is full of hilarity, alongside observations about the world that are both astute and absurd. Here's a selection of pages from it:
Weak Messages Create Bad Situations is published by Canongate for Read More»
Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 28th of October 2014 11:05:00 AM
The first in our fortnightly pick of new illustration work features a beautifully drawn field guide to East London wildlife, an illustrated guide to the life and work of Francis Bacon, rock-and-roll themed prints from Dorothy and a fascinating mural documenting the history of London's Becontree Estate.
The mural (pictured top) was painted by Chad McCail and commissioned by public art group Create for This Used to be Fields, a collaborative project from the Barbican, Historypin and Create which aims to document the Becontree Estate's past through a digital archive and public artworks.
Built as part of the 'Homes for Heroes' scheme, an initiative to help house soldiers returning from World War One, Becontree was the largest housing development in the world when it was constructed in the 1920s. It now has over 27,000 houses and covers four square miles of former countryside in Barking and Dagenham.
Lanarkshire-based artist McCail was commissioned to create a mural based on conversations with Becontree residents and has produced a colourful artwork charting key residents and moments in the estate's history.
The mural begins with images of the first residents moving in, still dressed in their military uniforms. It goes on to depict World War Two bombings, visits from Mahatma Ghandi and the Hitler Youth (both invited by famous pacifist and local resident Muriel Lester), the construction of the Dagenham Ford car plant, which inspired the film Made in Dagenham, and the defeat of the British National Party in 2010 (the party had hoped to take control of the council and held election campaigns in the area, but famously lost all of its seats to Labour).
Stories which inspired the mural have also been uploaded to the archive and This Used to be Fields will be hosting regular events for residents, such as Drop-in Tuesdays and photo and history sharing sessions - see historypin.org for details.
Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 30th of October 2014 10:20:00 AM
The Folio Society has published some beautiful illustrated editions of classic novels this year, from A Clockwork Orange to Day of the Jackyll. Here, Nate Evuarherhe, assistant librarian at the V&A Museum, speaks to illustrator Sean McSorley about his artwork for a new edition of Joseph Conrad's troubling novella, Heart of Darkness...
The cover of the Folio Society?s new edition of Heart of Darkness features a striking visual pun that sets the tone for the decidedly menacing illustrations that sit within its covers.
A crumbling steamer anchored on a riverbank in the heart of the rainforest belches out rust-red wisps of smoke that rise and merge to form the deathly eye-sockets of a skull. Death, decay, and alienation: the main themes in Joseph Conrad's well known text are vividly captured in new designs and illustrations by London based illustrator, Sean McSorley.
Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 30th of October 2014 12:00:00 PM
Humble dad by day, member of a criminal underworld by night? Then this new interactive ad for Honda from Wieden + Kennedy London and director Daniel Wolfe will be right up your street...
The campaign aims to promote the new Civic Type R car, which is described in the press release as the "wild child alter-ego of the Civic hatchback". To emphasise the car's dark side, we are invited to interact with an online film, which allows you to switch between two characters ? the cool but stable dad in the daytime, and the nighttime criminal.
The interactive element of the campaign is minimal ? you simply press the 'R' key to switch between the two stories ? but the effect is smooth and the film is beautifully shot by Wolfe. Plus the campaign features a more dynamic and adventurous style than we've seen from Honda of late.
Below is a trailer for the film. For the full experience, visit hondatheotherside.com.
Agency: Wieden + Kennedy London
Creative directors: Scott Dungate, Graeme Douglas
Creatives: Scott Dungate, Graeme Douglas, Paul Knott, Tim Vance
ECDs: Tony Davidson, Kim Papworth
Production company: Somesuch
Director: Daniel Wolfe
Interactive production company: Stinkdigital
Editorial company: Trim
VFX company: The Mill
Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 24th of October 2014 04:46:00 PM
Emily's cat Bagpuss; the most important, the most beautiful, the most magical saggy old cloth cat in the whole wide world. And as new book The Art of Smallfilms reveals ? originally, marmalade. So what happened to him?
The Art of Smallfilms, published by Four Corners Books (see our longer piece on the book here) charts the history of the Kentish studio set up by Oliver Postgate in 1959 and which went on to produce several classics of children's animation, from The Clangers and Bagpuss, to Ivor the Engine and Noggin the Nog.
Postgate's creative partner at Smallfilms was the illustrator Peter Firmin. He made the models, figures and sets for all of the above and drew many of the characters as sketches prior to modelling.
In the book's chapter on Bagpuss, one sketch in particular jumps out. It's clearly of our lethargic hero but he looks a little different: he's orange. The caption states that it's the "first colour idea" for the moggy.
According to the book, in 1973 Bagpuss was originally conceived as a marmalade cat, but when the material for his stripey coat was manufactured at Dunbar Fabrics in Folkestone ? they used pink by mistake. Which, of course, turned out to be just the right colour for Bagpuss and possibly one of the most magical, most beautiful, most serendipitous moments in Smallfilms's history.
Also of interest to Bagpuss fans will be the drawing reproduced in the book which reveals that Professor Yaffle started life as a 'Professor Bogwood', a human character that was deemed too gloomy and too out of place among the other characters. He was then reconfigured as the woodpecker bookend we all know and love (initially without the trademark specs).
Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 27th of October 2014 05:45:00 PM
The November issue of CR is a craft special with features on several contemporary makers: from bicycle builders and bespoke shoemakers, right through to the latest creators of virtual reality...
This issue also features news of CR Club, our subscriber initiative which replaces Monograph. CR Club will offer subscribers exclusive access to events, free gifts and money off a variety of brands. Details of our first exclusive invite-only event, ?Letterpress @ The RCA' ? a talk by the world-renowned typographer, design and letterpress practitioner, Alan Kitching ? are here.
Our November issue cover ? the text of which is painted onto etched glass ? is by Ashley Bishop of The Brilliant Sign Company (see below) and introduces the idea of 'Tradition and Technology'.
And the first stop in our investigation into modern craft is, appropriately enough, the Makers Cafe in London: the first coffee shop to also offer a 3D printing service. Illustration by David Doran.
We then look at how The Partners have worked with illustrator Kristjana S Williams to create an original 3D collage for the capital's Connaught hotel, elements of which are then used over 100 applications in the building, communicating its distinctive brand of heritage and modernity.
Introducing five original documentary films which will be soon be debuting on the CR website, we meet the makers who will be profiled in the series. And while they make everything from jeans and shoes, to cycles, signs and mobile phones, they each share a passion to create the very best in their field.
We talked to Hiut Denim Co:
The Brilliant Sign Company (whose Ashley Bishop created our signwritten cover, top):
Makers of handsewn shoes, Carr Read More»
Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 27th of October 2014 12:19:00 PM
Letterpress @ The RCA. Photo: Richard Haughton
This month we are launching CR Club, offering subscribers exclusive access to events, free gifts and money off a variety of brands you love...
The October issue of CR saw the final issue of our Monograph publication (see above). We'd run Monograph for nearly eight years. In its time it had been really valued ? it even won an Art Directors Club Silver award and a place in the Design Museum's Designs of the Year show in 2008. But we were beginning to suspect that it was getting a little tired and was no longer proving much of an incentive for subscribers.
Over the summer we carried out extensive research with our subscribers which bore this out. We know that some of you still really enjoyed Monograph and will be sad to se it go but the clear majority were telling us that it was time to move on. So, we are trying something new and we'd like your help.
Over the next few months we will be announcing a series of special offers, events and treats for our subscribers via CR Club.
The intention is to make our subscribers feel very much part of a privileged community by giving them the opportunity to attend shows, talks or events and behind-the-scenes tours; gifts such as exclusive prints and discounts on brands you love. (If you don't already subscribe, you can check out the various subscriptions packages, here.)
Our subscribers come from all over the UK so we want to make sure that we have a range of activities and offers for everyone. Here, we'd really like your assistance. If you are based outside of London and the South-East, please let us know which local galleries you would like us to approach in order to secure exclusive deals and special offers for our subscribers.
We'd also like to know which brands you would like us to approach for CR subscriber discounts. We already have deals with the Design Museum, publishers Thames & Hudson and clothing brand, Tripl Stitched.
We're kicking off CR Club with an exclusive Creative Review invite-only event, ?Letterpress @ The RCA' ? a talk by the world-renowned typographer, design and letterpress practitioner, Alan Kitching which will take place at The Royal College of Art in London on the evening of November 11. Following the lecture, guests will have an opportunity to view the college's GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years exhibition.
In order to benefit from these offers, you will need to log-in to the site using your subscriber number. If you don't know what that is, please call us on +44(0)207 292 370. To subscribe to Creative Review, go here.
We're viewing this very much as an experiment over the next few months as we look to put together a fantastic package of benefits and offers for our subscribers. Please let us know what you would like to see in the comments below and we will do our best to make it happen.Read More»