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The Art of Smallfilms

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014 01:43:00 PM

From the puppets created for Bagpuss and The Clangers, to the paper cut-outs that shaped the world of Noggin the Nog, the archive of Smallfilms has been meticulously detailed in a new publication from Four Corners Books. It's both a celebration of handmade creativity and a tribute to British eccentricity and imagination...

The book has been put together by Jonny Trunk who is, as comedian Stewart Lee suggests in his introduction, something of an archivist of British popular culture. Trunk's methods as a cultural excavator are, Lee says, a perfect fit for a visual history of one of the UK's most cherished creative companies.

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014 04:50:00 PM

From cosy geladas to luminous squid, here are some of our highlights from  Read More»

Unquiet films: The Art of Satire

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014 12:34:00 PM

The latest instalment in The Times' Unquiet Films series offers a fascinating look at the work of political cartoonist Peter Brookes and the importance of visual satire.

A collaboration between News UK, ad agency Grey London and production company Betsy Works, Unquiet Films is a promotional series exploring "the cultural and historical impact of The Times and The Sunday Times" and the work of the newspapers' journalists, editors, photographers and contributors.

Previous films (which we wrote about here) include one on typeface Times New Roman, another on The Times' use of photojournalism and one on its history of investigative reporting.

The latest, The Art of Satire, was directed by Liz Unna and captures a day in the life of Peter Brookes, political cartoonist at The Times since 1992.

As well as a look at Brookes' working process and the pressures of creating a new cartoon each day, the film features some thought-provoking commentary from fellow Times cartoonist Morten Moreland, broadcaster Jon Snow, Guardian cartoonist Martin Rowson, art dealer Chris Beetle and political cartoon expert Tim Benson.

Beautifully illustrated and highly detailed, Brookes' cartoons are created using pencil, ink and watercolour, and works featured in the film range from witty plays on Cameron's Etonian roots and Ed Milliband's resemblance to Wallace & Gromit character Wallace:

To darker, scathing portrayals of Vladimir Putin and Silvio Berlusconi.

"He's a wonderful illustrator, who seems to be very good at caricature - capturing the essence of a politican," says Benson.

As Rowson points out, cartoonists are an important part of political dialogue in the UK, enjoying an extraordinary level of freedom compared to other countries. Brookes' cartoons - from light-hearted jokes to what Rowson describes as "character assassinations" - have a lasting effect on the public's impression of the politician featured, and are not just art, but a powerful form of visual journalism.

"Political cartoonists go to the absolute core of the truth," says Snow.  Read More»

Rodney Fitch: a tribute

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 21st of October 2014 03:29:00 PM

"I always felt that I had a mission in life to deliver to ordinary people better places to shop". Rodney Fitch, one of the true greats of British design, has passed away. As a tribute we are republishing this 1996 interview by Richard Williams from our sister title Design Week which caught Fitch at his charming best

Williams interviewed Fitch for a series of articles on the "founding fathers" of the British design industry. At the time, Fitch had recently bounced back from a traumatic break with his original consultancy, to form Rodney Fitch & Company with Richard Branson?s backing.

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Ten years of button badges

Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 20th of October 2014 05:52:00 PM

Ten years ago this month, London t-shirt and badge label Stereohype launched its first annual button badge design competition. With an exhibition of over 1000 submissions on display at LCC and a new monograph on the project just published, we asked co-founder Tomi Vollauschek about visual trends in badge design, and whether it's still a popular medium for graphic artists.

Stereohype was founded as an experimental offshoot of Vollauschek and Agathe Jacquillat?s London design studio FL@33 in 2004, and sells t-shirts and badges designed by new and established artists. Each year, it runs an online badge design competition, judged by an industry panel, with winning contributions sold via the label?s website.

Vollauschek and Jacquillat also add their own designs to the site, as well as an annual 'By Invitation Only' series. Over 1000 designs are now featured in an exhibition at London College of Communication - one of three shows launched at the college during London Design Festival (see our blog post on them here) - and a monograph, Stereohype: 2004-2014.



As an introduction to the monograph notes, badges have been a popular medium of expression since the invention of celluloid in the late 1890s. Over the years, they have been used to communicate political ideologies, promote good causes and display allegiances to bands, brands or clubs and as they are easy and cheap to produce, have long been popular with designers, artists and illustrators.

Stereohype's exhibition at LCC

?It?s a fantastic medium? adds Vollauschek. ?We call them mobile mini canvases but really, they have more in common with a poster design or stamp than a painting. The core message for example ? if there is one to communicate ? must be delivered directly and appropriately. As fashion accessories they are of course amazing, too, as you can playfully add and change them according to mood and occasion,? he says.

Button badges aren't quite as popular today as they were in the 1970s and 80s, during the height of the DIY punk aesthetic, but they're still sold at major galleries, from the Tate to the Wellcome Collection, and Stereohype continues to receive hundreds of submissions to its competition each year.

?Fashions come and go, of course, and demand has had its ups and downs, but one thing we learned about selling badges over a period of ten years is that people never seem to grow tired of button badges, and happily reward themselves, friends and family with these cute little wearable artworks,? he says.

The label's all-time most popular designs, however - Richard J Kirk?s Sorry I?m Late; FL@33?s VIP and Shen Plum?s Coloured Mesh (below) - are from one of its earliest series.

While designs vary enormously each year, Vollauschek says there are some recurring motifs: ?Eyes, buttons and of course skulls never go out of fashion. Cats and dogs are very popular, so are references to tea and/or coffee drinking ? no surprise then, that Monika Mitkute?s badge of a cat holding a mug (below) is one of our best sellers," he says.
?Overall, a trend towards the extra-silly and rougher doodle like designs seems to be increasingly popular, and comfortably stands its ground next to slicker visual executions and more minimal, conceptual designs."

One of Vollauschek's favourite designs is Jody Barton's I Hate Dolphins - "I am still fascinated by it, as it offends pretty much everybody," he adds.

For this year?s B.I.O. series, Stereohype invited Caetano Calomino, Dina Silanteva, Emmi Salonen, Henrik Birkvig, Julian Morey, Matthew Kenyon, Neringa Plange, Paul Jenkins, Russell Weekes, Sawdust, Studio Gpop, Tara Hanrahan and Tower Block Books aka Amandine Alessandra and Rute Nieto Ferreira to submit badges (you can see the full set here).

Badge designs by Tower Block Books, Matthew Kenyon, Paul Jenkins, Sawdust, Russell Weekes Caeteno Calomino and Studio Gpop for Stereohype's B.I.O. 14 series

The label also commissioned ten creatives to design a badge and poster to celebrate its anniversary, inspired by the number 10 and/or 1000, or 10x10. The collection includes designs by Daniel Eatock, Deanne Cheuk, Jacquillat, Genevieve Gauckler, Ian Wright, Michael C Place, Richard J Kirk, TwoPoints and Vaughan Oliver. A1 prints are available in editions of 10, priced at   Read More»

Hear from six of the best from The Modern Magazine

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 22nd of October 2014 10:54:00 AM

Following on from its Modern Magazine conference last month, magCulture is releasing a video interview with one of six of the main speakers every Wednesday. The second film has just gone live and features Elana Schlenker, the designer behind the ?pamphlet of typographic smut' ? Gratuitous Type...

During September's conference magCulture filmed a series of interviews with six of event's speakers and is continuing to post the results over the next few weeks. Last week, Wired Italia's David Moretti discussed what went into launching the magazine ? you can see his film below.

Elana Schlenker is the Brooklyn-based graphic designer behind Gratuitous Type and she talks about the founding of the magazine and her plans for the next issue. Schlenker's exhibition, based on the recent fourth issue of Gratuitous Type, is on now at KK Outlet in London.

Over the next four Wednesdays, interviews with the following creative and editorial talent will appear on magCulture: Veronica Ditting, The Gentlewoman; Adam Moss, New York; Kai Brach, Offscreen; Jeremy Langmead, Christies.

Here's the first interview in the series, Wired Italia's creative director David Moretti, interviewed after speaking at the conference in London on 19 September.

The Modern Magazine conference is reviewed in the new issue of CR.

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