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New designs from Inkahoots, Snask, The Partners & more

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 20th of November 2014 05:29:00 PM

Our latest pick of new graphics work includes an open-source identity for an exhibition in Brisbane, branding for global education initiative #UpForSchool and a contemporary new logo for the Swedish Handicraft Association...

Burst Open

Brisbane creative collective Inkahoots has created what it claims may be the first ever augmented, performative, open-source  Read More»

Sheffield Design Weekender

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 18th of November 2014 03:46:00 PM

After a successful debut in June this year, Sheffield Design Week is back with the Design Week-ender: a mini festival of events taking place in the city this weekend. The three-day line-up includes talks, screenings, a design-themed pub quiz and a new installation from The Designers Republic...

Atoms Vectors Pixels Ghosts (pictured above) is a 120-metre stretch of graphic hoardings opposite Sheffield train station. The hoardings are described as "ideas and fictions snatched from the ether, filtered and forged into concrete logic nets and rationalised parameters, and fizzed out into endless possibilities approaching not knowing.

"They represent they represent glitched dreamscapes, or digital organic technology disintegrating the science of what is into the coded possibilities of 'what if'. Certainly they are ghosts in the machine, substance free altered states and/or humanish scan codes captured somewhere between random and design," says TDR.

If you're still wondering what it's all about, Ian Anderson will be giving a talk on the project at Sheffield Hallam on Friday November 21 - it's free to attend, and tickets can be booked here. TDR will also be projecting AVPG into the sky above the city's Park Hill estate, while an exhibition at Made North gallery will showcase AVPG prints and materials.

Other events taking place this weekend include a design pub quiz at the Rutland Arms, a Pecha Kucha evening at Sheffield University, an open studio event at Yorkshire Artspace and a Startup Weekend at the city's Enterprise Zone, where attendees will work in teams to devise solutions to pressing global problems. For details, or for more info about Sheffield Design Week, see sheffielddesignweek.co.uk.

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Unit9 presents launches live action zombie game

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 19th of November 2014 04:48:00 PM

Unit9 has teamed up with a student director and producer to launch a live action zombie game sponsored by G-Shock. The game was launched under Unit9 presents, a scheme helping new creatives make interactive content combining film and gameplay...

Released online today, Five Minutes was directed by Maximilian Niemann and produced by Felix Faisst, both students at Germany?s Filmakademie Baden-W  Read More»

CR December: The Photography Annual

Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 21st of November 2014 10:48:00 AM

December's CR is a double issue and features our Photography Annual; 80-pages of the best in editorial, advertising, fashion, stock and personal work...

This year's Photography Annual includes some fantastic imagery from a wide range of experienced practitioners and relative newcomers. We launched the special issue last night at the Design Museum and were able to celebrate the achievements of those whose work is featured in its pages and the seven projects which were judged Best in Book. Congratulations to all.

Flip the issue over, and up front in the regular CR half we look at how Precision Printing worked to produce this year's Photography Annual cover; take a look at the best of this year's Christmas ads; and look at the Barry Island climbing wall which doubles as an art installation. We also have Bagpuss as we 'almost' new him.

In the columns, Daniel Benneworth-Gray struggles to cope with two new demanding clients in his life ? a poorly wife and child; while in Logo Log, Michael Evamy explores the power of punctuation in branding ? on the back of the NSPCC's recent logo redesign.

Kicking off our main features, Patrick Burgoyne talks to designer Vince Frost about his new self-helf book, Design Your Life. In it Frost explains how the same design principles which work for clients can be applied to making our personal lives better.

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Epica Awards 2014: The Winners

Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 21st of November 2014 04:59:00 PM

The winners of this year's Epica Awards were announced last night at a ceremony held in Amsterdam. There were big wins for BBDO New York, Leo Burnett Toronto, Publicis Conseil, 72andSunny Netherlands, and Leo Burnett Beirut...

The Epica Awards is the only advertising and design awards programme judged solely by journalists. This year's judging was held in Amsterdam, with journos from around the world flying in to offer their views on the year's top work. Five Grand Prix awards were given this year, with two pieces of work in the Digital and Integrated category receiving the top gong.

Epica has an increasingly global outlook, with the Grand Prix awards given to agencies in five different countries, across three continents. In total, agencies from 74 countries submitted work this year.

Now, onto the winners...

The Film Grand Prix was awarded to BBDO New York for The Boy Who Beeped, an emotional film that forms part of a series from the agency for GE. The ad fought off stiff competition from Harvey Nichols and Heineken, among others, to take the top prize in this coveted category.

The Outdoor Grand Prix went to Publicis Conseil in France for its elegant poster campaign to announce the reopening of Paris Zoo.

For the Press Grand Prix, the award went to Leo Burnett Beirut for its clever campaign for Virgin, which aims to highlight the injustice of music piracy by pointing out just out hard it is to write a hit song, using clever and entertaining infographics.

The first of the two Grand Prix awards in the Digital and Integrated category went to the juggernaut that is the Always Like A Girl film, which asks us to reassess our use of the expression 'like a girl' and turn it into something empowering rather than critical (while also selling some sanitary products along the way).

The final Grand Prix of this year's Epica Awards went to Night Walk in Marseilles, a project created by Google and 72andSunny Netherlands, which offers users a chance to walk the streets of the French city by night on their mobile, tablet or online, discovering many delights along the way. The case study film above explains the project in more detail.

Alongside the Grand Prix awardees, other big winners on the night included adam&eveDDB, which won Agency of the Year after picking up 30 awards across all the categories, including 15 golds. Network of the Year went to Leo Burnett, which won 92 awards in total, including 26 golds. And finally, Heineken was given the Brand Tribute Award, a new award for this year, in recognition of the brand's commitment to creating creative and innovative work.

In addition to the Grand Prix winners, lots of great work received golds, silvers and bronze awards at this year's Epicas. To view all of this work, go to the Epica Awards website, here.

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The Times to screen Unquiet Film during Homeland ad break

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 20th of November 2014 02:53:00 PM

The Times has bought an entire ad break on Channel 4 during Homeland this weekend to screen a short from its Unquiet Films series, documenting the kidnapping and return of foreign correspondent Anthony Loyd and photographer Jack Hill in Syria in May this year.

Bearing Witness airs on Sunday, November 23 and is the first of The Times' Unquiet Films to be broadcast on TV. Launched in June, the series ? a collaboration between News UK, ad agency Grey London and production company Betsy Works ? explores the historical and cultural impact of The Times and Sunday Times and the work of editors, journalists and contributors past and present.

The six-minute film features interviews with Loyd and Hill, who discuss their terrifying experience of being shot and abducted by a rebel group while reporting on barrel bombings in Aleppo. It also reflects on the role of war correspondents today, the importance of professional reporting in an era of citizen journalism and the training that photographers and writers must undergo before travelling to war zones.

Other films in the series, released on YouTube and via the Forever Unquiet website, include a look at the paper's history of investigative journalism, one on its typeface Times New Roman and another on the work of political cartoonist Peter Brookes (read our previous blog posts on the series here and here).

By partnering with Channel 4, The Times will ensure the film reaches a wider audience - it has only been viewed around 2,000 times on YouTube since its release, despite being a great piece of film - and Channel 4 says viewers will be able to interact with it through a microsite promoting subscriptions to the newspaper.

In a statement announcing the ad break takeover, Nick Stringer, chief creative officer at News UK, said: "Bearing Witness tells a powerful story, full of insight into the dangers journalists face in their endeavours to report the truth from hostile environments around the world ... Broadcasting this short film on Channel 4 in the Homeland slot is the perfect alignment of contextual relevance, brand fit and the reach of our target audience [described by Channel 4 as "upmarket and highly engaged"].

Homeland will be broadcast on Channel 4 at 9pm (GMT) on Sunday, November 23. See more Unquiet Films here.

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Guatemala City type project

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 20th of November 2014 12:55:00 PM

Richard Heap is a British graphic designer who now lives and works in Guatemala City in Central America. He recently started taking pictures of type he comes across in the capital's Zone 1 district ? and in tracing the images in Illustrator back at his studio, he has begun to document the city's urban lettering...

Heap is a designer at Studio Domus, an architectural firm in the Guatemalan capital. He moved there three years ago (his wife is from Guatemala) and has recently started to photograph typography in the downtown area of his adopted city.

"For the past couple of weeks I've been exploring the capital, photographing and then vectoring the type on the buildings in the historic Zone 1 district," he explains. "It's a rough area, and well past it's 1950s heyday, so I was bobbing in and out of the car, snapping a few pics and then tracing them in Illustrator.

"Some of the traces are a bit rough and ready as all the photographs are, naturally, angled upwards. But I feel it gives a good idea of what the area is like."

"Guatemala City was known as the 'Silver Cup' in reference to its beauty," says Heap. "Since then the city has been plagued by poor urban planning, crime and traffic problems ? yet some buildings are real gems, if somewhat dilapidated. I thought it would be a nice idea to graphically record these in an ongoing project before any further deterioration takes place."

Heap explains that he takes several images at each site ? the shots taken straight on to the signage are then used to draw out the type. "I haven't been able to access any neighbouring or opposite buildings to get a clean 'flat' photo to work from, so I always need to take into account that I'm looking up. However, the photos online are deliberately 'not' the shots I vector from as those images are zoomed in and don't give you a sense of the building or context."

Trying to date many of the examples is problematic, says Heap, who estimates that the majority of the lettering he has photographed dates from the 1920s to the 1960s.

"[With] some we know [the year] from the type itself ? e.g. El Danubio, above ? but others I can't find out; either the tenants have no idea, or the building is uninhabited. If I had more time or contacts I'd love to dig deeper into this. Furthermore, Guatemala City's Zone 1 is a pretty sketchy area, so I generally don't like hanging around."

Heap says that the project is ongoing and he is set to photograph three sites next month, including Guatemala's Estadio Olimpico which was built in 1948.

The full series to date is at richardheap.com/#/zone-1-type.

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Weather forecasts were never so much fun

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 18th of November 2014 03:52:00 PM

In a rather sweet 'internet of things' experiment from Uniform, three different data-powered devices react to imminent weather conditions

"Weather Systems explores the potential to combine cloud based weather data with physical connected devices, to create simple glanceable alerts and engaging user interactions," Uniform say.

The studio created three devices that use online weather data from Dark Sky API to provide "real-time forecasts that accurately illustrate what the localised weather conditions will be over the next 10 minutes". Sort of like a barometer for the 21st century but more up to the minute.

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Weather alerts can be set up so that the devices are triggered if, for example heavy rain is imminent. Forthcoming weather can be checked by pressing the single button on each device.

Particularly nice is the Rain System which uses a series of pins that move up and down striking a metal plate, evoking the look and sound of water splashing.

The project came off the back of a client piece that Uniform were working on for the Met Office which took live feeds from weather ships and buoys and used it to generate live visuals on a flip-dot display for a V&A event during the London Design Festival

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Words of the Umbrella Movement

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 20th of November 2014 04:46:00 PM

"No to Pre-selected Candidates" banner on a back-lit bus shelter advertising. Unintentionally combining the written banner with the calligraphic artwork of a property development artwork.

In a city where the majority of writing is finger scribbled on the screen of a smartphone, Hong Kong's Umbrella Movement has developed into an unexpected platform for handwriting and handmade typography.

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