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Spot the Stop!

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 31st of July 2014 01:00:00 PM

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Jude Law stars in new Johnnie Walker ad

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 30th of July 2014 11:59:00 AM

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a new ad-cum-short film online, which features actors Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini engaging in a 'gentlemen's wager' over the ownership of a beautiful sail boat...

Blue Label is Johnnie Walker's luxury whisky product, and this film is duly steeped in wealth and extravagance. Shot by Jake Scott, it opens on board the boat, moored off the British Virgin Islands, where we see the wager proposed, before the action moves to London and the bet plays out.

This is not the first time Johnnie Walker has engaged top acting talent to market its whisky. Back in 2009, the brand released The Man Who Walked Around The World, a charming short starring Robert Carlyle that was originally meant only for internal use at the company but proved a hit with the public when it was leaked online.

This film is a more elaborate offering than the Carlyle piece, as perhaps befits the luxury side of the brand. It is not just an ad for Johnnie Walker either, with the YouTube version of the film featuring an ad-within-an-ad via clickthroughs to Mr Porter where viewers can purchase the clothes that Law and Giannini are wearing in the film.

The Gentleman's Wager is released at a time when the ad industry is obsessed with the notion of 'content' and 'storytelling' (see a recent speech from Stefan Sagmeister for more on this subject), and would certainly tick the box as an example of these forms. Or you could just call it a good old-fashioned short film, with a heap of branding thrown in. The audience won't care either way, of course, but the combination of Jude Law and an enjoyable ? if rather tame ? story seems likely to make it a hit.

Agency: Anomaly New York
Creatives: Mike Byrne, Dave Douglass
Agency producer: Winslow Dennis
Production company: RSA
Director: Jake Scott
Music: Eclectic
Composers: Smith & Elms

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The Consumer Is In Charge. Of What?

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 30th of July 2014 11:08:00 AM

In a world in which a handful of companies largely control what we see, hear, and buy, how can anyone claim that the consumer is the one in charge? This, says Bob Hoffman ? aka The Ad Contrarian ? is "one of the inescapable clich  Read More»

The search for a voice

Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 1st of August 2014 02:00:00 PM

Designer Michael Johnson of johnson banks, looks back at his recent visit to India, where he found a design scene that is beginning to reflect the country's unique and rich visual language...

On my first ever trip to India, I managed to embarrass myself before I'd even landed. As the plane banked and approached the runway, I noticed multiple blue rectangles on the ground and thought 'wow, that's a lot of swimming pools'.

Those 'pools', I soon discovered, were the blue tarpaulin roofs of the slums by the airport, protection against the imminent monsoon. Before stepping off the plane I already felt like a colonial plonker, and shame has stopped me retelling the story until now.

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Scotland Can Make It!

Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 1st of August 2014 11:00:00 AM

Glasgow studio Graphical House has designed visual identities for two cultural initiatives launched to commemmorate the Commonwealth Games - one celebrating Scottish manufacturing and design, and another reflecting on Glasgow's relationship with the slave trade...

The projects are part of Glasgow's 2014 Cultural Programme, organised by Creative Scotland, Glasgow Life and the Commonwealth Games Organising Committee. The first, Scotland Can Make It!, is a collection of six souvenirs designed and manufactured in Scotland and curated by local organisation Panel.

The collection includes a pair of geometric scarves by weave designer Angharad McLaren, graphic designer Emlyn Firth and knitwear company Johnstons of Elgin; an Art Deco inspired jelly mould by Katy West and Highland Stoneware, tea towels by West and Glasgow School of Art and a trio of Tunnocks Teacakes repackaged in bronze, silver and gold foil designed by Claire Duffy:

Items are on sale at the Scotland Can Make It! shop on Glasgow's Osborne Street and craft centres around the country, as well as on Scotland Can Make It!'s website. Objects were selected following a national competition, and Panel says they reflect Scotland?s "rich, dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape."

Graphical House was asked to create a visual identity for Scotland Can Make It! around two years ago. It has since designed a website, stationery and merchandise, as well as a catalogue documenting how each product was made and graphics for both the shop and a Scotland Can Make It! exhibition.

The logo features the project's name inside a hexagon, a nod to the six items in the collection, and the symbol is accompanied by a hexagonal wreath which has been used to create graphic patterns for print materials:

"The wreath...references the graphic language of sporting events," explains Graphical House director Gabriel Durnan. "We wanted to create an identity that would represent craft and manufacture, functioning like a makers mark. The modular parts of the identity sitting together or apart offered a flexibility across the different materials and objects. We also felt that a roundel was the best way of dealing with the length of title," he adds.

Graphical House also worked with product designers to create a logo for each souvenir in the collection. The studio commissioned filmmaker Mark Huskissan to create a 30 minute film about the project and has teamed up with whisky brand Dewars to create a limited edition Scotland Can Make It! Scotch.

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Taxi Stockholm launches unusual city guide

Source: Creative Review | Published: Friday 1st of August 2014 01:54:00 PM

Swedish cab firm Taxi Stockholm has launched Taxi Trails, a new website for tourists that uses data from millions of taxi journeys to highlight the top destinations in the city.

Designed by Swedish ad agency King, the site aims to offer tourists a guide based not on the opinion of critics but on the places where local residents really go. The site features a map of the city with the areas visited highlighted by 'heat' ? the more orange an area is, the more of a 'hotspot' it is.

Searches can be refined to look at the most popular destinations over the last week and also the journeys taken from certain areas of the city, so audiences can see where the 'posh' (those from   Read More»

New type

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 31st of July 2014 02:16:00 PM

Our latest round up of new and noteworthy type designs, publications and exhibitions includes a look at McDonald Gill's lettering for military headstones, a custom typeface for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and a new book from Unit Editions exploring type and image...

An idiosyncratic A to Z

First up, though, is Lucienne Roberts' elongated alphabet for a new exhibition at The Wellcome Collection. The Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition presents bizarre and unusual objects from the museum?s collection, each corresponding with a letter of the alphabet to present an A to Z of human experience. Items on display include some tattoed human skin for ?S?, Scott?s Antarctic medicine chest for 'J' (representing journeys) and a video of the birth of the first test tube baby for 'B'.

Lucienne Roberts+ designed the graphics for the show, which include a series of condensed letterforms painted along the two longest walls in the gallery. Letters are designed to resemble the human form, with one set painted in black and another in a palette based on eye colours.

The letters are designed to give the eclectic display a sense of visual coherence, says Roberts. ?It was clear that the graphics had to play a pivotal role in helping visitors understand the structure of the show...[the letters] playfully reference the incongruity of the human form, inviting a second glance as their double meaning becomes apparent,? she explains.

"The strongly coloured letters, alongside the matching colours of the object labels texts, act as a coding system with the nearby painted plinths. The large black letters opposite, alongside the corresponding black and white instructional labels and display mechanisms made out of unfinished ply, make for an obvious contrast and introduce visitors to the participatory wall [which visitors can interact with and use to post sketches]" she adds.

The Finnish Cultural Institute's new look

Helsinki design studio Tsto recently designed a new visual identity for New York's Finnish Cultural Institute, which features a custom typeface designed by Berlin foundry Shick Toikka. Tsto says the new identity is based on the idea of movement and exchange rather than traditional notions of Finnishness. Toikka has created both regular and hairline versions, which are used on the Institute's new logo, website and communications - you can read more about the thinking behind the identity on FCINY's website.

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Angels of the water

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 29th of July 2014 03:50:00 PM

Creative agency Taxi installed a poignant sculpture on a British Columbia beach on Thursday to raise awareness of Canada's annual Drowning Prevention Week. The large scale installation features 75 sand angels, each representing a person who drowned in the region last year...

The installation was created for the Life Saving Society of British Columbia, and is the third Taxi has produced for the charity to promote Drowning Prevention Week, which takes place in late July each year. In 2011, it decorated a series of flutter boards (polystyrene boards used in swimming lessons) to look like tombstones and the following year, commissioned a sand sculpture of a woman holding a lifeless child beside a sign which warned "The beach isn't all fun and games":

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The making of the Barrowland Park album pathway

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 30th of July 2014 04:42:00 PM

Jim Lambie, Untitled 2014, coloured concrete, 103m x 3m. Public Artwork in Barrowland Park, Glasgow. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Commissioned as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme. Photo: Stephen Hosey

Arranged like records on a shelf, artist Jim Lambie's 'album pathway' in Glasgow lists the names and dates of thousands of bands that have played the city's famous Barrowlands venue since 1983. Russ Coleman, the sculptor who worked on the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, tells us how he turned his hand to coloured concrete...

Unveiled in the new Barrowland Park, a 'temporary urban greenspace' opposite the venue, Lambie's 100 metre long walkway cites 2,000 appearances by a range of international musicians. The artist has described the work as a homage to the famous venue and the nearby Barras market where he would often scour for records.

Commissioned as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme, the pathway was developed by The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd with Lambie and landscape designer, Greg White (LOCI Design).

Jim Lambie, Untitled 2014, coloured concrete, 103m x 3m. Public Artwork in Barrowland Park, Glasgow. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo: Stephen Hosey

Made from coloured concrete, the path ? as with Gordon Young and Why Not Associates' expansive Comedy Carpet ? contains thousands of individually made glyphs created by Coleman in his North Shields workshop. For the Barrowland Park project, Coleman worked with graphic designer and art director Kirk Teasdale to realise Lambie's original idea ? their part of the process taking just twenty weeks to complete, in time for the Commonwealth Games.

Coleman has an interesting back story. Originally a 'monumental' mason and hand letter-carver, he trained in bricklaying and construction, later enrolling at art school to study sculpture. His approach to type involves thinking of it "in the wild ? as physical objects," he says, and his recent work has combined these more traditional methods with new technologies; from water jet-cutting machines to digital software.

Jim Lambie, Untitled 2014, coloured concrete, 103m x 3m. Public Artwork in Barrowland Park, Glasgow. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo: Stephen Hosey

"The Comedy Carpet was the culminaton of a year's work with Gordon and Why Not Associates," says Coleman, "and I developed techniques on that which afterwards I'd thought would be end of the road, really, with granite and concrete type. With the Carpet, this was type as solid objects that needed arranging in a particular way ? the water-cutting maching unleashed a whole new world."

In 2013, Greg White, the landscape designer working on the Barrowland Park project was describing the pathway project to a friend who then directed him to the Comedy Carpet. White tracked down Coleman as a potential fabricator for the new pathway in Glasgow and Lambie's art production company Voidoid then contacted him about the idea ? with one aspect of the proposal standing out in particular.

"What interested me was the colour," says Coleman, "because I have this long-term thing called the Concrete Foundation where its mission is to alter people's perceptions of concrete ? to see it as ultimately flexible, as there are a thousand ways of using it. So this was a 'polychrome' approach to concrete. I'd Googled Jim's work and thought, 'that'd be great to work on'."

Jim Lambie, Untitled 2014, coloured concrete, 103m x 3m. Public Artwork in Barrowland Park, Glasgow. Courtesy of the Artist and The Modern Institute/Toby Webster Ltd, Glasgow. Photo: Stephen Hosey

The practicalities of working in coloured concrete, however, are a little more complicated. Coleman explains: "Using colour and concrete had obvious parameters: it's cement-based and alkaline; [the pathway] would be outdoors so would have to be UV stable as well. And there are only certain kinds of pigments [you can use] such as metal oxides ? that's excluding organic and chemical pigments.

"Most of the coloured parts in the work are oxides of cobalt, titanium, iron and so on. Some of the colours, like the lilac and the turquoise, are very new colours that have only been developed in the last two years." These particular colours are also very expensive to produce. Ordinary pigments are around the   Read More»


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