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Dalton Maag launches new site allowing users to trial fonts for free

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 17th of September 2014 03:49:00 PM

Type foundry Dalton Maag has launched a new website designed by Method, which features a range of new features and an option to try full font files for free before buying. We spoke to Bruno Maag and Method?s Tomi Lahdesmaki about the redesign...

The new site looks dramatically different to Dalton Maag's old and as well as simplified, fixed rate licensing options, it allows registered users to download full font files for pitches, non-commercial work and student projects free of charge.

While this is a risky move - there's no guarantee everyone who downloads the font will pay for it before using commercially - Dalton Maag chairman Bruno Maag says he hopes it will encourage designers to use the foundry's fonts in pitches and help justify high quality and bespoke typefaces to clients.

As Lahdesmaki explains, Maag was also aware that if a designer wanted to use a copy of one of the foundry's fonts for free, they could do so simply by asking friends or downloading from elsewhere on the web.

"The reality of the graphic design world is that fonts are distributed amongst designers for free. When a designer begins work on a specific project they often end up emailing all their buddies to track down a copy of a specific font so that they can play with it. If they like it and end up using it, then the designer will most likely suggest their client purchase the font. This is a reality that Dalton Maag embraced with the idea of releasing trial copies for all their fonts for free," he says.

"We know that the design industry is used to dealing with rights management for example with stock imagery or licensing music. We trust the user to ensure they have the correct license," adds Maag.

For users who choose to purchase a font, the new system is also much simpler: users can choose to purchase a web or app font and pay a fixed fee for that website or app per year (  Read More»

On the tartan farm

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 16th of September 2014 03:32:00 PM

Ahead of Scotland's referendum on Thursday, a vivid night-time celebration of the country's most famous pattern style has been unveiled on a farm near Edinburgh. Created by street artists TrenchOne, Elph and Purshone a giant projection covers a house, a barn and group of log cabins in what can only be described as tartan light...

Leyden Farm in West Lothian has been transformed using projection mapping in a project conceived and commissioned by event company mclcreate. The effect is to drench the farm buildings in some particularly adventurous tartan patterning (which reminded me of the old joke about sending an apprentice to the shop for tartan paint ? and a left handed hammer, a bubble for the spirit level while they're at it).

The artists ? real names Ross Blair, Brian Mcfeely and Craig Robertson ? apparently spent months devising the installation and collaborated with filmmaker Mike Guest and musician Jenifer Austin as the art collective Projector Club.

While the majority of the politically-motivated visual statements in recent weeks have made use of the two words at the centre of the Scottish referendum ? with the Yes vote seemingly outplaying the No in terms of ambition: see the giant 'Yes' on the rock beneath Edinburgh Castle ? the creators claim that the new installation wasn't made in support of either the standpoint and is simply a celebration of Scotland's past and its future.

Also involved with the project was Andy Stentiford (funktion creep); projectionist Jason Vagionakis (mclcreate senior tech); with technical logistics by Stuart Holligan (mclcreate warehouse supervisor).

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Eley Kishimoto graffiti at Brixton tube station

Source: Creative Review | Published: Tuesday 16th of September 2014 11:28:00 AM

As of this morning, the entrance to Brixton tube station in London boasts a swirling piece of pavement art, courtesy of designers Eley Kishimoto...

Unveiled to coincide with Brixton Design Week, FLASH is the work of Kishimoto and local design studios 2MZ and Studio db.

The piece, which uses one of the duo's trademark patterns, was created using a series of large digitally-cut stencils.

Brixton Design Week is on now and runs until September 21.

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The CR Photography Annual 2014 deadline is today!

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 18th of September 2014 11:12:00 AM

Today is your final opportunity to enter the Creative Review Photography Annual 2014,  Read More»

London Design Festival: LCC 160

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 17th of September 2014 06:33:00 PM

London College of Communication has launched a trio of exhibitions as part of this year?s London Design Festival, showcasing 50 years of illustration, 100 years of graphic design and ten years of button badges.

The exhibitions are open at LCC until late October and include a look at a new Laurence King book on illustration, a collection of 1000 badges from Stereohype and an exhibition celebrating poster designers Tom Eckersley, Abram Games, FHK Henrion, Josef M  Read More»

Ad of the Week: Loose Women stunt for Refuge

Source: Creative Review | Published: Thursday 18th of September 2014 12:42:00 PM

Refuge, the UK domestic violence charity, yesterday ran a clever stunt campaign during an episode of ITV daytime chat show Loose Women. The campaign is our Ad of the Week.

Created by BBH London, the stunt appeared to be a normal segment of the show. It showed Jamelia, a celebrity panelist on Loose Women, talking directly to camera, in a style typical to the show, about her experiences in the past in an abusive relationship. As she relayed her story, the camera slowly panned backwards, so that the singer became increasingly isolated. By the time the section ended, it showed Jamelia entirely alone in the empty studio before the hashtag #youarenotalone appeared on screen, alongside the Refuge web address. The show then cut to an ad break. The campaign is shown below:

The stunt is a clever way of spreading Refuge's message to a relevant audience. By playing with the show's normal format, it is likely to have attracted the attention of viewers in a way a typical commercial may not, plus Jamelia's literal isolation on screen is a simple yet powerful visual message. Its effectiveness was obvious with a strong and immediate reaction on social media, and when the show returned after the ad break, its message was further emphasised by a discussion about domestic violence with the full Loose Women cast and Sandra Horley, CEO of Refuge.

This is not the first time Refuge and BBH has experimented with unusual approaches in its ads. In 2012, the charity created a powerful film featuring YouTube star and make up artist Lauren Luke, who offered tips on how to cover up bruising.

Credits:
Agency: BBH
Creatives: Jack Smedley, George Hackforth-Jones
Creative director: Caroline Pay
Social engagement director: Alex Walker-Sage
Photographer: Tom van Schelven, Making Pictures
Digital design lead: Simon Parmegianni
Motion graphics: Vinny Olimpio
Producer: Jeremy Gleeson

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Intense new Jonathan Glazer ad for Canon

Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 15th of September 2014 03:55:00 PM

Acclaimed director Jonathan Glazer has shot a dynamic new TV ad for Canon. The spot is part of a campaign for the camera brand by JWT London with the tagline 'Come and See', which also encompasses a website offering information on how to achieve the techniques Glazer's film features yourself...

Glazer's ad captures a game of 'Calcico Storico', a historical (and brutal-looking) football game played in Florence in June. Only four teams, from four areas of the city, take part in the tournament. Each team consists of 27 men, all of whom are battling to get a ball over a 4ft high fence at either end of the pitch and score a goal. The tournament takes place on the sand-covered piazza in front of the Santa Croce church, and the prize for the winning team is a cow. The event makes a gripping subject matter for a short film, particularly in Glazer's hands.

Canon's advertising has emphasised the use of its cameras to tell stories for a little while now, and this latest campaign is an extension of this idea. This is the first use of the 'Come and see' tag, however, and alongside Glazer's film on the website, there is also an elegant photographic project showing deer shot at night in Epping Forest. Again, information is given as to how to achieve the photographic effects featured yourself. Visit the website at comeandsee.canon-europe.com.

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A23D film documents making of 3D printed letterpress font

Source: Creative Review | Published: Monday 15th of September 2014 12:21:00 PM

Last week, we published an article on the making of a 3D printed letterpress font, created by A2-Type and London print shop New North Press. A film about the project has now been released online and you can watch it in full below...

The 10-minute short premiered at the V&A on September 13 and was made by Adrian Harrison, who has also produced films on fairground sign writing and lettering artist Joby Carter.

As well as documenting the design process, it features a 3D timelapse of letters being printed and a look at New North Press' impressive collection of wood type and letterpress equipment.

As we reported in our blog post, the font will be used in New North Press' letterpress workshops and the studio is also selling a series of fluoro specimen posters on its website.

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Ben Jones illustrates a beautiful new edition of A Clockwork Orange, published by The Folio Society

Source: Creative Review | Published: Wednesday 17th of September 2014 03:10:00 PM

The Folio Society has released a new version of Anthony Burgess's A Clockwork Orange, which features a newly commissioned introduction by Irvine Welsh and some exquisite illustrations by Ben Jones...

The book is published in hardback and comes in a slipcase. There are seven illustrations by Jones spread throughout, and he has also designed the cover, an embossed image of a man in a bowler hat.

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