Wednesday, 31 August 2011

15 years of WALLPAPER*

Creative Review just released the 15th anniversary celebration of WALLPAPER* in collaboration with GFSMITH - 15 designers or brands created a special cover design to be printed on the Colorplan paper stock. And those designs/brands included Build, It's Nice That, James Joyce, MadeThought and Nike ... and many more.

"In the true sense of bespoke, using digital printing by FE Burman, each cover design was printed on to the stock of the designer's choosing from our Colorplan range, they pushed the printing by using many different processes including multiple passes of white ink. The results show how choice of paper plays an integral part of the design process."

Wallpaper* is a fantastic source of inspiration, and what better way to celebrate then collaborate with designers and celebrate the work of others. Here are my favourites of the 15 covers designed!


Something to brighten the day ... brilliant use of typography in the environment. Amusing but so tacky that its good!

I know type in the environment is everywhere, from road markings to signs, to street numbers, to shop windows...they consume our daily lives. It seems copy-laden radio commercials, newspaper ads, billboards and logos are also everywhere.

Consumers are exposed to a ridiculous 3,000 advertisements on a daily basis - yet we might only retain a few. These commercial messages have invaded our public consciousness, and whilst many sadly are not remembered, you will undoubtedly remember either the worst, the best or the one that made you stop...and look twice!

Think about what you saw today and what you can remember ... I have a feeling it wont be much... correct me if I am wrong?

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Giuseppe Mastromatteo

I blogged about Giueseppe Mastromatteo several months ago - and it seems just more of her work keeps popping up over all the trend spots. I still love how she brings poetic Surrealism back to life, and the series 'Indepensense' is a perfect example of this. She uses digital collage techniques to reproduce ears, eyes and faces in the most illusionary and impossible dimensions.
Taking influence from the likes of Man Ray, she represents the most contemporary photography of our time.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

He would have been a 100!!

Bill Bernbach - an advertising legend, would have celebrated his 100th Birthday on August 13th.
This man who taught me valuable lessons, was widely recognised for leading the creative revolution in the advertising Industry during the 50's and 60's. And for creating the creative structure that most agencies still adopt today!

I studied him in my dissertation - the work he produced, the methods, his style of thinking ... all of which inspired me to work the way I do and will continue to in the future. He based his work on being engaging, interesting, intelligent and most of all believable. He is a credit to our industry and to the way we work, here are just a few of his most iconic from DDB - you will recognise them all.

Happy Birthday Bill !

Seven Dwarves

Seven Dwarves is the latest reality TV show on Channel 4 - I love their exposure and marketing push for the screening which aired this week. The camera filmed residence marks the latest subculture richness that seems to draw us all in ... well most of us - remember ' Big Brother' OR 'My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding?'' And you should know what I mean, it is trying to:

"Break through Panto stereotypes to show how this group of dwarf actors face the challenges of ordinary life head-on."

The marketing material out and about is clever - cliché maybe ... but Channel 4's in-house creative team have done well, they created 20 mini billboards which launched before the show around London, see below. Great stuff!

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Absolut BLANK .

Absolut Blank from Sérgio Costa on Vimeo.

Absolut BLANK is a campaign created by TBWA, USA - in collaboration with a new generation of artists they have created a global movement that appears to lead the way in contemporary creativity. Absolut have worked with other artists in the past such as Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst and Spike Jonze and now it is their daring nature that provokes me to post this.

I love their passion for the blank canvas ... inspiring other artists to get involved, turning the blank canvas into a collaboration of art and creativity. The 20 artists participating in Absolut BLANK represent a variety of creative disciplines from across the globe; from drawing, painting and sculpting to film making and digital art. See below for Mario Wagner’s attention-grabbing cut-out imagery, and the detailed work of Good Wives and Warriors - they are vibrant and most importantly allowing people to work together. This is something that does inspire me, and hopefully all other aspiring artists too ... as they think about sharing their skills and creative passion.

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

HOUSE Industries

House Industries has long been my friend, not only as a great source of inspiration for typography but for the amazing work they produce. From the printed booklets, screen-printed posters and rendered letters - they produce some of the best work and now they are promoting their Photo-Lettering service.

A little info from their website:

"Known throughout the world as a prolific type foundry, House Industries has made a considerable impact on the world of design. House Industries fonts scream from billboards, wish happy whatever from tens of thousands of greeting cards, serve as the basis for consumer product logos and add elements of style to a wide range of mainstream media. Their typography deftly melds cultural, musical and graphic elements. From early forays into distressed digital alphabets to sophisticated type and lettering systems, House Industries’ work transcends graphic conventions and reaches out to a broad audience. What ultimately shines in the House Industries oeuvre is what always conquers mediocrity: a genuine love for their subject matter."

I received an email just recently - not only was this a great marketing tool but it was interesting and yes! although I am a member I gave in and created a new account just to receive the latest catalogue!! It is promoting their Photo-Lettering Catalogue which has 96 pages of beautiful work - not only is it great work - but usually really nice tactile paper (people who like to smell/touch will appreciate this!!)

So you can sign up and receive your very own & to find out just how nice it is ... and ultimately sign your life away to third parties! But who cares, I love good design!

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