Saturday, 14 November 2009
And a very similar style of photography by Iain Crawford, a London based photographer who also has an extremely bold, vibrant and colourful portfolio.
Two fantastic finds so be sure to really take a look at their work!
Saturday, 24 October 2009
Consists of 16 unique toys in one set, with 4 unique characters on each face of the box. Collectors have an opportunity to collect all 16 toys/64 characters in the series. Each toy is individually placed in a sealed box (blind assortment).
Each toy is made with heavy card stock plus matt lamination and stands 4” in height.
Characters include Uncle Sam, George W. Bush, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Queen Elizabeth II, Mother Teresa, a mummy, a Japanese wrestler, a cave man, dominatrix and so on.
The head and pants are detachable, so you can mix and match the characters to create some hilarious outcomes!
Wednesday, 14 October 2009
Sunday, 4 October 2009
The following excerpt is taken from her personal website which I really hope you visit as there's a huge array of artwork available for viewing as well as a video demonstrating her methods as an artist.
"Françoise Nielly's painting is expressive, exhibiting a brute force, a fascinating vital energy. Oil and knife combined sculpt her images from a material that is, at the same time, biting and incisive, charnel and sensual. Whether she paints the human body or portraits, the artist takes a risk : her painting is sexual, her colors free, exuberant, surprising, even explosive, the cut of her knife incisive, her color palette dazzling."
Hamburg's Syzygy have shown that with a fair budget, new jazzy desks, excellent architectural and interior skills, the overall ambience of office space can be transformed in to a far more enjoyable environment.
This isn't the box standard office job however, this is creative space and to reflect the creative nature of the work and staff, the space in which Syzygy work to design adverts and interactive campaigns for clients such as Chanel, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and Fujitsu.
The office of Syzygy Hamburg was created by Christoph Roselius and Julian Hillenkamp, the two founders of eins:eins architecten in Hamburg who also have offices in London and Frankfurt.
The sleek, white cubicles may appear rigid and inflexible but in actual fact the various configurations and flexibility of the space is endless. The desks always join together and form a whole unit which strengthens the essence of teamwork and close cooperation.
White allows for light to bounce around the space which in turn will affect the working conditions for the work force by positive means and the space is extremely economical, utilizing the space in to this positive working environment.
Saturday, 3 October 2009
Investigating the power of the poster was exhibited at The Imperial War Museum which ran from 04 October 2007 - 30 March 2008, a fantastic demonstration of propaganda that I felt was worth noting.
Weapons of Mass Communication: War Posters featured hundreds of iconic posters exhibited across the walls in their bulk. The designers and advertisers of the day were employed to influence the wills of civilians and soldiers, the most successful were memorable, direct and strikingly beautiful, disguised to carry the government message.
The iconic images of Alfred Leete’s Kitchener recruitment poster, the pioneering designs of Julius Gipkins and Abram Games were on show as well as the influential graphics of Peter Kennard and David Gentleman.
Truly a fantastic exhibition and one I'd recommend to anyone, artist or otherwise if they display the posters again.
The principle of propaganda I find fascinating and ultimately terrifying, but above all this is history and evidence of the socio-political times as well as a reflection of people as a whole; ...how our minds were easily influenced, how culture dictated, how far through freedom of speech, woman's rights etc we've developed and grown as a race.
These posters are what made us who we are today and without a doubt should be appreciated.
Wednesday, 30 September 2009
The continuity is precise, their formula is to use colour to focus eye by creating a canvas of items coloured identically with the protagonist piece to be of a contrasting colour. Cleverly their underlying concept is to in effect play on the emotional response of the viewer.
The soundtrack is a creepy repetitive piano track accompanied by childlike vocals written by Nathan Larson which takes the video to the next level and encapsulates an almost haunting atmosphere of solitude.
In the last two years the two have collaborated on videoclips, short art movies and various television programs with their ‘Chocolate Bunny’ (see video above) becoming an instant internet hit in 2007 and as a result has been shown at the Short Film Festival Oberhausen, Chicago Motion Graphic Festival, Lumeneclipse (US), Resfest and Cinedkid.
Below is another series of short videos titled 'Revenge'
Tuesday, 29 September 2009
Designed by Paris-based KOZ Architects, the 1,600 square-meter facility is an unexpected addition to the area using vivacious colours both inside and out - It's like walking in to a Uniqlo clothes shop!
KOZ Architects have an amazing portfolio packed full of contemporary cutting edge designs. Pépinière d'entreprises à Amiens is fantastic, as is Pépinière d'entreprises à Chaumont.
"I Saw It First" have produced stickers which prey on the kindness of those in the vicinity to wake you up at your Tube station and save you waking up at completely the wrong end of the line.
Quite a quirky idea however sadly, as sometimes experienced, tube traveling is a solitary method of transportation, no one dare make eye-contact or heaven forbid approach someone and make small talk. In effect, these stickers may be a waste of your £4.
Love the little diagrams on the back of the packet though (image above). Perhaps worth purchasing just for that. Stumbling on to the tube, dreaming of juicy kebabs, wiping away the dribble as you exit. Funny stuff.
Certainly these stickers are a little more realistic than the Japanese subway sleep mask which didn't work and when you see the video, you'll realise why! The passengers let the poor guy sleep on, never waking him. At least these stickers will look a little less weird.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Bayley explores the female body and its relationship to design by addressing feminine curves, proportions, fissures and orifices and insisting that they have acted as inspiration over centuries for designers, architects and even car-makers.
BBC Radio 4 - Stephen Bayley and Vicky Richardson (the editor of the architecture and design magazine Blueprint) join Jenni Murray to discuss the arguments.
My favourite quote from this interview asks as the opening line of debate: "has he reclaimed images of the female body, or produced a coffee table playground for perverts?".
Bayley insists that his intention for the book did not diffuse from a sexist gorilla point of view but in fact a 'romantic appreciation as a robust heterosexual'
Vicky Richardson in turn addresses the uneasy first response that a book of this calibre stands to break the rules of political correction and that the feminsts amongst us will no doubt hold serious issues with the content.
The language is a confusing mixture of medical literal description with pornographic insinuations, even though he appreciates Andrea Dworkin's stance as a radical feminist, the imagery used could be described, out of art circles, as semi-pornographic.
How influential is the female form in ever day...?
Bayley seems to see sex everywhere and in everything, somewhere in the literature he refers to the number 3 rotated 90 degrees as a reflection of the female form. As he discusses, female symbolism is in architecture, and uses Vitruvius as an example, even pointing out the theory of antiquarians in that the initial plans of the Christian church revolve around the diagram of the female reproductive system; the porch as the entrance, the nave as the birth channel and the apse as the womb.
The human form is of course central to design as design is essentially created for humans and the argument that artists have long used the female form as a basis is a little narrow minded in my opinion as La Corbusier, Leonardo Da Vinci used humans as starting points but not necessarily and specifically the female form.
The overall theme is that the female form is perfection and modern product design cannot replicate the magnificence of it, he even questions: 'Could a modern day designer handle the complex area between a woman's legs...?' The innuendo is of course intentional.
This is a strong movement in design biomimicry, as human beings we can never come close to the perfection of nature which is becoming a huge issue as we try to improve on nature itself.
The female form isn't flawless and perfect so I find it tricky to comprehend Bayley's arguement that the childbirth, sex, urination and varying amount of wobbly bits is perfect design.
Post feminist awareness allows the once perceived wickedness of men objectifying the human form to be dull and Bayley arrogantly states that as a society we are now sophisticated in our interpretation of women and so not a bad thing in this day and age. Generously he devotes 10 lines at the front of the book to significant female artists such as Frida Kahlo and Paula Rego.
The image that provoked the most reaction (the shock image) was the juxtaposition between the Ford Edsel motor car (see right) and the vagina which pretty much sums up the basis of this argument.
Although the images are lavish and the high production finish of the book is quite sublime, the juxtaposition between the images and female form undermines the humanity of great art and just sees sex.
To close this review and sum up the general reaction I received from this book I'll leave it up to Stephen Bayley to articulate this:
'It was Simone De Beauvoir (reputation as key figure in feminist awareness) who pointed out that Brigitte Bardot has had as much positive influence on the French economy as the Renault cars.'
Friday, 25 September 2009
100% Design London features world-class interiors show 100% Design, innovative and sustainable architectural products event 100% Detail, cutting-edge materials exhibition 100% Materials and emerging talent showcase 100% Futures.
Apologies for yellow tinted images, was the best my phone could take!
Thursday, 24 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
This is Jeff Staple at Staple Design New York talking a little bit about the company, himself, inspiration and the Kia Soul Collective.
Staying very firmly grounded to the values in which the Staple brand was created–sticking to the basic necessities needed in life, Staple Design has also created design work for Burton Snowboards, Converse, The Gap, HBO, Housing Works, Levi’s, LVMH, New Balance, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Nike, NYC&Co., Puma, Timberland, Uniqlo and more.
Eleven years since Jeff received his first T-shirt order, with an international following and a high respect from his peers, Jeffstaple himself, has become a brand.
Monday, 21 September 2009
I do love this time of year in London - Art show after art show after art show.
The London Design Festival is the UK’s biggest annual celebration of design made up of a range of design disciplines. The wide array of new ideas and activities which have made each Festival dynamic, different and uniquely London - supported by the government and leading well known businesses, the Festival offers a platform for the best design talent.
Goldsmiths : Make Believe
Goldsmiths, University of London have put on an exciting and innovative showcase of emerging design talent titled 'Make Believe' including the majority of projects from the Design Master programmes; MA Critical Practice, MA Design Future, MRes in Design and the MA Creative and Cultural Entrepreneurship alongside work from third year BA/BSc Computing & Interaction Design students.
"Paint has the potential to create worlds of make believe. Design has the potential to create worlds for us to believe in."
The work focused on the socio-cultural issues through a lens using developed and practiced means which in turn became the paint in which designers create the worlds for us to believe in.
It was hosted by Kinnarps at Covent garden and was open from 19 - 27 September
Clearly accomplished young designers yet it was all very surreal and the purpose was very difficult to comprehend.
Saturday, 19 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Thursday, 17 September 2009
It’s quite extraordinary how far school’s have developed in the way of introducing technology to aid and progress the potential of these kids.
As I recall my primary school experience, there was one computer between three or four classrooms. Now the incorporation of Nintendo DS, state of the art digital cameras and Macs in the curriculum, which you’ll see in the video, are becoming a staple part of primary school life and transforming education completely.
For the better is debatable, but certainly the Shropshire school kids have benefitted enormously and really prepared and given them a head start for secondary school.
So. Is this the end of jotter books and poster paints…?
What is stressed by the headteacher Mr A. Davis, is the word balance. Allowing the children to use traditional media in lower primary and in a sense weaning them away as they approach key stage 2. My own opinion and that of the research I’ve been carrying out is that traditional media and technology should be taught hand in hand and that one should not eliminate the other. It’s impressive to have the facilities to take advantage of technology yet I feel it’s still necessary to incorporate traditional media, e.g. scanning a hand-drawn image and finalising it on the computer.
Certainly eliminates the necessity to use paper for writing etc which is a huge plus, however it also removes the hands on portfolio that you build up over your school life. Yes it’s available on a CD, yet can you imagine at the age of 19/20 finding your hidden year 5 art projects on a CD? You can’t flick through the pages, you have to take the laborious task of cleaning the disk and then slapping it in an available computer only to find that the disk is scratched…or unreadable for whatever reason.
It’s a tricky concept to grasp being an 80’s baby and all, I can’t imagine that my year 4 Lowry sketches would have the same visual effect computer drawn. This is art, where shading and texture are necessary in a sketch. The same effect cannot be duplicated on a computer, it can be closely emulated using wireframes, shading etc but it’s still a 2D creation. There’s no charcoal smell or pencil scratching sound, the sense you have is purely visual which is the basis for my reasoning that computers cannot replace traditional methods and a balance should exist within primary school education.
Not every school has these facilities…
Which disrupts development across the board. This is perhaps irrelevant to my argument, but needs to be said that all schools should have access to the same facilities for equality’s sake.
This is always the case. Our generation have made the older generations really knuckle down and advance from their initial traditional methods to computer based production in order to sustain their career role. This is the age we live in where technology is constantly improving and as a result we have to keep on jogging to stay in the loop.
The primary education curriculum incorporating ICT to such an advanced stage, to me, is quite scary. These kids are utilizing the equipment and producing work to a standard I could quite confidently say wasn’t expected in my year 11; Granted it was at least 5 years ago, yet still a massive leap.
When these children are leaving university, pursuing a career in graphic design, web development, copy-writing, whatever it is that you do…better keep on your toes as they are going to be hot to trot.
Wednesday, 16 September 2009
The fantastic Kutiman Thru-You created something similar, different but along the same lines.
A year ago I was given his newest edition titled 'Great Lies to Tell Small Kids' and ridiculously enough it has been sat sandwiched between Philip Pullmans' 'Northern Lights' and a Tim Burton biography ever since. Tragic I know.
After a quick dusting, low and behold the magic of his illustrations was uncovered and I haven't been able to put it down.
Monday, 14 September 2009
- 13 hours of video uploaded to YouTube every minute
- 100,000,000 YouTube videos viewed every day
- 13,000,000 - the number of articles on Wikipedia
- 3,600,000,000 photos archives on Flickr.com as of June 2009. Roughly one photo per every two people on the planet!
- 3,000,000 Tweets per day on Twitter
- 1382% - the monthly growth rate of Twitter users from Jan-Feb 2009
- If Facebook were a country, it would be the 8th most populated in the world - just ahead of Japan.
Wednesday, 2 September 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Friday, 14 August 2009
So, a little light holiday reading in the form of Jean-Paul Sartres’ ‘Existentialism and Humanism’.