San Francisco’s Manual Creative launched their new website at the beginning of the month. It’s taken me this long to stop staring at it and post it on FFF, that’s how great it is!
Mark Bloom sent us an email about 3 recent projects that are worth a feature, including a new Identity for Landscape Architect Mark Tessier and an ad campaign concept to promote Beats by Dre’s ‘Win the Game Before the Game’ custom World Cup country inspired headphones (both in collaboration with Hype Type.
T-shirt company FCKH8′s F-Bombs for Feminism ad has been generating buzz and controversy in equal measure this week.
On one hand they’re accused of being an exploitative, opportunistic start up which aims to build their brand by capitalising on legitimate equality issues, such as feminism, LGBT rights and racism. While others argue that regardless of FCK8′s motives, the fact remains the issues they raise are valid and the means are justified in highlighting the ongoing struggle for equality.
So, a provocatively effective fight against inequality or cynical exploitation to sell t-shirts? Check out the video and decide for yourselves.
Welcome to the first in a new series of features in which we delve deeper into the business side of running a design studio.
Over the course of the series we’ll be hearing from a range of our favourite studios, some with years of history to others with six months. Why were they formed in the first place and how have they saved the ship from almost sinking. How do they gain their clients, and what happens when they lose them?
Hansje van Halem’s work was linked here way back in 2009.
Hansje has been very busy since then by the looks of it – so worth checking out again (her work is brilliant).
I’ve just watched this 5 times in a row! Director Leonardo Dalessandri traveled over than 3500 km in 20 days to film this short film capturing the landscapes, colors and people of Turkey. Perfect on so many levels!
Kicking off our series of interviews from this years OFFF in Barcelona is none other than London’s Kate Moross. The ‘jack of all trades’ with the ever-changing hair color and one hell of a list of clients was incredibly fun to talk to. We covered everything from work, happiness, her dislike for ‘inspiration’, writing her first book, pizza and her plans for her first action movie. After our interview we all had an even greater admiration for her work ethic and output. Make sure you set aside 15min to check out the video.
FYI: You still have a little time to reserve your early-bird ticket to next years OFFFest in Barcelona. We’ll see you there!
Check out The Man Who Grows Objects, which is a lovely little bit of event promotion for German design conference Frisches Design who are basing this years event around the theme “Design and Efficiency”. The three day event takes place in Nuremberg between November 7 – 9, and will feature representatives from the fields of philosophy, architecture, product and industrial design.
The objective is to provide an insight into the design process and give information about when efficiency actually begins: in the production, in the process itself or in the application.
If you’re interested in attending the event, visit Frisches Design event page for full details.
Anthony Peters of Look & Yes got in touch about a documentary they are producing about the UK graphic arts in the digital age. The film features interviews with many FFF regulars including Anthony Burrill, Ian Stevenson, Kate Moross, Adrian Johnson, Pete Fowler and many others.
Made You Look will be a film about the UK DIY graphic arts scene of the 21st century. Via candid interviews with top British creatives, publishers and agency owners Look & Yes hope to explore the fact that more people than ever seem to be turning to analogue means of creating things, even though we are living at the height of the digital era.
The film is due for release in 2015 but requires a bit of help to get there. Check out the trailer and then go an support this great project on Kickstarter!
LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a rare chance to see the elusive, multi-awarded in-house agency 4Creative speak about their work and process. Known for consistently creating some of the most challenging, powerful and creative work across advertising, brand identity and graphic design, this is one not to miss.
Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of posters, this time in collaboration with a new sponsor, Print Club London, hand-pulled by their Head Printer Marco Lawrence. Posters are given away on the night, so first come first served!
Tickets are on sale via Design Museum. Adults £12 / Students £9 / Members £6. 27 October 2014.
See you there!
With a £442 billion ($717 billion) Sovereign Wealth fund accrued over fifty years from their vast offshore oil fields and owning an estimated 1% of the world’s stocks and shares, it’s common knowledge Norway is one of the richest countries in the world.
Now not only do they have lots of money, it’s also potentially going to look great.
Seven agencies have this week submitted their design proposals to The Central Bank of Norway for the country’s new legal tender. Our personal favourite designs are those by Snøhetta and The Metric System, however you can view submissions from all the entrants here.
It’s a long 5 years since we last featured type maestro Craig Ward, so I thought it was about time we caught you all up with some of what he’s been up to during that time. For those not aware, Craig is a British born designer and art director currently based in New York. A couple of years ago he put out his first book, Popular Lies About Graphic Design.
On the launch of the Telegramme Paper Co. we caught up with long time friend of FFF Bobby Evans to find out what the heck is going on… (we also scored an exclusive discount for all our readers – simply enter ‘FFF10‘ at the final checkout after choosing payment method to get a 10% discount, valid until 10th October – yee-haa!) _
You’ve had quite a year – for those who haven’t been following you on social media give us a few highlights?
Oofff – it feels like a pretty packed year. Gig posters have continued to allow us to travel around and meeting some incredible people. This year was my 4th trip out to SXSW in Austin Texas with the UKPA gang, showing our wears, eating too much BBQ and hanging out with poster nerds from around the world. Its so inspiring to see the level of work going on over there and always super fun and so great to catch up with friends we only unfortunately get to see once a year.
We also took our posters to Liverpool sound city’s ‘Screenadelica‘ exhibition, ticking off a bucket list dream of producing a poster for our favourite Minneapolis bar band, The Hold Steady along the way. Then, to finish the summer off, we had an amazing weekend at Green Man festival manning the UKPA stall, slinging posters and seeing some great bands.
I always feel so lucky that we get to travel around and meet so many brilliant friends from doing these posters. 8 years ago they were just a way to get in to gigs for free (they still kind of are!)
Outside of posters we’ve worked with some amazing new clients (working with the incredibly talented Timba Smits over at The Church of London a particular highlight). We’ve tested our new products and hung out at craft fairs around the country and even won our first ever award! thanks to YCN for awarding our illustrated poster campaign for Percival Menswear a ‘Professional Award’ – we are legit now!
The rest of the time, when we haven’t been plotting our future empire with Telegramme Paper Co., we’ve just been escaping the city with as many trips as our ‘two for travel‘ railcard can handle (turns out its unlimited).
So Telegramme is rebranding as Telegramme Paper Co. After 8 years this is obviously a big change! With new talent on board (hi Kate) and a new focus on printed goods – was this always the master plan? and how do you see things progressing?
Telegramme started with a strong emphasis on screenprinting and gig posters, so making and selling our own prints and products has always been a part of what we do, but has always played second fiddle to client led design and illustration work. The idea of focusing on this part of the business has been at the back of my mind for a while, it just had to be the right time, and after chatting to Kate about joining and making it real, it felt like the time had arrived. We will continue to take client work, as we still really enjoy it, we just hope to be able to split our time enough to be able to grow our product and print collections more and more going forward.
Kate, an incredibly talented designer & art-director, is now a part of Telegramme proper, how do you see that impacting the aesthetic? Is it already visible in any of your work?
Although we are always pushing and developing our aesthetic it’s safe to say people know our work due to it’s style – I think this will continue to be case – we don’t know any other way! Kate and I have extremely similar influences and interests in terms of style. We both have a huge love for vintage and mid-century design so the work that comes from both of us sits together really well. However I think the possibilities of what Paper Co. can be has already been blown way open with Kate coming on board. We have so many ideas for projects and products that wouldn’t’ve come from a one man band. Kate has had the benefit of seeing Telegramme from the outside – and can put all the benefit of hindsight in to the new work and products.
Many people will recognise you from your gig poster work, is this something you’ll be continuing with? (& your involvement with the UKPA)
There are still quite a few bands we need to tick off our wish list yet… Gig posters were one of the reasons Telegramme was even started. It is always going to be a part of what we do – Despite not actively chasing a huge amount of gig poster work this year, while we have been plotting Paper Co., we’ve ended up designing more posters this year than ever before.
Although I’ve seen it building over the 8 years I’ve been producing posters, the UK music industry has really got behind silkscreen printed posters in the last 2 years like nothing before. The response at Liverpool Sound City, Green Man festival and a few other smaller festivals from all of the artists, festival organisers and audiences really reenforced the strength of the poster this year – Not to mention the constantly growing roster of artists in the UK. Being part of the UKPA allows me to keep in touch with the scene and enjoy seeing what is getting produced.
What stuff on the horizon are you most excited about?
As always here are a few gigs coming up. Really excited about seeing Greys at the 100 club – Our friend took over booking duties there this year and they have been putting on some great stuff – all promoted by those talented kids at We Three Club with the best looking monthly listings I’ve ever seen.
Graphic-designer turned animator Eoin Duffy wrote to us about his animated dark-comedy, masquerading as a classic kid-friendly morality-tale, the Missing Scarf. The short animation was produced by Jamie Hogan in conjunction with Belly Creative, The Irish Film Board, RTE and The Arts Council, along with narration by none other than pop culture icon George Takei!