Back for it’s 5th year, Pick Me Up 2014 kicks off today at Somerset House in London hosting the graphic art in all its forms. Taking place across Somerset House’s cacophony of rooms, spaces and caves each containing curated artists, collectives and talks it’s set to be bigger and better than before with more late nights and disciplines represented over the 10 day festival.
Manchester based moving image company Daylight have made a lovely short film about typographer and illustrator extraordinaire Daren Newman talking about his inspiration, process and swapping monograms for leather couches.
Daylight have also just completed a rather tasty rebrand which you can check out here
KK Outlet, are hosting an exhibition of new work by one of our favourite artists Von. Elsewhere, is a collection of delicately beautiful drawings based on photographs shot by British filmmaker Dan Sully.
“Elsewhere is a reaction to an increasingly busy, saturated and invasive world where technology creeps further into our daily routine where we are actively encouraged to “share” day to day events no matter how minor or major, “Selfies” are recognised by Oxford English Dictionary and reaching for your phone when you have a spare minute to kill has become an automatic reaction. All these things make witnessing the moments where people have completely slipped into their own thoughts all the more rare, fragile and beautiful.”
Four different exhibition posters were designed for the show by Hort, David Pearson, Non-Format and Darren Firth (pictured). Prints and originals will be available to buy throughout the exhibition.
Launch Party: Thursday 1 May Exhibition Runs: 2-31 May
We’ve got 7 free copies of the awesome layered PSD website screen gabbing app PageLayers to give away to you, our readers.
If you’ve never come across PageLayers, give it an URL and it’ll parses through the HTML code and output a layered version of the site in a full editable PSD format. If you’re on a newer version of Photoshop (CS5+) it’ll even give you text as editable layers and vector objects. Very helpful indeed.
We’ve been using PageLayers for a while and we absolutely love it, having saved us countless hours of tediously rebuilding websites for visuals and redesigns.
If you fancy your chances and winning a copy of of PageLayers then here’s how to enter.
Follow @formfiftyfive (if you don’t already) and tweet us the following phrase (make sure the hashtag #PageLayersFFFComp is included).
Best of luck.
Mr Kaplin have kept their standard of work equally high having recently updated their folio with new work.
Their recent short Noise for IdN magazine’s motion gallery feature Black & White, combines MoGraph and motion capture techniques into a captivating short that’s one of our favourite examples of their work.
Iain McIntosh is a prolific illustrator. He is probably best known for his work for several whisky brands, but his crafted, timeless, often witty illustrations make up a diverse portfolio.
The magazine this year will be taken on a personal level, a piece that the Poool Team hope to offer to people as something that they want to keep forever. Packed with interviews with Casey Neistat, Patrick Clair and Oliver Jeffers and features by Studio Blup, Bartholot, Conrad Roset and many more. The magazine’s cover will be designed exclusively by Si Scott and will come with a poster designed by Noelia Lozano.
The mag will be exclusively available to all attendees of the OFFF Barcelona on May 15th – 17th.
East London design collective Bread have been working together since 2011. Creating a wide variety of projects that range from adorning artwork across London’s most iconic architecture to collaborating on their own Lacoste boot.
Oh and for our Hackney based readers, some of you might recognise their very special ‘The Walls Have Ears” mural that spread for 100 metre’s around Hackney Wick, the leading walk to the Olympic Park in East London.
I caught up with Luke from Bread to find out a little bit more about the past and the future…
“In early 2013 we set about planning a series of not-for-profit projects that challenge the norm. Like most agencies our business is built on collaboration, and this forms the foundation of our first project.
100/100 is a live collaborative experiment between the public and a carefully selected group of 100 artists, illustrators, designers and writers whose work we admire.
Our friends at The Liverpool Craft Beer Co. have brewed us our very own beer. A beautifully balanced 5% wheat beer, made from blood oranges, coriander seeds, Belgium candy and a variety of hops.
In December we asked the public to help name our beer. Out of 1,000 entries we have shortlisted 100 names from our online naming tool and now 100 collaborators are creating 100 unique labels for each.
100 bottles, 100 names, 100 collaborators, 100 unique identities.”
Mild-mannered illustrator and FFF contributor Edward McGowan by day. Super side project alter ego Parko Polo by night.
French image maker Benoit Challand focuses on digital art, 3D illustration and typography. The level of detail in some of these are pretty incredible.
There is also a great interview with Mr. Olins on Design Boom.
Barcelona-based graphic design studio Atipus have a new portfolio online packed with excellent work of a variety of media and fields, ranging from brand identity to packaging or web services.
Oh no? Oh Yes! On the 9th May Out The Box goes into its 7th round. This time Edelstall have teamed up with the Kestnergesellschaft in Hanover to bring the event to a larger audience. To warm up the new venue we’re bringing Bauhaus-University young-guns Yoshiko Jentczak, Viola Kristin Steinberg und Julia Wagner, collectively known as »Oh No Oh Yes« to talk about things.
For those of you who have never heard of Out The Box, it’s a talk format where we ask talented speakers to come and chat about objects we place in a box in front of them. The speaker doesn’t have a clue as to what will be in the box, providing the audience with a completely unpredictable, unscripted and unrehearsed impression of the speaker.
So far we’ve had the likes of Eike König, Deutsche & Japaner, Mario Lombardo, Andreas Uebele and Willem Stratmann visit us in Hannover.
Tickets and more Informationen: www.outtheboxevent.de/next-event
Ustwo just released Monument Valley, a mobile game inspired by the work of M.C. Escher, where architecture from around the world is the main character. Guided by silent Princess Ida, the game is an exploration of mysterious monuments, hidden paths and optical illusion.
“We set out to create an interactive experience in which every screen is a piece of art worth hanging on a wall.”
The game features exquisite buildings and structures that encourages discovery and thought. The emphasis is on the environment, each stage of the game was thought as a graphic design piece of art and a medium of cultural significance.