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.
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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.
Bright, bold editorial and advertising fashion work from photographer Julia Kennedy. Her work has a feeling of kitsch interiors and chic crazy patterns from the 60s and 70s in a captivating contemporary way.
Particularly fond of the uber colourful work for Charlotte Olympia Pre-Fall 2012.
Robin Davey, master of seamless, detailed and quirky animated illustrations. I could sit watching the same three seconds for hours on end hypnotised by the repetitiveness of it all.
As well as producing quirky animated gifs he’s also turns his hand to more traditional short animations for commercials, apps and games.
I love this short video showing a still frame break down for work he did on The Tate Movie Project.
Polish illustrator Olka Osadzinska combines a semi-pixel rendering style to create a lovely bright and intimate look to her work. Combined with her ability to compose capture close moments between her figures it’s no wonder it lends itself to lifestyle, youth and fashion brands like Hugo Boss, Nike and Rebook.
When she’s not busy depicting the lifestyle of a fashionista she organises one of the most successful art fairs in Warsaw the Art Yard Sale and continues to exhibit work worldwide.
London based animation and motion graphic studio Breakfast of Champions bring their witty side to lovely and varied examples of moving image work.
Includes extra added “pixie dust”. Enjoy!
Many of you will have already seen Matthias Hübner work before perhaps not by name. Instead the many books he was involved in designing and curating for Gestalten. He’s moved on to pastures new with his own publishing agency Possible Books he’s been working very hard to bring together some great pieces of book and editorial design.
Lo-fi and duo colour prints… lovely.
Let’s welcome the start of the weekend with a little bit of joyful work courtesy of prop designer, stylist and art director Jessica Dance.
Jessica’s charming work comes from combining materials through handmade techniques that works really well for fashion and lifestyle brands such as Mulberry and Vogue. Working with lambs wool is where she’s most at home and clearly comes through in her over-sized knitted objects.
Since Young’s beginning a few years back with their successful illustration and publishing project Learn Something Every Day they’ve shifted their focus towards animation and moving image. And they’re doing a great job of it as well. Translating their colourful and charming style into cute and loveable pieces of moving image.
Their recent work on Midas with Network Warrington shows them at their best working with the talented illustrator Peter Donnelly to tell the story of a tragic love story in a gorgeous American 50’s cartoon feel.
For a glimpse into the rest of Young’s work watch their short showreel below.
Brilliantly composed photographs with a flair of 60s kitsch aesthetic from David Sykes. Lovely lovely pastel colours.
At the beginning of May we attended London’s latest design conference POINT. Boasting some big names from the design world including, Erik Spiekermann, Morag Myerscough, Jonathan Barnbrook and video interviews from Alan Fletcher and Milton Glaser the bar was already being set pretty high. POINT took place over two days at Royal Institute of British Architects in London’s west end, the choice of venue (with it’s wooden panelled theatre walls, grand entrance stair cases and architectural-orientated bookshops) and list of speakers set an intellectual and academic tone to the conference.
With just one theatre for all the speakers there was a lot of speakers to get through in both days. For the most part this meant short 30 minute talks in order to stick to a tight formal schedule which kept talks concise and focused. Unfortunately this didn’t leave much time for questions both from the live audience or via Twitter. As both days progressed speakers towards the end of the day were given hour long slots which, for the like of Morag Myerscough and Matt Webb gave the audience a much deeper insight into their work.
Gentleman Scholar’s work was brought to our attention recently because of their intense neon typography for Spring Breakers movie. And the rest of their folio, predominately in motion graphics and live action, is equally captivating and pleasing to the eye. Highly detailed, stylised and super slick we were very impressed with just how good this LA based collective are.
LongLunch has teamed up once again with The Design Museum in London to host a talk with the brilliant StudioMakgill. Taking place on Tuesday 16 April 2013 the talk will presented by founder and creative director Hamish Makgill talking about his work.
Like always LongLunch have worked with their speaker to produce a limited run of screenprinted posters (hand screened by long-term collaborator and talented designer Dan Mather and paper provided by GF Smith) which are then given away on the night, first come first serve. So remember to get there early and bring a poster tube. There’ll also be a Q&A at the end of the talk with prizes up for grabs for questions so get thinking now.
Tickets are on sale via The Design Museum website £17 adults / £12 NUS / £8.50 Museum Members. Doors open at 7.30pm / 8.00pm start.
It’s also a great opportunity to announce and congratulate FormFiftyFive’s Emma Laura Jones and Sean Rees who have taken on the reigns of LongLunch and have help made this talk possible. In addition FFF’s Ryan R Thompson is helping to host LongLunch’s programme of Scottish talks with the next one scheduled for April 25 2013 at The Lighthouse, Glasgow with Ken Garland which should be amazing! Unfortunately the Ken Garland talk has now completely sold out.
We wish them all the best of luck and keep your eyes peeled for other talks coming in the coming months.
Photographer Victoria Ling specialise in producing beautifully stylish still life composition bursting with colour and geometric shapes. Collaborating with set builders like Kyle Bean and brilliant prop makers such as Anna Lomax to produce captivating and witty images.