Lovely folio of work from Canadian based designer/art director Greg Durrell at his site A Brief History Of. Particular highlights are the Canadian Olympic team brand guidelines and the Terry Fox Award but all the work is well crafted, clean and beautifully presented.
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Daniel from Graphical House got in touch to tell us about the new Scotland Can Make It initiative which they have designed the identity and website for. Initiated by Creative Scotland and inspired by London 2012 and Glasgow 2014, Scotland Can Make It! aims to celebrate Scottish creativity and stimulate the relationship between the country’s creative and manufacturing sectors. Against the backdrop of these two major sporting events, Scotland Can Make It! will present six new, limited edition souvenirs, designed and manufactured entirely in Scotland and leaving a lasting material legacy from Scotland’s dynamic and imaginative cultural landscape.
The project has been designed to enable relationships and collaborations between Scotland’s creative practitioners and our manufacturing industries. As the name suggests, all the souvenirs will be produced in Scotland and applicants are asked to suggest a manufacturing company they could work with. The six winning entrants will each work closely with Panel on the research and development of their designs. Each successful commission will receive a £1000 fee and a maximum budget of around £2000 will be allocated to the development and production of each souvenir prototype.
Scotland Can Make It! is not just open to designers and makers: music, textiles, accessories, books, stationery, clothing, prints and homewares are amongst the types of work the organisers would be interested in seeing submissions for, and proposals for inter-disciplinary collaborations involving writers, musicians, visual artists and designers are particularly welcome. Application packs can be downloaded at www.scotlandcanmakeit.com from Monday 6 June 2011, when the project will formally launch. Submissions are invited from established and emerging creative practitioners and will be judged by a panel of creative practitioners and industry experts, including current Turner Prize nominee Martin Boyce, leading design retailer Sheridan Coakley, Rob Young (Editor-at-large, The Wire), Christina Jansen (Curator, The Scottish Gallery), and Creative Scotland’s Leonie Bell (Creative Programmer: London 2012 and Glasgow 2014). All submissions must be received by 5pm on Monday 25 July.
In 2012, an exhibition featuring the souvenir prototypes and a behind-the-scenes look at all the design and manufacturing processes involved to date will tour Scotland.
Submission instructions Download application packs from www.scotlandcanmakeit.com
Glasgow based designer Kerr Vernon of KVGD has updated with some new projects, including a lovely letterpress promotional sample pack for Glasgow Letterpress and a variety of new projects for the SECC. he has also launched a new blog for news, inspiration and ramblings.
I’m sure you’re shocked by recent events in Japan as we all are here at FormFiftyFive. Daniel Freytag from Berg/Editions of 100 has been trying to think of a way to help and has designed a special limited edition print which will is now available for sale through the Editions of 100 website. 100% of all proceeds from sales will be donated to the British Red Cross Japan Tsunami Appeal. I have bought the first print to get the ball rolling so there is 99 editions of this left which will hopefully help to make some small difference to those whose property, homes and lives have been shattered by this disaster.
The poster is Litho printed and available in B2 size Justin Hobson from Fenner paper has very kindly donated the paper needed for the print.
Had the pleasure of meeting Edinburgh based photographer Victor Albrow this afternoon. He had one of the most stylish and unusual books I’ve ever seen and some fantastic images that I felt I had to share. Of special interest was his People, Hair and Things series of which some of my favourite images you can see here. A thoroughly nice chap, get over and check out the rest of his work.
Here at FormFiftyFive we have been very fortunate to have been given a copy of the new Open Projects application for iPad to review and we must say it has been a pleasure. Developed by étapes, a paris based graphic design magazine and publishing house, Open Projects is their first Interactive book release for the ipad.
The concept is simple, discover innovative design projects through a unique interactive experience: Open Projects, an e-book for iPad, outcome of an unprecedented editorial challenge. Throughout 51 projects by non-standard identities, Open Projects is a total immersion in the world of contemporary design. Provided to you in a simple to use grid based interface each individual identity project makes the most of the interactive and touch interface with various images, conference recordings, videos, embedded websites and 3D animations. Each project is showcased in great detail and is supported by a written rationale and background to the brief so you can really get a sense of the project and what the designers were trying to create whilst seeing the work alongside. Within each project you can scroll down through the content of that project and you can then either skip back to the initial grid menu or you can simply swipe left and right through the projects concurrently making for a very easy read. There is also, my favoured option of being able to see each project as a column like thumbnail and quickly view the content before delving down a level into the project. Once in a project you also hav the option of a project scrollbar which shows a small thumbnail and allows for quick access to a different project. Watch the video of the app in action here.
There is a great mix of projects contained, some of which you will be familiar with such as the Stefan Sagmeister Casa da Musica and Mevis & Van Deursen’s Rotterdam 2001 identity, although its nice to see and interact further with some of the content such as a 3D Casa da Musica logo which you can spin and rotate into different guises, as well as a whole host of interesting projects many of which I had never seen or explored before. The projects featured were chosen by Cristina Chiappini and Silvia Sfligiotti, reputed italian graphic designers and teachers, who take part in many publications, exhibitions and events about design. They selected the works presented by Open Projects and made an exhibition and a book in French out of them.
Overall Open Projects is a groundbreaking combination of support and content, the first in a series of high-quality projects from étapes and it will be interesting to see what they have up their sleeve in the future, perhaps specific editions based on specific types of projects would be interesting like Typographic Projects, Branding, Signage, Product, Architecture etc. I have to say that so far I have felt a lot of iPad ‘interactive’ magazines have always felt a little forced into a touch screen environment and although, at first look, they are interesting they soon lost out to their print counterparts in terms of a pickup and put down ability. Open Projects however, feels exactly like it should, it seems to just work the way that you would expect and brings together a wealth of information and media into a package which is as informative and educational as it is pleasing to use. Its one that you would go back to time and time again and use as a reference tool. Open Projects is now available from the App Store for the limited special price of $7.99.
Great us of old school 3D style specs here completed by Demian Conrad Design for the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival (LUFF). The project was a long process that took severals months but the result is pretty astonishing. The Challenge: create 2 levels of readability, a “mainstream” level and an hidden “underground” level. See and read more about the project here
TOJO is a new design shop which has recently opened in the foyer of The Lighthouse, based at Mitchell Lane in Glasgow. TOJO represents a modern collection of products and objects, focused on design. It is an essential resource for Architects, Designers, Corporate and Private Clients, they select and supply modern furniture, lighting and accessories. TOJO is driven by an enthusiasm for design and it’s benefits and is a dealer for the following fantastic brands: Vitra, KnollStudio, MARK, Cherner Chair, Swedese, Blastation, String, Lightyears… and more! Visit the shop for a range of stock instore and also visit there new website and online shop for more information. The TOJO brand was designed by Glasgow based Graphical House.
New Australian shop Print-A-Porter has travelled the globe in search of some of the most beautiful, quirky and distinctive vintage original and reprinted posters to ever grace your walls. Add a bold splash of colour from the likes of Cuba, Russia, the former Yugoslavia or Israel, with brilliant, affordable graphic artworks from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. From one-off originals and hard-to-find collectibles to hand silkscreened limited edition reprints you will find them all there. Im a particular a fan of the 1969 Charlie Chaplin on Wheels and the Cuban film poster Lucia from 1999. Worth checking out if you have a few pennies left after the festive period!
Following on from the great Lawrence King book Art & Sole, Design agency Intercity have setup the new Art & Sole blog and are commissioning a print series based on the theme of Art & Sole, the first of which is by the fantastic James Jarvis (See top). Visit the blog here.
Loz Ives has just launched the all new Because Studio website. Based in Preston, Loz is another of the rising independent studios and has a great range of work and clients. The new site showcases some new work along with a some previous projects all of which have been re-shot for the new site. I particularly like his new self-initiated ‘Favourites’ Posters which have a series of typographic choices which you can customise by scratching off the silver ink to reveal your favourites.
Since the demise of Borders earlier this year Glasgow has been without a source for a wide selection of contemporary and independent magazine publishing. Whilst there are outlets providing limited selections of publications, there is no decent place to purchase a wide variety of contemporary reading material in the city. Glasgow, as a city rich in culture and creativity, deserves a provision equal to the flourishing networks for publishing and distribution of many other European cities.
GmbH hope to change this. GmbH will open at The Modern Institute, Osborne St Glasgow, as an outlet for a wide range of magazines, journals and periodicals sourced from across the world. Focusing on bespoke publishing, art, fashion, design, film and music as well as covering lifestyle, culture and affairs. For further information and announcements, please join the mailing list.
14-20 Osborne Street Glasgow, G1 5QN
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Derek Welsh is a designer and maker of contemporary furniture and bespoke interior projects characterised by the simplicity of angled lines and unique structures. He has just launched a new website crafted by those lovely chaps from Graphical House. If you have (quite a few) spare pennies, there is some beautiful stuff.