Calcutta-born, London-based artist and designer Gerry Judah has been delighting visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with iconic and gravity-defying sculptures since 1997. Every year I look forward to seeing what he’s produced, and this around it’s a 26 metre high, 45 metre long, 160-tonne parabola steel arch celebrating 120 years of Mercedez Benz motorsport. The sculpture features two speedsters travelling in opposite directions. Engineering by Capita, production by Littlehampton Welding. Check out the making of video then look back at previous years centrepieces, all available to view on the site here.
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It’s obvious when you’re looking at a piece of work whether it should be described as a labour of love. This is one such personal project, that was begun in 2009 by Marksteen Adamson, and is culminating in an exhibition currently on at ‘The Wilson’ in Cheltenham. ‘Behold The Man’ is the title given to the project, an honest and hopeful look at the situation of Alan Dainton, a rough sleeper in Cheltenham who is battling addiction.
Marksteen is a creative consultant and has won many awards at home and abroad. His agency ASHA is ranked in Design Week’s Top 100 as one of the most awarded agencies in the UK. Aside from his exceptional track record in agencies Marksteen also has some extensive projects and initiatives to his name (including The Cheltenham Design Festival). In 2004 he founded The Big Cold Turkey Foundation, supporting organisations actively concerned with youth at risk from drugs and alcohol.
I caught up with Marksteen to find out more about ‘Behold The Man’…
Sadly homelessness and substance addiction is a regular sight in our cities. Sum up why you felt Alan’s was a story that needed to be told?
There is no silver bullet to this problem, but I wanted to explore the different avenues to see where my energy should be focused around this issue in the future. There is a time and place for ‘Sustination’, but its very short term. ‘Intervention’ relies very much on the individual being willing, so that’s not always an option, but ‘Prevention’ should be on the top of our list of priorities if we want to avoid an epidemic in the future. The problem with focussing on ‘Prevention’ is that, like climate change, it’s not tangible, because it hasn’t happened yet, and so therefore its hard to raise money, help people understand, or get support. People like to give to and support things they can see. It’s tragic really, because preventing a kid from going down this route will save the government tens of thousands of pounds a year per individual.
You started this project – or the relationship that lead to it – back in 2009. That’s a long time ago! Is ‘Behold The Man’ a one off or do you see yourself doing other self-initiated projects for ‘The Big Cold Turkey’ charity?
I’ve always had other personal projects going on like the School project in Tanzania, The Big Cold Turkey Foundation, Cheltenham Design Festival, setting up Kings community Café, or teaching young people to take better photos. I don’t think I could do my day job without these things ticking away in the background. It’s a nice change to have projects where I’m the only client.
Has Alan seen the exhibition, and if so, do you know what he thinks of it?
Yes, Alan has seen the exhibition and he loved it. He also got the fist copy of the signed and numbered limited edition book. He loved that too, and has always said the “even if it only helps one kid, telling my story will be worth it”
It’s obvious by the level of excellence and quality of finish that a lot of time and love (&money) has gone into ‘Behold The Man’ – how did you make it all happen?
I had an initial idea about what I wanted the book to be; layout, images and content and different papers and embossing. I wanted it to be slightly over the top, to clash with the subject matter. It was a deliberate attempt at making you feel slightly uncomfortable that so much effort and quality was devoted to what most people would consider to be a hopeless case of addiction, homelessness and total disregard for society. I wanted to make something beautiful out of the dirt and chaos of Alan’s world.
I wanted to flip ‘significance’. I wanted to confront our prejudices and make the ‘in-significant – significant’, and the perceived ‘significant – in-significant’ when experiencing the large portraits of Alan and the quality of the book. I wanted people to realise that we are all the same and we are all capable of being in that situation, had we had a different start in life. The difference is the choices we have made. Some of us just made better choices. Scott McGuffy, Simon Dryland and Chris Greenwood also worked tirelessly with me on design, paper selection and general quality standards. Andy at Severn Print was also instrumental in making the print happen the way it did. We got a lot of support from him. It was not and easy print job! Also, Hannah, our super project manager worked really hard managing all the suppliers, timelines and quotes. The ASHA team have been an amazing support.
If you’d like to support the work of the Cheltenham YMCA which helps homeless young people you can purchase the book, postcards and posters on The Big Cold Turkey site, here.
You can watch the 30 minute film that accompanies the book here – It contains scenes of drug-taking that some viewers might find upsetting.
We’re loving this illustration of Van Persie’s now almost iconic diving header against Spain from the infamous 5-1 World Cup game. Illustrated for Adidas by talented Kiwi Andrew Archer.
Nicely in keeping with our FFFootball posts of late Studio Blup have been in touch to let us know about some recent updates – including some work with Nike Football for the world cup and their new print and clothing store.
In 2012, filmmakers Gavin Froome and Michael Bernard approached Build to design a limited edition poster to promote their documentary film ‘Coast Modern’. To celebrate the UK DVD launch of the film in London this summer, Gavin and Michael have invited Build to exhibit a selection of prints inspired by the film. It promises to be an interesting mix of West Coast Modernist Architecture and British Graphic Design! There will be opportunity to meet the team behind the documentary and members of design studio Build, and to watch a full screening of the documentary.
Build have designed a brand new Coast Modern screen print, limited to an edition of 100 only, that will be available to purchase, and an extremely limited set of 5 typographic prints, each with a word or statement taken directly from the film.
To celebrate the exhibition we’re offering one lucky FFF’er the chance to win 1 x Coast Modern 2014 A1 screen print and a DVD. Entry is simple, just answer this question… Where is design studio Build based?
Wandsworth, Wembley, Walthamstow or Waterloo.
Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. The competition closes on Friday 6th June, prints will be available to purchase from Monday 9th.
Saturday 14th (10am – 8pm) – Sunday 15th June (12pm – 6pm) Location: Mead Carney, 45 Dover Street, London, W1S 4FF Documentary screening on Saturday 14th June at 4pm.
Time flies! We featured Sean Clarke back in 2009 when he was a promising 3rd year at Falmouth. In the years since he’s had stints at some great places including Browns, Pentagram, SAS and Studio 8 Design. He’s been in touch to let us know about a new Puma project for the World Cup, undertaken recently while freelancing at Neighbour.
“To announce the release of the Tricks collection we designed a limited edition presentation box that was sent out to writers, bloggers and PUMA footballers. The box is made from 4 odd-coloured compartments which house each of the boots in the collection. Concealed magnets hold the sections together creating an adaptable and playful way of holding the boots.”
Our friend Phil Thurlby of The One Off has been in touch to us know about their 10th Anniversary posters which are available online to buy – 10 posters, ltd to 100 editions each featuring the word 10 in there somewhere, printed on Colorplan, largely designed by that man Andrew Townsend.
Had a visitor to the studio today, Birmingham-based photographer Ian Winstanley, who has a great and varied portfolio full of top quality work for clients including amongst others Audi, BMW, Getty Images, Habitat, Harley Davidson, Ikea, Lloyds Pharmacy and Lotus. I particularly like his brilliant portrait projects for World Vision from Sierra Leone and Uganda. You can follow his travels on Instagram.
The Creative Arts Network have launched their first print publication ‘Hue’. The magazine discusses aspects of creative studio culture and practice, stretching across a wide and varied range of creative disciplines from the unique approach of creatives connected to the Church. Outset, the pilot edition of Hue, explores the origin of ideas behind self-initiated works and what drives ideas when clients aren’t paying. Cover artwork is by Tommy Chandra.
Editor Chris Smyth “We invited a number of studios, freelancers and creative directors from around the world to comment on the process behind their self-initiated works and studio projects. Encouraging them to respond however they felt appropriate, resulting in a unique style of publication exploring a regular feature for creatives across a range of disciplines.”
289x400mm, Newspaper, 28 pages. Pick up your copy here.
Percival will be posting hundreds of these around London across three weekends 26th – 27th April, 3rd – 4th May & 10th – 11th May, each poster will have an interactive set of codes allowing the user to win there very own piece of Percival. So if you see a poster just simply scan the code on the poster to win. If that doesn’t make enough sense – check out this video.
Lovely new site for loveable rogues She Was Only who we last featured in 2012 (featuring plenty of great work). I’m reliably informed the very talented Liz & Max Haarala Hamilton were involved with the studio photography and Jon Ryder on the copy front.
Of particular note is the newly re-designed Boat Magazine and corresponding website – great to see the mag going from strength to strength – and fitting it has had a facelift with its new focus on fashion.
Last week saw BCNMCR (sponsored by Shillington College and organised by designer Dave Sedgwick) take place across Manchester, including a day of talks from Barcelona studios SOLO, TOORMIX, LAURA MESEGUER, ATIPUS, CLASE BCN, and TWO POINTS. A total of eleven studios (including FFF favourites Alex Trochut and Brosmind) are involved in this years free exhibition at Northern Quarter venue Twenty Twenty Two (formerly 2022NQ), which opened on March 27 and runs until April 23rd, with most designing exclusive new work especially for the show. A few of us from FFF descended upon the city to see what we could learn from our European friends in the beautiful setting of the Halle.
Needless to say, the talks were brilliant – full of humour, insight and passion.
At FFF we try not to post about the same studio too often – but I was very surprised to see we’ve not featured SEA Design since 2008! Since they’ve just had a new site we thought it was high time we (and you) took another look at their impressive body of work. There’s far more to see than we can show here though, so scoot on over and have a proper look around their new digital home.
I’m always envious of the awesome names illustrators sometimes work under… Sneaky Raccoon is the artist name and work of London (& Manchester) based freelance graphic illustrator and designer, Anna Mullin — who specialises in the areas of bespoke illustration with a focus on animals and nature, identity design, typography and unique characters (including custom vinyl toys for both commercial commissions and private collections). Find her sneaking around on twitter and check out her shop.