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.
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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.
Brent Couchman is an independent graphic designer based in sunny San Francisco, California. Originally hailing from the Lone Star State where he developed branding, packaging & illustration for Fossil, Brent moved to the Bay Area to work with Hatch design.
Love these book covers by designer Isabel Urbina Peña and how beautifully they are presented. Isabel is a cover designer at Random House in New York City and the creator and writer of Rants from a Stranger a fully hand-lettered publication influenced by print, zines and comic books.
Friend of FFF Mike Rigby has been in touch to let us know about a recent piece of work Interbrand Australia completed for Darling Harbour. I asked Mike to explain a bit more about the project:
“Darling Harbour really is an extraordinary, larger than life place. So my partner in crime, Chris Maclean and I were determined to try and create something unique. We needed an idea simple enough to unite the precinct, big enough to compliment the architecture, and different enough to stand out in people’s minds.
We rejected a lot of concepts before finally settling on the idea of an inflatable brand. We then spent 2 weeks of hard-core research and development with our talented senior designer Mike Tosetto in order to get the typography working properly. What followed then was 14 months of designing, presenting, convincing, and planning.
It was a huge team effort involving so many people at Interbrand Australia and we’re all delighted with the result. Full credit must go to our client – the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority for believing in our ideas and for executing so spectacularly. I think it’s safe to say that not many government departments would consider commissioning 20ft inflatable letters!” Nice to see daring work like this getting produced – credit to the team for seeing it through. You can see more from Interbrand Australia on their blog, Standapart, and follow Mike on twitter.
Born out of a relentless need to explore, Picturing Thoughts is an great ongoing personal project written & designed by Iancu Barbarasa. It ‘turns thoughts into images, thereby creating space for more interesting thoughts’. — The title is inspired by Alan Fletcher’s book, Picturing and Poeting, and some of the imagery is reminiscent of Fletcher’s work. You can see more of Iancu’s commercial work at iancul.com and find him on twitter.
Following the success of last year’s exhibition and sell-out talks, BCNMCR returns to Manchester introducing the work of the some of the most exciting creative studios and designers from Barcelona. A selection of internationally-renowned, independent studios and designers hailing from the vibrant Spanish city will showcase their work in a FREE exhibition at TwentyTwentyTwo, between Thursday 27 March and Wednesday 23 April 2014.
This year’s celebration has swelled from five to eleven: ALEX TROCHUT, BROSMIND, SOLO, TOORMIX, LAURA MESEGUER, ATIPUS, CLASE BCN, TWO POINTS, FOLCH STUDIO, FORMA & CO and BERTO MARTINEZ, with some designing exclusive new work especially for the show.
Giving UK-based creatives the opportunity to learn more about the design approaches of a number of guest speakers and take part in a public exchange of ideas, BCNMCR will again stage a series of talks with visiting creatives. After experiencing overwhelming demand for tickets in 2013, this year’s talks will take place on Friday 28 March 2014 in the intimate surroundings of St Peter’s Church, Manchester, home to the Hallé Orchestra.
The exhibition is again organised and curated by home-grown designer and frequent visitor to the Catalan capital, Dave Sedgwick. Tickets go on sale soon so sign up for more details, and keep an eye on their twitter account.
MIDWAY a Message from the Gyre is a beautiful short film by visual artist and cultural activist Chris Jordan. It chronicles the daily lives of the Laysan albatrosses that flock to the tiny Midway atoll in the Pacific Ocean to nest amongst abandoned WWII machinery. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of baby albatrosses lie dead on the ground, their bodies filled with plastic from the ‘Pacific Garbage Patch’.
Since 2009, Seattle photographer Chris Jordan has been traveling there to photograph the effects pollution is having on its feathered inhabitants. The birds, which feed on squid, fish and other food near the water’s surface, have been accidentally ingesting plastic flotsam and feeding it to their chicks, causing thousands to die each year.
The project has been expanded into a feature film, MIDWAY, currently in post-production and expected to premiere in early 2014 – you can see the official trailer for it here.
The still photography by Jordan is also compelling.