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.
Can ‘code’ make ‘art’?
Championing the idea of ‘Art made With Code’, Google is looking for a developer/artist to commission in the upcoming Digital Revolutions exhibition at The Barbican, in London.
In doing so, DevArt is acknowledging the role of digital culture and technology in the art world. The website itself already serves as a great library of ‘technology-as-art‘ projects, with new ones to be in the run up to the exhibition. I like how it’s also beginning to play with the idea of ‘Technology’ as a palette, by which works of art are made, but perhaps more importantly, the truly ‘dev‘ way of submitting an ‘art’ commission proposal:
1. Fork the DevArt GitHub Repo Template
2. Work into that fork
Get involved or just check out the entries and DevArt inspiration here.
Sawdust have updated their portfolio, with the addition of more stunning bespoke typographic treatments.
Swedish art director & graphic designer Albin Holmqvist just launched his excellent new portfolio.
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.
Neverland Space is an interesting virtual exhibition space. Artists and curators are invited to present artworks exclusively shown at Neverland Space, providing an innovative and interactive online art experience.
Manchester design maestros Mark Studio have launched their brand new* site.
(*two days ago – shhhh)
Check out the ‘making of’ here.
Shaz Madani is is an independent designer and art director based in London. Her editorial work stands out for being smart and bold, one great example of this is Riposte Magazine, the most recent project on her portfolio.
Daniel Nyari was born in Romania and grew up in Austria before moving to New York City where he continued his education in Film, Design, Fine & Graphic Arts. He has created some lovely illustrations for various clients and publications including these rather nice illustrations of the famous faces of football entitled ‘Playmakers’
Their Instragram is good some some behind the scenes images too.
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.
Our transient economy and lifestyles lend anything genuinely old an air of fascination, and none more so than whacking great machinery worked by hand. Having a trade seems an almost whimsical notion these days, but there’s no doubt that as creatives and designers we are seduced by the honest, tactile nature of things made by an expert hand. Catherine Perrott got in touch to share this video made about about her Dad Steve, a fourth generation traditional printer. Worth a watch for an endearing peek into a shrinking craft.
The BBC are also currently running a series featuring family businesses that have been passed down through multiple generations — an interesting example of tenacity, diplomacy and taking great pride in your everyday work.