One of my most favourite UK studios, has finally updated their site & branding. A-Side Studio, from Falmouth in Cornwall, have cracked it again. Love the 12 projects only approach and case studies, not to mention the work itself. Solid, playful typography, branding and editorial design.
It’s 3 years since we last featured TwoPoints from Barcelona, and since then they’ve continued to produce great visual identity & editorial projects.
In preparation of the OFFF digital media festival in May 2014 we are launching a series of interviews with selected speakers from the event. To kick things off we spoke to OFFF founder Héctor Ayuso about some of the challenges he faced organising the festival.
Hello Héctor, would you mind briefly introducing yourself to our readers.
Introducing yourself must be the trickiest thing you could do, but well I’m Héctor Ayuso, I’m a curator and OFFF Festival’s founder and director, also known for a huge Sigur Ros fanatic that owns thousands of blu-rays back at home. Hope that sums it up!
I read somewhere that you came up with the idea for the OFFF and launched it that same day. What was the biggest challenge organising that first event?
That is true, and I can never count the times someone has asked me this question and I really hope every time my answer will influence most of the people out there with a strong passion to do something. Basically the biggest challenge I have ever faced is the fact that I had no previous experiences in such things and I had no idea what I was doing. I had a passion to do create something new, a place where people could gather, meet and get inspired by the awesome talents we have out there. I would say that I probably lost a lot of money in my first event, but that only taught me something new every year. And once you have a strong will to do something, you fall, you pick yourself up and you basically learn how to do it better each time.
We’re all glad you persisted! What would your one piece of advice be to someone who is thinking of organising a talk or event.
If you want to do something, just do it, go all the way till the end until you achieve that goal. And that’s the main reason OFFF has been going on for its 14th edition now. Another important piece of advice: don’t think about the event’s profits, don’t organise something focusing on the money that you will make or any such thing. Focus on your audience and give them something that will change their life and this will give you the opportunity of success.
Animals A-Z is a charming new series of prints designed by Build, comprised of – you guessed it – an A to Z of animal illustrations! Featuring mammals, birds, reptiles, fish and even a giant lobster in the studios signature style this print on demand series is now available to purchase over on the [by]Build Shop.
Each design is available in a total of seven different sizes (including standard A sizes) and a range of widely available frame sizes. Digitally printed on high quality digital print on Hahnemuhle Matt Bright White 310gsm stock, these are sure to brighten up any wall. You can view them all here.
To top it all off, they’ve just revealed the complete Animal Alphabet Print, available in Mint, Yellow and Pink. You can get 10% off any print from the Animal A-Z collection until the end of November, just by entering the discount code FFF10 – nice!
Robert Holmkvist got in touch to tell us about Labour his rather nice, new multi-versatile type family created exclusively for HypeForType who themselves have just recently re-launched with an all new improved site boasting over 15,000 beautifully handcrafted typefaces.
Designed by London based design studio Holmkvist Creative, Labour is an industrial display typeface available in 4 weights Medium, Bold, Extra Bold and Black. It is also available as a stencil version. With its compact proportions and tight letter spacing Labour looks best in headlines and display sizes. They have also created a rather lovely type specimen which you can see below. Labour is available to purchase now. The lovely specimen is also available to purchase over at Holmkvist Creative.
‘The Modern Magazine’ is the name of both the recent book by magCulture’s Jeremy Leslie, and the one-day conference that took place at Central Saint Martin’s Platform Theatre, London. There’s a great comprehensive overview of the event here on the magCulture blog. I had the pleasure of attending, and found it absolutely lived up to its aspirations to be “a celebration of the best of current editorial creativity”.
As Leslie puts it: “The magazine industry has continually been written off in recent years, yet magazines continue to be published and read. Despite fewer big launches and smaller budgets, magazine makers have risen to the challenging times and we are witnessing one of the most exciting creative eras in editorial thinking and innovation. A golden age of creativity.”
The line up of contemporary magazine makers was indeed impressive, such as Bloomberg Businessweek’s Richard Turley and Monocle’s Tyler Brule, who are redefining magazines for our age (not to mention; Omar Sosa, (Apartamento), Rosa Park, (Cereal), Simon Esterson, (Eye), Justine Picardie, (Harper’s Bazaar), Liz Ann Bennett (Oh Comely), Debbi Evans (Libertine), Penny Martin (The Gentlewoman), Davey Spens, (Boat), Patrick Waterhouse, (Colors), Cathy Olmedillas, (Anorak), Paul Barnes, (Commercial Type), David Jacobs, (29th Street), Scott King, (Sink Vogue). There was also a series of panel discussions, one about independent publishing and one about ‘women’s magazines’. The indie-publishing panel was chaired by all round good-guy Steve Watson from the brilliant STACK, his comprehensive write-up of the day can be found here.
The book is also a huge success. It carries a byline ‘Visual Journalism in the Digital Era’ and across its 240 pages it presents an overview of current editorial design trends, drawing on publications from the past ten years (since the first MagCulture book was released) to show how printed magazines have responded to the new digital channels.
Leslie explains the structure of the book: The book works on three levels. First, it’s a visual record of the graphic trends and visual quirks that have marked the past ten years. Most of its 750 images were photographed as real objects and have been carefully juxtaposed to provide a page-by-page guide to design trends and themes (handwritten text, illustration, lists, infographics etc). A four-chapter structure sits over this, each opening with an essay (Rethinking the Magazine, Reinventing Genres, Design x Content and Print x Digital). And each of these chapters have case studies based on interviews with key creative figures chosen to emphasise the need for a shared vision between content and design in contemporary magazines.
With enthusiastic folk like Jeremy championing the medium of magazines, communities and events springing up (not to mention other great online resources such as Magpile) it does indeed feel like we’re experiencing a new golden age of magazines. A great addition to the conference-calendar, let’s hope it becomes an annual event…
Treat yourself to a copy for the discounted price of £25. 750 illustrations | 240 pages | 280 x 216 mm
John Lewis have a long tradition of producing heartwarming Christmas commercials and this year was no different, with the story of a Christmas loving hare and his big, sleepy bear friend (who normally hibernates through the holidays) at the centre of this seasons story.
You’ve no doubt already seen the £1 million production, however the painstaking planning and meticulous attention to detail involved in such a project could be easily overlooked. That’s why we love the release of this little ‘making of’ gem by Blinkink, showing the hard work of creators Yves Geleyn & Elliot Dear, who used a combination of traditional 2D hand-drawn animation, stop-frame and 3D model sets to create the final commercial.
Manchester’s Modern Designers have recently launched a brand new site, showcasing a portfolio full of well-crafted projects. Very nice!
The London & Zagreb-based studio Bunch designed an A5, modular concept box for Nosive Strukture, a structural engineering office in Croatia. This company presentation box can be updated with additional assignments in the future, and can hold around 7 to 10 concertina cards, each representing one project.
This amazing project is their most recent work, and is also an update to the entire Nosive Strukture identity project, characterised by it’s clean-cut lines in black and white inspired by the tensegrity concept. Now with this update we can see a more playful side of the company, without leaving the structured-chaos aside. The bold colors give the project some contrast, plus the geometric forms and editorial elements on the document cards reinforce the modular theme. These cards are different in the number of pages and printed on various stock that best fits their client’s task.
Don’t forget to check out the rest of their amazing portfolio.
I’m sure there’s many a design studio that has a ping pong table, so thought this was worth a post.
Fresh from their UEFA film which was posted a week or so ago, FiveFootSix have collaborated with some great illustrators to raise money for BBC Children in Need.
The results can be seen here.
Big portfolio update by Tyler & Elsa Lang better know as Always With Honor.
One of our FFFavourites Pietari Posti has updated his portfolio. Filled with the sort of exquisite illustrations and beautiful colour combinations we have come to expect from the Barcelona based Finnish illustrator.
Fresh work and clean portfolio form Polish multi-disciplinary design studio NOEEKO.
We are giving away an entire years access to LiveSurface’s new Context app including it’s entire library of surfaces!
We want to see exactly what’s possible with the app, and who would be better to push it to its creative extremes than our readers?
Download Context, sign up to their free trial which gives you 5 surfaces to play with and show us how you’d use the app.
The most creative submission wins a year’s membership for free. We’ll also give away 10 monthly passes, which will allow you the same privileges for 1 month.
Submit your best idea via twitter using the hashtag #FFFContext and we’ll select the winner on Monday 18th November.
For more about the app read our previous post on the release.