PRINT ISN’T DEAD Magazine | Element #002

After the amazing success of launching our magazine titled PRINT ISN’T DEAD Element #001, we are excited to announce our Kickstarter for Element #002. Once again, audience participation and funding will determine how the magazine will be printed, this time around we have pre-planned stretch goals which include extra fluorescent spot colours, more pages and a higher volume print run. You can also buy a block of print space with this issue. Feature


Acid Mag

Acid Mag

‘A surf related publishing project for the curious minded’, Acid explores surfing in it’s relation to the beautiful life surrounding it, all in pleasing 5-colour offset print on FSC offset paper. Surprising stories, photography, illustration and music all feature, whilst the typography and direction just keeps catching you out page to page. Look out for issue four set to drop after Christmas. Feature


12FV

12FV

Jeffrey Tang is the guy behind 12FV, a collective portfolio spreading across various platforms of social media. Dabbling in a range of creative outlets, these illustrations from the graphic designer, art director and photographer hint towards an animated style that is both intriguing and mysterious. This drawing based side project harnesses just one of his many talents, check out his pretty sweet photography here too.







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Tind : The Constitution of Moiré

Tind : The Constitution of Moiré

Screen print extraordinaire Tind has been at it again, always pushing the boundaries of print. In a recent project he explored the illusion know as the moiré effect. Although often unwanted for it dizzying effects, within the realms of screen print he has shown the varying results that can be made. His exploration in to what is usually considered as printing errors is an ongoing theme behind his work. Combined with the distorted quote ‘Error is Superior to Art’ he proves that error and experimentation can make some truly beautiful results. Feature


Grace Helmer

Grace Helmer

Grace Helmer’s illustration is one of the best examples that shows how great things can still be done by hand despite the exponential growth of digital technology. A freelance illustrator and occasional animator from Brighton, Helmer is best known for her distinct style of painterly illustration depicting cheerful characters. She is currently living and working in London and is also part of Day Job Studio – an independent illustration collective comprising 10 graduates from Camberwell College of Arts. Feature


Ben Parks

Ben Parks

Ben Parks is a photographer that lives and works in Los Angeles. Ben’s blurred and beautiful abstract imagery focuses on the deconstruction of traditional subjects as they are defined by natural light. Working with instant films, polaroid’s and vintage cameras with inaccurate shutters, Ben’s surreal and dream like photos offer visuals of grainy landscapes, deep colour combinations and portray the texture and happy accidents you only get with working with film. Feature


Inkygoodness: Glug Birmingham Poster Design Competition

Inkygoodness: Glug Birmingham Poster Design Competition

Inspired by the themes of ‘create’ and ‘play’, Inkygoodness is inviting you to design their official Glug Birmingham Poster, for a range of prizes for 1st and 2nd place, as well as a chance to be presented in a print exhibition at ‘Glug Birmingham: Midland Masters’ in November for 25 runners up. Perfect for students and recent graduates, the competition requires you work in one of 3 mouthwatering colour-schemes, and offers the top 25 the opportunity to have their designs printed and sold in editions. All the details over at www.inkygoodness.com Feature


Anton Bundenko

Anton Bundenko

Photographer and artist Anton Bundenko specialises in contemporary collage and fashion editorial. Combining digital and hand made textures, he layers illustration, imagery and print to create engaging visuals. Exploring each medium in detail, his imagery is a collection of experimentation and diversity. Working in an unconventional way, his offbeat style makes for an interesting take on editorial aesthetics. Feature


Colours May Vary

Colours May Vary

The charming, Colours May Vary, is an independent shop based in Leeds. Specialising in illustration, graphic art, photography and interiors. They fill their store with a range of books, magazines, prints, stationary and much more. They showcase some of own our favourites including gift ranges from Wrap as well as well as products from The Printed Peanut and graphic maps from designer Herb Lester. We love that they support up and coming artist too and include in house projects in there store such as the fun ‘My Patch’ collection of unique patches designed by a range of designers. Feature


The Vaults of Terror :: Group Show & Curator interview

The Vaults of Terror :: Group Show & Curator interview

As were feeling the spookily festive in the run up to Halloween The Vaults of Terror is a group TV horror exhibition that you can drop by all week if you just can’t wait to celebrate until the weekend. Featuring prints sculpture and curiosities by 20 great illustrators, artists, street artists and printmakers, the exhibition hosts a movie night, amongst exquisite corpse monster workshops and other frightening fun, taking place until November 1st (after opening last Thursday) at the Vaults Gallery in the old Victorian vaults underneath Waterloo. I caught up with curators Ben Rider and Russell Taysom to find out more about the show.. Feature


Travis Purrington | USD Proposal

Travis Purrington | USD Proposal

‘The Dollar is too Nationalistic. Here’s what it should look like instead.’ Swiss Design graduate Travis Purrington has reinvented the American Dollar for his major thesis, and his version boasts no presidents, eagles or national monuments, and has a modern illustrative curiosity. The design of the dollar hasn’t significantly changed since 1929, save some anti-counterfeiting measures and the edition of ‘In God We Trust’ to all bills in 1957. Purrington’s re imaginings are awash with nature, architecture and space exploration, and are all printed with a primarily vertical layout, which he says ‘not only better reflects how we actually hold money in our hands, but serves to reset America’s perspective on what a dollar bill actually is.’ Feature


Karan Singh

Karan Singh

Karan Singh is an Australian artist and illustrator currently residing in New York. His energetic style screams fun in all the right places, with a childlike simplicity that adds a charming allure. Working for clients including Adobe, IBM and Heineken, Singh’s versatility lends itself to a range of briefs, without ever losing his signature vibrant, graphic style. Dazzling displays of modern op-art feature throughout his most recent work, combining brightly coloured zig zags with bold swirling patterns for an exciting and playful result. Feature


Little Gestalten

Little Gestalten

The world acclaimed Gestalten, German Art Book Publishers, have created a new publishing branch titled Little Gestalten. Of course because of their impeccable eye and critical design taste you would expect nothing less than something truly special; and that’s just what they have achieved. With the new narratives they aim to bring ‘today’s innovative authors and illustrators to children.’ A few new titles are the re-worked classic fairytales Little Red Ridding Hood and Puss in Boots, filled with vibrant illustrations from Clémentine Sourdais. The concertina books have also been created to be used as shadow puppets casting a magical array of images – available to delight adults and children alike. Feature


Unit Shop by Unit Editions

Unit Shop by Unit Editions

What better way to end the week than spending a Friday afternoon browsing through coffee table tomes or flipping through beautiful pages of a high-quality book. Pioneering publishing venture Unit Editions have recently announced the launch of Unit Shop – a new creative hub down at their headquarter in Kennington where they will allow design fanatics to run their eyes over limited-edition books and copies, print rarities and posters. The shop is open on Fridays from 12pm to 5pm, starting on Friday 7th November 2014. Enjoy! Feature


GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

GraphicsRCA: Fifty Years and Beyond

It is almost the end of the year 2014 and we have to admit that there are quite a lot of interesting design exhibitions to look forward to. Graphics RCA: Fifty Years and Beyond is actually one of the most talked-about events happening here in London this autumn. The show is dedicated to a collection of works produced by leading graphic design practitioners and talented students and also showcases the rich history of graphic communication spanning over half a century at the Royal College of Art. Feature


Matt Manson :: Homeware

Matt Manson :: Homeware

People of Print favourite Matt Manson moved back to his hometown of Bristol setting up a studio earlier this year, and has been working on a number of exciting projects getting clocked by the likes of Vogue. Having spent the last few years obsessively creating geometric patterns, Matt has recently decided to channel these designs into a selection of homewares from bespoke ceramics with hand-printed decals, to laser engraved incense holders, upholstered chairs and screen printed scarves. Feature


House of Hackney

House of Hackney

Quirky east London interiors brand House of Hackney have been on my radar a little while, especially their printed wallpapers and fabrics, inspired by the natural world. Boasting vintage Versace-esque palms to decadent velvet animal prints and whole ranges of furniture and products smothered in the designs, the website is definitely worth a long browse. Feature


Satta X Deus Ex Machina: Spiritual Materialism

Satta X Deus Ex Machina: Spiritual Materialism

Recently returning from a six week residency on island haven Bali, founder of organic clothing and handcrafted skateboarding company Satta, Joe Launder has just completed a successful stint at surf and motorbike brand Deus Ex Machina. During his time there, he worked on a collection of 60′s inspired sidewalk surfer skateboards, made from locally sourced reclaimed Teak wood. He also produced a series of artworks, presenting them in an exhibition entitled ‘Spiritual Materialism,’ which acted as an opening show for Deus’ annual Slidetober Festival. Feature


Atto

Atto

Atto are a multi-disiplinary studio based in Milan, Italy. They immerse themselves in an array of different projects from brand identity, illustration to motion graphics. To add another string to their bow, they strongly believe in sharing the benefit of graphic design and organise creative workshops for children. They also incorporate the use of their trusty riso printer in to the production of a lot of their work. You can also order riso prints from them or discuss project collaborations. Fantastic. Feature


Adidas Originals X Mary Katrantzou

Adidas Originals X Mary Katrantzou

Queen of all-over print Mary Katrantzou has recently teamed up with Adidas Originals for a collection of both kicks and clothes for AW14 set to drop on the 15th November. In True Mary K style the collection features a vibrant array of colours, patterns and textures with deconstructed floral prints adorning the footwear and clothing prints focusing on oversized abstract trainer details and textures. Feature


Cool Shit

Cool Shit

Cool shit is a playful, tongue-in-cheek, unisex street wear brand based in Barcelona that specialises in eye-catching colours and quirky as hell print. From burgers to doughnuts, Lionel Richie to Bill Murray, there’s something to amuse and confuse everyone over on their website, not to mention on the streets of Spain and beyond. Feature


KYLAM

KYLAM

KYLAM is a Paris based artist that strongly believes in the value of handmade print. Preferring traditional methods of working, he tries to avoid any computer based design and instead creates unique prints with character and meaning. Inspired by symbolism and religious references, his passion fuelled art is both intriguing and mysterious. Feature


Yevu Clothing

Yevu Clothing

Yevu Clothing features an incredible mix of eclectic styles, colourful graphic prints and quirky fabric designs. The range encompasses overblown geometric prints and stylised organic patterns with all their collections ethically produced in collaboration with seamstresses in Ghana and manufactured using locally sourced textiles and hand-woven kente from the markets of West Africa only. The name ‘Yevu’ derives from the local ‘Ewe language’ meaning ‘White Woman’ – the word that founder Anna Robertson heard everyday when she spent 12 months exploring the lively streets of Accra and ended up falling in love with the history of traditional wax print. Feature


PCP | Ornamental Conifer

PCP | Ornamental Conifer

Poster Child Prints are dedicated to selling limited edition screen prints, making art accessible to all types of collectors by selling at modest and affordable prices. Each piece is individually authenticated and they have just teamed up with the fantastic British artist Nicolai Sclater, under the moniker Ornamental Conifer. Known for his painting onto motorcycles, cars and other objects, his work focuses on humour, wordplay, mischief and often controversial yet motivational messages. Through the medium of hand painted typography and patterns, using traditional sign writing brushes and enamel paint, he pays homage to the tradition of sign painting whilst keeping his earlier influences in graffiti. Feature


Damien Correll

Damien Correll

Damien Correll is a Brooklyn based illustrator. Alongside working freelance Damien has taken the advertising and editorial world by storm with his joint design firm venture with Garrett Morin – Part and Parcel. Damien’s beautifully coloured and playful imagery illustrates the visual language between shape and form with a particularly interesting take on reflecting 3D objects in a 2D format. Feature


Ricardo Delgado

Ricardo Delgado

Calling all closet (or not so closet) dinosaur lovers out there: we are not alone. Hailing from the East Fernando Valley, Delgado is a comic book creator, novelist, printmaker, illustrator, concept artist and fanatic of all things ‘dinosaur’, and his detailed, fluid and entirely absorbing illustrations take me right back to coloured pencils and juice in front of Jurassic Park. Enjoy. Feature


Twenty Sheets Of Paper and a Dozen Ball Point Pens

Twenty Sheets Of Paper and a Dozen Ball Point Pens

Take a look at this pretty sweet pen based animation by Jeff Scher. Starting with a simple black dot, the short video shows a cycle of twenty sheets of white paper that gradually become engulfed by ball point biro. The ink wiggles and flashes its way over each sheet, dancing over the blank space before transforming it into pure block of darkness. Feature


Anymade Studio

Anymade Studio

Founded in the Czech Repulic in 2007 by Petr Cabalka, Filip Nerad and Jan Šrámek (aka VJ Kolouch) over the years Anymade Studio has evolved into a multifunctional design platform working in a variety of fields including graphic design, illustration, type, video, motion design and sound. With a stunning portfolio consisting of bright bold colours and graphics, attention to pattern, texture, shape, form and layout the studio offers a wide selection of amazing printed goodness and is well worth checking out. Feature


PSA  >>|

PSA >>|

PSA, or Pear Shaped Apparel, are fast establishing themselves as Brighton’s coolest street wear brand, and spreading rapidly further afield, with sell out collections at London’s Boxpark and their first flagship store opening this year, as well as the launch of ‘The Pear Shaped Social Club’, which has seen UK legends Mike Skinner and Oxide and Neutrino headline events. The name was coined from a Mike Skinner lyric, and the brand has deeply established roots in the underground music scene, drawing inspiration from city life, skate and youth culture. Feature


Sara Andreasson

Sara Andreasson

Swedish illustrator Sara Andreasson approaches visual communication with a light hearted yet sophisticated stance. Her interesting set of cleverly created characters are composed of simple shapes and contrasting vector lines. Set in surroundings that are filled with contemporary graphics and vibrant patterns, her curated scenes are refreshing and playful. Sara is also Editor of BBY mag, a digital and printed publication that focuses on the female perspective in text, photography, illustration and art. Feature


Rhyming Slang | Old School & New School Cockneys

Rhyming Slang | Old School & New School Cockneys

Rhyming Slang is a showcase of sixteen artists’ visual interpretations of old school and new school cockneys. Hosted and curated by Lauriston Hanbury and Regen aka LHR, an independent platform that organises group shows originated by Mr.Gresty, the exhibition will display the images produced to represent a process called ‘hemiteleia’ – a phrase construction that is prevalent in dialectal English from the East End of London. We encourage you to go get a peep at this interesting collection of images. The show will open its doors on Friday 24th October 2014 at The Lauriston and will run until early 2015. Free Entry! Feature


Moonassi Series by Daehyun Kim

Moonassi Series by Daehyun Kim

Drawing is an effortless practice in observation and we often find ourselves getting lost in some kind of meditative state when we draw. South-Korean artist Daehyun Kim also uses pigment pencil, pigment pen, marker and ink as a method of relaxation. He has been drawing the Moonassi series since he was in the university studying traditional East-Asian painting, and this series of drawings represents nothing but his state of mind. Emotions are contagious and it is really strange how these wonderful pieces of art can bring sensations of restfulness just by looking at them. Feature


Osma Harvilahti

Osma Harvilahti

Osma Harvilahti’s beautiful photographs visualize the world often to points of abstraction, whether his subject is a plant, person or object, it is portrayed on it’s level of colour pattern or form. Frequently traveling, Osma’s photography is documentary in nature responding to his surroundings and environments. Feature


Kate Gibb

Kate Gibb

Screen printer Kate Gibb has been working from her studio in Paddington for over 15 years, on commissions from the likes of Apple, Nike, Stussy, Dries Van Noten and The Chemical Brothers. She had early studies in printed textiles which is evident, and her stunning colours, use of pattern and obsessive, purist approach to screen printing have had me following her consistently, whilst her beautiful website has secured itself as a firm favourite of mine for inspiration. Feature


Kate Shaw

Kate Shaw

Artist Kate Shaw creates fantasy landscapes that blend recognisable perspectives with surreal colour and tone. Producing dream like views of melting colours that drip poetically into each other, her intriguing use of layering is hard to ignore. Exploring our relationship with the natural world, glacial and mountainous environments are dramatised and accentuated for artistic effect, highlighting the undefinable beauty we are met with in our organic surroundings. Feature


Chapter & Verse by Fedrigoni

Chapter & Verse by Fedrigoni

On 13th November 2014, The John Rylands Library will host an entire evening dedicated to the works and a series of open talks by four of the world’s most-respected design practitioners, Anthony Burrill, Si Scott and Studio Thomson and Helen Musselwhite. Organised by one of the largest paper manufacturers in Europe, Fedrigoni, this evening event will highlight the essence of paper and together we will be investigating into the reason why paper is still the most essential medium for artists and designers throughout generations. Feature


Cav Empt X Honeyee :: Puffer Jackets

Cav Empt X Honeyee :: Puffer Jackets

Cav Empt (aka C.E) are a streetwear brand hailing from Tokyo created by Sk8thing (the man behind the graphics at Bape, Billionaire Boys Club and Icecream.) Renowned for their heavy application of glitch graphics and hyper realistic prints, their latest collaboration with online lifestyle magazine Honeyee doesn’t shy away from their signature bold graphics. The limited edition collection features a down filled puffer jacket with a ‘virtual reality style print’ complete with a printed lining in 3 colour ways. Feature


Maria Rivans

Maria Rivans

Brighton based Rivan’s creates playful utopias and overwhelms us with the meticulous compositions of her prints, which draw inspiration from psychological teachings, vintage hollywood films, Hitchcock and Sci-Fi, amongst other things! Her jewellery designer past is evident in the hugely intricate and time consuming way in which she selects and builds her collages, which suggest visions of a future planet, hallucinations, or life in another dimension. Feature


The Science Of Play

The Science Of Play

The Science Of Play is an exhibition that explores the meaning and importance of play. Bringing together some of the best creative talent in Manchester, the display plays a significant part in Design Manchester 2014 and aims to benefit charity Play360, who design and build playgrounds in the developing world. Delving into the realms of creativity and imagination, the collection investigates the powerful connections between these subjects and showcases work from a wide range of artistic ability. Feature


Sigrid Calon

Sigrid Calon

Dutch designer Sigrid Calon is responsible for these amazing geometric patterns that look like they just jumped right out of a scientific textbook. Her own sense of curiosity lends itself as the main inspiration to her designs, as she tries to create aesthetic order in a world of information overload and chaos. Experimenting with repetition and arrangement, she portrays an organised formation of visual data that is enjoyable and easy to absorb. Although her use of colour and shape are reminiscent of a 1970′s influence, she injects a high dose of modernity and playfulness in her finished patterns. Feature


Marcel Häusler

Marcel Häusler

Independent graphic designer Marcel Häusler’s portfolio is jam-packed with top-quality work for a diverse range of international clients. What’s great about this Hamburg-based design champion is his bold but subtle typographic selection. He has a great eye for creating visual impact and his striking print/design layout is undeniably a result of an intelligent investigation into the relationship between typesetting, colour and design principles. Feature


Dana Bechert

Dana Bechert

Ceramicist Dana Bechert uses a variation of the traditional Acoma Pueblo style of native american pottery decoration, and her beautiful, monochrome, graphic designs cover pots, vases coffee funnels and even beehives. It can take her seven hours to complete the carving on a single piece, but she thinks of her work as accessorising the best parts of day to day life: eating and drinking. Feature


Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company

Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company

Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company traces back to 1932 when Rube Mandel began American Wood Type Manufacturing Co. (AWT) in NYC. Fast forward to 2001 when American Printing Equipment and Supply Co. (AWT had changed its name in 1963) stopped production of wood type and sold off its equipment and patterns. From late 2001 to 2010, AWT was dormant until the late Bill Jones and Geri McCormick purchased 100 wooden crates of patterns and an unusually large pantograph and launched Virgin Wood Type (VWT) in Rochester, NY. Bill set about to make wood type using the pantograph and at its launch, VWT sold 4 fonts made from the AWT patterns. Feature


Interview :: Hannah Coates

Interview :: Hannah Coates

Inspired by nature, recent graduate and Northern Irish illustrator Hannah Coates creates whimsical textured worlds filled with wild fauna and camouflaged beasts hidden in hauntingly bleak dreamscapes. We caught up with the recent Ulster graduate to discuss her background and work in more detail. Feature


Adidas Originals :: WW AW14 ‘Mountain Clash’ collection

Adidas Originals :: WW AW14 ‘Mountain Clash’ collection

After the huge success of their print heavy collaborative collections with The Farm Company, Adidas Originals continue to direct their focus to all-over print for their women’s AW14 collection ‘Mountain Clash.’ Featuring photographic prints in deep blue and purple hues alongside their iconic 3 stripes, the eye-catching prints are applied across staple pieces including tees, tracksuits, leggings and backpacks and is set to drop on the 1st November. Feature


Dulux Colour Britain Campaign

Dulux Colour Britain Campaign

Paint specialists Dulux have teamed up with leading illustrators to launch their ‘Colour Britain’ campaign. Working with three different artists in cities across the country, they aim to transform ordinary spaces into colourful and exciting areas. So far we’ve seen London, Birmingham and Liverpool receive painted treatment from Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpelainen, who has worked her magic to give these otherwise grey settings a mural based makeover. Each wall painting has a unique and relevant story behind it’s design, with Annu creating each large scale work from initial pen sketches. Cities next in line include Cardiff, Edinburgh, Brighton and Manchester. Feature


ONLY NY F/W 14 LOOKBOOK

ONLY NY F/W 14 LOOKBOOK

The guys over at Only NY just sent us some pretty rad images from their Fall/Winter 14 lookbook and they did certainly not disappoint. Choosing a lo-fi approach, members of the independent clothing brand were each given a disposable camera and one week to capture whatever caught their eye. With all the shots taken in New York, featuring destinations from Harlem to the Lower East Side, you really get a sense of the raw energy and grit that flows through the city. Only NY strive to create classic, timeless clothing and these visuals perfectly encompass their deep rooted connections to skateboarding and street culture. Feature


Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek :: The world we live in

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek :: The world we live in

Daniel Gebhart de Koekkoek is a photographer currently based in Vienna, Austria. Starting his career as an intern at Magnum, Daniel has taken the photography world by storm building an impressive clientele including Vice, Vanity Fair, Apple, Mercedes-Benz and IBM. Releasing his first book ‘The world we live in’ (in late 2013) the publication takes us on journeys across anonymous tracts of land, crowded cities, a nuclear power plant and stunning sea-scapes laid out beautifully in full-bleed glory. Feature


Elisabeth Bukanova

Elisabeth Bukanova

Based in London, Russian born Elisbeth Bukanova is a multi talented designer and creative director specialising in fashion graphics. Her studies in fashion design shine through her editorial direction, with a signature sketchy style that dances around chic visuals. She is also the co-founder of Muff magazine, which is a bi-annual arts and culture publication that aims to challenge gender stereotypes within gay media. Feature


Dominic Kesterton

Dominic Kesterton

This impressive portfolio of freelance illustrator Dominic Kesterton encompasses a vast range of Memphis-influenced compositions made up of beautiful colour shades and squiggles. Kesterton now works from his studio in Edinburgh experimenting with patterns and tongue-in-cheek characters that can be seen in an innumerable number of designs ranging from publications, self-published zines to screen-print posters and t-shirts. His illustration represents a strong sense of colour and it is no doubt his work is widely recognisable and has been showcased in many exhibitions throughout the UK. Take a look for yourself! Feature


Uli Knörzer

Uli Knörzer

Uli Knörzer is a Berlin based illustrator that directs his focus towards people and portraits, capturing a wide selection of famous faces using coloured pencils. With his detailed artwork capturing emotion, mood and personality effortlessly, Uli strives to capture ‘the beauty of transient moments’ throughout his stunning drawings. Feature


Seung-Hwan Oh

Seung-Hwan Oh

South Korean artist Seung-Hwan Oh blends science and art for an interesting and unique take on photography. As a microbiologist, he encourages the growth of fungus onto his films. The stunning result is then caused by experimenting with immersing the developed film in water, over a period of months or years. The beautiful destruction that takes place involves the light sensitive chemicals being eaten away by microbes, leaving a delicate and surreal visual conclusion. Feature


Interview | Collective Textiles

Interview | Collective Textiles

If you are looking to print your own fabric, you will find Dalston-based creative studio Collective Textiles a real bonus. Set up by Claire Suckall, Sarah Pasricha and Louisa Sorrentino with many years of experience in film, theatre, fashion and interior industries, the three innovative textile artists have also worked in textile department on major film productions including Warhorse, Lincoln, Harry Potter and many more. They provide a specialised service in textile printing, fabric dyeing, screen-printing, graphics printing and design consultant and also you can hire a studio which has a 24-hour access at an affordable price. Here’s our little chat with Louisa about their practice and studio. Feature


Graphic Design Festival Scotland

Graphic Design Festival Scotland

It is only a week until the launch of Graphic Design Festival Scotland and we have a 2-day weekend workshop pass to offer. Created and organised by James Gilchrist and Beth Wilson of Glasgow-based design studio Warriors, GDFS is a celebration of design and creativity and will be participated by a number of creative practitioners who will also take part in a series of workshops, competitions, talks, exhibitions, urban murals and live stream discussions happening between 22nd-26th October. Feature


10 Deep :: ‘Offline’ AW14 del 2

10 Deep :: ‘Offline’ AW14 del 2

The 2nd delivery of 10 Deep’s AW14 look book ‘Offline’ maintains the brands strong position in the street wear industry with a wide selection of tasteful menswear staples, heavy graphics and their uniform colour pallete. Available to buy now, the collection is influenced by ‘The stark crossroads of the hyper-digital modern world’ with a highlight being their off white full clip Altitude Jacket. Feature


Pat Bradbury

Pat Bradbury

Take a look at the yummy new work from UK based artist and image maker Pat Bradbury. Hypnotic flashes of colour and a rather jazzy selection of shapes, explode over the space they occupy and make for an entrancing example of visual eye candy. What’s great about Pat’s work is his ideas are purely imagination fuelled, energetic and on the right side of playful. His usual humorous approach is still present, although it now seems to have a more refined quality without losing its abstract tone. Feature


The Jaunt #10 | Istanbul

The Jaunt #10 | Istanbul

One says ‘Travel is the only purchase that makes you richer.’ and we have to agree that travel always gives us a new perspective on our practice and it is such a good investment for us as a designer/artist. The Jaunt, an independent project created solely to serve this purpose, have recently announced their latest trip and this time internationally-renowned visual artist, graffiti writer and designer Niels Shoe Meulman, aka Shoe, will be sent to Istanbul, a city that has been associated with major artistic events and religious history for more than 2 millennia. Feature


Roos van Dijk

Roos van Dijk

Roos Van Dijk is an artist that transforms large scale architectural photographs into painted interpretations. Focusing on repeat patterns found in modern structures, she recreates paint fuelled versions containing clean white lines and shadowed squares. There is a simplistic quality to her work, with blocky shades of pastel concrete and reflected glass providing the basis of these constructed profiles. Feature


Laura Slater

Laura Slater

Laura Slater is a bespoke pattern, textile and print designer. Her work is all inspired by drawing and the manipulation of colour, shapes and pattern, and our engagement with it’s ability to provoke and stimulate different responses from our environment. She has translated her drawings and print textures to her textile products to create a unique range of stylised designs. Whilst her final work is eye-catching and recently saw her show at Design Junction, seeing images of her experimentation, drawing and process methods and add even more depth to her wonderful designs. Feature


Total Sellout

Total Sellout

Total Sellout is an unconventional art sale that has been taking place in Berlin for the last 12 years, and this weekend sees the show brought to London for the very first time. Curated by Kyle Platts, the show will give people the opportunity to own artworks by established artists at unusually affordably prices for the duration of the weekend.
With the private view kicking off today (4-9pm) at Daily Goods coffee shop (36 Camberwell Church Street, London SE5 0NS) Artists and artwork will be in the vicinity until Sunday evening. With a line up of exciting contemporary Illustrators exhibiting a selection of work from prints to sculpture and one off originals be sure to check it out if your about this weekend. Feature


Printa | Budapest

Printa | Budapest

A design shop, gallery, silkscreen studio and a café comprise this unique space in the centre of Budapest. The shop offers eco friendly clothing, bags, accessories mostly produced by Printa team with an emphasis on printed and also recycled objects. The Printa gallery is dedicated to presenting contemporary screen prints from upcoming Hungarian and international artists. Their ‘Print Collection’ offers limited edition silkscreen prints, from numerous artists, each handprinted, signed and numbered by the artist himself. The water-base silkscreen studio is equipped to produce high quality and handmade prints on textile and paper. They also offer workshops and studio rental access for artists and graphic designers. Feature


Curran Hatleberg

Curran Hatleberg

Curran Hatleberg is a photographer that is currently based in Brooklyn NY. Having exhibited both nationally and internationally, Curran’s gritty photography captures still moments of real life containing ‘colliding emotional spaces’ as he travels across America. Reflecting upon his practice Curran quotes “That’s the power of photography, to deliver some sense of narrative possibly.” Feature


Snøhetta | Norwegian Banknotes

Snøhetta | Norwegian Banknotes

It’s all over the internet and rightly so. Oslo-based Snøhetta have created a pixelated design concept which has been selected by the Central Bank of Norway. The designs are a visual language which use bright colours and pixel art to commemorate the coastal landmarks of Norway. Snøhetta will be working alongside another company called The Metric System to create these awesome bank notes that are due for release in 2017, after rigorous safety measures against counterfeit reproduction have taken place. Feature


YOKE Magazine

YOKE Magazine

YOKE is based in Sydney, Australia and prides itself in being an independently published, eco-friendly, biannual print magazine, which believes in ‘the power of creativity and unity to inspire transformation.’ Having released their first issue in January 2014 titled ‘Love-Loss’, YOKE magazine has explored and celebrated a collection of refreshing ideas focused around the publication title and how they are unfortunately connected. Feature


Iuter :: AW14

Iuter :: AW14

Iuter is a street wear brand with products designed and manufactured in Italy. Founded in 2002 by a group of individuals with combined interests in board sports, graffiti and music, Iuter has evolved from a D.I.Y approach to where it stands today as a premium brand in both the action sports market and street-fashion sector. AW14 sees Iuter launch their ‘Augmented Reality’ look book championing print as it challenges our perception of objects through eye-catching all-over patterns. Feature


KENZO X EVIAN

KENZO X EVIAN

French fashion house Kenzo have collaborated with Evian to produce a limited edition run of bottles. Inspired by a ‘playful, yet distinctly mysterious spirit,’ creative directors Carol Lim and Humberto Leon have joined with purveyors of youth Evian to create a vibrant and refreshing design. Misplaced blue and yellow zig zags cover the sleek drinking vessel, offering endless patterns for the water inside to combine with. The design is bold yet simple, perfectly conveying the energetic spirit that both brands share in common. Feature


Stephanie Rohlfs

Stephanie Rohlfs

Stephanie Rohlfs is an artist specialising in drawings, sculpture and installation. Her creations are ‘playful investigations of the inanimate life of objects,’ exploring undefinable environments and the items they contain. Although her 3D work is undoubtably visually pleasing, it’s the flat drawings of her planned sculptures that really charmed me. There is an uncomplicated joy to viewing line, colour and composition, that doesn’t need to make sense but works all the same. Stephanie produces work on an intuitive basis and interestingly prefers to leave a trail of handmade aesthetic as evidence of error and play in her process. Feature


AOI Illustration Awards 2014 | Somerset House Exhibition

AOI Illustration Awards 2014 | Somerset House Exhibition

After much deliberation we are sure, the shortlist has been announced for this year AOI Illustration Awards 2014. In the only independent jury-selected illustration competition in the UK, the professional judging panel from all areas of the design industry have selected there favourite illustrators of the year. Submissions were received from all over the world, and now the final shortlist work has been showcased in the beautiful setting of Somerset House. Overall there are 12 category winners including awards in Proffesional Practice, as well as lots of new faces featured in the New Talent awards. Feature


Nicholas Stevenson

Nicholas Stevenson

Following our interview with North London-based illustrator Nicholas Stevenson who won the silver prize at the Serco Prize competition earlier this year, today it’s such a perfect day to take a closer look into the work of this multi-talented illustration prodigy and it is no surprise he won the prize. Having graduated in Illustration from Hereford College of Arts in 2010, Stevenson has continued his art practice since and is currently represented by an illustration agency, Folio. Feature


Calm & Collected | S.A.D Tumblr

Calm & Collected | S.A.D Tumblr

South London based creative studio and ones to watch Calm and Collected have spent the past year working on a number of exciting print based collaborations, and with plans up their sleeve to drop a Risograph publication early next year I was beyond hyped to find out more about their upcoming plans. With inspiration for the publication rooting from the concept of ‘S.A.D’ (Seasonal Affective Dissorder) – involving depression associated with late autumn and winter (thought to be caused by lack of light) the publication will act as a vibrant rescue pack in a colourful large format to tackle the winter blues. Feature


Eddie Perrote

Eddie Perrote

Eddie Perrote probably best sums up his own work as ‘images dripping with hyper-saturated pigments’ and ‘energy and enjoyment abound in a vibrantly acidic world’! His work that is equally vibrant as his words, are full of energy and movement. Every image comes across with a real sense of honesty and passion behind it, so does his ‘intense devotion to technical craft’. If you need something to brighten up your day, take a look at Eddie Perrote, but beware you may need sunglasses with his love for acidic fluorescent shades! Feature


Olga Capdevila

Olga Capdevila

Olga Capdevila is an independent illustrator, art director and designer from Barcelona who is well-known for her fun, charming illustration. We love nothing more than her extraordinary mix of cheerful characters and warm colours that also allows audience to tap into their imagination. She combines handmade and digital techniques together and her gif illustrations – composed of the simplest elements such as dots and line drawing – are really fun to look at. They’re all about interesting stories and surprise. It’s no doubt Capdevila is another illustrator to keep on your radar. Feature


Mansi Shah

Mansi Shah

Featured previously (here) innovative Designer Mansi Shah is a NYC based studio that creates signature prints and products inspired by the alchemy of image making. Raised in India, Mansi grew to love the infinite possibility of pattern, and upon moving to America to study, she learnt to let her mind ‘dream and wander’ founding the studio in efforts to create designs that mix both utility and imagination. Having launched last month, Mansi’s first collection is driven by line, form, color, volume, texture and composition and is inspired by Cy Twombly’s scribbles, Josef Albers color theory and various visual music artists. Feature


Free Flavour

Free Flavour

Beautiful packaging is something that every designer melts over a little more than most people. The delightful blog, Free Flavour satisfies all those looking for some design inspiration or just an endless selection of charming food and drink packaging. The site has both newly released products and packaging, and a selection of beautiful vintage items. We completely agree that the choices we make are highly influenced by the outer packaging, and as designers we are already consuming the flavour through our eyes and the outer design, hence the name devised for the blog ‘Free Flavour’. Check it out for yourself, if it doesn’t make you too hungry! Feature


Jeffrey Simmons

Jeffrey Simmons

Jeffrey Simmons is a visual artist from Washington, USA. After painting for nearly 20 years, creating work with oil and acrylic on canvas, a necessary studio downsize meant switching his medium to watercolours. Using a process where layers of transparent pigment are built up on one another, he bases his patterns on scientific and astronomical references. There is an unusual and mysterious, symbolic quality to these watercolour creations, a beautiful result from a simple material. Feature


Ponchan

Ponchan

Hisashi Okawa is a Japanese illustrator that lives and works in Tokyo and goes by the ‘pen-name’ of Ponchan. Creating bold an beautiful imagery signified by his application of felt-tip pens Ponchan’s hand-rendered, tactile and contemporary portfolio is a pleasure to immerse yourself in and is definitely well worth checking out. Feature


London Graphic Centre | Student Day

London Graphic Centre | Student Day

Tomorrow, 7th October, in their Covent Garden Flagship store (16-18 Shelton Street, London, WC2H 9JL) London Graphic Centre are hosting their biggest ever student event. They’ve got thousands of pounds worth of goodies to give away to students, workshops for them to take part in and one-off discounts in store. The event will run from 10am – 6:30pm and will be on a first come first served basis. It’s a great chance for you students to get hold of some amazing art and graphics materials for absolutely nothing. Also make the most of the discount without using up the whole of your student loan. Feature


Bernhard Lang

Bernhard Lang

Photographer Bernhard Lang has taken to the skies to produce a stunning aerial shot series. His new photographs highlight patterns in nature and manmade structures from above, and reveal a unique birds eye view we don’t get to see everyday. His ariel shot subjects vary from the spiralling shots into descending quarries, repeat pattern images from beach dwellers and coloured umbrellas to the surprising beauty from shipping containers docks. You have to see it to believe it! Feature


Alexander Harding

Alexander Harding

Having studied both photography and painting, Alexander Harding has an excellent understanding of how to utilise light to produce stunning visuals. Inspired by our physical and emotional relationships with sunlight, Alexander experiments with reflection and perception in his ongoing series Visible Light. His work is mysterious and other worldly, with a strong galactic hint of sci-fi influence throughout. Feature


Miniature Ink

Miniature Ink

Atomica Gallery and ThingsandInk Magazine have joined forces to put on the Miniature Ink exhibition. The exhibition features a huge selection of miniature sized artworks designed by over 100 of the world’s leading tattoo artists. The huge selection of artwork features a diverse range of styles, themes and techniques and gives fans and customers alike the to opportunity purchase original artwork from some of the most renowned names in the tattoo industry. Feature


Visvim :: F.I.L Indigo Camping Trailer :: Kerchief Down JKTS 2

Visvim :: F.I.L Indigo Camping Trailer :: Kerchief Down JKTS 2

Featured previously (here) Visvim’s F.I.L. Indigo Camping Trailer Kerchief down jackets are a prime example of print taking garms to next level in detail and beauty. Now dropping a fresh series of renditions in pastel hues the Japanese brand have outdone themselves again with their beautiful paisley prints. Feature


Reebok X Keith Haring

Reebok X Keith Haring

American street art and popular culture phenomenon Keith Haring’s legacy is living on after his untimely death in 1990 through collaboration with trainer superstars Reebok. Using imagery from the Haring mural ‘Crack is Wack’ painted in 1986 in East Harlem, the bright, illustrated collaboration dropped this month – not for the faint-hearted, but ever so covetable. Feature


LOIS 1st Birthday

LOIS 1st Birthday

Make sure you get down to Peckham locals LOIS this weekend, to wish them a very happy 1st birthday! The small, independent retailer is home to a whole host of handmade goodies by UK based designer-makers, including art prints and jewellery. LOIS are dedicated to sourcing creative talent and unique gems with a story to tell, so why not pay them a visit and help support British designers. Feature


Ana Mirats

Ana Mirats

Ana Mirats is a graphic designer and art director based in Barcelona, Spain. Her body of work boasts a controlled approach to visualising brand identities for various clients and she seems to glide in between graphic styles effortlessly. Her website features reams of consistently contemporary work and enviable product photography shots, all snapped against delicious looking backgrounds. Feature


Timothy Hunt

Timothy Hunt

Charming illustration by graphic designer, illustrator and animator Timothy Hunt will definitely lift you up after an arduous day at work. His selection of interesting colour combos complements his simplified flat illustrations beautifully and with a simple layout made up of only a few shapes and characters, the results are particularly stunning. Feature


Javier Jaén

Javier Jaén

After studying both graphic design and fine art in Barcelona, New York and Budapest Javier Jaén’s work focuses on editorial illustration, book covers and cultural communication. Javier’s symbolically playful, colourful, bold graphic imagery gracefully expresses narrative and reflections on a subject matter and has led him to work with clients including The New York Times, Harvard University, Penguin Random House and The Washington Post to name afew. Feature


This is Jealous | Jealous Print Studio and Gallery

This is Jealous | Jealous Print Studio and Gallery

The Jealous Print Studio and Gallery have expanded, from their humble beginnings in their Crouch End studio six years ago, they will now be in the cultural hub of London’s creative industry, in the heart of Shoreditch. The new expansion will take over 5000 squared feet and all four storeys of 53 Curtain Road, and ultimately include artists studios, state-of-the-art gallery, print space, and a venue for pop-up events. There are lots of exiting events coming up in the future, but for now you can go and check out their first exhibition open to the public Friday 3rd October, celebrating the best work to come out of the Jealous studios so far! Feature


SintLucas

SintLucas

SintLucas is a multidisciplinary school for creativity with an entrepreneurial edge. It’s a creative community and its students are part of this community, a tribe if you will. For their latest campaign, SintLucas wanted to celebrate its ‘tribe’ in its imagery. Given the level of talent within the community it was obvious to use the students themselves. Feature


RESUMÉ | Topocopy

RESUMÉ | Topocopy

‘SECONDroom’ took over the former Ghent Harbour back in the summer to celebrate works of over 20 co-curating artists and shortly after the exhibition ended, independent design-lab, research and printing centre ‘Topocopy’ has announced its brand-new publication entitled ‘Resumé’ featuring a selection of frankly incredible contributions from the selected artists to hit your shelves this autumn. Feature


Tomas Mutsaers

Tomas Mutsaers

Tomas Mutsaers is a Dutch photographer that currently lives and works in Rotterdam. Tomas’ bold and beautiful graphic images observe public spaces and seek to find the extraordinary in the ordinary as the photographer manipulates and reconstructs his subjects to give them a new meaning. Feature


Risosaurus Press

Risosaurus Press

Production always plays an important role in our ability to be creative, and for both designers and illustrators, we all have to admit that choosing the right printer to handle our demands can be quite tricky. Risosaurus Press is one of the perfect Riso-printers that can work for your design and illustration. They are a Sheffield-based independent publisher and Riso-print studio that specialises in producing limited-edition prints, self-published books and zines as well as all sorts of short-run print ephemera. Feature


Supreme X Stone Island

Supreme X Stone Island

Supreme have joined forces with legendary Italian outwear experts Stone Island to drop a capsule collection for AW14. Consisting of the Raso Gommato Cover Nero jacket, a crewneck, hoodie, hat and joggies the collection sports a classic camo print throughout alongside bold yellow and red block colours. Feature


Grip Thumb | Grip Art

Grip Thumb | Grip Art

On Friday night, Iklect and Radulthood presented ‘Grip Thumb’ at Brighton’s B RAD gallery, an event to celebrate the creative and cultural significance of grip art in contemporary Illustration and Print, not to mention youth culture. Featuring boards and designs as well as rad goodies, posters and t-shirts designed and printed by Parky, Radulthood will also be releasing a zine publication in the following weeks so give their page a follow for updates. Feature


Black Arts Viper

Black Arts Viper

I stumbled across this tumblr not too long ago and became entirely entranced by the amazing dreamy digital patterns by Black Arts Viper. Vibrant, hyperreal formations melt across the screen, producing liquified splurges of colour and texture. With endless scrolling of tantalising, deliquescent imagery, the anonymity of the brains behind BAV is all part of the allure. Feature


Malika Favre

Malika Favre

The work of Malika Favre never fails to impress with her simple and eye-catching illustrations. The project, On The Draw lets us reminisce long sunny days of the summer gone, through a series of stunning illustration from her trip to Fuerteventura, Tenerife. The project was coordinated with design studio 28ymedio as a campaign to help promote the Canary Islands. By working with a number of illustrators to visualise their 5 day visits to one of the islands, they captured their trips through their social media diaries, as well as a collection of memorable illustrations. Malika’s work is a personal favourite, and I would be more than happy to have any of her illustration as a postcard of the summer. Feature


Lines and Strokes

Lines and Strokes

Lines and Strokes is a bi-monthly exhibition night put on by Scott Blows and Will Blood where Brighton artists can showcase and sell their work with no commission taken. Essentially they just give artists a platform to show their work in a nice venue. Feature


Camille Walala

Camille Walala

We are totally drawn to East London-based designer Camille Walala’s work for its experimental attitude and tactile quality – not to mention her colourful Memphis-influenced patterns that are undeniably recognisable. A graduate in Textile Design from the University of Brighton, her design features a lot of bold blues, delicious teals, bright reds with signature black that are rendered in playful, geometric shapes resulting in a vast collection of homeware products, furniture items, pop-up shop and restaurant decorations across London. Feature


Bonny and Clyde

Bonny and Clyde

Brighton based solo artist Bonny and Clyde has been getting a lot of hype recently for her beautifully constructed collages, often featuring architecture, nature and human forms, recently inspired by her travels through the Americas. Many have been converted into screen prints, but all are beautifully composed in similar sugary colour palates, with an ever-present focus on composition and quirky subject matter. Be sure to check out the full gallery available on the website. Feature


Carmen Fernández Sanz

Carmen Fernández Sanz

Carmen Fernández Sanz is a surface patten designer based in Madrid, Spain. Originally starting her creative career in the fashion design discipline and after working for several large names, she made the transition to producing design concepts for pattern and surface. Her style is understatedly cool, adding her own twist to repeated sequences of organic and geometric shapes, with a nod to 80′s nostalgia. Feature


Nicolas André

Nicolas André

Nicolas André is a French illustrator, screen printer, painter and editorial designer too. He has a natural skill in combining colour, composition and three-dimensional design. But it’s his screen printed work that really stands out. Whilst creating colour happy prints he also thinks further than the two dimensional, he has created pop out cards, concertina books and prints which are meant to be cut up to be reconstructed into intricate, beautiful paper structures. He has created perfect screen printed graphic novels, so it’s easy to see how his work has recently been picked up by Norbrow, with his brilliant new book Beyond the Surface. What a star. Feature