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


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


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


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


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


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


Cornershop On Sea | Lucy Sparrow

Cornershop On Sea | Lucy Sparrow

If you missed the East End Debut of Lucy Sparrow’s ‘Cornershop’ but heard all about it’s resounding success, then here’s your chance to see it again, under a slightly tweaked name, at the private view on Friday 3rd October, 6-9pm at No Walls Gallery, 114 Church St, Brighton. The exhibition consists of over four thousand handmade felt versions of grocery items, from beans, biscuits and spam to ciggies, beers and sanitary towels. Everything within the Cornershop including the till, freezers and fully-functional price gun is made from fabric, and took the artist seven months to single-handedly complete. Feature


Soirée Graphique

Soirée Graphique

Every year, visual artists, photographers and graphic designers from all over the world are invited to showcase their work at Soirée Graphique – an exhibition that holds together the most original design posters and visual staging. Launched in 2008 by Komet, an online collection of contemporary graphic design artworks, the exhibition has now become one of the most important cultural events and exhibitions of Switzerland. This year, more than 500 people attended the event and had a chance to see the latest trends in graphic design and purchase limited-edition artworks and accompanying catalogues. You can also own one of them if you missed the event, please click here! Feature


Collective Futures Berlin 2014

Collective Futures Berlin 2014

I am pretty sure Berlin is always on top of every design aficionado’s must-go list and to boost its thriving art scene this autumn, Colectivo Futuro in partnership with Cafe Kraft, Berlin Community Radio, CDR Projects and JB Magazine are taking residency inside Berlin Community Radio and turning the space into an independent platform showcasing inspirational works created by a group of visual artists and designers starting 25 September. Feature


Blisters 2014 | Print Club London

Blisters 2014 | Print Club London

It that time of year again when the studios of Print Club London are buzzing with excitement and preparations for Blisters 2014. If you haven’t heard of the exhibition before, it features 40 selected artists each selling an edition of 40 signed original screen prints for £40 each. The exhibition, now celebrating its fifth year, called artists to submit designs inspired by their favourite song/ band or tour and represent this in print without using any names references to the artist/ musicians. The evening will feature live music from Meanwhile, drink from Ruby’s Bar and food Lucky Chip. It should be a smashing event! Feature


Tooled Up | Shoreditch Design Triangle

Tooled Up | Shoreditch Design Triangle

As part of the Shoreditch Design Triangle and the London Design Festival, Tooled Up is a group exhibition featuring a range of great international artists in a exhibition to celebrate creativity, craft and skill. The artists where asked to take one recognisable tool of craft and transform it into a unique form. Artists including Merijn Hos, Saskia Pomeroy, Daniel Eatock and many more, all whom have tackled the project with some very interesting results. Feature


Aurélien Débat

Aurélien Débat

Whilst completing a residency at the printing workshop Nicole Crème, artist and illustration Aurélien Débat created the ‘Tamponville’ project. Although the project name could be misinterpreted in English, the word tampon in French actually translates to rubber stamps! And this is exactly what the project was literally built with. Using a range of 47 rubber stamps with architectural shape this gave the opportunity for new forms both reflecting the real and the imagined to be built again; creating endlessly beautiful and unique results. Feature


House of Vans

House of Vans

We went along to the opening of the House of Vans, which is an underground maze of wonders underneath Waterloo station in London, it is completely ‘off the wall’ to say the least. They have made incredibly clever use of this space to allow for a skate park, a music stage, a restaurant, a gallery and much more for all of you creative, thrill seeking people. The opening was topped of with various pro skaters and several other activities which included live printing and embroidery by two of our favourite companies, Lovenskate and Man Up Girl! Feature


Owen Gildersleeve : Paper Cut The Exhibition

Owen Gildersleeve : Paper Cut The Exhibition

There are few times that you get to see the work of so many great paper cut artist in one place, but to coincide with the release of his first book Owen Gildersleeve has done just that. We went down to the event launch at The Proud Archivist in Haggerston, London, to see the book brought to life with 25 of the best paper cut artists showcasing what they do best with original artworks and prints for sale. Feature


Pete Fowler’s Unholy Mountain

Pete Fowler’s Unholy Mountain

Pete Fowler’s Unholy Mountain opens 5th September 2014 at Beach London, 20 Cheshire Street, E26EH. The private view will be September 4th from 6-9pm. It will be his second solo exhibition, which will be a series of new paintings by the London-­based artist. Instantly recognisable for his colourful, vector­-based character illustration which, in the past, has graced toys, record covers, T­Shirts and much more. ­He has recently begun working on a series of acrylic­-on-canvas pieces that form the basis of ‘Unholy Mountain’. Feature


Here & There | Supermundane

Here & There | Supermundane

Multi-talented artist, graphic designer and writer Rob Lowe is now ready to embark on another solo exhibition at No Walls, an independent gallery based in Brighton after his current show Stupid Nature exhibition at Beach London is coming to an end. The show is called ‘Here & There’ and sets out to offer a deeper look into Supermundane’s world created using microscopic detail and universal distance. Feature


Lee Goater | Four Letter Words with Dots Printhaus

Lee Goater | Four Letter Words with Dots Printhaus

It’s great to have opportunity to play with type and process. Having worked with Dots Printhaus, Lee Goater knew they would be up for trying out some different ideas. Various colour combinations were tried out, including cyan, magenta and yellow – three colour split fountain. Fluorescent orange on black offset overprint. Metallic gold and magenta offset overprint to try and make copper. Fluorescent orange with fluorescent pink split fountain – because we all love a fluoro and finally good old pure black on Plike. Stock generously supplied by GF Smith – Colourplan and Plike White. Type set in Simplon Mono by Swiss Typefaces. Feature


Comic Sans for Cancer

Comic Sans for Cancer

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Comic Sans, the font we all love to hate, Chris Flack, Renee Quigley and Soapbox & Sons have curated an exhibition of posters inspired by Comic Sans with all of the proceeds going to Cancer Research UK. Feature


Return of the Rudeboy: Somerset House

Return of the Rudeboy: Somerset House

This summer Somerset House presents ‘Return of the Rudeboy’, an exhibition curated and created by prolific photographer and filmmaker Dean Chalkley and famed in the fashion world, creative director Harris Elliot. Feature


Rob Lowe | Stupid Nature

Rob Lowe | Stupid Nature

Internationally-acclaimed artist, graphic designer, illustrator and writer Rob Lowe aka Supermundane is once again organising one of his most exciting exhibitions which will feature a wide range of large-scale two colour drawings produced using a special alcohol-based ink, Krink. The show won’t start until tomorrow but as always, Rob has already impressed us by offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the show installation. Feature


Music: A P A R T

Music: A P A R T

A P A R T is a new exhibition that showcases the visual response of 6 artists to a short story written by yours truly. A shameless plug, I know. The story was specifically written for the show and is split into 6 with each artist responding to a different section. The story follows one man on his journey though love, loss and desperation. Feature


Summer Screen Prints: Somerset House, Print Club London and Film4’s Summer Screen

Summer Screen Prints: Somerset House, Print Club London and Film4’s Summer Screen

Now into their second year, Print Club London and Somerset House will be curating a series of screen printed film posters for the 10th anniversary season of Film4 Summer Screen at Somerset House. Feature


Brighton Show 2014 | Our Favourite Picks

Brighton Show 2014 | Our Favourite Picks

It has been a great success and we are thrilled to announce our favourite pieces of work produced by the recent Graphic Design and Illustration graduates from the University of Brighton. The show ended on Sunday under the baking July sun of London and here are our picks from last week at the Bargehouse on South Bank. Feature


Brighton Show 2014 | Private View

Brighton Show 2014 | Private View

We were very excited to be visiting the Brighton Show last night and once again it seems to be another prolific year for recent Graphic Design and Illustration graduates from the University of Brighton. Feature


Event :: V&A Friday Late : Shoreditch Takeover

Event :: V&A Friday Late : Shoreditch Takeover

Thinking already about what to do this weekend? Why not try the V&A’s Friday Late. For the first time the events are also going to be extended to the Saturday and take place at BL-NK space in Shoreditch. In this months line-up, the creative hub of east London has inspired the Shoreditch Takeover. The night at the V&A will include instillations from well known street artist Malarky, too new technology to fantasise over from Designswarm. Events and workshops will follow in Shoreditch on Saturday 26th, don’t miss it! Feature


Broken Fingaz / Sex Picnic (NSFW)

Broken Fingaz / Sex Picnic (NSFW)

The incredible Israeli street artists known as Broken Fingaz are best known for their incredible murals and posters but on Friday Redchurch Street became home to their new zine ‘Sex Picnic’ and the accompanying exhibition. Feature


Astro Black Collective

Astro Black Collective

Astro Black Collective is made up of artists and sound designers Amy Rhian, Victoria Topping, JoMo, Emily Evans, ADJOWA and Clge. Their launch exhibition at The Printhouse Gallery in Dalston explores themes of the underworld, black magic and multidimensional forces. An interest in interplanetary geometry and galactic funk emanates through the work on show which includes digital & riso prints, collage pieces and an installation of paper geodesic planets. If this exhibition is anything to go by then you need to keep a close eye on what these celestial travellers come up with next!! Feature


Wonderlust | Mark Andrew Webber

Wonderlust | Mark Andrew Webber

The first major London solo show from Mark Andrew Webber is looking like it’s going to be a stunner. His upcoming show opens to the public on July 25th and will bring together all 30 mini-studies from the ‘FORM’ project, as well as some new large-format paintings. His iconic typographic city maps will also be on display, and he will also be revealing his new 3.4 x 1.7m map of Berlin. This centrepiece of the show is carved from a single sheet of Linoleum and took 16 months to research, design and carve. Over the course of the exhibition he will be attempting to print and hand-finish this extraordinary piece. The public will also have a chance get involved in printing processes, and experience the making of his work. Feature


How Beautiful It Is

How Beautiful It Is

The FIFA World Cup 2014 is soon coming to its closing-yet-most-dramatic stages, but tonight at the Kemistry Gallery, the celebration is just about to begin. Feature


Liberty x Studio Boo

Liberty x Studio Boo

As a luxury department store known for it’s rich history of individuality and iconic window displays, it made sense for Liberty London to support one of the biggest art exhibitions this year. Honouring the collection of Matisse works currently on show at the Tate Modern, Liberty approached paper artists Studio Boo to design an engaging and celebratory display for London being the first city to host the artist’s work. Feature


Eric Yahnker | Paradise Row

Eric Yahnker | Paradise Row

After seeing Eric speak at Here, the annual It’s Nice That symposium, I had to check out his UK solo debut, ‘Sticks and Stones’ at Paradise Row. At Here, Eric spoke about the polar approaches to his work. Perfectly demonstrated between what his mind would think about his art, and his groin… Feature


First Eleven | KK Outlet

First Eleven | KK Outlet

If you, like me, are gripped by World Cup fever then KK Outlet’s new exhibition is one to see. First Eleven launched on Thursday and celebrates a ‘dream-team’ of eleven contributors from all divisions of creativity. The first team comprises of Anna Lomax, Becky & Joe, Craig & Karl, Helmut Smits, HORT, INT Works, KesselsKramer, Lakwena Maciver, Ning Wang, Put Put and VLF. Each creative force has created a football shirt design that will be on show at KK Outlet’s gallery throughout the World Cup. Feature


Matchbox Gallery

Matchbox Gallery

Matchbox is an intimate and independently run new pop up gallery based in Bristol that will open it’s doors for a new group show (put on by .Com) on the 20th June. The exhibition will be showcasing work from urban and graffiti artists from both in and out the city (new and old) featuring ‘profilic grandfathers of graffiti juxtaposed alongside a fine few youngsters.’ Feature


Richard Ardagh | NNP & Friends Exhibition at Hand of Glory

Richard Ardagh | NNP & Friends Exhibition at Hand of Glory

Richard Ardagh of New North Press & friends has put on a lovely exhibition of letterpress prints inspired by British folklore at the Hand of Glory pub on Amhurst Road. Hail the coming of spring! Ward off evil spirits! Bring fertility to the land! Richard has summoned up a collection of letterpress prints to mark the coming of spring. The festivities began at the start of May and will run until the second week in June. Feature


Print Van Paris

Print Van Paris

Print Van Paris is a brand new concept inspired by the idea of buying a classic 1970′s ice cream van and turning it into a mobile screen printing van. Why wouldn’t you want to do that? Born in the USA, raised in Australia, influenced in Switzerland and having spent 10 years studying and working in London, digital designer Oschon Wespi-Tschopp developed this amazing idea and made it happen in real life. Feature


Beach London | Artcade

Beach London | Artcade

Recently east London Gallery Beach invited 6 Artists to produce a piece of artwork inspired by a vintage arcade game for an exciting new exhibition. Cabinets from the ‘golden era’ of coin operated gaming include Pac Man, Galaxian, Space Invaders, Tron, Donkey Kong and Street Fighter II with exhibiting artists including Anthony Burrill, Gemma Shiel (Lazy Oaf), Pete Fowler, Ellie Andrews, Rosy Nicholas and Malarky. To top it all off Beach has encouraged the public to get involved and play on the vintage games themselves keeping a score sheet of the best player per game. Feature


Source | Tate Collective London

Source | Tate Collective London

Source is an ongoing display curated by Tate Collective London, aiming to challenge the difference between art in digital and reality, questioning how the source and accessibility of art changes it’s meaning. Each month a different theme is chosen, May is the turn of ‘Print, Pattern & Graphics,’ with local emerging artists invited to submit their work online as part of the collection. Feature


In the Meantime at Felix & Foam

In the Meantime at Felix & Foam

The exhibition ‘In the Meantime’ reunites all of the images exchanged between the four members of 1/2 during the past seven years of teamwork and collaboration. As part of Felix & Foam, the creation of Foam in collaboration with Frame and restaurant Foyer, In the Meantime, a compact but intensely inspiring exhibition, has put together photographs, zines and ephemera to be displayed in physical form and some chosen for projection covering huge parts of the gallery walls. Feature


Louise Stebbing

Louise Stebbing

Multi-award winning printmaker Louise Stebbing is holding her solo exhibition, offering a rare glimpse of unseen works and hand-printed originals. With over 30-year experience in printmaking, Louise Stebbing’s limited edition linocuts and etchings reflect her fondness for atmospheric landscapes and her attempt to capture the essence of a place. The exhibition, opening today, is a chance for you to take a look at a variety of printing techniques and beneath the beautifully handcrafted work created by arguably one of the most-acclaimed printmakers. The show will run until 11 August 2014, at Bridewell Theatre Bar Galley, St Bride Foundation. Feature


DCA | Open Call for Zine Submissions

DCA | Open Call for Zine Submissions

Dundee Contemporary Arts (DCA) is excited to announce their Summer Craft and Design Market, which this year will be playing host to a Zine Showcase on Sat 19 July, 12:00 – 17:00. Inspired Continue Without Losing Consciousness three solo exhibitions by Rob Churm, Raydale Dower and Tony Swain, presented in DCA Galleries (28 June – 24 August), the Zine Showcase will be a sister event to the established and bustling Craft and Design Market. Feature


Faces :: Anatomy of Autonomy

Faces :: Anatomy of Autonomy

After last year’s successful exhibition in Leeds, Faces: Anatomy of Autonomy is now ready to set off once again at Mitte Gallery in Barcelona. UK-based art director, graphic designer and brand specialist Lee Goater has teamed up with the crews from Hey studio to create this fun and interactive exhibition showcasing contemporary graphic art and design made for everyone. Feature


RCA | Research Design Publish Symposium

RCA | Research Design Publish Symposium

*Research Design Publish is a critical design elective comprising 14 students from the Visual Communication programme at the Royal College of Art. The Symposium marks their coming together to launch these 14 eclectic design research projects, in order to generate a wider discussion. Feature


Century: 100 Years of Type in Design

Century: 100 Years of Type in Design

As part of the AIGA’s celebration of its centennial, Monotype and Pentagram’s Abbott Miller are presenting ‘Century’, an exhibition that celebrates the role of type in design and its impact in modern communication over the past century. Feature


Thibaud Herem

Thibaud Herem

Thibaud Herem was without a doubt my absolute favourite find at this years Pick Me Up presenting a selection of his architectural drawings. The French illustrator is currently based in London and works with both pencil and indian ink. Specialising in the meticulous study and focus on architecture, Thibaud’s hand-rendered illustrations communicate an intense level of skill and reference an etching like style through his detailed application of cross hatching. Feature


Kollektiv | DEATH BY GALLERY

Kollektiv | DEATH BY GALLERY

The second Kollektiv gallery showcase is opening this May, only fives months since their first show in a disused butchery which hosted a selection of 21 young artists, alongside a series of workshops. The project is directed by Sophie Giblin, who was announced ‘Most outstanding Social Entrepreneur of the South East’ by Vinspired and Caroline Lucas. Kollektiv is back with a new project entitled, ‘DEATH BY GALLERY’ asking: What does it take to stay creative? Feature


Richard Mosse :: The Enclave

Richard Mosse :: The Enclave

I luckily managed to make it down to the last day of Richard Mosse’s debut exhibition ‘The Enclave’ at the Vinyl factory (at the back of the NCP car park in Soho) this weekend. And although sadly it’s all over, I had to share what a truly amazing show it was. The remarkable exhibition showcased a culmination of his work in the war-torn region of democratic Republic of Congo, including both a video installation and selection of huge photographic works. Commissioned for the Irish Pavilion, Richard’s compelling body of work communicated sinister imagery and footage through intense and haunting beauty leaving you slightly disorientated. Feature


David Pearson at Kemistry Gallery

David Pearson at Kemistry Gallery

The forthcoming exhibition at Kemistry Gallery is dedicated to exhibiting the works by one of the most-respected editorial designers, David Pearson. Acclaimed as one of the 50 best designers in Britain by The Guardian, the show is presenting the designs for Penguin Books and France-based publishing house Éditions Zuma as well as a bunch of covers from other publishers. You can expect a very interesting viewing at the show, with inventive typography and lettering design that reflect the personality of each book, and also be inspired by the great work of literature. The show starts on 8th May and will run until 28th June. Feature


Sight Unseen OFFSITE

Sight Unseen OFFSITE

Influential online magazine Sight Unseen is pleased to present its brand new design fair ‘Sight Unseen Offsite’, allowing the very best of creative and thought-provoking design talents to exhibit from 16-20 May 2014. Following the success of Noho Design District, Sight Unseen’s co-founders Jill Singer and Monica Khemsurov have decided to take over two floors of raw space in a landmarked Soho building in New York and turn them into an exhibition space showcasing a fascinating mix of homeware products, furniture, textiles and designs created by independent brands and agencies from across the globe. Feature


Owsum

Owsum

Owsum officially began in 2008 with its first exhibition in Groningen, the Netherlands. Set up by a group of like-minded artists, Owsum is an art collective that organises art exhibitions, music gigs and other art-related events with its primary aim to showcase emerging ideas by rising talents. Driven by a common interest in underground pop culture, hence, they use light, sound, and visuals with an audience-focused approach to create a wondrous showcase of paintings, collages, screen-prints and handmade posters, touring exhibitions around in order to extend enjoyment of contemporary culture. Feature


Burak Delier / Freedom Has No Script

Burak Delier / Freedom Has No Script

Turkish artist Burak Delier has opened his UK debut show at INIVA (Institute of International Visual Arts). It’s called Freedom Has No Script. The show features new work and a film commissioned by INIVA, all concerning the much-debated relationship between capitalism and art. Feature


Interview |  Hugo Puttaert – Think In Colour

Interview | Hugo Puttaert – Think In Colour

We have been receiving so many amazing things in the post lately, and this is another fine example of something which blows us away. We are always so happy to get our hands on something which is so beautifully designed, considered and produced, not to mention the cover that changes colour with heat. We had the chance to interview the graphic designer behind Think In Colour – 380 pages of delicious visual content that takes you on a journey though a world of colour. Hugo Puttaert really shows his skills and expertise as a professor, editor and creative director. We love this book and it has taken prime placement on our bookshelf. Feature


Boro

Boro

Apologies for the lack of imagery, but all the more reason to go and see this exhibition of original Japanese Boro fabric at Somerset House. Boro is Japanese for “rags” and usually consists of pieces of old fabric, such as futon covers and old workwear, which have been reclaimed and stitched together to create new, larger pieces. In Japanese culture, Boro is a fabric that belonged to the poorer classes and is not particularly valuable, however in western cultures, Boro has become highly collectible because of its folk heritage and craft technique. If you can afford it, the pieces are actually for sale, prices starting at £5,000. Feature


Kate Moross | First Solo Exhibition

Kate Moross | First Solo Exhibition

Presenting her very first solo exhibition, the ever colourful Kate Moross presents a fascinating glimpse into the mesmerising mind of the artist. Vibrant, loud and fearless, Kate embraces experimentation with her playful, striking style. Reflecting on her successful body of work, Moross showcases original illustrations and prints, along with more recent video ventures and moving image work. The show also runs alongside the launch of Kate’s new book, Make Your Own Luck: A DIY Attitude to Graphic Design & Illustration published by Prestel. Feature


The World’s First Instant Newspaper Recycler | Saatchi & Saatchi Hong Kong

The World’s First Instant Newspaper Recycler | Saatchi & Saatchi Hong Kong

Saatchi & Saatchi Hong Kong created World’s first Instant Newspaper Recycler for Sun Hung Kai. It’s said that the amount of wrapping paper used in Hong Kong during Chinese New Year results in as many as 1,600 trees being cut down, and 170,000 litres of petrol burned. To put that in context, the height of all those trees put together would stretch from the Earth to an altitude 3 times that a commercial airplane flies at. So Sun Hung Kai’s (SHK) East Point City decided to make an environmentally-friendly difference this year with The Instant Newspaper Recycler. The Campaign was created and executed by Saatchi & Saatchi Hong Kong. Feature


Hey Studio at Madshop Barcelona

Hey Studio at Madshop Barcelona

Hey Studio are on their way to display their impressive projects at Madshop in Barcelona starting from 11th April. This exhibition will feature a wide range of Hey’s recent work in brand identity, posters, and illustration. They put their focus almost equally on both commercial and non-commercial projects, so the show is a mixture of client-based design and in-house creations. Pop in to Madshop if you’re in Barcelona, the show will run until 5th June 2014 and promises to be the highlight of today’s graphic design industries. Feature


It’s Not Very Nice That: Graphic Design and Politics

It’s Not Very Nice That: Graphic Design and Politics

It’s Not Very Nice That is the new exhibition at The Lighthouse in Glasgow that uses contemporary design to put current political topics into design context, giving chances to the public to discuss today’s political practice and issues as well as thoughts, ideas and potential solutions. The exhibition enables the public to mull over some design experiments and think about the motifs and motivations behind each piece of work. Feature


London Print Studio

London Print Studio

London Print Studio is an artist-run, not-for-profit artists studio, workspace, publisher and gallery based in West London. The studio has traditional printmaking equipment alongside a digital studio, a gallery and large format printing. They offer a wide range of courses with access to specialist technicians. They work with artists, community organisations, galleries, educational institutions and the public. Like us, they say that “creative collaboration is at the heart of their practice.” Feature


Tokyo TDC Exhibition 2014

Tokyo TDC Exhibition 2014

The annual Tokyo Director Club exhibition has returned to Ginza Graphic Gallery this April showcasing the results of the ‘Tokyo TDC Annual Awards 2014′, an international design competition participated by thousands of domestic and international talents. Featured in the exhibition are more than 100 typographic works including those created by the eleven selected award winners, nominees and other must-see entries. Feature


Five Years :: Colophon Foundry

Five Years :: Colophon Foundry

Today sees the launch party of Five Years, an exhibition that celebrates the role of type designers and how they are vital in the creative design process. To celebrate their fifth anniversary, Colophon Foundry, one of the most internationally acclaimed type foundries, have selected twenty-six typefaces drawn and published between April 2009 to April 2014 including Aperçu, Central Avenue, Leroy, Transcript and many others from the Colophon Foundry back catalogue to be displayed on a different product related to each type. Feature


Accidentally On Purpose Vol.3 Launch & Exhibition

Accidentally On Purpose Vol.3 Launch & Exhibition

A series of contemporary photographs highlighting the unpredictable nature of analogue processes will come to life in a two-day exhibition from 3rd – 4th April at Village. Curated by Leeds-based graphic designer and filmmaker Ben Richards, the exhibition will present an overview of originally discarded photographs with its aim to explore the relationship between the adoption of digital technology and the beauty of images captured on photographic film. Feature


Analogue vs Digital Brief | Director’s Pick | Daniel Fletcher

Analogue vs Digital Brief | Director’s Pick | Daniel Fletcher

Last month we ran a two week brief with the Illustration students at LCC which had a resulting exhibition. The students had to take an image through various different mediums, making sure that they passed through both analogue and digital processes. The idea was to portray the famous Marshall McLuhan quote, “the medium is the message.” All of the students responded well, however the work of Daniel Fletcher really stood out amongst the crowd. He answered the brief concisely and enthusiastically with a project titled EUPHROSYNE. Feature


Reed Anderson

Reed Anderson

For anyone in New York City this month, here is a really nice show to go and see in Williamsburg at the Pierogi Gallery. Brooklyn based Reed Anderson’s solo show, “the way you look is the way i feel” opened last week and will run to 27th of April 2014. Reed’s work is highly graphic, abstract paintings with collage elements. His work has a celebratory feel, with vivid coloured shapes and gestural movements with give movement and voice to photographic montage. His work also features large and intricate paper cut outs, with seemingly floral inspired patterns, cut out of simple painted backgrounds. Feature


CENTURY EGG | Patrick Savile

CENTURY EGG | Patrick Savile

CENTURY EGG is a show of new digital work by Patrick Savile which will take place 4.4.14 at BL-NK, 37 East Road, London, N1 6AH from 6-10pm. Patrick is showing works that arose from recent research for a new comic book he is writing, which carries the same title. These new digital works are focus mainly on pattern and his research on alternate universes, creation, time and origins (and eggs). Feature


FORM | Mark Andrew Webber

FORM | Mark Andrew Webber

‘FORM’ is a six-part study of line and form by Mark Andrew Webber, presented by The Future Tense. You may know Mark for his series of typographic city maps, however this show is the result of several years of experimentation with geometric line drawing and consists of a series of beautifully conceived mini-studies, each using a different set of rules in order to create both deceptively simple and seemingly impossible shapes and patterns. ‘FORM I’ will launch on Thursday 27th March 2014, with the remaining 5 sets following at regular intervals leading up to and including the solo show opening on Thursday 24th July. Feature


Jim Stoten | ‘Eye In The Sky’

Jim Stoten | ‘Eye In The Sky’

Jim Stoten’s ‘Eye In The Sky’ exhibition at DreamBagsJaguarShoes will launch with a private view on 24th March and will run all of the way until 20th July, so there are no excuses for not seeing this show. Jim Stoten is a multi-talented hybrid artist, illustrator, sculptor, musician and blogger based in East London who is set to blow you away with his new exhibition. Feature


Let’s Be Brief Pop-Up School

Let’s Be Brief Pop-Up School

Marcroy from People of Print will be talking at the Let’s Be Brief Pop-Up School: Friendly Professional Development for Creative Industry, which kicks off next week at Bootstrap Company – running from 17-28 March. Designed with both start-ups and seasoned professionals in mind, the LBB Pop-Up School will provide training, insight and inspiration for creative industry. Feature


HYSTERIA

HYSTERIA

UK based all girl collective HYSTERIA (Collagism, Aida Wilde and Shuby) come together alongside Jeffrey Disaster at the legendary gallery/ Patisserie, Maison Bertaux, for a special exhibition of mayhem and delight launching with a private view this Wednesday (12th) and opening to public from the 13th March – 15th June.
Taking on popular culture with technicolour ‘one off’ artworks, the show will demonstrate their trademark bold iconography through collage, screen printing and installation as they explore their relationships between food, sex, gender and symbolism, not one to be missed. Feature


Martino Gamper | Serpentine

Martino Gamper | Serpentine

Head to the Serpentine gallery this month and see guest curator Martino Gamper’s new exhibition “design is a state of mind”. The show presents a selection of shelving systems, telling the story of each piece and the reactive effect they have on people and their surroundings. “An extensive display of shelving systems from the 1930s to the present day will form the backbone of the exhibition. Feature


Above & Below :: An Exhibition by Rob Bailey

Above & Below :: An Exhibition by Rob Bailey

After almost half a decade since his previous show, Rob Bailey is back with a collection of his recent work now being displayed in his current exhibition, ‘Above & Below’. Considered one of Manchester’s most favourite artists, Bailey is a vector-based illustrator who specialises in detailed drawing and has developed his own style using a mix colour combination and geometric elements to depict an array of animated characters. Featured in this solo exhibition are a series of original collages and limited edition art prints which are also for sale. The show will run until late August and promises to be one of Manchester’s highlights! Feature


Double Vision | The Lauriston

Double Vision | The Lauriston

Double Vision opens at 7pm – Late, 7th March at The Lauriston. The exhibition features work from 15 artists, who each received a very open brief: Double-Vision for the thirsty & illiterate. Some public houses are centuries old and many of their early customers were unable to read, but luckily they could recognise pictorial signs. This brief is going out to illustrators and printmakers. The target of ‘Double-Vision’ is to create a strong image that brings together two things that a thirsty and illiterate onlooker could identify. Feature


Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 :: Finalists Nicholas Stevenson & Eric Chow interviews

Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 :: Finalists Nicholas Stevenson & Eric Chow interviews

As I was blessed to be a part of the AOI Serco Prize for Illustration London Stories exhibition, I was lucky enough to catch up with finalists Nicholas Stevenson and Eric Chow at the awards ceremony about their fantastic artwork, press + to read interviews with the talented illustrators… Feature


Everyone’s Got One | A Skull Showcase

Everyone’s Got One | A Skull Showcase

Atomica Gallery is excited to announce Everyone’s Got One: A Skull Showcase in collaboration with their friends The Circle running from 27th February – 29st March 2014 at The Circle, 21 Noel Street, W1F 8GP. Featuring work from a selection of Atomica artists and taking place in the beautiful gallery space at tattoo studio and lifestyle emporium The Circle, the showcase will focus on one of popular culture’s most iconic images: the skull. The opening night party also happens to coincide with The Circle’s two year anniversary; it’s going to be a big one. Feature


Drawn Together Exhibition | The Printhouse Gallery

Drawn Together Exhibition | The Printhouse Gallery

The Printhouse Gallery, Dalston are proud to present London’s first bi-annual international illustration exhibition this February curated by Tilly Stasiuk and Ruth Hanahoe. Drawn Together exhibition brings you a cut of the cut, forming a solid platform for international illustrators to show us the possibilities of pen and pencil. In the first instalment we see 6 emerging and established illustrators representing their work and pushing boundaries of traditional exhibitions. Feature


Jacob Ovgren :: SEX (Sick Emotions X-ibit) :: Beach London

Jacob Ovgren :: SEX (Sick Emotions X-ibit) :: Beach London

One of the key graphic artists behind European skateboard powerhouse Polar Skateboards, Jacob Ovgren’s work is ‘Skate-art in it’s purest form.’ Predominantly reflecting his crude adolescent humour, Jacob’s artwork reflects ‘snippets of a story’ depicting characters ‘trapped in a dialogue only with themselves.’ Exhibiting with Beach London, Jacobs first solo upcoming show ‘SEX’ (Sick Emotions X-ibit) showcases his new drawings, paintings and prints reflecting his trademark dark humour as they visualize ‘child-like characters in a range of disturbing sexual scenarios.’ Feature


Hans Arp | Chance – Form – Language (and a FRANZWESTigation)

Hans Arp | Chance – Form – Language (and a FRANZWESTigation)

From 10th January – 1st March 2014 at Hauser & Wirth London, curated by Julian Heynen, this exhibition examines the relationship between form and chance in a selection of Hans Arp’s important but rarely seen sculptures from 1947 to 1965. In an unusual approach, Heynen positions Arp’s work alongside Passstücke (Adaptives) by Franz West, examining the shared creative principle of the two artists. A selection of Arp’s poetry will be installed on the walls and broadcast throughout the gallery. Feature


Half Cut Exhibition | Curated by Nick Morley

Half Cut Exhibition | Curated by Nick Morley

Half Cut is an exhibition of linocut and woodcut prints curated by Nick Morley running from March 7th-31st 2014 (Private View March 6th) Stour Space Gallery, London. Bringing together artists from the UK, USA and Italy, Half Cut is a showcase of contemporary woodcut and linocut prints. The apparently simple technique of carving and printing a block of wood or linoleum gives rise to a multitude of possibilities. Feature


Rob Flowers x Printer of Dreams

Rob Flowers x Printer of Dreams

Rob Flowers x Printer of Dreams presents ‘Tales of the Crystal Wood’. From 14th – 28th February 2014, Rob Flowers will be taking over the Printer of Dreams shop window with his wizard worlds. The window exhibition will be running for two weeks. For the duration there will be three signed Limited Edition Rob Flowers x Printer of Dreams Giclée prints available in their online shop here. Feature


Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 :: London Stories

Serco Prize for Illustration 2014 :: London Stories

Organised by the London Transport Museum in partnership with the Association of Illustrators and sponsored by Serco “London Stories” is a new exhibition opening its doors from the 14th Feb – 6th April, featuring 50 works of art and the best entries for the Sercro Prize for Illustration 2014. With entrants being asked to create an illustration that visually captures a London themed narrative, the shortlisted illustrations celebrate a vibrant, multi-layered London containing urban myths, historic events, remarkable characters / animals, and for the very first time 5 short animated films.

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TEXT at Kemistry Gallery

TEXT at Kemistry Gallery

The staff, students and professionals associated with Southampton Solent University together have provided a wide selection of artwork now being displayed at Kemistry Gallery. The exhibition celebrating type and textuality is now showcasing work created by internationally renowned artists and designers in a variety of formats. Original pieces include a collection of artwork by expert typographer Chris Bigg, Esquire’s creative director David McKendrick and legendary type illustrator Jonny Hannah. Feature


Volk

Volk

Volk is a France/Germany-based touring exhibition project that showcases the outcome of collaborations between artists who explore artistic values and cultural content. Curated by Laetitia Gorsy, Volk acts as a multinational research platform for emerging art practitioners to question and respond to art/social issues and discuss the burgeoning arts scene in Europe, regardless of age and sex. Feature


Into the Fold 2014 | Workshop & Exhibition

Into the Fold 2014 | Workshop & Exhibition

Into the Fold proposes what collaboration, education, discussion, participation and making might be. Changing the situation or situating a change by inviting emerging and established creative practitioners to be part of the project. An event questioning the ideology of the studio and gallery space, materialising in the form of an exhibition through a temporary and spontaneous community of practice. Feature


NO WAY presents: WYSE + GABRIELY (NSFW)

NO WAY presents: WYSE + GABRIELY (NSFW)

NO WAY presents: WYSE + GABRIELY, and exhibition at the Neu Gallery on Redchurch Street, Shoreditch, E2 7DP and runs daily 12pm – 7pm until 11 February 2014. This female duo from Israel present their work for the first time in the UK. The culmination of a close collaboration between art label NO WAY (London) and artists Aviya Wyse and Yaeli Gabriely (Haifa), the exhibition showcases the pair’s photographic, installation and video-performance work at one of East London’s best established galleries. Feature


Patrick Thomas – 100BPM | Hang-Up Gallery

Patrick Thomas – 100BPM | Hang-Up Gallery

British graphic artist Patrick Thomas presented his silkscreened bold heart ideograms combined with found imagery and collage will be a recurring motif throughout the exhibition at hung-Up Gallery, which was timed to coincide with the Feast of Saint Valentine. 100 BPM will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in London since 2008 and first time that this collection will be shown publicly. Feature


Hansje van Halem

Hansje van Halem

A collection of textile prints, posters, book designs, hand sketches and the Stone Tile installation by graphic designer Hansje van Halem are now on display at Artspace Galerie Block C in an ancient city of Groningen, the Netherlands. For over a decade, design graduate from the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Hansje Van Halem has worked as an independent graphic designer, solving design and editorial problems by experimenting with type and material. Feature


Gary Webb Exhibition at Bloomberg Space

Gary Webb Exhibition at Bloomberg Space

Bloomberg Space is hosting a show by contemporary artist Gary Webb. The show opens 24th of January and will run to 13th of March. The show is a mix of colourful glass, mirrored surfaces, wood and plastic and has the feel of Memphis meets Tumblr, with palm trees, galactic space and ultra-tech themes. Bloomberg SPACE, 50 Finsbury Square, London,EC2A 1HD. Check it. Feature


‘Hard Wood & Heavy Water’ by Lizzy Stewart

‘Hard Wood & Heavy Water’ by Lizzy Stewart

The flagship venue, Dream Bags JaguarShoes, has been transformed into an exhibition space, displaying an endearing collection of Lizzy Stewart’s illustrations. Only six months after graduating from CSM, our beloved illustrator Lizzy Stewart is now showcasing her work at one of Shoreditch’s creative hubs, her first solo exhibition in London. Feature


Pure Evil: The Nightmare Series | Saatchi Gallery

Pure Evil: The Nightmare Series | Saatchi Gallery

The Pure Evil exhibition runs from 23rd January – 28 February 2014. To celebrate the exhibition of selected works by his Nightmare Series Saatchi Gallery are inviting you to an evening with PURE EVIL on the 18th February, where you can witness live screen printing in the Edition & Print Gallery and Education space on the Lower Ground Floor. Attendance is strictly by confirmed invitation and places will be limited. Feature


Ed Templeton | Nils Staerk Gallery 2011

Ed Templeton | Nils Staerk Gallery 2011

Here’s an exhibition titled ‘My Soul is Worried But Not Me’ by illustrator, photographer & skateboarder Ed Templeton at Nils Staerk Gallery in Denmark from 2011. We’re a big fan of Ed’s work so we thought we’d pull this awesome show out from the depth of the internet. We love his signature ‘saloon bar’ display style. I hope you all enjoy it as much as we do. Feature


RCA School of Communication | Work In Progress 2014

RCA School of Communication | Work In Progress 2014

Between 22nd & 26th January, the students at RCA School of Communication put on a show in the Henry Moore & Gulbenkian Galleries, Royal College of Art. Work in Progess was exactly how it is described…students from Animation, Information Experience Design and Visual Communication presented their work in progress. Further to the main exhibition there were events from student initiated forums, collaborations, workshops and informal exhibitions by the School’s electives programme. The full list of contributors can be found here. Feature


Stephan Walter :: How to Cook Panda Bears Without Losing Your Soul

Stephan Walter :: How to Cook Panda Bears Without Losing Your Soul

The work by leading illustrator, typographer and graphic designer Stephan Walter is now being showcased at The Coningsby Gallery, Walter’s first major exhibition in London. Born in Zurich, Walter now works between his hometown and New York, creating his illustrated artwork – the seamless integration of type and image. He has also won several international design prizes and his remarkable works have proven his ability to maintain his artistic vision even while working with a variety of commercial clients. Feature


Hannah Höch :: Whitechapel Gallery

Hannah Höch :: Whitechapel Gallery

The artistic and cultural pioneer Hannah Höch is being celebrating in her first major British exhibition at The Whitechapel Gallery this year. Her career spanned from 1910s to 1970s and the exhibition features over 100 works sourced from international collection; including photomontages, watercolours and woodcuts from the most prominent moments of her career. Her college work combined imagery retrieved from fashion magazines and illustrated journals to create a comment on society of the time. Feature


Event :: V&A Friday Late: Sound It Out

Event :: V&A Friday Late: Sound It Out

On Friday 31st January 2014 from 18.30 – 22.00 V&A will be hosting the first Friday Late of 2014, Sound it Out will present an evening of workshops, performances, installations and screenings considering music’s relationship with technology. Performances from artists who explore and exploit innovations in technology will be given throughout the evening. Oh and check out the sweet programme cover design by one of our favourites, Dogboy. Feature


KOPIJ :: Three Times A Layer

KOPIJ :: Three Times A Layer

Three Times A Layer is a project by KOPIJ, a print club based in Belgium. A multifunctional space for print-lovers. KOPIJ has invited an international network of print clubs and print enthusiasts to work together on the design of one poster. KOPIJ searched for a fun way to connect with other print clubs in the world and inspired by a children’s drawing game, they formulated the idea of sending out a poster to which other print clubs add an extra layer of print. We are looking forward to the results. Feature


13 Best Posts of 2013 by Lo Parkin

13 Best Posts of 2013 by Lo Parkin

2013 has seen us cover some truly amazing talent, so I thought it would be nice to take a look back and highlight a selection of my personal favourite features from the past year… Feature


The Patternbase :: Open Call to Artists

The Patternbase :: Open Call to Artists

The Patternbase is a leading textile design studio located in Chicago, Illinois and the website reached thousands of readers, designers, artists and relevant members of the international textile and surface design community. The Patternbase has opened it’s pattern archive to the public submissions, so that they too can be included in the archive. Simply visit the website and click on the “Submit” button to upload you images for review by The Patternbase team. If accepted, the designs will be added to the pattern archive. Feature


A Hundred of Errors and Yellow Dramas by David Méndez Alonso

A Hundred of Errors and Yellow Dramas by David Méndez Alonso

The work of David Méndez Alonso is now being displayed at the exhibition ‘A Hundred of Errors and Yellow Dramas’ in Valencia, Spain. David Méndez Alonso, also known as ‘Misterthefreak’, is a graphic artist who lives and works between London and Barcelona. This exhibition brings together a series of illustrations that were transformed into 3D objects, installations, colourful costumes and a great deal of textile patterns. Feature


Print Club London :: Blisters submissions

Print Club London :: Blisters submissions

Following the success of ‘The Blisters Blackout’ ‘Secret Blisters’ and ‘Blisters on my Fingers’ exhibitions Print Club will be opening their doors for their 4th annual screen printed exhibition (from the 12th – 14th Sept) and they’re currently taking submissions if you want to be a part of it. The concept behind the show is that whether you are just out of college, up and coming, or a well-known artist, everyone is on the same level platform and the artwork can speak for itself. The aim is to take affordable art prints to a wider demographic, encouraging buyers to invest in original artwork. Feature


Louis Reith

Louis Reith

The work of Louis Reith is going to be displayed at & Pens Press, a publishing house in Los Angeles, tomorrow. Born in Hengelo, NL, artist and graphic designer Louis Reith now resides and works in Amsterdam. He is heavily influenced by electronic music and used to play in several bands when he was a teenager. From his monochrome collages to his sculptures, the work of Reith is, no doubt, a capsule that brings back your childhood memories, takes you to fanciful dreamscapes where realism doesn’t exist. Feature


Tom Eckersley

Tom Eckersley

The famous work of Tom Eckersley, one of the most influential graphic designers of the last century, is being celebrated with a new public exhibition at The London College of Communication. To celebrate a century since his birth, the exhibition displays iconic poster designs from the 1940s to the 1980s. His simple designs with punchy uses of colour, shape and text seem effortless in style and still astonishing fresh even with many over 40 years old. The exhibition is running from the 11-29th January, as the work makes a rare public appearance from the University of the Arts London Archive, so see it whilst you can! Feature


French Riviera

French Riviera

French Riviera is a cool little gallery based in East London. This quirky spot on Bethnal Green Road is presented by artists Samuel Levack and Jennifer Lewandowski as an extension of their long-standing collaboration. Occupying their studio in a former shop, the gallery offers a platform to artists who are currently without representation in the UK. Artists shown by the gallery include Thomas Dozol, Leslie Kulesh, Beatriz Olabarrieta, Nicholas Pankhurst, Berry Patten, Hannah Perry and Lucy Woodhouse. Feature