— Work in progress*


Since our visit to Kelvingrove Museum & Art Gallery in Glasgow, I’d love to study more sculptures (this time with my SLR). These images were processed on an iPhone using Visual Supply Co. The sculptures themselves are so emotive, the museums downlighting really does them justice through the lens, although not so much by eye.

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So, this is an artistic approach to using data/coding in real-time. Completely unique; every move inspires custom motion (the best bits come after the number sequence).

Hakanaï / work in progress from Adrien M / Claire B on Vimeo.

Another example of this is Hellicar & Lewis. ‘Divide by Zero’ is completely real-time – all imagery is generated on the fly by custom software using computer vision to capture the body silhouette and movement of a dancer:

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If you have a lunch hour to fill watch this fascinating presentation by Peter Crnokrak on Data Visualisation. Impeccable research, left me wanting to explore the use of date in future projects!

Design as Symptom / Peter Crnokrak / Data visualisation as critical art practice from architecturaltheory.eu on Vimeo.

Love this example in the presentation:

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I’m back! What a fantastic few days! I’ll update with more photos and how it all went soon…

OFFF, Let’s Feed The Future reignited a feeling I’d longed to return—a passion, a belief and the art of play.

Before working for agencies I had such a raw approach to design and now I will be re-visting those methods, those strange materials, the playfulness of making and the oddity of stumbling over new styles or ways of thinking.

With two days of design indulgence, we were treated to inspiring and motivational talks by creatives from all over the world. Different backgrounds, different passions, all with the same aim – to embrace our love of creating.

I thoroughly enjoyed my Designcation. Looking forward to next year!!

> typo inspired by the architecture of Barcelona

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More links to share:

Debbie Smyth – amazing installation work; she draws with thread!
(typography, creative, installations, illustration, interior)

Letman – all about creative letterforms; reminiscent of the chief typographic explorer – Sagmeister.
(typography, pushing boundaries, modern, ideas)

If at first you don’t succeed – loving this handwritten animated gif.
(gif, animation, typography, handwritten)

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A talented freelance illustrator—Georgina’s work has caught my eye. Over the past fortnight I keep being drawn back to her blog. Her work has so much visual appeal, with a pummel of personality you can feel every splash of colour, that combined with the loose fine line-work creates a bold, passionate piece of illustration.

Follow Georgina on Twitter or bookmark her portfolio.

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With heavy rain and shoes so wet they could be wrung out—I finally managed to visit Blackpool to see the finished Comedy Carpet! The scale is breath-taking, not to mention the skill required to create such a piece. I can imagine the hours of pleasure Gordon Young and Why Not Associates had—raiding their font suitcase, designing and typesetting!

The Comedy Carpet is a celebration of comedy on an extraordinary scale. Referring to the work of more than 1,000 comedians and comedy writers, the carpet gives visual form to jokes, songs and catchphrases dating from the early days of variety to the present. Sited in front of Blackpool Tower, the 2,200m2 work of art contains over 160,000 granite letters embedded into concrete, pushing the boundaries of public art and typography to their limits.

The whole Comedy Carpet was like the shallow end in a swimming pool… yes, that’s a little bit of an exaggeration but with the summer being very British, I decided against using my SLR, so below are just a few snaps taken on my phone.

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Realtree | The Making of a Tradition from MAMMOTH on Vimeo.

A lovely short film about letterpress. A method of print that gets the hands dirty! Beautiful art direction by Mammoth Media.

For their 25th year anniversary, we created a branding piece for Realtree, documenting the old process, used by Hammerpress, to print their limited edition posters.

Check out more short films by Mammoth Media over on Vimeo.

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Donna Brookes, a photographer from Whitehaven, is rounding up the troops for a 24hr sponsored photo shoot! Donna is very well known to the locals for her creative individual flair. Her aim is to raise as much money as possible for Copeland Occupational and Social Centre (COSC) as well as having lots of fun capturing many characters…

For locals who would like to support Donna’s project head over to ‘My Donate‘ or if you’re eager to be a model and get involved in the shoot please email donna.brookes@gmx.com.

The cause:

COSC is a daycare centre for people aged 18 and over with disabilities in West Cumbria, we have two centres one in the Copeland area and one in the Allerdale area. Both centres provide confidence building activities supported by a body of highly professional and qualified staff.

27 days until the shoot! Good luck Donna!

Here are just a few images from Donna’s portfolio:

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I have so many bookmarks which I’ve collected during my time in the design industry.
There will be many more posts to follow, but to start off:

Marc Atlan Design – clean, graphic and considered. Huge fan of Marc’s perfume packaging and his overall eye for less is more; clean type and white space.
(packaging, branding, editorial, typography)

Effektive Design – a studio I’ve watched grow since Greig’s concept of lego badges. A huge fan, the studio has gone from strength to strength. Their approach; bold, compositional, bright and an eye for detail.
(typography, branding, print, ideas)

Studio Myerscough – a more recent bookmark… all about environment and interior design.
Looking forward to seeing more and more from these guys!
(environment, colourful, bold, innovative ideas, bigger is better, blowing formats out of the water!)

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