Only a couple of days left before United Visual Artists (UVA) will be getting up on stage to give a talk at the next LongLunch event in London this week. For those of you who might not of heard of UVA before then you’ll be in for a treat. Specialising in live performances and responsive installations they have produced work for The V&A, The Wapping Projectand worked alongside numerous music artists including Massive Attack to produce stunning experimental motion work that often interacts with the environment and the people around it. Process led and extremely technical in places, UVA see the research and development as a key part of their working practice.
Again LongLunch have done a great job to secure The London Design Museum (Shad Thames, SE1 2YD) as the venue. Doors open at 7pm on Tuesday 26th October with the talk commencing short afterwards. If you’re interested in attending the talk you can purchase tickets along with more information via the LongLunch site.
It’s worth mentioning that there’s a Q&A at the end usually with prizes for the best question(s), so get cracking on some thoughtful questions. Finally, we’ll also be attending as well so look out for any FFF folks and say hi.
A concise collection of work for the entertainment industry including plenty of bright and colourful examples for MTV from Buenos Aires based agency We Are Place who have recently updated their online folio.
With a toxic green cover and printed book block edges it’s difficult to work out where to put KesselsKramer’s latest book New Kilo on our colour organised bookshelf without it sticking out like a radioactive super-thumb.
New Kilo is the sequel to KesslerKrammers previous monograph 2 Kilo charting all their work to date at the prolific Netherlands agency. Picking up were 2 Kilo left off, New Kilo documents the last 5 years of work in detail from the big campaigns right down to t-shirts and flyers. Though considerably lighter, at about half the thickness but twice the brightness of 2 Kilo, KesselsKramer certainly have skimped on the same quality of work.
Prefaced with a short introduction from KK discussing how the agency has developed since 2 Kilo before launching into brilliant examples of top notch communication work. There’s pretty much no media left untouched by KK from mammoth TV and cinema commercials, experiential, print, web and everything in-between.
As if the quality and quantity wasn’t good enough, each page is accompanied by comprehensive but insightful commentary which really helps to bring context to each piece of work. A simple but often overlooked inclusion that many design books fail in getting right. when it comes to design books. It’s hard to choose which pieces of work stand out as there’s just so much but the frank, to the point messaging for German Dutch hotel Hans Brinker Budget Hotel has to standout as a bit of a winner as well as the work done on telecoms company Ben. Clearly KK are an ideas driven agency who have a great folio of work that proves how successful they’ve been at communicating them.
Overall the work is what you’d expect, a collection of well executed ideas in a tome of a book to match. Even the little details like a the replacement of page numbering instead using weight of pages that you’ve thumbed through is a really nice touch. The only people who might not enjoy this book are eco-enthusiast designers who are just too offended by the brass fluro ink cover. But for the rest of us who can live with the guilt of killing the planet and causing our dolphins friends to shed a tear, go grab a copy of New Kilo now from KK Publishing or Amazon.
As part of the book launch, KK held a talk and launch event at their London gallery KK Outlet, photos of which can be found on the KK Outlet flickr set.
Briefly mentioned in yesterday’s Nobrow postBen Newman’s work has a distinct bold, graphic style with a slight with of retroism that’s really warming. As well as producing quite a few elements for Nobrow’s collateral, Ben’s also had the fortune of publishing his comic ‘Ouroboros‘ with the help of Nobrow.
I took the time out yesterday to pop along to Nobrow Shop and Gallery space in Old Street yesterday and it didn’t disappoint. Stuffed to the brim with brilliant examples of illustration, story telling and printed objects many of which are printed on-site through Nobrow’s self-publishing outlet. The gallery and shop space are at the front of their offices and with a sneaky peek you can see all the action going on behind the scenes during the day. It’s be really interesting if they did the odd day a year giving a short presentation or tour around their working screen printing rooms as well—maybe one for the future?
If you’re in East London head along to the store at 62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR (Monday to Friday 11 am – 6 pm every week apart from bank holidays) or check on the Nobrow site for more information. Even it the shop is closed for the day you’ll be stood outside admiring the well designed monotone illustrations adorning Nobrow’s roller blinds provided by the talented Ben Newman.
An interesting and well put produced short film discussing the importance of The Desk at the heart of any creatives residence. It’s a short in a series by Imaginary Forces and directed by Mark Gardener. With short excerpts from graphic design luminary Massimo Vignelli with his partnering desk which many will recognise from Helvetica (2007).
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Huge thanks to all the folks at Edge and Barrett for donating one of these beautiful prints and for getting in touch with us about running this competition. That goes for the rest of our readers as well. If you’re interested in working with us perhaps by kindly donating competition prizes then get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or email at email@example.com and set the subject line with Competitions & Giveaways.
Huge thanks to all the folks at Friends of Type for donating one of these beautiful prints and for getting in touch with us about running this competition. That goes for the rest of our readers as well. If you’re interested in working with us perhaps by kindly donating competition prizes then get in touch with us via Twitter, Facebook or email at firstname.lastname@example.org and set the subject line with Competitions & Giveaways.
Aussie agency Collider have done a brilliant job designing MOSChillout Sessions XII album artwork and corresponding commercials. Capturing the hip, relaxing chic of 1950-80′s California, through stunning photography of miniaturised scenes. Photographed at a macro level and filmed using slow dolly moves, the shallow depth of field and static figures freezes time giving you the chance to imagine the depth of the scene. Above all it looks pretty damn good to. I just hope that UK releases of MOS records were more like this, with less of a need to stick a bloody big MOS logo in 3D everywhere.
If you’ve never come across Collider either, there folio is definitely worth a butchers.