Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Just Have to Share - Counter Press, Extra Condensed No.2

The Counter Press have just released issue 2 of their ‘little letterpress newspaper’ Extra Condensed No.2.

Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via the letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1. Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in their collection.

Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200. Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.

Available to buy in their shop. Making of film shot by Martin Power.

Friday, 29 January 2016

Just have to Share - The Fashion and Textile Museum London on Instagram





The Fashion and Textile Museum on Instagram is a visual feast for anyone with an interest in design and illustration. You will find textiles, prints and illustration from different periods. Look here to experience highlights from their collection

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Michael Salu - Should we Celebrate the Image Society?


Graphics graduate Michael Salu has recently given a TedX talk that questions Should we Celebrate the Image Society? 

Our lives are massively bombarded by images. Should we celebrate that fact or dread its consequences? As a creator of images, Michael Salu is interested in communication they provoke. Can communication through images ​and our advancement with digital experiences actually help us reach a greater level of empathy for each other? Or should we fear the reverse?

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Senior Graphics Designer - Liberty, London

The Role:
Here at Liberty we are currently recruiting for a multidisciplinary Senior Designer to work within our fast paced Graphic Design studio. 

This extremely unique and creative role is primarily responsible for designing, art directing and overseeing visual communication across all areas of the business including retail, press, buying, marketing, events and VM. You will be required to work both within established brand identity guidelines and but also show the absolute ability to take design concepts to a new, exciting and innovative level – always ensuring deadlines are met and running several major projects simultaneously.

This role will covers many elements of Design and Art Direction, overseeing the creation of varied store projects, window displays, packaging, brand communication and seasonal project identities, through from concept to print.

A solid knowledge of design principles, typography and faultless art working skills are essential. He or she will easily balance creative thinking, interpersonal skills, and client expectations to successfully translate concepts into commercial design deliverables.

Technical understanding of print is also vital, as you will often need to liaise with suppliers, cost up jobs and sign-off all colour proofs.

As a senior member of the team, you will also lead, train and support the other designers in collaboration with the Graphics Project Manager.

The Person:
The ideal candidate will have:
• Experience as a Senior Graphic Designer / Art Director
• Strong Leadership and Presentation skills
• Experience managing a team and project management
• A Luxury Fashion Retail or Design Agency background
• An extensive knowledge of print related techniques and processes
• The Creativity, Innovation and Ability to take a project to the next level

About Us:
Liberty has become a unique British Heritage, a most prestigious store offering luxury and service like no other and the leading department store in London. Our exceptional Tudor-style building acts as the iconic brand home: a visible statement of the store’s point of difference. We fuse fashion and the decorative arts completely and contemporaneously, with a legacy of integrity, value, quality, and individuality and, above all, beautifully designed products

To apply and for more information see here

Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Just Have to Share - Lisa J Wilson - I Want to Kiss


Lisa J Wilson's participatory project explores the humble kiss. It encourages us to think about kissing for kissing’s sake and offers people a new way to engage, connect and reflect, however playful or poignant.


The projects asks particpants to socially share their personal kiss wish. Twitter and Facebook users are invited to complete the statement however they like, via tweet, comment or private message. The final exhibition piece will feature a projection of all responses, displayed as a live interactive gallery page on Instagram.


How would you complete the statement, I want to kiss… ?
www.facebook.com/iwanttokisspage
www.twitter.com/iwanttokiss_
www.instagram.com/iwanttokiss

Lisa project is attracting considerable attention, see her interview Funky Fresh magazine here


Thursday, 7 January 2016

Type Talks - Seb Lester: Peace, hellfire and outer space

14 January 2016 | Lecture Theatre, Parkside Building, Birmingham City University

Registration opens at 1730. Talk scheduled 1800-1930


SEB LESTER is a designer and artist based in the UK. He has developed logos and type illustrations for some of the world’s biggest companies, publications and events, including the likes of NASA, Apple, the New York Times and the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. An obsession with calligraphy has pushed his work in exciting directions. In four years he has become one of the highest profile calligraphers in the world with over one million followers on social media websites. Previously a Senior Type Designer at Monotype for nine years he developed custom typefaces for many familiar brands including British Airways, Intel, the Daily Telegraph and H&M. He is passionate about letterforms stating 'I find the Latin alphabet to be one of mankind's most beautiful and profound creations'. 

Tickets are free and can be booked here.

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Design Talent Competition


Design Talent is opening its gates for the seventh time, held in the city of Zlin (Czech Republic). The aim of the competition is to discover and highlight talented people, who have the potential to become the leading players of the future design scene while enhancing quality and creative design.

There are five different categories: 
• Product Design
• Industrial Design
• Fashion Design
• Interior and Public Area Design
• Graphic Design

The main factor is the creativity and novelty of your work. Furthermore, it is necessary to have an innovative and original approach to the solution and it is mainly about the functionality and use of the material. In addition, do not forget the environmental friendliness of the product, that is also rated.

Each contest proposal consists of three attachments:

• Presentation poster of dimensions 100 x 70 cm (orientation – portrait) in pdf format (300 dpi) at maximum size of 300 Mb.

• Textual part which will include a concise conception description – concise commentary – the author's aim – clarification of the initial thought behind the contest proposal and how it may be used practically. The textual part shall be submitted in doc format.

• Representation photo of the contest proposal in jpg format (300 dpi) whose name will be the name of the author. It is possible to include more photos.

Only contest proposals created after January 1, 2011 and not submitted in the previous years may participate in the contest.

There is no entry fee.

Eligibility
You can apply from all over the world as a team or as an individual, whether you're a student or a novice designer, which this year reached the age of 30 years old and younger.

Prize
The title Design Talent 2016 is waiting for the best of the best. The title that will ensure an indelible glory and reputation, and it is linked to 3,000 Euro prize (approx. 3,200 USD).

In addition, in each category the author of the winning work will receive a cash prize of 1,000 Euro + Intership in a leading design company.

Moreover, the jury will also award the submissions that did not make it to the first places in categories, yet they reached a high quality standard. Money prize of 200 EUR is awarded to two proposals in the following categories: Award for Innovation, Expert Award.

For more information visit the competition site here

Tuesday, 5 January 2016

Free Lunchtime Guitar Concerts at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery


The lunchtime guitar concerts are a unique and popular event at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

The concerts alternate between Frances and Leo as a duo or Leo as a soloist and feature some of the most compelling and exciting guitar music from the Spanish, Latin and Classical repertoire. The concerts take place in the beautiful setting of the Round Room.

Leo and Frances have explored music outside the classical repertoire. Frances with the world famous flamenco guitarist Paco Pena, Leo with jazz guitarists John Etheridge and Mundino Reinhardt adding a colourful dimension to their performances. Together they have performed in master classes with John Williams and Sergio Abreu. For further info visit leoturner.com

The next concert takes place in the Round Room at 1.10pm on 8 January.

Admission is free and there is no need to book.

For more information visit here

Just Have to Share - Tracing You by Benjamin Grosser


If you’re home alone killing time on your computer,  can you be seen? Artist, programmer, and composer Benjamin Grosser’s latest project forces us to confront the uncomfortable reality of our digital trail with his new project, Tracing You. The piece consists of a website that, when you view it, displays an image of the location nearest to the IP address of the site’s most recent visitor. Basically, this webiste might show you a picture of your own house. The piece, which Grosser describes as, "a computational surveillance system that presents a website’s best attempt to see the world from its visitors’ viewpoints,” was created for Grosser’s solo exhibition at Paris’ Galerie Charlot
Every website records the IP addresses of its visitors. Tracing You works by following our IP addresses to our locations, using them to find first our global coordinates and then, through Google, street photos or satellite images of our locations. Accuracy varies—the image you see may be of a location a few streets away from your house, or if you’re in an area that’s not been thoroughly documented by Google Street View, you may see only a satellite photo taken from above.

Thursday, 17 December 2015

Just Have to Share - This Book is a Camera by Kelli Anderson

Artist and designer Kelli Anderson latest book is This Book is a Camera, a pop-up book that turns into a fully functional pinhole camera. The book acts as a simple educational tool to help explain how photography worked before we all had camera phones in our pockets. Anderson points out that making a simple camera obscura really isn’t too difficult and provides instructions on how you can make one yourself.

This Book is a Camera comes complete with a starter pack of B/W Ilford photo paper and instructions on how to use the camera to take photos. You’ll still need to pick up some developer fluid and have a dark room to develop photos in.