Lovely illustration work by John Holcroft, who over the past 20 years has worked with some of the biggest names from all over the world: Financial Times, BBC, Reader’s Digest, Economist, New York Times, Informa, Experien to name a few.
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DR.ME are a creative studio based in Manchester UK & The French Riviera, specialising in art direction, image making, graphic design, work shops, video & teaching. The DR.ME duo (Ryan Doyle [DR] & Mark Edwards [ME]) have been in touch to let us know about their fresh new site and the thinking behind it:
We’d wanted to have a site for a while that had more of a curated scrolling blog feel to it with less information, as we’d talked for a while about whether or not people actually wanted to know everything about every project you’d ever worked on or leave a bit more to the imagination.
We also wanted the site to be quite playful so that’s why people can move around the thumbnails and mess with the layout creating their own digital collage :) When we started the studio about 5/6 years ago we wrote a list (and continue to every year) of things we want to achieve, this list is hidden on the website for people to find.
“Roadliners is a film about inspiration and craft, and the uncelebrated typographers of the road. With filmmakers Pretend Lovers we documented a day in the life of Glasgow roadliner Thomas ‘Tam’ Lilley. While looking for inspiration for O Street’s new brand we stumbled on a typographer whose work was uniquely relevant to our company—one whose work embodied the values we hold dear: honesty, beauty, humility, and intelligence…
…With sweeping, freehand strokes and choreographed steps, they used molten-thermoplastic to create an alphabet, numerals, punctuation (every good designer needs an ampersand) and the new O Street marque.”
Check out another beautiful film here showing the alphabet being made. A couple of years after that ‘BUS STOP’ film gave us a glimpse into the craft of freehand road-writing its nice to see a more in-depth project using the technique.
I’ve totally fallen in love with his smart and textured style. It’s well worth journeying through his whole portfolio as you’ll appreciate the images even more when you see them in context with captions. No wonder he’s got an enviable client list including ESPN, Fast Company, Financial Times, The Folio Society, The Guardian, Harvard Magazine, New York Times, New Yorker, Penguin, Variety & many more.
Be sure to check out this interview with Mark by Bob on AI-AP.
For years the Type Archive (formerly the Type Museum) has been something of a mystery. A near mythical place, mentioned only in whispers, which many people have heard about but seldom few have ever been. Tucked away at the end of a quiet, residential street in Stockwell, south London, behind large gates to what was once a victorian circus animal hospital (complete at the time with its very own baby elephant), lies one of the most important collections of typographic history in the country. A repository for the equipment and precious materials from the country’s last great type foundries.
Now this hidden world is set to start opening its doors.
From April 2016 the Type Archive will be welcoming visitors to a series of exhibitions and workshops. So not only will you be able to see inside the fabled archive, there will even be the chance to get hands on and inky with some of the collection. First up is ‘Lost Words’ – a two day introduction to letterpress, exploring long forgotten language in the lost world of typographic treasures housed within the Type Archive.
The intensive, hands-on design and typography workshop will introduce participants to the basics of letterpress and the traditional techniques of typesetting with both wood and metal type. Over the two days, each student will design, set and then print their own limited edition poster on a Vandercook precision proofing press using the archive’s collection of type. The workshop is perfect for anyone wanting to escape the pixel perfect precision of their computers and get their hands dirty exploring the craft of letterpress. No previous experience is necessary, but an interest in typography, language and letters is a must.
The course will be run by leading London letterpress design studio, The Counter Press. Class sizes are small and intimate, just 6 places, with the first two day workshop being held 29 – 30th April. Places cost £300 each, all materials will be supplied, and can be booked via typearchive.org
Regular readers will know of our collective appreciation here at FFF for a good design book. Unit Editions are always high on our list for their stunning publications on contemporary design and visual culture, beautifully realised with awesome attention to detail. Recently they announced ‘The Archive Series’ – a bibliographic celebration of graphic design archives & collections. Naturally we jumped at the chance to talk with the team involved about the first edition in this new series, Graphic Stamps.
The content of this first publication is sourced from the collections of Iain Follett (@mintneverhinged), co-founder and design director of studio Six and Blair Thomson (@graphilately), founder and creative director of agency Believe in. Alongside the historical overview of stamp design there’s a broad and considerable showcase of lesser-known designers and their incredible miniature works. As we’ve come to expect it not only looks good, it feels it too – it’s the perfect handy size and features my personal favourite editorial luxury, lay-flat binding. We caught up with Adrian Shaughnessy (co-founder of Unit Editions) along with Iain and Blair to have our questions answered…
Our pal Dave Sedgwick has been in touch to let us know about the launch of Multiplicity, a one night only *free* event held at The Drygate Brewery in Glasgow, put on by Foilco and sponsored by Fedrigoniuk. The line-up is brilliant! Speaking at the event will be Astrid Stravo of Atlas, Adrian Carroll of D8 and Tony Dunworth of Graphical House. No wonder its already sold out… but if you didn’t get tickets in time, keep your eyes peeled in case more are released.
Creativity is as much about the possibilities as it is about the outcome. The possibilities are endless, and this potential demonstrates why strategic creative thinking in graphic design is more relevant than ever. Our guest speakers are international renowned practitioners in the design of iconic visual identities and packaging for consumer brands. We will hear of how they strive to deliver not only world-class strategic design, but also world-class project management for clients the world over. We examine their work and learn of their unique collaborative working process, during which strategy and design become clearer, simpler and richer in meaning. This event is for those who creatively push the boundaries, and equally for those who are focused on learning about creativity, and what it is that inspires the compelling work they see before them.
Multiplicity An international evening of words and works. Hosted by Foilco. Sponsored by Fedrigoni. The Drygate Brewery, Glasgow. 28 April 2016. 6 – 9.30pm.
METAZINE is the brainchild of Nottingham based mag-man Matthew Gill, responsible for the Raw Print evenings. As the title suggests METAZINE is a magazine about the making of magazines. Issue 1 is an archive of the Raw Print talks as they happened from October 2014 through to May 2015 and the subsequent follow-on interviews conducted during the summer of 2015. It’s a beautiful and tactile risograph-printed publication, published last week and lovingly put together by Matt and the Raw Print team. It’s already pretty hard to track down, Ideas On Paper is probably your best bet.
Here’s Matt explaining a bit more about the genesis of the publication..
It all began in 2010 when I established RAW PRINT as a platform to host zine fairs and as part of my research as a lecturer in Visual Communication at Nottingham Trent University. Then in 2014 I collaborated with Alex Smith from Ideas on Paper in Nottingham to host the RAW PRINT Public Lectures. Our aim is to celebrate the exciting and dynamic nature of independent publishing in the 21st century. As a result we have witnessed a series of amazing talks by independent publishers who have given us some rare insights into their world. We are interested in what the realities are of working in independent publishing, what are the challenges now and what lies ahead in the future?
The featured speakers are: Sanj Sahota, The Quarterly Eli Ankutze, Joshua’s Magazine Miranda West, Do Books Rachel & Jody, Another Escape Lindsay & Clare, Ballad Of Timba Smits, Little White Lies Alec Dudson, Intern Steve Watson, Stack Emma & Luke, The Recorder Simon Lyle, Hot Rum Cow Mike White, Boneshaker Jeremy Leslie, magCulture
Check out a flick-through video here by Steve of Stack Magazines.
Radim Malinic [Brand Nu™] is a award winning freelance art director and graphic designer based in London. He takes a multidisciplinary approach working across art/creative direction, digital illustration, typography and music video direction to form a practice based around ‘positivity, message and meaning’.
He’s just released the Book of Ideas – a product of what he’s learned both when starting out in the industry and in the ten years since he decided to go it alone and embrace freelance life. It’s a journal of creative direction and graphic design; a collection of thoughts, musings and observations and acts as both portfolio and opinion piece, quite successfully. Compact in size and high in quality production values you can grab your own copy here.
256 pages / Paperback / Full colour litho print / 148 x 210mm Printed and bound in the UK
Spiros Halaris is a multi-disciplinary Illustrator, Designer and Art Director. Originally from Greece, he was trained at the University of the Arts London and has studios in London and New York, where he’s currently based. He’s got a portfolio of beautiful work for the likes of Vanity Fair, Vogue UK, The Telegraph and Sunday Times. I particularly like this recent commission by MoviePilot Magazine for their Oscars coverage.
Strategic design & branding agency D8 kindly sent us a copy of their latest coveted publication to coincide with the recent revamp of their site (which at only 4 letters long has a very enviable url!) This issue, their 7th, has a loose focus on illustration and includes some of their own recent illustrative work (by the likes of Steven Bonner, Jack Daly and many more) not to mention some fantastic commissions including Noma Bar and Andy Lovell. Beg, steal or borrow a copy, its a thing of beauty! (..or just check out their site)
Gemma O’Brien is an Australian artist and designer specialising in lettering, illustration and typography. After studying Design at the College of Fine Arts in Sydney, Gemma worked as an art director at Animal Logic, Fuel VFX and Toby & Pete before deciding to fly solo as a commercial illustrator in 2012. Her typography work takes on a variety of forms, from calligraphic brushwork, illustrated letterforms and digital type to large scale hand-painted murals.
She splits her time between advertising commissions, gallery shows, speaking engagements and hosting hand-lettering workshops around the world. Her clients include Adobe, Volcom, Heineken, Kirin Cider, QANTAS, Heinz, Angus and Julia Stone and The New York Times. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter.
Sam is an independent illustrator and paper artist currently living in the rural countryside just outside of Bristol, surrounded by scenery and wildlife. With six years industry experience and a background in graphic design Sam has turned her observational powers and attention to detail into creating dreamy and magical handcrafted artwork.
Her work is used both commercially and artistically, for a variety of different purposes ranging from advertising campaigns, magazine covers, installations, music and window displays. She has produced work for a large range of clients, including DLKW Lowe, Nokia, Kiehl’s, El Jimador, Paperchase, Camp Bestival, Unipart, Jetstar and Birmingham Royal Ballet.
Ellie F-P is a London based illustrator specialising in witty and expressive hand drawn and collaged imagery. Since graduating in 2008 she has worked for a wide range of clients including: Random House, GQ, The Telegraph, Gramophone Magazine, Creative Review, The Guardian, The Independent, Eureka, Harvard Business Review and CBBC, and most recently, The Idler.
Follow on twitter to keep up to date with her most recent work.
Issue No.2 of Extra Condensed has a particularly numerical theme: from the origins of ‘spitting image’ to Stephenson Blake’s charming San Serif No.7, via a wander through the peculiar world of letter frequency and the printing of issue No.1.Every article also features its own pilcrow, each taken from a different fount in our collection.
Written, designed, typeset and printed by hand in a limited edition of just 200 (although this still involved over 2250 hand pulled prints). Each issue is individually numbered and comes in a custom printed envelope.