March 30th, 2011
Wim Crouwel

The Wim Crouwel retrospective A graphic Odyssey at the Design Museum London is starting today. It runs from the 30th of march to the 3rd of July, and is the first exhibition of his graphic work to take place in the UK. Crouwel is regarded as one of the leading designers of the 20th century, his typographic work embraced a new modernity. He perfectly captured the emerging computer age of the 1960′s.

“This exhibition will cover Crouwel’s rigorous design approach and key moments in his career including his work for design practice Total Design, the identity for the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam”—Design Museum

In anticipation of the event there has been some great work coming from the creative design agencies. From the top — Michael C Place the Creative Director of Build designed this graphic poster inspired by Crowels work. Tony Brook of Spin, who also curated the exhibition, designed posters featuring Crowel’s fonts. There has also been a beautiful Catalogue designed to mark the event. Edited by Tony Brook and Adrian Shaughnessy, the book is packed with Crouwel’s posters, catalogues, documents, manuals – even his stamps and personal photographs.

Having attended a talk by him some years ago in Dublin this is a show I dont want to miss.

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March 30th, 2011
Liz Taylor

It’s a week ago today that the iconic and inimitable Dame Liz Taylor passed away. One of the last true stars of the silver screen her life was as dramatic off the camera as it was on. Particularly touching was the recent news article claiming that she was buried with a love letter from Richard Burton, which he penned three days before his death in 1984, stating that she was the love of his life. Allegedly Liz Taylor kept it at her bedside for 27 years refusing to release it to the press. An avid fundraiser for her AIDS foundation, these photos commemorate one of the few heroines of the last and current century.


March 29th, 2011
Have you ever wondered?

We just love this website by Jarrett Green. It is the outcome of an inquisitive mind and great illustrations.

Check out more of Jarrett’s ponderings on the website here:

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March 28th, 2011

We came across the website Designspiration recently. The website lets creatives share their favourite images and design, plenty of inspiration throughout and updated regularly by the community.

Check it out and ask for an invite here:


March 25th, 2011
Poster Design

We really like these poster designs by Brian Banton. Each poster interprets a design or philosophy related quote. We especially like the last one shown here.

For more posters check out his Behance page at:

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March 24th, 2011
Colours. Photography

We just love these graphic images by Oliver Schwarzwald. They were taken for the Colours project by artist Hugo Bruls.

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March 23rd, 2011
And So… To Sew. Graphic design

We found these recently. You got to just love them, graphic design from the early 70′s they are about knitting patterns. We just love everything about them, the design, the photography and the copywriting. I feel a personal project coming on!


March 22nd, 2011
Beyond the Brink

We have just been invited to a screening of “Beyond the Brink” by Ross Harrison. It will take place tomorrow night in The Gallery at The Custard Factory. You can check out more of Ross’s videos on his Vimeo channel here:


March 21st, 2011
Lyon / France / 2010

We really like this video Motion Graphics projected onto a building make it sing. This is a great piece.


March 17th, 2011
A nice story

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March 16th, 2011
Hey Days. Graphic design studio

Some really nice work coming from Heydays, an Oslo-based design studio. Their work includes corporate identities, books, magazines, and websites. The Grip logo and branding design looks great.

Check out their website here:

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March 15th, 2011
Birmingham — The Beat Begins

Since Birmingham lost the City of Culture bid, it’s fair to say there’s been a bit of naval gazing going on. Why did it happen? What’s Derry got that we haven’t? Where has all this belly button fluff come from??

But maybe we’ve been looking at this all wrong. Maybe, we should be looking at why we missed out. And maybe the answer is because, in actual fact, we’re doing okay thanks very much. We’re not so down on our luck! Birmingham’s got a lot to offer after all, and particularly from its creative industries.

It seems though, that the message isn’t quite getting out there. And we’re not the first city to be in this dilemma …

Dublin for many years was really missing a hardcore creative design scene. Pockets of creativity subtly hammered away, keeping Irish design afloat with an understated presence. Thanks to the initiative of a few bright sparks however, things slowly started to change, and the results for Dublin were phenomenal.

First, Ireland stopped looking for answers externally and started looking inwards, for homegrown talent. With this change in perspective came a new attitude, and a common goal –If They Can Do It We Can Too! Eventually, a design community that was once scattered became insular. It only took a few steps to change the whole dynamic — a few small steps which snowballed and resulted in Dublin as it is today, a hub of design creativity.

The biggest change, yet arguably the smallest step, came with the introduction of CANDY magazine. Launched in 2005, its intention was to showcase Irish creativity to a worldwide audience. Using its own contributions while simultaneously drawing on the creative expertise and skills of new members, growth was rapid. Before long a vast creative community emerged, a cohesive powerhouse of talent and with it, an unprecedented level of global awareness. And that wasn’t all…

More creative events and forums followed: Sweettalk initiated seminars where heroes of the design industry shared their inspirations, their experiences and their expertise. Moving forward to collaborate with major brands such as Sony, Habitat and other retail goliaths, Sweettalksupported the design industry and encouraged creatives to get involved. Synth Eastwood,50×50, Shock’d, and talks at Electric Picnic followed, offering a huge variety of opportunities for creatives to meet, relax, drink, socialize and learn, in a friendly, supportive environment. The result of all this? Dublin, creatively speaking, is on the map.

Ireland has always been known for its unique vibe, with live bands in traditional pubs creating the atmosphere it’s become famous for. A short walk along the River Liffey and through Temple Bar with its street performers and musicians will leave you with the sense that it truly is a creative place to be. But now, alongside that traditional creative essence, it’s achieved status as a hotbed of design creativity. Take Offset for examplea weekend attracting inspirational speakers every year, bringing together the creative community through knowledge, open debate and inspiring stories of success. With an annual calendar of events that would make industry giants like London and Manchester blush, Dublin it seems has stamped its presence on the global creative industry. So what can Birmingham learn from that success, if anything?

Historically, Birmingham was at the helm of a global industrial revolution, a world leader of industry and technology. Perhaps that’s why Birmingham is sometimes overlooked for other cities — because the word isn’t quite out that we’ve evolved, that we’ve moved with the times. Birmingham is at the forefront of digital media, creative design, branding, social media — you name it, we can do it. And what’s more, we do it well.

The fact is, Birmingham is the city of choice for hundreds of creative agencies. In a highly competitive industry, Birmingham design agencies have honed into a slick movement of cutting edge creatives, offering commercially viable solutions that satisfy demand and exceed expectations, locally, nationally and globally.

Word is spreading. But how do we speed up the drumbeat on that grapevine? And is that what we can learn from places like Dublin? Interestingly, social media sites are seeing a new movement from Irish creatives — a red and white badge added to individual profiles simply stating in icons ‘love Irish arts’. It’s a small action, but the symbolic gesture is much more significant.

It would be good to see a stronger community here in the Midlands. Perhaps a merging of two well-known creative centres — the Jewellery Quarter and the Custard Factory — could really raise the flag for Birmingham’s creative industry. The opportunities are limitless.

We didn’t win the City of Culture bid because we’re already too advanced, we’ve got too much going for us! Now we just need to put those small steps in place that will make us become the big creative presence we know we can be.

This is an article we wrote for Created in Birmingham.
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March 14th, 2011
Shyscapes. Motion Graphics

A really nice motion graphics piece by Misha Shyukin. This is a fantastic created for graduation, haunting and very well executed.

Check out the Vimeo channel for some more great videos:

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March 13th, 2011
Carl Burgess

These are simple screengrabs from a Carl Burgess short created for Nike. Carl was asked to artistically interpret the exhilaration of running. It makes for a really interesting, experimental piece. The speed of the animation represents the speed of the run, which was captured using Nike+ tech.

Great video and worth checking out here:


March 12th, 2011
Dana Tanamachi. Chalk drawings

Just love these chalk drawings by Dana Tanamachi. She is a graphic designer and custom chalk letterer living in Brooklyn, New York. Great work, I would love to see some here in Birmingham.

For more of Dana’s work check out her website:

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March 11th, 2011
Graphic Design and Branding Agency

Some really interesting design coming from Studio Laucke. Based in Amsterdam and Berlin, they focus on creative strategy, graphic and book design. The studio has been open since 2000. For more of their work check out the website:

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March 10th, 2011
More great work from JR.

We have posted about the design work by JR before. We really like the images he creates, he has got a really great style.

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March 9th, 2011
Luff. Underground film festival

Just love these images by Demian Conrad, for the Lausanne Underground Film & Music Festival. He created a lot for this festival, from postcards and posters to banners.

Check out more of his work here:

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March 8th, 2011
Turn research into innovation

Jon Kolko recently wrote an interesting essay on how to embrace design synthesis in you organisation.

Design synthesis — the process of translating data and research into knowledge — is the most critical part of the design process. Yet in our popular discussions of design and innovation, we’ve largely ignored this fundamental role.

This is a really great article about gathering research and how to turn this into a tangible and viable solution to a problem. Find out more on this article and how to create great research from the website


March 7th, 2011
Alphabloks. Motion Graphics

ALPHABLOKS – Motion Typography from Colin Evoy Sebestyen on Vimeo.

Pretty cool motion graphic animation by Colin Evoy Sebestyen. He left a nice explanation of this piece on his Vimeo channel.

For more of his motion graphic work check out his vimeo channel:

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