July 20th, 2011
Totem Love at Zellig!

graphic art at zellig in the Custard Factory

We are really looking forward to the Character Totem homecoming show tomorrow night (27th of July 2011) in Zellig at the Custard Factory. We got to have a quick look yesterday morning before set up was finished and it is already looking great! We have never seen so much colour in one exhibition.

It promises to be a great night with live music, live drawing, stalls and beer! What more can you ask for?

The show itself is brought to us by Inkygoodness, after a successful trip to Berlin, they wanted to bring it home. The Inkygoodness mission is to showcase new and emerging talent in illustration, character design and lowbrow art. They have been organising shows since 2008, having a number of events across the UK. Most recently Berlin; debuting their first international exhibition as part of the Pictoplasma Character Walk earlier this year.

Tomorrow night will also be the launch of Issue 7 of AMMO magazine. So make sure you come down, join in and have a drink!

Check out more from Inkygoodness on their website: http://inkygoodness.com

 

July 20th, 2011
Letterpress Poster Design

Really nice video on the creation of a Letterpress poster.

 

July 18th, 2011
Motion Graphics

Really great Motion Graphics piece by Patrick Clair.

An infographic dissecting the nature and ramifications of Stuxnet, the first weapon made entirely out of code.

 

July 15th, 2011
Poster Design and Graphics

We just love these posters for Coppélia. This is just a selection of 27 poster designs submitted to Pointe Blank, a new collaborative project created by Birmingham Royal Ballet.

Designers and Artists were invited to create original artwork based on the story of the ballet Coppélia. Great selection of posters, from pure typographic pieces to detailed illustrations. The posters were then put on display in an exhibition. It’s great to see this kind of thing happening and we look forward to more.

 

July 13th, 2011
HTML5. The new website standard

We’ve posted about HTML5 on here before. But what exactly is it? HTML5 is to become the new web standard, it greatly reduces the amount of code web-designers have to use when creating and structuring pages. Perhaps the biggest benefit to HTML5 is the fact that it can handle Video and Audio in the browser, so there’ll be no need for extra plug-ins.

With the inclusion of video in the browser this may do away with the need for Adobe Flash. Apple have already refused to use Flash plug-ins in its iOS, they say its due to the amount of resources it takes up. HTML5 should bring us rich media content to all our devices.

So there are plenty of new and exciting possibilities with HTML5. And with animation techniques also being introduced it’s hard to think that Adobe Flash will be around much longer in its current state. I imagine they will change the output settings, from the standard SWF to something more like Swiffy.

Swiffy is a Google Labs project created by Pieter Senster, who was an intern working on a small project to convert SWF files to HTML5. From this Swiffy was born and Pieter was hired to work on the project full time. Although at this point in time it is still in its infancy it will convert most SWF files, it has however got problems with some Flash content.

You can check out some demos of Swiffy in action on the Google Labs website here: http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/gallery.html

We tried it on our musical Stripeyhorse at homepage and it does work. The music worked too in Safari and Chrome but when we tried it on an iOS devise unfortunately it didn’t, However, Google have already said it doen’t support all kinds of sound files.

With the introduction of HTML5 I imagine a lot of websites are going to start using it and pushing it to its limits. I can see a lot of websites going down the route of the early flash adopters. When in the mid 90′s it seemed every website was Flash based even when it was very unnecessary to be. But we’re looking forward to seeing the developments and the crazy websites which will be published using HTML5.

We really like this website: http://nizoapp.com/ The site is for a new app called Nizo. Every element animates onto screen smoothly as the user scrolls down. All of it done with Java script, so no Flash required. It’s a very clever site, allowing the user to then grab and move any object on screen. It’s this kind of website which gets us excited about HTML5.

website design using HTML5


Other readings and links to HTML5 websites:

http://pixelclouds.com/2011/03/16/25-brilliant-websites-designed-with-html5-css3/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/05/title/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/01/html5-branding-and-logo-design/

http://www.stripeyhorsecreative.com/blog/2011/01/html-5/

 

July 12th, 2011
Motion Graphics

Very nice graphics piece by Adam Grabowski. Created for a motion graphics showcase at the School of Visual Arts, in this clip Adam pays homage to the early days of the moving image. How? By creating animation machines from everyday household items.

Found via the website: http://www.zillamag.com

 

July 11th, 2011
Censorship!

advertising and branding agency

We just think these images are great. As part of the branding and advertising campaign for Reporters Without Borders the advertising agency Ogilvy developed this idea.

To illustrate just how censorship gives the viewer only half the story and to illustrate how censorship is wrong they took everyday situations of political figures and with the addition of the censor pixellation gave each one a clever twist.

For more information check out the Reporters Without Borders website here.

 

July 8th, 2011
Graphic Design Course

Here is a brilliant motion graphics piece. It beautifully illustrates what the college does, who their target market is, and speaks to them through different media. Motion graphics, stop motion and live footage are all combined to create a captivating piece.