June 29th, 2012
New logo design for British Gymnastics

We really like the new logo design for British Gymnastics. Using bright bold colourful graphics the swirls track the motion of a gymnast.
There is also a video that accompanies the logo design, check it out on our facebook page.

Via the Creative Review website

And strangely enough in the comments someone has linked to this website, the go to wall for in-situ visuals.

 

June 6th, 2012
Origami, Graphic Street Art

Some really cool and colourful Origami street art has been popping up in France. These are by the French artist Mademoiselle Maurice, she uses bright colour origami figures to create geometric and graphic shapes.

More of her paper designs can be viewed on her personal website, she also works in lace and other materials.

Via the website: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/

 

March 12th, 2012
We Love Offset!

We are just back from attending Offset in Dublin, it was a great weekend packed with lots of creative inspiration. Creatives and graphic designers from all over the world converged in Dublin for the three day event.

This was the third Offset event to happen in Dublin, and whatever style of design or illustration you like there was plenty of eye-candy and inspiring speakers to make you want more!

Some of the big highlights for us included Stefan Sagmeister (New York based Graphic Designer), Shepard Fairey (American Graphic Designer and Illustrator), Jessica Hische (American letterer, illustrator, and crazy cat), Michael Bierut (Graphic Designer), Von (Illustrator), Andrew Essex (Advertising) and not forgetting Dublins own Connor & David (Graphic Designers, Dublin) and Johnny Kelly (advertising, short films).

Each designer gave great insight into how they approach their work, what the design thinking and the creative process was behind some very memorable pieces. Other speakers were just great to see, Friends With You gave us all a treat when some of their characters made an appearance on stage… they also made us dance!

One of the better Q&A sessions was Stefan Sagmeister being interviewed by Ciarán ÓGaora of Zero-G (Graphic design agency, Dublin), where they discussed where the line between art and design lies. Stefan also gave us a little bit more of an insight into a new movie he has been working on.

This is definitely an event every designer should look out for! Not sure how they will top this one, but we are already looking forward to the next event!

 

December 14th, 2011
Tangerine Tango the colour for 2012

Tangerine tango the graphic design colour for 2012

The news every graphic designer has been waiting for… the colour we will all be using in 2012 is Tangerine Tango!

Leatrice Eiseman of Pantone says “There’s the element of encouragement with orange, it’s building on the ideas of courage and action, that we want to move on to better things. I think it would be a disservice to go with a relaxed, soothing color now,”

As we said last year we want to see this colour all over Brum. Its going to be the best thing that has happened to graphic and web design since… well since Honeysuckle!

Via the Creative Review website

 

December 12th, 2011
Millions and millions of dots

Yes we have been bad of late, with not posting cool graphic design on here, but we will be better. For now check this video out! Pretty unbelievable, I dont know too much about the artist except he has a lot of patience! Great little motion design!

Found via the 9gag website

 

September 15th, 2011
Pivot Dublin

Dublin has recently been named one of three capital cities to be considered for the World Design Capital 2014. This is an accolade any great city would love to have, and there was great competition from over 50 cities including Cape Town and Bilbao who were also shortlisted.

So what was it about Dublin that made it stand out, against bigger, and I am sure some would say, more creative cities? We have talked about Dublin City on here before in an article we wrote for Created in Birmingham, and the creative atmosphere Dublin has, which is unique to the city. But of course the World Design Capital committee look at much more than just Graphic Design, the awarded city must have a deeper understanding of how design can enrich peoples lives. And this is what the Pivot Dublin bid showcases, looking at four distinct areas: Connecting Cities, Making Cities Lighter, Making Cities Flow and Making Cities Smile.

There are many great stories and articles on the Pivot Dublin website about how design has enriched and enhanced the lives of the people of Dublin. One such story is of the library in Blanchardstown, the jury saw an exhibition which explained how the Local authority was using the quality of the design of its public buildings to raise awareness and expectation that design quality mattered. Marguerite Murphy explained that 1800 people a day used Blanchardstown Library, and a queing system had to be put in place.

The Jury also visited The Grand Canal Square and Theatre, home to among other things the Offset festival. Offset is a must see for any design agency in Dublin, it gathers the biggest names in the design world for three days of events and talks. The orgainsers of the festival discussed how this self financed project came about.

The WDC will come to a decision as to what Capital city wins WDC 2014 in October, we think Dublin has a huge chance of winning this. It is a city that thrives on creativity and design.

Dublin graphic design agency

graphic design dublin books


Offset 2012 takes place on the 9–11th March in Dublin City Center.

The Pivot Dublin website has a lot more information on how Dublin was selected and what they plan on doing for 2014.

Check out the Offset website here: http://www.iloveoffset.com/

Check out the Pivot Dublin website here: http://www.pivotdublin.com/

 

September 8th, 2011
Typo London

Design agency talks and events

Typo London, is happening this October 20–22. Three days of presentations spread over two stages, with some really big influential names from the design world giving lectures.

I attended a similar event to this in Dublin a few years ago. The fantastic Offset, which included some big international names and also some local Dublin talent. Speakers at the Typo London event include Neville Brody, Michael Bierut, Erik Spiekermann, Tony Brook  and Chip Kidd and many more.

Tickets are available from the Typo London website here but at £550 each it is not really open to everyone!

Now we are looking forward to seeing the line up for Offset 2012, hope the tickets are a bit more reasonable.

 

September 7th, 2011
Chipotle Mexican Grill

We posted work by Johnny Kelly on here before, like this one and this. We really like this animation he did for Chipotle Mexican Grill. The film tells the story of how a farmer turned his farm industrial. He no longer cares for the animals and has become motivated by money. The film features a special recording by Willie Nelson of Coldplays The Scientest. As the track says were going back to the start so does the farmer, he gets rid of the industrial machinery from his farm, and begins to take care of his animals once again.

Like a lot of Kellys work the colours are bright and playful and there is a lot of humor in the clip, but this underlines the serious message of industrialization. Kelly began his career in Dublin, Ireland, before moving to the UK.

The Nelson track is available to download and all the proceeds go to Chipotle Cultivate Foundation, which is committed to helping create a sustainable food supply and to raising awareness concerning food issues.

Via the Creative Review website

 

May 9th, 2011
Motion Graphics.

We really love this new advert for the Bacardi brand by Johnny Kelly. He has worked with some big brand names in the past, including Google, which we posted on here before.

The concept of this advert is to encourage people to ditch technology and get together over a drink or two. We just love this, the music, the voice-over it just works together so well. Looking forward to see what he produces for other brands!

Via the website: http://alwaysreadthesmallprint.com

 

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.

Check out these websites for more information:
http://www.uniteditions.com/shop/inspired-by-wim-crouwel-a-poster-by-build

http://visuelle.co.uk/

http://www.uniteditions.com/shop/wim-crouwel-catalogue-cover-no1-unit-04

 

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.
Visit the Created in Birmingham website for events happening in and around the city: http://www.createdinbirmingham.com

 

December 12th, 2010
Wim Crouwel — A Graphic Odyssey

The London Design Museum has announced a major retrospective of work by Wim Crouwel. This is one I am definitely looking forward to. The retrospective is titled Wim Crowel — A Graphic Odyssey, it will be curated by Tony Brook of Spin (a graphic design agency located in London).

This should be a great show, the Design Museum says “Original sketches, posters, catalogues and archive photography will be on display alongside films and audio commentary”. The exhibition will also explore his legacy and long lasting influence on contemporary graphic design with commentary from Peter Saville and Stefan Sagmeister.

I attended Candy‘s SweetTalk 24 event in Dublin where Crouwel gave a presentation of his work. This was followed by a screening of Helvetica The Movie, and a quick Q&A. It was such a good night, it would be great to attend this exhibition.

Wim Crouwel – A Graphic Odyssey will run from March 30 to July 3 2011

Found via Creative Review

 

June 17th, 2010
youtube play

Really loving the new animation for YouTube Play by Johnny Kelly. Work submitted to the site will go in front of a jury who will select the most creative clips to showcase at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Found via Creative Review