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 8th, 2012
Graphic Design Posters

graphic design posters

graphic design agency posters

graphic design agency brum posters

We think these posters are just kinda cool! They are part of a self initiated project by Gary Nicholson to lift the spirits of designers. Each poster is a pun on typographic design or some other design element, more from this series can be viewed on his personal website, along with other work from his portfolio. We think these posters would look great in any design agency.

 

December 21st, 2011
The Beatles & Apple

We are sure most of you seen this. But we really like it, its a nice clean animation for the Beatles on the Apple iTunes store.

Found via the Apple website

 

December 19th, 2011
Banksy’ Cardinal Sin

banksy sculpture design

Banksy has given the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool an early Christmas present of a new sculpture. The piece titled Cardinal Sin is a comment on the scandals that hit the Church along with the subsequent cover–ups.

Banksy had sawn off the face of an 18th Century replica stone bust and replaced it with bathroom tiles, in order to replicate the pixilation newspapers use to protect identities.

“It’s a huge coup and we are sure his work will spark a reaction with visitors.” said Reyahn King, director of art galleries at National Museums Liverpool.

Banksy requested that the piece be put on display alongside the art galleries period collection.

Via the Guardian website.

We have posted more about Banksy here.

 

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

 

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 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 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.

 

May 30th, 2011
Smile! You’re on TBS!

How do you revitalise a business without completely rebuilding it from the bottom up? Yep, a rebrand and luckily for us, TBS is around to give you the perfect example.

You’d be forgiven for not knowing exactly who we’re talking about. If we say an American TV channel famed for sitcom reruns and comedy movies hopefully it becomes clearer.

TBS’s ‘smile’ logo has been in use since 2004 but while the TV network has become a powerhouse of success, it seems their branding wasn’t quite keeping up with the times. Cue Ferroconcrete, a Los Angeles based branding and design agency.

They’ve taken the existing smile logo and morphed it into an animated brand identity with ‘mega personality’. Ferroconcrete credit the new smile logo with an ‘arsenal of expressions and gestures”. Apparently, “he waves, jumps, and bows as he charms, goofs and mimics’. Twinned with a vibrant colour range the result is a bold, fresh brand identity that really communicates what TBS is about.

Ferroncrete also know that no top  notch rebrand would be complete without a full complement of makeover tools. Integrating a new typeface, ‘Katarine’, gives the new brand a friendly accessibility combined with a contemporary feel. The overall effect is a huge personality – it’s fun, entertaining and stylish.

But enough about what we think – check out the article here: http://www.underconsideration.com/brandnew/archives/funny_smile.php

 

May 12th, 2011
D*Face. Graphic painting

A great time-lapse video of D*Face creating a mural for his recent ‘Going Nowhere Fast’ exhibition.

Found via the website: http://alwaysreadthesmallprint.com

 

May 5th, 2011
Branding Books

Push Pop Press is a new publishing platform for iOS devices. It helps users develop books rich and deep in content, full of text, images, interactive graphics, sound and touch. It makes publishing easy to do, the user does not need to have knowledge of coding and software development. The first title to take advantage of the Push Pop Press software is Al Gore’s “Our Choice”, the sequel to An Inconvenient Truth.

Push Pop Press is a new brand which aims to bring a new dimension to the e-book platform, adding high-end graphics to the largely unadorned text. They will come up against some big name brand competition also, such as Adobe, who have a huge percent of the e-book and magazine platform. This new way of branding and creating books looks great. Full of interactivity and fun I am sure Push Pop Press will take off in a big way. Watch out for more titles on their website here: http://pushpoppress.com/

Buy it from iTunes here: http://itunes.apple.com

Found via Twitter: @movingbrands @wired
Also on the website: http://www.wired.com

 

May 3rd, 2011
Branding colour

Are you showing your true colours?

As brand experts, we think colour is pretty vital to how your business is viewed. Take a look at Coke, for example — that specific shade of red has been associated with the Coke brand for decades. To change it now would have far-reaching results, affecting brand recognition as well as brand loyalty. But why is it so important?

We came across this article on Idsgn about food colouring. It shows just how much colour can change how customers and clients view you and your business.

During an experiment, participants were given a well-known snack — one portion loaded with food colouring, the other without — but both with identical flavouring and ingredients. The outcome? Participants found the naked food tasted “bland” and wasn’t “much fun to eat”. According to Professor Brian Wansink from Cornell, even though the un-dyed food was identical in taste and texture, the lack of colouring meant “their fingers did not turn orange” and “their brains did not register much cheese flavour”.

So if colour can mentally affect how we taste, and our perception of how something should taste, just imagine what colour is doing for your brand. Is colour working for you or against? Are customers going to competitors simply because they prefer their brand colours over yours? The Twitter logo was green before it was blue (check it out below) – how has this change of colour affected their brand? Would you have signed up to their old website without their corporate brand blue? And what if Coke was no longer brown — would you still want to drink it?

For further reading about the colour used in food and how it can affect us, both emotionally and physically, check out the rest of the article here: http://idsgn.org/

 

April 25th, 2011
Dark Matters

Pretty interesting clip, using analogue techniques to achieve digital effects. Dark Matters created this simply using strings and nails.

Find out more about Dark Matters on their website: http://www.darkmatters.dk/
Found via the website: http://www.changethethought.com/

 

April 20th, 2011
Sooner or Later It All Comes Down

Awesome series of images from Via Grafik. A graphic design and art agency based in Germany.  The black blocks look so solid yet they seem to float, as if filled with helium. They look almost like Tetris blocks about to fall. Great work, this installation piece was created for Names festival in Praha.

Found via the website: http://thefoxisblack.com

Check out mor art work by Via Grafik on their own website.

 

April 15th, 2011
TrustoCorp.

We really like these subversive road signs and branding projects coming from TrustoCorp. Great graphic style and really creative outcomes. Although not much is known about TrustoCorp, we do know he/she/they are based in New York. They are “dedicated to highlighting the hyporcrisy and hilarity of human behaviour through sarcasm and satire.” TrustoCorp also place their rebranded goods in to stores under the noses of their unsuspecting proprietors.

Check out the website.

 

April 1st, 2011
Eine. Graphic Art

We love these images. Eine creates huge graphic pieces, his use of typography and bright colours really set him apart from other graphic street artists. He is one of the hardest working and most prolific street artists working today. One of his recent works VANDALISM, poses the brilliant question which Local Councils up and down the country are asking, should this work stay up? Has any of his work been done in Birmingham?

Via the website: http://verynearlyalmost.com/

To buy some of his work visit the website: http://www.nellyduff.com

 

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.

Found via the website: http://ilikecreative.com

 

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 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.

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