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
One of our New Year Resolutions was to become more social.
Were moving into our new studio at Zellig in Birmingham pretty soon. So we have started the hunt for studio furniture and things that will make us feel at home. The Aphrodite USB Hub is something we would love to get our hands on. Along with the cool Stags Head we mentioned here before.
Found via the Swiss Miss website.
You can buy the Aphrodite USB Hub here: http://www.fredflare.com
A very interesting video by Jon. He wrote this documentary along with his friends Malcolm and Christine, as part of The Ritual Project sponsored by Stella Artois. It follows, and tells the story of advertising hand painters in big cities. This is definitely a craft which is disappearing over time due to new printing techniques. Whis I think is a real pity. I do not understand why advertisers do not use hand painted posters anymore. I believe, as the hand painted adverts take so long to create, everyone can appreciate them being there. I believe they become part of the culture and heart of a particular city, or district within a city. When these graphics become part of the city people do not want to see them go or being repainted over.
A recent post on Vandalog, a blog for graphic street artists hit on a similar point. “As most of you may know, one of Roa‘s beloved works in East London is facing removal after the owners of the building were told they have 14 days to remove it or the Council will. The whole ordeal is a bit ridiculous, since the Hackney Council is calling the piece a “blight on the environment”even though the owners the building gave the artist permission to paint int he first place. An online petition is going on to save the work and pretty much tell the Council to back off. ”
Although both forms of graphics are different it still highlights the fact that the people where these graphics have been painted do get attached to them. And the public would be sad to see them disappear. I for one would love to see more advertising and painting like this around Birmingham.
Video found via the website Advertisers Anonymous
J.R is the 2011 winner of the TED prize.
Having seen and posted about his work before I can see why J.R is the 2011 TED prize winner. He is an anonymous photographer and artist from Paris, and much like Banksy his work is filled with meaning. His work features the faces and life of local people in small villages and neighbourhoods across the world. He then posts these photographs very large scale around these villages, on their buildings and transport systems.
Being a Guerrilla artist he remains under the radar of the authorities. A lot of his art and designs are posted in places where the local people do not have access to art galleries. Bringing creativity and art to their neighbourhood. I would love to see some of his work closer to home, in and around Birmingham!
Check out the video and a talk with J.R on the TED web site here http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/
New Industry Arts is a beautifully designed website which links to creatives in the field of fashion, photography, design and more. There is a lot of creative inspiration to be had here.
Check out their website at http://newindustryarts.com/
The bp oil disaster began on the 20th of April 2010. Today the 11th of June, it is still gushing oil into our sea with no sign of it stopping any time soon. What have BP done? Big brands need to have ethical policies in place to stop disasters like this happening again. It seems all to often these brands think they are a law onto themselves. They must feel they can get away with almost anything. We as the consumer must turn our back on these brands and go somewhere else. It is only through reduced revenue and reduced customer loyalty will these big brands think before they act. We have long stopped using any BP station in Birmingham and others must do the same.
“Webdesigners are the new rockstars” – good site for web site design inspiration.
As a creative design and branding agency in Birmingham we crete a lot of websites throughout the year. This is a fantastic resource for great inspiration. The are a lot of different websites on here, and from a lot of different agencies. From small freelance designers to big branding companies it takes a look at the best websites they created.
Check out the website here http://www.designcharts.com/
Check out their web site here http://www.rbg6.se/
A nice web site encouraging graphic designers to make videos about the effects of climate change. As a branding agency based in Birmingham we try to reduce the amount of paper waste we create. We do encourage anybody out the o do the same.
Check out the website here http://livingclimatechange.com/videochallenge/