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

 

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

 

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