Tuesday, 14 December 2010


Hoop Dreams from Sam Gurry on Vimeo.

A beautifully mad video by Sam Gurry.



Monday, 13 December 2010


Eyup, been a while since i've used the old blog but there's good reason for that. Hectic work schedule, deadlines to meet and all that malarky. Finally i'm done for the year at Uni though so I can take a nice month long break for Christmas and New Year. As well as finishing my University work i've just finished setting up my new website. Well it's not officially a website, it's a cargo account, but it's a start.
go have a peak if you wish........


I'm hoping santa will get me a web domain name for christmas, along with a few typefaces and some lovely design books. It's a long shot but the money towards those would be nice, that and a bunch of printed business cards.

Anyway, happy holidays, and I'm sure you'll get see a lot more posts up on here over the next month with me having so little to do to keep myself occupied when I go home this Christmas.

Monday, 8 November 2010


Below are six posts on six different designers/design duos who link from one end of the spectrum to the other. This was a university research project where our blog is meant to 'show incremental shifts from the funky, unorthodox work of Antoinne et Manuel all the way to the rigorous typographical experimentation of Emigre'. So keep on reading....


Antoine Audiaul & Manuel Warosz are a graphic design duo, studio and both professional & personal partners.
The pair work and live in Paris, where they have created some stunning work over the years. Recurring themes that seem to run through each of their pieces is the use of flowing lines, of organic feel, often though with more structured lineal lines like those used in their version of the Paris subway map.

Above: Antoinne et Manuel's version of the Paris Metro Map

Colour is also used to great effect in all of their pieces, a great example being the invites and catalogue designs created for Christian Lacroix that they are well known for. When observing their work I can also see how they like to toy with geometric shapes and play around with contrasts between soft and sharp edges. Their pieces are always printed in the highest of quality, which seems to add more class and value to what they do, using techniques like foil blocking & die-cutting.

Above: One of their Christian Lacroix invites from 2007

Their design work seems mostly to have been constructed digitally although many pieces have been illustrated by hand, such as their ‘Photographier’ poster designed for the Collection Lambert en Avignon in 2002, which happens to be one of my favourite pieces of theirs.

I Love how the piece, along with others designed for Lambert en Avignon, were drawn completely with felt tip pens, often thought of as a child’s artistic tool, which they have picked up and utilised so perfectly when other designers simply shy away from using such a material.
The pair have also delved into other areas such as furniture design, something that only makes me admire them more for their skills.


M/M Paris are another design duo based in Paris, set up in 1992 by Mathias Augustyniak & Michael Amzalag. The pair work in many realms, most prominently art direction for fashion, but work within music, art, film, publication design and experimental typography.
They have an immensely impressive list of clients that includes the likes of Prada, Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Madonna, Vogue Paris, Adidas and many more. Perhaps their most recognisable pieces are those of an illustrative approach. Their series ‘dessin dans l’image’, translated as ‘drawings in the picture’ are exactly that, drawings applied onto images of female models that you’d expect to see in a high-end fashion magazine.
M/M have experimented further with their illustration work but have also created some high-end design based pieces and highly experimental typography to prove how versatile they are. Their typography work where they have constructed letters of the alphabet through the use of photos of models are a great example of this.

Above: One of the pieces from their ‘dessin dans l’image’ series
Below: M/M's experimental typographic piece 'The Alphabet'

The duo themselves have stated in the past that they’re influenced by post punk aesthetics as well as the more strict and structured approach of the Swiss school of graphic design and the more emotional and sensitive Polish school. Despite this they still to me, have a very Parisian design feel about them, much like Antoinne et Manuel, with the exception that they tend to use much darker colours and tones compared to their Parisian counterparts.
M/M Paris over their 18 year existence keep on proving they’re no one trick pony, constantly taking part in new artistic ventures, such as their two year involvement in designing a matruschka-like carved out book about Kubrick’s unfinished film ‘Napoleon’, which was a limited publication that sold for around £500 per piece. Their most recent project, in collaboration with Swedish brand Bryedo is their first eau-de-parfum fragrance labelled ‘M/MINK’, inspired by the smell of solid Asian ink they regularly use across their designs. That alone is territory never before crossed by a designer and only goes to show how far they like to push the boundaries, and how successful they have been in the fashion world.
Their work within fashion has crossed over many areas, and it’s their involvement with high end men’s fashion magazine Arena Homme + between 2007 and 2009 that links them onto my next artist. For those two years they were creative directors for the magazine, working on several issues, before the position was taken over by Graphic design heavyweight Neville Brody......


One of the biggest names in Graphic design today (if not the biggest), Neville Brody has had a career that has spanned over three decades to date. Hailed by many, and hated by some, his skills cannot be apprehended no matter what your view on him may be.
He first shot to prominence in the early eighties when designing record sleeves for various record labels, before working on cult British magazine ‘The Face’ as an art director. He has since worked for other magazine and newspapers such as City Limits, Arena, The Guardian and more recently The Times in 2006, where he was given the task of creating a complete re-design for the paper and created the typeface ‘Times Modern’ used as the body text for the paper, to replace Times New Roman that had been used since 1932.

Above: The Face magazine who Neville worked for as an art director during its heyday in the eighties
Below: An exclusive wallpaper subscribers magazine cover which translates as 'I hate design' designed in 2009

His studio, Research studios was created in 1994, which now has a presence in New York, Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and of course London. The company has worked with a wide array of international clients, too many to mention.
Brody’s style was originally influenced heavily by the punk movement of the 70’s, which was in full flow when he was studying as a student in London. This punk aesthetic has followed through his work ever since, evolving and changing through the years due to the birth of the digital era.
Brody is known for his many skills but his experimental typography is perhaps at the forefront of everything he has accomplished in his hugely successful career. He was one of the founding members of FontWorks in London where he created many notable typefaces, as well as with Fuse, an experimental typography publication, which has produced three major conferences, with more planned for the future. Fuse is published by ‘FontShop’, an online digital type retailer set up in 1989 along with German typographer Eric Spiekermann……


Born in 1947 in Germany, Spiekermann is a self confessed ‘typomaniac’, whose whole career and life has revolved around the art of typography. Over the years he has created many typefaces such as FF Meta, ITC Officina, FF info and many corporate typefaces. His style in contrast to Neville Brody could not be more different, taking a more structured and constrained approach to his typography work, focusing on creating typefaces that are traditional and as legible as possible, most often sans serif ones. He is an author of books and articles based around typography, his most prominent being ‘Stop Stealing Sheep & Find out How Type Works’.
In 1979 he started up the design firm MetaDesign, a ‘global branding and design firm’, that has worked with clients such as Adobe, Apple, Sony & Coca-Cola. It is the largest design firm in Germany, which has offices across the globe much like Brody’s Research Studio, buts it’s approach combines clean, teutonic-looking information design and complex design systems. Spiekermann left Meta in 2001 and started up Edenspiekermann although it has gone through various name changes since it’s birth.

Above: Type specimens of Erik Spiekermann Below: FF Meta, a humanist sans-serif typeface designed for the West German Post Office and 'dubiously' hailed by some as the 'Helvetica of the 1990's'

Spiekermann has won various awards for his contribution to typography and was the first person to be inducted into the Hall of Fame by the European Design Awards for Communication Design, which only goes to shows how highly regarded he is in the world of design.
In the Helvetica documentary film released in 2007, Spiekermann is interviewed amongst many other illustrious designers, and discusses not only the subject of Helvetica but his love of typography in general, and how he feels his typography should improve legibility without being noticed. His subtleness is his style, a style he feels should communicate to the public subconsciously. Also in the interview he vents his disapproval of Microsoft and it’s approach to typography, going as far as calling the company ‘despicable’ and ‘mean bastards’ for creating bad typefaces because ‘they can’t be bothered to pay the licence fees’ for good typefaces, although concluding that “Matthew did some cool stuff for them”, referring to highly respected typographer Matthew Carter, who has worked for Microsoft and is also interviewed in the documentary.


Regarded as one of the greatest typographers of our time, Matthew Carter, born in England and now residing in America, is one of very few typographers who has witnessed the transition from physical metal type to digital. This fact doesn’t help to disguise his age, but at the ripe old age of 73, he shows no signs of slowing down. Over the years he has created many widely used typefaces, ones in which millions of people use and see everyday. He is mostly responsible for aiding the transportation of typography to the screen, creating Verdana for Microsoft, a typeface the world reads from the web, quoted by the design museum as being ‘the elegant gatekeeper of a huge proportion of information.’, along with Georgia, a serif typeface also adopted by Microsoft, for the use of it’s ‘core fonts for the web’ collection.

Just four of Carter's most widely used and recognised typefaces

He also created the typeface Bell Centennial, a sans serif typeface commissioned in 1974 by American telecommunications company AT&T, to be used in telephone directory books, which is still used to this day. Carter has designed typefaces for many publications such as newspaper The New York Times, Wired, Time and more, however it is his continuous work with Microsoft and Apple that has gained him most recognition, and because of this he has received countless awards for his contribution to typography and design. It is Carters involvement with Apple that leads me onto my final link. In 1989, Matthew was interviewed by a magazine, about his views on the initial response by the world of graphic design to the introduction of the Macintosh computers, this interview was held for issue eleven of Emigre Magazine……


Born out of the digital uprising of Macintosh computers in 1984, Emigre are the typography design duo of husband and wife Rudy VanderLans and Zuzana Licko. An independent type foundry based in Berkeley, California, Emigre originally developed fonts on and for the computer. They have designed a large array of typefaces, and hold license to over 300, many belonging to various contemporary designers.
The duo published an independent magazine for 21 years entitled ‘Emigre magazine’ that voiced their criticism and thoughts on type through essays, as well as displaying their vast array of experimental, cutting edge typefaces that took into account the bitmap, dot matrix and vector based design ideals of the era.

various issues of Emigre magazine

The final issue of Émigré magazine was published in 2005, although the type foundry itself carries on to this day and has published a number of books related to graphic design. An issue of Emigre magazine is today seen as somewhat of a collector’s item, and are held in high regard by many designers and anyone who has even a vague interest in typography. Vanderlans used the magazine as a platform for his essay writing abilities, discussing significant works and ideas in the design field he felt were of some importance or had to be shown, even when some of his observations were on those of people not yet out of design school.
The dawn of the blogging era is what appears to of caused the end of Emigre magazines existence, with its ability to showcase work in a much faster format and to a much wider audience. It seems both a cruel and bitter blow for a type foundry that’s own ethos was based around the evolution of the digital era. However the magazine’s influence it seems still lives on, as does Emigre itself and the typography both Vanderlands & Licko continue to create under its name.

Thursday, 4 November 2010


INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.

"Influencers" belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.



I've been spending a little too much money of late, and these two new additions to my book collection haven't helped matters.
First up is Marian Bantjes beautiful hardback 'I Wonder'. It's simply the nicest piece of print i've ever held! I blogged about it here a few months back now and having been released last month i've finally managed to pick up a copy for myself.

'Just My Type' by Simon Garfield is a book of stories. About how Helvetica and Comic Sans took over the world. About why Barack Obama opted for Gotham, while Amy Winehouse found her soul in 30s Art Deco. About the great originators of type, from Baskerville to Zapf, or people like Neville Brody who threw out the rulebook, or Margaret Calvert, who invented the motorway signs that are used from Watford Gap to Abu Dhabi. About the pivotal moment when fonts left the world of Letraset and were loaded onto computers … and typefaces became something we realized we all have an opinion about.

This was also released last month, and although not as drool worthy as 'I Wonder' the cover is still really nicely designed and it's been a great read so far. Both are available on the cheap at amazon......


I've been singing this out loud and in my head all day long! It's such a beautiful cover. I discovered James a few months back and haven't stopped playing his two e.p's. I never knew he could sing as well as produce though so I was blown away when I first heard this. Enjoy...

James Blake - Limit To Your Love from James Blake on Vimeo.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010


Kathryn Macnaughton is an Illustrator/Graphic Artist currently living in Toronto, Canada.
She graduated from Ontario College of Art and Design and has been making pretty pictures ever since.

“Combining drawing with collage in a hue of light pastel shades, softening any ‘filthy rautten’
pornographic material, Macnaughton creates random associations that some of us might think is
fictional mess, but some will see subliminal messages, suggestive imagery of an interpretation of
the real. Asides from the women, shapes are prominent, patterns may be used to fill space, add
game or are intentionally drawing you towards something, an idea or relationship.”
-Raji, The Freak Show



EL GUINCHO | Bombay from MGdM | Marc Gómez del Moral on Vimeo.


Thursday, 28 October 2010


Here are a bunch of proposed logo designs for Rewire. A history of media art, science and technology conference being held by Fact in Liverpool in September 2011. The second year is currently working in collaboration with Fact and have firstly been working on the identity for the event. Unfortunately my logo was not selected, but hey, their loss I guess......

Wednesday, 27 October 2010


As part of an ongoing collaboration for Nottingham Trent's Knitting Society.....

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


'Italian artist, CT, serves up a fresh twist on “modern” graffiti. It’s interesting to note that CT is from Torino, a town with a rich history in lettering. Societa Nebiolo, a type foundry known for its influential typefaces by their star designer, Aldo Novarese, was located here for many years.'




Nice aren't they?


Monday, 18 October 2010


(pretty snazzy website)


Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Playing the Kazimier in Liverpool on the 23rd.


Tuesday, 12 October 2010


Last weekend I had the pleasure of meeting the extremely talented screen printing gig poster maker Jason Munn.
The Richard Goodall Gallery, based in Manchester's northern quarter are currently holding an exhibition of some of his best work and he was there in person on Saturday for a book and poster signing session. The California based artist recently had his first book published entitled 'The Small Stakes: Music Posters' which contains over 150 of his works, and I got myself a copy....

The exhibition at Richard Goodall Gallery runs until 28th October.


Sunday, 10 October 2010


Scott Campbell is a graphic designer, illustrator, printmaker, and musician working and living in New Orleans, LA. After spending his early 20's learning various printmaking techniques at Louisiana State University and Penland School of Crafts, he devoted his time to teaching himself screen printing, recording and playing music all over the country, and working on print projects within the music & entertainment industry.
In 2009, Scott helped establish the Chattanooga, TN design and printing collective, Young Monster. He is passionate about print design, typography, screen printing, and analog synthesizers and drum machines. Scott's design work has been on display at the Museum of Design Atlanta (Graphic Noise 2005) and is featured in the new design book Dirty Fingernails by John Foster / Rockport Press (New Masters of Poster Design).


Saturday, 9 October 2010


How have I only just discovered this band NOW ??????

Thursday, 7 October 2010


I could quite easily look through Marigomen's photos for hours I like them so much...



Yes another music video....

Lucky 1 from Abby Portner on Vimeo.

Avey Tare from Animal Collective releases his solo album this month.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010


Star Slinger - May I Walk With You? Music Video from Star Slinger on Vimeo.

'Star Slinger is one-man beat machine Darren Williams. The 24-year-old Manchester resident and art-house theater ticket-taker studied music technology at Leeds Metropolitan University and tried different styles of music-- emo, techno-- before starting his Star Slinger project in April. Since then, he's released a bounty of original beats as well as unofficial remixes for artists including Deerhunter and Small Black. All of his music is available for free at his site.

Williams' style combines the hyper soul sampling of Kanye West or Dipset producers Heatmakerz with a bubbling psychedelia reminiscent of J Dilla's spacier moments. In his hands, Deerhunter's 1960s-style lullaby "Helicopter" turns into the type of sliced-up head-nodder that Prefuse 73 used to offer.

Williams is increasingly in demand, and will soon release a collaborative EP with ambient-electro act Teams on Mexican Summer, a 7" on Double Denim, a new project with Canadian rapper Emay and San Francisco dream pop artist Blackbird Blackbird, along with another LP of beats.'

(Knicked off of Pichfork)



Love it or hate it this song makes me believe it's still summer out there, despite the Liverpool cloud. Love the high energy frenetic feel of the video filmed by So Me.

Duck Sauce "Barbra Streisand" from Mr Goldbar on Vimeo.


Monday, 4 October 2010


In the last few months I've been going through a weird phase of adoring anything cute and furry (I know it worries me too). Kittens seems to be the big obsession mainly, just above adorable pugs (triggered by that 'dog in a wig' orange advert).
Not long ago I used to love nothing more than to chase any cat I caught shitting in our garden around the house so I could kick the buggery out of it, but now my attitude has somewhat changed. I've watched my fair share of cat videos on youtube ('surprised kitty' being the personal favourite) and now I just want to squeeze them to death because they're so cute.
I'm not the only one though it seems. I've seen a lot of artwork circulating for a while now that focuses on our feline friends, especially in the music industry. New albums by Best Coast, Wavves and The Klaxons all have cats on their covers, and theirs plenty of designers using them as their subjects for art work, perhaps because it's seen as 'cool' and it's the 'in' thing right now. I reckon Beth from Best Coast is to blame. I'm in a catch 22 because i'm bored of it all now but I bloody love pussies!

get your cute cat fix here......


above image by this 'ere artiste....