Being a keen runner and fond of a Half Marathon every now and again, I was pretty excited when the registration email came around for this years Birmingham Half Marathon. I generally get around the course in 1:45 but this year (like every other year) Im hoping to do a little better.
Check out the website HERE for all the details. Always nice to get a little less screen time in your day and a breath of fresh air.
Whether we know it or not, we all grew up with Michael Manoogian’s design work in our lives. Since the late 1960s, Manoogian has been hand-crafting stunning and time-tested typographic logos for clients in the music and entertainment industries. Kenny Rodgers, Stevie Nicks, Lionel Richie have all had the Manoogian touch.
His sketches and concepts are what really grabbed our attention, Some amazing designs and an insight into the working of a design legend. See the interview in over HERE, and be sure to check out the rest of the blog, It’s a well curated collection of graphic design artifacts and inspirations from the 1960′s – 1980′s
Always been 50/50 on Eco Warriors / environmentalists myself, sometimes it feels like the cause they really stand behind is more one of creating a scene, as opposed to the environment. This documentary looks like an fresh take on the whole affair.
Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. With unprecedented access, Just Do It takes you on an astonishing journey behind the scenes of a community of people who refuse to sit back and allow the destruction of their world.
Now where did I put that copy of adbusters…. ( just check it for the design )
Graphic Design on The Radio is a radio show about graphic design. It features interviews with leading designers who talk about their work and play music that has inspired and influenced them.
You can listen to it online HERE, it’s light hearted and informative, its been keeping my ears happy for months. Adrian Shaughnessy asks all the right questions, you want to know answers to. Tune in.
Image subversion and collage is at the heart of what we do here at fluid one artist who I’ve always found inspiration in is british born John Stezaker, He recently had a major exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, London. Though it has now finished. An online collection of 37 of his most famous works are available to view at theapproach.co.uk
Here is what White Chapel had to say about the man in question – “British artist John Stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images. Taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, Stezaker makes collages to give old images a new meaning. By adjusting, inverting and slicing separate pictures together to create unique new works of art, Stezaker explores the subversive force of found images. Stezaker’s famous Mask series fuses the profiles of glamorous sitters with caves, hamlets, or waterfalls, making for images of eerie beauty.
His ‘Dark Star’ series turns publicity portraits into cut-out silhouettes, creating an ambiguous presence in the place of the absent celebrity. Stezaker’s way of giving old images a new context reaches its height in the found images of his Third Person Archive: the artist has removed delicate, haunting figures from the margins of obsolete travel illustrations. Presented as images on their own, they now take the centre stage of our attention”
Collage has seen somewhat of a revival in recent years with a number of books being published on the movement, Cutting Edges being one of the most comprehensive, But don’t forget to check out the master of the new age collage ( in my opinion ) artist and musician Bjorn Copeland.
John Wright is a razor sharp and talented photographer who shoots the fame, fashion, faces and funk. He hails from Glasgow originally but is based in London currently. On Monday I had the pleasure of meeting the man in question for a shoot with one of our clients. Unfortunately the client never showed up, so I spent the day having a peep around RoughTrade and the Free Range Graduate showcase instead.
John shot the portrait images for our Chipmunk – Transition campaign. So do your eyes a favour and check out his website and see how many faces you recognise. The behind the scenes videos are well worth a watch also.
The Birmingham Zine Festival will feature a wide range of self-published books, comics and magazines. We’ll also be showcasing a selection of artwork from artists connected to the alternative press. Its starts this saturday be sure to pop by its on at Six Eight Kafé 6/8 Temple Row, Birmingham B2 5HG. Carla Smith, Dina Kelberman and the very talented Bunny Bissoux all have work on show, check out Bunny’s work. and the zine festival website.
Graphics Interchange Format or gifs (as they are know in the industry ) are amazing. I have some serious time for a good gif and you should too, so I was pretty happy to see this new app for creating animated gif’s on your iPhone – GIF SHOP creates animated gif’s using your iPhone’s camera that you can instantly upload and share. Check it out HERE.
If you would like to feast your eyes on more animated gif jittery action check out HERE, HERE, and HERE. Just click them you wont be disappointed.