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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: Antonia Wilson | Filed under: Photography | Comments Off

From cosy geladas to luminous squid, here are some of our highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winners and shortlisted works...

Now in it's 50th year, the competition - co-owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide - invites professional and amateur photographers from around the world to submit work into categories including Mammals, Birds, Amphibians and Reptiles, Invertebrates, Plants and Fungi, Underwater Species, Earth's Environments, Black and White, Natural Design, Timelapse, and World in Our Hands.

There are also special awards for Best Single Image, Wildlife Photojournalist of the Year, Rising Star, various age group categories for under-18s, and more. Winners were announced last night at London's Natural History Museum, where the exhibtion will take place from Friday until 30 August 2015 before touring the UK and internationally.

Pictured above: Little squid by Fabien Michenet (France), Underwater Species finalist. Whilst night diving off the coast of Tahiti, Michenet became fascinated by this young sharpear enope squid, measuring just 3cm long, floating motionless 20m deep.

The last great picture by Michael Nichols (USA), Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winner. Taken in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Nichols snapped the five females of the Vumbi pride lying with their cubs calmly sleeping, who were used to his presence after he had been following them for nearly six months.

Photographing them in infrared, "cuts through the dust and haze, transforms the light and turns the moment into something primal, biblical almost," he says.

Transparent care, by Ingo Arndt (Germany), Amphibians and Reptiles finalist. Arndt captured a beam of sunlight shining down thorough a leaf and through the skin of a tiny glass frog guardian a clutch of eggs, in the Piedras Blancas National Park in Costa Rica.

Touché by Jan van der Greef (The Netherlands), Birds Finalist. This image was shot in Ecuador using multiple flashes to freeze the sword-billed hummingbird's wing-beat (more than 60p/s). With its 11cm bill designed to reach nectar at the bas of tube shaped flowers it is the only bird with a bill longer than it's body, excluding tail.

Spider in the frame by Juan Jesus Gonzalez Ahumada (Spain), Black and White Finalist. To isolate this prickly pear leaf skeleton from the surrounding vegetation Ahumada placed a piece of white card behind it, being careful not to disturb the tiny spider hiding in a gap in the framework.

The price to pay by Bruno D'Amicis (Italy), World in Our Hands winner. As part of a long-term project investigating the issues facing endangered species in the Sahara, D'Amicis shot this image of a teenager from a village in southern Tunisia offering (illegally) to sell a three-month-old fennec fox, one of a litter he dug out of their den in the desert.

Communal warmth by Simon Sbaraglia (Italy), Mammals finalist. Just before sunset in the Simien Mountains of Ethiopia, Sbaraglia waited at the edge of a cliff for a group of geladas to return after a day's foraging. As they returned it was almost completely dark, but setting his ISO to maximum and using a gentle pulse of flash he caught this great image of the huddled troop.

Apocalypse by Francisco Negroni (Chile), Earth's Environments winner. After the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic complex began to erupt, Negroni travelled to Puyehue National Park in southern Chile to shoot this volcanic lighting also known as a ‘dirty thunderstorm'. "It was the most incredible thing I have seen in my life," he said.

Feral spirits by Sam Hobson (UK), Birds finalist. Ring-necked parakeets, an Afro-Asian species are now wild in Britain, as a result of escapes and deliberate release of captive birds. Hobson took this picture in London, where the birds thrive, in a cemetery where there were several thousands of birds flying past in constant streams of 20-30. He used a burst of flash at the end of a long exposure to create the shadowy tails.

Delta design by Hans Strand (Sweden), Earth's Environments finalist. Shooting from the air over Iceland, battling motion sickness and the strong winds, Strand captured the delta (landform created at the mouth of a river) of the Fúlakvisl, with the murky river appearing as tangled silvery threads over the black volcanic soil.


Hans Eijkelboom’s People of the 21st Century

Posted: October 22nd, 2014 | Author: Eliza Williams | Filed under: Books, Photography | Comments Off

We are used to seeing photos of people who stand out on the street – those who are snapped by fashion mags for having a 'look' all their own. But what about the rest of us? We might just find a place in Hans Eijkelboom's new book, People of the 21st Century...

The book, published by Phaidon, chronicles a body of work created over a 22-year period. Each page features an assemblage of shots all taken in an individual place: Eijkelboom sets up camp for a maximum of two hours in an area of a city (usually a busy shopping district) and then picks a 'type' to photograph. The grouping could be made through a particular item of clothing, or object, or by a behaviour – couples walking arm in arm, for example. The day's shots are then organised as a group and dated.


The book is fascinating to flick through – in part to see the changing fashions (remember when everyone was wearing lumberjack shirts?) but also in the deeper questions it provokes. Are we all fashion automatons? Do we not have any unique style? When advertising is so often focused on promoting the idea of free expression and individuality, it is somewhat disheartening to see that in actuality, we all end up looking the same.

Eijkelboom describes his work as being rooted in "identity" and states that this project was sparked by a desire to explore his place within a society dominated by commercialism. "When I started the project, I wondered whether I was a product of the consumer society, rather than my own man," he says in a recent interview. "I wanted to make the series almost as a mirror, in which to see myself. If I can see the surrounding society, then I can see what makes me who I am. I think ‘how can you be so naïve to go to a shop, to buy clothes that sum up your personality, and not realise that, at the same time, 10,000 men and women around the world do and think the same things?’ But I do it too, of course. We’re told we’re individuals, and we buy these things, and we are a product of the culture that we live in."

In the introduction to the book, David Carrier argues that beyond the common factor grouping the figures, much diversity is revealed, yet it is difficult not to see Eijkelboom's work as a statement about our conformity and desire to fit in. This is reinforced by the snatched style of the images – Eijkelboom grabs his shots via a remote trigger hidden in his jacket pocket, so the passers-by are oblivious to being photographed. The style sets his work apart from other recent photographic projects such as Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York, which, through the combination of short interviews and carefully shot portraits, serves to highlight the individual rather than the crowd.

Eijkelboom's work draws comparison with Ari Versluis and Ellie Uyttenbroek's Exactitudes project, which also groups people according to their clothing styles, though in a more formal setting. It also falls within a lineage of documentary photography that includes the work of Martin Parr. Yet there is something undeniably contemporary about Eijkelboom's exploration of conformity and individual expression, and also in his demonstration of the fact that we are more conscious than ever that our clothes are vehicles of self-expression. Even if it turns out that lots of other people express themselves in exactly the same way.

People of the 21st Century by Hans Eijkelboom is published by Phaidon, priced £24.95. More info is here.

Robert Wilson’s Helmand photographs brought to UK streets

Posted: October 21st, 2014 | Author: Antonia Wilson | Filed under: Photography | Comments Off

A photo series by photographer Robert Wilson, documenting the homecoming preparations and final withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, has been displayed on 59 billboards and bus stops in a site-specific exhibition across England and Scotland.

Wilson first visited Afghanistan in 2008, travelling to Helmand to document British forces on the front line, with the resulting images being published as a book (Helmand, Jonathan Cape, 2008). As a commercial photographer, commissioned mainly for editorial and advertising projects, this was a step away from familiar subjects. He then became an official "war artist" after being invited to Afghanistan by the Commander of the forces in Helmand.

Returning to the site in April this year, his aim was to photograph the troops' final tour of duty, and the process of withdrawal from Camp Bastion in Helmand and other camps in Kabul.

After getting to know the troops, Wilson aimed to somehow capture, as he describes it, their "thousand-yard stare" - a certain expression on their "bedraggled" and exhausted faces, having seen images that will never leave them.

The stright on portraits are amongst the strongest in the series. There's something about the look in their eyes, those dusty creases, the sunburn and the freckles - the intensity of these close-up shots tells just a snippet of a much greater story of conflict.

The location of each of the billboards was determined by biographical data gathered from the returning troops, and Wilson hopes this will mean that the outdoor exhibition becomes "both a literal and a metaphorical return home", he says.

The large-scale portraits of the dusty, exhausted faces are stunning (see more from the original series on Wilson's website), and the semi-abstract shots of the aircraft engine and the ammunition are particularly beautiful too.

Wilson aimed to actively engage the public in part through juxtaposing the images with familiar everyday locations, breaking down the sense of a war being 'elsewhere' or happening to 'other people', although some of work better than others. Pairings include an image of the Post Office in Camp Bastion being on display near a local Royal Mail Depot, or a makeshift church image opposite a war memorial in London.

Creating a public exhibition is surely a great way to bring the work to a wider audience and to communities who might share the effects of the troops' homecoming. But is there something about the fact that they are appearing on billboards and bus stops as stand alone images without written explanation (and only a QR code in the corner), that could lead to a misreading of them as big and bold army recruitment ads? Perhaps that doesn't matter if they still serve as a reminder of the conflict, and act as a temporary site of remembrance for communities locally.

Although the public exhibition lasted only a couple of weeks, and has now officially ended, some of the billboards are yet to be rebooked so keep an eye out for the images around the country, (click here for the full list of locations). A gallery show of the photographs is also on until November 30 at Gallery One and A Half, London.




Actis launches photography exhibition for tenth anniversary

Posted: October 20th, 2014 | Author: Rachael Steven | Filed under: Photography | Comments Off

Entebbe, Uganda

To celebrate its tenth anniversary, private equity company Actis commissioned photographer Harry Cory Wright to capture the communities, projects and businesses the company has invested in worldwide. His photos, taken using a nineteenth century plate camera, are now on display in a touring exhibition and book designed by London studio Rose.

A Vantage Point features photographs of a vast range of people, places and projects; from a tea estate in Mukono, Uganda to a hair salon in Mumbai and Johannesburg's Nelson Mandela Bridge. The series offers a fascinating look at changing infrastructures, rural communities and local businesses, as well as promoting the company's work in emerging markets.

George Goch-Johannesburg-Naledi Railway, S Africa

"The idea was very simple: to try and represent the breadth of the company's work, which is very diverse, and shape that into a show," explains Cory Wright. "It was important to represent the key markets [the company invests in India, Africa, China, Latin America and South East Asia] and key sectors but most importantly, the set had to work as a series ... we wanted each image to capture not just the investment, but the life around it," he adds.

Based in Norfolk, Cory Wright is best known for his landscape photography, such as Journey Through the British Isles, a series documenting the British countryside. His series for Actis, however, features a mix of portraits and still lifes, from close-ups of industrial machinery to scenes of chaotic cities, building sites, busy restaurants and medical centres.

"It's quite different to the photography used in a lot of our branding, which is more people based [often featuring close-up portraits], but every picture tells a story," says Actis chairman Paul Fletcher.

A picture of a jeweller outside his shop in Cairo, for example (below) represents the swathe of businesses in emerging markets switching from cash payments to card in a growing economy, while one of a family outside their home in rural Uganda (top) represents investments in the electricity poles and cables supplying power to the area. Insulated cables make it more difficult to tap into the power supply, while reducing the risk of death or serious injury when attempting to do so.

7 Days Inn, Beijing

Emerging Markets Payments, El Beeb jewellers, Cairo

Cory Wright travelled to India, China, Africa and Brazil to shoot the series, spending around two weeks in each country he visited. "I didn't have to report back much [while shooting] - Actis put a lot of faith in me," he says. “It’s quite an unusual project for them - and for me, having that level of freedom and no art director around - but they realised that if you allow people to just do their thing, the result is ten times better than it would be otherwise."

The full set of over 60 images is compiled in a book, designed by Rose, which will be sent out to Actis' key clients. Twenty-one have also been reproduced as large scale prints for an exhibition curated by Nicola Bunbury.

Investments in tractors, ATM machines and electronic payment systems may not seem like compelling subject matter for a photography series, but Cory Wright has captured some beautifully detailed scenes that offer a real snapshot of life in the areas where Actis invests.

Byculla Pharmacy & Stores, Mumbai

Images were shot on a large format plate camera, which Cory Wright has been using for over 20 years. "It's very slow, and expensive [the cost of film and processing is around £50 per shot] but it's very good at dealing with place and space - it affords everything a relevance in the picture," he says.

"It's very easy to compose in a way, as such a large screen, but [with this kind of camera], it's not so much about the precision of how you take the picture. You can only ever get the notion of something – you can never read the scene closely when you’re there – so you just rely on what the camera will reveal later. It’s a very pleasing process. You know when the film comes back there’s going to be all this other stuff in the scene that you hadn’t thought about," he adds.

One of the biggest challenges during the project, however, was transporting the camera and film, explains Cory Wright. "The biggest concern was travelling through airport security - as there was no guarantee the film would survive X Ray scanners [which can damage unprocessed images]. After travelling to India we had to come back to the UK, have pictures developed and restock with film before we went to China," he says.

Following a display at London's Saatchi Gallery this week, the exhibition will travel to Sao Paulo later this month, before visiting Mumbai, Beijing and Johannesburg.

Super-Max, Precious Hair Cutting Salon, Mumbai

Heritage Place, Lagos

Banque Commerciale du Rwanda, Kigali


Spread showing image of tea estate in Mukono, Uganda

Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, Easter Cape

Exhibition invitations designed by Rose, who also created the identity and graphics for the show

Images on display at the Saatchi Gallery in London last week

Win these six books in our #1mCR pile up!

Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: Mark Sinclair | Filed under: Advertising, Art, Books, Graphic Design, Illustration, Magazine / Newspaper, Photography | Comments Off

As part of today's #1mCR Twitter fun we are giving away a couple of splendid prizes, including this set of six new titles from Laurence King. To be in with a chance of winning them, all you have to do is get your visual-thinking hat and read on...

As we reached 1m followers on Twitter this morning, we thought we would like to say thank you for helping us get there and offer up a great prize for one lucky CR reader.

Publishers Laurence King have kindly dontated six new books for us to giveaway (as displayed above).

They are: Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars; Fifty Years of Illustration by Lawrence Zeegen and Caroline Roberts; TM by Mark Sinclair; Editorial Design by Cath Caldwell and Yolanda Zappaterra; Post-Photography: The Artist with a Camera by Robert Shore; and 100 Ways to Create a Great Ad by Tim Collins.

As we're celebrating a digital achievement, for this competition we thought we would turn the focus onto our other love: print. So to win this fine selection of paper-based objects, all you have to do is correctly guess the height of the pile when the six books are placed on top of one another*. Old school competition! (*Not end on end! Books will be piled up on top of one another, you know, in a conventional book-piling manner.)

If it helps, page numbers (and dimensions) of each of the books are available on the LK website. But you're a canny lot – and we reckon someone can have a decent go at guessing the combined thickness of all six. If you guess correctly, or if you come closest to the exact figure as verified by our ruler-wielding friends at the publishers – you win the stack.

A few pointers:

– Answers in millimetres, in the comments below, please. Remember to leave your name and also email address along with your guess. If you don't leave an email we won't be able to contact you if your guess is correct.

– Tt would be wise to try and plump for a figure that no-one else has guessed so far, but in the event that the correct answer is left by several commenters, the first to have left the answer wins.

– The competition closes on Monday October 20th at 11am. Any answers posted after this will not be counted. The correct answer and winner's name will be published on the post later that day.

Good luck!

This competition is now closed – Winner announced!

Thanks to everyone who entered, but we can now reveal the winner of the six Laurence King books.

The height of the pile of six books was measured at LK HQ and confirmed as:

151 mm.

Our winner is "Stephanie" who was the first (and only) person to guess 151 mm correctly at 16.08 on October 16. Well done Stephanie! An email is on its way to you now.

To celebrate reaching one million followers on Twitter, we're also offering 30% off all subs packages until midnight (GMT) on Friday October 17 – go here for details.

Can I get an RT? CR’s most retweeted stories

Posted: October 16th, 2014 | Author: Creative Review | Filed under: Advertising, Art, Books, Digital, Graphic Design, Illustration, Magazine / Newspaper, Music Video / Film, Photography, Type / Typography | Comments Off

CR reached 1m followers on Twitter today, so we thought we'd take the opportunity to look at some of our most retweeted stories and, if you're a CR follower, tell you a bit more about the million-strong gang you're part of. To celebrate, we also have a great CR subscription offer for you...

Thanks to our followers we've just reached a milestone on Twitter – to celebrate that fact we're offering 30% off all subscriptions packages until midnight (GMT) on Friday October 17 – go here for details.

Our very first tweet, sent out on February 23 2009, read "Creative Review's first tweet". We like to think that it was this kind of in-depth yet pithy analysis that helped us on our way to reaching a million followers this morning.

Looking back over our 14,000 or so tweets (exporting data from Twitter Analytics) many of them certainly did OK, plenty did very well, but a select few went RT-crazy.

In fact, two of our most popular tweets ever were sent out within the last couple of months: one linked to a story on the design of Aphex Twin's highly-anticipated new record; the other linked to images of, yes, some radical Norwegian banknote design. A look back at the stats reveals that our followers are interested in a huge range of subjects.

So, where are you from?

Well, according to TweepsMap, 29.1% of our Twitter followers are in the US, 26.3% in the UK, 3.5% from Canada, and 3.2% in India.

Indonesia represents 3% of our Twitter audience. It's a very international crowd with a further 8.7% of followers based in 191 different nations. Listed by city, the top five places are London (6%), New York (3%), LA (2%), Jakarta (2%) and Washington DC (1%).

And what do you like?

The results show that it's as wide a set of subjects as our audience is international – and also reflects the breadth of creativity CR aims to cover.

Using MyTopTweet we can bring up the most retweeted CR tweets of our last 3,200 but, again, exporting from Analytics and reordering the data gives us a better idea of what was popular over the last two years.

Our most retweeted RTs or MTs – i.e. retweets of images tweeted by other people, or links to external sites – include a shot of a Dutch bricklaying machine in action, a Richard Jolley cartoon for Private Eye and the news that twelve of Tom Gauld's Guardian strips are now – or at least were at the time – available as prints.

But looking at the most retweeted tweets that link to our own blog stories, there was a really interseting mix. So, here's the top ten, covering the last two years.

1. We've noticed how images have become key to Twitter over the last few years and this one, which linked to details on our just-published World Cup issue, seemed to sum up the state of the beautiful game:


2. One of Twitter's strong points is the ability to get a message out and have it shared by a community with a common bond, even if the news is rather sad:


3. Sometimes the subject matter can be a little suprising (here, banknote design) – but when it looks this good, it demonstrates how great work can get people talking about all manner of things:


4. No surprises here. Aphex Twin + new album + packaging by the Designers Republic x internet = RTs. A very popular tweet and blog post.


5. This one for a homeless charity in London also did well – a clever idea which produced some great artwork:


6. And this is powerful stuff, too. Also, the campaign certainly seems to have had an effect, as Lego recently ended its links with Shell:


7. This is great as it's our most retweeted tweet which links back to the Feed section of our site. Great creative work from Istanbul:


8. Transport for London are a perennial CR Twitter favourite when it comes to communications projects produced for them. Add cycling into the mix and you have yourself a tweet with legs:


9. And back to the World Cup. How to design a football kit – keeping to the FIFA rules:


10. Our tenth most retweeted tweet was news of Peter Chadwick's launch of his fantastic archive of images of Brutalism:

The above is certainly an eclectic mix – but the link between them all is great creativity.

To say thank you for following us, keep an eye on the blog today for new offers on magazine subscriptions, plus we have a great selection of books from Laurence King up for grabs.

CR is on Twitter at @creativereview.

To celebrate reaching one million followers on Twitter, we're also offering 30% off all subs packages until midnight (GMT) on Friday October 17 – go here for details.

Brighton Photo Biennial 2014

Posted: October 13th, 2014 | Author: Antonia Wilson | Filed under: Photography | Comments Off

Communities, Collectives and Collaboration is the theme for the sixth edition of Brighton Photo Biennial, and with so much to see this year, a single visit won't seem like enough time to take it all in. So here are just a few highlights, including a show at the soon to be demolished Circus Street Market exploring the resurgence of photography collectives.

(Pictured above: Image by Jack Simon, from Burn My Eye Collective)

From the series Parana River: A Silent Death by Toni Arau (Ruido Photo)

From the series La Sala Negra, by Pau Coll and Edu Ponce (Ruido Photo)

Barcelona-based Ruido Photo, who work across Spanish speaking countries, present two series of dark, documentary work. Sala Negra looks at the pandemic levels of violence in Central America; and Parana River: A Silent Death, explores how the encroachment of large companies and pollution is effecting the disappearing communities around South America's second largest body of water.

Falling Angel by Zisis Kardianos (Burn My Eye)

Frédéric le Mauff (Burn My Eye)

Burn My Eye, made up of 14 members across three continents, was formed in 2011, through 'the Hardcore Street Photography group', an online Flickr community. They are exhibiting a selection street photography from various members, who share a passion for straight and candid shots but with each artist being distinct in subject and style.

From I Reminisce and Cry for Life, by Agnieszka Rayss (Sputnik Photos)

From The Winners, by Rafal Milach (Sputnik Photos)

Primaveral Forest by Jan Brykczynski (Sputnik Photos)

Sputnik Photosfounded in 2009 by nine documentary photographers, are based across Eastern Europe. Although working geographically separately, they are united by a desire to share their experiences of post-Soviet transformation, and present Stand By, which documents life and communities in Belarus - ‘the last dictatorship in Europe'.

Red Shoes, from the Still Here series, by Lydia Goldblatt (Uncertain States)

From the Realm series, by Carolyn Lefley (Uncertain States)

From the Res Extensa series, by Federica Landl

Uncertain States are also exhibiting, a loose confederacy of 100 writers and artists working through an open submission process. They primarily publish and distribute a free quarterly broadsheet of lens-based art, with the aim of creating a space of shared language and purpose.

Installation shots from The Photocopy Club: A Giant Collective

From A Return to Elsewhere by Kalpesh Lathigra and Thabiso Sekgala

From A Return to Elsewhere by Kalpesh Lathigra and Thabiso Sekgala

Also in this space catch The Photocopy Club: A Giant Collective, with the international exchange of work in partnership with Joberg Photo Umbrella, produced through an open call for people to form collectives and submit work around the theme of communities. And A Return to Elsewhere by Kalpesh Lathigra and Thabiso Sekgala, who work collaboratively to document communities in two locations (Marabastad and Laudium in South Africa, and Brighton).

Demonstration against the Historic Compromise, alliance of the Christian Democracy (DC) and the Italian Communist Party (PCI), Rome, 1970s, by Team Editorial Services/Alinari (Courtesy: The Archive of Modern Conflict)

Other highlights include Amore e Piombo, a collection of press photos by Rome-based agency Team Editorial Services, tracing the politics and celebrity of 1970's Italy at the Old Reference Library in Brighton Museum; Real Britain 1974, with postcards from the Co-Optic group, including social documentary photography from the likes of Martin Parr and Nick Hedges, at Dorset Place Gallery; Stories Seen Through a Glass Plate with lightboxes around in Lewes, showing images from Edward Reeves, the world's oldest photo studio; and Simon Faithfull's boat-sinking project, Reef, at Fabrica.

Girl on a Spacehopper, Sirkka-Liisa-Konttinen, 1971 (Courtesy Amber and L Parker Stephenson)

Enoch Powell Electioneering, by Paul Hill, 1970 (from Real Britain 1974)

Many of the other archival and contemporary exhibitions are taking place in public spaces across East Sussex, plus there's Brighton Photo Fringe, and an extensive events programme of talks and workshops running alongside.

Brighton Photo Biennial runs until 2 November. For more info visit bpb.org.uk and photoworks.org.uk

Best of Feed

Posted: October 10th, 2014 | Author: Rachael Steven | Filed under: Advertising, Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography | Comments Off

Our latest pick of the best work submitted to CR's Feed includes a charming ad for Not on the High Street, some surprising pictures of paradise and a new identity for Australian production company Revolver. First up, though, is Craig & Karl's dazzling series of illustrations for Milk Studios, depicting designs seen on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week:

Photographer Oli Kellett and Martin McAllister's photo project, Welcome to Paradise, documents places in the UK with paradise in the title - featured locations include an industrial estate in Wolverhampton, a Bradford car park and a bland 1950s-style Brighton crescent, and are more unremarkable than idyllic.

"The naming of these service access-roads and industrial parks is so incongruous it manages to be simultaneously prosaic and romantic. It's a kind of naive enthusiasm trying to convince us of what surely everybody will realise isn't true, like an overeager parent naming their child Winner," say Kellett and McAllister. You can see the full set of images and a map of where they were taken at welcometoparadi.se

Production company Revolver's new identity and website, designed by Sydney studio Holt, is inspired by rolling film credits. The company's name appears cut in two at the top and bottom of stationery, to give the effect of motion, and the homepage on its website features a rolling feed of text displaying the names of the company's directors, set against full-bleed stills from a great selection of ads:


These stills from Yukai Du's animation project, Way Out, which reflects on our over-reliance on smartphones, feature a lovely use of colour and pattern (see more images and clips from the animated sequence on Du's website):


WCRS’s spot for Not On the High Street highlights the quirkier gifts for sale via the online retailer, from a dog shaped scratching post for cats to a garden in a fishbowl. The ad is shot in the same style as the retailer's Father's Day campaign (also by WCRS) and features a charming voiceover by actor Michael Gambon:

Adrian Talbot's new monoline font, Kelso, is described as "easy to read and easy on the eye" and is designed for applications which require "a rhythmic and fluid look." You can buy it or download a sample at talbottype.co.k

Last but not least is Italian studio La Tigre's cover illustration for Modus, the magazine for the Royal Chartered Institute of Surveyors, promoting a feature on infrastructure and public space. The magazine has commissioned some great covers in the past, including typographic designs in chalk and pixellated cityscapes by Totto Rena - you can see more of them on the Modus website.

We will be posting regular updates of work uploaded to the CR Feed. Submitting work costs nothing - just click here to register.

hClub 100 announced

Posted: October 9th, 2014 | Author: Creative Review | Filed under: Advertising, Art, Digital, Graphic Design, Illustration, Music Video / Film, Photography | Comments Off

Jewellery by Sarah Angold Studio


Materials alchemists, designers, artists, dancers and even Sherlock Holmes numbered among this year's hClub 100 list of some of the most inspiring figures in the creative industries

Each year private members' club the Hospital Club invites groups of industry judges, along with the voting public, to nominate inspirational figures across the creative industries, including theatre, TV, advertising, design, fashion and art. This year's group was announced last night.

Kristjana S Williams at last night's hClub 100 event


Creative Review was media partner for the Art and Design category where the final ten was as follows:

Ed Atkins, Artist
Hurvin Anderson, Artist
Joe Scotland, Director, Studio Voltaire
Kristjana S Williams, Artist
Laura Pannack, Photographer
Matt Pyke, Artist, Universal Everything
Noma Bar, Designer/Illustrator
Phyllida Barlow, Artist
Tom Evans, Founder, BleepBleeps
Pascal Bronner & Thomas Hillier, Artists, FleaFollyArchitects (people's choice winner, elected by public vote)


Photographer Laura Pannack


The 100 includes the likes of Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba and Benedict Cumberbatch along with musician Jon Hopkins, directors Ben Wheatley and Ringan Ledwidge, producer Juliette Larthe of Pretty Bird, Nils Leonard of Grey, Fi Scott of Make Works, Penny Martin of The Gentlewoman and Syd Lawrence and Tom Gibby of We Make Awesome Shit.



Also featured is Sarah Angold (above, as chosen in the Fashion category sponsored by CR's sister brand Fashion Monitor) whose studio combines extraordinary jewellery and lighting design with installations for the likes of the Design Museum and Tate Modern.


And, with surely one of the most unusual stories of the 100, self-styled Materials Alchemist Lauren Bowker (above) who invented the carbon emission sensing ink PdCl2 while still a teenager, went to study textiles at the RCA and now leads consultancy The Unseen "with material science, knowledge and visions infused by Magick".

The Unseen's projects include materials which change colour in response to their environment such as THEUNSEENAIR, a wind-reactive ink




See the full list of inspiring individuals here


CR October iPad edition

Posted: October 3rd, 2014 | Author: Creative Review | Filed under: Advertising, Art, Books, Digital, Graphic Design, Illustration, Magazine / Newspaper, Music Video / Film, Photography, Type / Typography | Comments Off

The October issue of CR - a fashion special - is also available for iPad, where you'll find all the print mag content and monograph plus exclusive additional content in Hi Res, our showcase gallery section, and CRTV, with video profiles of creative people, animations and other moving image work from around the world....

In Features we talk to the founder of clothing brand Folk Cathal McAteer and the brand's regular graphic design collaborators IYA Studio; and new British-made shirt brand Tripl Stitched who work with up and coming illustrators including Jack Cunningham (who created this month's cover). Plus the future of in-store shopping experiences; fashion films; the rise of the Instagram fashion blogger; and why carrier bags are collectors items.

Along with a review of new book Read Me: Ten Lessons for Writing Great Copy; a look at the history of VW ads; and not forgetting our lovely regular columns from Michael Evamy, Daniel Benneworth-Gray and Paul Belford.

In Hi Res you'll find emerging talent from new book Fashion Photography Next; we revisit our favourite illustration commissions for CR's last monograph; Jonny Hannah's illustrated tour of the mysterious Darktown; work photographers navigating the balance between art and commerce in The Art of Fashion Photography; design ephemera of 1980s youth culture from new publication Rave Art; a graphic history of Soviet Space Dogs; Mark Wallinger's London Underground project Labyrinth collected in a new book; and absurdist DIY flyers from illustrator Nathaniel Russell.

CRTV includes profiles on illustrators Wasted Rita and Stanley Chow; a selection of fashion films from White Lodge and Nowness; Blue Zoo's animation The First Murder featuring the voice of Adam Buxton; a behind-the-scene look at Film4's new idents; and new work from stop-motion animation duo Kijek/Adamski.


To submit work for consideration for CRTV or Hi Res, please email antonia.wilson@centaur.co.uk

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