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Split Fountain Summer Invites

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Beast Pieces | Filed under: crane lettra, custom letterpress, flo white 110c, lettra, split fountain, Wedding, wedding invite | Comments Off

These invites, designed by Douglas Behl for his upcoming nuptials, ooze summer. We can’t decide what we like more, the blazing split fountain color palette or the melty popsicle motif.

Split fountain printing is when we put two colors on the same roller, one on each end, allowing them to blend naturally in the middle, creating a gradient across the press sheet. This is a good way to get an extra color into your design without adding an extra plate. When planning a project that uses a split fountain across several pieces, keep in mind that the cards on either end of the press sheet end up being fairly one color. You can see in this instance the RSVP and Thank You cards were at opposite ends of the sheet, whereas the Invite and Details cards were placed in the middle where the color transition happened.

You can see split fountain printing in action in this video we took a few years back.

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Sagmeister adds Walsh

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Patrick Burgoyne | Filed under: Graphic Design | Comments Off

Stefan Sagmeister's eponymous New York design studio has been renamed Sagmeister & Walsh with the addition of Jessica Walsh as a partner. A fact revealed in typical Sagmeister style with a naked portrait of the new team

Sagmeister Inc announced today (May 31) that it will henceforth be known as Sagmeister & Walsh with multidisciplinary designer Jessica Walsh (who had already been working at the studio) becoming a partner in the firm. To note the change, the studio sent out an email with the following image (shown above is a still from a video of the shoot) and the line "We will do anything for design".

UPDATE: Some thoughts on the perils of getting naked with Sagmeister

 

 

Sagmeister says "In the two and a half years she has been here Jessica has really shown she can do the entire thing - from ideas to execution to being responsible for the studio. [Making her a partner] just seemed the right thing to do. She's only 24 but she is an exceptional person."

"The hope is that both if us will be involved in everything with perhaps me more involved in the self-generated projects and Jessica more in client-based work," Sagmeister says, although he insists that he has no plans to move away from client-based work entirely: "I have no desire to wander off and become an artist. I am very happy to be in the world of design," he says. Sagmeister will oversee larger corporate projects in a creative director role with Walsh managing the studio.

The work of Sagmeister Inc has always had such a strong personal tone of voice, how will Walsh's status as equal partner influence the work itself? "That is yet to be seen," Sagmeister says. "Sometimes in the past two years the credit for work went to me because my name is on the studio but on things like EDP or Levi's Jessica's contribution was gigantic."

For her part, Walsh says "I don't think the work will change too much. Stefan has always been very open to ideas from anyone in the studio. It has never been all about him and his ego as it is in some design studios, all he is interested in is in what's best for the client."

The organisational change came about, Walsh says, as a result of a series of conversations between herself and Sagmeister about both his and her future plans. As Sagmeister says "I'm very aware that somebody who is young and ambitious normally can only stay at the studio for a couple of years because the studio is small and there is no way for them to move up." Making Walsh partner was a way of allowing her to take on a more senior role.

So what will happen next time Sagmeister takes one of his famous sabbaticals? "We haven't really discussed that," Walsh says, laughing. "He was away for about three months last time and I ran the studio so I guess we will do something similar. Wherever he is, we always manage to keep in contact."

But how to announce the news? When Sagmeister first opened his studio 19 years ago he sent out the above card  – the natural thing seemed to do an updated version. How did Sagmeister feel about the idea of them both being naked, after all, it's one thing for a 50 year-old man to do it, quite another for a young woman to go naked in such a public way.

"I was sheepish about it," Sagmeister says. "I suggested we could do it with her dressed really conservatively but she said why can't I be naked?" Walsh confirms that having them both naked was her idea: "I said 'why am I the conservative one?"

The shoot was, she has, a little nervewracking at first, as was waiting to see the reaction once the card was sent out. "I definitely was a little nervous today," she says, "about what kind of comments we would get and what people would think me being naked implied." So far she says, though, reaction has been largely positive. Even her mother, who was initially not very happy about the idea, "called to say she was happy for me. She thinks I'm in the art world and that we do weird things some times."

Sagmeister says that when he made the original card, his girlfriend at the time told him he would lose the only client he had because of it. "Later I went to the client's private offfice and saw the card pinned up on the wall with something like 'the biggest risk of all is taking no risk' written alongside it so I felt vindicated in doing it."

 

 

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The June issue of Creative Review features an interview with the editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design. Plus a profile on multi-award-winning director Johnny Kelly, a look at the latest techniques in movie marketing, the mission to cross CGI's Uncanny Valley, a review of the Barbican's Bauhaus show, logos by artists and much more. Plus, in Monograph this month, we look behind the scenes at the making of an amazing installation for Guinness, carved from solid wood.

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I am a camera

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Creative Review | Filed under: Graphic Design, Photography | Comments Off

We've seen some odd student projects in our time here at CR, but this must go down as one of the oddest: two Kingston students created human photograms by swallowing 35mm film, then, erm, expelling it, and recording the results

Luke Evans (above) and and Josh Lake (below) are in the final first year of the BA Graphic Design & Photography at Kingston University. For their final major project they "wanted to bring our insides out" they say. "So we ate 35mm photographic film slides and let our bodies do the rest."

 

Both students ate pieces of 35mm slide film, 'expelled' it in the dark, fixed the silver and then scanned the pieces using an electron microscope in order to record the traces their bodies had left on the film's surface.

 

Luke Evans' body with slide film inside


One of the final images created by Josh Lake's insides


And from Luke Evans


"The full-sized images are 10,000 pixels on the longest edge, allowing you to see every detail of what our bodies produced," they say, as can be seen from this shot of the work on show.

See more of Luke Evans' work here

And Josh Lake's here

 

 

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Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app will also update with new content throughout each month. Try a free sample issue here


CR in Print
The June issue of Creative Review features an interview with the editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design. Plus a profile on multi-award-winning director Johnny Kelly, a look at the latest techniques in movie marketing, the mission to cross CGI's Uncanny Valley, a review of the Barbican's Bauhaus show, logos by artists and much more. Plus, in Monograph this month, we look behind the scenes at the making of an amazing installation for Guinness, carved from solid wood.

Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (laura.mcqueen@centaur.co.uk) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.


Zippy auditions for Scarface

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Creative Review | Filed under: Advertising | Comments Off

From the archives of the Woolly Actors' Guild comes hitherto unseen archive footage of puppet actors auditioning for some of the most famous roles in cinema, all in aid of Comic Relief

Bet you never knew Rainbow's Zippy was up for the lead in Scarface did you? According to the Woolly Actors' Guild, he auditioned for the part only to have it cruelly snatched from his polyester-mix grasp in favour of Al Pacino. Just one example of the prejudice routinely faced by thespians of a cloth-covered nature.

 

As well as Zippy, the WAG campaign features Bagpuss's terrifyingly authentic screen test for Jurassic Park

 

Zippy's old compadre George in what we now think of as the 'Julia Roberts role' in Notting Hill

 

And, also from Rainbow, Bungle in Jaws

 

Monkey explains all (more here)

Agency: Mother

 

 

CR for the iPad
Read in-depth features and analysis plus exclusive iPad-only content in the Creative Review iPad App. Longer, more in-depth features than we run on the blog, portfolios of great, full-screen images and hi-res video. If the blog is about news, comment and debate, the iPad is about inspiration, viewing and reading. As well as providing exclusive, iPad-only content, the app will also update with new content throughout each month. Try a free sample issue here


CR in Print
The June issue of Creative Review features an interview with the editors of new book Pretty Ugly: Visual Rebellion in Graphic Design. Plus a profile on multi-award-winning director Johnny Kelly, a look at the latest techniques in movie marketing, the mission to cross CGI's Uncanny Valley, a review of the Barbican's Bauhaus show, logos by artists and much more. Plus, in Monograph this month, we look behind the scenes at the making of an amazing installation for Guinness, carved from solid wood.

Please note, CR is no longer stocked in WH Smith high street stores (although it can still be found in WH Smith travel branches at stations and airports). If you cannot find a copy of CR in your town, your independent newsagent can order it for you or you can search for your nearest stockist here. Alternatively, email Laura McQueen (laura.mcqueen@centaur.co.uk) or call her on 020 7970 4878 to buy a copy direct from us. Based outside the UK? Simply call +44(0)207 292 3703 to find your nearest stockist. Better yet, subscribe to CR for a year here and save yourself almost 30% on the printed magazine.


Clever take on the oldest excuse in the book, here is Zonajobs’ ‘Grandma’

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Liv Siddall | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

Grandmas

Barring only “the dog ate my homework” or the classic dental appointment, the excuse of a death in the family (usually of the elderly female variety) has been utilised through time to get out of only the most boring, or most terrifying situations – often in the workplace. In this clever little advert, we see Grandma having a little bit of a tough time (getting pumped full of machine gun bullets, or peering into a car where a bomb-layer is detonating his handiwork) which is primarily the reason why this would never grace television sets in the UK. It seems the guys in Buenos Aires, where this ad was made, have got a bit more of a relaxed way of looking at the world and we like.

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More speakers added to the line-up of our one-day extravaganza – Here 2012

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: It's Nice That | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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We’ve got some very tasty new announcements for Here, our one-day, fast-paced festival of creativity. We are very pleased to announce that Andy Stevens of legendary graphic design studio Graphic Thought Facility will deliver some design words of wisdom, followed by insights from in-demand, multi-faceted illustrator Quentin Jones, and talented brothers Job (Letman) and Roel Wouters will take to the stage to present an exciting exploration of their combined talents: from striking typography to interactive design, film and ideas generation. Adding to the mix of inspirational talks, expect some experimental antics from the one and only Bompas & Parr.

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‘SHE’ Competition Winner!

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Guy | Filed under: Competitions, Features, Illustration, Print, Publishing | Comments Off

And the winner of our ‘SHE’ best image-caption competition is…

“In the year 2375, a traditionally dressed Prince Harry MXII represents Earths best hope in the first inter-planetary bean polo championship.” — Matthew Burvill

Congratulations Matt, you win a copy of Brosmind’s new, exclusive two-part comic SHE, packed full of bonkers drawings and a crazy narrative.


‘SHE’ Competition Winner!

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Guy | Filed under: Competitions, Features, Illustration, Print, Publishing | Comments Off

And the winner of our ‘SHE’ best image-caption competition is…

“In the year 2375, a traditionally dressed Prince Harry MXII represents Earths best hope in the first inter-planetary bean polo championship.” — Matthew Burvill

Congratulations Matt, you win a copy of Brosmind’s new, exclusive two-part comic SHE, packed full of bonkers drawings and a crazy narrative.


Wonderful work to be found on the new site from letterer extraordinaire Erik Marinovich

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: Bryony Quinn | Filed under: Uncategorized | Comments Off

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Let us all now direct our collective attention to the bay area and the ineffable delight that is Erik Marinovich’s new website. Before I gush something terrible about his lettering/design work, let us first acknowledge the San Franciscan’s co-founding status of Friends of Type (previously enthused about here) and one half of the studio Titlecase made whole by fellow letterer Jessica “Daily Drop Cap” Hische.

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SB Studio

Posted: May 31st, 2012 | Author: James Griffin | Filed under: branding | Comments Off

SB Studio are a brand consultancy with offices in Liverpool and Cambridge. Slick branding and typography are the order of the day here. Well worth a look for a type based fix.