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Printout – Designing difference

First time that I have made it to a Printout event. What a great hour / hour and an half – organised and hosted by Jeremy Leslie (MagCulture) and Steve Watson (Stack). 3 interesting magazines given a showcase by their designers – (Winter / A magazine for all seasons, Talc and mono-cultur). Printout events (I think) focus just on magazines but any designer or non-designer, in any field, (basically everyone) for that matter should check these events out. Just £6.

My preference in terms of subject and design would be Winter (designed/created by Ana Lessing and Kevin Braddock) and mono-cultur (designed/created by Kai van Rabenau). Certainly will be making a trip to Magma (if they stock them) to get myself a copy.

Some poor questions from the audience (either too long winded/self-important or just plain drunk!) – ended the night – questions that I have thought of since – how far from the initial designs, layout is the finished product?, who is the audience for these magazines and who buys them?, why do the contributors give up their time for small independent magazines – do they get something from this? and lastly how long did it take to put together – (last question from Chung).

For a far more detailed commentary on the night, check out Steve Watson’s site.

(Can’t quite work out at 3 in the morning if Steve Watson’s – Stack is the same as Monocle’s – The Stack..?)

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BBC iWonder

Seen via the printed pages of Creative Review – the BBC’s iWonder looks like it could become the one to watch as a benchmark of online learning. The CR blog describes it as ‘is a responsive platform that combines archive footage and original content to create immersive online learning resources.’

BBC iWonder

A great article by Rachael Steven in the March issue of CR is packed with so much information I have – as an aide memoir – shamelessly quoted below…

‘….a responsive system that can be easily adapted to produce guides for any subject…text, images, audio and video can be uploaded by editorial teams in a matter of minutes using a CMS…scripts and guides have been co-authored by presenters…

Seen more as an extension to the programme it has linked the show tone with the guides ‘…in the past, the BBC’s factual content has an encylopaedic tone but the guides are from a particular person’s perspective…we thought audiences might be drawn to that’.

The work itself… ‘adhers to BBC brand guidelines and reflects the key Knowledge and Learning values such as ‘enlightened’ and ‘brilliantly curious’ it has a ‘more light hearted feel’…Each guide will be designed to reflect the content, so the look and feel will be fluid – but each guide ‘will use the same layout, icons and headers…also with ‘a choice of eight to ten colour palettes’.

Further info:

BBC’s Internet Blog written by the BBC’s online and technology teams – link for the post on their blog about iWonder

Dan Snow’s World War One

The article also references the New York Times Snow Fall creative – which from what I can gather is in essence an extended article – which has embedded films, animations, chapters – and creates a fully ‘immersive’ experience.

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Dave Dye

As much as the endless blogs with ‘stuff’ – read nice images of new designs (this site included) – are great to source and view – blogs that offer insight and knowledge into the design arena are really a cut above. Johnson Banks and Love are fantastic (off the top of my head) and now adding Dave Dye to that. Having never really got into the advertising scene I have to admit I have not heard of him before –  found via @davetrott feed – this is a fantastic blog of a great creative ideas and features concepts, ideas, executions that he has produced over his career…

Stuff from the loft – Dave Dye – ‘Assorted ephemera from solving problems, creating stuff & making things.’

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Dave Trott

Dave Trott (talks to Al Young)…new talk from the Typographic Circle.

Not too sure how I have not come across him or his work – but looking at the brief bio… ‘The legendary creative Dave Trott; the man responsible for some of the most memorable ads of the last 30 years is back by popular demand.’

Thursday 30 Jan – 7pm

Worth checking out his rather nicely worded blog posts that appear on the Campaign magazine website.

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Josiah Brooks

Josiah Brooks who runs and creates an online drawing channel on YouTube by the name of Drawing with Jazza is perhaps the best online resource I have come across to help getting would be illustrators / graphic novelists on their way to start and develop their skills. (Also possible to download the tutorial files).

Myself, a little inspired by the first issue of Bakuman (manga series created by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata) to look at this avenue once again…!

Also worth checking out Pose Manics which has a massive library of anatomy images – also has a 30 second drawing tool to get you started with sketching / gesture drawing…

Filed under: Design, Illustration, Podcast / Seminars, Reference, , , , ,

FHK Henrion

FHK Henrion – talk (held by/at the St Bride Foundation) 15 Jan 2014.

Words from St Bride: 2014 is the centenary of the birth of FHK Henrion, the most important British graphic designer of the twentieth century. Born in Germany, Henrion lived and worked in Britain from the 1930s until his death in 1990. During that time he worked as a celebrated poster artist, and later as one of the global pioneers of corporate identity. He was a product designer, educator and design evangelist, and no one did more to professionalise British graphic design at a time when it was still a cottage industry. Many of Henrion’s groundbreaking logos and identities remain in use today, amongst them Tate & Lyle, Blue Circle Cement and KLM.

Also a new Unit Editions book on FHK Henrion.

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TCO London pop-up shop

The Church of London (creators of LWL and Huck) have a little pop-up shop at Old St tube till 3rd Dec…

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Filed under: Design, Exhibition, Graphic, Read, Reference, Shop, Visit, , , , ,

Designing News – Francesco Franchi

Designing News by Francesco Franchi – ‘In Designing News, award-winning editorial and infographics designer Francesco Franchi conveys his vision for the future of the news and media industries. He evaluates the fundamental changes that are taking place in our digital age in terms of consumer expectations and the way media is being used. The book then outlines the challenges that result and proposes strategies for traditional publishing houses, broadcasting companies, journalists, and designers to address them.’

Looks absolutely amazing. Published by Gestalten – yours for £45…seen via @MrMattWilleybook_featured_6

A short film from Franchi talking about the book.

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Modernist typography – Vince Frost

Carlo Giannasca’s (partner of  Vince Frost) epic 94 slide presentation on ‘Modernist typography and the swiss grid‘. Nothing more to day than click away…

(Original post had this as Vince Frost’s- I stand corrected…)

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Type Only – Unit Editions

Unit Editions (Tony Brook and Adrian Shaunghnessy) have a new book that is all about type.

Visuals from It’s Nice That.

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