Category Archives: Exhibitions

D&AD New Blood 2014

D&AD

It’s degree-show time of year, and I always like to keep a watchful eye on the latest creative talent emerging from the UK’s colleges. So I went down to check out D&AD New Blood this week; the show was held in Spitalfields Market – credit to the organisers for sorting a venue so easily accessible if you work in Shoreditch. Quite a change from 5 years ago, when I was exhibiting at the show myself, and it was held in Kensington Olympia!

Here’s my pick of some of the best students – the things that really stood out to me. This list is by no means exhaustive – I only spent 45 mins or an hour wandering the show, so I’m sure I didn’t see everything that was on offer. Overall I think the illustration work stood out to me more. There were some good designers there, but I left feeling more impressed by the image makers.

DESIGN

Colchester

Pietro MaranoPietro Marano

Pietro Marano‘s simple & elegant posters for the World Cup (above) caught my eye. As did the work of Greg Barrett (below), who catalogued every piece of letterpress type available at the college.

Greg BarrettGreg Barrett

Leeds

Abbas Mushtaq Abbas Mushtaq

The Leeds stand was really impressive, with this branding work for Wimbledon and the city of Brasilia, by Abbas Mushtaq, standing out. Also some nice stuff from Sam Lane (below), including branding for Wigan Little Theatre.

Sam Lane Sam Lane

Bath

Alex Lewis Alex Lewis

Great stuff from Alex Lewis including this album art for Secret 7″ and a nice fold-out poster for his personal dossier project.

ILLUSTRATION

Falmouth

David Doran

Absolutely stunning work by David Doran, who seems to be a consummate professional already, with commissions for Wired, The New York Times, Little White Lies, NoBrow, Computer Arts and plenty more under his belt.

UWE

Andy Carter

Andy Carter

Love this work from Andy Carter, fantastic use of colour and obviously a great sense of humour too.

Norwich

Tim Blann

Tim Blann

Lovely stuff from Tim Blann, crazy organic shapes and great use of colour.

Bath

Olivia Johnston

Really nice hand-drawn work from Bath’s Olivia Johnston. This guide to the city was particularly impressive, I’m trying to get a physical copy from her so if I do, I’ll post some more photos!

Lancashire

Sophie Heywood

Last but not least, nice colours and mark making from Sophie Heywood.

Vincent Fillon – City One

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

City One / Vincent Fillon, 2014

I love a series of high-rise apartment blocks, and this project by photographer Vincent Fillon is a classic. ‘City One’ is a truly remarkable development in Hong Kong, built during the 70s and 80s. Comprising 52 identical apartment blocks, it’s home to some 40,000 people.

These prints are currently on show in Paris at See Studio. Up close you can really get a sense of the extreme detail in these images; well worth checking out if you’re in the city.

Tom Eckersley – Master of the Poster

Greetings / Tom Eckersley, 1983

Greetings / Tom Eckersley, 1983

Hello 2014!

A nice one to start the year: the London College of Communication have just unveiled a fantastic exhibition celebrating a truly great British designer. They are displaying 40 original posters by Tom Eckersley, marking the centenary of his birth and celebrating his contribution to British post-war design.

It’s only running for January, so get down to LCC as soon as you can!

Three — Bath class of ’13

Sticker books / Alice Bowsher, 2013

Bath maps / Emily Rough, 2013

It’s degree show time of year, and as always I checked out the latest offering from my old college, Bath School of Art & Design. Can’t believe it was 4 years ago that I was setting up our exhibition…seems like yesterday.

Anyway, the show is called “Three” and is on at Hackney Downs Studios until July 10th. I would advise checking it out, there’s some great work on show. Among my favourites were 2 great illustrators, Alice Bowsher and Emily Rough, lovely stuff.

Paul Davis

From ‘A Beautiful Pile Up’ / Paul Davis, 2012

Great stuff from the always-hilarious Paul Davis, who has a show currently on at the Coningsby Gallery in Central London.

Oscar & Ewan

Power of Making / Football Table / Oscar & Ewan

Interesting, varied portfolio from the London duo Oscar & Ewan.

Knuffingen Airport

Knuffingen Airport / Miniatur Wunderland, Hamburg, 2011

Well this has just blown my mind. This functioning model airport is the latest instalment at Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg – the largest model railway exhibit in the world.

Watch here and be amazed.

And as if that wasn’t cool enough, they’ve only gone and got a space shuttle to land on the runway too.

Watch here.

Must. Visit. Soon.

20 Houses: A New Residential Landscape

Holiday home / Fourfoursixsix, 2011

To coincide with the 2011 Architects Directory in the latest issue of Wallpaper*, a new exhibition titled “20 Houses: A New Residential Landscape” is currently on show at The Architecture Foundation in London. For the directory and show, 20 practices from around the world were given an open brief to design their ideal holiday home. The resulting designs are being exhibited until 14 July. It’s well worth a visit to see some beautifully made models and exciting designs.

And for graphic design geeks, another exciting feature of the show (and latest issue of the mag) is the use of ‘Prismaset’, a new typeface by James Goggin and Lineto.com. Inspired by the original Prisma, a display face designed in 1931 by Rudolf Koch, this modern version adds not only a lower case and full set of glyphs, but also a solid version, and three- and five-line  variants. It’s a really, really beautiful font, full of quirks and charm. It was a joy to use whilst designing the July issue of the mag, and I urge you to buy a copy and check it out.

V&A with Troika

Palindrome / Troika, 2010

It’s worth visiting the V&A for this new sign alone. It’s been well blogged on the net this year, but seeing it in person just enforces what an astoundingly good piece of design it is. Installed in the subway and designed by Troika. See a video of it in action here.

Underground Journeys

Underground Journeys / V&A, until February 2011

This is a great little exhibition at the V&A, chronicling the work of architect Charles Holden for the London Underground in the early 20th Century. Working closely with Frank Pick, Holden’s practice designed some of the most beautiful stations on the network, such as Southgate & Arnos Grove, and also the TfL headquarters at 55 Broadway. The show has an abundance of sketches, plans and models, and also features some beautiful graphics and ephemera from the era.

Until February 13 2011, free admission. More here.