Check out the blog Project 33 for some great vintage record covers
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.
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.
Great stuff from Alex Lewis including this album art for Secret 7″ and a nice fold-out poster for his personal dossier project.
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.
Love this work from Andy Carter, fantastic use of colour and obviously a great sense of humour too.
Lovely stuff from Tim Blann, crazy organic shapes and great use of colour.
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!
Last but not least, nice colours and mark making from Sophie Heywood.
The 101st Tour De France / Tim George, 2014
In case you hadn’t heard, the Tour de France is starting next week, in England! Say what?! The teams will be completing 3 stages in the UK, beginning in Yorkshire and finishing in London, before moving on to France. Exciting stuff!
To celebrate, Magnolia Box have got a brand new collection of bike-themed artwork for sale. I’m delighted to be a part of their selection, with 3 posters: my original “Life’s Better On Two Wheels” print, a new yellow edition to celebrate the Tour, and a BRAND NEW piece, shown above, depicting the teams taking part in this year’s race.
World Cup Stamps / MAAN Design, 2014
Yet another find that I must credit to the Present & Correct Twitter feed.
BBC iWonder / Studio Output, 2014
Great branding for the BBC by Studio Output. I love that logomark, and the resulting custom typeface, “Curious Sans”.
The capital Q has caused quite a bit of controversy amongst people I work with. Personally I love it. What do you reckon?
Computer History Museum — Brochures / 1950s
Ohhhh my lord what a find. The motherload.
Check out the Computer History Museum for hundreds of PDFs containing high-res scans of computer brochures from the 50s, 60s and 70s. In particular, the 50s examples are amazing; great colours, dynamic layout & outrageous typography.
Check out Beer Mat Tat – a really nice Tumblr by Becky Turner, showcasing her mum’s collection of vintage beer mats.
And I thought my haul from Paris was good. This puts my efforts to shame!
Paris ephemera — road maps / 2014
Some lovely fold-out road maps, found at the same market as the beer mats. The ‘BPortugal’ example dates from 1959; the Travel USA one from 1964. Both designer(s) unknown.
The yellow on the Portugal map must be printed in a special – it’s almost fluorescent – unfortunately the camera hasn’t captured its true vibrancy!
Paris ephemera / 2014
A few gems I found on a recent trip to Paris, at the Marché aux puces de Saint-Ouen. Some lovely type and colours on these beer mats; I would guess they date from the 60s and 70s. I know the Watneys branding was by Design Research Unit, but all the others are of unknown origin.