Category Archives: Graphic design

Manual — new site

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Various projects / Manual Creative, 2014

In my opinion, Tom Crabtree’s Manual Creative are amongst the very best studio’s in the world right now, consistently producing design of the highest standard. Today they launched a stunning, elegant new website, including some great new projects. Go and enjoy.

Project 33

Project 33

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Project 33

Check out the blog Project 33 for some great vintage record covers

D&AD New Blood 2014

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

New bike posters

The 101st Tour De France / Tim George, 2014

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.

Thanks to James at Magnolia Box for sorting everything out. You can buy the prints now, and they’ll also be on display at Hoxton North in Harrogate from next week.

The 101st Tour De France / Tim George, 2014

World Cup Stamps

World Cup Stamps / MAAN Design, 2014

World Cup Stamps / MAAN Design, 2014

Some really lovely stamp designs at this Tumblr, by Portuguese studio MAAN.

Yet another find that I must credit to the Present & Correct Twitter feed.

BBC iWonder

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BBC iWonder / Studio Output, 2014

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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?

*UPDATE*

I recently discovered that “Curious Sans” is actually a slightly tweaked version of Sharp Sans, by Lucas Sharp. Available here and here.

50s computer brochures

Bendix G-14 General Purpose Digital Computer, 1955

The ERA Computation Center for industry, government and research

Datatron Eletronic Data Processing Systems Handbook Central Comp

General Electric Proudly Presents the NEW GE 150 Data Processing

IBM 705 EDPM Electronic Data Processing Machine, 1955

Teleregister, 1956

An Introduction to the Univac File-Computer System, 1951

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.

Thanks to Present & Correct for another great find. If you don’t already follow them, check out their blog & their Twitter for daily graphic gems.