Matthias Borowski’s sweet furniture
This selection of oversized sweets are furniture designs by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Matthias Borowski, a.k.a. one half of the Kollectiv Plus Zwei studio. To build these giant confections he experimented with a range of plastics and resins to achieve the right textures and colours, and chose plastics to tap into the idea of sweets often being made from artificial ingredients. Found via Dezeen.
2D or not 2D
Thanks to Jade Lee for sharing this collaboration between photographer Alexander Khokhlov, make-up artist Valeriya Kutsan, and retoucher Veronica Ershova. Inspired by two dimensional posters, the aim of the project was to turn a 3D surface – the models’ faces – into 2D images inspired by different artists’ work and design styles. Found on Behance.
Famous Art Museums in Gingerbread
A far cry from the traditional versions we see at Christmas, these creations by food stylist Caitlin Levin and photographer Henry Hargreaves take gingerbread houses to a whole new level. These edible versions of famous art museums are part of Art Basel Miami, an exhibition which takes place this week in Miami Beach, Florida. It must have been painstaking to put these together. In a way I wanted to see the colour photography versions so you could almost smell the gingery biscuit goodness, but I guess they look more realistic in black and white. Found via Core77.
Tatsputin’s coloured-in kids’ drawings
A user just known as ‘Tatsputin’ has shared some of his kids’ drawings on Reddit, but with a twist. They draw the simple line version, he takes them away while he works away from home, colours them in and brings them back injected with a new life. It reminded us of the various artists who have made 3D versions of their kids’ drawings, such as Child’s Own. Thanks to Jade L for finding this one.
Richard Silver’s panoramic photographs
Richard Silver‘s impressive vertical panoramic shots of churches in New York was mentioned on Friday Favourites last year, and he has now expanded his project to include cathedrals around the world. They show a fantastic perspective of the range of colours, architecture and grandeur of these kinds of buildings. Here are a couple of examples, but there are more on this interview on My Modern Met, which explains how he works.
In: Architecture, Art, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Structural design · Tags: Furniture, Gingerbread, Illustration, Makeup, Painting, Photography, Sculpture
Every year we hold a Charity Christmas Breakfast, where pretty much the entire London studio heads over the road to the Crypt at St James Church Clerkenwell. We get together a team of volunteers and rustle up a range of breakfast delights (mostly in bap form) thanks to generous donations from local businesses in the area. This year’s event was a HUGE success, raising a stonking £651 for Crisis UK, the national charity for single homeless people.
A big thank you to local businesses The Clerkenwell Kitchen, The Studio Cafe, The Grubberie, Scotties Cafe, The Three Kings pub, Pret a Manger and Sainsbury’s on Farringdon Road for donating food and supplies to help us raise such a fantastic amount.
In: Events, Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: Charity Breakfast, Christmas, Crisis, Fundraising
Thanks to Robin for finding this infinite staircase sculpture by David McCracken, entitled Diminish and Ascend. “I thought this was a really effective execution of something seemingly impossible. I only wonder if it’s as convincing in reality as it is in the photos…” It is part of this year’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi, Australia, which we’ve mentioned in a previous Friday Favourites. Found via Colossal.
Thanks also to Robin for finding these: “Inspiring illustration from Javier Perez who’s been uploading these clever compositions on his Instagram account. There’s a seamless fusion between the lines and the objects that you simply don’t expect. Childlike imagination like this should be encouraged in all of us.” Found via Bored Panda.
Another Instagram-inspired piece of work by art director Thomas Jullien, who has taken 852 pictures from 852 Instagram users and woven them into a short film. Aiming to ‘create structure out of chaos’, Jullien takes those everyday Instagram shots of sunsets, shoes, fireworks and landmarks and uses the combination of angles and filters to build a story. Thanks to Tasha S for finding these on Design Taxi.
Thanks to Jade S for sharing this: “We’re quite liking this Pharrell Williams music video in the DB Comms team. It has 24 hours of footage of people singing and dancing along to the catchy tune ‘Happy’ but if you click on the P button to left hand side (go back in time on the 24 hour clock) or right hand side (go forward on the 24 hour clock) it seamlessly links to Pharrell sing and dancing to the song. Very clever how it all syncs together even when you spin around the clock. The ‘Share the moment’ via twitter and Facebook perfectly embraces the the feel good mood of the tune. Made me very happy this Friday. Even the transitions between the different people dancing are seamless – love it.” Try it for yourself at 24 Hours of Happy.
Thanks to Dan B for sharing Ogilvy’s interactive billboards that have been on display at Piccadilly Circus and Chiswick. They are fitted with surveillance technology that display the information of flights overhead, which is synced up to a video of a child pointing to the plane flying past. Found via Colossal.
Thanks to Frankie for finding this thought provoking video, which uses jellybeans to illustrate how much time we have in our lives and how we use it. The message I got from this was: do fewer chores, worry less, play more. Found via Elite Daily.
In: Art, Digital, Film & Animation, Illustration, Ooh that's nice, Structural design · Tags: Friday Favourites, Illustration, Instagram, Interactive, Music, Music video, Sculpture
A Tate & Lyle limited edition design is a special type of brief that everyone wants to get their hands on in the studio. After the success of our Lyle’s Trick or Treacle pack for Halloween, we jumped at the chance of working on a Christmas edition of Lyle’s Golden Syrup.
Projects such as these – a limited edition for an classic British brand – are pretty enviable in the London studio, so we decided to open it up to all teams, and in a similar approach to the Halloween tin, it was run as a competition to get the creative juices flowing.
The best thing about being briefed on a Christmas product is that the work usually takes place during the heat of the summer, when it can be difficult to even remember what Christmas is. So to get everyone in the mood, we invited Santa Claus to visit the office (he had a bit of free time back in June) and the team dressed as elves and reindeer to relay the brief to the teams, who were gathered in the cafe area in 20 degree heat.
Lyle’s Golden Syrup and Black Treacle packs are so iconic, it’s an interesting opportunity to work within certain brand equity restrictions, and to be creative with what you can change. Sketches and ideas were submitted for the teams, which were worked up to present to clients. Various similar themes came up from roaring fireplaces to snow scenes, Christmas stockings, Santa coming down the chimney and a huge steaming Christmas pudding.
We also got the chance to have a play with the name of the product within the arch on the pack – so for Halloween we had ‘Trick or Treacle’ and for the Jubilee syrup tin it was ‘Happy and Glorious’. This time we had suggestions such as ‘We All Love Figgy Pudding’, ‘Let It Snow’ and ‘Naughty and Nice’. The final choice was ‘Bake, Eat and Be Merry’, a play on the saying ‘eat, drink and be merry’ and to focus on the uses of golden syrup in Christmas baking.
And so the final pack was revealed. Featuring a holly topped pudding and a shiny silver sixpence, the final design was crafted in a way only an iconic brand should be, with carefully designed details such as crackers and puddings worked into the filigree, a gift wrapped QR code and seasonal copy and recipes on back of pack.
Our new tin was revealed in a stunning Christmas window display at Selfridges in London, where Bompas and Parr and The Biscuiteers joined forces to create a gingerbread city. They used our tin design to build boats, planes, trains and sleighs, which featured alongside a flowing river of Golden Syrup.
In: Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: Christmas, Competitions, Limited Edition, Lyle's Golden Syrup, Packaging design, Tate & Lyle
Dan P found these wonderful things: “Welcome back Fabian, it’s nice to see you again. The Swiss paint-botherer has been splashing about some more since we last saw him in August. This time layers of paint are carefully pooled, topped with a layer of solid white or black – then disrupted spectacularly with a bloody great ball bearing (I imagine).
This genius video idea for Bob Dylan’s classic track, Like a Rolling Stone was created by artist Vania Heymann, and has been released at the same time of the launch of Bob Dylan’s new Complete Album Collection. It’s really just best to watch (on a good internet connection), so have a go and spot what’s going on for yourself. I didn’t get it straight away, but once I did I found myself compelled to channel surf, trying to work out how they’ve done it and (almost always) made it look so convincing. Simple idea, hugely complex production and deliciously simple execution. Unfortunately we can’t embed it here, so here are a few stills for now and you can see the full experience here. Found via KOTTKE.ORG and all over the web.
At first glance this work by Terrance Hannum looks like dark minimalist oil paintings, the brush strokes catching the light with a deep sheen that obviously comes from layers and layers of resin and pigment.
But from the right angle you can see it’s magnetic tape that’s been spooled and tightly wound, the contrasting matt and gloss surfaces looking ever so slightly like the surface of a vinyl record.
Then the colourful strip at the end of the tape slices through the dark like a light sabre. It’s what Tron would have been like if they’d made it on a Commodore. Magnetic. Found via Beautiful Decay.
Still on the cassette theme, a more literal interpretation of cassette art. Nothing clever about this, no double takes, just a lot of charm and some ambitious typography in Steve Vistaunet’s collection of mixtapes. I’m a sucker for hand-drawn and his early desktop-publishing examples just don’t have the soul of the crudely felt-tipped offerings – there’s something about the limited space that seems to encourage exuberance and larger than life design. Found via Boing Boing, via Steve Vistaunet’s Pinterest.”
I loved the glass-like, often other-worldly quality of these macro shots of snowflakes, by Alexey Klijatov. He shoots them with a Canon A650 on the balcony of his house, as they’ve landed against glass or on dark fabrics – check out more details of his camera set up on his website. Found via Fubiz.
Thanks to Jade L for finding this rather charming ad which features stop motion animation of tissue animals. It was created for a Japanese brand of tissue paper, Nepia, and the making of video shows how much effort and attention to detail that went into the film, it’s pretty impressive. Found via Sploid.
Quite a few people sent through the latest Volvo Trucks ad for Friday Favourites, which if you haven’t seen it, features a brilliant (albeit eye-watering) stunt from Jean-Claude van Damme. Yes, he actually did this, in real life. Captured in one take. It’s an interesting move for the Muscles from Brussels after appearing in the Coors Light ads, but this one adopts a similar sense of humour in spite of the seriousness of the stunt. Volvo Trucks’ previous campaigns have all been around the safety and precision of their engineering. The ad featuring the tight rope walker is much more terrifying to watch, maybe they felt it was stretching the safety message a bit far and this new one should have a more light hearted approach. He’s so majestic.
In: Advertising, Art, Brand communications, Film & Animation, Fonts · Tags: Animation, Automotive, Friday Favourites, Music, Music video, Paint, Painting, Photography, Sculpture, Stop motion
For our seventh event in the ‘At the Bar’ series, our Amsterdam studio invited photographer Marcel Christ to come and tell us more about himself, his work and his approach. We recently collaborated with Marcel on the Johnnie Walker global limited edition gift packaging; the result was a set of stunning images, which combine texture, colour and form to evoke a bold flavour explosion. The limited edition gift sets have also recently won a bronze award at this year’s Pentawards.
So for the talk, before we got started, Guillaume mixed up some delicious ‘Johnnie Ginger’ whisky cocktails (with a little expert lime squeezing from myself) and we all sat back to hear a fascinating talk from Marcel.
Marcel start by telling us about how he started to photograph in his own particular way – after a number of years working as a photographer, he discovered that he only had a couple of projects out of around fifty that actually made it into his portfolio. He recognised that the work he was producing wasn’t really what he wanted to be doing, so he bravely decided to cut ties and start again fresh, experimenting with self initiated pieces such as the spilling coffee cup.
Marcel is a great advocate of exploring creativity through personal work and letting that exploration naturally feed into commercial work. He explained that sometimes something that happens (whether on purpose or by accident) on a commercial shoot inspires him to take it further in personal work.
The majority of Marcel’s work is influenced by moments in time that the naked eye can’t quite capture, in his own words it’s about ‘making the unseen visible’. He manages to find beauty in destruction by capturing these invisible moments, and bring them into a studio environment. In the studio he can push this happy accident in his favour by controlling variables and introducing his own technology. There’s something special in the way that with Marcel’s work, you are seeing a moment in time that won’t ever happen again.
The high speed photography Marcel uses captures a 10,000th of a second and he tries to achieve as much on camera as possible. He does this by keeping the technology and special effects as an aid to setting up the shot rather than to artificially generate it afterwards. From using liquid nitrogen and whirlpools to shooting perfume bottles with an air rifle, there’s always an element of excitement, theatre and storytelling behind each shot that intrigues and makes you want to see behind the scenes.
Marcel is always learning and building on his techniques and it’s this inventiveness that keeps his work fresh and interesting. It’s his keenness for spotting detail, patterns, shapes and form in a 10,000th of a second that really captures the imagination and inspires people to look closer at things.
In: Art, At the Bar, Events, Food and Drink, Ooh that's nice, What are we up to? · Tags: At the Bar, Design Bridge Amsterdam, Design Bridge Nederland, Design Bridge Netherlands, Johnnie Walker, Marcel Christ, Packaging, Packaging design, Photography, Whisky
Thanks to Viv for finding this bonkers headgear which doubles up as a cushion. The Ostrich Pillow is the perfect answer to those sleepy times at your desk, or on a plane. Created by Studio Banana Things and launched via Kickstarter, they describe the product as “Neither a pillow, nor cushion, bed or garment, but a bit of each all at the same time. It’s soothing cave-like interior shelters and isolates both your head and hands, perfect for a power nap.” Genius.
Thanks to Chris for finding these intriguing shots by Daniel Kukla. He placed mirrors on easels within a natural landscape and photographed them, using the reflections to create the illusion of a painting. He lived in a cabin in the Joshua Tree National Park to do the project, and spent lots of time in the areas where the low Sonoran desert met the high Mojave desert. Two quite different ecosystems meet at this point, so the series of photographs, entitled Edge Effect, were to capture these dramatic contrasts in the surrounding environment. Found via Colossal.
Okay, so we all know there’s been a HUGE buzz around this over the past week, but we had to include ‘making of’ video for John Lewis’ Christmas ad as a fave for this week. So much animation work is taken for granted as being CGI-led, so it’s great to learn about the detailed design process that went on behind the scenes of this ad. It was made using an innovative mix of 2D stop motion drawings filmed within a hand built 3D set. Check out the video below and read more about the project on Creative Review.
Here’s the ad (in case you haven’t seen it yet):
In: Advertising, Architecture, Brand communications, Brand Experience, Fashion, Film & Animation, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Structural design · Tags: 3D, John Lewis, Kinetic sculpture, Paper cut, Paper sculpture, Photography
In association with D&AD, Design Bridge in Amsterdam will host a Portfolio Night on Thursday November 28, where we are inviting design students and graduates from The Netherlands and Belgium to come and taste the atmosphere of working at a design agency and offering advice on student portfolios. Students can sign up here.
The event is part of the D&AD New Blood Mini Festival, which takes place in Amsterdam November 28 and 29. During the festival some of Amsterdam’s most exciting creative agencies and studios are opening their doors to give students the chance to find out what really goes on inside. From talks and tours, to workshops and book crits.
The Portfolio Night is a unique opportunity for graphic design students to visit an international brand design agency, such as Design Bridge, and present themselves. Our Creative Directors, Design Directors and Strategists will give feedback on portfolios and to answer any questions.
Paul Silcox, Creative Director says: “Supporting fresh creative talent and including students in studio life has always been a big big part of the culture of Design Bridge – many of our senior creatives started off life with us as interns themselves. Students from colleges across The Netherlands and Belgium have been invited to come and join us for an evening of drinks, networking and valuable feedback on their work. It promises to be energised and entertaining with the students ‘speed-dating’ their way through our creative team and for them to get a flavour of studio life for themselves. We hope the experience to be helpful and insightful for everyone – with the especially talented few being offered internships with us next year.”
Frank Nas, Managing Director says: “Through our collaboration with D&AD we give students the possibility to have their work be assessed from an international perspective. We hope to inspire new creative talent to pursue a career in the world of brand design.”
Ella Schofield, New Creatives Programme Manager D&AD: ”The D&AD New Blood Awards is an international programme with global challenges for young creatives. Each year we hold events to support those looking to enter the Awards and make their way in to industry. This November we’re excited to be hosting a mini New Blood Festival in Amsterdam with some of the industry’s top creative organisations. Building on a fantastic existing relationship with Design Bridge in the UK, who have been involved in our New Blood programmes for the last few years, it seemed like a natural choice to invite the Amsterdam team to host one of the workshops. We’re looking forward to extending our relationship with Design Bridge and inspiring some fantastic creatives in the Netherlands.”
So, if you’re a student in the Netherlands or Belgium, come and show us what you’ve got at an evening of quick-fire portfolio sessions at Design Bridge, Amsterdam! With internships up for grabs, you get the chance to impress and to network. Bring A3 print outs of only one or two projects you would like to show.
Sign up for the evening here.
PORTFOLIO NIGHT at DESIGN BRIDGE, Overtoom 373i, Amsterdam 1054JN. Thursday 28th November 2013, 5pm – 9pm. Part of the D&AD New Blood Festival Amsterdam.
In: Brand communications, Brand Experience, Careers, DB Student Awards, Employer Branding, Events, Graphic design, Recruitment, Seminars/talks, What are we up to? · Tags: Amsterdam, D&AD, dbn, New Blood, New Blood Mini Festival, portfolio night, Students
As it’s coming up to Halloween, we’ve found a few appropriately spooky Friday Favourites for this week. Somehow nothing quite matches the shoes with teeth Nicolle found last year..
Why is there something creepy about an image where the face is either pixellated or distorted? I found Butcher Billy’s famous faces as emoticons rather unnerving. A simple icon that looks friendly and cheery on a text or email suddenly becomes rather sinister in this context. Via NYCArts and his Behance site.
Thanks to Lucy for sharing this project by Miss Cakehead, who has teamed up with Proximo Spirits to create an Edible Autopsy as part of a promotion for Kraken Rum. They created a story about a research team – aka The Black Ink Society – that discovered the remains of a Kraken in the Thames Estuary, and took them on board their ship to perform the autopsy. The remains dissected included a giant eye (made of white chocolate, filled with Kraken rum), Kraken cysts (black pickled onions), an entire Kraken mouth (Kraken rum cake) and black stomach contents (liquorice and black treacle. The Black Ink Society have also challenged bartenders to come up with a macabre cocktail using Kraken Black Spiced Rum, which was judged at Happiness Forgets cocktail bar in London a couple of weeks ago – more about the competition (and recipes) on the Floating Rum Shack.
These may not be as scary as Ray Villafane’s famous carved pumpkins, but they are perhaps the more stylish way of displaying your gourds. As Zayne put it: “There’s ALWAYS a way of getting typography into everything!”. I’d also add that with these, there is less chance of the evil face turning into a mushy, hairy puddle of liquid after 3 days, which is what usually happens with the carved versions. Found on Fairgoods.
Thanks to Dan for sharing these masks, created by Mostlikely. He said: “I spotted this neat little idea on Dezeen and instantly decided on my halloween outfit. Love the idea of transforming the simple graphic posters into slightly creepy animal masks. And I’ve always liked the idea of wearing a lampshade on my head. The unusual colour combinations work equally well as flat poster or three-dimensional structure, emphasising the angular facets and making the faces look strangely angry – and I’m intrigued by the weird little illustrations dotted about like tattoos on some of the panels. Lovely idea, wish I’d thought of it.”
The LED stick man costume for a toddler has to be the best Halloween outfit we’ve seen so far this year. The stuff of horror movies. Genius. Found on Boing Boing.
In case you missed it when we mentioned it on Facebook, check out some telekinesis in action, which took place in a New York coffee shop recently as a promotion for the remake of the film Carrie. It’s brilliantly done, and fascinating to see how it was put together. Some of the live reactions from unsuspecting customers are priceless, but it does make you wonder if they managed to get away with it without any complaints. Created by Thinkmodo, who also did the fantastic viral marketing for Limitless. Thanks to Olly for sharing this one. More about it on StarPulse.
In: Advertising, Art, Brand communications, Brand Experience, Digital, Film & Animation, Food and Drink, Graphic design, Ooh that's nice, Product design, Structural design, Technology · Tags: Baking, Cake, Emoticons, Experiential marketing, Friday Favourites, Halloween, Halloween costumes, Masks, Paper, Portraits, Promotions, Pumpkins, Viral
There is something rather haunting about these photographs of empty swimming pools, by Gigi Cifali. I don’t know if it’s because it’s showing us a perspective we almost never see, but there’s a certain sadness about even the cleaner looking ones – maybe it’s the way the feel of the room changes once there’s not a huge body of water as a central focus. It’s great to see the interior architecture of some of the more elaborate ones. Found via It’s Nice That.
If you’re a lover of type you’ll be downloading Type:Rider in no time. It’s a smartphone game that takes takes you on a Super Mario-style journey through the History of Type, getting you to solve riddles to learn the history of different font characters from prehistoric cave paintings through to everybody’s favourite, Comic Sans. The game is beautifully animated, described as a ‘work of art in itself’ on Core77, and is available on iOS and Android. Check out the trailer for it below. Thanks to Nicolle for sharing this one – it reminded us of Ben Barrett-Forrest’s animation about the history of typography, which we shared in a previous Friday Favourites.
Thanks to Charles and Yvonne for sharing Ballantine’s 12 Ballance, a sculpture inspired by the the balance of ingredients, processes involved in crafting whisky and the rituals around creating the perfect drink. It contains all you need to mix a perfect blend of Ballantine’s, using some beautifully crafted elements which literally balance perfectly to give a great piece of theatre around the brand.
Thanks to Chris A for sharing this work by Michael Paul Smith. At first glance the photographs look like they could be from a 1950s film set, and then when you learn about how they’re made, they literally take on a whole new perspective. The photos are taken using just a simple camera and natural light, but the process is the intriguing part. He builds intricately detailed models and photographs them against real life, full size backdrops, using forced perspective to create a mysterious fictional town called Elgin Park. Found via Buzzfeed and Twisted Sifter – more of his work on Flickr.
..and then the final image from the photographer’s perspective.