What a week. There’s been highs (like all of the exciting things going on at D&AD this week – more on this later) but also lows, and we thought we’d start this week’s Friday Favourites with a tribute to one of the most talented, creative, unique and pioneering musicians of our times, whose untimely death was reported last night.
When it comes to logo design and popular culture you can’t get much more iconic than the Prince “symbol”. Created by Mitch Monson in 1992, the unpronounceable symbol was used by Prince in place of his name for many years. You can read the story behind the logo on Dezeen.
Prince famously had nearly all of his music removed from the Internet several years ago (more about that here) but we’ve managed to find an example of his brilliance on YouTube below:
Back to the world of packaging design, and Ivan found the excellent purveyorsofpackaging.com website. It’s a veritable feast of vintage packaging, curated by a husband-and-wife duo dedicated to creating a lasting digital archive of retro packaging. It’s definitely worth a look for inspiration and “I remember that!” moments. Here are a couple of examples from Instagram:
How do you take your coffee? We take ours with a rainbow! Or at least we would do if we lived in Las Vegas, where barista Mason Salisbury has been whipping up some of the prettiest coffee art we’ve ever seen:
See more on Instagram.
If you follow us on social media then you might have spotted that we’ve been busy with D&AD this week. Asa and Melissa have been judging the entries for our beauty branding New Blood brief (winners here), we’ve been setting up our Guinness installation at the D&AD Festival, hosting our own Fringe event, and checking in with Graham. He is this year’s Foreman of the Packaging Design Jury for the Professional Awards (winners here) and has been speaking at various events.
The Festival will be open to the public (for free) over the weekend, so if you find yourself in East London then head over to The Truman Brewery Building to see what it’s all about. More info here.
On Saturday, the Royal Shakespeare Company will be celebrating the 400 year anniversary of the death of the world’s most famous playwright by broadcasting a unique, 2 hour live performance around the world. Directed by Gregory Doran and hosted by David Tennant, the performance at the company’s Stratford-Upon-Avon theatre (birthplace of William Shakespeare) will pay tribute to Shakespeare’s plays and their enduring influence on music, dance, opera, musical theatre and comedy. If you’re in the UK then you can watch along on the BBC, and there’s plenty of venues around the world showing the performance, including the Pathé Theatre in Amsterdam. Find out more here and watch the trailer below:
If you are in Amsterdam this weekend, along with the aforementioned Shakespeare Live screening, Jade recommends that you check out events dedicated to designer vintage and Game of Thrones…
On Saturday, the beautiful Amstel Hotel will be transformed into a paradise for lovers of fashion and hosting a designer vintage sale, featuring luxurious designer labels including See by Chloe, Missoni, T by Alexander Wang, By Malene Birger, and Paul & Joe Sister. If fashion is your thing, this is the place to be. Find out more.
Designing the Seven Kingdoms with William Simpson
Did you have your own visions of the Wall, the Battle at Blackwater, or White Walkers when you read the books? If you’re a fan of Game of Thrones, – like many of us at DB – then you definitely need to continue reading. On Sunday, William Simpson (Head Storyboard Artist of Game of Thrones) will be on stage at the John Adams Institute to talk about how he and his team transform the wonderful worlds of George R. R. Martin’s books into the visual worlds that fans of the TV series know and love. Oh, and if you do come along, then you might even get to sit on the actual Iron Throne! Find out more here.