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London Design Festival : London Posters Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 22, 2009

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Yesterday I made the journey down to the V&A to go have a look at the London Posters exhibition. The exhibition was located in one of the corridors of the museum, which really didn’t benefit the designs, being shoved away near a cloakroom. The posters were created by 20 leading graphic designers and typographers celebrating London as the creative capital of the world. The exhibition draws on the idea that the poster is one of the oldest and still one of the most powerful communication mediums and challenged each designer to produce an effective poster celebrating design and the city, in only two colours, black and red.

Domenic Lippa of Pentagram along with Sir John Sorrell curated the exhibition and designers included; Angus Hyland, Jonathan Ellery, Henrik Kubel, Derek Birdsall, Tony Brook, Tom Hingston, Andy Altmann, Fernando Gutteriez, Morag Myerscough, Mike Dempsey, Alan Kitching, Frith Kerr, Alan Aboud, Damon Murray, Mason Wells, Michael Wolff, Quentin Newark and Jeremy Leslie.

Some of the posters were fantastic such as Jeremy Leslie’s with the shortened URL on where to find the best magazine shops in London, see here for the ‘proper’ version of the poster. The de-constructed tube map concept posters were also amongst my favourites along with Andy Altmann’s ‘Cor-Blimey Trousers‘ for the Evening Standard. Even though the posters are tucked away in the V&A, they are up until the 27th of September so go check them out. The London Design Festival event page can be found here.

London Design Festival : emerge Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on September 19, 2009

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Next up from the London Design Festival was the emerge exhibition held at the Rich Mix gallery space near Brick Lane. emerge is the new graduate showcase event run by the Design Festival and works were guest selected by Fraser Muggeridge. Alongside the exhibition, events including one run by Wieden+Kennedy are happening throughout next week as well the very first emerge design award, with the winner being revealed next friday. The exhibition itself had a nice layout displaying the graduate’s projects but I’m not too sure on the quality and production of some of the pieces. My favourite works were the emoticons canvas bags, the sculpture of ‘SHIT!‘ and some of the typographic posters which were part of a poster competition brief set by Pentagram for any graduate to participate in.

emerge is worth a look if your a student or graduate and the exhibition runs until the 27th of September. The event page can be found here.

http://thisisemerge.com

Graphic Design in Japan 2009 Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on July 14, 2009

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Graphic Design in Japan is a yearbook that was first published in 1981 by the Japan Graphic Design Association. Ever since, the annual publication introduces a selection of work each year spanning from accessories, books, packaging, logos, posters, advertisements, websites, videos, spatial design and everything else in-between. This years exhibition was being held at the Midtown Design Hub in Roppongi, about five minutes away from W+K’s office so I popped over to take a look at lunch today and I’ve been looking forward to going to this exhibition since I arrived in Japan. I was definitely not disappointed.

Luckily, there was no assistant when I went today so I managed to photograph everything that caught my eye and it pretty much was nearly all of the exhibition. There were posters hanging from end to end of the room and books and other 3D design positioned just on one wall making it a really great exhibition to soak up.

The exhibition was a really interesting insight for myself as foreign designer in Japan, as I could see variations of styles, illustration and typography from the fast moving country that is Japan. All works were from a variety of backgrounds, from previous exhibitions to personal projects. The standard of work was extremely high and just like everything else seems to be in Tokyo, very professional, on the ball, cutting edge and challenging the norm. This is definitely one of the top exhibitions I have visited whilst here in Tokyo.

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The pictures I’ve included here are my favourite bits and pieces that caught my eye, but be sure to check out the rest of the exhibition on my Flickr page starting from here. The exhibition’s online link can be found here.

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Phil Baines & Catherine Dixon Lecture at LCC

Posted in Talks/Lectures by Paul on March 11, 2009

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As part of the ‘Changing Face of Letterpress‘ schedule of events in the past week, I went to the ‘Letterpress Beginnings‘ lecture last night at LCC with speakers Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon. The two designers are the creme de la creme when it comes to typography and letterpress and both currently teach at Cental Saint Martins, where they both were educated as well.

The lecture comprised of how their early works and visual styles took shape through typography and specifically letterpress and how their styles and work have evolved over the years. Phil’s ‘Thesis‘ were an epic series of images with some of the best type setting I have seen, with an incredible amount of detail and care put into them. Catherine’s work seemed more experimental and I especially loved her ‘type documentation‘ pieces of work. It was great to listen to a pair of experienced designers on their journeys to get to where they are now. Of course some amazing work examples were on display throughout the lecture as well. I also got a few ideas on how to photograph my projects from their presentation as well.

The Changing Face of Letterpress Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on March 7, 2009

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Bit of a late post this one, but I’ve been super busy this week. A quick visit in the morning on Wednesday to LCC where I showed my portfolio and talked to current students who are wanting to take the year out like I am doing (feels like 5 minutes since I was looking at the year above’s portfolios for the same thing!). It was nice to chat to some enthusiastic and interested students about my experiences and to give them some advice.

I popped back to work before coming back again in the evening to LCC for the highly anticipated ‘Changing Face of Letterpress‘ exhibition in the Well Gallery. The exhibition has been promoted on all the design blogs for a while now, and some of my friends and tutors were exhibiting so I was exciting about going.

“The Changing Face of Letterpress is an exhibition of staff and student work from the London College of Communication, seeking to challenge the boundaries of Letterpress within the current design climate whilst drawing from the rich printing history of the college. The exhibition explores the changing role of Letterpress within design education, from a typographical teaching tool to a medium that is igniting process-driven work from students within the School of Graphic Design.”

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The private view wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be, but there was some excellent work on display. The typographic system/template at the front of the exhibition was an eye catcher, my friends’ work in the forms of a letterpressed pro-Gypsy poster and some illustrative tigers were great and the poster displaying “I Haart You” was nice also. Lots of smaller postcards and artefacts were displayed on the tables and some other visually rich prints completed the exhibition. I also managed to grab one of the exhibition catalogues which doubles up nicely as a poster.

Along with the exhibition, LCC is hosting various lectures around the letterpress subject and I’ve booked up for the Phil Baines and Catherine Dixon one on the 10th, so I will put up a post about that next week. For the meantime, check out the LCC Letterpress website below.

www.letterpresslcc.co.uk