A few weeks ago I went along to a graphic design workshop with Anthony Burrill at Outline Editions.
Anthony Burrill holding my masterpiece
Anthony had provided lots of his designs copied onto brightly coloured paper. The idea was to take his designs, cut them up and make them your own. Continue reading
I still can’t quite believe I have met and interviewed the man behind the “work hard and be nice to people” poster that adorns so many design studio walls and provides daily inspiration for the design community and beyond.
Watching the ping pong outside Outline Editions
Arguably the driving force behind the current appreciation for typography; you might describe Anthony Burrill as a designer’s designer. Continue reading
The first time I saw Gary Hustwit’s 80 minute documentary about a font, Helvetica
, was at the ICA
; part of a competition with some friends to organise the geekiest Friday night out which had started with a screening of This is Tomorrow
(a documentary largely about a carpet*) at the Royal Festival Hall
with a live score performed by Saint Etienne
. Needless to say, I won, albeit by a fairly narrow margin!
From left to right: Erwin, Danny, Marieke. Poster part of the 'La Zafra de los Diez Millones' series, by Olivio Martinez Viera, Stedelijk Museum. (Photo by Karina Bisch)
Posted in interviews
Tagged Danny van den Dungen, design, Erwin Brinkers, Experimental Jetset, Gary Huswit, graphic design, helvetica, Marieke Stolk, royal festival hall, Stedelijk Museum, typography, Wim Crouwel
I recently had the great pleasure to spend an evening at The Make Lounge on their Screen Printed Textiles workshop. I first tried my hand at screenprinting at the Print Block in Whitstable, during the Oyster Festival and I’m starting to think I might have caught the bug!
We started with a demonstration from the lovely Helen Rawlinson who led the class. Continue reading
Posted in here's one I made earlier
Tagged birds on a wire, coadg, design, graphic design, helen rawlinson, ink, isotype, printing, screenprinting, stencil, the make longe
On March 31st I went to see Rick Poynor in conversation with Wim Crouwel and his son Mels Crouwel at the Design Museum. It was first in a series to mark the retrospective of the iconic graphic designer and typographer; Wim Crouwel, a Graphic Odyssey.
Wim Crouwel (photograph by Luke Hayes)
Afterwards, I plucked up the courage to speak to the man himself to ask for a short interview – and he said yes! But more of that later; first the talk… Continue reading
Posted in out and about
Tagged abbemuseum, Academie Minerva, Akzidenz Grotesk, architecture, Bauhaus, design, design museum, Edy de Wilde, exhibition design, graphic design, grid system, Gridnik, helvetica, Mels Crouwel, minimalism, modernism, Netherlands, new alphabet, poster, Rick Poynor, telephone directory, Total Design, typography, Wim Crouwel
Somerset House is the place to be at the moment, with Joy of Living, John Makepeace and Pick Me Up all happening at the same time. On Friday evening, I went down to have a look at Pick Me Up.
Pick Me Up at Somerset House
I had great fun following the shapes to find the exhibition (having come in through the Strand entrance, not the one pictured above in case you’re confused!)… Continue reading