Type Trumps

Type Trumps

Just in time for Christmas, Face37 has released Type Trumps. Type Trumps, a play on Top Trumps, is a game in which different typefaces are attributed numerical values. These figures are then used to enable the cards to be won or lost using some of the tried and tested Top Trumps rules. Available via Face37 and Magma Books.

British Design Classics

British Design Classics

Pictured here is a set of stamps to be issued in January that commemorate ten icons of British design. The new series from the Royal Mail pictures a curated selection of design classics that represent some of the highlights of British design heritage.

British Design Classics

Designed by HGV and photographed by Jason Tozer, some objects were shot in studio, but in many cases, permission had to be obtained to photograph examples in museums or institutions. In addition, each object was photographed with permission from each designer or their estates.

British Design Classics

Source: CR Blog

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving

Today is a day of thanks here in the States and as of such, it’s only appropriate to thank everyone who has made Thinking for a Living™ possible. We’ve only been around for a little over four months and already this project has grown beyond our expectations thanks to the support of our friends, family, and most importantly, you, our reader. Happy Thanksgiving!

Very ELLE

The French edition of Elle magazine is getting serious about their creative. Very ELLE is a special biannual edition of French ELLE, art directed and designed by Non-Format for Hachette Filipacchi Associés. Features and editorial spreads employ the typeface Heroine, which was created specially for the magazine.

Very ELLE
Very ELLE
Very ELLE
Very ELLE
Very ELLE

Advanced Beauty

Advanced Beauty

Advanced Beauty is an ongoing exploration of digital artworks born and influenced by sound, an ever-growing collaboration between programmers, artists, musicians, animators and architects.

The first collection is a series of audio-reactive ‘video sound sculptures’. Inspired by synasthesia, the rare, sensory experience of seeing sound or tasting colours, these videos are physical manifestations of sound, sculpted by volume, pitch or structure of the soundtrack.

The films embrace unusual video making processes, the visual programming language Processing, high-end audio analysis and fluid dynamic simulations alongside intuitive responses in traditional cell animation. Each artist was given the same set of parameters to work within; to start, finish and exist within a white space, creating a seamless coherence, all sculptures sharing the same white environment.

Using 5:1 surround sound, the films transform the screen into a digital canvas, how the minimalism of a single, floating pixel can be as engaging as the maximalism of an intense multicoloured explosion.

Curated by design studio Universal Everything, with a soundtrack by Freefarm, the music studio of Simon Pyke (formerly recording as Freeform on Warp, Nonplace and Skam) Advanced Beauty is an international collaboration, taking in a family of artists from London, Russia, New York, Japan, Buenos Aires, Glasgow to San Francisco.

This collection of films in the first in a series of exhibitions, with upcoming commissions for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London and galleries in Europe, USA and Japan.

Maxing Out Your Triangle

Maxing Out Your Triangle

I find that most people take on new jobs, projects and hobbies for three reasons: To learn something new, to pay the bills, or because they love doing it. These three things fulfill some of our very basic needs—they give us stability, excitement, ways to contribute and opportunities to grow. If you’re with me so far, then allow me to present the love-growth-cash triangle.

Hot Chip by Wallzo

Hot Chip by Wallzo

This poster is the second in a series of exclusive collaborations between Blanka, Wallzo and Hot Chip for their 2008 album ‘Made in the Dark.’ The campaign’s ‘artifact’ illustration has been specially redesigned for this laser cut edition. The poster also features hand embossed type. Produced with GF Smith Colorplan, Pristine White, 270gsm.

Pie

Toronto-based designer Alan Woo was curious to see if there were any stark similarities or contrasts within particular films. To that end, he created a project entitled Pie to illustrate an incredibly simple and concise baseline comparison of films through one particular trait: color.

Citizen Kane

The project was the result of Alan’s first explorations into Processing, an open source programming language and environment developed for those who want to program images, animation, and interactions. A program written in Processing captures each frame of each movie and essentially creates a ‘pie chart’ of the colors contained within each film producing a simplistic and abstracted representation.

Bronenosets Potyomkin

The outcome is a number of triptychs comparing various films of particular trilogies, directors or genres. Each poster includes the film title, year, director, cinematographer, running time and occasionally, various surprising/unsurprising similarities. Pictured here are the charts generated for Citizen Kane, Bronenosets Potyomkin and Metropolis.

Metropolis

Running with the Beast

Running with the Beast

Running with the Beast

Running with the Beast is the latest album by zZz, a Dutch band from Amsterdam. Roel Wouters created a music video, the artwork and a series of posters that are mindblowingly cool. The project is about two artists who have created the conditions to capture rage in a systematic way – and capture it they did. Two colored cocks print their fight on a sheet of paper while making for an extremely satisfying visual in the video itself. Fantastic.

Optical Disc

Optical Disc

I love these Optical Disc posters by Alex Broadhurst. Printed white on A1 240gsm holographic mirri in an edition of 50 posters, the design celebrates 50 years of the optical disc whilst paying homage to Gottlieb Soland’s 1957 Grammo-Grafik poster (pictured below). Printed by K2 Screen. Alas, UK only shipping!

Grammo-Grafik

How Very Tokyo

How Very Tokyo

How Very Tokyo has invited a selection of progressive British graphic designers to express their relationship with Tokyo in poster form. Curated by Studio Kanna the exhibition will create a new multi-faceted portrait of the city, highlighting unexpected aspects of Tokyo from an outsider’s point of view.

How Very Tokyo

The fourteen selected designers have collectively made England a more visually exciting place, and we hope that through this exhibition their energy and passion will similarly infect and inspire the Tokyo art and design scene.

Adam Hayes
Alexandre Bettler
Bibliothéque
Browns
Daniel Eatock
Europa
Graphic Thought Facility
James Goggin
North
OK-RM
Sanderson Bob
Spin
Value and Service

Oleg Dou

Oleg Dou
Oleg Dou
Oleg Dou
Oleg Dou

Russian artist and photographer Oleg Dou combines conventional photography with photo manipulation to produce portraits with an unsettling graphic consistency. Oleg is the winner of the International Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year award. Pictured above are images from his Toystory series.