Making Cents

Stefan Sagmeister

In September 2008 Sagmeister Inc. participated in Droog Event 2: Urban Play. The public art installation consisted of 250.000 eurocents placed on the floor, covering more than 300sqm on a square in Amsterdam. The coins spelled out the sentence “Obsessions make my life worse and my work better”. The piece is part of the series Things I have learned in my life so far by Stefan Sagmeister.

Euro Cent

Illustrative Zurich

Illustrative Zurich

From October 17th to October 26th Illustrative’s 4th forum of graphic arts will take place in the Zurich Messehallen. Conceived in 2006 by Pascal Johanssen and Katja Kleiss in Berlin, Illustrative is an annual forum, and the only one of it’s kind worldwide to present the latest inclinations which run the gamut of illustrative and graphic art in one exhibition.

The main exhibition features over 400 works by 35 artists and gives an international overview which represents the various facets of illustrative art. The exhibit features well-known artists such as German illustrators Olaf Hajek and Martin Haake, Spanish comic-artist Jorge Fabian Gonzalez Varela, American illustrators Eric Sandberg, Vincent Hui and Edwin Ushiro, as well as Japanese Artist Yoh Nagao.

Hot Rods and Hairy Beasts

Hot Rods and Hairy Beasts

Hot Rods, Hula Girls, Hairy Beasts, Himalayan Head Hunters and the Holy Bible are just some of the subjects under discussion by illustrators Linzie Hunter, Rod Hunt, Nishant Choksi and Allan Sanders. No subject is too small for this group of seasoned professional illustrators and adventurers. With clients spanning the world of advertising, publishing, design and editorial this band of battle scarred buccaneers are prepared for the eventuality of just about anything.

Hot Rods and Hairy Beasts is showing at the Coningsby Gallery beginning today until Saturday, October 4th 2008.

Attitude (Altitude) Adjustment

Pecos Wilderness

Excuse the absence of posts over this past weekend but we do try to experience more than just design and blogging in our lives. We’re back, safe and sound and more inspired than ever. Don’t forget to unplug yourself from the computer every once in a while. If you can’t see the forest for the trees, go visit a forest!

Typographreaks

Typographreaks

A merry band of typeface provocateurs is styling down to the letter. Find out more about House Industries in Issue 129 of Fast Company.

Frank 2.0

Frank 2.0

Friendly neighborhood designer, TFAL™ author and all-around good guy Frank Chimero has updated his site. Watch and learn.

Font or Typeface?

Font or Typeface

There’s a great post and discussion on FontFeed by Yves Peters that explains the importance of speaking the same language when using typographic terms. Since these terms have evolved over time and seen several transitions in technology they tend to be interpreted in varying ways.

Dangerous Curves

Dangerous Curves

“In Dangerous Curves I have attempted to show both emerging and expert designers how, in an age of computer-dominated design, the designer can turn to their very own hands for both inspiration and solution. The only way to create a logotype that is truly unique is for the designer to transcend the limitations of the available fonts and typefaces on the market. Dangerous Curves provides a roadmap for that very worthy endeavor.”

Synth Eastwood

Synth Eastwood

Synth Eastwood is back with a new brief entitled Cycles. Cycles will take place on Friday the 24th of October in FilmBase, The Button Factory, Meeting House Square and Temple Bar in Dublin. The deadline for all submissions is Monday the 13th of October. All forms of work welcome. See the Synth Eastwood site for submission guidelines.

Maison Martin Margiela

Maison Martin Margiela

In October 2008, Maison Martin Margiela celebrates its 20th anniversary. For this occasion, the Modemuseum Provincie Antwerpen presents a unique retrospective of his work. Conceived in close collaboration with Maison Martin Margiela, the exhibition takes place from September 12, 2008 through February 8, 2009. More images are available at A Shaded View.

Via Tyler Askew.

Graphic Design on the Radio

Graphic Design on the Radio

We highly recommend listening to this broadcast entitled A Layperson’s Guide to Graphic Design by Adrian Shaughnessy which aired as part of the London-based radio station Resonance FM’s Free University of the Airwaves. Shaughnessy had 30 minutes to introduce graphic design to a non-professional audience. You can read an edited version of the transcript at Design Observer.

Also, be sure to check out Graphic Design on the Radio which was a series of one-hour shows broadcast in the Summer of 2007 on Resonance FM. The programs featured interviews with leading graphic designers who talked about their work while playing music that inspired or influenced their work.

The Art of Self-Promotion

The Art of Self-Promotion

Students at the London College of Communication who recently completed a year in the industry have produced an exhibition entitled Shameless, The Art of Self-Promotion as part of the London Design Festival to showcase their experiences from the year. The students have drawn together their newly found experiences, knowledge and understanding for this exhibition to emphasize a topic that was key to their own professional practice; the clever and sometimes desperate ways students find employment post university. The show will be at The Sassoon Gallery from September 18th through the 23rd.

The Art of Self-Promotion Poster