Hanging Around, necklaces made by Manon van Kouswijk. Like them or not. The best thing about the projects by Manon van Kouswijk are the books she publishes with them. She did it a few years ago for her project Lepidoptera Domestica. And she did it again with this project. A book full of necklaces and (it seems) the complete documentation of how she came to a certain design or idea. It's beautifull the clean images are shown on a spread with her research.
A book with necklaces, that I would have never bought when it were only necklaces, is now one of the nicest books and projects I've seen lately.
Of course a lot of credits also go to the graphic designers. Niessen en de Vries.
In a shop in Arnhem I walked into an exhibition of some photographs from the book Where Children Sleep, made by James Mollison. A very intriguing look inside the places children, all over the world, grow up. It's not just their bedrooms, but also a picture of them in a neutral setting, it makes you think...
Manystuff is inviting all graphic design graduates to submit projects made during there graduation in 2011.
All this for the project Questions/Questions, a publication made by Charlotte Cheetham and Samuel Bonnet. Like all Manystuff projects this has to be a great one. So if you just graduated don't hesitate and go for it!
Read more about it at Manystuff.
Twitter is hot, youtube is cool. So what if you combine the two. A video channel fed by tweets about youtube video's. What you get is an endless stream of video's being talked about. Don't like it just skip to the next one.
http://www.nomoretelevision.com is a project by Jasper van Loenen. Check it out.
Artists duo Lernert & Sander (featured before on O.K. Periodicals, they keep making inspiring work) have collected found clothing from as many darkrooms they could all over the world. How does the visitor of a sex site manage to lose their pants or shoes, and even more, how do they manage to get back home without all of it is a mystery. Together the clothes represent an interesting collection.
Read more in this special blog on the Blend website
For her graduation project, Marleen Wellen researched the role of personal, sensitive information in today's society. Her conclusion is that, though these confidentialities are extra vulnerable in the information age, people should still be able to tell each other secrets. Her solution is to give responsibility to the listeners rather than the sharers for keeping secrets safe In her final work "I want to be the tin you keep your secrets in", she illustrates the secrets people told her. These people are also present in the illustration, their face hidden only by a thin layer of film that could easily be scratched off.
Fourteen people were asked to create self-portraits, using a police Photofit kit from the 1970s, without referring to photographs or mirror images of themselves. They were then interviewed by Philip Oltermann on the subjects of identity and the self.
The project was made by Matt Willey (project link as well) and Giles Revell.
This is the direct download of the Photofit PDF.
Introduction from the book:
There are no photos in circulation of Jacques Penry, the man who
invented the Photofit, but from what he wrote in his books, you would
guess that he might have looked a bit suspicious. A photographer by
trade, the Frenchman had been fascinated by facial topography as
early as the 1930s, when he published his magnus opus The Face of
Man. There was, Penry claimed in it, a direct link between any human’s
physique and their personality: philosophers, for example, would show
a marked development of the lower cheek muscles, while idiots and
simpletons would invariably possess a markedly receding forehead.
Following the Penry-method of facial classification, he claimed, one
could cleanse society of “criminals, mental deficits, neurasthenics
and vocational misfits.”
Perhaps unaware of the supremacist overtones of it’s creator’s
early musings, Scotland Yard gave the Photofit kit a go in 1970. The
kits come in wooden boxes, containing narrow paper strips with
various facial features and an index listing the contents: eyes, noses,
mouths, haircuts, chins, roughly 40 in each category. There are
transparencies for add-ons, such as glasses, facial hairs or wrinkles,
and a frame on which the individual parts can be assembled.
The first Photofit portrait of a British suspect was broadcast
on 22nd of October 1970, in connection with the murder of James
Cameron in Islington, London. Surprisingly, it came up with the goods:
the image jogged a shop assistant’s memory and led to the arrest
of John Earnest Bennett in Nottingham. Soon though, policemen
found that Photofit portraits of suspects often looked nothing like
the criminals that were eventually caught: the Penry-method clearly
had its limits. In 1988, the Met introduced computer programmes
for facial profiling (“E-fits”) and Photofit kits across the country were
hurled onto rubbish heaps.
Penry’s system might have been inaccurate and ideologically
dubious, but it has qualities that appealed to us when we came up with
this project. Photofit is tactile: you can touch the individual parts with
your own hands and move them about until things click into place – it’s
like creating a puzzle. And it is immediate: there is no person standing
between you and the final picture. We managed to track down a male
and female kit from a Police Museum in Kent and invited a number
of people to assemble their own Photofit self-portrait in Giles’ studio
in Clerkenwell. The end result, we think, is curious. Each portrait tells
a story: it speaks of the hang-ups, insecurities and vanities we all have
about our own appearance. They hint at how deceptive our relationship
with our self-image can be. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce
a person’s character from their face in an instant. If nothing else, we
hope that this project shows how the connection between persona
and personality is a lot more complex than that.
We just received the latest issue of Slanted and it looks great again. Each issue really explorers the given theme about typography, visually as well as in the written word, in a good way. The editors know what they're talking about! Next to showing really nice typographic related work, the magazine design itself is also very nice. Good type should be invisible. Well, thats b*llshit ofcourse. Good type should be seen. If you can set type in the way Slanted does, and working with different quality papers from Lessebo for each section than you know everybody should have this instant classic magazine in their library.
Below their pressrelease:
While Slanted #13 dealt with contemporary and historical humanist grotesque fonts, Slanted #14 – Grotesque 2 focuses on
current fonts that are in tradition of Lineal, Neo- or Geometric Grotesque.
They mainly have their origins in the time of the turn of 19th to 20th century. In 1880 Ferdinand Theinhardt designed
the Royal Grotesque with four weights for the Königlich-Preußische Akademie zu Berlin, from which developed the Akzidenz
Grotesque in 1918. Simultaneously, from 1905 to 1930, Morris Fuller Benton created fonts on the basis of Lineal Neogrotesque:
the Lineal Grotesque. Nowadays there can be observed different procedures of designing fonts, which can be
named as quotations. A variety of fonts bear on historical models.
With great pleasure we present a huge number of these corresponding and related grotesque fonts, illustrations and
projects. The type essays by Flo Gaertner (Karlsruhe), Robert Schumann (Berlin) and Anna Sinofzik (London) deal with
them. Worth seeing photos stories are “Almost Europe” by Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung (Frankfurt am Main)
who visualize the situation of refugees in the Spanish enclave Melilla, as well as »Ein Abend auf der Wiesn – Pictures
taken during the great beer rush« by Volker Derlath (München). Numerous interviews with Lizá Defossez Ramalho and
Artur Rebelo (Porto), Edwin van Gelder (Amsterdam), Marta Podkowinska and Karol Gadzala (Krakow) and Hans Gremmen
(Amsterdam) as well as an article about Kiyoshi Awazu as well as the 4th part of the Tokyo Report, both by Ian Lynam
(Tokyo) and a musical travelogue by Frank Wiedemann (Berlin) round up the stuff to read.
Wandering trough Antwerp I bumped in to a sign saying "Magazine Launch" ofcourse I couldn't resist. I entered the expo-shop-bar called RA13 (http://www.ra13.be/) it looked very nice the most of the expo was fashion and fashion stores from (as it seems) young and enthusiastic fashion designers.
Couldn't find a magazine launch though, so I walked back and by doing this found the little bookstore in an other part of the building where I found this magazine Paris La. The magazine covers contemporary culture content in direct connection with fashion, art, writing, photography, music, and cinema. The magazine features interviews, portraits and photo essays on, with and by artists we truly love and was founded by detour and creative director Dorothée Perret at the end of the year 2008. This was the magazine which was released so I bought it and here it is on our blog.
First thing you notice is the blue poster folded around the magazine. These small things gives a magazine just that little extra that makes my curious about what's inside. But it also sets me up with an ever returning question, should I take of the poster so I can watch it in full(which might damage it and the magazine) or do I leave it and never have a look at it and settle with the thought that it belongs on the cover.
Once inside it's beautifully printed on different kinds of paper and the content is mixed, (visual) essays, photo shoots and illustration. Every item in the magazine has been treated differently with it's own type and feeling. The first item shows the work of two artists, a nice fact here is that they mix photo's of the artists work with photo's of the artists them selves. A very nice solution for showing how's behind the work that's been made. Further on in the magazine is a nice visual essay by Julien David who gives his interpretation on Japan and bikes.
Overall a nice and well designed magazine with good content. Only thing is that I still don't know what the poster folded around the magazine looks like. It's still stapled on to the magazine where I think it belongs.
I've also spotted the magazine in the Netherlands…so if you see it have a look at it.
More information about the magazine:
A while ago Little White Lies made a video about how their magazine is made. The very awesome VNA (Very Nearly Almost) street art magazine have released a videointerview with them. Which gives a nice insight how it started and developed to become what it is today. The video interview is made by itdrewitself (which made other cool stuff as well, worth checking out)
People in Pakistan make such beautiful decorations on their trucks, can you imagine something like this driving around Europe? There's a nice article in Items (dutch design magazine) this month, and I have some nice websites to go with that. Dude Craft has also some very nice other posts to check out.
This is such a great idea. For the new single by Steye they made a interactive video, a 360 degrees video with karaoke text if you click on the video itself. Have fun and sing-a-long. Nice music as well!
Just got an e-mail from Kumi who wanted to share here work with us. So now I'm sharing it with all of you. Nice work...website will be updated soon. www.kumihiroi.com
The sixth O.K. Periodicals will be released on the 8th of July.
After a bit of a delay (sorry for that) we'll be officially releasing the BORING issue. As you know this magazine is pleasantly disruptive and always curious for inspiring creative work. Maybe the Boring theme is a paradox, but wait until you see all the stunning visuals and read the fascinating stories. Being bored seems to be a most interesting state of mind for people to become even more creative.
We got some big names featuring this issue, and a large part of relatively unknown creative talent as well. All of them deserve a beautiful representation to a bigger audience. This is just one of those magazines you wish you bought before it sold out (we're only printing 500 collectibles).
O.K. Periodicals #6 is featuring: Harmen Liemburg, Gemma Correll, Francis Alÿs, Tom Gauld, Petra Kruijt, Meyoko, Pixy Liao, Simon Wild, Atle Mo, We Make Carpets, Helmut Smits, Jaap Blonk, Mr. Bingo, Berndnaut Smilde, Hans Eijkelboom, Sam Durant and many more...
Official Release Drinks!
Friday 8th July 2012
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We get a lot of nice e-mails of people showing the work they made. One of them was sent by Greg Uzelac from Furry Puppet Studio. They make puppets. Furry puppets. As these images obviously show. I like them!
As you may have heard of; the Dutch government is cutting down the fundings of all art, cultural and such-related organizations and artists. This is unbelievable. And only a brutal asshole government can think of this kind of stupid plans. There is already mcuh said about it on various international newschannels. But this link (in Dutch) was spoken during the protest march yesterday in The Hague. It is written by Ramsey Nasr and worthwhile to learn Dutch for to understand it. For all the Dutch people a must-read!
This is pure awesomeness! A giant hot wheels sculpture made by Chris Burden. The title of the piece is 'Metropolis 2'. He made version 1 before, which was smaller than this huge installation. Great question in this video interview: 'Why is this art?' Chris: 'When people say it is art, it's art'.
Just have a look and feel young again!
Men's Final (Final Set)
Federer v. Nadal
Okay let's be honest, ICON is not my kind of magazine. I love magazine that look good and are made by people who love magazines. This is clearly not one of them. ICON is a new gentlemen lifestyle magazine.
Best thing about is the pretty face of Vincent Cassel on the cover and the photo shoot of him inside. This man makes every cover great! More then half of the magazine is adverts. This makes it annoying to read and impossible to review. So a short review this time.
My last comment about this magazine is that I tried to make pictures of pages without advert on it so it may seem like I'm over exaggerating the advert story, but I'm really not. The photo of the Vincent Cassel spread is showing what I mean. A pretty guy on well taken photo with okay designed text at the bottom half of the page but all I can look at are the five static posing people with the basic blue sky and horrible white screaming typography.
Some really crazy, quite ugly websites, with a very interesting view on architecture. Home designed buildings. But proper architects are picking up on it, so the hotel in Zaandam shows (second image). Time to start designing and build it in our backyard?
Theseplayful floor stickers
made me chuckle. It’s an initiative by the city of Lucerne (Switzerland) to get people to notice and use garbage cans. What a fun idea! ~ via swissmiss
Heyheyhey one of my favourite design studios, great people with crazy ideas. Melvin the Machine is one of them, a wonderfull project.
Melvin the Magical Mixed Media Machine (or just Melvin the Machine) is best described as a Rube Goldberg machine with a twist. Besides doing what Rube Goldbergs do best - performing a simple task as inefficiently as possible, often in the form of a chain reaction - Melvin has an identity. Actually, the only purpose of this machine is promoting its own identity.
Awesome illustration by Richard Wilkinson. Have a look at his blog to see how he makes his illustrations, layer by layer.
Gewoon een lekkere showreel ~ via monkeedesign
Album Magazin is a photography magazine from Germany published twice a year. A got it lying on my desks for month now, the second issue is already out but here my review on the first issue and the concept of the magazine. The magazine comes in regular newspaper(about twice a tabloid) size and paper. So when you unfold it it looks very impressive, and you need a big empty table to open a spread and take a look at it. I liked it best standing at the table.
Off course while standing at the table it's hard to read all the text. But it's the best way to look at what the magazine is all about: the photographs. The big sized magazine might be difficult to handle but it's a perfect match with the nice and some times full spread pictures.
The typography is nice and clean. Although the cover doesn't show what to expect inside and the typography is to designy in my eyes. The rest of the typography is looking ok and stands in the shadow while the images are on stage in the spotlight.
I love it when the form of the magazine is set to serve the content, and that's exactly what they did in this magazine, nice work.
Want to know more about A Magazine or want to see when the next issue is coming up? http://album-magazin.de
The work of Noemi Schipfer is white, light and beautiful. Please visit here website and take some time to watch here portfolio.
The revolutionary Reactable instrument hits the stage with its new incarnation: The Reactable Live! It brings all the possibilities of the original Reactable and makes it portable and easy to setup. The Live! version of the instrument allows you to touch and see the music while performing. The different sound generation and manipulation modules, which are real physical objects, permit infinite flexibility and control in musical expression. Exploring and using modern techniques of music production has never been easier or more exciting.
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