There are few professions for which self-promotion is more important then that of graphic designers, for it is on the material that they produce to sell their own services that they will be judged. And if designers can’t design a decent piece of self-promotional materials, what hope do they have of convincing a potential client that they could do a good job for them? Our biggest-ever feature, presenting the self-referential work of 25 artists and their views on how best to introduce yourself to the world.


Contents:

Have Special effects finally come of age?
Feature: Give it your best shot!
A heathly obsession with ornament
Let there be light!
Chairmen of the boards
Is Fez the future?

Specifications:

113 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process, spot UV
107 minutes DVD Video included


Give it your best shot!

There are few professions for which self-promotion is more important then that of graphic designers, for it is on the material that they produce to sell their own services that they will be judged. And if designers can’t design a decent piece of self-promotional materials, what hope do they have of convincing a potential client that they could do a good job for them? Our biggest-ever feature, presenting the self-referential work of 25 artists and their views on how best to introduce yourself to the world.

Featuring:

Ashleign Barron / De Barbaren / Because Studio / Cmod / Dead Voltage Design / Dudley Wild / Echolab / Michael Fryers / G-Man / Ryan Hurley / Jekyll and Hyde / Kokoro and Joujou / Hello Millo / Kenn Munk / Ethan Park / Ps.2 / Red Design UK Ltd. / Helene Ryenbakken / Scale to Fit / Selfbruning / Kamikace Studio / Tangent Graphic / Turnstyle / Undoboy / Mirko Zarkovic

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue


Special effects finally come of age?

Hollywood’s latest hit The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has taken special effects to a new level of complexity and if you are underwhelmed, that is as it should be according to specialist studio Digital Domain’s Ed Ulbrich – for it means that the technical wizardry is so good that you don’t even notice it. He explains how a 155-strong team of artists enabled Brad Pitt to age backwards, from old man to baby, so convincingly.

Featuring:

Digital Domain

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue


A heathly obsession with ornament

Is it merely a decorative accoutrement to mainstream design or a laudable artistic aim in itself? The following creators share a passion for ornamental design that impels them to make it their main focus. In this feature, they explain what it is about ornament that they find so compelling.

Featuring:

Marian Bentjes / Linn Olofsdotter / Mike Perry / ContainerPLUS / Yehrin Tong / Leonor Morais / Vault49 / By Vault49

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue


Let there be light!

Half our lives were lived in darkness or candlelight until Thomas Edison invented the light-bulb 130 years ago. Now we can all enjoy round-the-clock activity, including extra time in which to be creative. Result? Lighting is no longer just a utilitarian boon, it can be turned into an art form in itself. See what these innovative theatre, concert and fashion-show designers, installation and holography artists, movie and motion-graphics directors and photographers have done with it.

Featuring:

Patrick Rochon / Stefan Mylleager / Robert Seidel / Jennifer Steinkamp / United Visual Artists

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue


Chairmen of the boards

Some art is made to be framed while some, like graffiti, is destined to have a very temporary existence. So why does the ephemeral act of making a skateboard look good – by drawing or painting on it or covering it with stickers – in the sure knowledge that your creation will eventually be degraded or even destroyed make such an appeal to certain artists? The following leading exponents of the genre attempt to explain the attraction.

Featuring:

Jim Phillips / Bob Kronbauer / Andy Mueller / Dan Funderburg / Marc Nardelli / Marc McKee / Max Vogel (Raza Uno) / Kimou Meyer (Zoo York) / Craig Metzger / Curated by We Are Plus

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue


Is Fez the future?

Award-winning Montreal studio Polytron’s latest video game Fez may just have opened the door to tomorrow for the whole industry. Will this mixture of 2D and 3D game-play, Escher-like optical illusion and environmental design become the next hot trend in gaming?

Featuring:

Jim Phillips / Bob Kronbauer / Andy Mueller / Dan Funderburg / Marc Nardelli / Marc McKee / Max Vogel (Raza Uno) / Kimou Meyer (Zoo York) / Craig Metzger / Curated by We Are Plus

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

IdN v16n4: Self Promotion Issue

Bruno Zalum – LFNTV App Demo (2:43)

Bruno Zalum – LFNTV App Demo (2:43)

LFNTV offers channels of curated short videos from all over the web, in a seamless televisual experience on iPad and iPhone devices.

Studio Axel Pfaender – Berlin Boombox Lemon – Berlin, Germany

Studio Axel Pfaender – Berlin Boombox Lemon – Berlin, Germany

A mobile speaker made from recycled cardboard and flat packed as a DIY kit.

Bad Taste, Megabytes – Edith Fung – London, UK

Bad Taste, Megabytes – Edith Fung – London, UK

This project imagines a future in which Google enters the construction industry with a pilot housing scheme in Abbey Wood. Utilising opensource technologies and global data analytics (and adhering to the opensource principle of individual customisation), residents are offered a choice of components from the vast onsite SketchUp Warehouse. This model therefore promises to address the housing crisis through providing exactly what the market demands. This project is part of the Royal College of Art Show 2015 – sweeping up the student award at New London Architecture and is now being exhibited at the Building Centre in Bloomsbury, London, until 17 SEP, 2015.

Faak & Paat Studio – Bordeaux, France

Faak & Paat Studio – Bordeaux, France

They are the creatives behind typography projects including: 26 Type (an experimental all-caps typeface, originally design for clothing label Ignorant Lobby), Delicate Typeface (elegant and contemporary serif stencil with a geometric twist), Deus Typeface, Quimper, Hold up, Impactum, and a whole lot more!

.M Contemporary presents 'No Place Like Home' – Sydney, Australia

.M Contemporary presents 'No Place Like Home' – Sydney, Australia

'No Place Like Home' seeks to celebrate the artistic practices of Australia’s emerging and established contemporary artists alongside their international contemporaries in order to highlight the universal theme of connection or disconnection to place. The main focus of the exhibition will deal with the cultural and historical relationships forged within the aesthetic experiences of these artists.

A Sequence of Operations – New Window × Rogier Arents – Breda, Netherlands

A Sequence of Operations – New Window × Rogier Arents – Breda, Netherlands

New Window is a platform that gives an insight into the making process of art and design. Designer Rogier Arents’ contribution to ‘One Window #1’ is a series of prints entitled ‘A Sequence of Operations’. His aim is to apply the principles of the digital algorithm onto the analogue screen printing technique, resulting in a series of fifty unique silk screen prints inspired by the use of colour halftoning in screen printing and computer generated images.

Brandon Wall – Sevenly Animation (1:36)

Brandon Wall – Sevenly Animation (1:36)

Animation by Brandon Wall

'Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black' by Nemanja Jehlicka – Belgrade, Serbia

'Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black' by Nemanja Jehlicka – Belgrade, Serbia

Walking Through Clear Water in a Pool Painted Black is Nemanja Jehlicka’s first solo exhibition. The exhibition showcases a number of works documenting the work-in-progress nature of any project. The idea was to give a physical embodiment to the different stages of creative thinking and execution, ranging from midway-through-process graphic ruminations to ideas rejected by clients, which are oftentimes more interesting than the final output / approved solution.

KOMET presents Soirée Graphique #8 – Berne, Switzerland

KOMET presents Soirée Graphique #8 – Berne, Switzerland

Soirée Graphique founded by KOMET is a platform for creatives from a variety of fields, such as graphic design, visual arts, and photography. It fosters visual design, inspires new art and reflects the latest trends in contemporary graphic design. The concept of Soirée graphique lets two worlds meet: On one side, we have the original graphic design poster; on the other side, we have the reinterpretation of the photographers and visual artists. Each artwork is created specifically for the event and gets published as a limited edition print.

Meet My Project – 'Are You Talking to Me?' – Paris, France

Meet My Project – 'Are You Talking to Me?' – Paris, France

The mission of Meet My Project is to promote design and contemporary creativity and unite the various actors of the design world supporting this process – designers, publishers, manufacturers and distributors. Meet My Project aims as well to increase appreciation for design across the society by highlighting the values delivered through design and by making design accessible and understandable to the large public.