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

Kevin Harald Campean – Budapest, Hungary

Kevin Harald Campean – Budapest, Hungary

In my opinion, a good package design is timeless and functional.

Cat Stevens – Photographer – London, UK

Cat Stevens – Photographer – London, UK

Cat Stevens is a photographer based in London, UK. Her works have been widely exhibited in shows such as: ’Uncertain States’ Bank Gallery and ’Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams’, Claire de Rouen, Exit Gallery. From editorial to fashion photography, Cat has shoot for British Vogue, ELLE, EMI, Helmut Lang, Nylon, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Plant Journal, Uncut, Warp just to name a few.

Ploomers – Crunch (0:49)

Ploomers – Crunch (0:49)

Exclusive video for IdN

Monica Sutrisna – Artist/Designer – Melbourne, Australia

Monica Sutrisna – Artist/Designer – Melbourne, Australia

Monica "Mon Mon" Sutrisna is a "designer with an artists' mindset", based in Melbourne, Australia. Her style is fixed on creating monochromatic portraits contrasted by an intense color palette and unusual pattern designs. "Design from my perspective is about moving forward and an opportunity to create something everlasting for yourself and for the world to see."

SCAD Hong Kong presents: Andri Tambunan for a discussion about his work as a photojournalist – Hong Kong

SCAD Hong Kong presents: Andri Tambunan for a discussion about his work as a photojournalist – Hong Kong

Andri Tambunan is an Indonesia-based photographer specializing in reportage, portraiture and travel photography. His work has been selected to the permanent photography collection of the Library of Congress and featured in The New York Times. Tambunan will explore his use of photojournalism as a way of enacting social change.

First edition FORMOSA ART SHOW: 15-17 May 2015 at Humble House Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan

First edition FORMOSA ART SHOW: 15-17 May 2015 at Humble House Taipei – Taipei, Taiwan

"Classic and Focus" with the quintessence of modern and contemporary art in works of diverse media, will be constituted by distinguished galleries around the globe; "Up and Coming" focuses on artists under 40 years old with high potential in artistic experiments to discover the future art trends; "Limited and Unlimited "concentrating on Photography, print, sculpture and video art of limited editions to further explore the unlimited possibilities of the works, and renew the current trend of art collection!

Studio Otwarte – Cracow, Poland

Studio Otwarte – Cracow, Poland

"Actually, at Studio Otwarte we are not packaging experts, rather graphic designers specialising in branding. However, packaging is a part of graphic design, thus the same rules can be applied."

Marcin Owczarek – Don Quixote – Belgium

Marcin Owczarek – Don Quixote – Belgium

Marcin Owczarek latest project ”Paradise Lost” is series of photographs which links the idea of the degradation of the first humans with the degeneration of humanity through the centuries up to the present day. Marcin studied photography at The College of Photography in Wroclaw, graduating with an honorable mention for his 'Brave New World'. He uses photography and collage to create surreal images that are thematically focused on identity, dreams, new technologies, bio-science, the unconscious, morals, social situations, behaviours, habits, rituals, biological changes, depression in urban environments, overpopulation - which have significant impact on human life.

Aqua Gallery presents: Design is Dead, Aqua is Life – New York, USA

Aqua Gallery presents: Design is Dead, Aqua is Life – New York, USA

Aqua Creations, artisans of light, proudly announce the opening of a permanent New York gallery! AQUA GALLERY will also show limited edition photographic prints by Albi Serfaty, designer and founder of Aqua Creations. Along with his printed photos of nature at its most raw and pure, Serfaty will introduce his latest installation “Live and Let Dye”, lights that are digitally printed on delicate Tussar silk then applied to lighting. The tension between the precisely opposed component parts creates an effect that is otherworldly. A must see.

Yurko Gutsulyak – Kyiv, Ukraine

Yurko Gutsulyak – Kyiv, Ukraine

"Packaging design is a kind of game. It has its rules, but it allows for the freedom of improvisation. And the result of a ‘good game’ is that all the participants (clients, designers and customers) are winners."