Is there a counter-revolution underway against the “perfection” that modern technology has brought to our artistic endeavours? Time was when you could tell that a work of art had been man-made by the small flaws in its execution – these tended to give it an endearingly human touch and very often underscored the passion that went into making it. To say nothing of the serendipitous discoveries that came with a non-assisted approach. More and more artists, it seems, are taking a trip back to those less-exacting days. Call it “nostalgia art”, call it “retro”, it holds a lot of appeal for a lot of designers.


Contents:

Motion gallery: The colours of our lives
Retro Graphics: The present imperfect
Creative Country: Poland, Design’s poster-boy has come of age
Exhibition: Sister cities unite to advance urban architecture in China
Type Casting
POTM

Specifications:

93 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process, spot UV
101 minutes DVD Video included


The Colours of our Lives

Red is warm, blue is cool, green is fresh and natural. We use colour to strengthen our perception of almost everything in the world. And ever since the invention of Three-Strip Technicolour in the 1940s, film-makers have employed colour to heighten the emotions they wish to convey. In this special “Colour Collection”, we present the work of 18 internationally known short-film specialists – all of whom regard colour as a crucial element of their creativity.

Featuring:

Deko / FIELD / Fluorescent Hill / HunterGatherer / James Wignall / Jonas Odell / Ljudbilden & Piloten / Maxime Bruneel / Mirrorshade / Paul Rayment / Psyop / Special Problems / Sugimoto Kousuke / TANGRAM / This Is For Reels / Tim Nackashi / weareflink / Yu Sato

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IdN v17n1: Retro Graphics p5

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The Present Imperfect

Is there a counter-revolution underway against the “perfection” that modern technology has brought to our artistic endeavours? Time was when you could tell that a work of art had been man-made by the small flaws in its execution – these tended to give it an endearingly human touch and very often underscored the passion that went into making it. To say nothing of the serendipitous discoveries that came with a non-assisted approach. More and more artists, it seems, are taking a trip back to those less-exacting days. Call it “nostalgia art”, call it “retro”, it holds a lot of appeal for a lot of designers.

Featuring:

Aesthetic Apparatus | Doe Eyed Design | Doublenaut | Jim Datz | Jimmy Turrell | Middle Boop | Pandayoghurt | Tyler Stout

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Design’s poster-boy has come of age

Polish poster-art was once among the most admired in the world. A lot has happened since those glory days, including the death of the political system that could be said to have inspired it. Is there still a definitive and recognisable style to the country’s design output? The consensus seems to be “Probably not”. But that doesn’t mean that Poles such as our 13 featured artists are not still producing work of the very finest quality.

Featuring:

StudioKxx / Jakub Jezierski / Werke - Marcin Kuligowski / Sebastian Onufszak / Kuba Ferenc / Edgar Bak / Pawel Piotr Przybyl / Katarzyna Kijek & Przemyslaw Adamski / Grezegorz Domaradzki / Mill Studio / Jan Kallwejt / Michat Kruszynski / Dominik Cymer

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Sister cities unite to advance urban architecture in China

Separated by only a river, Hong Kong and Shenzhen are two sides of the same burnished coin in the economic success story that is China’s Pearl River Delta. It now transpires that Shenzhen has set its sights on becoming the design capital of the country – a title that formerly Hong Kong could have laid some claim to. If these two sister cities can pool their talent, their know-how and their ambitions – as they did for the recent 3rd Shenzhen & Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture – there is no telling what they might achieve together.

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IdN v17n2: Retro Graphics p69

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Type casting

Among the many innovations pioneered by Amsterdam-based designer Jarrik Muller is a font made entirely out of paper. Here he explains why he never tires of the magic of type and the challenges it presents him with.

Featuring:

Jarrik Muller

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Maser – Dublin, Ireland

Maser – Dublin, Ireland

“I have a system. I only use 10 colours: five base colours (yellow, white, blue, pink, mint), then five stripe colors (black, navy, red, orange, magenta). From playing around with this palette, I have come up with more than 25 colour combinations that I frequently use.”

Bichos Da Ceda – Porto, Portugal

Bichos Da Ceda – Porto, Portugal

“The best part of doing things like this is working with a lot of people, something that’s important as a way of producing things. You may not use print-making, but new solutions to print mean doing it with other people.”

Malevo – Guillermo Daldovo – VILLA (1:00)

Malevo – Guillermo Daldovo – VILLA (1:00)

Visual identity video for REYKJAVIK VISUAL MUSIC PUNTOy RAYA FESTIVAL 2014.

Scheltens & Abbenes – New Website – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Scheltens & Abbenes – New Website – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Design by Bas Koopman and coded by Thijs Gadiot and Martijn Eerens, please checkout the brand-new website of photographer/artist Scheltens & Abbenes. Maurice Scheltens and Liesbeth Abbenes are the sum total of a still-life photographer and the creative craftsmanship of an artist. Technical perfection added to individual handicraft, strong pictorial clarity in addition to tailor-made settings. They experiment with converting spatial dimensions into flat surfaces and explore intensively photography’s potential for creating illusion. Essential to their work is the laboratory process in the studio where they construct their settings with an attitude of conceptualization and solution-led thinking, regardless of whether they are editing or tackling commissioned or independent artistic work.

ATYP Studio – Tide (3:12)

ATYP Studio – Tide (3:12)

A visual study of repetitive tidal patterns and their relationship with time. Inspired by the seaside location of the Atyp studio in Brighton, the video can be looped indefinitely.

Fernando Lazzari – The Road (0:45)

Fernando Lazzari – The Road (0:45)

Exclusive clip made for IdN.

FutureDeluxe – Collision Trailer (0:55)

FutureDeluxe – Collision Trailer (0:55)

A FutureDeluxe Film – Coming Soon

Anagrama – Monterrey, México

Anagrama – Monterrey, México

“It’s important to decide on a colour palette that can stand through time, it must never feel as if it’s outdated and it must survive through new trends. The colours chosen for a brand identity don’t necessarily have to appear on every piece; it’s important to choose where the colours will be applied.”

The Patternbase – Kristi O’Meara, Audrey Victoria Keiffer – Chicago, USA

The Patternbase – Kristi O’Meara, Audrey Victoria Keiffer – Chicago, USA

“I feel as if what a lot of artists are doing is DIY. Be your own boss – we are really part of that movement. It’s all about finding people that have something to contribute to the bigger picture.”

Joe Fleming – TEDx Somewhere in Time (0:11)

Joe Fleming – TEDx Somewhere in Time (0:11)

Bumper for the 2014 TED X conference - Somewhere in Time.