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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IdN v17n2: Retro Graphics p13

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IdN v17n2: Retro Graphics p38-39


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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IdN v17n1: Retro Graphics p52-53

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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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IdN v17n2: Retro Graphics p80

Gero Doll – Limbicnation Montage 2013 (1:40)

Gero Doll – Limbicnation Montage 2013 (1:40)

Reel 2013

Belgium

Belgium

Antwerp, Ghent, Charleroi, Brussels, Liège…

Design is Future @ Barcelona Design Week 2015 – Barcelona, Spain

Design is Future @ Barcelona Design Week 2015 – Barcelona, Spain

Co-produced by toormix and BCD, Design is Future is an event that explores new approaches in design from the perspective of the profession, business and society. With a format that mixes the concept of congress and festival, Design is Future is created to promote the economic and social value of design. A discipline that facilitates the processes of innovation and also helps brands to become more visible, coherent and differential.

Typographic 2015: A design festival for people who use type – New York

Typographic 2015: A design festival for people who use type – New York

Typographics is a 10-day design festival devoted to contemporary typography, with talks, workshops, and tours focusing on where typography is today and where its future may lie. It will be held at Cooper Union in New York City as a combined effort of Type@Cooper and the Herb Lubalin Study Center. The highlight of Typographics is an intensive two-day conference centered on the use of type for publications, advertising, corporate identity, and user interfaces. A series of workshops tours and labs have been scheduled with the festival.

Nike Force of Nature by FIELD – London, UK

Nike Force of Nature by FIELD – London, UK

Created for the April 2015 Nike Innovation Summit at Truman Brewery, London – 'Force of Nature' is an interactive running installation that transforms your portrait into a Force of Nature. Using Kinect interaction and a treadmill fitted with custom sensors, the installation takes the runner through a journey of immersive visual effects that amplify the feeling of getting into a running flow.

Revolution Department – Beyond the City (0:49)

Revolution Department – Beyond the City (0:49)

Revolution Department is an up and running hub of creatives based in Milan, set up with an eye towards developing postproduction and animation projects.

Petra Storrs Design Studio for Molton Brown Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign – London, UK

Petra Storrs Design Studio for Molton Brown Spring/Summer 2015 Campaign – London, UK

Working with Molton Brown on their Sichuan inspired Blossoming Honeysuckle & White Tea Campaign, Petra Storrs Design Studio recreated the famous mirror lake as a water set build in London was amazing. Making a landscape set with layers of mountains, dressing in miniature trees and a shoreline, we felt transported to China.

Joshua Davis – OFFF Quebec 2014 Tour (1:41)

Joshua Davis – OFFF Quebec 2014 Tour (1:41)

Titling for OFFF QC 2014

KINTO Exhibition: 2015 Autumn/Winter – Tokyo, Japan

KINTO Exhibition: 2015 Autumn/Winter – Tokyo, Japan

KINTO is the planning, development, and merchandising company of housewares. It values the production of life-long and frequently useable designs in everyday life. Join KINTO on 10-12 JUN, 2015 at their Tokyo showroom for a sneak peek at its 2015 Autumn/Winter housewares line.

Ricardo Cavolo – 101 Artists to Listern to Before You Die – Brighton, UK

Ricardo Cavolo – 101 Artists to Listern to Before You Die – Brighton, UK

Ricardo Cavolo has an eclectic music taste to say the least, and when we say eclectic we mean everything from Mozart to Mos Def. He's produced a book with Nobrow, titled '101 Artists to Listen to Before You Die', alongside an exhibition at the Soho gallery Atomica. Ricardo is a Spanish artist who now resides in the cultural mecca of Brighton. His folky hand drawn illustrations evoke days of doodling on the back of school textbooks, featuring traditional and iconic characters brought into the modern world with tattoos and achingly hip facial hair.