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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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

Elliot Schultz – Embroidered Zoetrope (2:10)

Elliot Schultz – Embroidered Zoetrope (2:10)

Interactive installation which encourages people to watch and engage with animation physically

Beto Shibata – Graphic Artist and Designer – São Paulo, Brazil

Beto Shibata – Graphic Artist and Designer – São Paulo, Brazil

Beto Shibata is a Graphic Artist and Designer from São Paulo, Brazil. He has worked an Promo and Graphics Manager of MTV Brasil, Art Director of MTV Magazine, Art Editor of TRIP Magazine and recently was a Creative Director at F/Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi. Published illustrations in Theme Magazine (USA), Peel Magazine (USA), Rojo Magazine (Spain) and Gudberg Magazine (Germany). He was selected to be in the 2009 edition of the japanese e-magazine Shift’s calendar and participated in the collective exhibition 100 Postcards From World New Creators - Sunshine Studio (Japan) and Synth Eastwood (Ireland).

Eddy Bogaert – Mixed Media Painter – New York, USA

Eddy Bogaert – Mixed Media Painter – New York, USA

Eddy Bogaert is a mixed media painter who draws inspiration from nightlife, lust, desire, and pop- culture. His paintings are interactive and have discreet subliminal messages, which can only be seen under certain lighting conditions. Eddy’s unique approach and visual aesthetic have led him to be compared to abstract expressionst Jackson Pollock as well as contemporary artists such as Mr. Brainwash, Sam Francis, and Prince Lauder, yet his style is unique and enlivening.

Specimen Editions – Paris / Los Angeles

Specimen Editions – Paris / Los Angeles

Specimen emphasises the meeting of a new generation of designers, gallery owners, and collectors.

Animal Logic – 360-degree Data Arena (4:11)

Animal Logic – 360-degree Data Arena (4:11)

Collaboration with UTS to push the boundaries of digital storytelling to new limits.

FTAV – A Big Data Visualisation Project by Sebastian Sadowski in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation – Berlin, Germany

FTAV – A Big Data Visualisation Project by Sebastian Sadowski in collaboration with the Bertelsmann Foundation – Berlin, Germany

FTAV is (ftavis.com) is a tool to make the complexity of the world’s trade agreements visible, accessible and understandable. The project visualizes for the first time 789 trade agreements from 205 countries over the last 66 years and provides how deep the agreements are. FTAV has already been nominated for the German Design Award 2016!

SZ Chapel MMXV by Saul Zanolari – Bern, Switzerland

SZ Chapel MMXV by Saul Zanolari – Bern, Switzerland

SZ Chapel MMXV, measuring 36x12 meters, is a digital fresco made by Saul Zanolari. It's on scale 1:1 with the Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. It has been more than one year that Saul Zanolari has been working on a new vision of the Sistine Chapel using Michelangelo as inspiration. A work which intricately focuses on every minute detail even those which many would describe as insignificant.

SND – A clothing brand created by Sneed – New York City, USA

SND – A clothing brand created by Sneed – New York City, USA

SND is a clothing brand created by Sneed – a stylist and costume designer. Tired of all the same boring silhouettes being offered, Sneed is dedicated to bring the details of the runway to the streets; adding a little more flair to one’s wardrobe. To what was started off as a menswear line – it has slowly progressed to unisex brand due to the demand by females. Offering a loose boxy fit with fun details, this brand can satisfy both genders. SND embodies life, love, music, pride, and philosophy. SND is not only a brand but a revolution for the street wear culture.

Milan van de Goor – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Milan van de Goor – Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“In short, I see the Dutch design scene as experimental, driven and innovative. We embrace thinking in a creative and original way to approach design through experimentation. Also, in the interactive area, Dutch creatives create refreshing designs with a certain sobriety that benefits the user.”

Ji Lee – Word as Image (2:00)

Ji Lee – Word as Image (2:00)

Visualize the meaning of a word, using only the graphic elements of the letters forming the word, now there’s a book called “Word as Image” containing nearly 100 words.