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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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

Ideas on Design 2015 – agIdeas International Design Forum – Melbourne, Australia

Ideas on Design 2015 – agIdeas International Design Forum – Melbourne, Australia

Ideas on Design's featured event – agIdeas International Design Forum celebrates its 25th Anniversary with the new 1-day masters of design format, featuring a carefully curated line-up of international design masters, across multiple disciplines, recognised for their unique ideas and exemplary execution of their craft. Please visit Ideas on Design website for complete schedules of events and happenings!

Russia

Russia

Moscow, Saint Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg, Khabarovsk…

Senyor Estudi – Empordà, Spain

Senyor Estudi – Empordà, Spain

"I do not have a clear answer about what is good packaging. I think that the rules are the same as in any other design discipline. A balance between form, function and aesthetics."

Antía Carbajo "The Art Project" – Pontevedra, Spain

Antía Carbajo "The Art Project" – Pontevedra, Spain

Antía Carbajo is a multidisciplinary designer from Spain. Her work is focused on a combination of design, art direction and photography for developing creative compositions, products & graphics. She recently art directed "The Art Project", a 2015 school project event about art and artist that is celebrated in Porto's city. The concept of the event is the 3D because it isn't just an exhibition space, but a space where people can interactuate with the pictures.

Jonathon Lau – Sydney, Australia

Jonathon Lau – Sydney, Australia

Award winning motion designer Jonathon Lau recently re-branded Foxtel’s bio channel, coming up with a complete change of DNA and programme offerings. The brand revolves around the concept of the “lens”, a graphical circle that is used to focus in on what’s important, and represents the station’s commitment to curate quality content.

HÜZÜN – An ISTphoto documentary project – Istanbul, Turkey

HÜZÜN – An ISTphoto documentary project – Istanbul, Turkey

HÜZÜN is the name of an ISTphoto project which is a growing collection of pictures from Istanbul started since 2013. The pictures are shown in different exhibition traveling trough Germany and Turkey. ISTphoto is Valeska (Istanbul/ Leipzig) and Miriam (Budapest/ Istanbul), both freelance designer and photographer.

Bardo – Bren Imboden, Luis Viale – Melbourne, Australia

Bardo – Bren Imboden, Luis Viale – Melbourne, Australia

“We believe that if there is a good concept behind the pack, we don’t need anything else. The communication has to be clear, simple and honest to the consumer.”

Ting-An Ho – Taipei, Taiwan

Ting-An Ho – Taipei, Taiwan

"Good design is one that benefits all mankind, whether its influence is large or small. Those who have exiled themselves to big foreign cities such as New York, Paris and Tokyo, and have won lots of awards, will never be an example for me, because I think there is still a lot for me to do here and a long way to go."

Shannnam – Hong Kong

Shannnam – Hong Kong

The collection is described as "a glimmer, a touch, a place, a continuity, a dream, captured within suspended streams of consciousness".

Tofu Design Studio – Michelle Au – Singapore

Tofu Design Studio – Michelle Au – Singapore

"Form, function, emotion. When the first two work seamlessly together to deliver a ‘reveal’ experience that’s topped off with a satisfaction that its content is well justified."