We have asked 10 top-of-the-class creatives to answer a couple of questions — how do they view today's design scene, and what advice would they offer newcomers to it? Not only that, but our Top 10 have been generous enough to pick out 10 peers whose work they believe deserves greater prominence for your enjoyment. A feast of inspiration, then, for everybody in the art and design business.


Contents:

Motion: IdN 100th — Get down, IdN friends, it's party time!
Creative Country: China — Coming to terms with a cultural legacy
Exhibitionism: PICK Me Up — A 'first' for the UK - but it certainly won't be the last
Studio: Toykyo — Made in Belgium, inspired by Japan
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

102 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process, spot UV
91 minutes DVD Video included


MOTION: IdN 100th

Get down, IdN friends, it's party time!

As the World Cup footballers have demonstrated, there are almost as many ways to celebrate as there are human beings to dream them up. To mark the publication of this our 100th issue, we opted to invite a bunch of world-class studios and individual artists to create a one-minute film each, hanging them on the theme 'Celebrate the 100th issue of IdN!'. The result? A collection of 30 riveting movies tailor-made by our creative friends such as Addictive TV, Dvein, Kultnation, PostPanic, Kousuke Sugimoto, UVPHactory and many more. Just to see these pros going through their inspirational paces with such distinctive style is a rare pleasure. So have yourselves a ball — they did!

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue


10 DESIGNERS / 10 CURATORS

Celebrating 100 issues: The view from the top

We have asked 10 top-of-the-class creatives to answer a couple of questions Ð how do they view today's design scene, and what advice would they offer newcomers to it? Not only that, but our Top 10 have been generous enough to pick out 10 peers whose work they believe deserves greater prominence for your enjoyment. A feast of inspiration, then, for everybody in the art and design business.

Featuring:

Antoine+Manuel | Big Active | eBoy | Maurice Broomfield | Jason Brooks | Paul Budnitz | Stanley Donwood | David Dowton | Non-Format | Genevieve Gauckler | Marcus Hofko aka The Rainbowmondey | John Jay | Jeremyville | kennardphillipps | Elisabeth Kopf | Simon Oosterdijk | Tom Sachs | Stefan Segmeister | Peter Stemmer aka Peekasso | Viktor Timofeev

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue


Creative Country: China

Coming to terms with a cultural legacy

With 5,000 years of culture behind it, and half a century of socialist censorship, where does China now stand in terms of the international design scene? We talk to some of the most distinctive voices among that country's contemporary creatives to see how the past has influenced them - and what they think the future holds.

Featuring:

Chen Man | Jennifer Wen Ma | Liu Zheng | Maleonn | Qiu Yang | Resonance Design Group | Sense Team | Super Nature | Xia Yu | Mei Shuzhi

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue


Exhibitionism: PICK Me Up

A 'first' for the UK - but it certainly won't be the last

London has held its first-ever contemporary graphic-art fair, called Pick Me Up. The work of some 20 or so up-and coming international designers and illustrators was exhibited Ð and it was all for sale. Other attractions included a peep into paper designer Rob Ryan's transplanted studio and a screen-printing workshop.

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue


Studio: Toykyo

Made in Belgium, inspired by Japan

No, it is not a mis-spelling, Toykyo is the name of a Belgium-based creative agency that specialises in toys and is deeply fond of all things Japanese. It now represents some of the best-known names in contemporary graphic design and illustration.

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

IdN v17n4: 100th Issue

Thobias Studio – Thibault Priou, Jonas Obadia – Paris, France

Thobias Studio – Thibault Priou, Jonas Obadia – Paris, France

"French design is forever evolving and asking questions and creating ideas that I do not see happening as often in other big cities around the world. I think this plays a great role in why it continues diversifying and re-examining itself, which makes it unique."

Cauboyz – Teaser - Plastic letters (0:29)

Cauboyz – Teaser - Plastic letters (0:29)

Teaser – French cinema halls "Les Amants Parallèles" LP by Vincent Delerm. Stop-motion with plastic letters on colored papers.

LeOsler Font by Antipixel – Buenos Aires, Argentina

LeOsler Font by Antipixel – Buenos Aires, Argentina

Antipixel is a graphic design studio run by Julia Martínez Diana, based in Buenos Aires, with main focus on display handwritten fonts, branding & web design. It has recently released LeOsler – a decorative, fun, handwritten font which will bring a personal look to your work. This font includes the Latin, Greek and Cyrillic alphabets, and can be used in a wide range of languages, including English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Polish, Czech, Vietnamese, Russian, Greek, among many others.

Alice Sung – The End (12:23)

Alice Sung – The End (12:23)

"...take a sad song and make it better."

Curvy Conference & Exhibition – Sydney, Australia

Curvy Conference & Exhibition – Sydney, Australia

Curvy is celebrated internationally as an institution for the empowerment and promotion of the most inspiring female leaders of the world’s creative industries. The two-day conference runs across September 4 and 5, and comprises invigorating panel discussions led by Kate Hurst, Director of Hurst & Co, and featuring such creative female powerhouses as Naomi Shepherd (Facebook & Instagram Australia), Katie Rigg-Smith (CEO of Mindshare), Jess Scully (Founding Director and Curator of Vivid Sydney), Elle Glass (Managing Editor of RUSSH Magazine) and many more.

Intersections (after Lautréamont) – 2015 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition – Miami, USA

Intersections (after Lautréamont) – 2015 CIFO Grants & Commissions Program Exhibition – Miami, USA

Caught in the dilemma between being the edge and the top, between being surface and symbol, the idea of reinventing Miami as ‘the capital of Latin America’ can be problematic. A sense of belonging and spreading roots have gained authority over the stereotypes of ‘the city of sun and frivolity’ or ‘the nostalgic city of temporary refuge.’ While that does not exclude the risk of replacing old labels with new, seen from another perspective, the willingness of acceptance, and even pride, in becoming ‘another capital for Latin Americans’ is remarkable.

Charley Massiera – Paris, France

Charley Massiera – Paris, France

“I now have my own graphic-design studio, and in order to stay focused on my work, I always keep in mind the ten rules in How To Work Better, by Peter Fischli and David Weiss: 1. Do one thing at a time. 2. Know the problem. 3. Learn to listen. 4. Learn to ask questions. 5. Distinguish sense from nonsense. 6. Accept that change is inevitable. 7. Admit mistakes. 8. Say it simple. 9. Be calm. 10. Smile.”

Wong Sockying – Singapore

Wong Sockying – Singapore

Her passion for art and design keep her constantly on the lookout for the next exciting project or collaboration likely to make an impact. Recently, some of her work has been presented by international publisher Artpower. A designer well worth you keeping an eye on.

LIGHT BEARERS – Interactive Installation by Mathieu Le Sourd (Maotik) and Etienne Paquette – Montreal, Canada

LIGHT BEARERS – Interactive Installation by Mathieu Le Sourd (Maotik) and Etienne Paquette – Montreal, Canada

LIGHT BEARERS is an original interactive installation inspired by fireflies and commissioned by Space for Life, Montreal's life science museums, which are following UNESCO's lead and celebrating 2015 as the Year of Light. Intrigued by the flash of fireflies and their dialogue, Mathieu Le Sourd and Etienne Paquette created a poetic representation of their conversation. Their immersive environment is a multimedia interpretation of a natural ecosystem that combines thousands of original crafted objects with state-of-the-art technology such as lasers and leap motion, as well as an original soundtrack.

Thibault de Fournas – Karloff, convergence of beauty and ugliness (1:05)

Thibault de Fournas – Karloff, convergence of beauty and ugliness (1:05)

Video made for typesetter Peter Bilak to present his new typeface Karloff.