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Who doesn't like to make people laugh? An ability to do this always adds something special to the message being conveyed, however serious its ultimate intent, and the rewards for those designers with a universal sense of humour, and technique to match, can be huge. In this issue, we have gathered together the work and words of 11 genuinely funny designers, who all have radically different approaches. If you think that you possess a prominent funny bone, their experiences may inspire you. We hope that some of them, at least, will leave you chortling or wryly smiling.


Contents:

Motion Gallery: Best of 2011
Humorous Design: Design in Contempt
Creative City: Buenos Aires
Idea: Embroidery Art
Type Casting: Studio8 Design
Studio: A Creative Triangle
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

104 pages
6 varying paper stocks
4C process + spot UV + vanish
106 minutes DVD Video included


Humorous Design

Put on a smiley face

One of the commonest acronyms spawned by the Internet generation, the letters "lol" stand for "laughing out loud" and are used in computer-generated communications such as e-mail and texting to indicate that the sender finds something funny (which often elicits a "smiley face" emoticon in reply). As any stand-up comedian will tell you, making people laugh is one of the most satisfying creative experiences you can have – and rare is the designer who does not at some point in his or her career feel the urge to tickle their viewers' funny-bone.

Being funny can be hard work, but the rewards are well worth the effort. This issue presents the illustrated thoughts of 11 top designers who all have a talent to amuse.

Featuring:

Justin Barber | Lim Heng Swee aka ilovedoodle | Rétrofuturs | Marco Ugolini | EYESAW | Chloe Hanks aka Hanksy | Viktor Hertz | Mr. Bingo | Joseph Ernst | Airside | Marc Johns

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Motion Gallery: Best of 2011

Annual review of the "Best of the Best"

As a farewell to 2011, we have selected 32 brilliant videos from the last five issues of Motion Gallery, which were themed around Network Branding, Projection Mapping, Mixed Media, Infographics and 8Bit Video-Games Technology, as well as from the online channel IdN Onair. This review of the best work to have appeared over the course of a year will become an annual feature.

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Creative City: Buenos Aires

Where the boom is on the other foot

Known for being the birthplace of tango music and some of the most talented footballers on the planet, Buenos Aires is fast emerging from the slump caused by the country's economic crisis of less than a decade ago and is now attracting artists from Europe and the US, presently mired in their own financial depressions. Long admired as one of the most advanced cities in South America, with its marked European cultural heritage, the country's capital, which is where 90 percent of Argentinian designers are based, is undergoing a creative revival. But can it survive the fierce competition that is arising – both locally and from the spread of globalisation? We ask 10 top Buenos Aires-based designers for their views on the contemporary scene there.

Featuring:

Alejandra Roman | DHNN | Francisco Andriani | Gaby Hebstein | Jonathan Gurvit | Laura Guarie | Mariano Sidoni & Carne Hueso | Minga | Patricio Murphy | Pogo

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Idea: Embroidery Art

Pulling strings and embroidering the truth

When embroidery meets graphics it results in a brand-new creative outlet that pulls needles and thread and string away from the world of fashion and into the graphic-design mainstream. Rather than sewing onto lengths of material, these artists are inserting their stitches into pieces of paper – and then reproducing them in digital format. Three leading practitioners of this new take on an old art explain what it is about embroidery that so entrances them.

Featuring:

Maurizio Anzeri | Inge Jacobsen | Jazmin Berakha

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Type Casting: Studio8 Design

The founders of Studio8 Design, Matt Willey and Zoë Bather, used to share a workshop in a large premises that had been divided up into units – theirs was No. 8. So when they decided to form a company and work together, Studio8 Design was the first name that occurred to them.

Featuring:

Studio8 Design

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Studio: A Creative Triangle

Three creatives studios from three different cities – Deutsche & Japaner from Mannheim, Germany, Forest from New York and Rosario Florio and Larissa Kasper from Switzerland – meet virutally in this issue's Studio column to showcase their respective design specialities.

Featuring:

Deutsche & Japaner | Forest and Rosario Florio | Larissa Kasper

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Regulars: POTM

Pick of the Month

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Yeongkeun Jeong – Seoul, South Korea

Yeongkeun Jeong – Seoul, South Korea

“The unboxing experience is important. This is the moment that connects the package and the product inside and is the very first stage at which consumers experience a new product.”

Ash Thorp – Ender’s Game (1:45)

Ash Thorp – Ender’s Game (1:45)

Motion graphic reel for movie Ender’s Game

Thomas Squire – Leeds, UK

Thomas Squire – Leeds, UK

"Packaging with a unique personality is essential. Personality has the potential to show what is unique about a brand, and unfortunately this is often ignored due to the competitive nature of legibility and shelf shout."

Variable Studio – Fibers (1:34)

Variable Studio – Fibers (1:34)

Visualization of Nike FuelBand data from the trainings preceeding We Own The Night – Nike Women’s 10K run

Cai-Siou Lai – Taipei, Taiwan

Cai-Siou Lai – Taipei, Taiwan

“Most designers hope that the purpose of design is to create a better world, but I believe that a good design is one that satisfies a client and makes people feel happy because of my illustrations for it.”

James White – Signalnoise DRIVE poster (0:57)

James White – Signalnoise DRIVE poster (0:57)

Work in process of making Drive poster

Tough Slate Design – Kyiv, Ukraine

Tough Slate Design – Kyiv, Ukraine

"A good packaging design is an exciting mixture of creativity, usability and material quality. Proportions are something like 20/40/40."

SNASK – Malmö Festival 2014 (0:49)

SNASK – Malmö Festival 2014 (0:49)

Largest physical grapic identity for Malmö Festival2014

Oddds – The New Anthropology – Singapore

Oddds – The New Anthropology – Singapore

"A good packaging design should be attractive, sustainable, user-friendly, packaged altogether cleverly, and have the ability to create noise for its products among the others."

PostPanic – OFFF Barcelona 2011 Main Titles (6:22)

PostPanic – OFFF Barcelona 2011 Main Titles (6:22)

Main title for OFFF Barcelona 2011