IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns
IdN v19n4: Shapes-in-Pattern – Shaping Their Own Patterns

Patterns are easy, right? Just come up with a nice little design, then copy-and-paste it ad infinitum. Well, nothing could be further from the truth. We decided to reduce the parameters even further – and asked seven creatives who utilise mainly shapes to achieve their desired effect, how the tight discipline involved both constrains and liberates them. It is a lot more complicated than you might think – but the results can be deeply satisfying.


Contents:

Motion Gallery: Collage
Shapes in Patterns: Shaping Their Own Patterns
Creative Country: Russia
Type Casting: Julius Hui
Idea: Why paper can still cut it
Studio: 3group / Aoki
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

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


The Shapes-in-Pattern Issue

Shaping their own path

Do you know what a drop repeat is? Or an allover, a foulard, a floral, or a conversational? They are all terms from the world of pattern design. There doesn't seem to be one for pattern design that is based on the use of shapes – but that is what this issue's main feature is all about.

Shapes are a fundamental constituent of almost any form of visual art. As featured artist Andy Gilmore puts it: "Pattern design is about harmony in all its elements – form, colour and composition". The ability to envisage the big picture, to see the wood for the trees, is a rare one. Merely reproducing over and over what looks good on a sheet of paper or a computer screen won't cut it: it is the overall effect that counts.

Featuring:

Sigrid Calon | Zeitguised | Metric72 | Gareth O'Brien | Sergey Sbss | Andy Gilmore | Nelio

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p13

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p28-29


Motion Gallery: Collage

Much more than just patchwork

Ever since Braque and Picasso experimented with this centuries-old technique at the start of the 20th century, it has played a leading role in modern visual communication, becoming especially prevalent in recent years in cinematography or motion art. New elements and new methods of mixing them together have made for some exciting new developments. In this DVD, we bring you 31 such radical departures from 25 talented motion directors – all of which will pin you back in your seat with a mixture of astonishment and admiration.

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p5

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p8-9

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p10-11


Creative Country: Russia

Living up to its revolutionary heritage

Russia, prior to and during the early days of the revolution, made a huge contribution to the world's artistic patrimony – in literature, dance, music and art. Now that the straitjacket of Stalinist orthodoxy and Socialist Realism has been removed, what remains of that glorious past? Are today's Russians as innately talented as their celebrated forebears? And what is the world of design like for its 21st-century disciples? What are their hopes and fears, the challenges they face, the obstacles they have to overcome? We asked half a dozen talented new Russian creatives to tell us the "pravda" (truth) about the contemporary design scene in their native land.

Featuring:

Alex Frolov | Irina Batkova | Zutto | Andrey Belikov | Eibatova Karina aka Eika | Protey Temen

Edited by:

Arseny Vesnin | designcollector.net

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p37

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p48-49


Type Casting

Design with a difference: Chinese versus Roman fonts

Fonts have always been a key factor in contemporary graphic design, but inventing new type-faces on the foundations of the original Chinese font families, with their huge variety of potential combinations and complications, is a challenge that those who have only dealt with the Roman alphabet can scarcely comprehend. Hong Kong-based graphic designer Julius Hui is a seasoned practitioner of both forms – and here he shares with us the fundamental differences between the two and gives us the benefit of his vast experience.

Featuring:

Julius Hui

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p56-57

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p60


Idea

Why paper can still cut it

Paper is often used for commercial and promotional design purposes, in window displays for upmarket department stores, for instance, or as the background to some blockbusting TV advertisements. The fusion between state-of-the art visual technologies and old-school hand-made paper creations has proved to be a perfect marriage. We talk to some specialists in the field, idealists who are keeping an old tradition alive, and ask them why, as well as how, they do it.

Featuring:

Noelia Lozano | Hattie Newman | Pattern Matters | The Makerie Studio | Sarah Bridgland | Yulia Brodskaya

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p61

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p70-71


Studio

Polish and Swedish set-ups in the spotlight

A trail-blazing graphic studio from Poland, 3group, and a cool outfit from Sweden, Aoki, which specialises in clients from the worlds of culture and fashion, share a knack of coming up with distinctive brands and identities. Different approaches, but a like-minded attention to detail and belief in the power of the imaginative process and creative freedom.

Featuring:

3group | Aoki

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p73

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p74-75


Regulars: POTM

Pick of the Month

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p84-85

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p86-87

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IdN v19n4: Shapes in Patterns p98-99

SCM Annual 2015 – "Flux" – Hong Kong

SCM Annual 2015 – "Flux" – Hong Kong

This summer, the CityU School of Creative Media (SCM) is more than delighted to present the SCM Annual 2015 ‘Flux’, an exhibition of 55 works from the graduating class and 8 selected works from other students. The showcase of artworks covers different forms of art including photography, films, interactive installations, etc., where screenings of 2D and 3D animation, documentaries, narrative and experimental films are scheduled to screen at the cinema theatre. The exhibited works each reveals a story of the student, the harvest after years of continuous experimentations and endless efforts.

Thibault de Fournas – From paper to screen (2:08)

Thibault de Fournas – From paper to screen (2:08)

Graduation project exploring the use of typography in cinema for opening and closing title.

Bellta Studio – Pennapa Shotlersuk – Bangkok, Thailand

Bellta Studio – Pennapa Shotlersuk – Bangkok, Thailand

Ever concerned with the impact designers have on the environment and the world’s rapidly declining resources, Shotlersuk is set on only designing durable lifestyle products with mostly recycled materials.

'Used Paper' Launch – London, UK

'Used Paper' Launch – London, UK

When arranging the shipment of works for Robert Ryman’s 1968 exhibition at Konrad Fischer Galerie, Düsseldorf, the gallerist listed the artworks simply as ‘paper’ to minimise any potential import costs. When informed that the import duty on handmade paper was also high, Fischer re-categorised the works as ‘used paper’.<br><br> Used Paper is a new contemporary art publisher commissioning multiple and editioned works across a broad range of media, accompanied by commissioned essays. Artists are invited to approach the conception and production of a portfolio as if making a solo or group exhibition, employing images, objects, sound and film/digital works all within the context of a box file.

Chic & Artistic – Les Bêtises Opening Title (0:51)

Chic & Artistic – Les Bêtises Opening Title (0:51)

A colourful, burlesque animated title sequence. The main protagonist is shown as stylised illustration, making his slapstick way through a series of playful fonts, with each scene he encounters humorously referencing the credited actor’s character.

Mur Nomade presents AWAY – winning exhibition of its first open call for young curators – Hong Kong

Mur Nomade presents AWAY – winning exhibition of its first open call for young curators – Hong Kong

Curated by Yip Kai Chun, it explores the subject of loss and remembrance. Drawing on his personal experience and following his distinctive curatorial line and interest in mixing disciplines and generations, the young Hong Kong curator conceived an exhibition featuring sculpture, video and sound installations, along with traditional paper crafts.

An Art Show Celebrating Thirty Years of the Screaming Hand – A tribute to artist Jim Phillips and a skateboarding icon – Los Angeles, USA

An Art Show Celebrating Thirty Years of the Screaming Hand – A tribute to artist Jim Phillips and a skateboarding icon – Los Angeles, USA

In honor of Jim Phillips Sr. and the Screaming Hand logo, Santa Cruz has invited over 48 of the world’s most influential artists of the past 30 years to interpret and pay homage to this iconic image. For the inaugural show in Los Angeles, The Seventh Letter has curated a collective of artists to give another perspective and show how the logo has influenced artists from all walks.

The 'Consumer' T-shirt by SHOK-1 – London, UK

The 'Consumer' T-shirt by SHOK-1 – London, UK

A 30+ year veteran of painting in the streets and a hardcore gamer since the early 80's, SHOK-1 painted the image inspired by the classic videogame character to create a witty metaphor on our modern consumer culture. The original artwork was spraypainted on a wall in Germany in his unique X-ray style using cutting-edge freehand techniques pioneered by the artist. No stencils or tape were used to achieve the intricate translucent effects.

BlinkmyBrain –  Alphabetic (2:03)

BlinkmyBrain – Alphabetic (2:03)

A personal project that created to explore new possibilities with type animation and design.

Lienke Raben – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Lienke Raben – Amsterdam, Netherlands

“The local design scene, as opposed to the advertising scene where I worked before, is less about the big brands and more about the freedom and time to create something awesome. Animators and illustrators that I know really have a passion for what they do and my experience is also that they’re all a little bit weird, in a good way.”