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

Pick of the Month

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GMUNK – OFFF Cincinnati 2014 main title (4:37)

GMUNK – OFFF Cincinnati 2014 main title (4:37)

Main title for OFFF Cincinnati 2014

Suzan Drummen – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Suzan Drummen – Amsterdam, Netherlands

The thousands of objects in each of her artworks are placed by hand, making the intricate patterns that adorn gallery and museum floors. The fractal-like patterns in each installation form a temporary three-dimensional carpet that alters the space in which it is installed, by reflecting light in all directions.

Resonate Festival 2015: Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate Festival 2015: Belgrade – Belgrade, Serbia

Resonate festival in Belgrade is back for another year bringing artists together to drive a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture. The fourth edition of Resonate festival taking place in Belgrade between 13th – 18th April 2015. Resonate brings together artists, designers and educators to participate in a forward-looking debate on the position of technology in art and culture.

FITC Toronto 2015 – Toronto, Canada

FITC Toronto 2015 – Toronto, Canada

FITC is the intersection between Creative Technologists, Designers, Developers and all-around awesome thinkers from various innovative industries across the globe. They converge every year in Toronto to connect, challenge, inspire and to experience the cutting edge in design and technology. Exclusive for IdN readers: Enter promo code “IdN” and save $50 for the Festival, The Works and FLEX passes. Limited number of Super Early Bird tickets are available.

Brosmind – OFFF Barcelona 2012 Main Titles (8:37)

Brosmind – OFFF Barcelona 2012 Main Titles (8:37)

Main title for OFFF Barcelona 2012

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.”