IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building
IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue – Character Building

A good story, in any medium, is only as interesting as the characters in it. How do you invent a fictional being with which the whole world can identify? If we knew the answer we'd be millionaires, but there are plenty of people out there trying hard to come up with the next Mickey Mouse or Homer Simpson. We talk to some of them about the difficulties and satisfactions of this challenge and ask them what advice they would give to someone starting out on the character-building path.


Contents:

Motion Gallery: Pattern/Symmetry
Character Design Issue: Character Building
Creative Country: Norway
Idea: Movie Poster
Interactive Design II: Keeping tabs on some of the best in the business
Pick of the Month

Specifications:

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


Character Design Issue

Designers with a lot of Character

We all grew up with various fictional characters that helped us adjust to the real world around us and with which we formed often quite strong bonds.

The soft toys whose comforting presence in our bed at night helped us to get to sleep were probably among the earliest, followed by those in the story-books from which our parents used to read to us. Kids have strong imaginations and it was not difficult to regard these characters as actual living beings, imbued with the different personalities that we chose to give them.

Featuring:

Craig&Karl | Din-Dong | Geneviève Gauckler | James Jarvis | Kevin Lyons | NC Empire | Sticky Monster Lab | Superdeux | Yum Yum

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Motion Gallery: Patterns/Symmetry

What immortal hand or eye could frame thy fearful symmetry?

The possibilities for symmetry and pattern-making in design are literally endless. Transforming mathematical measurements into aesthetically pleasing works of art is a task that increasing numbers of animators are setting themselves. We look at this latest trend in motion graphics through the eyes some of those who have become particularly adept at it.

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Creative Country: Norway

Transforming a tradition of excellence

Norway has it all – scenic beauty, a wealth of natural resources and a rich cultural heritage. But the design scene in this Scandinavian kingdom is undergoing some profound changes, thanks largely to newfound affluence and a clear-sighted vision of the benefits that a thriving commercial-art sector can bring. We asked a clutch of young creatives to tell us what it's like to live and work in this enlightened ambience – and where it might all be leading.

Featuring:

Esra Røise | Bureau Bruneau | The Metric System | MVM | Randi Antonsen | Bleed Design Studio

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Idea: Movie Posters

The Power of Movie Posters

Vintage movie posters are hard to come by – and worth a small fortune. A study of the genre since the earliest days of cinema tells us a lot about the changes that society has undergone, though today's anything-goes approach to the art owes more to technical liberation than altered tastes. A pair of recognised experts in the field give us the benefit of their vast experience.

Featuring:

Tomasz Opasomski | Marcell Bandicksson

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Interactive Design: Part II

Keeping tabs on some of the best in the business

After our last issue's exploration of the growing importance of eliciting a digital response from potential end-users, we continue with this theme – asking three extremely polished practitioners for their thoughts on the matter. It seems that there's no getting away from sheer application when it comes to inventing apps.

Featuring:

Kerem Suer | Tangible Interaction | Tree Axis

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Regulars: POTM

Pick of the Month

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IdN v19n6: Character Design Issue p69-97

'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.”

Circle Culture presents "Exposure" by Jonathan Yeo – Hamburg, Germany

Circle Culture presents "Exposure" by Jonathan Yeo – Hamburg, Germany

Circle Culture is pleased to announce the solo exhibition "Exposure" by Jonathan Yeo, which will be opened on July 9th, 2015 in Hamburg. The exhibition will primarily consist of Yeo's Leaf Works, created using the artist's unique and celebrated form of pornography collage. It will be the first – and possibly the last – time these works will be shown together as a group in their own right. The artist will be present exclusively for the Opening Reception.

Serial Cut™ – DIESEL – Melting Props (2:10)

Serial Cut™ – DIESEL – Melting Props (2:10)

S/S 2015 Window Display for DIESEL Italy

Jonas' Design – Jonas Merian – Shanghai, China

Jonas' Design – Jonas Merian – Shanghai, China

Jonas is currently working on various upcycled design projects, where he makes unique, handmade furniture and home accessories out of reclaimed, reused and repurposed materials.