As an editorial resident here at AIGA, I have been spending my time nosing around for interesting design-related goings on each week, so you don’t have to. Follow along all day, every day on Instagram @AIGAeyeondesign and Twitter @AIGAeyeondesign.
This week I…
…. admire the unusual and academic approach of photographer Tine Bek, a UK- and Copenhagen-based photographer whose latest project, “The Vulgarity Of Being Three-Dimensional,” draws on the short story Carnival by Danish writer Karen Blixen. His work has a lo-fi, point-and-shoot vibe, mixing unexpected portraiture with surreal still-life setups. “The works are produced in relation to the paragraphs and sections of the story and tries via investigation to deal with the themes around photography, the object and how the tactility of a moment is translated and sometimes transformed into a two-dimensional element,” Bek explains. “Dealing with identity, materiality and expectations about gender, the project is an investigative process looking closer at the object’s relationship to its own image.” The work will be exhibited in Edinburgh in February next year.
… briefly forget about John Lennon asking us what we’ve done prior to this being Christmas to consider another Lennon, his son Julian, thanks to a psychedelic new video created by Trunk Animation directors Layla Atkinson and Jock Mooney, who’s also responsible for the gorgeous and odd illustrations, which tick a lot of “far out” boxes. Atkinson explains, “We used a range of visuals that were driven by the song, for example when Julian sings of walking on the moon we used Jock’s drawing of an astronaut, yet at other times we used less obvious correlations such as a cracked baby’s bottle to convey the emotion of a hungry child.” Massive flowers? Check. Solemn astronaut? Yup. Weird groups of rabbits in an eyeball? Of course! Keep letting your freak flag fly, guys.
…lose yet more of my life to Facebook at the hands of a new Messenger game by Syneasthesia EXP, a short story bot called LOST. Parisian Syneasthesia EXP Sylvain Souklaye worked with French author Samuel Petit on the project, which is sort of like a digital choose-your-own-adventure book. Users can either choose a reading mode that lets them learn from previous mistakes, or the “deep read” option, which challenges memory. It’s pretty spooky though, as you’ll see from the trailer above.
…mourn the loss of annual graphic arts festival Pick Me Up, which had become a highlight of the year for London and international creative types alike. The crew from Somerset House made the announcement last week, with director of exhibitions Claire Catterall stating: “With a host of new champions for this community, we feel the time has come to focus on new projects which are equally energetic and exciting, and look forward to championing great work from new artistic communities through our public program.”
…get very much in the festive spirit with Bulletproof’s 2016 Christmas video. The London-based design agency makes a different film each year in lieu of sending out Christmas cards, though we can’t help but wonder if cards would have been a hell of a lot easier. This year’s is a whopping undertaking: the agency appear to have commandeered most of London’s bridges and a large stretch of the Thames in a bid to bring people a little festive sparkle.
…have a little panic about the future and how robots are stealing all our jobs with the news that a website called LogoJoy has launched, and uses artificial intelligence to “design” logos. There’s a nice piece over on Creative Review by studio Koto co-founder James Greenfield, who describes the site as “the ‘make your own business card’ machine for the AI age.”
…am loving a new video from Venezuelan illustrator and animator Carlín Díaz, for Norwegian band Kakkmaddafakka’s single “Lilac.” The narrative is a sweet little journey of two strangers traversing Bergen, meeting once and never again except for “in their memories.” Soppy? Yeah, a bit, but Díaz’s style makes that okay. The surreal merging of animal and human physiology coupled with an usual approach to color is charming. Check the WIP sketches too, which the illustrator has made into little gifs here.
…ponder Ad Age’s 50 “Most Creative People” of 2016. Not a great showing from the graphic design contingent, unfortunately. In fact, the only face that makes it from the GD/illo crew appears to be Cuban born artist, illustrator and children’s author Edel Rodriguez.
…consider the graphic nature of work by artists Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon with the announcement of a new show entitled Bacon and Freud: Graphic Works. Opening at London’s Marlborough Fine Art gallery next month, the exhibition presents work that was created using printmaking in techniques including lithograph and etching. For artists renowned for their figurative paintings, it’s a lovely look at how their emotive lines and fragmented, sometimes torturous visions are brought to life across other media.
…have thoroughly enjoyed a long-form article on The Quietus exploring visual artist Bruce Nauman’s role in the “development of a new music aesthetics.” While his work is superb, brave, and eloquent (at times), we get the sense that as an interviewee, that perhaps wasn’t the case with Nauman:
Michele de Angelus: Did you know people who were artists?
Bruce Nauman: No.
de Angelus: Had you read artists’ biographies or –Nauman: No.
de Angelus: There wasn’t, like, people’s work that you were familiar with?