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Some lovely, grainy, understated Risograph printing was used by design studio Atto in its creation of a book called Listening Exercises, a series of activities put together by artist and sound researcher Davide Tidoni. The exercises were developed during a series of workshops that explore how contact, filtering, and distance affect our experience of sound. The blue text against a peachy background elevates the text beyond academia, and the illustrations do a great job of distilling each section into simple shapes that work as infographics as well as decoration.
Helping to tell the fascinating story of some of the 20th century’s more brilliant dancers, The Fabulous Nicholas Brothers is a gorgeous series of printed materials designed by London studio All Works Co. The posters and leaflets were created to promote a new film tribute to Harold and Fayard Nicholas, legendary African-American dancers who became one of the biggest musical acts of their time. The movie, a compilation of rare film clips and photographs, was shown in cinemas across the UK; and All Works was briefed to “capture the movement, energy, and dynamic approach seen in the Brothers’ work. It needed to be celebratory and fun, visually drawing from the era but with fresh contemporary appeal. Our approach combined striking black and white imagery with bold, expressive typography.”
Well here’s an adorable project. Singapore-born, New York-based graphic designer Christal Sih has created Grandma’s Recipes, a book that draws together—you guessed it—recipes and writings from her grandmother. The bold color palette and sumptuous full-bleed imagery (all shot on an iPhone, would you believe) are beautiful; you can almost taste the vibrant, and sometimes alien-looking delectables. The book is published by Singapore’s Math Paper Press, and Sih describes it as “a personal reflection on how I relate to my family and the culture I grew up with through food, and how those sentiments were made more acute by living alone abroad.”
I’ve long had a hankering to go to character design conference Pictoplasma (hint, hint), which is rolling around again this May in Berlin. Over on Grafik there’s a nice little piece where organiser Lars Denicke runs through the bits and bobs he’s most looking forward to. We’re chuffed to see the ever excellent Jack Sachs make the list, and discover some superb and sassy illustration by Danish practitioner Louise Rosenkrands to boot.
It’s an important year for LGBT film festival Flare: not only does 2017 mark its 30th birthday, it’s also 50 years since the passing of the law that decriminalised “private” homosexual acts in England and Wales. The festival begins tomorrow (March 17), and provides ten days of superb queer film programming, much of which marks the anniversary of the passing of the aforementioned 1967 Sexual Offences Act including the world premiere screening of Ashley Joiner’s Pride documentary, exploring the history of pride marches and celebrations. Elsewhere, we’re excited for the unveiling of Campbell X’s web series Different for Girls, dubbed “a smart, sassy, sexy multi-layered lesbian drama,” by the BFI, which organises Flare; as well as a fascinating sounding film firmly in the tradition of camp, The Slippers, Morgan White’s documentary about Dorothy’s magical shoes in The Wizard of Oz.
Photography duo Luke & Nik’s new publication Blue has just launched. We’re not entirely sure what it’s about, but it looks rather great. Published by Wandering Bears in an edition of only 25, Blue is the second in a series of nine publications in a similar bent, with the first being Orange.
Good news for UK designers working across art and tech: The Barbican is looking for five people to undertake a new six month-long project, alt.barbican, which celebrates the “blurring of boundaries between individual art forms and a generation of emergent artists drawing upon multiple disciplines and new technologies to create projects with new expressive possibilities.” The organization is currently accepting proposals based around the theme “the subversion of reality”, and successful applications will receive an all expenses trip to Montreal for its digital and electronic music festival Mutek, and a range of showcases, mentoring, and training over the six month period. Among the ideas that the Barbican reckons will interest them are virtual or augmented reality, projection mapping, ambisonic, binaural or other immersive sound formats. If you’re interested, don’t delay: the deadline for submissions is this Sunday, March 19.