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No. 222: Beautifully Bonkers ProMarker Illustrations, Animating Fetish and Power-play, The White Album Reimagined + More

Three little ducks, it’s number 222! Welcome one, welcome all to today’s Design Diary, your weekly installment of some fab design projects we’re just gagging for you to feast your eyes on. 

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Templo, What’s Your Proposition? campaign for Plymouth College of Art

Creative agency Templo has created a campaign for Plymouth College of Art called What’s Your Proposition?, visualizing the college’s manifesto around social justice and creative learning. “PCA is at the forefront championing and campaigning for creative education because it has the power to impact on the wider world around us,” says Templo. “Our role was to embrace the college’s strategic plan in a radical campaign that ultimately influences creative education policy at a governmental level.”

The campaign is largely based around an open source activism tool that allows students, alumni, and the public to voice their propositions and allows users to download the vector artwork to create their own protest materials. It features bespoke imagery by PCA photography alumnus Taylor Harford, showing current students alongside their propositions.

Sam Taylor, Promarker drawings

It’s always a total blast to peruse the illustration work of London-based illustrator Sam Taylor. His work is bold, bright, and often gloriously strange; bright colors, bonkers character design, and nods to retro kids’ TV abound. Taylor, who’s worked for clients including The New Yorker, Google, Pitchfork, The Guardian, and Nickelodeon, recently got in touch about a charming new body of work created using only Promarker pens. “Ive been using the same five colors, and Im really enjoying the tactile nature of these and the way the brushstrokes create new details,” he says. The usual bizarre cast of characters remains, and it’s great to see them rendered in new and slightly more muted ways that show the illustrator’s hand. The best thing about the series though? It’s a tough call between his striking reworking of the cover for Paul Simon’s Graceland and the woman asking, “Oh God, why is my boyfriend a worm?”

Sam Taylor, Exploding Head

Thomas Hedger, Christmas in Color

The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that it’s nearly Christmas. Naturally, a bunch of creative types are beavering away like Santa’s elves working on projects to mark the occasion—and one is Thomas Hedger. We covered his jubilant work a while back, admiring his bold lines and lively colors, and now he’s back with the installation Christmas in Color at London hotel citizenM’s Bankside location. The site-specific piece showcases a collection of spritely banners that rework tired festive tropes like holly leaves and candy canes down to pure, graphic forms and colors. So good you might forget all the crappy bits about Christmas (shopping, we’re looking at you).

Thomas Hedger, Christmas in Color
Thomas Hedger, Christmas in Color

Diyala Muir and Dominic Myatt, Looking For You

Just when we thought we couldn’t adore the work of London-based illustrator and artist Dominic Myatt any more, he gets in touch about a wonderful and pretty edgy new animation collaboration that sure does make ya think. Myatt worked with animator Diyala Muir recently to create a short film for Channel 4 Random Acts. Looking For You is half drawn by each, and the pair worked on direction and script development together. The at times gross, at times very poignant piece is described as a modern cautionary tale about desire and control.” Our two protagonists hide behind internet anonymity, and each plays in a dangerous game of power play that sees one lose all grip on what’s real and what isn’t. Watch it, but probably not at work.

The Beatles' Glass Onion, by Trunk Animation

Heralding the re-release of The Beatles’ mind-blowingly great The White Album, animation studio Trunk’s directors have created a new video for the single “Glass Onion.” “The White Album poster contains a montage of images including photographs, strips of film, drawings, and hand colored elements, all of which were provided by the band to Richard Hamilton and McCartney, and which reflect the eclectic nature of the album’s tracks,” says Trunk.

It’s a gloriously collaged piece of moving image: “as the track plays, images are added and removed, elements are colored and manipulated, film footage is run and spliced, and drawn elements are brought to life,” as Trunk puts it.  The animation merges stop motion, live action, hand drawn 2D on paper, 3D modeling, scratch film, rostrum cut out replacements, pixilation, and hand painted art working. The result is pretty lovely.


The MagCulture Christmas Cracker

Finally, one for our London readers: our chums over at MagCulture are opening their shop on Thursday, December 13th for the MagCulture Christmas Cracker. You can browse (and buy!) from their range of more than 450 magazines, pick up a few products from some of the titles, and bag some brand new releases. We’re promised there will also be “a mega charity raffle with special guest host, complimentary gift wrapping, drinks, and festive treats!” Go!

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