Kyle Bean has a new website, which he updated with some new work today. Amazing stuff, he is a really unique creative and hard to place in a specific discipline, so here is the bio from his site;
“Kyle Bean is a creative with a passion for craft and conceptual thinking. He creates playful, imaginative work for a variety of clients that appear in editorial and commercial projects as well as installations for luxury fashion brands and events. Encompassing set design, illustration and sculpture, Kyle’s work is usually characterised by a whimsical and meticulous reappropriation of everyday materials and handcrafted techniques.”
Managed to catch Jean Jullien’s first solo show in London this saturday. Allo? runs at Kemistry gallery in shoreditch til the 27th of March, well worth popping by if you’re in London.
Always been a huge fan of his work (previous posts here), it’s the sort of clever wit that I really enjoy, as well as a very keen sense of humour. Allo? is full of funny observations about modern life and how we interact with each other in a digital world. It’s not just silly however, do get the feeling of an underlying skepticism or disappointment. Not surprising considering his work is full of smart observations of the world around him, things you would probably miss with your face in your phone all day long!
You can follow Jean Jullien on tumblr at newsofthetimes.tumblr.com/ a blog of news based editorial illustrations that he runs with two others. Kemistry gallery also have a tumblr at kemistrygallery.tumblr.com/
Posts about other exhibitions I’ve been to can be found here (been a while but got a few more to write up).
Illustrator & designer Jim Datz has launched a new website (http://jimdatz.com/) and online shop (http://www.neitherfishnorfowl.com/). Big fan of his work, especially the 4 images above that make up his city series. A lovely mix of map, illustration and typography, with a very mid-century feel about them! As has much of Jim’s work.
Shame the London print is sold out, very high on the list of posters I’d want framed on my wall!
Merry Christmas everyone!
Loved Saturdays festive Guardian weekend magazine cover by Stephen Collins, so thought I’d share it as my Christmas day blog post.
Another excellent branding project by Interbrand Australia ;
“Pearson Australia (owners of the Penguin Group) approached us to create a new brand for Bookworld. Pearson has recently purchased the digital assets of Borders and has transitioned the site and customers to Bookworld.com.au. Our brief was to build a compelling brand and an engaging experience. Our solution was born from asking ourselves a very simple question: have you ever wondered where the characters go when you close the book? The answer is, they go to Bookworld – where books come from.”
Love the logo and the illustrations, great work! Interbrand Australia have done some of my favorite identity projects of recent times, mainly I believe under the direction of English designer Mike Rigby. See more here http://www.standapart.com.au/ & http://www.mike-rigby.com/.
Nicholas Blake series design for Vintage books, designed by La Boca.
Via Booketing (which has an interview in French with La Boca)
Mr bingo has a book out! It’s full of the postcards he sent during his always hilarious Hate Mail project;
“Last year I sent a postcard to a stranger called Jonathan Hopkins. It said on it “F*ck you Jonathan, f*ck you and f*ck your sh*t legs”. People seemed to be into it so I opened a service on my website, inviting strangers to pay me in return for an offensive postcard addressed to them (or whoever they ordered it for).”
Really enjoyed seeing the pictures he re-tweeted from the happy postcard recipients over the past few months, can’t wait to see more in the book! You can order it here, only £6.99 total bargain. Mr Bingo has to be one of the funniest illustrators out there, always makes me laugh. Worth following on twitter too for the pictures he shares; @Mr_Bingo. And if you have time watch some videos of him doing talks;
Exhibition round-up; Malika Favre - Hide and Seek
I was already a fan of French illustrator Malika Favre before checking out her first solo exhibition in London at the always excellent Kemistry Gallery. Hide and Seek really showcases her style; flat and minimal with lots of black and white, geometric shapes and bright feminine forms. It also has a great narrative as a collection of work, a mysterious woman hiding in a monochrome urban setting. The pictures also link up through this animation produced to promote the exhibition, really nice stuff!
Definitely recommend going if you can, its on til the 29th September. More info here and prints available here. Also there is a good interview with Malika about the exhibition on the Wallpaper* website.
Plus you can follow Kemistry Gallery on tumblr to keep up to date with whats on there http://kemistrygalleryblog.tumblr.com/
A series of new illustrations by Tim McDonagh;
“Some images for the first issue of Howler magazine out this month. Lovely brief and art direction by Priest & Grace. The article was about one of Mexico’s football teams and how scary their dedicated fans can be.”
These are from his blog; http://tim-mcdonagh.blogspot.co.uk/ , he is posting more new work tomorrow too apparently, so keep your eyes peeled!
Always blown away by Tim’s work! The detail and line work combined with bright colour schemes is really brilliant. Nice contrast to the more minimal illustrations that I generally (but not always) prefer. Been a fan of his since I went to D&AD new blood for the first time in my 1st year of uni, and saw his work there winning awards!
Stranger & Stranger’s work never fails to be absolutely beautiful! Not many studios manage to do such consistently visually appealing work, but with their skills, experience and extensive premium alcohol clients they always do.
This project is a little different though, they have developed a patented paper sleeve which wraps around wine bottles. Giving a nice big space for extra graphics as well as creating a real sense of intrigue.
‘The idea came from our own No.13 pack. We created brands in a packaging format that stands out and adds value, interest and gifting opportunities. The added real estate that the over sleeve gives us has allowed us to engage with people in a way that a tiny back label never can. Everyone just wants to pick up and read these packs.’
Kevin Shaw, Founder and Creative Director of Stranger:
I like these a lot, being beautiful as well as a bit different will give them so much shelf presence. I know I’d definitely want to buy any one of them, trouble is as a designer I’d feel bad unwrapping it!
Images & quote via The Dieline
Living in London during the olympics wasn’t so bad, busier than normal but it was alright! One of the good things was that free newspaper The Metro featured an illustrated cover wrap every day as part of the Adidas ‘Take the Stage’ campaign. They were designed by Sid Lee in collaboration with The Church of London (who publish Little White Lies and Huck), each day featured an illustration of a different team GB Olympian.
The ones above are by Noma Bar, Joshua Budich, Another Example, Stevie Gee and Joe Wilson. You can see more here and on the TCO London twitter