Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Beautiful Stop Motion

When I found the previous video on typography I ventured onto the creators site and found this music video which i absolutely love. It was done using a macro lens to create a stop motion animation.


A-Z Experiment typography from urk on Vimeo.

Interesting Typography

Typophile Film Festival 5 Opening Titles from Brent Barson on Vimeo.

Modest Mouse, King Rat video directed by Heath Ledger

Thursday, 8 October 2009

Street media

Another bit of pavement advertising for 118menu.co.uk

Puting the Sans in Comic Sans

In the October issue of Grafik magazine, Veronica Ditting writes in the letterform column about Comic Sans; "the jolly and over-used typeface of non-designers".

I find comic sans a really aggravating typeface, expecially when a lecture is written in it- Arts Marketing 2008/9- I just cant stand it and i dont really know why? Reading this article i know that i am not alone. See this http://bancomicsans.com and the extent of peoples hatred for it can really be seen. Along with ban comic sans merchandise; hats, mugs, hoodies, you can find an official pettition to ban the typeface.

"In 1995 Microsoft released the font Comic Sans originally designed for comic book style talk bubbles containing informational help text. Since that time the typeface has been used in countless contexts from restaurant signage to college exams to medical information.

These widespread abuses of printed type threaten to erode the very foundations upon which centuries of typographic history are built. While we recognize the font may be appropriate in a few specific instances, our position is that the only effective means of ending this epidemic of abuse is to completely ban Comic Sans.

We understand font selection is a matter of personal preference and that many people may disagree with us. However, if you agree with our position, you can sign the online petition to ban comic sans."

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

The Economist: In the Black

I really like the use of typography as an integral part of the illustration in these print adverts for the economist. I also like the simple red white and black theme.

Penguin: Great Ideas

"Throughout history, some books have changed the world. They have transformed the way we see ourselves - and each other. They have inspired debate, dissent, war and revolution. They have enlightened, outraged, provoked and comforted. They have enriched lives - and destroyed them. Now Penguin brings you the works of the great thinkers, pioneers, radicals and visionaries whose ideas shook civilization, and helped make us who we are"

I love the diversity of the covers in this series. They are all as individual as the writings under the covers yet maintain the feeling of a set.

Piazza del Duomo

The leaning tower of Pisa was one of those "must see" attractions that I had always wanted to visit. If it was in England there is no way health and safety would let you climb those treacherously slippery, worn marble steps. But climb it we did, and it was so worth it. You can really feel the lean as you climb up in a spiral and find that sometimes despite going up, it definitely feels like you are going in a downward direction. It really is a feat of engineering, and good on them for keeping it standing for such a long time!


An artificial eye production, Fishtank is the story of Mia, a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends.
One hot summer's day her mother brings home a mysterious stranger called Connor who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives...

Deffinately worth seeing, a truly British film, some really lovely cinematography (my favourite bit when Mia is on Connor's back in the field and the pace slows right down, the director has made a point of their breathing, which is ever so slightly made louder, and which he does at several other points in the film too). I did feel really sorry for Mia, as if her personality and character have been sculpted due to her mother's insolence and out of desperation for her situation, as if she needs to fit in with her familys exterior image. When really she is just a girl who wants a chance, wants to fit in and wants to be loved.

Monday, 5 October 2009


A series of posters from Grafik magazine depicting olympic sports. These two are my favourite from the thirty nine. The whole series will be shown at the London Design Festival.

Mountain Biking by Holly Wales. I like the combination of photography and illustration, i also really like her colour choices.

Rhythmic Gymnastics by Value and Service. I like the pointilist nature of this layered photograph.

These images are pictograms from previous Olympic games.
From top to Bottom:
USA 1996
Sydney 2000
Athens 2004
Bejing 2008

Will the pictograms for London 2012 be as good as the 2012 logo???

Saturday, 3 October 2009

Summer Photos

I know we weren't supposed to make this blog a collection of holiday snaps, but seeing as I spent most of my summer being inspired by the nature, culture and people around me I thought why not post a selection of photographs that I took whilst I was abroad, and that I'm pretty pleased with....

Friday, 2 October 2009

Waltz with Bashir

An Oscar nominated film by Ari Folman about an ex- Israeli soldier trying to piece together his memories of the war in Lebanon in 1982.

I saw this movie last night and found it completely draining, the story pulls you in completely. I really liked the animation style and the soundtrack was great too. But it did get rather depressing at the end, especially with the video footage from Beirut.
It wouldnt let me embed the trailer so here's the Youtube link.

Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Eco font

"After Dutch holey cheese, there now is a Dutch font with holes as well."

"Appealing ideas are often simple: how much of a letter can be removed while maintaining readability? After extensive testing with all kinds of shapes, the best results were achieved using small circles. After lots of late hours (and coffee) this resulted in a font that uses up to 20% less ink. Free to download, free to use. There is also a print solution for business environments: Ecofont Professional. "

I saw this in an edition of National Geographic. Interesting idea for the eco-conscious, but readability is probably an issue at anything over 10pt.


Monday, 28 September 2009

Well dressed?

Well dressing created out of petals and seeds.

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Spirited Away

Having said that I'm not a big animated movie fan, Im going to add another exception. Now ive tried to watch Anime before and not really rated it. To be honest the style of the animation; the rolling backgrounds with very 2D characters, kind of annoys me....their big mouths and big eyes.... Anyway, my boyfriend persuaded me to watch this and I loved it, mainly for the enchanting story which helped get me over the animation style (and the dubbing, which also gets on my nerves).

At the risk of becoming a hypocrit, im going to add another exception. Howl's Moving Castle. Another film from Hayao Myazaki. Again I think it was the enchanting story that captured me.


Saw this on Film4 the other day and really enjoyed it. Im not much of an animated movie fan but this was excellent, loved the black and white past and colour hints for the future. Also loved the Iranian story which was quite an education. Would have liked to have seen the original French version, but the English dubbed version worked as well as if it had been made in English originally.

Sunday, 30 August 2009

Angkor what?

13 temples in 9 hours. A cloudy sunrise and far too many tourists.

What i found most incredible about the temples was the fact that they are only made of stone stacked on stone, originally there would have been a layer of soil in between each but that has mostly worn away now leaving literally a pile of bricks.

My favourite temples were the ones with trees growing over and around them.

Thai Architecture

So, fourth country of the trip and plenty of temples to see. The Thai architecture isn't as abundantly obvious as in Bali, but where there is a temple there are Buddahs and carvings aplenty.

More pics and notes to come.