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All hail pop-art! (The Barbican Art Gallery)

All hail pop-art! (The Barbican Art Gallery) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Pop Art Design brings together around 200 works, by over 70 artists and designers, including iconic and lesser known works by such artists as Peter Blake, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, Elaine Sturtevant, Joe Tilson and Andy Warhol and shown alongside objects by Achille Castiglioni, Charles and Ray Eames, Allen Jones, George Nelson, Gaetano Pesce and Ettore Sottsass among many other important protagonists of this period. The exhibition also presents a wealth of graphic material from posters and magazines to album sleeves, as well as film, photography and documentation of Pop interiors and architecture. Fifty years after it exploded on to the art scene, Pop Art Design paints a new picture of Pop Art – one that finally recognises the central role played by design.

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Graphic Means, a documentary on the evolution of graphic design production, premieres this week

Graphic Means, a documentary on the evolution of graphic design production, premieres this week | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

'Graphic Means', a major new documentary charting the evolution of graphic design production, will premiere on 15 April 2017 at ByDesign film festival in Seattle. The film by Briar Levit marks around 30 years since desktop publishing revolutionised the graphics industry, and explores the progression to this point from the 1950s.

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Studio Mathias Clottu redraws Mies van der Rohe’s Allzweck typeface for new exhibition

Studio Mathias Clottu redraws Mies van der Rohe’s Allzweck typeface for new exhibition | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

In 1966 architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe created a set of sans-serif extended capital letters. The Allzweck alphabet was used on correspondence and to annotate blueprints by the modernist master and has been redrawn by Studio Mathias Clottu to be used in a an exhibition that explores Mies van der Rohe’s proposed plan for building a 19-storey skyscraper in the City of London alongside the built No. 1 Poultry by James Stirling. “We have drawn a bespoke version based on Mies’ letters with some elements of English vernacular alphabets.” explains Mathias. “The result is a more regular set of capitals but keeps some of the more drawn characteristics found in the Allzweck. Its weight is in between a regular and a medium font."

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Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic

Photographer Brian Finke traces the “birth of booze” with his series for National Geographic | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The brief was to unravel the origins of alcohol and led to the photographer travelling for four months around Peru, Germany, the Republic of Georgia, China and the USA. In the mag, the story explores the idea of how alcohol has been a “prime move of human culture” which has fuelled “the development of arts, language and religion” since its beginnings 9,000 years ago.

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Seoul studio Everyday Practice talks about its collaborative approach to design

Seoul studio Everyday Practice talks about its collaborative approach to design | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it
Seoul-based graphic design studio Everyday Practice was founded by Kwon Joonho, Kim Kyung-chul and Kim Eojin, and aims to address “the role of design and how design acts in reality” through its projects. “When we first started our studio, a particular graphic style similar to Dutch and Swiss design was in vogue in Korea, but we have tried to set up our own style,” says the studio. “Each member of Everyday Practice has different design methods and we try to mix and modify them to create a new design practice.”
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Active Arab Women: Lara Al-Hadeedi records the determination of sporting Kuwaiti women

Active Arab Women: Lara Al-Hadeedi records the determination of sporting Kuwaiti women | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Active Arab Women is a project aiming to overcome Gulf Arab stereotypes by publishing the stories of female athletes in Kuwait. Designer Lara Al-Hadeedi wanted to record their struggles and successes, as sportswomen as well as in their everyday lives.

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Seven winners, including Lance Wyman, announced as recipients of AIGA Medal

Seven winners, including Lance Wyman, announced as recipients of AIGA Medal | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Art Chantry, Emmett McBain, Rebeca Méndez, Mark Randall, Nancy Skolos, Tom Wedell and Lance Wyman will be awarded the AIGA medal this year. The medals, presented by the AIGA since 1920, are given to individuals who “have set standards of excellence over a lifetime of work or have made individual contributions to innovation within the practice of design.

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Swiss Grand Award for Design goes to Thomas Ott, Jean Widmer and David Bielander

Swiss Grand Award for Design goes to Thomas Ott, Jean Widmer and David Bielander | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Comic-book artist Thomas Ott, graphic designer and art director Jean Widmer, and jewellery designer and artist David Bielander have been awarded the "Swiss Grand Award for Design". Selected by the Federal Office of Culture, the award recognises three outstanding designers who have played “a defining role in cultural creativity in Switzerland”.

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V&A opens new photographic center

V&A opens new photographic center | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Victoria & Albert Museum opens a new center dedicated exclusively to photography. The building will be built by David Kohn Architects agency. The opening is scheduled in Autumn 2018.

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Brexit passport design competition shortlist revealed – could the next UK passport be one of these?

Brexit passport design competition shortlist revealed – could the next UK passport be one of these? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Last week saw the judging for our unofficial Brexit passport design competition... here is a look at the nine proposals shortlisted by our judges.

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From admirer to employee: The New York Times Magazine designer Ben Grandgenett 

From admirer to employee: The New York Times Magazine designer Ben Grandgenett  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Ben Grandgenett grew up in Wahoo, Nebraska, a small rural town in the Midwest. Over 1,000 miles New York, Wahoo never received The New York Times Magazine, the publication Ben now works at as a designer.

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Romain Mader wins Foam Paul Huf young photographers award for “naive and absurd” work

Romain Mader wins Foam Paul Huf young photographers award for “naive and absurd” work | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Dutch gallery Foam has announced the winner of its "Foam Paul Huf Award":https://www.foam.org/talent/foam-paul-huf-award for emerging young photographers. "Romain Mader":http://stereotyp.es/, born in 1988 in Switzerland, has been awarded the €20,000 prize and an exhibition in Foam for his “naive” and “absurd” images.

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‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Review: All The Season 1 Episodes, Ranked

‘Abstract: The Art of Design’ Review: All The Season 1 Episodes, Ranked | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Executive produced by Morgan Neville, the documentarians assembled to capture the spotlighted subjects have done a masterful job, by and large, of highlighting the unique sort of artistry at work here. However, episode by episode, every installment strikes such a similar tone and mood that to truly appreciate the difference in aethestics and disciplines on display, you’ll want to space them out.

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The Perverted Photography of Torbjørn Rødland

The Perverted Photography of Torbjørn Rødland | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Although Torbjørn Rødland recalls having a camera from the age of 11, as a teenager his passion was drawing. "After doing caricatures and political cartoons for local newspapers," he says, "I got fed up with communicating easily decodable idea.

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Stéphane Winter, Die Winter - The Eye of Photography

Stéphane Winter, Die Winter - The Eye of Photography | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Stephane Winter was born in 1974 in South Korea. At fourteen, he began to photograph his adoptive parents where he lived in Switzerland. They were "experimentations" that he continued until the death of his father in 2011. Titled Die Winter, his series is just as much an autobiography as it is an exploration of different photographic processes. Interview below.

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Bouquet – Synaesthetic olfactory device to perceive colour through fragrance

Bouquet – Synaesthetic olfactory device to perceive colour through fragrance | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Created by the ECAL’s Bachelor Media & Interaction Design students, and led by Niklas Roy, Bouquet is a synaesthetic olfactory device which allows the user to perceive color through fragrances. The device detects the color it presented and delivers a corresponding mix of fragrances through the nozzle. Bouquet acts as an extension of the user’s olfactory senses in order to deliver a different sort of augmented reality.

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Tate Etc magazine redesign ditches Tate logo, to herald its “maverick position”

Tate Etc magazine redesign ditches Tate logo, to herald its “maverick position” | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

'Tate Etc' magazine has redesigned for the first time in its 14 years, ditching the Tate logo in favour of its own identity. Designed by Ard, a young London-based studio comprising Guillaume Chuard and Daniel Nørregaard, the revamp aims to herald the magazine’s “maverick position”, as editor Simon Grant explains.

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Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work 

Vivian Maier Estate Brings Lawsuit Over Sales of Her Work  | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Battles have broken out over the rights to the estate of Chicago street photographer Vivian Maier; a court case has been filed in Chicago.

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Eckhaus Latta SS17 campaign features real couples having sex shot by Heji Shin (NSFW)

Eckhaus Latta SS17 campaign features real couples having sex shot by Heji Shin (NSFW) | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

New York-based fashion label Eckhaus Latta has launched its SS17 campaign that features photographs of real couples having sex while wearing its latest designs. The campaign was shot by Heji Shin who, in 2011, gained recognition for photographing a German sex education book for teenagers. The casting, by Sam Muglia, sees real-life couples from a wide range of ethnicities and sexual orientations modelling for the series. The art direction by Eric Wren Office, design director of _Art Forum_ , sees the most explicit parts of the images pixelated and the models bathed in natural light.

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Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?

Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Explore the relationship between graphic design and health in our upcoming exhibition, opening September 2017. Comprising of over 200 objects including hard-hitting posters, flashing pharmacy signs, and digital teaching aids, 'Can Graphic Design Save Your Life?' will consider the role of graphic design in constructing and communicating healthcare messages around the world and will show how graphic design has been used to persuade, to inform and to empower.

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The re-revolution of Air Max: ManvsMachine celebrates 30 years of a sneaker icon

The re-revolution of Air Max: ManvsMachine celebrates 30 years of a sneaker icon | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

The Nike Air Max was launched in 1987 and has gone on to become one of the most famous trainer designs of all time. For Air Max Day 2017, ManvsMachine was commissioned to celebrate 30 years of Air Max with a huge campaign. Here, creative director Adam Rowe takes us through the project and shares insight into the processes that saw it realised.

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Lausanne-based Nizar Kazan’s refined portfolio of type-based projects

Lausanne-based Nizar Kazan’s refined portfolio of type-based projects | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Lausanne-based designer Nizar Kazan sees his work as similar to that of an engineer tackling projects as problems to be solved and using materials to compose a solution. “Since I was young I’ve been passionate about things to do with the aeronautics, rail and automotive industry, engineering and philosophy,” explains Nizar. “I found graphic design was an excellent synthesis of all of that.”

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Tokyo-based photographer Yota Yoshida’s “poetic expressions in the everyday”

Tokyo-based photographer Yota Yoshida’s “poetic expressions in the everyday” | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Yota Yoshida is a Tokyo-based street photographer who focuses on public space and how people interact within it. His series _From Somewhere to Elsewhere_ sees him capture people going from one place to another in such a way that Yota removes himself completely from the image. “I have a particular interest in the invisible things like various emotions and poetic expressions in the everyday,” explains the photographer. “I don’t ask permission to take the photos, because I think unposed photographs capture what is being expressed in the surroundings, which is important to me."

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What toothbrushes tell us about inequality

What toothbrushes tell us about inequality | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

Anna Rosling-Rönnlund collects photographs of everyday objects from around the world. Even a toothbrush can reveal a world of inequalities.

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Marshall McLuhan in Two Minutes: A Brief Animated Introduction to the 1960s Media Theorist Who Predicted Our Present

Marshall McLuhan in Two Minutes: A Brief Animated Introduction to the 1960s Media Theorist Who Predicted Our Present | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

55 years ago, McLuhan wrote that “the next medium, whatever it is – it may be the extension of consciousness – will include television as its content, not as its environment. A computer as a research and communication instrument could enhance retrieval, obsolesce mass library organization, retrieve the individual’s encyclopedic function and flip it into a private line to speedily tailored data of a salable kind.” As we’ve since discovered, these developments have both their upsides and downsides. But as Coupland writes, consider that passage seriously and “see if it doesn’t give you a chill.”

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Kodak Ektachrome Film is Coming Back from the Dead

Kodak Ektachrome Film is Coming Back from the Dead | What's new in Visual Communication? | Scoop.it

It's not every day that you hear about a classic film line being brought back from the dead, but that's what's being announced today. Kodak Ektachrome film photographers.

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