Visual Culture

21 October 2009

Image loops

Image loops

lee owens, revenge is sweet

Keeping one step ahead of the stock photo police
In the Eye 69 supplement ‘Brought to Light’, John O’Reilly compared stock imagery to pop music, writes Lee Owens of Revenge is Sweet. In his article ‘Straight to no. 1’ John says: ‘A great commercial stock image is like a three-minute pop song: the best have a simple repetitive emotional intelligence.’

18 October 2009

No more bedtime stories

No more bedtime stories

jason grant

Peter Greenaway’s Tulse Luper VJ Performance at the Brisbane Festival
It’s the death of ‘cinemahhh’, or at least ‘total freedom from classic cinematographic linearity’ reports Jason Grant. It’s messy, exhilarating, beautiful and incessant. Introducing his live multimedia road show The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Peter Greenaway knocks the notion of sitting still in the dark for 120 minutes being spoon-fed ‘bedtime stories for adults’.

16 October 2009

Here’s . . . ‘J’

Here’s . . . ‘J’

Mr Edwards unleashes a pack of jokers
Mr Edwards plays the fool in this Friday’s Crap Book.

15 October 2009

On your bike

On your bike

ben brookbanks

Andrew Ritchie wins UK’s longest-running design prize for the Brompton
The UK’s longest-running design prize has been awarded to Andrew Ritchie, the designer of the iconic Brompton folding bicycle, writes MultiAdaptor’s Ben Brookbanks. Organised by the Design Council and held at Buckingham Palace, the announcement of the 2009 winner was celebrated alongside a special ceremony to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Prince Philip Designers Prize.

15 October 2009

Ed Ruscha

Ed Ruscha

rick poynor

The 'graphic designer's painter' delivers a London treat
Ed Ruscha is the designer’s painter, bar none, writes Rick Poynor. He studied graphic design and typography alongside fine art, winning first prize in graphic design at the Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and spending six months learning to hand-set type. As a painter, words were his subject matter right from the start.

14 October 2009

Soft sell

Soft sell

jessica jenkins

The cheerful, oversized, rounded fonts of caring, sharing Britain
In the early nineties I fled mean Thatcher’s Britain for Berlin, writes Jessica Jenkins. About seventeen years later than planned, I have just returned to London and am greeted by a considerable pile of post.

12 October 2009

Stephen Hawking’s Universe

Stephen Hawking’s Universe

john ridpath

Jared Ficklin’s visualisation from Flash on the Beach
Audio visualisation was a hot topic at last month’s Flash on the Beach, writes John Ridpath, but Jared Ficklin’s sonic experiments stood out for their individuality, drama, and casual disregard for health and safety.

11 October 2009

Significant Objects

Significant Objects

nick asbury

Putting the commercial power of story-telling to the test. On eBay.
An intriguing experiment is taking place to measure the commercial power of the written word, writes Nick Asbury. Significant Objects exposes 100 writers to the most nakedly commercial arena of all: eBay.

9 October 2009

A night at the Loeries

A night at the Loeries

sean o'toole, sean o’toole

South African creativity finds a voice at this year’s awards
‘Woop woop woop korr, korr, korr, korr…’ So goes the call of the crow-sized Knysna Loerie, at least according to my burgundy coloured Roberts’ Birds of Southern Africa, an enduring classic in South African book design and illustration, writes Sean O’Toole.

9 October 2009

‘I’ is for Ireland

‘I’ is for Ireland

Hold your fire – it’s Mr Edwards’ highly informative Crap Book
Irish ‘i’s and boys with toys in this week’s spread from Mr Edwards’ Crap Book.
 
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