Saiman Chow is a New York based artist and designer who’s style floats all over the place. You probably know him best for his creepy/amazing Summer of Love series, pairing humans making out with small animals. I recently took notice of these beautiful ink sketches he did, both for personal projects as well as for clients like Nike and Blacklist.
Creative Review has an interview with Annie Atkins, the designer who worked on creating all of the props from Wes Andersen’s newest film, The Gran Budapest Hotel. She, along with production designer Adam Stockhausen, worked to create the imaginary world of Zubrowka and all the items that might inhabit it.
CR: Can you talk us through the process for creating the various graphic props in the film? How closely was Wes Anderson involved in this?
Wes is completely involved in every aspect of his filmmaking, and I worked very closely with him and the production designer, Adam Stockhausen, every day. This film was particularly fun, I think, from a graphics point of view, because we were creating this entirely fictional country that Wes had written – the State of Zubrowka. It meant that every little detail had to be made from scratch – flags, banknotes, postage stamps, everything. Adam had already collected a huge amount of reference from 1930s Eastern Europe when I joined them, and I would start each graphic prop by showing Wes a real artefact from the time. I would show him redrafts of designs sometimes 20 times a day. Wes has a very graphic sensibility – that’s evident in all his films, of course.
Irish graphic designer Cian McKenna has a bit soft spot for swimming. For the last few years he’s been heading down to ‘the 40ft’ for a swim. This secluded cove is located just south of Dublin city and has been a popular place for swimmers for more than 250 years. With camera in-hand he’s been documenting these excursions and the resulting work is really beautiful.
Over the past few days I came across some rather good advice which I thought I’d share. I think it particularly pertains to younger designers but there are kernels of wisdom for creatives of any age or expertise.
The first is a piece titled The New Design which is written by Naz Hamid, who is the principal and designer behind design studio Weightshift. His article does a nice job of articulating how schools aren’t teaching young creatives what they really need to know and what designers themselves, schools, and the design industry can do to help change that.
It’s no surprise the web industry will innovate and fill in the gaps where the schools fell short. If we as industry professionals have learned anything, it’s that the web is one of the few places left where invention is still alive and innovation happens daily. The rise of self-created conferences, workshops and gatherings, held by those who actually practice in the field and are captains of the industry, are perhaps better than what schools can and are able to do now. […]
It’s like they’re set up for failure in a world where The New Design is now ruling.
We do a lot of interactive work here, of course. It’s integral to the studio, so the portfolios young designers send in should reflect as such. Understandably, in some cases these are just form emails. And certainly, some have identified with a selection of the work we do, but perhaps they haven’t fully recognized that a more likely match will come from having a body of work aligning with our own.
It’s not just their fault or ours. Here’s what we both may be able to do.
If we must accept the notion that internship is an inherent part of a design practice then we can only conclude that the main benefactor should the student and not the studio. This thought should be the driving force behind each decision from the studio. Who is really benefitting from asking the intern to stay late tonight to finish a job?
If you’re a fan of pop-culture, movies and retro-tinged illustrations then you’re bound to love the work of Laurent Durieux, a graphic artist and illustrator from Brussels. No matter what the genre, Laurent’s work is beautifully unique, often with a retro-futuristic vibe and plenty of sharp compositions with eye-catching details. His images have the ability to be filled with a wonderful sense of drama and story and his concepts pay great tribute to the films that he loves.