U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency – A Design Project by Bureau Bruneau

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency - A Design Project by Bureau Bruneau

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency - A Design Project by Bureau Bruneau

U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency - A Design Project by Bureau Bruneau

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For his thesis project at Norway’s Westerdals School of Communication, Oslo-based designer Ludvig Bruneau Rossow cleverly rebranded the post-apocalypse by choosing to create a new identity for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Imagining a dystopian society set in the year 2030, Rossow’s project depicts FEMA as the governing body of a planet close to extinction. It’s a really fantastic set-up for a self-directed project and I love how Rossow has executed it. His crisp retro-styled branding examines how important design can be, and in his imagined post-apocalyptic world he playfully shows the necessity of good graphic design.

From instruction manuals to food supplies, Rossow has created a system which aims to ensure an effective reconstruction of a new global society. Focussing sensibly on analogue-technologies, his designs are simple and clear. Many have a multifunctional use, based on the understanding that the world of 2030 now has a limited amount of supplies. Food rations are packaged with clear symbols that link their contents with the room in the facility that they belong to. Manuals are designed with important information on how to repair, build and fix things. It’s some really excellent art-direction and I love the photographs taken by John Tøsse Kolvik.

More photos of the project can be seen on Rossow’s website, where he works under the name Bureau Bruneau. Also make sure to check out the rest of his website – it’s a beauty!

Philip Kennedy

April 3, 2012 / By

Great geometric illustrations by Mitch Blunt


Mitch Blunt - Google Think

I think these illustrations by Mitch Blunt are great. They’re clean, clear and straight-forward but deep down they’ve also got an underlying intricacy to them which works really well. Mitch is originally from the UK but he’s now currently based in Seoul. Over the years he has worked for clients such as Bloomberg BusnessWeek, Diplomat Magazine and Google. His work is often playful and there’s a nice combination of flat textured shapes and bright colors in everything he makes. Make sure to check out more of his work online here.

Philip Kennedy

April 3, 2012 / By

‘Here In Heaven 4 & 5′ (CFCF Remix) by Elite Gymnastics

Elite Gymnastics

Minneapolis-based chill-wave duo Elite Gymnastics have been slowly building traction over the last few months, and this remix by Montreal producer CFCF has certainly caught my attention. Its simple and dreamlike instrumentation soothes and lulls while strings build upon a simple piano loop to form a haunting eight-minutes of beautiful music.

The track is taken from the band’s Ruin 3 EP which features remixes and covers by the likes of How to Dress Well and Physical Therapy. Released free of charge from their site Ruin 3, the EP is well worth adding to your music collection. It’s also available to pre-order as a Combo Package with RUIN 4, which is released May 8 through Acephale.


Philip Kennedy

April 2, 2012 / By

The wonderfully strange paintings of Sophie Alda

Heavy Brains by Sophie Alda

Block of Flats by Sophie Alda

Melon Static by Sophie Alda

There is definitly something kind of strange about these paintings by the English illustrator and painter Sophie Alda. That said, there’s also something kind of wonderful about them too. Painted in gouche, her images are filled with beautiful pastel shades and are populated with odd and ugly characters. The flat nature of her paintings is really beautiful, but for me it’s her warped view of people that I really like. They’re strange, awkward and creepy – yet in many ways they feel like very honest depictions of people.

If you get the chance and if you’re a fan of the absurd make sure to check out more of her work online here, I’m particullarly fond of her Wobbledogs, GIF PARTY!

Philip Kennedy

March 29, 2012 / By

Imeüble Shelving by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad

'Imeuble' - Shelving by Bjørn Jørund Blikstad

I was flicking through an old issue of Wallpaper today when I came across these great looking shelves designed by the Norwegian designer Bjørn Jørund Blikstad. I love the idea of shelving units that make a statement, and that’s exactly what Blikstad’s design does.

Called Imeüble, the completed piece is made up of a series of modular and brightly colored shelves and Blikstad believes that the 3D nature of his design will help people to easily remember exactly where they have put their documents, books and whatever else they need to store. “I’m interested in storage” he tells Wallpaper. “Everyone wants to make beautiful chairs, but there hasn’t been that much innovation in ways of storing things.” He certainly has a point, and I definitely think he’s on the right track with this excellent design.

Although originally created in 2009 as part of his Master’s degree from Oslo’s National Academy of the Arts, Imeüble was officially launched last month through By Corporation at the Stockholm Furniture Fair. More details about the shelves can be found on their website here.

Philip Kennedy

March 28, 2012 / By

The beautifully drawn illustrations of Kareena Zerefos

'Kareena; The Siren Girl' by Kareena Zerefos

'Girl with Raven' by Kareena Zerefos

'From the Menagerie' by Kareena Zerefos

The Sydney-born and London-based artist Kareena Zerefos creates these stunning images using graphite, markers and ink on paper. Her work often explores the connection between children and animals, and that childhood desire to “run away and join the circus.”

Indeed, Kareena herself notes that her work is inspired by a yearning to escape. Her images are about journeying to a world of make-believe, and for her, this has led to illustrations that are filled with isolation and bittersweet nostalgia. They are beautiful images and the combination of her style and the touching nature of her subject matter form a magical body of work which I’d be quite happy to escape to for any length of time.

Philip Kennedy

March 27, 2012 / By

‘A Tender Trap’ by Joel Alme

Joel Alme - A Tender Trap

Joel Alme - A Tender Trap

It’s a well known fact that the Swedes make the best pop music. Take Gothenburg’s Joel Alme for example. His song – A Tender Trap – is a perfect slice of baroque pop served-up with brooding vocals and melancholic lyrics. It’s the type of thing that the Swedes do better then anyone else, they can take all the pain of heartbreak and turn it into a life-affirming anthem, filling it with rich instrumentation and soaring melodies.

A Tender Trap is a great example of this, and the video allows us to peer into Alme’s world as he makes his way through the Wintery harbours of Gothenburg reminiscing on lost love and thinking about happier times. The song is the lead single and title track of Alme’s third album, which is released May 9th on Razzia Records.

Philip Kennedy

March 26, 2012 / By

Stunning Black and White Landscapes by Christian Villacillo

Black and White Landscape by Christian Villacillo

Black and White Landscape by Christian Villacillo

Black and White Landscape by Christian Villacillo

Black and White Landscape by Christian Villacillo

Somedays you just can’t beat black and white photography. I recently came across the portfolio of artist and photographer Christian Villacillo and was instantly taken by his stunning shots of nature. Villacillo is originally from the Philippines but now lives and works in Canada where he seems to draw closely from the landscape there.

Inspired by the likes of Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and the Romantic landscape painters, Villacillo photographs capture the beauty and stillness that can be seen in the natural world. Above is only a taster of his work, make sure to check out the rest of what he does by visiting his website.

Philip Kennedy

March 22, 2012 / By