Bat For Lashes – Visuals

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London based motion and animation firm Treat Studios produced around 20 minutes of visuals for Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes) in early 2010 and cut it down to this wonderful little edit.

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Shoulder of Orion

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Graphic designer Paul Tebbott was recently inspired by Roy Batty’s monologue at the end of Bladerunner and produced an absolutely gorgeous surreal poster as a result of that inspiration. I can’t say how much I love this poster. I am going to order one to hang in my studio over our couch. It’s beautiful. It reminds me a bit of a Salvidor Dali painting and although it is simple in execution, there is an enormous amount of spiritual depth in the piece. You can purchase a copy in his online store. Excellent work Mr. Tebbott.

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Sawdust: Updates

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Sawdust has recently completed the design for ‘Genesis of a deep sound’. It’s the latest album from ‘Fabrice Lig’ on label Fine Art recordings and is now available on CD and 12” vinyl. A custom typeface was created specifically for the project and the front of the record has graphic indicators overlaid onto the image that when matched to the back spell the word ‘Genesis’.

Sawdust has been cranking out some really great work lately that reminds me a bit of Non-Format. They are also damn good self promoters as not only we but a lot of the design blogs receive an update whenever they complete a project. Smart.

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Tim Simmons

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Photographer Tim Simmons lives and works in London and Norfolk. His landscapes can only be described as ‘haunting’. It’s a descriptor that is probably to often used when it comes to something like photographer but it genuinely is the proper word to use when attempting to describe Simmons beautiful imagery.

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Shotopop: Updates

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London based studio Shotopop has updated both their website and portfolio with some exciting new work. Shotopop works out of a shipping container on the shore of the river Thames. They definitely position themselves in a unique fashion and I could see how working out of a shipping container would influence that mindset.

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Lucy Gibson

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Recent Leeds College of Art graduate Lucy Gibson uses simple geometric forms in her work juxtapozed with organic imagery. Although some might be tiring of the geometric trend in graphic design, I do have to say that I really like Gibson’s work and minimal approach.

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I stumbled upon the work of London based illustrator Matt Lyon today and was genuinely impressed and inspired by his work. His choice of colors and the simple but extremely effective ways that he organizes vector forms yields some awesome results. I would buy a print of the above work in a heartbeat. Beautiful stuff.

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Adrian Johnson

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Liverpool born illustrator Adrian Johnson has kept busy and has been updating his portfolio with more of his simple in execution yet sophisticated in wit illustrations.

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Hat-Trick Design

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London based studio Hat-Trick Design have not only an interesting body of work but an equally interesting way of displaying it. They are also on the lookout for a Senior Designer and I am guessing it would be a healthy learning experience being under their employ.

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Zip Design: Updates

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I wrote about Zip Design a very long while back and the London based multi-disciplinary design studio has since updated with some new and sharp looking project work.

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Tom Hovey

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Illustrator Tom Hovey uses his hands and looks like he keeps them off of the mouse most of the time while generating his watercolor illustrations. The work benefits greatly from the approach as it keeps a raw and emotional tone.

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Martin Nicolausson

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Swedish by origin but London based by choice illustrator Martin Nicolausson has a unique style that is somehow soft and gritty all at the same time. Although the works looks as though it may have been digitally finished there is still something tangible, almost graphite-pencil like about the work. It’s a style that has gotten him a lot of attention on creative blogs as of late. Regardless of the illustration attention, Nicolausson view himself first and foremost as a graphic designer and I think you can see that best not through his illustration work but his use of typography.

More please.

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Bibliotheque Design

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London based multi-disciplinary design studio Bibliothèque has updated with a new website featuring a cache of cleanly executed and highly considered project work.

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Design Studio

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Design Studio are exactly what they say they are. They are based in London and have a nice body of branding and editorial work. If you are a fan of print, you will appreciate their work.

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Rosie Lees

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Rosie Lees is a London based design consultancy with some nice work for Nike. The poster above requires a second look to capture the twisted turning runner filled roadscapes.

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Owen Gildersleeve

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London based designer and illustrator Owen Gildersleeve uses almost anything he can get his hands on to create his unique images and arrangements. Paper, cross-stitching, bis of wool, pine needles and fruit cake. He is a graduate  from The University of Brighton. He is part of the Evening Tweed design collective, and one half of the band Old Mayor, signed to Paradigms Recordings.

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A New Kind of Beauty

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“I’m interested in what we define as beauty, when we choose to create it ourselves.

Beauty has always been a currency, and now that we finally have the technological means to mint our own, what choices do we make?

Is beauty informed by contemporary culture? By history? Or is it defined by the surgeon’s hand? Can we identify physical trends that vary from decade to decade, or is beauty timeless?

When we re-make ourselves, are we revealing our true character, or are we stripping away our very identity?

Perhaps we are creating a new kind of beauty. An amalgam of surgery, art, and popular culture? And if so, are the results the vanguard of human induced evolution?”

Above is photographer Phillip Toledano’s explanation for the fascinating yet disturbing photo series entitled ‘A New Kind of Beauty‘.

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I Love Dust

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East London-based design, illustration and motion graphics studio I Love Dust sent news of an updated website and portfolio today and it is spilling over with top-notch slick, sexy and stunning work. They are a longtime favorite of mine and a role model for where I hope to take my studio in the coming years. Keep on rocking guys. Fantastic.

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