Everybody knows that gangs reign in their own certain neighbourhood and that they will defend it with bloody battles. What I didn't know yet is that these gangs had their own business cards! At least they had them in the 70's - early 80's as these pictures show. Creative talents those dirty ol' bastards!
We had a super releaseparty of O.K. Periodicals #6 / BORING Issue. Jaap Blonk started the night with a soundpoetry performance. After that Joost and I went up the stage to give a very boring presentation. We explained how to fill in the form to become a subscriber (hello and thanks to al new subscribers!). And we made a slide for each and every single contributor in the magazine and thanking them. Well, you had to be there in the crowded venue.
But we finished with the flipthrough video you can see here as well.
We hope you will become a subscriber too, so we can make future issues of this wonderfull magazine. It has a limited run of copies (500) and we already sent 250 to pre-orders and so.
Issue 6 is, again, the best issue so far!
Manystuff is inviting all graphic design graduates to submit projects made during there graduation in 2011.
All this for the project Questions/Questions, a publication made by Charlotte Cheetham and Samuel Bonnet. Like all Manystuff projects this has to be a great one. So if you just graduated don't hesitate and go for it!
Read more about it at Manystuff.
Fourteen people were asked to create self-portraits, using a police Photofit kit from the 1970s, without referring to photographs or mirror images of themselves. They were then interviewed by Philip Oltermann on the subjects of identity and the self.
The project was made by Matt Willey (project link as well) and Giles Revell.
This is the direct download of the Photofit PDF.
Introduction from the book:
There are no photos in circulation of Jacques Penry, the man who
invented the Photofit, but from what he wrote in his books, you would
guess that he might have looked a bit suspicious. A photographer by
trade, the Frenchman had been fascinated by facial topography as
early as the 1930s, when he published his magnus opus The Face of
Man. There was, Penry claimed in it, a direct link between any human’s
physique and their personality: philosophers, for example, would show
a marked development of the lower cheek muscles, while idiots and
simpletons would invariably possess a markedly receding forehead.
Following the Penry-method of facial classification, he claimed, one
could cleanse society of “criminals, mental deficits, neurasthenics
and vocational misfits.”
Perhaps unaware of the supremacist overtones of it’s creator’s
early musings, Scotland Yard gave the Photofit kit a go in 1970. The
kits come in wooden boxes, containing narrow paper strips with
various facial features and an index listing the contents: eyes, noses,
mouths, haircuts, chins, roughly 40 in each category. There are
transparencies for add-ons, such as glasses, facial hairs or wrinkles,
and a frame on which the individual parts can be assembled.
The first Photofit portrait of a British suspect was broadcast
on 22nd of October 1970, in connection with the murder of James
Cameron in Islington, London. Surprisingly, it came up with the goods:
the image jogged a shop assistant’s memory and led to the arrest
of John Earnest Bennett in Nottingham. Soon though, policemen
found that Photofit portraits of suspects often looked nothing like
the criminals that were eventually caught: the Penry-method clearly
had its limits. In 1988, the Met introduced computer programmes
for facial profiling (“E-fits”) and Photofit kits across the country were
hurled onto rubbish heaps.
Penry’s system might have been inaccurate and ideologically
dubious, but it has qualities that appealed to us when we came up with
this project. Photofit is tactile: you can touch the individual parts with
your own hands and move them about until things click into place – it’s
like creating a puzzle. And it is immediate: there is no person standing
between you and the final picture. We managed to track down a male
and female kit from a Police Museum in Kent and invited a number
of people to assemble their own Photofit self-portrait in Giles’ studio
in Clerkenwell. The end result, we think, is curious. Each portrait tells
a story: it speaks of the hang-ups, insecurities and vanities we all have
about our own appearance. They hint at how deceptive our relationship
with our self-image can be. Jacques Penry claimed that he could deduce
a person’s character from their face in an instant. If nothing else, we
hope that this project shows how the connection between persona
and personality is a lot more complex than that.
We just received the latest issue of Slanted and it looks great again. Each issue really explorers the given theme about typography, visually as well as in the written word, in a good way. The editors know what they're talking about! Next to showing really nice typographic related work, the magazine design itself is also very nice. Good type should be invisible. Well, thats b*llshit ofcourse. Good type should be seen. If you can set type in the way Slanted does, and working with different quality papers from Lessebo for each section than you know everybody should have this instant classic magazine in their library.
Below their pressrelease:
While Slanted #13 dealt with contemporary and historical humanist grotesque fonts, Slanted #14 – Grotesque 2 focuses on
current fonts that are in tradition of Lineal, Neo- or Geometric Grotesque.
They mainly have their origins in the time of the turn of 19th to 20th century. In 1880 Ferdinand Theinhardt designed
the Royal Grotesque with four weights for the Königlich-Preußische Akademie zu Berlin, from which developed the Akzidenz
Grotesque in 1918. Simultaneously, from 1905 to 1930, Morris Fuller Benton created fonts on the basis of Lineal Neogrotesque:
the Lineal Grotesque. Nowadays there can be observed different procedures of designing fonts, which can be
named as quotations. A variety of fonts bear on historical models.
With great pleasure we present a huge number of these corresponding and related grotesque fonts, illustrations and
projects. The type essays by Flo Gaertner (Karlsruhe), Robert Schumann (Berlin) and Anna Sinofzik (London) deal with
them. Worth seeing photos stories are “Almost Europe” by Miguel Hahn and Jan-Christoph Hartung (Frankfurt am Main)
who visualize the situation of refugees in the Spanish enclave Melilla, as well as »Ein Abend auf der Wiesn – Pictures
taken during the great beer rush« by Volker Derlath (München). Numerous interviews with Lizá Defossez Ramalho and
Artur Rebelo (Porto), Edwin van Gelder (Amsterdam), Marta Podkowinska and Karol Gadzala (Krakow) and Hans Gremmen
(Amsterdam) as well as an article about Kiyoshi Awazu as well as the 4th part of the Tokyo Report, both by Ian Lynam
(Tokyo) and a musical travelogue by Frank Wiedemann (Berlin) round up the stuff to read.
A while ago Little White Lies made a video about how their magazine is made. The very awesome VNA (Very Nearly Almost) street art magazine have released a videointerview with them. Which gives a nice insight how it started and developed to become what it is today. The video interview is made by itdrewitself (which made other cool stuff as well, worth checking out)
Just got an e-mail from Kumi who wanted to share here work with us. So now I'm sharing it with all of you. Nice work...website will be updated soon. www.kumihiroi.com
The sixth O.K. Periodicals will be released on the 8th of July.
After a bit of a delay (sorry for that) we'll be officially releasing the BORING issue. As you know this magazine is pleasantly disruptive and always curious for inspiring creative work. Maybe the Boring theme is a paradox, but wait until you see all the stunning visuals and read the fascinating stories. Being bored seems to be a most interesting state of mind for people to become even more creative.
We got some big names featuring this issue, and a large part of relatively unknown creative talent as well. All of them deserve a beautiful representation to a bigger audience. This is just one of those magazines you wish you bought before it sold out (we're only printing 500 collectibles).
O.K. Periodicals #6 is featuring: Harmen Liemburg, Gemma Correll, Francis Alÿs, Tom Gauld, Petra Kruijt, Meyoko, Pixy Liao, Simon Wild, Atle Mo, We Make Carpets, Helmut Smits, Jaap Blonk, Mr. Bingo, Berndnaut Smilde, Hans Eijkelboom, Sam Durant and many more...
Official Release Drinks!
Friday 8th July 2012
Location: Hommelstraat 66, Arnhem (the Netherlands)
There are already a lot of people showing up. Be there and get one of the first copies. Meet a lot of wonderful, inspiring people in the best bar in town!
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Jeroen Holthuis and myself have been in contact since we featured his work in the second O.K. Periodicals; the FAILURE issue (click ISSUES on the right for a preview). We featured his Bitquid installation in this issue which I think is very very very, VERY, awesome!
Recently he has been working to transform the beautifull glitchy images into silkscreen prints. Which, as you can see, did work out very fine.
He told me there are a limited amount of copies available for purchase. I'd say: get one!
As a reminder also the previously featured video of the Bitquid installation.
A (new?) website showing posters in the streets of Amsterdam (the Netherlands). A wonderful collection with good and bad ones. They also started doing interviews with the designers of the posters, one of the first is Michiel Schuurman. He makes awesome poster-designs.
Two things you must see from Jamie Wieck: one is this poster 'The Joy of Cycling' he made for a pitch (didn't win, but it is an excellent and very funny poster). Second thing is 'The 50 things every design student must know'. But it's also worthwhile for the creative professional among us to read this so you'll never forget the things you learned so far.
The very pretty portfolio of Namik Schwartz.
Sander Plug is a Dutch product/graphic designer who puts a bit of humour in his design.
Lovely work, take a look. If you have paid attention at the upcoming news, you'd see an overlay in his work, and the upcoming issue of OK Periodicals. ;)
Only a few days ago a had a nice conversation with Sandijs Ruluks a Graphic Designer from Latvia a nice guy and he promised to send me his portfolio website. He did...with this as result. Great work combined on one website all from one guy I really love it.
His website is:
P.s. He also has developed a nice website to build websites with. It's a bit like inexhibit but worth trying out: http://www.berta.lv
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