A beautiful typewriter, I would really like a how to do this at home explanation. Looks like a fun pass time for the christmas holiday. Tyree Callahan reconstructed a typewriter and turned it into an instant art machine, wonderful.
Mike Doyle builds amazing LEGO houses and he writes about it as well.
A magazine with over hundred headscarfs. Each one has their own story to tell. Really inspiring and intriguing, the story behind it is almost as exciting as all the different patterns. Of course you can order it online, and there's currently also an exhibition on it in the Central Museum in Utrecht. Go, watch and learn!
This is the quick flipthrough video of the new O.K. Periodicals / THRILLER issue!
Simply amazing. Only 500 copies printed and each one has an exclusive musical gadget inside. But much more pleasantly disruptive content to ease your curiosity.
So if you really love magazines. Or Art. Design. Literature. Illustrations. Discovering creative up-and-coming talent. Life in general. Be sure to order one of those 500 exclusive copies! (also a nice gift)
Little secret: Become a subscriber and get this issue for free!
A nice blog with a personal touch. Tips on what to buy on Etsy, and nice art and design projects. Can fill a little time at the end of a workday. The experts agree and so do I!
Autumn is here. And for those I-only-wanna-procratinate-moments you should browse the Book Cover Archive.
'They' is a beautifully designed, one colour stencil-printed magazine. It features funny, interesting short texts by various writers.
What makes is also special is the use of images. Throughout the magazine the single coloured images (dark purple) intrigue in a beautiful way. Bits of the texts are projected over a woman; the same typography style in the images and graphic design makes it a whole. Which looks great!
It's a clear designed magazine, functional design, but I like it very much. This is one of those magazines you could come across at at the next O.K. Festival (or maybe we're going to use a new name as we might change the event in April 2012)
Get it here while it's hot!
Only a few days left to submit your work for the next issue of O.K. Periodicals. We are still searching for illustrations, photos, stories, graphic design, typefaces, product design, art, etc to feature in the THRILLER issue.
So share your fears, show your excitement and contribute!
A simple way to get your work in the MOMA or TATE Modern or Palais de Tokyo or...
Click above right on the SUBMIT button for more info! And invite friends ofcourse to drop us a line as well.
Everybody who ever tried to get a kid to go to sleep must recognize the theme of this book. Trying to be nice, but most of all, trying to get children to go to sleep. This one is nice for both parents and children, with nice illustrations and lovely texts. So go the f•ck to sleep!
Fear not, bookworms and library rats. Two fellow bibliophiles, novelist (The Name of the Rose) and critic Umberto Eco, and playwright and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriere, have collaborated on a volume whose title says it all: This is Not the End of the Book: A Conversation Curated by Jean-Philippe de Tonnac.
Read about it over here (very very interesting!)
Quote Umberto Eco:
“The Internet has returned us to the alphabet … From now on, everyone has to read. In order to read, you need a medium. This medium cannot simply be a computer screen.”
I just got this book with the works of Alex Trochut.
Most portfolio books are just a showcase of projects. But this book has a very nice twist.
It is structured in four parts: The first part is the Introduction which puts Alex into context in the wider design world. The second part, Influences, explains where he gets his inspiration from. The third and biggest part shows a wide selection of projects he made. It varies between commercial works and personal projects. The last part is very nice. It reveals the design process. So how he came up with an idea, the early sketches and so on.
The first two parts are a good read. You will get to know Alex a little bit and has a sort of embedded art/design history lesson in it. The PROJECTS part is awesome. It shows a great variety of Alex's projects which are often a combination of illustration and typography. The personal projects stand out pretty well, which gives it a more personal touch.
That in combination with the last part, explaining how it is made, makes the content worthwhile to browse through. I really like looking and learning how he made certain illustrations, fro first struggles to the final result.
The book itself has a simple and elegant graphic design. The text pages are on different colored unocated paper in black and white. The Projects part is on glossy white paper and the Process pages are on uncoated white paper, both in full colour. It makes that each part of the book is really different.
Last but not least is the cover. In daylight it is fluorgreen. But it has a glow-in-the-dark print on it. In the dark it shows an ornamental pattern. In combination with only a small title in the upperleft corner it is really nice.
Overall, a very inspirational book for those who love typography and illustration.
I didn't know Alex Trochut before I got the book, but I like his work and while reading the texts it seems like a very charming, inspiring person!
You can get the book via deze link.
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!
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.
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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As you may have heard of; the Dutch government is cutting down the fundings of all art, cultural and such-related organizations and artists. This is unbelievable. And only a brutal asshole government can think of this kind of stupid plans. There is already mcuh said about it on various international newschannels. But this link (in Dutch) was spoken during the protest march yesterday in The Hague. It is written by Ramsey Nasr and worthwhile to learn Dutch for to understand it. For all the Dutch people a must-read!
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.
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