Showing posts with label design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label design. Show all posts

underground graphic design


These fabulous old advertising posters were recently discovered during rennovation works at Notting Hill Gate underground station. The posters were uncovered in an old lift passageway, and date from c. 1956-1959, when the station's lifts were removed and replaced by escalators.

London Underground will be leaving the posters intact, but they are unfortunately inaccessible to the public. However you can view lots more photographs of this treasure trove of design history on Flickr here.



[all images via London Underground]

daily drop cap

Still feeling too rubbish to do anything, go anywhere or see any interesting art... so instead you'll have to make do with more things off the internet that have entertained me during my sojourn on the sofa.

Today it's Daily Drop Cap: an ongoing project by typographer and illustrator Jessica Hische. Each day (well, most of them anyway), a new decorative 'drop cap' is posted on her blog, which (via Creative Commons) anyone can use on their own site 'for the beautification of blog posts everywhere'... as you can see! Here are a few recent favourites:
[All images by Jessica Hische from Daily Drop Cap]

spotlight: kate bingaman-burt

Kate Bingaman-Burt is an artist and graphic designer based in Portland, Oregon, where she is an Assistant Professor at Portland State University. She makes work loosely themed around the idea of personal consumerism.

Her blog What Did You Buy Today? explores her love/hate relationship with shopping: each day, she records an item she has purchased, be it mouthwash or french fries, in a distinctively quirky black and white line drawing. She even draws her credit card statements, tickets and receipts, documenting the whole process of consumption.
To find out more about Kate's work, visit Obsessive Consumption, or read a q & a on my love for you is a stampede of horses.

[all images by Kate Bingaman-Burt via Obsessive Consumption]

art is good for you


Thought for today, via Philadelphia-based designer Mikey Burton.

telling tales

On Saturday, I was really hoping to go and check out the V&A's Village Fete Jubilee. Taking a contemporary approach to the traditional village fete, the event featured everything from an alternative take on the dog show to rock 'n' roll tiddlywinks: the perfect destination for a Saturday afternoon. But when I arrived at the V&A and saw the unbelievably ginormous queue for tickets, not even knowing that Tatty Devine would be there hosting their very own lucky dip fish bowl could persuade me to join in.

Instead I went to check out the V&A's latest exhibition: Telling Tales: Fantasy and Fear in Contemporary Design. The show, which is organised in three sections, The Forest Glade, The Enchanted Castle and Heaven and Hell, brings together a selection of furniture, lighting and ceramics "in the spirit of storytelling" - contemporary objects exploring fairy-tale, fantasy and fear. Enjoyably surreal, especially when a small child is bouncing up and down next to you and saying "ooh Mummy, look at the mole, isn't it sweet?"


Moulded Mole, Niels van Eijkand Miriam van der Lubbe, 2004

'The Fig Leaf' wardrobe, Tord Boontje for Meta, 2008


The Fall of the Damned Chandelier by Luc Merx

Telling Tales will be showing at the V&A until 18 October.

[Images via the V&A and Virtual Shoe Museum]