Friday, 27 May 2011

Amsterdam trip - April

Amy and I had a weekend away in Amsterdam back in April when it was stupendously hot. I took quite a few photos so I thought I would share them with you good people.

We'd both never been and we both struck by how beautiful the city was. Every building looked fantastic and together with the canals and the amazing weather, we just ended up walking around the entire place the whole weekend.

As well as flower markets and tulips there's a wealth of beautiful looking graphic stuff that I kept having to stop and take a photo of so I thought this was the best place for it.

Oh, and we stayed at a fantastic B&B called Hanna Penso which is definitely worth a look if you're going

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Wim Crouwel prints from The Design Museum

I'm yet to visit the Wim Crouwel exhibition at The Design Museum but everything I've
seen so far leads me to believe it's well worth my time and money.

For those of you who don't know Wim Crouwel is a graphic design and typography legend who became famous in the 60's for his modernist approach to design. He created some amazing pieces of work that continues to influence countless designers, including myself.

I found these limited edition prints through the always great  September Industry . They have been produced by Spin for the shop at The Design museum and I can't get enough of them.

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Lithographic prints for Æsir

I've been meaning to post these images up for weeks and finally managed to pull my finger out and get it done today. These posters by Tom Hingston Studio are for a luxury Danish mobile phone company called Æsir. They've been printed at Edition Copenhagen, a lithographic workshop and are being given to customers who buy one of their €42,000 (!) handsets. Lithograph prints are created by transferring the colours onto the paper from another surface, in this case highly polished stone. It's a technique I've never really investigated so know very little about but, in this form, it sounds an incredibly painstaking and expensive technique. I saw these images on the CR Blog which has some more images and information.

I was just struck by how brilliantly vibrant, bold and simple the images are. As always, I think if you're aware, as a viewer, that the the method of printing is an intricate and highly skilled one, it gives the imagery a certain life and personality that cannot be acheived with a digital printer. Hope you enjoy them as much as I do...

Oh, and it's wedding invites next on my to-do list so expect some updates soon...