Imagine studying in a school where the lecturers are some of the worlds most talented in their fields, in buildings designed to encourage thought and creativity with fellow students embarking on careers that lit up the world of design.
With the recent boom in vinyl sales there's been an increased interest in the accompanying sleeve artwork - something a 99p iTunes download will always struggle to match. Amongst my own purchases there was one label's designs that made me sit up and take notice and that's Martyn's 3024 records.
Of all the artistic movements, Postmodernism - or PoMo if you want to be all FroYo about it - is the one I can relate to most. It's art as product be it magazine, record sleeve, furniture or architecture.
A few days ago I was browsing through the latest additions on the always reliable FFFFOUND! website and came across some great examples of clever use of negative space in logo design. I thought I'd post a few words on the subject seeing as they're quite inspirational and on closer inspection of some of the more familiar faces I've even noticed something new. Yes, I'm looking at you, FedEx logo, where have you been hiding that arrow between the E and X all this time?!
As an Anglia Ruskin alumnus - it's a University, Google it - I receive, and occasionally read, the quarterly alumni magazine. Don't ask how they tracked me down to Wood Green, I don't remember subscribing to anything. Filled with the usual articles of successful former students doing excellent work at home and abroad I came across an interesting piece on fellow alumni Rod Hunt the illustrator and holder of a BA in illustration from Anglia's Cambridge campus that, for once, made me feel almost proud to have spent three years of my life at, what was then, one of the worst Universities in the country.
Call me childish, call me nostalgic, call me a dreamer but I love this set of images by Tim MacPherson - another FFFFOUND! discovery. They made me think of the stuff me and my siblings used to get up to during wet bank holiday weekends when I was a young sparrow hawk.
Since starting this blog all the way back in January this year I've found myself spending a lot of time searching for images to accompany my postings, so much so that Google Images has become my new best friend and I more often than not spend more time choosing an image than working on the actual posting itself. Ever the designer, I'm more interested in the way the site looks rather than what it's saying.
I had the day off today so rather than waste it watching films in my pants and not showering or opening the curtains I thought I'd try and do something productive so Jack and I made the short to trip to Kings Cross to go and see the Crash exhibition at the Gagosian Gallery.
Straight lines and ninety-degree angles rule my life so when I saw Tate Modern was hosting a Theo van Doesburg exhibition I snapped up a ticket. TvD is best known for his rigidly geometric paintings using a palette of primary colours and black and white as well as forming the Dutch artistic movement De Stijl.
One of the perks of working for the City of London is that I get free entry to the Barbican Art Gallery. So last night, armed with my staff pass, I made my way through the concrete maze that is the Barbican Centre to go and see the new Ron Arad exhibition: Restless.
I watched Supersize Me for the first time in ages today and as much as it's a great docu-film highlighting the perils of a McDiet - like we needed telling - it reminded me how much I like Ron English. The film is peppered with shots of his work, focussing, as you'd expect, on Ronald McDonald.