Making Mars: Framestore’s visual effects for The Martian

Following its Oscar-winning work on Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, Framestore has created some stunning visual effects for The Martian, Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s science fiction novel about a botanist stranded on Mars.

The Kioskafé: a new magazine shop and coffee bar from Monocle

The founders of Monocle have launched a new retail space, Kioskafé, outside London’s Paddington station. Part coffee bar, part newsagent, it aims to kickstart the print retail industry and promote great independent mags as well as more established titles.

Lovers: a new agency from YCN’s Alex Ostrowski

Former YCN Studio director Alex Ostrowski has set up a new creative agency, Lovers. We take a look at some of its recent projects, including visual identities for Blink Art and the Royal Court Theatre, some animated films for NSPCC addressing violence and sexual abuse and a new series of handbooks for The Scouts.

Music Videos of the Month

A giant game of musical chairs, a West Side Story dance-off with motorbikes, and a crazy evangelical preacher? Yep, they’re all right here in our Music Videos of the Month…

ustwo on new game Land’s End and designing for VR

Since June last year, the games team at digital product design studio ustwo has been working on a VR follow up to their smash hit Monument Valley. We spoke to lead designer Ken Wong and technical director Peter Pashley about the challenges of designing for the platform, and whether they think VR will really transform entertainment.