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The search for a voice

Posted by Michael Johnson, 1 August 2014, 13:00

Designer Michael Johnson of johnson banks, looks back at his recent visit to India, where he found a design scene that is beginning to reflect the country's unique and rich visual language...

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Taxi Stockholm launches unusual city guide

Posted by Eliza Williams, 1 August 2014, 12:54

Swedish cab firm Taxi Stockholm has launched Taxi Trails, a new website for tourists that uses data from millions of taxi journeys to highlight the top destinations in the city.

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Scotland Can Make It!

Posted by Rachael Steven, 1 August 2014, 10:00

Glasgow studio Graphical House has designed visual identities for two cultural initiatives launched to commemmorate the Commonwealth Games - one celebrating Scottish manufacturing and design, and another reflecting on Glasgow's relationship with the slave trade...

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New type

Posted by Rachael Steven, 31 July 2014, 13:16

Our latest round up of new and noteworthy type designs, projects and events includes a look at McDonald Gill's lettering for military headstones, a custom typeface for the Finnish Cultural Institute in New York and a new book from Unit Editions exploring type and image...

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Spot the Stop!

Posted by Creative Review, 31 July 2014, 12:00

Our latest edition of Monograph, free with subscriber copies of CR, features 15 full-stops from typefaces in the Monotype archive. How many typefaces can you spot? (Bonus points for the designer's name and year)...

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Remember when Levi's ads were great?

Posted by Eliza Williams, 30 July 2014, 17:42

Levi's has a new ad out. Set to an uplifting pop tune, it feels like a journey through some of the brand's best ads – there is a nod towards Laundrette, to Dangerous Liaisons, even to BBH's classic Nick Knight print ads featuring older models. Yet rather than making this the greatest Levi's ad ever, by echoing these classic ads this spot just makes me miss the jean brand's advertising glory days...

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The making of the Barrowland Park album pathway

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 30 July 2014, 15:42

Arranged like records on a shelf, artist Jim Lambie's 'album pathway' in Glasgow lists the names and dates of thousands of bands that have played the city's famous Barrowlands venue since 1983. Russ Coleman, the sculptor who worked on the Comedy Carpet in Blackpool, tells us how he turned his hand to coloured concrete...

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Jude Law stars in new Johnnie Walker ad

Posted by Eliza Williams, 30 July 2014, 10:59

Johnnie Walker Blue Label has released a new ad-cum-short film online, which features actors Jude Law and Giancarlo Giannini engaging in a 'gentlemen's wager' over the ownership of a beautiful sail boat...

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The Consumer Is In Charge. Of What?

Posted by Bob Hoffman, 30 July 2014, 10:08

In a world in which a handful of companies largely control what we see, hear, and buy, how can anyone claim that the consumer is the one in charge? This, says Bob Hoffman – aka The Ad Contrarian – is "one of the inescapable clichés of modern marketing" which "shows a remarkable and frightening lack of understanding about what's really going on"...

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Angels of the water

Posted by Rachael Steven, 29 July 2014, 14:50

Creative agency Taxi installed a poignant sculpture on a British Columbia beach on Thursday to raise awareness of Canada's annual Drowning Prevention Week. The large scale installation features 75 sand angels, each representing a person who drowned in the region last year...

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