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Designa: technical secrets of the visual arts

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 23 October 2014, 11:01

A new sourcebook aims to reveal the secrets behind the many of the patterns and symbols that occur in the traditional visual arts. From Celtic and Islamic designs, to studies of curves, perspective, symmetry and the 'golden section', Designa is a real box of delights...

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014

Posted by Antonia Wilson, 22 October 2014, 15:50

From cosy geladas to luminous squid, here are some of our highlights from the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2014 winners and shortlisted works...

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Hans Eijkelboom's People of the 21st Century

Posted by Eliza Williams, 22 October 2014, 13:32

We are used to seeing photos of people who stand out on the street – those who are snapped by fashion mags for having a 'look' all their own. But what about the rest of us? We might just find a place in Hans Eijkelboom's new book, People of the 21st Century...

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The Art of Smallfilms

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 22 October 2014, 12:43

From the puppets created for Bagpuss and The Clangers, to the paper cut-outs that shaped the world of Noggin the Nog, the archive of Smallfilms has been meticulously detailed in a new publication from Four Corners Books. It's both a celebration of handmade creativity and a tribute to British eccentricity and imagination...

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Unquiet films: The Art of Satire

Posted by Rachael Steven, 22 October 2014, 11:34

The latest instalment in The Times' Unquiet Films series offers a fascinating look at the work of political cartoonist Peter Brookes.

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Hear from six of the best from The Modern Magazine

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 22 October 2014, 9:54

Following on from its Modern Magazine conference last month, magCulture is releasing a video interview with one of six of the main speakers every Wednesday. The second film has just gone live and features Elana Schlenker, the designer behind the ‘pamphlet of typographic smut' – Gratuitous Type...

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Why children's charities need a rebrand

Posted by Rachael Steven, 21 October 2014, 16:04

Unicef today became the latest children's charity to launch a new brand identity, following NSPCC this week and the Children's Society last month. Here, we look at the differences and similarities in each charity's approach, and why so many organisations in the sector are looking to reinvent themselves...

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Robert Wilson's Helmand photographs brought to UK streets

Posted by Antonia Wilson, 21 October 2014, 15:45

A photo series by photographer Robert Wilson, documenting the homecoming preparations and final withdrawal of British troops from Afghanistan, has been displayed on 59 billboards and bus stops in a site-specific exhibition across England and Scotland.

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Rodney Fitch: a tribute

Posted by Richard Williams, 21 October 2014, 14:29

"I always felt that I had a mission in life to deliver to ordinary people better places to shop". Rodney Fitch, one of the true greats of British design, has passed away. As a tribute we are republishing this 1996 interview by Richard Williams from our sister title Design Week which caught Fitch at his charming best

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Ten years of button badges

Posted by Rachael Steven, 20 October 2014, 16:52

Ten years ago this month, London t-shirt and badge label Stereohype launched its first annual button badge design competition. With an exhibition of over 1000 submissions on display at LCC and a new monograph on the project just published, we asked co-founder Tomi Vollauschek about visual trends in badge design, and whether it's still a popular medium for graphic artists.

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