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Pushkin Press launches Vertigo crime series

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 26 August 2015, 15:50

Next month Pushkin Press launches its new Vertigo imprint, dedicated to republishing crime classics from 1920 to 1970. The series has a range of suitably dizzying cover designs created by Jamie Keenan and, here, he explains the thinking behind the bold typographic direction...

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German critic Hellmuth Karasek reviews the Ikea catalogue

Posted by Eliza Williams, 26 August 2015, 14:40

Following last year's brilliant bookbook film, Ikea has returned with another doozy of an ad to promote the release of this year's catalogue. Created for the Swiss market, it features renowned German literary critic Hellmuth Karasek subjecting the "world's most widely distributed book" to a review...

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Dismaland's dismal ad

Posted by Patrick Burgoyne, 26 August 2015, 14:10

It could/should have been great – an ad for Banksy's satirical theme park, Dismaland. So why isn't it?

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Neasden Control Centre at the Royal London Hospital

Posted by Mark Sinclair, 26 August 2015, 10:59

Vital Arts, the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, recently unveiled its latest commission at the Royal London Hospital – an installation in the dental ward by artist and illustrator Stephen Smith of Neasden Control Centre...

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CR Photography Annual: new student category

Posted by Creative Review, 26 August 2015, 10:05

For the first time this year, we will have a Student Photographer category in the CR Photography Annual. It's open to all current and graduating students and is free to enter

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5 Instagram Influencers to Watch

Posted by Creative Review, 25 August 2015, 15:09

They're the cool kids of social media whose eye for the new (or the recycled) makes them vauable partners for brands. For our fashion issue, Amy Scrimshire picks out 5 Instagram 'influencers' to watch while Sarah Penny argues that, to get the most out of such relationships, brands need to go niche

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Dougal Wilson: good with kids

Posted by Eliza Williams, 25 August 2015, 14:59

Insurance is a hard product to sell in an interesting way. But a new ad for John Lewis, directed by Dougal Wilson, is a masterclass in how to make a boring subject entertaining. And it also shows off Wilson's enduring skill in drawing out dazzling performances from child actors...

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Elliott Quince's prize-winning posters for Expect the Unexporcupine

Posted by Rachael Steven, 25 August 2015, 12:35

Illustrator Elliott Quince has won the Edinburgh Festival Comedy Poster Awards with a series of 21 designs promoting Michael Stranney and Olaf Falafel's standup show, Expect the Unexporcupine...

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Anna Louise Parker on letter carving and engraving Richard III's coffin

Posted by Rachael Steven, 24 August 2015, 14:45

Next month, the Lettering Arts Trust will host a new exhibition showcasing work by 15 female letter carvers. One of those artists is Anna Louise Parker, who recently worked on Richard III’s coffin. Here, she explains how she got into the craft and the joys (and challenges) of letter engraving...

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Record sleeves of the month

Posted by Rachael Steven, 22 August 2015, 10:00

Our latest pick of album art includes an eerie image for Venetian Snares, breakfast-themed still lifes for Battles, lunar artwork by The Designers Republic for The Orb and some stunning images by Matthew Stone for FKA twigs EP M3LL155X.

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