CR August issue: digital futures

Are you sick of all the nostalgic, handmade imagery that has dominated our visual landscape recently? Is it time to embrace the potential of 3D, CG and digital imagemaking and talk about tomorrow rather than yesterday?

Cover concept by Carl Burgess featuring image by Komba3D available from TurboSquid

Are you sick of all the nostalgic, inky, handmade imagery that has dominated our visual landscape recently? Is it time to embrace the potential of 3D, CG and digital imagemaking and talk about tomorrow rather than yesterday?

In our CGI special issue, designer Carl Burgess makes the case for digital imagemaking. Our nostalgic obsession with the handmade comes from the desire to play it safe, he argues. Digital imagemaking, in contrast, is risky, exciting and allows us to talk about our world today and our hopes for tomorrow

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We look at a range of work that is pushing digital techniques to the limit, including a remarkable film by Warren Du Preez, Nick Thornton Jones and the team at Glassworks. Worship was commissioned by James Lavelle for the Meltdown festival and set to a specially written track by UNKLE

We interview photographer Giles Revell in whose hands hi-tech processes re-present traditional artistic subjects in unexpected ways

And Ben Koppel, a regular collaborator of Revell’s, who, inspired by an ad in CR for Cinema 4D taught himself to become a freelance CG artist

Did you know that Len Deighton was a designer? Away from our CG theme, David Crowley and students from the RCA look back over the history of the college’s Ark magazine and its glittering array of contributors, including Alan Fletcher, David Gentleman and Deighton, who designed the cover for Ark 6 in 1952

And we talk to the curators of the V&A’s controversial Disobedient Objects show which looks at the design of objects and materials used by protesters around the world

Plus, Antonia Wilson visits The Barbican’s Digital Revolution show and asks whether it still makes sense to talk about ‘digital’ as a separate entity – surely ‘digital culture’ is now just ‘culture’?

Mark Sinclair takes in the weird and wonderful at Tate Britain’s celebration of Folk Art

And AKQA’s ECD Nick Turner asks whether, with the launch of its new Material Design guidelines, Google’s design will finally catch up with the excellence of the other aspects of its products

Plus, for subscribers, we have a brillaint Monograph designed by SEA featuring 15 full-stops from typefaces in the Monotype archive

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