This year’s Central Saint Martins Graphic Design show hosts a huge variety of work as students on the course are encouraged to embrace all aspects of commercial visual design including illustration, photography, typography and advertising. Here are some highlights from the show:
Ksenia Fedorova‘s infographic poster display’s ‘things you always wanted to know about cocktails, but would never find in a cocktail menu’. It includes such information as nutritional values and the percentage of Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) of nutrition each cockatil contains, and even the time needed to fully digest each drink. Fedorova also designed an iPad app that would allow users to choose cocktails by selecting a number of different criteria depending on their mood or tastes.
Renata Westenberger and Sara Varela collaborated to respond to a D&AD brief to create a series of publications on specific people who have given talks for The Typographic Circle. Their concept was to create an engaging publication by having unique material. So they visited Zoë Bather, then at Studio 8, Ben Christie from Magpie and Angus Hyland of Pentagram and interviewed them and took photographs of their work environments:
Lea Dalissier‘s Memento Mori book is beautifully designed and even sported a real leather embossed book cover.
Radek Husak and Kate McPatrland collaborated to create The People’s Supermarket Cookbook for which they gathered 60 recipes each contributed by a member of London-based organisation The People’s Supermarket along with the stories of the various recipes’ origins. The idea, Husak told me, was that the book “reflects the diversity and warmth of TPS and its members. It’s an optimistic book for everyday cooking.”
The book is illustrated using various woodcut illustrations collected from various sources and used invariably to create patterns. The duo then applied some of these patterns to a variety of products, including posters, tea towels and an apron:
Agostino Carrea‘s caps only typeface caught our eye:
As did Charlotte Ajoodan-Poor’s business cards which showcase her linocut print illustrations of the interior of Aldwych Underground station:
Christopher Kieling‘s work also included linocuts (The Raid, shown above), and also a big-brand wooden Corporate Toy:
Ethel Chow‘s hand painted illustrations on show include her Bauhaus in London project (detail below)
Franek Warkynski simply displayed these three beautiful images.The two on the right are from his Temporary Light Screenprints and are each four colour screenprints with a wonderful half-tone effect. The image on the right is from his Lapis Lazuli project in which he attempted to create a paint using pure pigment Lapis Lazuli. After a few experiments he ended up printing with a transparent agent and sprinkling the powdered pigment on top to stick to the print.
I first spotted illustrator Jamie Coe‘s work in the CSM degree show shop where he had two prints for sale, one of which is shown above. It features a man proudly holding a little sealable bag with some fingernail cuttings in – charming. Keep looking to find he has framed pants on the wall and jars of spit and blood on his shelves. He’s quite the collector! It didn’t take long to find Coe’s display area which included three comic books and dozens of framed pages on the wall. Of all the exhibits in the show, I probably spent the most time at this one, poring over the comics, in particular House Of Freaks (images below) and admiring Coe’s impressive grasp of the medium.
To make these images, Kenny Batu first built a multi-pinhole camera to take pictures of the view from his window. Then he created colour slides and projected the images onto diferent surfaces and taking photographing the results to create the images shown above. He then used them to create a series of colourful digital collages.
This illustration is from Margaux Cannon‘s Lesbian Princess Adventures book, which displays her skill with a calligraphy pen:
Above, one of Maria Lee’s painted illustrations of buildings in Seoul.
A special screening room, branded the Can Awards, was set up to show a reel of student work and also display the books of the course’s budding ad creatives. It’s always hard for advertising students to create work that looks professional, but the creative pair whose book impressed me the most were Lasse Kristensen and Suchi Ahuja. They created this guerrilla campaign to highlight the danger of wearing headphones whilst cycling in London – which plays on the ‘ghost bikes’ that appear in London at sites that cyclists have lost their lives in traffic:
The duo also came up with an idea to highlight the cleaning power of Ariel detergent that involved creating and sponsoring a London verison of Spain’s famous La Tomatina festival. “There are plenty of hilariously messy festivals around the world,” say the duo. “Wouldn’t it be great if Ariel could bring these festivals to other cities where more people could participate in the messy fun?”
The strapline for the campaign: “Confidently sponsored by Ariel”. See more of their work at cargocollective.com/lasseandsuchi
The above images are from The Kray Series of photographs by Christian Schmeer which depict eight East London locations where the notorious Kray twins operated in the 50s and 60s. “The project explores the format of a cinematic establishing shot and colour grading techniques used in film making,” says Schmeer. The prints themselves, in perfect cinematic aspect retio, are beautiful, printed on Kodak Endura Metallic paper which gives them extra gloss and depth.
There is a lot of talent on show at Central Saint Martins this year and the above selection really is just a snapshot. Please do go along and check it out for yourself – it runs until Thursday June 21 at The Granary Building site just north of Kings Cross station. For full details and opening times, visit csm.arts.ac.uk/degree-shows-2012
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