Jonathan Ellery

Fubsy. Griseous. Cacotopia. Yestreen…

All these words may seem familiar, but what do they mean? Can you think of the last time you heard them? It’s unlikely that they would have come up in any recent conversation as these are ‘endangered’ words – utterances that are so under-used that they risk falling out of the dictionary and being lost forever

Felice Varini

The Swiss artist’s large-scale installations use architecture as a canvas and illusion as his stock-in-trade

Jan van Toorn at D&AD

The latest D&AD President’s Lecture was given by Dutch designer Jan van Toorn (subject of this recent book by Rick Poynor). Click through for film of him answering some of the audience’s questions afterwards

Saville at D&AD

Peter Saville on what’s wrong with design education in the UK
It’s a double dose of Peter Saville on the CR blog today, as we bring you some highlights of the Q&A section of his President’s Lecture for D&AD, which took place in Logan Hall in London last week. Saville discussed a variety of topics, ranging from his recent contemporary art projects to what he thinks of Banksy. Watch clips of the talk here.

Students Beg, Borrow… and Auction Artworks

Lot No. 43 Real Nice print by James Joyce, signed and editioned (12/25)
The final year students on the Graphic Communication course at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) in Farnham have come up with a novel way to raise money for their degree show: They’ve contacted designers, photographers and illustrators they admire and persuaded them to donate a piece of work that they can auction off on a specially made website called Beg Steal or Borrow. So far they’ve got lots for auction from the likes of James Joyce, Pentagram, Jonathan Ellery, Frost*, Kate Moross, Jonathan Barnbrook, Julian Morey and more. Here are a few lots that caught our eye…

The Art Of Lost Words

text/gallery is a new experimental showcase for art and design projects inspired by the printed and written word, according to its website. The brainchild of curator Rebecca Pohancenik of Studio Zwei, text/gallery has opened its first exhibition entitled The Art Of Lost Words this week at London’s German Gymnasium which promises to showcase “new design and illustration inspired by language’s forgotten words”…

Degree Shows 08: D&AD New Blood 1

The Plymouth University stand at New Blood
D&AD’s New Blood show, featuring work from graduates from all over the UK, opened this evening. Here are some of our favourite projects…

Are Design Graduates Motivated By Success, Passion or Money?

Students: good hair, nice togs, the future of the creative industries. All photography: Thomas Ball
For CR’s Graduate Guide, 15 students set to graduate from LCC this year shared their ambitions, frustrations and opinions with lecturer Sarah Temple. Jonathan Ellery of design studio Browns (in green T-shirt) was also on hand to offer advice.
Giving advice to design graduates used to be fairly straightforward (writes LCC’s Sarah Temple): remember you’re a person and not a portfolio. Mingle at design events. Just call up your favourite creative director. Avoid portfolios with zips. But these days, graduation is considerably more confusing and challenging for students. For this reason, LCC invited 15 design students to have a conversation about their hopes, ambitions and concerns as they graduate this summer. [The following article appears in our Graduate Guide, free with the current issue of CR]…

Roll Up For The Great Design Auction

Is a Brody worth more than a Sagmeister? Will a Hyland hold its value better than a Carter? Find out on 9 April when over 100 lots from 64 designers go under the hammer of “distinguished rebel auctioneer” Jonathan Barnbrook at The Design Auction.

The Graphic Artist

Lawrence Weiner has inspired generations of designers but a collaboration with Browns reveals he remains firmly an artist at heart