Michael C Place

Ten years of button badges

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.

Design Manchester

The second edition of creative festival Design Manchester begins next week, with a ten day programme of talks, exhibitions and workshops taking place across the city. Here’s a look at some of this year’s highlights…

Fontsmith’s FS Emeric launch campaign

London type design studio Fontsmith has launched its latest font family, FS Emeric, with a specimen book designed by Blair Thomson of Believe in – plus a set of type posters designed by eleven top studios…

The V&A’s changing face of Bowie print

Bowie stories, it seems, are like London buses today: two seem to have come at once. Here’s a look at a specially commissioned typographic Bowie print to which over 100 designers contributed…

Cowbird design symposium

The relationship between print and digital is a subject close to our hearts at CR and it’s set to be the focus of the Cowbird design symposium on the 7-8 March, organised by Norwich University of the Arts

Build’s Blood, Sweat and 11 Years exhibition

London-based design studio Build celebrates its 11th birthday this year and is marking the occasion with an exhibition in London. We asked Build founder Michael C Place to tell us more about the show…

Design Museum takeover

While the Design Museum in London installs its forthcoming Designed to Win show, the ground floor of the building will host a series of free events between July 12 – 23, hosted by graphic design studios, illustrators and publishers

Design Assembly: the book of the site

After three years of publishing, the Design Assembly website has closed but a selection of its finer moments have been preserved by founder Matt Judge in 3, an innovative three-part book that also features specially-commissioned essays from various design luminaries

The Wonder of Wim

The Design Museum’s Wim Crouwel show opened last night and… it’s fantastic. A substantial, ‘proper’ graphic design exhibition given the space and treatment that Crouwel’s extraordinary output deserves

Guerrilla Advertising 2: Call for entries

Following on from Guerrilla Advertising: Unconventional Brand Communication (published by Laurence King, 2006), CR’s Gavin Lucas is currently collecting work to potentially feature in a second volume…

Underground magazine

The current issue of Creative Review focuses on a month in the life of Michael C Place/Build. As part of the piece, we asked Michael to cite an important influence on him as a young designer. His answer: Underground, an independent music magazine that ran for 13 issues from 1987. We tracked down its art director, Rod Clark to find out more about the magazine.

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