Thoughtful

CR Graduate Guide 2011

Free with the June issue of CR, this year’s Graduate Guide looks at how to promote your work, use blogging and Twitter to get commissions, and make the best of a studio placement. We also talk to the Lost in the Forest Institute who applied their “learning by doing” approach to designing the Guide itself

Before I die I want to…

A little over a month ago, installation artist Candy Chang turned the side of an abandoned house in her New Orleans neighbourhood into a giant chalkboard where passers-by could write up their aspirations

PORT magazine launches

The self-styled “intelligent magazine for men”, new UK quarterly PORT is out today. We spoke to editor Dan Crowe and co-creative director Kuchar Swara about what it takes to bring a new men’s title into being and why they still have faith in print

Design Research Unit 1942-72

The Design Research Unit created some of the UK’s most iconic pieces of graphic design, from London’s street signs to the British Rail logo. A UK touring show, which has started at London’s Cubitt Gallery, celebrates four decades of the group’s work.

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Cool Cameron?

It’s always interesting to read of the gifts exchanged by world leaders at their official meetings. Famously, when Barack Obama met Gordon Brown in 2009, he presented him with a set of classic movie DVDs, in response to Brown’s more thoughtful gift of an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet. After the media stir Obama’s perceived snub to Brown received, David Cameron must have thought long and hard before deciding on his gift for his meeting with Obama this week. So what did he end up getting? A piece of grafitti art, naturally.

A new identity for the Science Museum

London’s Science Museum has been steadily transforming itself over the past few years in order to appeal to a wider audience. This month a new identity for the institution was unveiled by johnson banks that aims to build on that momentum

Some nice books

Some nice books on my desk at the moment so thought I’d share them. First up is Art In Time: Unknown Comic Book Adventures 1940-1980 by Dan Nodel – a compendium of some of the characters that, despite originating from the pens of established comic artists, just never quite made it…

Gwénola Carrère

llustrator Gwénola Carrère is very much a European citizen. Born in 1977 in Switzerland, to French parents, she grew up in Vienna, then moved to Brussels where she still lives.

The Graduates: Tom Lovell

In our special graduate issue, we feature the work of a small but perfectly formed selection of this year’s creative graduates. We’ve also canvassed their opinions on their education and their hopes and dreams for the coming years. And if that wasn’t enough, we’ve invited all of them to show their work at Mother’s new gallery space

Down to the wire

CG technology is totally revolutionising the way that print ads are created, but while its use solves problems, will it be to the detriment of the images? asks Sean Ashcroft

A Lesson in Life Drawing

Celebrating life through art is one of the central themes of Javier Mariscal’s playful new show at London’s Design Museum. His Drawing Life exhibition is a timely explosion of characterful lines and bright colours: perfect for a cloudy day…

Coke: a simple story

Patrick Burgoyne talks to Pio Schunker, the man behind the recent creative renaissance at Coca-Cola, and wonders whether its return to simplicity will be followed by other brands