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See No Evil December with Airside & Mr Bingo

December 5, 2011 by Tim Rabjohns | 0 comments

Thiago & James have another special night of  graphic machinations for you – this time featuring the talents of Airside and  Mr Bingo .

Airside – is a creative agency working across the disciplines of graphic design, illustration, digital, interactive and moving image.  Founded in 1998 by Alex Maclean, Fred Deakin and Nat Hunter, have won many awards including recognition from D&AD, Bafta and Design Week.  Not forgetting, of course that Fred Eakin is one half of the wonderful group called Lemonjelly. All promotional material for Lemon Jelly to date including posters, album covers and videos has been produced by Airside.

Mr Bingo is a fantastically talented illustrator – with a great mix of sense of humour and lo-fi sensibility.  There’s a great link on his site which says “does Mr Bingo work for Free” – I urge you to click this -as it is made me laugh out loud!

His pics are everywhere – check out his site for more info

As usual it’s FREE and there are great prizes to win courtesy of their friends at Stash Magazine!

As it’s almost Christmas they’ll be throwing in some special gifts to make sure nobody goes home empty handed! PLUS a DJ set from Fred Deakin?! Get ready for a evening of epic inspiration!

December 6th, Doors Open 7.00pm  Talk Starts 7.30pm

Venue:The City Arts & Music Project 70-74 City Road EC1Y 2BJ

Adobe Museum of Digital Media with Kettle

October 28, 2011 by Tim Rabjohns | 0 comments

I recently got talking to Jules Stevenson at Kettle  – a 3D design studio based in Wallingford (what, you mean it’s not in London…?)  He told me about an amazing ongoing project that Kettle are working on – the Adobe Museum of Digital Media.  Created in late 2010, it’s the world’s first virtual art museum dedicated to digital art & innovation. The brain child of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners and produced along with Hoxton based digital agency Unit9, with the direction of digital architect Filippo Innocenti.  The vision is to fill the museum with custom pieces of interactive art from around the world.

When the project started Unit 9 came to Kettle to help realise the project and the look of the museum it self.  Jules told me

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BBC Art Revealed Season with Elie Zaccour

October 25, 2011 by Tim Rabjohns | 1 Comment

I was recently sent this BBC Art Season Trailer by Elie Zaccour (in association with Red Bee). He had a simple concept of filming  the raw materials of painting, ie paint itself,  for a season of programs about art and the process of art.  As he put it “we can unravel the mystery surrounding painters and their most valuable tool, along with the vivid human responses that can be aroused by various uses of colour, form and light.  For example, through the use of light, speed of movement and tone, the colour blue can plummet from the literal freedom and release of a sun-drenched sky to the abstract depths of despair; a bloody red can drown a room with existential angst in the hands of Rothko then, in a heartbeat, soar to being the essence of vitality and passion on the end of another painter’s brush.”  This campaign was recently awarded the overall Eyes and Ears special prize for Creation 2011 as well as being in Creative Review and selected as Best In Book (the highest accolade they give) in the advertising category.

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CG Whiz competition – with chance to work for The Mill

October 21, 2011 by Tim Rabjohns | 0 comments

This is a very cool competition – CG Whiz is back for its third consecutive year and this time it’s bigger and better than ever. With over £20,000 worth of prizes and the opportunity to work with The Mill up for grabs, this competition could provide amateurs and young professionals with a passion for computer graphics (CG) the lucky break they’ve been waiting for.

The top prize for the “Amateurs” category is a 12-week visual effects (VFX) classroom course, either at Escape Studios’ academy in London or Los Angeles, followed by a 12-week placement at The Mill.  Runners up will also receive a selection of mentored and online courses and a license of the Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite for Education.

The top prize for the “Young Professional” category is an Escape Studios ZBrush for 3D Artist online course, a Hewlett Packard (HP) Pavilion laptop and a showreel review by the panel of judges. This category has been introduced this year to provide an opportunity for young professionals with some experience to boost their career development.

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Saudi Football identity by Turquoise

October 19, 2011 by Tim Rabjohns | 0 comments

Recently we were sent this nice looking football sequence called All The Action made for the The Saudi Professional League by Turquoise.  This is the main football competition in Saudi Arabia and this season STV sport has, for the first time, exclusive coverage of all the games throughout the entire season.

I had a chat with Alan Lo, creative director & designer of the project to find out how he arrived at this look.  He told me “as this is the first year the STV were covering this league they wanted a real impact.  The visuals represent a journey throughout the season – starting with the empty stadium.”

To me this is a bit cooler than the typical UK sport graphics because it is a bit more abstract than your average UK sports graphics.  This is because the Saudis are very sensitive about showing depictions of people on screen – normally everything is in silhouette.  This time player was so treated that it achieved nearly the same effect. I’m not sure why all the words in the background are in English – maybe that gives a more international feel…

He also told me: The visual identity had to be media agnostic to be implemented across television, print and online communications.  We developed a graphic language that embodies the explosion of passion from both player and fans.”

Alan was also kind enough to supply a software list for the project:

Photoshop – Artwork on textures, stadium, players
After Effects – for animation and composition with Plexus plug in for the “electric” lines that travel from one scene to another,  Twitch plug in to enhance the impact when the camera landed on each scene, and Magic Bullet – for the final grading on each scene, which gives it an extra depth and cinematic feel.

agency – Turquoise, Executive creative director, Gareth Mapp, Design director – Alan Lo, design & animation – Ryan Locke