Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Mr.P exhibition

Mr.P is an illustrator who I have paid close attention too since discovering his work a few years ago when studying at LCC. His work has been dotted about over London for a few years now but this is the first time I've been able to see it all together in the form of an exhibition. I feel that many of his influences are similar to that of mine and has a definate influence from cartoonism and street art in London.

Taxi Driver 1976

This 1976 film is possibly my favourite piece of work by M.Scorsese (Goodfellas aslo being a favourite of mine) with a great screenplay written by P.Schrader. It is an incredible incite into one individuals views and perceptions of the world around him. To me it highlights how different peoples perceptions of the world around them can be, which is an important element to consider in design as you need to be able to see through more than just your own eyes.
The almost hypnotic cinematography is one of the most successfull components of the film and you feel that your seeing the harsh and sleazy streets and people of New York City throught the eyes of Travis, the troubled cab driver. Night life in the city has always been of interest to me and this film is a great example of that.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Smashing Magazine: Hand Drawn Type

Smashing magazine has just published 40 types of hand drawn typography on their blog which they feel to be a massive inspiration to any typography lover out there. Some excellent work on here http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/11/beautiful-hand-drawn-typography/

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Classic Southern poster campaign

Noticed these posters dotted around the southern trains in London and South East, the iconic range of posters include some classic Southern railway art deco designs from the 1930s.

Paul Reed, from Southern's market development team, said: " We wanted to add a sense of Southern's important artistic history to many of our platforms. The classic poster series will provide a real focul point in our waiting rooms, and will of course make them more welcoming.

Abstract America @ Saatchi Gallery

Recently went to this exhibition at the Saatchi, some really interesting instillation work there as well as some really odd stuff. The strangest thing I saw was a room of self orientating wheel chairs with dummies of old men from the army and the middle east. Worth going and having a look if your in London and it's free to get in.