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  • seandodson 1:17 pm on March 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: design, , james bond, , stanley chow   

    J is for James: limited edition print 

    J is for James limited edition print
    a photo by Stan Chow on Flickr.

    The Evolution of James Bond, a limited edition of 250 Giclée Print. All six Bond’s lined in a row, the second from left is George Lazenby who turned down a seven-movie deal because his agent believed that the role would be seen as archaic in the liberated 1970s.

    All prints on 100% Cotton Matte Archival 315gsm paper. A3+ (13″x19″). are signed and cost £250. Very nice indeed Miss Moneypenny.

    More here from Stanley Chow

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  • seandodson 10:20 am on October 27, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: creative review, design, freesheet, , , ,   

    The Creative Review takes apart i – the mini-Indy launched yesterday – and finds it already deep into freesheet territory.

    … does i really offer a quick-fix version of The Independent? There are opinion pieces for sure, but with news pages that segue a story on whether Bert from Sesame Street is actually gay with a smaller piece on the re-examination of the Nazi foreign ministry, it’s much nearer Metro territory than it thinks.

    The analysis is useful, but not as detailed as that offered by Jim Waterson, an Oxford student, who blogs at World of Pop. Waterson compares the i with its big sister, the Independent proper:

    “So far, so Metro. But if the words have weight behind them then I’m interested. By the time I get to the newsagents to buy a copy I’ll probably have scanned the BBC News headlines on my BlackBerry and know what’s going on. If I pay, I want content that I can’t get for free on my phone. If it contains more than agency copy then I’ll be tempted to buy it for a journey: anything to escape the cute animal pics and dreary writing found in the freesheets.”

  • seandodson 2:21 pm on November 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , ben kelly, design, , , , , ,   

    Ben Kelly: Hacienda silk prints recall the clubs halcyon days 

    Ben Kelly, the architect of the Hacienda, has released this stunning pair of limited edition prints (above) of the legendary Mancunian club. They are not photos, nor paintings but digital renderings from a full-scale digital model being produced to celebrate its 25th anniversary. £600 each, £1000 the pair (via the excellent Cerysmatic Factory)

  • seandodson 4:37 pm on October 26, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: blur, clash, , design, led zeppelin, mike oldfield, , , , pink floyd, primal scream, record sleeves, rolling stones,   

    Classic album cover designs as postage stamps 

    Album Art - Block new Just love these classic album covers set out as a set of postage stamps. Particularly delighted at the inclusion of New Order’s Power, Corruption and Lies which was designed by the great Peter Saville. Inevitably there’s some great covers missing. At least two odd choices too: the inclusion of both Pink Floyd’s the Division Bell and Led Zeppelin IV (top left and bottom centre respectively). To my mind, neither sleeve is a classic while Dark Side of the Moon and Led Zeppelin would seem much better choices. It’s still a nice set, mind. Sure to be as successful as last year’s British Design Classics when it’s released in early January.

    According to the Royal Mail:

    This issue celebrates the work of the album sleeve designer, not the music. Royal Mail began with very extensive research of existing lists and polls of ‘Greatest Album Covers’ in books, music press and the web. This trawl of literally thousands of albums uncovered many that were common to most lists.

    The editors of three of the UK’s most influential music publications together with a number of graphic designers and design writers were asked to independently list the most significant album sleeve artwork used on records by British artists.

    Royal Mail reviewed all the research to assemble a shortlist of albums that spanned the decades from the 1960s. Some albums could not be included for operational reasons (for instance, designs that were too dark), after final deliberation the ten albums were arrived at.

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    • ian - Norvic 10:12 pm on November 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the link to our site. We have now added a page where people can buy the stamps and all the other products which may not be available in local POs.

      Dark Side of the Moon has been cited on many blogs and websites, but sadly its appeal is its problem – it would be too dark to show a postmark, which is probably why it was not chosen.

    • Rob 4:40 pm on December 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      The Division Bell artwork is much more aesthetically pleasing than The Dark Side of the Moon artwork in my honest opinion, and considering it too was designed by Storm Thorgerson, I think it’s a justified inclusion.

  • seandodson 5:25 pm on September 24, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Azerbaijan, big, Bjarke Ingels, design, , zira island   

    The seven peaks of Azerbaijan and other architectual wonders 

    Bjarke Ingels of Danish architects BIG talks about three impressive projects. The third, a plan to design an island full of man-made mountains, blew my mind a little (via).

    Concept for Zira Island, Azerbaijan by BIG architects

    Concept for Zira Island, Azerbaijan by BIG architects

  • seandodson 2:59 pm on August 11, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: bandstand, , brighton bandstand, design, seaside,   

    The Birdcage of Bedford Square 

    bandstandDelighted to see the restoration of Brighton Bandstand on the promenade. Originally known as the Birdcage or the Bedford Square Bandstand, it reopened last week as a working bandstand (holding proper tiddely-om-pom-pom concerts and all that) and a viewing pavilion overlooking the English Channel. There’s a nice cafe in the basement as well. The £850,000 needed to rebuild the structure, which had been left to the elements since the 1960s, was stumped up by the local council, after a campaign led by three local women.

  • seandodson 10:42 pm on July 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , ashes, , design, Herzog & de Meuron, lord's, lord's cricket ground, lord's masterplan, MCC, test cricket   

    Will the MCC’s masterplan for Lord’s stand the test of time? 

    lordsI’ve had a small break from blogging brought on in part by the absorbing nature of this summer’s Ashes cricket. I was at Lord’s yesterday to witness a classic day’s play. England broke through in the morning, only to be frustrated by some admirable Australian belligerence later on.

    The old stadium, like the tenacity of the Australian cricketers, never fails to impress me and its redevelopment is something that I find fascinating. I sat in the lower level of the Compton Stand, and once again admired the way that the ground manages to combine so much tradition and so much of what is modern. So it with mixed feelings that I learn that soon the old stand could be no more. The Marylebone Cricket Club, the ground’s owners, has recently commissioned Herzog & de Meuron, the architectural practice responsible for Beijing’s Bird Nest and Munich’s Allianz Arena, to design a masterplan for the ground’s redevelopment.

    According to a report in Building Design, the plan is to increase the ground’s capacity by 11,000 to 40,000, with the existing Compton, Edrich, Warner, Allen and Tavern stands supplanted by “lectern-style edifices”. While The Times recently reported that the plan will also incorporate several subterranean levels and possibly incorporate the Victorian railway tunnels that exist beneath the ground. There will be a new museum and indoor school, as well as a further redevelopment of the pavillion.

    Herzog & de Meuron were also responsible for the transformation of Bankside Power Station into Tate Modern, as well as the gallery’s extension, which is proving controversial. The redevelopment of Lord’s, while not without precedent, the old ground has always embraced new architectural styles, might prove even more divisive, but at least the increased capacity might make it easier to get hold of elusive tickets.

  • seandodson 5:10 pm on June 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , design, furniture, , , Pierre Jeanneret   

    Calling international rescue: the forgotten furniture of Changdigarh 

    chairTo London on Friday to attend the private view of a rather unusual exhibition revolving around the furniture of arch-modernists Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret created for the Indian city of Chandigarh. Situated in P3, an enormous subterranean gallery beneath the University of Westminster, the exhibition tells the story of the timely rescue of furniture from the city’s public buildings created by the two cousins in the 1960s. Chandigarh, the administrative capital of both the Punjab and Haryana, was India’s first planned city and is home to several architectural projects by the two great Swiss architects.

    The city is world renowned for its urban planning and building, but the pair also worked on the smaller details of public life, including many fine examples of modernist furniture. Over the years many of the original handmade pieces had fallen into disrepair and were being cast aside by the the city, or else being stolen and finding its way into foreign auction houses . Apparently the curators stumbled across several items being disposed of in the street and requested that they be allowed to save for posterity.

    It’s a great exhibition, fittingly housed in the university’s former concrete construction hall. The examples of furniture differ greatly from our expectations of what constitutes modernist design: handmade, vernacular and largely constructed of wood. No two pieces are identical.

    The hall also reconstructs a section of the city’s Palace of Justice, including a handsome spiral defendant’s dock. Much of the furniture on show is a reminder that we often fail to appreciate until we are threatened with its loss. Indeed, the Times of India has reported that now thathe t city’s heritage is being internationally recognised, the government has belatedly realised what’s been going on and issued an urgent directive instructing government departments “not sell or dispose of any heritage furniture to any person or agency.”

    The Furniture of Chandigarh – Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret, June 20 to July 12
    P3, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, London Nw1 5LS
    +44 (0)20 7911 5876

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  • seandodson 6:11 pm on May 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , berlinifcation, casteford, , design, , kioskisosk, , redordead, , the new socialism, wayne hemmingway   

    Bookmarks for May 27 

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    Castleford gets this spectacular S-shaped bridge over the River Aire.

    + Futher evidence of the “Berlinification” of London. Wayne Hemmingway, of RedorDead, proposes a “pop-up shop” to serve up outside City Hall.

    + Johann Hari lays into David Cameron and reminds that he once said his wife is “highly unconventional” because “she went to a day school.”

    + First look at the Velo-style bike hire scheme for London (thanks Zlata), including a nice graphic of how it will look in Spitalfields.

    + The New Socialism. Wired identifies the revival of the left.

    + How Harold Pinter loved cricket. Maybe that was the origin of his obsession with pauses.

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  • seandodson 5:54 pm on May 7, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , cartoon, coraline, design, , Friz Freleng, Henry Selick, , jon klassen, , Neil Gaiman, warner bros   

    Jon Klassen: the Burst of Beaden 

    burstMy new favourite illustrator is Jon Klassen, an LA-based Canadian who has recently worked on Coraline, the new stop-motion (ie not digital) animation based on a novella by Neil Gaiman. Klassen worked on the film’s visual development and did some drawings for the sets and props. You can see more of his work on his website, the Burst of Beaden.

    Lots of influences in his work, 50s animation and surrealism, for sure, and something of Friz Freleng, the Warner Bros animator who created the animated version of the Pink Panther (thank you Anna). Interestingly, Klasson lists his influences as Pieter Breughel (the elder), the musicians Harry Nilsson and Burl Ives, as well as the great Stanley Kubrick. The picture you can see (above) is actually inspired by Cormac McCarthy’s dystopian novel, The Road.

    You can buy prints of his work right here.

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    • Kosmetika 8:53 pm on January 17, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Its like you read my mind! You appear to know so much about this, like you wrote the book in it or something. I think that you can do with some pics to drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is excellent blog. A fantastic read. I will definitely be back.

    • Dqhpplqy 1:28 pm on July 4, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      giant octopus photos,

  • seandodson 10:41 am on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , beecham tower, dave haslam, design, , ,   

    Dave Haslam on the rebuilding of Manchester 

    liverpool-road-and-beetham-tower-manchester-177798As part of its Changing Cityscapes series, BBC News has invited former-Hacienda DJ Dave Haslam to ruminate on the transformation of his adopted city. The three-minute video is a characteristically thoughtful look at the city’s reinvention.

    Here he is on the recently completed 47-story Beetham Tower, now the tallest in the city:

    “I love the fact that its a reflection of that steel-grey Manchester sky: solid and quiet and solitary,” he says.

    (via Cerysmatic Factory)

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    • Alison Bell 2:52 pm on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Beecham Tower? Is that Beetham Tower with a touch of swine flu?

    • seandodson 3:02 pm on April 28, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for pointing that out Alison.

  • seandodson 12:49 pm on April 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , design, , , , , , vacant shops   

    How Berlin will help you beat the recession blues 

    berlinThere’s an inspired post over at Berlin’s Click Opera about the “Berlinification” of cities around the world. The post cites the UK government’s emergency measures to distribute thousands of grants to people who find creative uses for vacant shops as evidence of this emerging trend. Such a move – if successful – they argue should create a creative flourishing or the arts and culture, as happened to Berlin after the fall of the wall:

    “Since it’s a global recession, I also like to think Berlin has now become a sort of template for cities all over the world. Whereas we might once have looked like a museum of crusty subcultures past their sell-by date, this city now looks like the future of Tokyo, the future of London, and the future of New York. We’re your best-case scenario, guys, your optimal recessionary outcome. Everything else is dystopia, Escape-From-New-York stuff.”

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  • seandodson 12:22 pm on April 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 20th centuary society, , design, Fritz Steller, , queensgate market   

    Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market trades on its architectural heritage 


    I’m a couple of clicks late on this, but I’ve just noticed that the 20th Century Society recently named Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market (above) as its Building of the Month. The Society, a charity which lobbies to protect modernist architecture, describes the market as “one of the finest post-war buildings in the north of England”. And so it is.

    For the last few years I’ve had an ongoing debate with my Father about the beauty of Queensgate Market. Growing up in the 1950s, Dad has always been a lover of the town’s old Market Hall, which was demolished in 1957. I never got to see the old building, but I’ve some splendid memories of the newer market thanks to my Grandmother taking me there on Saturdays. It’s still got this amazing roof, comprised of an asymmetric lattice of concrete shells, that floods the place with natural light even on the most cloudy days. Believe you me those Pennie skies can be very overcast indeed.

    Despite its unique architectural heritage, it’s the only building of its type in the UK, the local council is threatening to demolish the market to make way for a new development, that will build a new market hall, while adding a number of residential units and a department store to the mix.

    Luckily a campaign to save the building is underway, led in part by the 20th Century Society and local conservationists. Here’s how Jon Wright, the Society’s senior case worker, sees it: 

    “It comes as a shock when a twentieth century building that is widely admired, not just by the Society or by architectural and design enthusiasts, but by the general public and its every day users, comes under threat. When the building in question is also listed, has a concrete roof structure unique in the country and contains extraordinary artwork, proposals for demolition seem outrageous.”

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    • Huddersfield Gem 10:05 pm on June 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply

      Delighted that you appreciate the joys of Queensgate Market.

      Can we invite you and your readers to visit our website and send us an email to ask to receive updates on the campaign to ensure the survival of the building?

      We welcome contributions, ideas, memories, history, connections and intelligence on the building.

      Two minor points in you piece; the roof may appear to be a lattice but actually each concrete shell structure is independent and freestanding. The old (1880) market hall closed and was demolished rather later than you suggest – April 1970. Your dad is right to mourn the old one, it should have been reused. Let’s keep this one.

      Best wishes, Huddersfield Gem

  • seandodson 10:01 am on April 10, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 2010, , , design, , Heatherwick Studio, , shanghai expo, , uk pavillion shanghai expo, world's fair   

    Expo 2010: UK will be working the car wash 

    carwash1Is it just me or does plan for the UK pavilion at next year’s Shanghai Expo look exactly like an enormous car wash?

    Work has just begun on the winning design, by Heatherwick Studio. The brushes in the picture (above) are actually pixels and can be pre-programmed to display several different designs. The symbolism seems wholly appropriate, mind, as if to say to the world that, honestly, we can clean up our mountains of debt.

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  • seandodson 3:32 pm on April 8, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Airside, , art auction, auction, blank canvass, , David Carson, design, Jonathan Barnbrook, , , NMo Design, Paula Scher, ravensbourne college   

    All the best projects start with a blank canvas 

    blank_canvas_01Taking a cue from the Royal College of Art’s annual Secret Postcard exhibition, students at Ravensbourne College of Art and Design have come up with an equally  inspired way of funding their degree show. Short of funds, but rich in ideas, the students have clubbed together and bought a number of second-hand pieces of bric-a-brac (above) from various charity shops and then sent them to a number of their favourite illustrators and designers to be re-designed.

    The list of designers is impressive in itself, including the likes of Jonathan Barnbrook, Michael Beirut, Paula Scher, Airside, NMo Design, David Carson and Kozyndan and many more. What’s more, most of the designers seem to have acquiesced with the request and the resulting re-designed items will be auctioned at the Vibe Bar in Brick Lane in London on April 30.

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  • seandodson 11:54 am on January 25, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: constructivism, consumerism, , design, designers republic, , sheffield, The Peoples Bureau For Consumer Information, , warp records   

    The Designers Republic: The Peoples Bureau For Consumer Information finally closes 

    workbuycdieOh no. The Designers Republic is no more. It’s gone bust after 26-years of anti-establishment design.

    Staunchly Sheffield, a city it stuck to even when Warp Records – one of its main clients –  abandoned the city, the Republic was strongly influenced by both Russian constructivism and corporatism. It made many cracking record covers.  It always, always stood out and they often designed as if they had access to outer space.  They even used to have a shop, in the Shibuya district of Tokyo, called The Peoples Bureau For Consumer Information which I think just about summed them up.

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    • Project 112c 3:19 pm on August 4, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Looks like the DR Emigre #29 is up for auction on ebay this week.

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