“Elephant is a bimonthly contemporary art and visual culture magazine edited in London and published by Frame, Amsterdam. The magazine is organised in sections featuring short profiles, showcases, longer interviews with leading artists and visual communicators, visual research subjects, and city guides.
Our redesign focused on establishing a greater sense of the sections within the magazine and a more coherent approach to photography, relying on commissioned portraits of the artists and their work places.
Given the visual nature of the magazine we designed a custom typeface which wouldn’t compete with it, but would still retain a certain character. The starting point was an investigation of letterpress: the ink absorption of this process is very different from current offset printing, resulting in clogging. On its display sizes, this type has ink already trapped on inner angles, simulating this effect.”
A clever new installation at Barbican’s Curve Gallery in London is getting showered with praise. Devised by UK-based rAndom International, the “Rain Room” allows visitors to pass through a downpour without getting wet. The installation is set on a darkened stage solely lit by one large spotlight. Cameras map human movement in the 100-square-meter room and send instructions for the rain to move near people, yet not too near, as they traverse the space.
Director/DP Noah David Smith recently teamed up with humble and Publicis to shoot a touching film for UBS featuring artist, Stephen Wiltshire. After spending the early years of his life as a mute Stephen found his voice through drawing. Later diagnosed with autism, drawing began to be the way he communicated with the world. At age nine he began to speak and his art continued to flourish.
Stephen has the amazing talent of drawing city skylines from memory. Having spent only a few hours in a helicopter flying from Brooklyn to the tip of Manhattan, he memorized the city skyline and headed back to a studio to begin his drawing. Stephen then spent the next 3 days sketching the skyline. The panoramic drawing will be featured on a billboard that will be displayed at JFK airport terminal.
Made from 10,000 drinking straws, the Clutch Chair is an exploratory research piece that passes comment on our disposable culture. The development process of this piece also informed that of the Clutch Light, both of which were developed from an observation of the structural characteristics of trees.